What a better way to celebrate the 25th anniversary and new release of what promises to be an eternal series than a “spiritual wedding” of two main characters? This is probably what monthly publication Comics Punch thought when they approached wedding planning corporation Wedding GyaO, or even more disturbingly the other way around, with the idea to hold an event spiritually connecting Ken Shiro and Julia from the Fist of the North Star series.
Though it doesn’t have much in the way of English releases, much like Doraemon, Pokemon, Galaxy Express 999, Cutey Honey, and even more recently Evangelion, Fist of the North Star one of the staple anime whose marketing has so saturated these small islands that you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t at least casually familiar with the series. Which makes it even more interesting when you consider that only 777 guests will be allowed to attend the ceremony, to be held at Nippon Seinenkan on September 13.
There are three ways to get your hands on one of the invitations. First, you can enter a lottery via purchase of the upcoming Comic Punch. Second, you can enter a lottery via Wedding GyaO. This includes planning your wedding through the company. Third… well, let’s not worry about it. Suffice to say that unless you’re direct kin or a close friend of the happy couple and Ken Shiro hasn’t beaten the crap out of you, resulting in a visceral explosion of all internal organs, chances are you probably won’t be able to make it.
However, all angst aside, why not send Ken and Julia an electronic congratulatory message using this reception site. According to the input form, there is a chance that your words will appear somewhere at the wedding, on the DVD, or on other nebulous related materials. And, hey, if you think about it – that’s about as much as they’ll actually be there, too.