(FreedomBeacon.com)- A “fictosexual” guy can no longer connect with his “wife” of four years.
In 2018, Akihiko Kondo, a 38-year-old Japanese man, married a holographic representation of the blue-haired anime heroine Hatsune Miku, created by a holographic imaging company. The figure is said to be sixteen years old.
Having become isolated from his friends due to bullying at work in 2008, Kondo fell in love with the character. A Gatebox machine, introduced in 2017, made it possible for the anime fan to communicate with her for the first time. With holograms, he could “marry” the object of his devotion.
Software support for the Gatebox technology was discontinued.
“My feelings for Miku haven’t changed,” the man said. “I chose to have the wedding ceremony because I believed I would be with her for the rest of my life.”
During the interview, the 38-year-old said that he now takes a life-sized replica of Hatsune Miku around.
The mythic figure is well-known in manga, anime, and video games, and she even went on tour with Lady Gaga during her 2014 Artpop Ball tour.
Kondo became acquainted with her after being alienated at work by two female co-workers who tormented him and made him feel uncomfortable. He quit his job and just stayed in his room for 24 hours a day, watching Miku videos.
He claims that he fell in love with the imaginary persona and spent 2 million yen (equal to $17,300) on a wedding. His family could not attend, but he was joined by other fictosexuals he had met online.
“There are two reasons I chose to have a public wedding. The first is to demonstrate my affection for Miku. The second is that many young otaku individuals fall in love with anime characters and stories. I want to show that I am supporting that community.
He wants to increase awareness of his “condition” in general, so he’s sharing his experience publicly to accomplish that goal.
It is also noted that “fictosexual” is an umbrella term that “includes a range of other identities, including more specialized affinities such as novel/visual characters (booklosexual) and vampire-related figures (tobousexual).
They are classified as asexual because they are not attracted to other individuals. As could be expected, this group has created its version of the pride flag.
The black and gray stripes convey fictosexuality’s lack of attraction to real-life humans, while the middle purple stripe indicates sexual attraction and fictosexuality’s connection to the asexual spectrum.
The pink circle represents a gateway into the imaginary realm.