That is the anime nerd. Well known for not having a girlfriend and escaping through anime/rpgs/memorabilia, ect. I propose that they, and the industry that has begun to cater to them, is the reason why jrpgs are all but dead (in the west).
there was a time when Jrpgs were known for story telling. Known for providing a deep and interactive story that could not be found in any other game. Western rpgs were more about developing your character and making your own story through multiple quests, and side quests. Jrpgs provided something different.
Starting with the SNES era Jrpgs like FF2(4),FF3(6), and chrono trigger made a name for themselves, and firmly established the genre on consoles. In fact at the time we didn't say Japanese rpg. We said console rpg vs PC rpg. When FF7 hit we see the peak of Jrpgs in the west as square again moves forward story telling on consoles with movie like cg cinematics, and a deep story many remember and sometimes hate, to this day.
As the PS2/xbox/gamecube era hits we begin to see the reason why Jrpgs are failing, more and more the games begin to use generic anime story lines. How many games have you played with a quite sensitive girl (possibly child hood friend), spunky mischievous girl, and book smart genius with large glasses and equally large breasts? i pretty much summed up at least 3 of the characters in every single anime and jrpg released today. The fact is it hasn't always been this way. Slowly Japanese game companies have started to cater to what they believe (which is true at this point) their core audience is, the otaku. Japanese companies are in effect removing themselves from the western market as in the same way they would the japanese market if they began to make all call of duty clones. Simply put anime is dying in america as well, not that it was ever popular, and the ridiculous cookie cutter characters they use will not be accepted here.
Jrpgs use to represent the best story telling in gaming, which pushed adult themes not seen here on consoles. That is no longer case. Western rpgs like mass effect, SWTOR, Fallout 3, and Oblivion all tell better stories than do Jrpgs, and do it with better mechanics. THe Japanese game companies seem to be in retreat, and instead make games with cute cartoonish characters almost as if they are for children. No longer able to compete they will release games catered to an audience no one else can reach. The otaku.