First Contact, a marriage agency based in Tokyo, Japan, has opened a new Internet dating community for so-called otaku people, OTAREN, on May 9. This is a service for matchmaking between potential otaku couples, with a view toward romance and/or marriage between them.
OTA is taken from the first three letters of OTAKU, and REN is an alternative pronunciation of the Chinese character 恋 (koi means love).
Otaku-matchmaking has been a kind of trend in Japan these days. Many people still remember that the Washimiya Shrine in Washimiya, the Kuki City, which was the home of the characters in the Lucky Star manga/anime, hosted an otaku-matchmaking event to bring otaku males together with other females who were also otaku on November 28, 2010.
According to the event website, more than 500 otaku (male:386, female:115) made an application for the event. There are a certain number of otaku people who are looking for a three-dimensional partner while they also can fall in love with two dimensional characters.
OTAREN Membership plans:
3 months: 6,000 yen (US$74.22)
6 months: 8,000 yen (US$98.97)
12 months: 12,000 yen (US$148.45)
Do you think these are reasonable prices to find your otaku partner for life?
Source: Kon-Katsu news