The makers of O-Bishojo, an anime cartoon show about upper-class British girls at a private school, have announced plans to bring the war in Iraq to an end by showing the next episode of their cartoon to President Bush and touring the nation of Iraq with it.
The episode features a story in which a poor girl at the school comes to be accepted by the once-snobby aristocratic girls through a display of previously undiscovered psychic powers, thus affirming the supreme value of love.
"We think that it can make a real impact," said Hayao Asunawa, the creator of the series. "So many Islamic fundamentalists have had such limited access to anime in the past, which is probably why their culture has such a history of violent conflict. O-Bishojo can teach them about the beauty of friendship and the importance of peace in a way that I doubt they have ever seen before."
Top White House aides reported that there had been a hypothetical plan to carpet-book Baghdad with copies of Dr. Seuss' Grinch, so as to teach fundamentalist Wahhabi Muslims about the true meaning of Christmas. However, the plan was abandoned when O-Bishojo made its offer, and many Congressional anime fans are in full support.
"I don't think you can really effectively communicate lessons about love in a non-anime form," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview yesterday. "With this episode of tearful, vaguely homoerotic Japanese schoolgirl fiction, we may begin to see real change -- not just in Iraq, but in the Middle East in general."