What is the Otaku Ball?

MTAC presents the 2024 Otaku Ball for guests to dance to their favorite anime, J-pop and K-pop, and nerdy music, fast and slow, modern and waltz, fun and romantic! We ask that you follow a formal dress code for the event to ensure everyone has a good time. This includes Life-time members and Staff/Volunteers.

If you have any questions at all about the following guidelines and dress code, please do not hesitate to email mainevents@mtac.net.

Rules & Information

  • This event is very high-demand, so please keep in mind that leaving the event for any reason forfeits your attendance and you will have to return to the line for re-entry. 
  • Please keep all belongings with you while in the ballroom and before exiting. There will NOT be a coat or purse check service for the event. 
  • There is no special entry except by approved event staff.  If you are in search of a friend or family member who may be attending the party, please directly ask the door staff so the DJ or event staff can make an announcement for your party to meet you at the entry.
  • To keep the line running smoothly and to remain fair to all attendees, guests will enter the event in no more than groups of four at a time, with the exception of a parent/guardian chaperoning minors. 
    • If there are more than four people in your group, there is no guarantee that all of the group will gain entry simultaneously.
    • If you do not wish to break apart a group of more than four, then you may be asked to go to the back of the line to allow other persons or groups to enter.

Otaku Ball Dress Code

Formal cosplays are encouraged. This may require attendees to make changes to their cosplay concepts to adhere to the dress code below.


  • Formal Wear:
    • Ball, Prom and Evening dresses;
    • Tuxedos;
    • Suits with slacks and collared shirt with tie/neckwear;
    • Formal military uniforms, including modern domestic or foreign, historic, or fictional military uniforms. 
    • “Gentlemanly” formal wear: Formal pants, a formal collared shirt, formal shoes, and one or more of the following: neckpiece (tie, cravat, bow-tie, ect.), vest or waistcoat, formal jacket or cape/capelette.
    • Dresses and skirts should be no higher than three inches above the knee. This includes formal cosplays. 
  • Formal Footwear:
    • Loafers;
    • Formal or Fashion Boots; and
    • Formal Leather/Pleather Shoes. 

The following is NOT ALLOWED AT THE EVENT:

  • NO large props or large armored/foam/box cosplays.
  • NO worn-out footwear, informal sandals or flip flops, sports shoes, sneakers or keds.
  • NO shorts. 
  • NO t-shirts or tank tops.  
  • NO denims or torn pants.
  • NO military fatigues.
  • NO gore or offensive cosplays, including zombie cosplays.
  • NO swag-bags, shopping bags, or large satchels/purses. 
    • If you are uncertain about the size of your purse, please email a picture of the purse HELD IN YOUR HAND to mainevents@mtac.net for confirmation. As stated above, there is absolutely no bag or coat checking service for this event

If you have any questions or concerns about your formal attire or the ball in general, please do not hesitate to email mainevents@mtac.net with the subject, “Otaku Ball Dress Code Question”. Please include real-time pictures of your planned outfit to ensure accurate and fast answers.

Thank you and we hope to see you at the Otaku Ball!