Anime NYC 2020 powered by Crunchyroll has been canceled due to concerns involving the COVID-19 pandemic. News of the cancellation was announced alongside an update from Anime NYC Show Director, Peter Tatara.
“Hello, this is Peter Tatara, Show Director of Anime NYC. Over the past few months, Anime NYC’s team has worked closely with the Javits Center and our operations and publisher partners to create a safe and healthy convention this year.Anime NYC Show Director, Peter Tatara via Animenyc.com
I’m deeply proud of all this planning; however, as we near summer’s end, it’s become apparent no amount of preparation will protect our attendees, and we’ve made the decision Anime NYC 2020 will no longer take place because of coronavirus.
What does this mean for you? For all fans, you have the option to roll your tickets over to Anime NYC 2021 or receive a refund. For all exhibitors, you have the option to roll over your booths and sponsorships or be refunded as well. And all hotel rooms in our official block will be automatically refunded.
All fans and exhibitors will receive a detailed email with next steps by today’s end.
We started Anime NYC with the goal of bringing anime fans and the anime industry together in the biggest city in America, and while we’ll be unable to all gather in the Javits this year, our goal isn’t going away. Rather, we now look to bring fans and the industry together in new, different, and digital ways – and we’ll do this long before November.
Last month, we started the “Anime News Network Connect presented by Anime NYC” project which features ongoing online anime events together with our industry friends. We’ll have more announcements, too, around additional ways we can celebrate our fandom while physically remote.
A tremendous thank you again to the Anime NYC and Javits Center teams for all the planning you’ve done, to all the support from Crunchyroll and everyone across the anime industry, and to you – all the fans in NYC and beyond who love to come together and celebrate with our anime family.
Stay safe, wear a mask, and we’ll be back November 19-21, 2021!”
Anime NYC has quickly grown to be a fan favorite anime convention, offering the community a peek at the latest series and movies, hands-on with upcoming games, and the chance to show off their cosplay, it will be greatly missed. Attendees and Exhibitors who purchased tickets an booth space can either have their ticket rolled over to next year’s Con or receive a refund.
In the meantime, the team behind the Anime NYC aim to create alternative online events for fans, including their recently started collaborative series with Anime News Network, Anime News Network Connect presented by Anime NYC.
Anime NYC joins the growing lists of conventions that have been canceled due to health concerns regarding the current pandemic, which includes NYC Comic-Con and E3. These are necessary actions to keep fans, creators, and the general public safe.