Japanese cartoon lovers petition for a right to marry their favourite characters
I know all of us have a favourite cartoon character, but how would you like to marry one? Taichi Takashita, a man from Japan, fell in love with a famous Japanese cartoon character Mikuru Asahina and wants to marry her. The problem is that he is prohibited from doing so by law. So, Takashita is asking people to sign an online petition to change the law to allow marriages between humans and cartoon characters. Takashita is aiming for 1 million signatures to present to the government. So far, 1000 people have signed. By the way, Japan does not even allow same-sex marriages, so in the case that the required number of signatures is actually collected, the single sex marriage legislature might still face a few precedent obstacles in the Japanese parlament. When asked why marry a cartoon character, Takashita says he is more interested in two-dimension world than reality. Disenchantment with reality and obsession with virtual world seems to be a growing trend in Japan. Just recently, a woman was found guilty of murdering her virtual husband after he abandoned her in the online game. See NP coverage here.
While marrying a cartoon character might seem like a weird concept, Facebook is filled with groups dedicated to discussions around marrying cartoon characters. For example, there already exist English language Facebook groups called “If I was a cartoon character, I'd marry Kim Possible” and “I secretly want to marry Dimitri from the cartoon movie Anastasia.”
A Japanese man has enlisted hundreds of people in a campaign to allow marriages between humans and cartoon characters, saying he feels more at ease in the "two-dimensional world."
Comic books are immensely popular in Japan, with some fictional characters becoming celebrities or even sex symbols.
Marriage is meanwhile on the decline as many young Japanese find it difficult to find life partners.
'We are no longer interested in the three-dimensional world,' Takashita wrote on his website, making clear that he feels more at home in the manga world than in real-life Japan.
Manga, anime another other forms of animated entertainment are highly popular in Japan, with Prime Minister Taro Aso a dedicated manga fan.