In episode 5 of Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai, Rikka has to reach the average score in her Math final, or their little hobby group will be disbanded. Because she is incredibly inept at math, Yuuta devises a carrot-and-stick approach by thinking up of a new, 100% chuunibyou mail address for her.
I found myself genuinely rooting for Rikka in this episode. It’s a very relatable thing–I mean getting an online name that’s you, not passing Math. I may no longer be a delusional kid, but I still believe that our online handles should say something about us, or carry some storied history. I’ve been schneider for years, and I picked the name because I liked one of those Liger Zero variants back then. But it’s a bit hard to use it as a name nowadays, and I don’t like adding a bunch of numbers, so I usually become Schneider Heim (the latter from an intrepid character in Turn A Gundam), or Borjarnon (a shibboleth for Turn A fans).
And there’s my embarrassing e-mail address. If I’ve commented on your blog, you should know what it is!
I’ve been using it for almost ten years, and it was devised in a manner that’s par for the course for nerdy teenagers like me. Way back then, when Dragon Ball Z was fresh in the US, a lot of people prefixed “SSJ#” to their names, like “SSJ3 Bob”, and this was the kind of people I interacted online with. Naturally, I came up with something similar, using a Japanese street food as my name. Why, because like all chuuni names, it sounded cool at the time. So I became something like ssj3dango, which is middle-of-the-road as far as stupid online names go.
When I look at the people I’ve added up on instant messenger that time, it gets funnier. I got a bunch of dark_angels (one without the underscore), a demonheart and a demonhunter, one hell_shall_reign, an innocent_sinner (whatever that means), and countless fake Japanese names. At least one of them is still using the handle to this day.
How about you? Any embarrassing online names you know? Bonus points if it’s yours! Double that, if you’re still using them!
PS: Perhaps the most embarrassing e-mail address I know is from this guy, who never had an e-mail address until his first year in college, so he made one for a class. It’s of the form <last name><first name><class name>, like smithjasoncmprog1. He still uses it to this day. I hope he’s not using it for his resume, at the very least!