Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Look at Otaku Speed Dating

Otaku Speed Dating
Being able to share your true self with another person is the greatest companionship.

Being an otaku isn't always an easy thing. In fact, living a normal life is probably easier. Many otaku have the urge to hide their interests from friends, family, and romantic partners. To be honest, it's easy to understand. Growing up in different parts of the world, it's often hard to find like-minded individuals, and it's horrible getting shunned or left behind because of one's interests.

Many otaku turn to the internet to find others like them, but there's also other outlets in the form of conventions, meet ups, clubs, and hang outs. For instance, I am an otaku that consistently felt different from others, as little to no people shared my interests. However, participating in my local anime scene, blogging and connecting to people online has changed that quite a bit for me.

Otaku Speed Dating
Just because you're an otaku, doesn't mean you can't have good romance!

Even today, more opportunities for otaku are being created. For instance, there's a new way to meet otaku in a romantic scene, called Otaku Speed Dating. The event is similar to normal speed dating, where participants are matched with each other in a short but efficient manner. The big difference is that this one focuses on otaku, anime fans, and gamers, which is a demographic that is usually not represented.

This event takes place in New York City, on July 8th, 2016. The event will last for an hour, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. located in an area known as Cafe Victoria.  Tickets are being sold for about 35 dollars, and must be purchased online.

The individuals are given around three minutes to interact with each other, ask questions, and the like. After this time, pairings will be rotated and participants will spend another three minutes with a different individual. This pattern continues until ten dates have been completed.

The night ends with participants writing down the dates they enjoyed and want to match with, and if the feeling is mutual, they're given contact information at a later time. At the end there's a little bit of mingle time, along with snacks and other refreshments.

Otaku Dating Cosplay
Otaku Speed Dating also recommends/allows light cosplay at their event, to show off your otaku spirit!

So what do I think about this event? Well, I think it's amazing! This isn't the usual topic on Shooting Star Dreamer, but I'd like to bring attention to things like this, as there are people somewhere, someplace who will enjoy it.  I also definitely support any attempts to connect the otaku community, like this one.

So for any of my readers who are in the area and are interested, I have a special discount code for you! If you're buying tickets, feel free to enter SSDREAMER50 in the promotional code section for a 50% discount!

All in all, I hope to see more of these events in the future and I give Otaku Speed Dating my best regards! To my readers, please share this event with your friends and family, and if it interests you, I recommend making an effort to attend!

Thank you for reading!

1 comment:

  1. I just went to the Otaku-speed-dating-event Link/website and Ghawd Just looking at the Timer "Till next event" as just a bunch of zeroes is sad


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