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Lonely otaku seeks four-color wife


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.)


  1. Are there dojinshi manga where the artist inserts (so to speak) oneself into the comic?
    Of course, if one is that infatuated, why not go the Morrison route and create an original story about you and your dream girl?
    What if the character is married? What if the character is actually a charicature of a real person? What if the character is anthropomorphic? What if she’s a DC character, but all your friends have Marvel wives? If he dies in a story, can the widow claim his licensing royalties? If comics and animation characters are permissible, howabout radio? Books? Perhaps we shall soon see the first sanctioned human-logotype marriage!

  2. “What if she’s a DC character but all your friends have Marvel wives?”
    You rock, Torsten!

    Didn’t one of the characters in William Gibson’s IDORU marry a synthetic video star?

  3. “Can the creator(s) of the character(s) stand up and shout I OBJECT?”
    Well, if he’s the creator of the Ace Attorney series I guess he can shout “OBJECTION!”

  4. well, i guess there will be A LOT of bigamist characters then. Do they really want to share their wife7husband with that many people?

  5. Woooow.
    Well it certainly goes a long way toward explaining why there’s so much anime/manga where characters abstinently refuse to express themselves to the opposite gender. I guess it’s a cultural thing…?

    Yes it’s possible to really love a fictional character, but I don’t think marrying them would be healthy. The only interaction you’d have with them would be in your head, and that doesn’t help you grow as a person very much. People need outside input to be balanced.

    Besides. All the other hardcore fans of that character would probably wish you dead…. o_o;

  6. How if one character has married to another guy? Can we married her as well? Is it going to be “first come first served” competition?

  7. Eew.

    That’s pretty sad, but at least there won’t be much chance of some poor REAL girl ending up with a guy like that. No one should have to marry a loser like that. Not even a cartoon character.

  8. Hmm, maturely, I think we should take this psichologically. Think of this scenario. The men is so lonely, no friend, and the adults are so busy to talk with him, he get bullied by his friend, and the only escape is in anime.

    I don’t think that is very crazy idea. Before I am a weak men, with only less than 12o pounds of weight. I got bullied by my stronger friend, I am loser with no good school degree, and the only escape is to television. Then I thought the television is the reality, because mind select the realities he like, not the real one.

    There, when I get fitness and get more than 170 pound of weight, get Kung Fu trained, get good job as programmer, understand investation, and also degree in IT, everything change.

    I believe that everything is possible, and the one look so crazy, in reality is not crazy as it may looks. And Freud had proven it so well.

  9. Tengo que decirlo..esto es patetico..aunque es algo que llama a la atencion y la idea me parece loca y divertida no me explico como una persona puede pretender estar casada con un personaje de anime o de cualquier tipo de caricatura….la pregunta ahora es…Que rayos logras con hacer de un personaje de anime tu esposa? no puedes abrasarla ni besarla ni nada esto realmente…me enferma y me hace cuestionar el estado mental de las personas que lo apoyan…-.-“

  10. The petition to marry anime should not just legalized, but spread in every corner of the world.

    I, for one, wants to become a resident of the 2D world.

    This is a new opportunity to control the population (Anime can’t reproduce) and at the same time give happiness to single people.

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