Japanese Video Game Company Asks Female Fans To Stop Sending Gifts To Virtual Characters

A video game company in Japan has released a statement urging fans to stop sending chocolates to game characters on Valentine’s Day.

Developer Koei Tecmo, which creates games with historical characters from feudal Japan and China, has caught the attention of female gamers with a particular passion for history, reported SoraNews24.

Women history buffs, known as “reki-jo” (歴女) in Japan, have fallen in love with historical characters in games, who are often depicted as beautiful cartoon-like characters.

In his statement posted on company websiteKoei Tecmo expressed its gratitude for fans who sent Valentine’s Day gifts for characters and their creators to its Yokohama offices.

“Thank you for your continued support of our business and our products, and we would like to once again express our gratitude to those of you who have already sent gifts to our staff and the characters that appear in our games,” says the press release. translated by SoraNews24.

“Currently, as a countermeasure to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, many of our employees are working from home,” the message continued. “After considering the difficulties in receiving packages and possible health/safety issues, this year we will respectfully decline Valentine’s Day and White Day gifts. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.”

Although the idea of ​​giving fictional characters may seem unusual, it is common for women in Japan to give men gifts (at least in real life) on Valentine’s Day and receive gifts the white day, a follow-up to Valentine’s Day celebrated in March in Japan. It is customary for employees to give “compulsory chocolates” to their male colleagues on occasion.

Giving chocolates for Valentine’s Day isn’t always necessarily considered a romantic gesture in Japan. Giri choco, a popular treat associated with platonic affection, is often offered to male colleagues simply as a gesture of kindness.

Like Koei Tecmo cited pandemic restrictions for his announcement, it seems the “chocolate-free policy” is a temporary measure, SoraNews points out, and fans may eventually resume sending gifts to their virtual idols.

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