2-D Love: Otaku Culture

Romeo and Pillow-etteForget sex dolls… how about sex pillows?  The New York Times Sunday Magazine ran this article about a “…thriving subculture of men and women in Japan who indulge in real relationships with imaginary characters. These 2-D lovers, as they are called, are a subset of otaku culture— the obsessive fandom that has surrounded anime, manga and video games in Japan in the last decade.

Apparently Otaku can take many forms.  One guy in particular, named Nisan, 37, has fallen in love with an anime character… on his pillow.

What if they got into a lovers’ quarrel?  That’d be one helluva pillow fight.  I would NOT want to see this guy consummate his relationship.  (“Hey, is that drool on your pillow?”  “…That’s not drool…”  “Aaaaaghhh!!”)

C’mon, buddy.  Get a sock like everybody else.

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