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The current boom for “konkatsu” – structured matchmaking events for men and women unable to find mates any other way – has given rise to an otaku-friendly version: the organisers of “Ota-konkatsu” promise lonely otaku the chance to meet a real life female on a tour of Washinomiya Shrine, famed as a holy ground to Lucky Star fans – for a substantial fee of course.

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The event’s itinerary includes a tour of the shrine, a meal and “confession time.”

Male participants must be 18-40, and “something of an otaku.” Participation costs ¥8,000.

Women must be 18-35, and either otaku themselves or “with an understanding for or not objecting to otaku.” Women are promised a free souvenir as well as free participation.

40 people are sought for the event, depending on circumstances, with the event to be cancelled if participants are fewer than 20 in number.

The event itself is being run by the local Washimiya chamber of commerce (which could perhaps be more accurately described as the Lucky Star chamber of commerce).

2ch is less than impressed:

“Harsh!”

“The Washinomiya chamber of commerce should apologise to all men!”

“Women are free (2D only)”

“Chamber: ‘Pay up creepy otaku!'”

“Now you guys can be exploited even by 3D girls…”

“For 8,000 you could buy two Pokémon and still visit a maid cafe three times!”

“Weren’t we the worst in male-female equality amongst developed countries? I can see why.”

“With men having to pay and women getting in free, the only women they’ll get are gold-diggers.”

“Women get in free, again? Please give it a break, especially because you’ll get women coming just to take a look at the creepy otaku.”

“The women’ll just come up for the free meal and souvenir and then go home…”

“No matter how badly otaku squander their money, this is not happening.”

“If there was limited edition Nendoroid Puchi or something I think most otaku would actually go…”

“More misandry… at least make the women pay something.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing how many they net.”

“Read carefully! Nowhere do they specify the sex ratio. They could hold it with 20 guys and no girls, or you could end up in an event with 39 guys and 1 girl!”


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    Avatar of カンチ
    Comment by カンチ
    02:24 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “For 8,000 you could buy two Pokémon and still visit a maid cafe three times!”

    I swear I know who posted this.

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    Comment by Myballz
    03:43 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I might as well hang out with older chicks for free then go to that event.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it would actually be amazing if everything actually went well.
    but it hella wouldnt work out due specifically to the fact that otaku's would do something ridiculously stupid like try to lift up her skirt. The factor im worrying about is if that otaku can act like a normal person walkin on the streets everyday, then yeah, np.

    But he definitely would...NOT. LOL
    its just kinda sad how they can lose grasp of some basic human instincts....where is this society heading towards to?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    19.35 : 'What a deal! The guys should have had to bring along an Anime Item to sacrifice on the shrine to also show the girl that she could now be his 2-D girl instead.'

    huh? is that true? In my opinion that wouldn't be 'otaku-friendly'
    I wouldn't do this and also wouldn't want someone to do this for me

    why does this costs so much!? Do the organization have to pay a room+food or something?

    If i go there wouldn't want to pay something(I'm a girl btw), but if the organizators organize food etc it would be okay

    man: 8000 woman:0 is really unfair
    in my opinion they could split it half half; and so they also know that the participants are at least a bit serious of having a nice time/date

    a participant-limited item would destroy everything because most guys will be non3Dinterested hard-core-otakus just trying to complete their Lucky star merchandise collection
    (edit: ah wait I just saw that they wrote only woman get a free souvenir! ha! be sure you see me there!)

    hopefully some english-speaking otakus will also be there)
    I would prefer an otaku-boyfriend, too because normal guys won't understand why I get happy when I see a maid,can see a girls panty or myself wearing shimapan (maybe I'm more hentai than otaku lol)

    I guess my brain is sick because only 2D sex makes me hot(and mainly girls because I prefer the cuter ones), and I'm not really interested in 3D SEX, but i still want a relationship to a nice boy who shares my interest

    something like ->going out, looking for newest ero-doujinshi , watching new episode of our favourite anime and fall asleep in his arms

    I have a sick sense of romantic
    however this would be my heaven

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 08/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah... you're probably ugly as hell, too.

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    Comment by Usagi-sempai
    13:19 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I complete understand how you feel ;w; Let's both try hard to find the otaku boyfriend that will make us happy and we'll make them happy. :3

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    Comment by TyChan (Is a Girl)
    04:09 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it's just a ploy to get money because Otaku's will pay anything for the items under their fandom. I do feel it's quite wrong to make only the men. The whole Lucky star connection could attract Otakus but won't the whole 'men pay, women free' deal turn most away?

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    Comment by akiba-kun
    02:03 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's probably a media agency behind it, which want's to film it and make a series and fun of it.

    Anyway, if the woman also need to pay, i would probably go. Like some quotes suggest, there are probably also going some women who just want to make fun of us. ;_;

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    Comment by Sukunai
    01:11 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hehe I usually love this stuff.

    Never update "girlfriend 1.0" to "wive 2.0", you'll regret it. All your other software like "going to drink 1.2" or "watching a game 1.3" is completely incompatible with "wive 2.0".

    You can't uninstall "wive 2.0" either. Once updated only the expensive deletion tool "divorce 3.1" will get rid of it.

    Even "fiancee 1.5" will cause some conflicts, but at least it can be uninstalled without bigger problems. Better stay with good old "girlfriend 1.0".

    Maybe I just have better luck.
    I've been with wife 1.0 for 25 years, and while her program has experienced some bloat, I still enjoy what she does for my hard drive :)

    Sure I need to need to occasionally perform maintenance, but the expense really isn't all that bad. Not to mention installing too much software from unknown sources is a good way to get viruses eh.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    03:56 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems you have one of the rare stable editions of the wive program that results from certain previous virus infections that were cleaned but left some residue. You're a lucky man. ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:25 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You've been with wife 1.0 for 25 years..?

    Dude, you're missing out on all the new versions of Hot Chick 1.0... they clean your hard drive like no other. Plus, they have a nice interface.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly,If some one did balls up and go to this, it turn out out to be a giant sausage fest,unless you count all the "female" offspring of Jabba The Hutt attending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have you ever seen a female otaku? The majority look like regular girls, and many of them are pretty stylish. The girls I see congregating in Animate/Mandarake/at dooujinshi cons are mostly all girls that you wouldnt be able to tell their interests by looking at them.
    One can only wish male otaku took pride in how they look....although you do get the odd gem from time to time. (I'm not asking otaku to be amazingly attractive, just to put some basic effort into their apperance without the neon sign "I FAP TO LOLI DOUJINS" above their head.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    > Have you ever seen a female otaku?

    A lot. Japanese female otakus are rather different to rest-of-the-World female otakus.

    Really otaku cosplayers are rare there, most are paid for the event or 'showing off to low-lives' without getting their freak hobby at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:32 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the thing Some people don't realize. Most female otaku are not Butch Lesbians or anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:56 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's because female otaku can hide it in public, something most male otaku havent seemed to mastered.

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    Comment by intratec
    00:56 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Waste my 100 bucks for this shit? Fuck no.
    What is konkatsu, anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Structured matchmaking events for men and women unable to find mates any other way"

    ... stated clearly enough? Apparently not...

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    Comment by intratec
    02:47 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who needs that? Just go to a bar and talk with some women. That's how I met my ex-girlfriends.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most otakus aren't quite able of it, remember? (Besides, the event is supposed to help matching interest, and I wouldn't go to a random place if I looked for a woman willing to accept some otakuness.)

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    16:50 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Participation costs ¥8,000."

    hmm how much are the pink salons in japan again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:03 20/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Men must pay, women for free? I raise the Sexism Flag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:20 19/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd pay but I'd expect that the woman would also have to pay an entry fee of some sort. This is really setting bad example. Where the hell is the equality of sexes in this? Besides this just encourages women in Japan to be less active and just demand more from a man. Now I admit the women shouldn't do everything either, but there is a fucking balance. The balance between effort in the same areas will make a happy couple. Do you wonder why Japan's birth rates or so low? Do you wonder why there are less enthusiastic couples out there in Japan? It's because they aren't happy. They are making inconsiderate demands to their partner or possibly thinking they are pulling equal weight in the relationship when they are only putting the same amount of energy as the man or woman, but not on the same area but one that fits more their liking. Put The same amount of energy into the same things. Paying for dinner, taking care of kids, work, cleaning house/dishes, cooking, shopping, sex, dates, vacation planning, whatever! Don't let one side take of some things and the other take care of the others. If Japanese couples put each put equal effort into the same thing, relationships will better and they will find themselves happier. Being on a truly equal footing as your partner makes the relationship better. Even attempts are OKAY! Long rant.

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    10:43 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://www.youtube.com/suzumiyaharuhi0

    Avatar of steven pasaporte garcia
    10:54 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    8,000 JAPANESE YEN = 98.1960 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DOLLARS

    Avatar of steven pasaporte garcia
    11:03 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who lives in New York City?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:10 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is a little ridiculous.

    Though considering how apparently rare it is that women in Japan accept otaku guys...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems like prostitution-lite. Men pay, with no guarantee for sex. Or worse, they end up with a gold-digger. "Understanding" is costly.

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    Comment by Usagi-sempai
    13:13 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd totally go if I lived in Japan. I really want to meet a guy who shares the same interests as me, rather then waste my time with someone who doesn't care for/doesn't understand my hobbies. I don't mind an otaku boyfriend, in fact I want one. I don't care if they also like 2d or what they fap to, because I'm doing the the same thing. (Well probably not fapping to the same thing, lol.)If I met a nice guy who I liked and hit it off with I'd probably even reimburse him the $50 to make it even.

    Oh and protip for the guys attending: As a litmus test for the girls if they're an otaku, "Who's your favorite Lucky Star character(s)?"
    I'd probably say Konata, Miyuki, and Hiyori. ;D

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Meeting guys (or girls) through this doesn't seem like a good idea. Attending an event like this shows desperation, lack of financial skills and lack of social skills - since getting an otaku partner is as easy as attending Comiket (or something) and talking to attendees of the preferred sex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comiket and these sort of things are more crowded than a Japanese train. Out of school it actually requires some brain to find where to meet fellow otakus without being a bother to them.

    Well, in Japan. In the US and my country, Comiket-like events are actually great.

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    Comment by caiooa
    08:13 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    “For 8,000 you could buy two Pokémon and still visit a maid cafe three times!”
    LOL....sadlife...but it's the reality

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    Comment by Actar
    22:07 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How coincidental, we just dealt with marriage issues Konkatsu during class.

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    Comment by akuma2002
    20:54 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh wow Japan. Amazing again :D

    Comment by Shironeko
    22:08 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought Kagami would be a bit more flat than that *shrugs* XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No need to repeat, we hear you just fine...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    razer contest

    http://l33t.razerzone.com/index.php?user_dtl=c6afeaa9307cbb1793487e55c85c6cb7

    Comment by Shironeko
    20:45 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I loled sooo hard

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    Comment by Sukunai
    19:33 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're being open and upfront about it. In the west it's called an 'Escort service'. Sex is never implied or required, the women merely provide something to have on your arm and act like they were happy to be there.

    Even an otaku will know its fake, but then, 2d is even more fake. And you 2d types don't seem to have a problem with fake.

    Myself, I KNOW my pride wouldn't let me go. Otaku's must be deficient in pride.

    This is really just a theme based escort service. I'm fairly sure if you asked a western escort service to provide a girl dressed up as an anime character, you'd get a very attractive woman in cosplay and not just a female otaku.

    I'm just surprised no one has made a more formal business of this. Why stop at maid cafe's eh?

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    Comment by alex251
    21:25 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...a cosplay escort service you say...that doesn't sound as a bad idea :)
    Otakus could use it at Comiket&co - an otaku accompanied by a sexy cosplayer would be the BOSS

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    Comment by Schrobby
    23:11 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That would actually give you something nice for your money. This event, though... I'd describe it like this:

    Obvious scam is obvious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think the promoters are aiming for this to be a M/M event, brosef.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and to think, if i lived in japan, i would totally go - not for the free meal or whatever, but for the chance to meet a nice otaku guy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:11 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese otaku are still Japanese. Most aren't nice at heart. They may fake it if they're interested in a woman, of course.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope, 2D is more real - even without taking into account the frailty of 'reality' itself.

    2D girls are made to allow room for imagination, unlike escort women who would have to act in a completely 'realistic' manner in order to achieve a similar effect. Imagination requires motivation, and here, the attractiveness of the female comes in play. 2D is made as attractive as possible, unlike real females and especially those who would attend such a niche event; this is a major reason why otakus are more motivated to live in a '2D world' inside their rooms than an elaborate 'false reality' like the one provided by these escort services.

    Also, when you 'know' the 2D girl is not 'real', you allow yourself to construct imaginary circumstances that pertain to your own tastes and sense of reality - granted that you have comprehensive visualization abilities - while it's substantially more difficult when you know 'your woman' is only acting and that even the act will end soon enough. Those that find attraction towards 2D weird are simply not able to imagine such enjoyable things - which makes it quite natural for them to bash it.

    On another note, while you say that "Myself, I KNOW my pride wouldn't let me go. Otaku's must be deficient in pride.", I'm not entirely sure where you picked the idea that this event has happened already. You are completely ignorant about whether anyone will even attend to it. Interesting how you boost your ego based on imaginative factors... not much unlike the '2D-types', although they're at least smart enough to separate fact from fiction.

    Finally, your notion of an attractive woman might be different from mine, but if we assume that 'very attractive women' are about one in ten thousand (wishful thinking) only including age groups 13-35, the chance that they would be available for such business is extremely unlikely. And if they only provide somewhat 'pretty' women (1/100 I'd say), they won't get 2D-lovers due to their lack of attractiveness nor those with 'real lives' due to the very nature of the business. That's why such services often come in the form of maid cafes etc. so that they would attract both groups of customers while providing commodities that are a much surer way to gain profit than a pure escort service.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:07 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you're arguing that 3D women are less real... because they behave realistically?

    I don't see how this could be considered an escort service since the event organizers can't guarantee that many (or ANY) women will be there. And a free souvenir hardly counts as a payment for any "escort services" that are rendered.

    To me this looks like the event organizers are trying to do something about the gender imbalance. I guess it could be seen as similar to "ladies' night" elsewhere.

    Not that I think this is a very good idea. I think it would work better if an event like this took place at a convention where there would already be an incentive for otaku of both genders to attend.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You did not realize that this so called 2D girls are really made by men?.

    So trechnically, falling for this 2D girls, is the same for being GAY because you are prising something that is Man Made.

    If a gilr that always have to be so cute and do what ever you say, the ideal of a perfect girl, them, you are really lost in the gayist weay posible.

    Shame of you.......

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    Comment by Klingengeist
    01:24 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you mean falling for 3d girls is the same like being gay, because they are made by guys too?

    Also there are female mangaka drawing ero stuff. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:14 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Porn movies are made by men too. Your point already?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:04 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone has never heard of Noizi Ito.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:49 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, i did not hear about Noizi Ito, but i hear a lot about Love plus.............having a virtual girfriend made by men (there is no women in the staff).

    So, shall we continue.........?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you read the original post (or the whole response), the context answers your foremost paragraph - 2D 'love' is more real than what is provided by escort services UNLESS the ladies 'act realistically', or in other words the relationship is 'real', not just business.

    Trying to argue that 2D is more real than 3D is difficult since you have to 'suggest' an ignorance-based paradigm shift in thought, as in make the readers switch from one set of lies to another. At the very best you could make an intelligent person accept that it's possible, while an ignorant person would have difficulties changing their mindset so drastically. People with mental difficulties are a different story, though.

    On the other hand, arguing that both of them are as real as each other is easy. Our brains are made in a way that more or less prevents us from ever knowing what's really happening outside of them - thus for example the concept presented in The Matrix -series is entirely possible, and so are many weirder concepts. But I digress.

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    Comment by alex251
    23:50 14/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. she could escort him just to otaku events and maid cafes so he don't need to feel ronery and it would be like "maid cafe to go" :)
    2. if she would be a cosplayer it would be 2.5D at least and imagine to be accompanied by a BRS cosplayer... *drooling*

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    Comment by alex251
    01:24 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    those otakus will be happy that a girl will cosplay according his wish and that she will spend time whit him...it would be enough if she would look general

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 15/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I didn't really include 'maid' escorters since maids are a business-based fetish, thus no acting needed. It needn't be mentioned that they're more 'real' than 2D-maids, since they're effectively the real thing.

    About the enjoyability of a such services, you'd probably agree that it depends a lot on the attractiveness of the female. Unfortunately for those wanting to try this, I doubt they'll even reach the level of 'pretty' displayed by the girls of Sankaku's cosplay posts, never mind being stunningly attractive. It kind of defeats the purpose.






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