A number of days ago, I came across a rather interesting Swedish news article, and ofcourse it is not only Sweden that has picked up on these news because it may come as a surprise to plenty of people. Apparently, this month in Tokyo, Japan, a Japanese man named Akihiko Kondo got "officially" married to virtual reality singer Hatsune Miku.
Akihiko Kondo is a 35-year-old Japanese man who claimed, after several traumatizing experiences with real women, he would never get married with anyone... until he "met" Hatsune Miku.
For those of you who do not know who she is: Hatsune Miku (in Japanese, 初音 ミク) is the name of a Vocaloid software voicebank developed by Crypton Future Media and its official moe anthropomorph, a 16-year-old girl with long, turquoise twintails and matching clothing. Her voice is modeled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita. Hatsune Miku´s personification has been marketed as a virtual idol and has performed at concerts onstage as an animated projection (rear cast projection on a specially coated glass screen).
Fans of Hatsune Miku keep taking their love of the character to new levels and heights, but actual marriage is definitely the pinnacle of showing your love for the two-dimensional virtual idol. Such is the case for Akihiko Kondo. Akihiko found solace and inspiration in the countless songs made for the virtual diva. This led him to fall hard for the virtual singer and announced his intent to marry Miku through Twitter posts made on August 18th. November 4th did he tie the knot with a doll in the likeness of the virtual star. The ceremony was small, with almost mere 40 guests. Kondo´s mother however denied the invitation; in fact, none of Kondo´s relatives attended his wedding to Miku. But, that did not stop him from spending 2 million Yen on a formal ceremony at a Tokyo hall. He did not mind at all that they did not come. And, Kondo´s marriage might not have any legal standing, but that doesn't bother him either.
"I never cheated on her, I have always been in love with Miku-san", he said. "I've been thinking about her every day," he told AFP a week after the wedding. "I am in love with the whole concept of Hatsune Miku but I got married to the Miku of my house", he also said, looking at the blue image glowing in a capsule. "Miku-san is the woman I love a lot and also the one who saved me".
He considers himself an ordinary married man - his holographic wife wakes him up each morning and sends him off to his job as an administrator at a school. In the evening, when he tells her by cellphone that he is coming home, she turns on the lights. Later, she tells him when it is time to go to bed. He sleeps alongside the doll version of her that attended the wedding, complete with a wedding ring that fits around her left wrist.
"It won't necessarily make you happy to be bound to the ´template´ of happiness in which a man and woman marry and bear children.", Akihiko says. "I believe we must consider all kinds of love and all kinds of happiness".
What do you think on the take that, nowadays, people can marry and be with virtual or fictional characters?