Pic shows: Toho Zoo announced Grape-kun will be visited by Ikuko Chikutai (Hululu’s voice actress) on May 20; An adorable penguin who fell in love with a cardboard cut-out has been reunited with the object of his affections. Grape-kun, an elderly male penguin, fell hook, line and sinker for the image of anime girl penguin Hululu that was placed in his enclosure at Tobu Zoo in the town of Miyashiro in the Saitama Prefecture of central Japan’s Kanto Region. Zookeepers had to take the distraction away from him as all he would do was stare at her all day, neglecting even to eat his regular meals of fresh fish. But they have relented after Grape-kun regained his appetite and he has been reunited with the cardboard anime. And the zoo has now embraced his unusual crush by broadcasting updates of the odd couple on social media. One recent post told how Grape-kun was looking forward to a visit to the zoo by Ikuko Chikutai who provides the voice of the Hululu character. And the zoo is now selling a Loving Grape drink in its gift shop for 400 JPY (2.76 GBP) to visitors as the “perfect embodiment” of Grape-kun and Hululu’s relationship. It says the white and deep purple colours mix together beautifully, yet the ice cream makes you feel cold, reminding us of “two penguin souls that yearn to be together but must remain in separate dimensions.” The story of the doomed love affair has captured the imagination of online commentators in Japan. One anonymous netizen said: “Seems he’s become the new mascot for the park”, another added: “They should just show Grape-kun an episode of her anime”, and a comedian joked: “Yeah, ‘crushed jelly’ describes my love life too.”
Grape-kun the penguin that fell in love with a 2D anime cutout has died with the love of his life….it’s a tear-jerker. Perhaps in death he has risen to become 2D…they’ll be together forever.
Remember he stood in the rain to be with his waifu.
Would make a good gif. Otakus are like fat penguins.
Fururu over food
He was old and we knew it would happen someday soon.