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The first-ever Virtual Crunchyroll Expo has wrapped up, and with it was three days of anime news, amazing guests, fan-favorite hosts, great panels, and more! All streamed to the safety of everyone’s screens, across multiple languages.
Anime News and Premieres!
As expected from a virtual Japanese pop culture expo hosted by Crunchyroll, there was a great lineup of anime and Crunchyroll Original series news, with appearances and panels from the creative staff and voice actors behind beloved titles, including Dr. Stone, EX-ARM, The God of High School, Noblesse (including a five-minute sneak peek), Onyx Equinox, Rent-a-Girlfriend, The Rising of the Shield Hero, and TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You. The weekend of anime updates included the amazing announcement the Crunchyroll and Adult Swim are producing an anime series based on the classic game Shenmue, as well as the release dates announcements for two Crunchyroll Original series.
Noblesse is a Crunchyroll and WEBTOON Production and will premiere on October 6.
Onyx Equinox is a Crunchyroll Original Series and will premiere on November 21.
Those who tuned in got to enjoy a few premieres and anime marathons as well. The Expo was host to the world and domestic U.S. premieres of One Piece: Episode of Chopper – The Miracle Winter Cherry Blossom and episode 9 of GIBIATE.
New Partnerships and Limited Edition Collectibles
Crunchyroll detailed partnerships with Sentai Filmworks and Loot Crate. With Loot Crate they will be working together to bring fans collectibles with two new Loot Crate options: The Crunchyroll Crate and the limited-edition Mobile Suit Gundam Life Crate. Their collaboration with Sentai Filmworks will bring home video and digital purchase options for anime to the platform, with the four first titles announced including:
Food Wars! The Fourth Plate
Ascendance of a Bookworm
- World Trigger
A special limited edition book for “The Rising of the Shield Hero” was also revealed, featuring more than 100 pages of original art, fans can preorder it now.
Over 85 Panels and Events Featuring Members of the Anime Industry and Community
V-CRX had a great selection of panels and events to keep anime fans happy. Guests and panels included D’ART Shtajio CEO Arthell Isom(D’ART Shtajio is the first black-owned animation studio in Japan), the history of anime in Latin America featuring Crunchyroll’s Mexican community, iconic horror manga artist Junji Ito talking about just how much he loves his cats (Yon & Mu), and more, V-CRX was a chance to connect and learn more about the world of anime. Both from those who make it and those who enjoy it.
A community Brought Together.
The global anime community came together to enjoy V-CRX, with virtual attendees including people from the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Australia, France, Japan, Germany, and the U.K. The weekend offered a chance for fans of Japanese pop culture to connect and experience their fandom together.
V-CRX’s international cosplay contest was hosted by Vampy Bit Me and Mario Bueno, with Rock M. Sakura, Creature Of Habit, GSTQ Fashions, and Kamui Cosplay acting as judges. More than 30 cosplayers competed, with the Best in Show prize going to Jaqueline Fernandes, a cosplayer in Brazil.
Cosplayer or not, fans got the chance to participate in immersive experiences, including live sketches from the character designer of the Crunchyroll Original The Tower of God, a gallery tour of MAPPA featuring The God of High School Director Sunghoo Park, and a 24/7 Livestream of the Yuzu Cat Cafe.
Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2020 may be done but what it left us with is an exciting lineup of anime, a peek behind the scenes, some funny moments, and more cats than I think most people expected.
Next year’s Crunchyroll Expo is set for August 6-8, 2021 in San Jose, California. Stay tuned to Crunchyroll to learn more and check out their immense selection of subbed and dubbed anime titles.