Mother Akihiko Kondo has refused an invitation to the wedding of her only son last month in Tokyo, but maybe it's not surprising: he is about to marry a hologram.
"For my mother, it was not something to celebrate," says this 35-year-old man, whose "wife" is a singer of virtual reality, Hatsune Mike. In fact, none of Kondo's relatives took part in holy weddings with Mike, a 16-year-old anime with eyes like saucers and long blue ponytails. But it did not stop Kondo from spending two million yen ($ 17,600) at an official ceremony in Tokyo.
Approximately 40 guests saw him give him a "Mike," which is present in the form of a stuffed cat-sized animal.
"I've never been to her, I've always been in love with Mike," AFP said a week after the wedding. "I've been thinking about her every day."
Kondo has been living with Mike's hologram since March, moving and talking from a $ 2,800 desktop device.
Kondo is considered a married man like any other. His wife-hologram wakes him up in the morning and says "goodbye" when he goes to work as a school manager. In the afternoon, when she tells her that she is coming home, she turns the lights on. Then it tells you when it is time to go to sleep.
He sleeps next to the stuffed version of Mike, who was at the wedding and now wears a wedding band on his left wrist.
Kondo does not care that his marriage has no legal basis. He even picked up Mike in the jeweler's shop to buy a circle.
Gatebox, the company that manufactures the hologram equipment in which Miku sails, issued a "marriage certificate" stating that the person and virtual character got married "in size."
Kondo is not alone and according to him, Gatebox has released more than 3,700 "interdimensional" marriages.
Kondo's way to Miku came after several difficult encounters with women when she was an anime-crazy teenager. "Girls say" go, fuck off! "She recalls, uses the Japanese term for anime followers who may have a connotation negative Even older, says that the companion of his previous work has bothered him when provoked nervous depression and decided he would never marry.
That would not be unusual in Japan. In 1980, only one in 50 men reached the age of 50 without ever marrying. At present, the ratio is one in four.
Eventually, however, Kondo realized that he had been in love with Mike for more than a decade and decided to marry her.
"Mike is the woman I love, and also the one who saved me," he says.
And though Kondo realizes he likes friends with a "woman in 3D", he is not interested in a romantic relationship with the real. Two-dimensional characters can not cheat, aged or die, he says.
Even in the land possessed by anime Kondo wedding surprised many people. But she wants to be recognized as a "sexual minority" who can not imagine living a real woman.
"It's not fair, it's like wanting a homosexual to have dates with a woman, or a lesbian relationship with a man," he says.