TNB Night Owl – Miku’s Wedding

Animated singer Hatsune Miku has gotten married.  That’s not so unusual; fictional characters get hitched on a fairly regular basis.  Storm (Ororo Munroe) married Black Panther (T’challa) in the pages of Marvel Comics.  Luke & Laura’s marriage on General Hospital drew national attention.  It happens.

What doesn’t typically happen, however, is a fictional character marrying a real person.  That’s where Japan flexes its weirdness and produces yet another high-tech version of Florida Man.

Akihiko Kondo, a 35 year old school administrator, formally married his decade-long sweetheart in early November.  There were invitations to his friends and his family (none of his family attended); there was a rented hall, all of the trappings of a traditional wedding with the exception of a second actual person.  He even had rings made.  The full cost was more than $17,000.

The Miku Fan website reported on his intent in August, prompting messages both supporting and discouraging his marriage.  Gatebox, the company which produced the hologram-projection device which generates the version of Miku in his home (the only one he claims to have married) even issued a marriage certificate.

Miku’s ring, because it could not be placed upon the hologram’s finger, was placed upon a cat-sized Miku plush toy instead.

Lest you think this is a single instance of insane behavior, it’s noted by the Japan Times that Gatebox has reportedly issued more than 3700 certificates for “cross-dimension” marriages.

Perhaps this isn’t so strange.  People have discussed similar topics in high-profile media venues before.

Okay, no, it’s strange.  Very strange.

Question of the night: What’s a fictional character who, were they real, you’d like to have a conversation with (not marry)?

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