Who are the “fantasies” in Japan, people who fall in love with fictional characters – Corriere.it

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They fall in love and marry “informally” with the heroes of manga, anime and video games. Interaction with holograms allowed by a device called Gatebox. The story of Akihiko Kondo and Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated pop singer

Akihiko Kondo38 years old, Japanese, The first phycthyosexual activist. He wants the world to know that there are people like him and that their numbers will increase with Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics that allow for deeper interactions with inanimate objects The New York Times, which devoted an article to the phenomenon, explains that it was born in Japan and considered by the Japanese government to be a distinct cultural movement for the country and worthy of export. sexual fantasies Men and women who fall in love with fictional characters and demand the dignity of their relationship. Mr. Kondo is one of thousands of people in Japan who have unofficially contracted fictional characters in recent decades, serving a vast industry that aims to satisfy every whim of ardent fan culture. Tens of thousands of people around the world joined online groups discussing their interactions with them Characters from anime, manga and video games Nate writes.

Kondo got married in 2018 unofficially (or rather fake) with Hatsune MikuOne The computer-composed turquoise-haired pop singer who toured with Lady Gaga and starred in video games. He says their relationship has intensified since 2017, when one of the devices called Gate Boxaimed at single men (costs $1,300), allowing you to Interact with holograms of fictional characters. Kondo says that Miku gives him love, inspiration, and comfort with her (in the form of GameHe goes to restaurants, watches movies, and travels on romantic weekends. Mr. Kondo has always known that he does not want a human partner. Partly because he rejected the rigid expectations of Japanese family life, as The New York Times explains. But above all, it was because he had always felt a very attractive, and even to him, inexplicable attraction to fictional characters. Accepting her feelings was difficult at first. But he argues that life with Miku has advantages over life with a human partner: She is always there for him, she will never betray him, and he will never have to see her get sick or die.. Although there are some very difficult moments for him, such as when Gatebox stopped producing a Miku avatar: Kondo now has to accept dolls and his imagination to interact with his “sweetheart”.

It would be easy to dismiss the problem as the delirium of a bunch of crazy people who have found mutual affirmation and clarity thanks to the web. But behind sexuality there are broader and more relevant phenomena. Certainly there Japanese fan culture, with its characteristics. And The market’s ability to make money Starting with the most mysterious tendencies. And the side that matters Limitations of Minority Self-Definition The struggle for recognition and rights.

Many objections that can be raised against homosexuals and bisexuals have been raised in the past. Today we realize that these emotional orientations are true, thanks to the struggles of gays, lesbians and bisexuals. Why not work the same way for sex hackers? The simple answer: because the relationship of love is so – and therefore recognizable – It should relate to real and independent themesunderstanding the unpredictability of facing the other alone. A fictional character is a projection of our minds, therefore it is impossible for us to have a relationship with him or her: we will always and in any case have a relationship with ourselves. In this sense, fantasy sexuality seems above all else A way to escape from confrontation and relationship with others. The question could change when and if technology will be able to develop programs or robots that behave as if they were humans with their own personality and ability to act independently. But this is science fiction stuff for now.

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