Scores of conventions have been cancelled this year in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, but Anime Expo hopes to find a way to meet fans despite everything. Anime Expo is the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America and earlier this year, they confirmed it would be cancelling its event for July 2020 to ensure the safety of attendees and guests. But over on Twitter, Anime Expo reached out to fans with a teaser about Anime Expo Lite.
— Anime Expo (@AnimeExpo) May 22, 2020
At this time, there is no word on what the lite event is about, but fans expect this to be the convention’s response to its closure. Unfortunately, there is no way an event gathering tens or hundreds of thousands of people can happen alongside the virus outbreak. However, a slew of conventions have done virtual events with talent, and that could be a possibility for Anime Expo Lite.
The event is slated to take place July 3-4 and will feature a slew of brands. Companies like Crunchyroll, Viz Media, Pony Canyon, and Bushiroad are slated to appear in some form. Others are also expected but have yet to be named. Meanwhile, 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. Information on that can be found here.