Tokyo wedding chapel lets fans marry their VR anime girl crushes

By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

In a more innocent time, Niitzuma LovelyxCation, the latest romance video game from developer Hibiki Works, could have relied on its graphic sex scenes to help it stand out. But in the modern era, the market is crowded with kinky titles, and Niitzuma, which means “new wife,” needs another hook.

Hibiki Works’ idea is to let players court the object of their affection in the early part of the game, and then let the gameplay experience continue on into their blissful, physically affectionate married life, as alluded to in the game’s opening animation.

But to really help sell the illusion of a virtual marriage, Hibiki Works has announced that it will be holding a virtual reality marriage ceremony in which fans/“grooms” will be able to experience the rush of emotions as they and their virtual brides exchange wedding vows.

This isn’t just some simple VR program that you download for use at home, though. The Niitzuma wedding ceremony will be held at an actual wedding chapel at a yet-undisclosed location in Tokyo.

Each wedding will be carried out in private, with whichever groom’s turn it is stepping up to the alter and slipping on a VR headset to rendezvous with his choice of blushing bride from Niitzuma, meaning he’ll be saying “I do” to either Yuki Isurugi, Aiko Kurihara or Nono Naruse.

It’s actually a pretty confident marketing move, given that the PC game’s release isn’t even happening until later this month on April 28. Never the less, Hibiki Works is confident that it’ll be able to find an undisclosed number of husbands for the game’s three stars. The ceremony will be held on June 30, and further details regarding applications, which will be accepted between April 28 and May 28, can be found on the event’s official website here.

Source: Hibiki Works via Otakomu

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Will they do gay weddings? Totally-gay gokai would love to marry Naruto.

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The should also provide psychological counseling

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I know it's good to be a little childish sometimes, but in these circumstances it is too much for me to try and resist the urge to tell these immature types to grow up and get a life.

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tell these immature types to grow up and get a life...

As long as they make a living, I really do not care what people do or not do.

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As long as they make a living, I really do not care what people do or not do.

Exactly. I have zero interest in vr girls myself, but if that's what these guys enjoy, then who is anyone else to criticize? I guarantee that if the people criticizing listed all of their interests and hobbies, other people could find criticism in those as well.

Live and let live.

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I don't know whether to laugh or cry, another reason the population will continue downwards....

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GW, your right, no wonder the birth rate is falling and relationships don't last, its all fantasy not reality. unfortunately life is a bit boring, and the constant chase for money to pay bills.

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Hahaha, and it was on US broadcast channel ABC TV show "Right This Minute":

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Ill say this, if guys are wasting their time on this weirdness its better than the scumbags who happily go to sex bars and sex tours overseas thus keeping the flesh trade alive

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Hey, at least they are marrying somebody/something else.

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@Strangerland Is this healthy or unhealthy individually and societally? What are the effects of such behavior? What are the causes? Are the people able to have intimacy and happy relationships? Is this a phenomenon more associated with Japanese society? If so, why? Shall we ask these questions? It's OK if we ask, right? It's actually a pretty fascinating topic.

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@Strangerland Is this healthy or unhealthy individually and societally?

If they aren't hurting anyone, then I don't think it matters. Not everything we do needs to be healthy to ourselves, nor to society. Alcohol isn't healthy, and yet many people drink. I don't really drink, but I don't expect others not to.

Are the people able to have intimacy and happy relationships?

Maybe not, but they may not be able to without this either.

Shall we ask these questions?

Sure, nothing wrong with asking.

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