On a hot, humid Friday afternoon, hours after the first panels, and hours before some fans would walk through the registration lines, Opening Ceremonies kicked off, signaling the official start of the 11th Otakon. Terry Chu, this year's Convention Chairperson, said that the “spirit of the fans [that] produces Otakon.”
Following Terry's brief introduction, two "Otaku
Olympics" announcers spoke to Opening Ceremonies attendees about proper convention etiquette and introduced the guests. This year, guests came from Japan, Hong Kong, the United States and Sweden.
Guests this year include:Koge Donbo
, creator of Digicharat, Tiny Snow Fairy Sugar
and many more series.Yutaka Minowa
, character designer of Vampire Hunter D
, with production credits on Lodoss War
and Five Star Stories
, writer for Azumanga Daioh
, Turn A Gundam
, and Stellvia
, whose career in anime began in 1989, and who worked on Akazukin Cha Cha
and Kare Kano
as screenwriter. He also contributed heavily to Martian Successor Nadesico
, who worked in the anime industry with Osamu Tezuka
and continues to work on new projects to this day.
Hong Kong film director Ching Siu Tung, best known in North America for the coordination of fights in Xiaolin Soccer.
Swedish cartoonists Little Gamers.Fred Perry
was ill and thus absent from Otakon.
Professor Matt Thorn
, translator of many Viz
titles including Nausicaä
, ADV Films
voice actress know for Yukari in Azumanga Daioh
, Amelia in Slayers
, and more.Lianne Sentar
writer and freelance manga adaptor, having previously worked on several Sailor Moon
, Voice of Batou, from Ghost in the Shell
and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
, FUNimation voice actor
, known for Android 17, and various voices on DB, DBGT
, Lupin III
and Case Closed
. He could not attend opening ceremonies.Monica Rial
, ADV Films
voice actress, known for her work as Nyamo from AzuDai, Hyatt from Excel Saga
, and Amy from Case Closed
, voice actor
and director for many of FUNimation
's works, including Piccolo and Vegeta from DBZ
, Daisuke from the Lupin III
movies, and Kuwabara from YYH. He could not attend opening ceremonies.
Writer Matt Boyd, and artist Ian McConville, of the webcomic series Mac Hall
, an ADV Films voice actor
known for his work as Sousuke Sagara from Full Metal Panic!
and Shun from Saint Seiya
David Lister, creator of the webcomic Paradox Lost
Following the opening ceremony, the band Angela
performed the opening theme to Stellvia of the Universe
. Unfortunately, technical glitches delayed the performance of the song.