The otaku poster boy and stereotype for those of us who love anime is the ever dishonorable hikikomori. Never leaving our rooms, never bathing and will always be forever alone.
We’re all trying to fight this stereotype but Japanese sex toy makers aren’t really helping. A company called Orient Love Dolls are selling ultra-realistic “Dutch Wives”, a major step up from our dakimakura pillow days. They pride themselves in making their dolls very “human-like”.
The dolls are made of silicon, which mimics the feeling of skin insanely closely. Everything is also customizable – you can choose her bust size, hair color, eyes, moveable fingers, and even the texture of the inside of her naughty bits.
The company already caught the eye of western media a couple of years ago and those articles are resurfacing on imageboards and sites like Reddit, and people are understandably divided.
Some embrace the concept of a Dutch Wife, especially for lonely men who have zero social skills and some are blaming it, among other things, for Japan’s declining population. I’m sure some of these products aren’t helping to change their minds anytime soon.
What is your opinion on ultra-realistic Dutch Wives? Do you think they’re affecting our image as fans of anime and Japanese culture? And most importantly, do you want one? Maybe something more anime-like is more your taste.