Tiger & Bunny Matchmaking Party Planned in Japan
posted on by Egan Loo
Aellura, a service for matching otaku together as potential marriage partners, announced on Monday that it will hold a "Tiger & Bunny Fans-Only Matchmaking Party" on October 15 and 16. On each day, 20 Tiger & Bunny fans (10 of each gender) will get to know each other at an antique-style café in Tokyo.
Male attendees must be over 25 ("unemployed, student, and married candidates need not apply") and pay 9,000 yen (about US$120). Female attendees must be over 20 ("married candidates need not apply") and pay 3,000 yen (US$39). Applications are due by October 8.
After a briefing session, the attendees will introduce themselves to each other one-on-one. (Each person will get 10 minutes to talk with each person of the opposite gender.) The men and women will then split up for a short tea break with homemade cake. After two 15-minutes sessions of free time to socialize, each attendee can list two potential partner choices on a matching card. The results will then be tallied and the "couples" will be announced at the end of the three-hour event.
Aellura has held or planned nine previous parties, including themed parties for anime fans, gamers, otaku over 30, otaku in their 20s, and otaku in general. However, the Tiger & Bunny Fans-Only Matchmaking Party is Aellura's first party catering specifically to one franchise's fanbase.
Washimiya, the Kuki City neighborhood that is home to the "Lucky Star shrine," has held two "Ota-Konkatsu" matchmaking events for otaku last year and this year. The Tokyo-based First Contact marriage agency announced a new service named "Otaren" for otaku in May.