Fictosexuals: people married to fictional characters

3 May 2022

Sometimes a book is just too good to put down, leaving you no choice but to… marry one of its (fictional) characters. Unofficially at least.

And no, this is no joke. The practice is said to have thousands of adherents in Japan, including Akihiko Kondo, a thirty-something salaryman, who is “married” to Hatsune Miku, a singing voice synthesizer, who features in video games, and even opened a concert for Lady Gaga once*.

In Miku, Mr. Kondo has found love, inspiration and solace, he says. He and his assortment of Miku dolls eat, sleep and watch movies together. Sometimes, they sneak off on romantic getaways, posting photos on Instagram.

*… though can someone who opened a show for Lady Gaga be unreal?