Man brings virtual girlfriend to own wedding

Man brings virtual girlfriend to own wedding

TOKYO —

Japanese men hold their virtual girlfriends in high regard. Even among those who eventually find a real girlfriend and get married, there are some men who struggle to abandon their digital partner.

Especially after the release of Love Plus, an addictive open-ended dating simulator for the Nintendo DS that went on to sell over 250,000 copies in Japan, stories of men who were busted by their girlfriends or wives while playing — as well as stories of men whose wives played with them — became a common sight on the Internet.

While everyone has their own level of tolerance for 2D infidelity, you’d have to be one hell of a woman to allow your husband to bring his virtual girlfriend to your most important day as a couple: your wedding.

Such a woman does exist, much to the surprise of other wedding guests, who uploaded photos of the groom’s virtual girlfriend, Nene Anegasaki of Love Plus, while she was “seated” at her specially reserved spot at a table during the reception — alongside Manaka Takane and Rinko Kobayakawa of the same game, nonetheless.

It’s safe to say the bride knew what she was getting into: her husband works for Comic Market, Japan’s largest comic book convention. But surely she must have been caught off guard when, while planning their wedding, her husband-to-be told her he wanted to save three seats for fictional attendees, one of whom he has a romantic relationship with.

So why’d she allow it? Is she really that magnanimous of a woman, or was there something else at work?

Undoubtedly the latter, as the poor groom would find out during the reception, which was held Nov 24.

In a surprise event that seems to mock the traditional cake-cutting ceremony, the groom’s Love Plus game cartridge was removed from his 3DS console and placed neatly above a…let’s call it a “sacrificial altar.” A large wooden mallet (the same kind used for making mochi) was then brought out and it was announced that the bride and groom would, hand in hand, physically destroy the game cartridge and all vestiges of the groom’s time together with Nene Anegasaki along with it.

According to an eyewitness, the groom was on the verge of tears as he brought the hammer down, and is planning on calling Love Plus developer Konami to see if “jealous wife” is covered in the warranty.

Source: Hachima Kiko

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  • 7

    SimondB

    This goes some way to explaing the rise in 20 year female virgins covered in today's Special Feature.

  • 4

    Akemi Mokoto

    I am utterly speechless. I rarely am but...even as an anime otaku, I am just...wow.

  • 17

    iwatejay

    Flash forward to spring 2013 - Same man brings virtual lawyer to own divorce proceedings.

  • 5

    cadmium31680

    @iwatejay: who, Phoenix Wright?

  • 3

    Scrote

    At first I was wondering what the bride was thinking, but I liked the ending.

  • 2

    Alphaape

    I hate to say this, but I give the wedding at least 1 year. The guy will revert back to his comics and the woman will get pregnant and cut the man off totally.

    Just when I thought I had seen it all in Japan, then something else comes up.

  • 5

    JapanGal

    Made me smile. What a loser.

  • 2

    AKBfan

    Good start to a marriage. Wonder whether she also destroyed his other "virtual" fun.

  • 0

    Psyops

    I outgrew my anime phase years ago. Yeah I was a fan but nowhere near this level :P

  • 5

    iczar5

    Is this the reason the population rate is declining in Japan?

  • 2

    jojo_in_japan

    If this story is true, I'm actually surprised the "groom" had the social skills to find a bride. LOSER.

  • 1

    randomenigma

    It was probably all for a bit of fun. I bet his real save game is elsewhere. Otherwise it's time for an early divorce.

  • 0

    BertieWooster

    The guy just wanted publicity.

    So, why give it to him?

  • 3

    Weasel

    I'm not even going to ask how they plan to consummate this marriage.

  • -1

    Mark Elrod

    Wierd, weird, weird! I don't know why Japanese men seem afraid of women. When I was a teenager, I was all about hooking up with hot looking girls. These Japanese guys are way too shy. They need to grow a pair, get off theri computers, & Nintendos, & get real girl firends. Oh, well, differnt culture, ay different.

  • 1

    philsandoz

    I hope the bride kept her "virtual" boyfriend; she's going to need it.

  • -1

    Mark Elrod

    Crap! I just noticed I put "i" before "e" three times in a row! Ugh! face palm.

  • 1

    WilliB

    This Otaku marriage is off to a good start _-)

  • -1

    ebisen

    yeah, this guy need a good shake-up and a kick in the butt. destroying his favourite idiotic game shall do it.

  • -1

    GW

    Folks that think anime, kawaii, etc arent having an affect on the locals, guess again is a BIG problem verging on GIANT, Japan has many many serious problems

  • -1

    nandakandamanda

    Apart from the grammar and spelling boo boos, an interesting article. Wouldn't it have been be easier and more symbolical to crush the game cartridge in a pair of nut-crackers though?

  • -1

    Lowly

    let him in, marry him and all his craziness, or don't marry him at all.

    "jealous" wife covered i warranty-- LOL

  • 0

    morrison_rm

    The virtual one is just a heartbreaker anyway, she's already married "Man marries virtual girlfriend!" 2009(?)

  • 1

    C Harald Hansen

    If he's that type of guy, agree with others, that marriage is heading for a complete train wreck.

  • 0

    Fadamor

    Crap! I just noticed I put "i" before "e" three times in a row! Ugh! face palm.

    Don't sweat it. You were just using the "i before e except after c" rule... of which "weird" is an exception to the rule. I usualy goof up that word at first too, until I notice that "wierd" just looks... weird. ;-)

    Re the article: Doesn't sound like it was much of a "surprise" if they both had a hand in the destruction of the cartridge. I like the nutcracker idea that was posted here, that would have been priceless. I guess it would depend, though, on whether one of the nicknames used by Japanese is the word for "nut".

  • 0

    jessebaybay

    well this is just sad

  • 0

    nandakandamanda

    Fadamor, for nutcrackers, the Japanese seems to be くるみ割り器"kurumiwariki" = walnut crackers.

  • 0

    HonestDictator

    Years later there will be a divorce proceeding due to the fact he began seeing other virtual women after marriage. I'm sorry, I'm an anime/manga fan too but even when I was 13~19 I never had little anime models sitting around the house, or posters on my wall. These types of men invest way too much emotional attachment to fictional characters its unhealthy.

  • 0

    Korlacan Khanthavilay

    It would have been nice to see a picture of both of them. I love anime, games, and such, but HOT JAPANESE GIRL kind of trumps them all.

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