It is pretty much easy to say that 2020 will have a giant “*” on conventions due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, another big show has officially been cancelled. Anime Expo 2020 has been cancelled due to the obvious COVID-19 concerns. The president of AX, Ray Chiang, released a letter confirming it earlier today:
Dear Anime Expo Community,
This is a day my team and I hoped wouldn’t come, but it is with a heavy heart that I am announcing the cancellation of Anime Expo 2020. Our utmost concern is for the health and safety of our amazing Anime Expo community. We understand your disappointment as we are anime fans first and foremost too. As you can imagine, this was one of the most difficult decisions we have had to make in the 29 years of Anime Expo.
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.
Anime Expo is the largest west coast anime convention and has been a staple of an anime event for almost 30 years. Fans who were planning on attending this year and pre-registered a ticket will have the option to receive a full refund or have their badge rollover to AX 2021. You can read the full announcement by clicking here. Anime Expo 2021 is slated for July 2-5th 2021