Last year, the story of Japan’s celebrity penguin named Grape-kun and his anime waifu Hululu touched many hearts because of their unique romance.
— 東武動物公園【公式】リュウくん (@tobuzoo7) May 16, 2017
Grape-kun was a 20-year-old Humboldt penguin at Tobu Zoo in Saitama, Japan. He gained online fame when zookeepers noticed him obsessing over a cardboard cutout of an anime character. After his penguin mate traded him for a younger penguin, Grape-kun turned to a cardboard cutout of Hululu, an anime character who looks like a Humboldt penguin from the series “Kemono Friends”.
— 東武動物公園【公式】リュウくん (@tobuzoo7) April 26, 2017
Grape-kun’s unlikely adoration towards his “cardboard soulmate” earned people’s attention online and even got him to meet the voice actress of Hululu in the anime.
— 築田行子＊フルル (@ckik195) May 20, 2017
Sadly, due to poor health conditions, Grape-kun passed away last year and broke the hearts of his fans. Tobu Zoo announce his death on Twitter saying: “The Humboldt penguin Grape-kun passed away yesterday. Sincere thanks to everyone for supporting him until now. Thank you also to Hululu, who watched over him until the very end. And thank you, Grape-kun, for all this time. Rest peacefully in heaven.“
— 東武動物公園【公式】リュウくん (@tobuzoo7) October 13, 2017
But fans were cheered somehow when Tobu Zoo tweeted a photo of Grape-kun and Hululu — now together in a cutout cardboard.
— 東武動物公園【公式】リュウくん (@tobuzoo7) January 8, 2018
People are happy that the two have been reunited even as a cardboard cutout and that Grape-kun will never be lonely again.
— ニラオ (@nirao1015) January 8, 2018
『 ﾀﾉｼｶｯﾀﾖ … ﾏﾀﾈ 』 pic.twitter.com/57kqDUOyG4
— 渡部裕樹 (@whix07) January 8, 2018
— ぱーぷるぶどう (@purple_grape_39) January 8, 2018
OKAY, WE’RE NOT CRYING.