Interest Lucky Star Town to Hold Eighth Otaku Matchmaking Event
posted on 2012-08-02 22:13 EDT by Ko Ransom
Washimiya, the Kuki City neighborhood that is home to the "Lucky Star shrine," will hold its eighth "Ota-Konkatsu" matchmaking event for otaku on August 18. The event, titled "Ota-Konkatsu Cosplay-Hen ~Moshi Cosplay Suki no Danjo ga Otaku-Seichi no 'Konkatsu' ni Sanka Shitara" (Otaku Matchmaking Cosplay Edition: ~What if Cosplay-Loving Men and Women Participated in an Otaku Matchmaking Event on Otaku Holy Ground~), Moshiota for short, is being produced by the local chamber of commerce and industry's youth division.
Participation will cost 500 yen (about US$6) for men and women, and applicants must be between the age of 20 and 40, and either be interested in cosplay, have no aversion to cosplay or otaku, understand cosplay or otaku, or be an otaku themselves. The event will be filmed for the first time ever, and will take place from noon to 5 PM on the 18th at a local school. Organizers hope to have 10 to 20 men and women at the event. A local movie theater will give a free couples seat ticket to any couples formed at the event. The neighborhood held its first matchmaking event in late 2010.
Washimiya is the home of Washinomiya Shrine, which was used as the basis for a location in Kyoto Animation's 2007 television adaptation of Kagami Yoshimizu's manga Lucky Star. It has since become a popular destination for anime fans, who make "pilgrimages" to the shrine. The concept for the dating event originated in 2009, when many visiting fans who filled out surveys said that they were interested in marriage.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web