Dakimakura Anime Love Pillows
Dakimakura Love Pillows
Dakimakura are a full body pillow with an anime character illustrated on the pillow cover. They are a stuffed pillowcase with a 2-D character printed on synthetic fabric. The anime character depicted is often in an erotic pose. Usually in some lewd position with revealing clothes or some sexual facial expression. Otakus have been known to form unnatural relationships with their “2D Lovers”. 2D lovers are men passionate about 2D characters. Renowned for sometimes giving a little bit too much affection to their pillow waifu.
The word “Dakimakura” is a Japanese portmanteau. It is the contraction of “dakishime” (to embrace or cling) and “makura” (pillow). The word blend is often translated into English as “hug pillow”. Hug pillows are not just an otaku thing. The word itself doesn’t immediately have a geek connotation. These pillows are generally no different from Western orthopedic body pillows. They can be legitimately used by those hoping to have a better night’s sleep.
Otaku Love Pillow Fetish
Fake girlfriend pillows have recently become closely associated with Japanese nerds. They believe that a lumpy pillow with a drawing of a prepubescent anime character on it is their girlfriend. Indulging in real relationships with imaginary characters is a thriving subset of otaku culture. The 2D love craziness is part of the obsessive fandom that surrounds anime, manga and video games in Japan. It is claimed that this is a follow up of the hikikomori phenomenon.
Nerd folklore insinuates that these pillows provide more than just a good night’s sleep. An inappropriate embrace during bedtime by those suffering from loneliness perhaps.
Korean Otaku Marries Anime Body Pillow
A Korean anime fan proudly tied the knot with a pillowcase. The cotton pillow features the image of his favorite girl heroine – Fate Testarossa. Fate Testarossa is one of the popular heroines of magical girl show Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha.