Otaku Descend on Akihabara to Receive Anime Valentine Chocolate
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Valentine's Day in Japan means women give chocolate to their lovers and sometimes other important people in their lives. You don't have to be real to participate in a holiday, so some anime and their characters also got in on the love-sharing action this year. Various anime-related giveaways in Tokyo brought flocks of lovestruck otaku to Akihabara on Wednesday.
A Twitter user noted hundreds of enthusiastic fans waiting to receive exclusive items in four separate locations. According to the Twitter user, 300 people gathered to receive Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat chocolate at the atré Akihabara store. The user also reported that about 200 people were present for just one of three Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles giveaway sessions, with another 200 waiting to get tickets for an Is the order a rabbit?? giveaway, while still another 300 waited for similar Slow Start tickets and 500 appeared for the related giveaway.
The Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles campaign offered Valentine's Day cards with ramen sweets. The back of the cards had coupons for the Akiba Mengeki ramen food court. A related Twitter campaign is also choosing three people by lottery to receive postcards signed by cast members.
The Is the order a rabbit?? giveaway offered chocolate bundled with one of five Weiß Schwarz PR cards and a Valentine's Day card at the Animate store in Akihabara.
ごちうさバレンタインイベント— ぼっちTHE天海のかけがえのない瞬間 (@1202_YUIINORI) February 14, 2018
The Slow Start giveaway, held at the main Gamers store in Akihabara, also offered special chocolate with a card.
Not even 2D girls can provide infinite chocolate, so all of the giveaways had limited supplies. Inevitably, many otaku were left yearning for their virtual crushes without even candy to console them.
However, even if they failed to receive special treats on Valentine's Day itself, some fans have still been able to join in related celebrations. Sega's projects to mark the February 2 birthday of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-'s Rem and Ram includes both wedding and Valentine's Day designs, and parts of the campaign are continuing into March.