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Anime Characters Now Exist in Real Life

Well, according to the Japanese Government they do.


One way to save the Japanese animation industry is to actually make the characters official residence of Japan, for you can’t kill the animation industry if the character’s are are actually living. Konata Izumi and the rest of her family will now be official residence of Satte, a city north of Tokyo. They are residents of Satte because that is where they live in the manga, and it is also where the creator Yoshimizu lived as well. She will be drawing a special certificate for this, which will be presented on January 3.

Konata isn’t the only one becoming an official resident, but the Tetsujin 28 is also becoming an official resident. But I’m not talking about the anime character, but the life-sized statue in Kobe. Mayor Tatsuo Yada will be presenting the statue with a certificate of residency on November 28.

So now that these anime characters are officially members of Japan, do they have to pay taxes?

[Via ANN]
JJOR64on Nov. 25, 2009 at 7:25 p.m.
Huh?  Japan just keeps getting weirder and weirder in an awesome way.
Matteon Nov. 25, 2009 at 7:27 p.m.
@JJOR64: You mean Japan's awesomesauce rose by +10
ThePsychoGameron Nov. 25, 2009 at 7:33 p.m.
I don't need to be a global citizen or have a nationality, i'm already part of a growing populous, we reinforce our popularity (actually most of the time the sides against us do that)
kira112on Nov. 25, 2009 at 7:54 p.m.

awesome :D
Sonata moderator on Nov. 25, 2009 at 8:25 p.m.
So Cool pretty soon they will name streets and Highways as Anime characters. Its only a matter of time.
metalsnakezeroon Nov. 25, 2009 at 8:54 p.m.
This is the start for bigger things to come (Real like working Gundams and school girls with super powers).
BobCaton Nov. 25, 2009 at 9:09 p.m.
Tax revenue from anime characters?  Can you imagine Konata getting a tax bill?  Where would they send it :)
Nerxon Nov. 25, 2009 at 9:10 p.m.
Flippin epic, i wonder where Nobita lives
Nikoon Nov. 25, 2009 at 9:17 p.m.
Isn't Astro Boy already an official citizen of Japan?
Quarkboyon Nov. 26, 2009 at 6:57 a.m.
Finally, my dream can become true:  Konata can be my waifu!  
If she's an official resident, than there's nothing the law could do to stop our government sanctioned marriage, right? 
Halberdierv2on Nov. 26, 2009 at 7:26 a.m.
i dont know what to say...
AjayRazon Nov. 26, 2009 at 1:37 p.m.
i guess they'll be paying OTAXKU!!!! hahahahaha!!!! get it? otaku? otaxu? ha..hah...ha....ha....  
 
this is incredibly weird but awesome at the same time. gotta love japan's insanity. 
Superevil225on Nov. 26, 2009 at 3:46 p.m.
I wonder what's actually going through these people's heads at that time... Weird, but I guess It's kinda cool...
lordhaseoon Nov. 26, 2009 at 5:57 p.m.

KOOOLLLL
Lanon Nov. 26, 2009 at 9:54 p.m.
Part of  me is like "THIS IS SO COOL!" Then the other half is thinking that this is going to open up a whole new can of worms when it comes to the issue of loli.
OsakaHuggeron Nov. 29, 2009 at 10:08 a.m.
Hot.
 
Japan need to be where I live.
ZachTheAnimeGeekon Jan. 4, 2010 at 9:07 a.m.

Lol no offense or anything but this needs to be under the concept Wtf, Japan?
luvkonataluvvvon March 15, 2010 at 12:04 a.m.
time to move to satte 
yayこなた現実です:D
Rayleonon March 15, 2010 at 12:06 a.m.
@Quarkboy said:
" Finally, my dream can become true:  Konata can be my waifu!  If she's an official resident, than there's nothing the law could do to stop our government sanctioned marriage, right?  "
konata's consent?
John_Martoneon March 15, 2010 at 12:10 p.m.
Yet, we're still talking about one of the most xenophobic countries, at least when it comes to immigrants.
 
What's next, I think they'll give citizenship to robots before they start openly welcoming in others.

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