Have you met my new girlfriend Queen-size?
Before you start moping in your Corn Flakes again about what a lonely, lonely comics nerd you are, consider this: At least you’re not as bad as some of the people profiled in this recent New York Times story about a growing subset of men and women in Japan who fall in love with and attempt to have real relationships with cartoon characters. Take “Nisan” for example, whose girlfriend is an anime character printed on a body pillow:
Nisan told me that not long ago he had a real girlfriend, but that she dumped him. He carries Nemutan almost everywhere he goes, though he is more self-conscious about it than he may seem at first. “Some people don’t find this funny,” he said, “and it also takes up a lot of room.” He treats her the way any decent man would treat a girlfriend — he takes her out on the weekends to sing karaoke or take purikura, photo-booth pictures imprinted on a sheet of tiny stickers. In the few hours we spent together, I watched him position her gently in the restaurant booth and later in the back seat of his car, making sure to keep her upright and not to touch her private parts. He doesn’t take her to work, but he has a backup body pillow with the same Nemutan cover inside his desk drawer in case he has to work late at his tech-support job. “She’s great for falling asleep with on an office chair.”
See? Feel better now, doncha? (link via Cartoon Brew)