The man who married a hologram in Japan can no longer communicate with his virtual wife

This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may occur as a result of this process.

fictionosexuality is the term used to describe those people who are sexually attracted to fictional characters and in Japan it is gradually becoming a trend, to the extent that there are companies developing technology to offer users holographic couples. Akihiko Kondo took his love for a fictional character one step further by holding a “marrying” ceremony with Hatsune Mikuss , a virtual singer who starred in several video games and even accompanied Lady Gaga on her world tours. The ceremony took place in 2019, after the man with the hologram was able to communicate through Gatebox, a company that develops devices to holographically represent characters that don’t exist.

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At the time, Akihiko and Hatsune monopolized the headlines of the newspapers and the media and now they are doing it again because the support for the Gatebox software that allowed the interaction of the man with his virtual wife is no longer available and for the same reason, stop communicating with her. According to the Japanese newspaper The Mainichi, Kondo says his relationship with the hologram helped him overcome a deep depression brought on by work and fear of social rejection. Facing the inability to continue communicating with her, the man said: “My love for Miku has not changed. I held the wedding ceremony because I thought I could be with her forever.” Wherever he wants her to go, he is accompanied by a life-size model of Hatsune Miku, and he hopes to be able to communicate with her in some way in the near future.

Fictional Sexual Relationships, Ideal for the Metavers?

Although the relationship between Akihiko and Hatsune Miko seems strange, we were able to see them more often thanks to the rapid development of the metaverse and digital environments. In some countries, fictional sexuality is becoming commonplace, as an entire content generation industry revolves around it. But as long as those relationships depend on hardware and software that can become obsolete or rely on upgrades, they will be short-lived.

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