A Japanese man married a fictional computer-generated synthesised pop singer - and now he can’t bond with her.
Akihiko Kondo, 38, was dating Hatsune Miku —who is depicted as a 16-year-old with turquoise hair in pop culture— for a decade before having an unofficial wedding ceremony in 2018.
Kondo is one of the many people who identify as a “fictosexual” or someone who is sexually attracted to fictional characters.
He spent roughly 2 million yen or about $17,300 on the nuptials. His family did not attend, but 39 people did, including strangers and online friends, some of whom are also “fictosexual.”
“There are two reasons why I had a wedding publicly,” he toldBBC. “The first one is to prove my love to Miku. The second one is there are many young otaku people like me falling in love with anime characters. I want to show the world that I support them.”