|If all the fun aspects
of Otakon 2004 could be summarized into a couple of words, then lovely LLNN secret agent Layla
said it best, "Fangirls Screamed. People Cosplayed. L'arc~en~Ciel performed. Hug me signs
were held, and then...... it ended."
Otakon's main events were jam-packed with otaku goodness this year with concerts, contests, game shows, and tons more than even we could report. So we've done our best to summarize some of the highlights of the entire weekend.
| Main Events: Some of the biggest events of the big Otakon
weekend included Ceremonies for all the Guests of Honor, Otaku Idol talent competition, Anime
Music Video Contest, and the Cosplay Masquerade Contest. Friday and Saturday concerts
included Angela and L'Arc~en~Ciel. Half-time show stage performances included Para Para
Dance Troupe and Piano Squall.
| Cosplay Masquerade Contest: Saturday night is once again the popular draw for
many of the cosplay fans and over 4,500 fans showed up for cool skit performances,
choreographed dance displays, and lots of craftsmanship walk-ons. Inspired cosplay
costumes came from: Angel Sanctuary, Pokemon, Final Fantasy X-2, Excel Saga, Ronin Warriors,
Ultraman, YuGiOh, Inuyasha, Sorceress Hunters, Zelda, Space Channel 5, Dance Dance Revolution,
Trigun, Devil May Cry, Hellsing, Fruits Basket, Zeta Gundam, Chobits, Witch Hunter Robin,
Alien Syndrome, Cowboy Bebop, Saint Seiya, Angelic Layer, and more.
Following are some of the highlights of the big
Otakon 2004 Masquerade Cosplay Contest night:
|Angel Sanctuary opened the night with a classic story about humans and souls used as tools for angels and demons in a battle between Heaven and Hell.|| Rikdo
Koshi hereby declares another hilarious episode of Excel Saga: the Quentin Tarantino Kill
|Ultraman villian takes it to the stage with a little musical career in between building battles.||YuGiOh rivals using anime characters as live "cards" in their never-ending duels. These are not your standard issue cards!|| Fad diets, annoying fairies, self-help books, and
saddening TV shows... Link and friends and a zombified fairy embark on yet another wacky
| An ethical
dilemma about the value of human nature presented by characters from the X series.
||It's a big stage dance-off as characters from Space Channel 5 and Dance Dance Revolution duel it out!|
|The Wolfwood Rabbi speaks the truth about love and peace! Evangelion, Final Fantasy, and circumcising pocky sticks. It's all 100% kosher!|| Beware
ladies, the Red Coats ponder delicious plans for the future as characters from Trigun, Devil
May Cry, and Hellsing will see you at the bar!
||Characters from Fruits Basket recount their Otakon exploits at the yaoi panels, the karaoke, cosplay, and all the cool parties.|
|The 2004 Election is upon us! But mix it up in the psychotic Gundam universe and see what happens...||It's Final Fantasy vs. Kaiju big battle as Tidus uses his "sexy torso power" to defeat the evil chobits minions.|| Witch
Hunter Robin faces charges of her faith from the wacky cardinal inquisition, but not without
a little scandalous confessions of their own.
|Alien Syndrome recalled characters from the classic old school video game.||Has this ever happened to you? Saint Seiya characters solve the embarrassment of hitting on a fine woman and then finding out she's a bishounen!|| Is it Final? Or Fantasy? Host
welcomes you to the game show of the century as bachelorette contestants vie for Cloud's
Sanctuary For Dummies presented a comedic summary: sexy characters, lots of fighting, lots
of dying, lots of unhappiness, and of course, lots of angst.
||It's so easy! Happy go lucky! The yatta team are at it again, but this time, it's for real!||Shadow strums out a cool version of the Final Fantasy prelude on his electric guitar to the cheer of all the FF fans.|
| Yes, your favorite crossplaying standup comedian is
back! It's Will. Card Captor Will. And he's definitely not gay. And he still likes
||Characters from Gundam Wing return from Otakon and Quatre's just a little bit confused about all the "all the crazy people" in this musical skit.||It's time to chill out as The Real Link whips out his ocarina and performs some whistling music for the Zelda fans.|
|Characters from Ronin Warriors perform their Fashion Dynasty competition.||What do you get when you combine all your favorite anime characters with the Muppet Show and Labyrinth? One of the most funniest skits of the night! Various anime references included Utena, Pokemon, Ranma 1/2, and Totoro.|
Otakon 2004 Masquerade Cosplay Contest