The scenes are plenty different than your average coffee shop, bar or romantic helicopter ride.In the first episode, a man and a woman meet in VR outer space.The world of anime dating is still a relative secret subculture in Japan but that is slowly changing as more games are released with complex narratives and multiple endings rather than a focus on sex and soft porn.To make its newest romance video game stand out from the competition, a Japanese company is giving users the chance to marry their virtual girlfriends in a real life wedding ceremony, with the help of VR a romance and dating simulator like many others in Japan.And in just in case you’re asking yourself “who on Earth would want to do something like this?”, I’ll have you know that this sort of anime-style dating simulators are very big in Japan.While reality dating shows like The Bachelorette seem to consistently make for an easy hit, Condé Nast and Facebook are betting on a new kind of dating show—in virtual reality.
For the Japanese people that play the games, the relationships can feel very real.
In typical Japanese style, the wedding hall is really elaborate.
In the video from Ruptly TV you see the groom getting fitted with a VR headset and headphones before going through a typical wedding ceremony.
The games vary in detail and scope and are generally designed to appeal to heterosexuals. Games marketed towards men, tend to allow the man to 'tweak' the female character to their preferences and have a more overt sexual tone to them.
Flirting is key and the man plays a role of protector and benefactor, buying gifts and offering advice.