Tomo Neko Charity Maid & Butler Cafe 2012 (Tomo Neko Maid Cafe) was held Sunday, 6 May 2012, at Elegante Banquet Hall in Horth Hollywood, CA.
Maids and butlers were on hand to serve the many goshujinsama (masters) and ojousama (mistresses) who were eager to experience an Akihabara-style maid cafe!
Outside of the venue, maids and butlers advertised Tomo Neko Maid Cafe.
Right inside was the registration table and two areas chock full of all sorts of goodies. One consisted of Tomo Neko merchandise such as notebooks, stickers, and tote bags, while the other was loaded with awesome prizes for the raffles. Raffle prizes were provided by Anime Jungle, Golden Apple Comics, Meltdown Comics, PMX, and more!
Once inside, goshujinsama and ojousama were also able to bid on amazing original art in the art auction!
The reactions of the goshujinsama and ojousama as the doors opened were priceless!
After everyone got settled in, there was a brief Opening Ceremony. Then the first main act, Miyuki Matsunaga, performed her sword spectacle, GETA DANCE!
An introduction of the celebrity Guests of Honor followed. There were eight of them! :O Afterwards, several of the maids performed a skit.
And of course, because Tomo Neko was supporting Child’s Play Charity, which donates toys and video games to children in hospitals worldwide, playing video games was also a very important part of the maids and butlers’ jobs! xD
While everyone got to eat delicious main courses, treats, and drinks, only a handful of lucky auction winners got to sit with the Guests of Honor for the duration of the all-day event!
Since Richard Epcar’s (Avatar: The Legend of Korra) and Rachel Robinson’s (Final Fantasy XIII) birthdays were near the day of the maid cafe, the maids and butlers surprised them with cake and presents!
After the keeki, celebrity Guests of Honor and Masters of Ceremonies Kaiji Tang (BlazBlue) and Cristina Vee (Madoka Magica) introduced my friend Ashi-chan!
Ash performed a special version of her one-woman show, I Wish My Life Was an RPG. It was great! She’ll be performing it again soon; check her Facebook Page for details!
Afterwards, the GoHs signed autographs and posed for photos in the cafe’s photo booth. Here are Taliesin Jaffe (Street Fighter x Tekken), Dino Andrade (Batman: Arkham Asylum), and Crispin Freeman (Young Justice)! Hmm, that leaves one more GoH. To see pictures of Matthew Mercer (ThunderCats (2011)), you’ll have to check my Facebook album (link below). 😉
Super-moe maid Hachiko performed a cute dance that took everyone by surprise!
The final act was experimental post-hardcore rock band GarnetWolf. Even Cristina Vee sang along when they performed “God Knows…” from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)!
Finally, it was time to say goodbye to all the goshujinsama and ojousama. The maids and butlers did a number during the Closing Ceremonies that was met with a standing ovation!
Lots of fun was had by everyone, all while raising money for Child’s Play Charity! See many more photos on Facebook, and for more news on upcoming Tomo Neko events, check out their website at http://tomoneko.info/!