In time for Halloween, Youth Chamber of Commerce from Lucky Star hometown Washimiya held their 10th Otaku Masquerade Ball: Oka’s Bizarre Marriage Hunt. Though less than 20 masked, partner seeking geeks attended, (9 men and 8 women - event planners look to go for 20 and 20 or 10 and 10), organizers were so thrilled to see four couples partner up that they've turned around and scheduled Otaku Marriage Hunting Masquerade Ball 11: “Face Doesn't Matter As Long As There’s Love“ for November 23rd.
From the October 27th event:
1) Be a single man or woman between the ages of 20 and 40
2) Be some kind of otaku
3) Have an understanding of otaku
4) Be a rather geeky person
5) Not be picky about appearances
6) Place an emphasis on one’s inner beauty
The organizers are plan on a group of 20 to 40 people gender balanced. The entry fee is 4,000 yen (US$50) for men and 1,000 yen (US$12) for women.
Early iterations of the event, which goes back to 2009, got as many as 400 male applications.
Participants could wear any mask that completely covers the face from the nose up. Full on cosplay is also okay as long as arrangements are made in advance.
The itinerary is as follows.
1) Self-Introduction Time
2) Check First Impressions
3) First Free Time
4) First Dance
5) Second Free Time
6) Second Dance
7) Confession Time *still masked
8) Announcement of Couples *before announcement everyone takes off masks
Would you go to an event like this? If so, what mask would you wear?