Once you start digging a bit into Japanese culture, you often come across reports that there are a lot of single people in Japan. According to one survey, 1 in 4 Japanese men between 30-34 is a virgin. The situation isn’t much better for the girls, where 1 in 4 has not had sex for a year, according to another survey. It comes as little surprise, then, that one manga fan is seeking to legalize marriage between humans and cartoon characters. And he’s got support.
Taichi Takashita launched an online petition aiming for one million signatures to present to the government to establish a law on marriages with cartoon characters.
Within a week he has gathered more than 1000 signatures through.
“I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world,” he wrote.
“However, that seems impossible with present-day technology. Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorise marriage with a two-dimensional character?”
Takashita is not available for comment, leading some to believe he may be kidding around. If he is pulling a prank, he’s also breaking the hearts of some lonely people. “For a long time I have only been able to fall in love with two-dimensional people and currently I have someone I really love,” one person wrote. on the petition. “Even if she is fictional, it is still loving someone.”
The above link mentions another reader who may have taken manga fandom a bit too far: a woman who posted online that she wanted her parents killed for making her throw away her three-room manga collection.
(Above: Googled with amazing ease via Love Hina.)