Anime Expo Continues Online With Anime Expo Lite in July 2020

A pandemic can’t stop our heroes at SPJA from defending anime’s biggest event. Anime Expo Lite has been announced, and fans will get the virtual experience of a lifetime. Find out what to expect this year and why Afterbuzz TV loves anime.

Jaimi Gray

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: May 31st, 2020 9:48 pm pst

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Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, AfterBuzz TV is the artist-friendly entertainment news platform that celebrates, discusses, interviews, promotes and reports on the widest range of stars, creators and content through video, audio and article publications.

Anime Expo may have originally been canceled this year, but The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) has found a way for fans to enjoy the event while staying safe at home. With the COVID-19 outbreak and recent protests against police brutality and systematic racism, several areas in the United States are still currently in quarantine and under curfew as well. As we shift  towards a “new normal”, Anime Expo along with its logo has been modified to Anime Expo Lite and fans around the world can experience anime’s biggest event for FREE.

The usual 4-day event is now a free two-day live stream celebration starting July 3rd, which is also known as LA’s official Anime Expo Day. AX Organizer and (SPJA) CEO Ray Chiang has high hopes for this year. “We are excited to be able to parlay the traditional Anime Expo into a virtual experience. Since 2017, AX has been live-streaming select panels as well as from the convention floor, so it is a natural transition for us to produce a virtual event,” Chiang stated.

“As everything in 2020 is different, we see a unique opportunity to be able to share our passion for Japanese pop culture not only with those that would have attended AX but now with any anime fan no matter where they live. With our Anime Expo Lite line-up, we know fans will find plenty of events and special guests to entertain and keep them engaged.”

Here is what fans can expect at Anime Expo Lite 2020:

  • Special Guests, including artist/character designer: Yoshitaka Amano
  • Panel discussions | Q&As with industry leaders
  • Industry announcements from Bushiroad, Crunchyroll, Pony Canyon, VIZ, and more!
  • Additional exclusive live content from AX & Japan
  • Fun Giveaways

Badge holders who have not already requested a refund by May 31, 2020 will have their badges automatically rolled over to AX 2021. AX will return for its 30th anniversary to the Los Angeles Convention Center July 2-5, 2021. For more exclusive Anime Expo Lite announcements, sign up here

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About The Author:

Jaimi Gray hails from Richmond, Virginia and received her BA in Broadcast Journalism at Hampton University, one our nation’s top HBCUs. Jaimi has since taken her talents to Los Angeles to continue working as an on-camera host and voice actor.

Founded by Emmy winning journalist Maria Menounos and Producer Keven Undergaro, artist-friendly AfterBuzz TV is the world’s largest digital broadcast network and pop culture news platform, producing post-game ‘after-shows’ for nearly all favorite TV shows, interviewing cast and showrunners and providing the widest video, audio and article coverage of shows, content and influencers than any entertainment news platforms in existence

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