Akihiko Kondo, a Japanese 38-year-old teacher, realized that human relationships were not satisfying for him, and he married Hatsune Miku, a hologram that was brought to life by a computer as singing software. His software expenses for the wedding accumulated to more than $17,000.
Kondo discovered his true love for Miku using Gatebox, a device that displays fictional characters into a cylinder and enables users to communicate through artificial intelligence. This technology allowed the couple to marry unofficially.
During the ceremony vows, Mike proposed to her saying, “I hope you’ll cherish me.”
After their marriage, Gatebox technology no longer exists which presents a barrier to the progression of their relationship. However, Kondo is still determined to make things work in the marriage. He says, “My love for Miku hasn’t changed. I held the wedding ceremony because I thought I could be with her forever.”
According to him, the Vocaloid software voicebank changed his life as that tool helped lift him out of depression. Kondo reported being bullied at work for carrying around a life-size version of the doll. As a result, “I stayed in my room for 24 hours a day, and watched videos of Miku the whole time,” he said.
He views anime and video games not as a disruption to our daily lives, but as a path for greater connection. True love doesn’t discriminate, so we might just have to accept this strange love story.