The coronavirus is absolutely destroying the economy, and bashing physical businesses over the head with more than just a baseball bat.
The anime industry is no different and has taken left and right “Mike Tyson” punches since quarantine started.
The sad news of many voice actors deaths is just one example of what’s happening.
But I wanna focus on:
- Anime events
- Anime cons
And all things related when it comes to the impact of the #coronavirus.
Let’s get into it.
Anime Events Cancelled Coronavirus 2020:
AnimeJapan 2020, Family Anime Festa 2020 cancellation.
Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak and the call from the Japanese government to cancel large-scale events, but above all thinking about the health of our visitors and everyone involved, we have decided to cancel the event. pic.twitter.com/oNoKhs4SrB
— AnimeJapan 2020 Official English Account (@aj_overseas) February 27, 2020
AnimeJapan was probably the first to make an announcement back in February 2020.
At first they weren’t sure, but it turns out they eventually pulled out because of the growing risks of #coronavirus.
2. Anime Boston
Thank you for everyone’s patience as #AnimeBoston processed the latest information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Here is the official statement from our Convention Chairman regarding the latest development. #AnimeBoston2020 https://t.co/5kZa9rwjwY pic.twitter.com/M0B0j2NS4M
— Anime Boston (@AnimeBoston) March 14, 2020
Anime Boston was one of the first anime conventions to make announcements about cancellations.
This was back in March 2020 (14th to be exact).
3. Japan Expo
Japan Expo on April 14th 2020 announced they’d cancel 2020 events. And move it to 2021.
This is official news.
Animethon is cancelled and won’t return to 2021, just like Japan Expo.
5. Calgary Expo
Weeks after postponing the 2020 Calgary Expo to the summer, organizers have officially cancelled this year’s event in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and started the process of refunding ticket holders. https://t.co/xIP9ONo0ms #yyc @Calgaryexpo
— CTV Calgary (@CTVCalgary) April 21, 2020
Calgary Expo officially cancelled their events for 2020 and refunds are being sent out to customers.
Otakon made their official statement on April 17th 2020. A convention based out of Washington.
7. Toronto Comicon
Anime fans in Toronto, Canada won’t be happy this year. Just like a lot of anime fans.
Toronto Comicon is officially over until further notice.
Otakon has been pushed to 2021, just like some other conventions have decided.
9. A-Kon (Dallas)
After much consideration, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone A-Kon 31. We are still working out the final details with the city, but our new dates will tentatively be June 24th – 27th, 2021. For full info please visit https://t.co/IoxYc5m859 pic.twitter.com/FJqqmV1uJx
— A-Kon (@WeAreAKon) March 16, 2020
A-Kon cancelled back in March, and will move to June 2021.
10. Anime Central
Anime central cancelled in March 2020, and will move over to May 2021.
11. Anime North
Anime North, just like Anime Central cancelled in March. With May 2021 being a date they’re focused on.
12. Fanime Con
Fanime Con cancelled and will also move to May 2021 for their new convention dates.
This was back in April 2020.
13. San Deigo Comic-Con
San Diego Comic-Con will return around July 2021 based on the current predictions of coronavirus.
Japan’s own Comiket got cancelled and pushed back to an unconfirmed date. Likely in Tokyo.
15. Awesome Con
We are sad to announce the cancellation of Matt Smith for Awesome Con 2019 as he has a filming commitment next weekend.
All Matt Smith VIP packages, photo-ops and autographs are being automatically refunded. Check your email for more information. pic.twitter.com/lgsci2Sjvc
— Awesome Con (@AwesomeCon) April 17, 2019
Awesomecon cancelled in April 2020. With certain items being refunded out to customers.
17. Anime NYC
Anime NYC cancelled and even though they’re not sure it’ll work, November is the next date they have planned.
Whether that happens is another story.
18. Anime Expo
With Anime Expo no longer taking place this year, individuals who purchased a badge have the option to either receive a full refund or rollover their badge to AX 2021.
To learn how, please visit https://t.co/3wIqxRIBQq
— Anime Expo (@AnimeExpo) April 27, 2020
Anime Expo was one of the most recent events to get cancelled, which surprised a lot of fans.
But the reality is there are probably more that will cancel as I write this out.
Hi there! We’re officially cancelled for this year, but we do that to focus on make Naka-Kon 2021 the best that we can. Naka-Kon will happen March 12-14 next year
— Naka-Kon 「中コン」 (@NakaKon) March 23, 2020
Naka-Kon cancelled in March and will return in 2021 during the same month.
You can expect MORE anime companies, conventions, studios, voice actors and so on getting caught up in the corona drama.
This won’t end for at least a few more months, unless it ends sooner.
Other anime conventions I ignored have been postponed without official cancellations, but that might change.