MAIN EVENTS

The main live programming events at Otafest Aurora are those big key events you really don't want to miss!

OPENING CEREMONIES

Come join us as we kick off the inaugural Otafest Aurora!

VOICE ACTING Q&A WITH SAM & MARYKE & AUTOGRAPHS

Meet Otafest Aurora’s special guests – Sam Vincent and Maryke Hendrikse! Veterans in the Vancouver voice acting seasons, Sam & Maryke will be taking questions from the audience and signing autographs for fans!

BENTO BANZAI – CHRISTMAS EDITION

That’s right – it’s Otafest’s imfamous food eating challenge competition! For Aurora, we’re putting a holiday spin on this Otafest classic!

COSPLAY PAGEANT

A twist on the popular Cosplay Contest at Otafest, come see the results of people’s creativity as they pay tribute to their favourite anime characters through costumes and entertain the crowd in a Cosplay Pageant!

OTAFEST AURORA GALA

Dinner! Dancing! The Gala is the keynote highlight event of Otafest Aurora!



AMV EVENTS

AMVs are some of the most creative artistic outputs from anime fans. Creators select scenes from various anime shows, set them to music, and edit and splice them until an amazing music video is born! We're got some of the best AMVs at Otafest Aurora, culled from the largest collection of AMVs in the world, brought to you by the one and only Vlad P!

AMV SHOWCASE

Come and catch-up and see what you’ve missed out on as we present some of the best AMVs made in 2012.

AMV XMAS VIDEOS

It’s that time of year so we decided to present so of the best XMAS Videos out there. We’ll journey through the season and present an AMV perspective on Christmas like you’ve never seem before ranging from sentimental, funny all the way to the very twisted. This is one block that a definite must have under the Christmas tree!

TRAILERS

This year seems to be a bumper year for Trailers so we’ve decided to have a short block of them. Enter the world of the trailer to non existent movies (or movies we would want to see over the original).

UPBEAT & FUN VIDEOS

Guaranteed to get you moving into the groove, these videos will leave you feeling good and all fuzzy inside.

OTAFEST AMV 2012 CONTEST WINNERS RECAP

Miss the Otafest Contest this year? Want to see the winners once again? Well here is your chance as we present all the top winners and Honorable Mentions from Otafest’s 2012 AMV Contest. Oh, and don’t forget the Fan Favorite.

AMV PARODIES OF TV OPENINGS

We already brought you trailers, but how about those non existent TV openings! Well, here they are all presented on one hour format. From funny, silly and sometimes twisted, take a journey through what us Anime fans dream of only seeing on television!



PANELS & LIVE PROGRAMMING
At Otafest, we know that we are only as awesome as our community is, and we like to think that you guys are pretty awesome! Panelists are the reason Otafest can provide amazing, innovative programming each and every year. These individuals who volunteer their time and knowledge to Otafest are as diverse as they are informative and fun.

The majority of panels at Otafest are hosted by volunteers and attendees; we feel this is a great opportunity for patrons to get involved with Otafest in a very important way. Every otaku loves anime, manga, video games, or simply just loves Japan for different reasons. Taking this passion and turning it into a demonstrative, informative or competitive panel idea is something that Otafest embraces and welcomes from our patrons.

Here is the list of panels we've got confirmed for Otafest Aurora 2012!

A GUIDE TO KOMIKET by Jessica R

Join us to hear about our experiences at Comiket 82 in Japan, from August 2012. We'll give you tips to keep cool in the heat of this very popular event.

A STUDY IN SHERLOCK by Nicole M

Say wat, son? A panel about Sherlock Holmes! You betcher. From books, films, television, anime and manga, Sherlock is one popular dude. Old fans can come be entertained, and those interested but less informed can see what the buzz is about.

CREATING A WINTER STEAMPUNK by Teigan B

Goggles - Home made, Gears - taken from a smashed up clock, Perfecting that Winter Steampunk look - Priceless!

DROP IN JAPANESE by Lacy A

A fun drop in time to learn and practice some basic Japanese writing and words.

FORUM MEETUP & GIFT EXCHANGE

Tis the season for presents! Come to the Otafest Forum Meetup & Gift Exchange and put a face to the username you’ve been joking with all year long! Please remember to bring a wrapped gift worth about $15-$20 if you’d like to take part in the gift exchange!

GINGER BREAD ROBOT BUILDING COMPETITION

Ginger bread. Robots. It’s a match made in heaven.

INTRO TO ROLEPLAY by Stetson W

In this (relatively) short panel, the basics of roleplay and how to get involved will be covered.

JAPAN: ‘TIS THE SEASON by Marisa H

An informative look at Japanese culture, specifically in the winter season. Festivals, holidays, traditions, and KFC. Yes, KFC.

NAME THAT TUNE – XMAS by Eryn D

An Otafest staple bundles up with a sleighload of Christmas and winter-themed anime songs! Don't expect things to get any easier, though. There will still be plenty of BS rounds to go around for all the good little ota-girls and boys -- in Anime Name That Tune: Xtra Monstrous Advanced Songtime!

OTAFEST AURORA – FEEDBACK PANEL

Please take the time to give some feedback about Otafest Aurora. Let us know what worked and what didn’t. We can only improve if you let us know what we need to work on.

POKEMON (VG) ADVANCED POKE-TRAINING by Adam K

A panel where we sit down and go over the way Effort values, IVs, Egg moves, Natures and breeding works in Pokemon and what it means to making the best team ever.

SURVIVING THE 2012 ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE by Cody N

Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse? You probably think you are, most people have a "zombie plan", but how will the zombie horde come to pass? How will you carry out your plan? Expect the unexpected and you'll be prepared for the worst.

XMAS: ULTIMATE COSPLAY BATTLE OF ULTIMATE ULTIMATENESS by Adam K

Cosplayers debate in character through a series of silly and strange categories, Come by and watch the fun or enter yourself and argue to the Top!



OTHER FUN ROOMS
If you're looking for a place to just chill & hang out, we've got a couple of other rooms you should be checking out!

X-MAS MAID STATION

Come get your hot chocolate and holiday snacks, served to you by the Maid Brigade!

VIDEO GAME ROOM

It’s the gaming room! If you find yourself just wanting some time to chill, drop in and have some fun!

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