Anime Expo 2020, North America's Massive Anime Convention, Canceled
The Los Angeles anime convention will miss a year for the first time in its 29-year history.
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has caused many of the biggest pop culture events in the world to be canceled or indefinitely postponed. While the fate of some events was still unsure, it's now been confirmed that Anime Expo will not go ahead in July this year, the announcement comes on the heels of San Diego Comic Con's official cancelation.
It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the cancellation of AX 2020. Our utmost concern is for the health and safety of our community. This was one of the most difficult decisions we have had to make in the 29 years of Anime Expo.— Anime Expo (@AnimeExpo) April 17, 2020
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"With the COVID-19 situation continually changing, as well as more restrictions in place worldwide and in our host city Los Angeles, we can’t in good faith move forward with this year’s event. We know it will affect all of you differently and we did not come to this decision lightly," a statement from Anime Expo reads.
"It remains our goal to provide fans and industry partners from around the world with a safe space to come together to celebrate and share our love of anime," the statement continues. "We are committed to bringing you the best of the best next year as we return to Los Angeles for our 30th anniversary on July 2-5, 2021!"
Those who have already bought tickets for this year's event, originally scheduled for July 2-5, have the option of either receiving a refund or redeeming a ticket for next year's event instead.
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