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Otaku Matchmaking Parties a Hit in Japan

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It can be hard for an otaku to find love.

Enter “Otapa,” short for otaku party, a matchmaking event that takes place in major Japanese cities.

The otaku matchmaking parties, which are limited to otaku (participants must take a test to determine their otaku level on the official website) cost ¥8,000 (about $71) for men and ¥2,500 ($22) for women.

Before the event, participants fill out a list of their favorite anime and video games, which they show to potential partners to help spark conversation.

Otapa was created by Hiro Takeuchi, 38, himself a fan of anime and manga. The Asahi Shinbun quoted Takeuchi as saying, “otaku don’t really have a nice way to meet each other romantically, and I wanted to help.”

The matchmaking parties were initially just twice a month in Osaka, but have expanded in popularity, and are now held several times a month in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

Back in February, a similar service, an otaku marriage consulting firm, opened in Akihabara.

Would you participate in a event like this where you live?

Source: Asahi

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.