A Japanese man has reportedly started a petition to allow marriage between real people and two-dimensional cartoon characters. Cartoon books or manga are immensely popular in Japan, as are anime or cartoon movies. Some people are totally obsessed with them (manga otaku or anime otaku). Hence there have been many signatories to the petition.
I must admit that I enjoy some manga and anime, although not the ones which feature sexually violent stuff. It’s disturbing that there is a Japanese word for monster-tentacle-rape. Ugh.
When I was about 14, I wanted to marry Faramir from Lord of the Rings, but fortunately I got over my desire to marry a fictional character. If this story is true, these people obviously haven’t progressed beyond that teenage stage. I don’t think allowing marriage between fictional characters and real people is a particularly healthy phenomenon. No real person can ever hope to match up to a fantasy person. If someone is allowed to “marry” a fantasy character, then they can just keep avoiding interactions with real people.
And what if multiple people wanted to marry the same character? Could that character have multiple “spouses”? Or would it be first in, best dressed? What if the manga storyline started to develop in a way that that the “spouse” of the character didn’t like? Or the character got killed off? I can just think of so many ways in which it could produce problems!