Famed Manga Artist Marries Cosplayer, Now Reportedly Sued By Ex-Fiancée

[Image: YouTube | Famitsu]
[Image: YouTube | Famitsu]

Last year, one of Japan’s most famous cosplayers Nekomu Otogi, then 20 years old, announced that she was marrying 50-something year-old manga artist Kosuke Fujishima, best known for Oh My Goddess! and character designs for numerous Tales games. That’s when things got complicated.


Otogi made the sudden and unexpected announcement on Twitter, adding that she was pregnant with Fujishima’s child. At that time, Anime News Network reported that the announcement “caused a stir” among fans, who had dug up some flirty tweets between the two, including this drawing Fujishima did.

Okay, whatever. People flirt, get married, have kids. No biggie!

But, around that same time, Afternoon News reported that he had a common-law wife with a kid with people claiming that they had met them at Fujishima’s house.

Otogi is quoted as saying these were “all rumors,” but now Nico Nico News (via Shukan Josei Prime) is reporting that Fujishima apparently was married and then got a divorce in 2014. But, according to Nico Nico News, he was in another long-term relationship with a yet another woman who was waiting for him to get said divorce so that they could get married.

Via a friend, the fiancée reportedly said that when she was on a return flight from Tokyo, she received a message from Fujishima that he had cleaned out everything and would not be returning to their apartment. All the possessions were gone, Shukan Josei Prime adds, except for their two cats, which had been left behind.


Nine days later, it seems, Otogi announced that she and Fujishima were getting married.

Shukan Josei Prime approached Fujishima on the street about these allegations. He told the publication to contact his publisher Kodansha. (Full disclosure: My first book was published by Kodansha.) Upon doing so, the publisher told Shukan Josei Prime, “no comment.”


According to Nico Nico News, the ex-fiancée brought a lawsuit against Fujishima for mental anguish last November, and it’s moving through the Fukuoka district court.

Oh My Goddess!? Oh my goodness.

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Wait. Suing your fiancee for breaking up with you? Is this a thing that actually happens in Japan? Last time I checked, an engagement was not a legally-binding thing. That’s why it’s called an engagement. It is an UNOFFICIAL pledge to get married AT A LATER TIME. You know, in case things wind up not working out. Which is pretty common, actually.

To be fair, if all of that is actually true, it’s a pretty scummy thing to do, but it is in no way illegal, nor is it something that you can justifiably take someone to court over. But... maybe it is in Japan???? I dunno, but that seems like a pretty extreme leap that in most countries would never even actually make it to a court, let alone win a case.