Charmaine Akari


Alodia to Serve at Ozine Maid Cafe

Ozine Maid Cafe at Otaku Expo 2010 features Filipina cosplay queen Alodia Gosiengfiao.

“The greatest among you will be your servant.” — Matthew 23:11.

Maid cafes are a particularly popular class of cosplay restaurants, where waitresses dressed in fanciful maid costumes soothe the hyperactive minds of otaku patrons. Through a combination of endearingly deferential customer service and aesthetically pleasing service outfits, these establishments provide a unique kind of mental wellness for tired geeks.

The world could clearly use this cutesy sort of soothing: since the first maid cafe sprung up in Akihabara in 2001, the phenomenon has spread as far afield as China and the United States.

Permanent maid cafes have yet to rise in the Philippines, but temporary maid cafes have emerged at Philippine anime events. The Ozine Maid Cafe this weekend, an activity at Otaku Expo 2010, ups the ante with a special guest maid: Filipina cosplay queen Alodia Gosiengfiao.

If you’re in Manila this weekend, kick back and relax while being served by fantasy maids at Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Alodia herself will serve patrons from 12:00nn to 3:00pm Sunday, GMT+8.

One of the maids on the roster, Filipina gamer-cosplayer Charmaine Akari, has previously been featured on this blog. If you get her as your maid, have her smile like Konata Koizumi from the anime Lucky Star. Charmaine’s rendition is not only incredibly accurate, it’s absolutely adorable. :3

Filipina Gamer-Cosplayer Charmaine Akari

Filipina gamer-cosplayer Charmaine Akari’s cute face and quirky demeanor make her ideal for her hobby. We all know how much otaku love geeky girls with doll faces.

If you ever see Charmaine at an anime convention, ask her to do a Konata smile. Her rendition is absolutely adorable.