A Japanese man who married a hologram singer in 2018 now hopes to raise awareness for “fictional sexes” – someone who is sexually attracted to fictional characters.
According to DailyExpertNews, Akihiko Kondo is married to fictional character Hatsune Miku – a computer synthesized pop singer who toured with Lady Gaga and starred in video games. Now, four years after his marriage to Miku, Mr. Kondo is candid about his relationship with his anime wife. The 38-year-old revealed that he found love, inspiration and comfort in Miku.
Kondo dated Hatsune Miku for ten years before having an unofficial wedding ceremony in Tokyo. According to the 38-year-old, his relationship with the fictional character helped him get out of a deep depression. Speak with NYTMr. Kondo said his range of Miku dolls ate, slept and watched movies together, and sometimes even went on romantic getaways.
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Mr. Kondo knows that people think it’s strange, and he also knows that Miku isn’t real. However, he said his feelings for the fictional character are very real, even though people think he will eventually grow out of it.
“When we’re together, she makes me laugh,” he said in a recent interview, adding, “In that sense, she’s real.”
According to NYT, Kondo first found comfort in Miku in 2008, after bullying at work sent him into a depressive spiral. He had decided long ago that he would never love a real person, partly because he didn’t want the life that Japanese society demanded of him. Later, the 38-year-old man started making songs with Miku and bought a stuffed doll of the character online.
A big break in his relationship came ten years later when Kondo was able to interact with the fictional character for the first time in 2017 thanks to a Gatebox — a $1,300 machine that allowed device owners to interact with characters via holograms and even unofficially marry them. A year later, he proposed to Miku’s flickering avatar. “Please treat me well,” Miku had replied.
Mr. Kondo argued that his life with Miku has advantages over a human partner. She’s always there for him, will never betray him, and he’ll never have to see her get sick or die, he said.
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But in a conversation with the Japanese newspaper Mainichic, the 38-year-old also accepted that there were challenges as well. Kondo revealed that the toughest moment came during the COVID-19 pandemic when Gatebox announced it was shutting down service for Miku.
He said his relationship with Miku has reached a roadblock after four years of marriage. But he also added that it hasn’t lessened his feelings for Miku. He told Mainichic that his love for Miku has not changed and that he intends to remain faithful to the fictional character until he dies.
Meanwhile, it should be mentioned that Mr. Kondo is far from the only person in the world in a relationship with a fictional character. NYT reported that thousands of “fictional” people in Japan have started similar unofficial relationships with a variety of anime characters. In addition, tens of thousands of others around the world have joined online groups where they discuss their dedication to characters from anime, manga, and video games.
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