Anime producers must be red with envy as they see Konami's Love Plus DS game reach sales of over 100,000 units within a month of its release.
That is already over double the entire 2008 sales of high-selling Code Geass R2 DVD1.
Hayami Saori, however, must be thrilled. Her character in the game, Takane Manaka, has become wildly popular. Today, many fans are celebrating Manaka's October 5 birthday (see photo).
On second thought, Hayamin may be getting a bit weirded out by now. After all, she is now the girlfriend of tens of thousands of Japanese otaku, who are no doubt doing unspeakable things in her virtual presence.
A recent story on Sankaku Complex (a site definitely not safe for work, and the source of much of my information here) says that game-players are even figuring out what perfume to buy and apply to their DS consoles to simulate a fuller olfactory experience of their virtual romance.
As the slogan on 2channel goes: "Who needs real women when you have Love Plus?"
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