I'm a Computer Science graduate and gonna apply for Masters this year. I was thinking about my research proposal (or rather a problem statement) to submit during the application process and I had a rather different problem in mind than the ones I see on internet. My topic is not based on a real life problem but rather about my musings of a fictional world (lets just say its an anime). So my question is, is it okay to submit a research proposal that doesn't address a real problem but rather entertains the musings of a nerdy fan, and how we can use machine learning / AI for that?
If it’s of theoretical interest, go for it. Maybe don’t tell everyone you meet that you want to do this because of the anime, but I also wouldn’t shy away from saying that it was inspired by something you saw on TV. Focus on the research problem first and the inspiration second and you’ll be fine.