The girl you're talking to may not be human

The girl you're talking to may not be human

Maid skirt, big eyes, cherry lips, fair skin and Barbie figure, her name is Xiaomei. Stand politely outside the counter and ask if the video store is still hiring. Then, she becomes your new colleague. You and her discuss life and movies while sorting out the discs. The beginning of the story is as romantic as an idol drama.
You don't know she's not human until she's cut off her arm by a sharp stand. There is a leak.
Only then did you realize that Xiaomei is actually a live inflatable doll. She slipped out of the house to go shopping and work during the day, and at night she pretended to be an unconscious doll, eating and sleeping with the owner who bought her.
This seemingly dark and humorous scene is the plot of the Japanese movie "Air Figure". "I heard that after using it for the ninety-ninth time with the inflatable doll, she will become a real person." The inflatable doll came to life, and for the majority of otaku youths, it is not known whether it is a horror movie or a novel on the Internet. But what is certain is that in the decades of evolution, inflatable dolls are getting closer and closer to real people in appearance.
There are different opinions about the origin of inflatable dolls, but most of them come from Dutch sailors in the 17th century or Nazi barracks during World War II. Regardless of the origin, the inflatable doll as a special tool really flourished in Japan.
The well-known Japanese blow-up doll manufacturer "Oriental Industry" was established in 1977.
The first inflatable doll "Smile" produced by it is very simple in production, saving everything that can be saved. The workmanship is not so fine, and it is far from a real person.
However, where there is demand, there is supply, and the rigid needs of single men promote the rapid evolution of inflatable dolls. The realism of the shape is only part of it. The skin of rubber, latex, PVC, and soft rubber, the skeleton of polyurethane foam, and metal, even the touch and posture strive to be more like real people.
The most expensive doll in the world can be sold for hundreds of thousands. The 3D modeled face, the direction of the eyeball can be adjusted, the built-in heating device maintains the body temperature, the "semi-solid bone" simulates the joint movement of the human body, and can be implanted with real hair. There are also dolls equipped with smart chips that can talk to each other. It can be customized and changed from body shape, skin color, and cup size to the color of eyes and areola pores, and the shape and curl of private parts hair.
But dolls are just dolls after all. No matter how real the semi-solid skeleton is, it cannot be turned into a mechanical arm. Soft body does not mean flexibility. The practicality of high-end inflatable dolls has gradually given way to ornamental.

The American documentary "Love me love my doll" interviewed some people who chose to spend their lives with inflatable dolls. The interviewee said to the camera: "In the beginning, there was only a physical relationship with the doll, but gradually I just wanted to sleep next to her and admire her. I am not alone at all because I have her by my side."
Another interviewee said: "It is impossible for me to be with a real woman in my life. The doll saved me."

Why is it impossible to be with a real woman?
In "Air Figure", when Xiaomei's owner finds that Xiaomei is alive, his first reaction is not surprise, but panic.
Xiaomei questioned the owner: "I am her substitute?!" Because the owner's ex-girlfriend is called Xiaomei.
The owner begged her to turn back into an inflatable doll: "It's too much trouble for me to fall in love...that's why I choose you."
Life is complicated and unpredictable, only inflatable dolls are absolutely controllable. The love between real people may be separated for various reasons, but the inflatable doll will not, she can sit by the bed for a lifetime and wait for you to come home.
She won't cheat, grow old, get fat, get wrinkles, or yell at you.
Not having a soul is her only shortcoming, but that's why she has become the perfect lover in most male fantasies.
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