Lucky Star Town's Next Otaku Matchmaking Features Cosplay
posted on by Egan Loo
Washimiya, the Kuki City neighborhood that is home to the "Lucky Star shrine," announced on Saturday that it will host its third "Ota-Konkatsu" matchmaking event for otaku on December 18 — this time, with cosplay. The local chamber of commerce and industry's youth division is again producing the "Dai-3-kai Ota-Konkatsu Cosplay-hen ~Ano Hi Mita Kimi no Sugao o Boku wa Mada Shiranai~" (Otaku Matchmaking III Cosplay Edition: I Still Don't Know Your Real Face Which I Saw That Day) event. The event's title is a wordplay on the recent anime AnoHana.
For the third matchmaking event, men must pay a 5,000-yen (about US$65) entry fee, and women must pay a 2,000-yen entry fee (about US$26). Men and women who apply must be between 20-40 years old, and must either be cosplayers, "open to cosplaying, or be sympathetic of cosplaying." (The organizers suggest Spirited Away's No-Face or Golgo 13, pictured below, as examples.) Like the previous two event, a maximum of 40 participants will be randomly selected from the applicants.
The first event, held last November, picked 20 men and 20 women from a lottery of the 386 men and 115 women who applied to attend the event. Seven couples were paired in the end. The second event, held this past July, picked 20 men and 20 women from a lottery of the 251 men and 35 women who applied, and five couples were paired.
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.
[Via My Game News Flash]
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