Maid Cafe by Cafe Kira Hoshi


Welcome to Cafe Kira Hoshi!

The maids and butlers of Cafe Kira Hoshi would like to invite you to enjoy a one of a kind experience!

Take a break from the busy con floor and enjoy some delicious snacks, exciting performances, fun games, and other interactive activities!

Cafe Kira Hoshi strives to bring the fun and cute atmosphere of an Akihabara style maid cafe to Otakufest.

Please be aware that you must purchase a separate ticket beforehand to enter the cafe! Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

This ticket covers the food fees and all other materials needed to make this event happen, as we are an independent maid cafe and not directly affiliated with Otakufest.



J-Fashion Showcase and Contest


Japanese Street Fashion (or J-Fashion for short) swiftly became the worldwide phenomenon that it is today, and now is your time to shine on the catwalk! Join us in celebrating your inner J-fashionista by showcasing your most extreme and avant-garde looks on the runway! Advanced early registration ends August 15th, 2019.


  1. Best in Show: Trophy Award

  2. OtakuFest Award: Medallion Award

  3. Sew What!? Award: Medallion Award

  4. Do Me A Solid Award: Medallion Award

  5. The Devil’s in the Details Award: Medallion Award

  6. Judges’ Awards (3): Medallion Awards

1. Your outfit must noticeably incorporate at least one piece of clothing or an accessory related to Japanese fashion. This includes items such as blouses, dresses, shirts, kimono, hats, jewelry, purses, socks, etc. While the item may be off brand (not specifically made by a Japanese brand), J-Fashion influence should still be readily apparent.

2. Styles of J-Fashion will include but are not limited to: Aristocrat, Decora, Fairy Kei, Gothic, Gyaru, Kodona, Lolita (Sweet/Classic/Gothic, etc.), Menhera, Mori, Otome, Ouji, Punk, Visual Kei, Wafuku/Traditional, etc.

3. Both local and foreign labels are acceptable to incorporate into your outfit, as well as handmade clothing and accessories. Dress to impress!!!

4. Judging Criteria for each award:

  • Best in Show: This outfit has it all!!!

  • OtakuFest Award: This award incorporates the best use of theme, which is ‘being an otaku’! Release your inner-Otaku and have your outfit incorporate your love of anime, art, collectibles, or gaming!

  • Sew What!? Award: This award is for those dedicated designers who went the extra mile and incorporated something handmade by themselves in their outfit!

  • Do Me A Solid Award: This award incorporates the best use of color, be it an entirely monochromatic outfit or using a color that just really pops!

  • The Devil’s in the Details Award: This award is for the outfit that pays the most attention to the smallest of details, ranging from make-up down to the very last accessory!

  • Judges' Awards: These awards will be given out by the judges as they see fit!

5. Exhibition Only Entries vs. Competition Entries: If you would like to showcase your outfit but do not want to compete, you may sign up as an ‘Exhibition Only Entry’. While you are still allowed to walk across the runway, please note that Exhibition Entries will not be eligible to win any major awards.

6. One outfit per person. No separate entries from the same person.

7. Models: You may choose another person to model your look on the runway. Prizes will be awarded to the stylist who put together the outfit, so both applicants must be present at the contest. If you choose to use a model, be sure to include this information on your application.

8. Entries will be limited to 50 contestants.

9. Please make sure your look is as respectful to all-ages as it is stylish. You will be unable to participate if your outfit is deemed inappropriate by the staff.

10. Your outfit must be self-contained. If you need assistance getting on and off the stage, please make arrangements to have your own handler before the event.

11. No bad behavior. You know what that means. No trash talking, sabotage, or poor sportsmanship. Improper behavior will get you removed from the competition and possibly the convention. Remember, we’re all here to have fun.

12. Have fun, and stay fresh!!!

If you have any questions, please direct them to



Hit The Stage: Kpop Dance Contest

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Are you ready to show off your KPOP dancing skills? OtakuFest presents ‘Hit The Stage: KPOP Dance Contest’, hosted by KPOP YouTubers K!Junkies! More information and contest rules can be found on our website. Application deadlines are August 8th, 11:59 p.m., so be sure not to miss out!

Participation Rules

  • All submissions must be done online. The deadline for submission entry is August 8th, 11:59 p.m. Contestants chosen to perform in the final round will be notified the next day, August 9th. There will be no sign-ups at the convention.

  • One entry per contestant! Please refrain from entering in multiple groups/solos.

  • All participants must have their own ticket to OtakuFest to participate in the contest.

  • If you have any other questions, please email with the subject line: ”OtakuFest Kpop Dance Contest”

Application Requirements

  • Each entry must include a “preliminary dance video” along with their application submission. This video must showcase the entry’s dancing skills (preferably of a KPOP cover), must be at least 60 seconds long, and be shared via YouTube link (make sure this video is not set to ‘Private’). This video does not need to be your performance entry song.

  • Entry song MUST be a KPOP song. It is highly suggested that contestants perform the official choreography of their chosen song.

  • Contestants’ performance must be a minimum of 90 seconds long with a maximum of 4 minutes. Audio files must be MP3.

  • First come, first serve! The maximum amount of contestants will be determined at a later date(TBA). There will be no song repeats! If you submit a song that has already been claimed, you will be e-mailed back to decide a different song choice.

  • All applicants will be notified by August 9th with further information.

Performance Rules

  • Contestants will be e-mailed information regarding performance order, sign-in location the day of the event, and contest location.

  • In the case of lost or damaged audio, please bring your performance MP3 on a USB the day of the contest.

  • Dress to impress! Outfits help make the performance, but remember to keep your clothing and performance rated PG-13.


  • Best In Show

  • Best Group

  • Best Solo

  • Judges’ Award


Carolina Manga Library

The Carolina Manga Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in the Southern United States.

Founded in 2013, the Library was started to promote the use of graphic novels, comics, and Japanese manga as genuine tools for improving literacy. The Library travels to conventions, book festivals, schools, and other libraries to set up free reading rooms of graphic novels. These reading rooms are free to enter and visitors have unrestricted access to over 5000 separate books from all genres and reading levels.

The volunteer staff is comprised of professional librarians, writers, artists, costume designers, and other graphic novel enthusiasts. They generously give their time and efforts to be “weekend warriors” for literacy.

photo by Laura Mehaffey

photo by Laura Mehaffey

photo by Laura Mehaffey

photo by Laura Mehaffey

photo by Laura Mehaffey

photo by Laura Mehaffey

photo by Laura Mehaffey

photo by Laura Mehaffey