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First Virtual Crunchyroll Expo Wraps with Huge Programming Announcements, Guest Appearances, and More

This year’s virtual event engaged the global anime community with more than 85 panels and events, 24 hours of anime marathons,  panel discussions, and series available across six languages, 180 artists in the Anime Arts District, and more than 100 exhibitors in the Shopping District. Over the course of the three-day event, there were more than 200 guests, panelists, and hosts across four different virtual stages, with panels available in the V-CRX On Demand area for fans eager to catch up or rewatch the action. Highlights from this year’s event include:

Huge programming announcements including Shenmue, a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Production based on the beloved SEGA video game franchise, alongside the announcement of To Your Eternity and new seasons of Dr. STONE, The Rising of the Shield Hero, How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord: Omega, and the first season of Dr. Ramune -Mysterious Disease Specialist… all coming soon to Crunchyroll.

Premiere date announcements for the Crunchyroll Original series Noblesse, a Crunchyroll and WEBTOON Production, coming to Crunchyroll on October 6 and Onyx Equinox, premiering November 21.

World and domestic U.S. premieres of GIBIATE episode 9, One Piece: Episode of Chopper – The Miracle Winter Cherry Blossom, and a sneak peek of five minutes of the Crunchyroll Originals series Noblesse.

Major merchandise news including a special limited edition book for The Rising of the Shield Hero featuring more than 100 pages of original art available now for pre-order, a home video partnership with Sentai Filmworks including Food Wars! The Fourth Plate, Ascendance of a Bookworm, Granbelm, and World Trigger. Plus an announcement of the Crunchyroll Crate and the Limited Edition Mobile Suit Gundam Life Crate, available for pre-order now from Crunchyroll and Loot Crate.

More than 85 panels including the creative staff and voice actors behind a mix of series including Crunchyroll Originals Onyx Equinox, Noblesse, The God of High School, EX-ARM, So I’m a Spider, So What?, and TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You, alongside Rent-a-Girlfriend, The Rising of the Shield Hero, and Dr. STONE.

Nearly 210 guests and panelists including legendary horror manga artist Junji Ito for a discussion about his beloved cats Yon & Mu, voice actor Soma Saito for a preview of his upcoming series EX-ARM, Arthell Isom, CEO of D’ART Shtajio, the first Black-owned animation studio in Japan, a history of anime in Latin America featuring Crunchyroll’s Mexico community leads and a celebration of the art of Japanese vegetable carving.

Special shout-outs from K-Pop stars including CIX, Stray Kids, J-JUN, and OH MY GIRL and Japanese EDM artist KSUKE, alongside musical performances by Myth & Roid, a Hatsune Miku Symphony with the Tokyo Philharmonic, and the exclusive world premiere of The Rising of the Shield Hero concert with composer Kevin Penkin.

Immersive experiences including the Onyx Equinox scavenger hunt, live sketches from the character designer of the Crunchyroll Original Tower of God, a MAPPA gallery tour with behind-the-scenes commentary from creative staff including Sunghoo Park (director The God of High School, JUJUTSU KAISEN), the Yuzu’s Cat Cafe featuring a 24/7 livestream of adorable and adoptable kittens, and a celebrity fan exhibit of anime-inspired art.

An international cosplay competition featuring more than 30 participants. The best in show winner was awarded to Jaqueline Fernandes, a cosplayer located in Brazil. The show was hosted by Vampy Bit Me and Mario Bueno, with Rock M. Sakura, Creature Of Habit, GSTQ Fashions, and Kamui Cosplay as judges.

Incredible engagement from the global anime community with fans from around the world tuning in for all the action, including attendees from Canada, across Latin America, the U.K, Australia, Germany, France, and Japan. 

Crunchyroll Expo is the yearly celebration of the best and brightest in Japanese anime. Next year’s CRX will take place August 6-8, 2021 in San Jose, marking the fifth year of the event.

Images courtesy of Crunchyroll

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