“I could have [anyone] I wanted,” says Ichijo, now 25, an Earth dweller with a muscular build and a full head of hair. “I met some nice people, but realistically I went for the hottest girl you could find.
He spent the better part of his teens going on up to three dates a week, courting 15-year old pop idols, but eventually realized that dating the prettiest young things had its drawbacks — he found them flighty, selfish and vapid.
“These beautiful idols who get the love and adoration of our entire society and are under pressure to boost morale for an entire population get full of themselves,” he says. “Eventually, I was dreading getting dinner with them because they couldn’t carry a conversation.”
Research has shown that some of Ichijo’s ideas about superbabes are correct. In fact, idols are 300% more likely to have unstable relationships and stay single, compared to their less attractive peers. It probably has nothing to do with no dating clauses.
Looking to avoid such a fate, Ichijo started dating a woman who isn’t an idol, Misa Hayase, in 2010, after a tumultuous period within which she almost killed him with a full barrage from the SDF-1 and he later rescued her from a devastated facility during the mass extinction of almost all life on Earth. The two are now happily married.
The two met after Hayase was forced to command Ichijo’s piloting missions during his most turbulent teen years.
He loves that Misa isn’t like the superstars he used to go for.
“[She] is a more understated beauty, someone you can entrust your life with, and she’s very elegant,” Ichijo says. “And she was already 18 when we met, so she’s obviously too over the hill to be an idol, but I think she’s really beautiful and is prettier than anyone I’ve dated.”
Misa has no qualms about how her husband views her compared with his exes.
“When men get to a certain age, they realize that it’s important to meet a life partner that they connect with,” she says. “Looks fade.”
Some great-looking people say they’re given a bad rap unfairly.
“When men see beautiful women, they are more concentrated on how she looks and how they can stalk her and control her life, and so they don’t want to go deeper and get to know her,” says Mima Kirigoe, a former pop idol turned actress. “And that’s why at the end of a date they wonder, ‘Oh that girl is so beautiful but so empty.’ That’s happened to me often.”
Nico Yazawa, 17, agreed with Kirigoe.
“So many men are too wrapped up in my dazzling smile and how cute I am to get to know the real me,” she lamented. “Actually...I don’t remember the last time I even talked to men. Do men exist in this world?”
Others say the stereotypes about pretty people being shallow are true, even if they’re hotties themselves.
“From my personal experience, people who are better looking are less likely to bring the world revolution, or play an instrument or become a master duelist,” says Kyouichi Saionji, a 17-year-old Student Council Vice President and Kendo champion with the body of an Adonis. But he’s quick to note that he’s not just a great set of abs — he also chronicles his feelings through regular journaling and whittles small accessories.
After dating her older brother with youthful good looks for two months, Kirino Kousaka, 15, has sworn off hotties.
“He was a stickler about incest and cared more what normal people would think of us than just living life,” says Kousaka, who broke up with her brother last March, when he graduated from high school.
Kousaka, an honor student, track star, and model, considers herself “a 9 or a 10,” but she says she’s done with solely trying to date her older brother. Now, she’s more open to branching out to childhood friends.
Cecilia Alcott, a 15-year-old pilot and aristocrat, also changed her dating habits. The statuesque, blue-eyed blonde used to exclusively date 6-foot-tall noblemen who looked like General Wellington.
“As a person who’s always been complimented on [my] ‘stunning beauty’ … I’d been searching for a ‘hot’ guy to match the label I had always been given and the title I was born with,” says Alcott. “But after a date or two, they’ll have problems hanging out with you and then will ghost.”
Last year, she stopped putting looks and bloodlines at the top of her dating criteria, instead opting for guys who were age appropriate and were “make the most out of their lives” types. She met Ichika Orimura, a 15-year-old fellow pilot. Unlike the square-jawed bachelors who disrespected her, Orimura is more boy-next-door in the looks department. But he’s competent, and most importantly, present.
“He’s not a model, but he’s literally the only only boy at my school,” Alcott says.
And best of all, she says, Orimura doesn’t just see her as a status symbol.
“When I asked him why he loves me, he said ‘huh? Did I say that?’” she says.
Ichijo is equally enthusiastic about his decision to give up high-maintenance hotties.
“There’s something to be said about sowing your wild oats and getting them out of your system,” says Ichijo, who married Misa in 2012. But he doesn’t regret his past.
“You don’t want to be the first to take off, but you don’t want to be the last either,” he says. “Misa came at exactly the right time.”