The athletes of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games paraded to the rhythm of songs from famous video games during the opening ceremony of the competition, which had a very limited number of attendees due to COVID-19.
After a short introductory video led by violinist Nitsuko Taneda, the Greek Olympic delegation opened the parade to the rhythm of Dragon Quest’s “Overture: Roto’s Theme” by composer Koichi Sugiyama.
The design of the banners that reflect the names of the countries and territories were speech bubbles used on the sleeves and clothing of the bearers and the assistant personnel was designed to emulate the plots (screentone) commonly used in comics, as a sample of pride in the industry in the country.
The banners were made with recycled plastic, in line with the concept of sustainability wielded by the Tokyo Games, and a total of 57 people.
A total of 5,700 participants from 207 National Olympic Committees took part in the parade, which lasted for more than two hours and twenty minutes.
Athletes sometimes forgot social distancing and jumped in unison as they greeted a practically empty Olympic Stadium, in which only about 950 guests made up of members of the Olympic family and foreign dignitaries were allowed to attend, regardless of the press.
During the hours that the parade lasted, different songs were played from a total of fourteen well-known video games that completed the Tales of series, Monster Hunter, Chrono Trigger, NieR, Ace Combat, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pro Evolution Soccer, Phantasy Star Universe, Gradius (Nemesis), SaGa and Soulcalibur.