Okko‘s “Sweet Romance” app features real-life situations such as office romance, as well as the “rental boyfriend” phenomena. The company even has English-language versions of its official pamphlet, which makes sense because (brace yourselves overseas ladies) many of their games are also available in English. Many of their apps have lengthy free trials, so you can check them out without spending a penny upfront.
The characters represent ideal versions of Japanese male beauty, with this cardboard cutout cutie demonstrating a perfect – a word to describe someone whose head is exactly one-eigtht of their body length, which is considered a beauty ideal in Japan.
The answer for frustrated females may lie in the emerging mobile phone romance/otome app genre, which is currently flourishing in Japan.
After all, why waste your tears on a guy who doesn’t text you back when you can have your very own virtual boyfriend living in your phone?
Let’s face it, modern dating can be pretty disappointing for both sexes, but for girls who value good old-fashioned romance, it’s particularly dire.
Japan hasn’t escaped the plague of impersonal online dating apps and with modern Japanese guys (allegedly) said to be increasingly disinterested in pursuing romance, it’s hard out there for girls who are tired of waiting for Prince Charming.