Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, will not have an in-person event this year. Instead, they’re opting for a virtual con.
“We will miss gearing up for a full weekend of parading around the LACC [Los Angeles Convention Center] and reuniting with friends just as much as you will, but we take comfort in knowing this separation is only temporary and that it’s the right thing to do,” Ray Chiang, the CEO of The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, explained on Anime Expo’s site. “While we’re not able to meet in-person, we still want to celebrate 2021 in honor of our 30th anniversary, and we will continue to share stories, photos, and memories with #AnimeExpo30th!”
Chiang continued, “And yes, Anime Expo Lite will return on July 4th weekend! While we know that nothing can ever fully replicate the magic of in-person events, we recognize that online communities have long been an integral part of Anime Expo’s culture. Anime Expo has been streamed since 2017 and will continue to be part of the experience. As always, we’re seeking fresh, engaging content for you to enjoy, and we hope you’ll join us!”
Source: Anime Expo
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