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Best Convention of the Year Virtual Crunchyroll Expo

We’ve been to a few virtual conventions this year big, small, new, and old. We’ve been grateful to get some form of conventions at all. Yet, we’ve seen some things we didn’t like and some things we did like at each one. Each one is different in some form. Crunchyroll Expo wasn’t any different in having a virtual version of themselves(V-CRX). What we did notice is they took only the best features of virtual cons this far and had a wonderful con wrap this past weekend.

This year’s virtual event engaged the global anime community with more than 85 panels and events, 24 hours of anime marathons,  panel discussions and series available across six languages, 180 artists in the Anime Arts District, and more than 100 exhibitors in the Shopping District. Over the course of the three-day event, there were more than 200 guests, panelists and hosts across four different virtual stages, with panels available in the V-CRX On Demand area for fans eager to catch up or rewatch the action. Highlights from this year’s event include:

Tower of God Live Drawing Panel

Crunchyroll Expo is the yearly celebration of the best and brightest in Japanese anime. Next year’s CRX will take place August 6-8, 2021 in San Jose, marking the fifth year of the event.

Our experience of the con was great and far exceeded our expectations. How the website was set up is exactly what being at a con is like. The four-panel rooms you could all have up in different tabs is like running from one panel to another. Most of them not overlapping each other. Then getting virtual tours of what Crunchy City would have looked like, as well as galleries, and other showrooms. The artist alley/dealer room was easy to use and you didn’t have to run from booth to booth. The chillout rooms/ lounges were a great touch along with the 24/7 cat cafe. We had raves each night, a special DJ set, and three concerts of anime music.

Everything was very enjoyable. Just an FYI we did have to pick up that limited edition Artbook for Shield Hero. We can not wait to get that in our hands. Crunchyroll Expo always has a scavenger hunt game too that makes you hit check points across the convention. This virtual was no different with you hitting certain pages of the con for the checkpoints for a code scan. Such an innovative team that Crunchyroll put together to work on this con. We just had to give a shoutout to Mary Franklin the Head of Events at Crunchyroll.

Our only knock on the con is that everything was in Pacific Time and having to translate the timezone change was a little bit of a headache. Here’s the catch though you didn’t need to because each panel let you know what was coming up next and it sort of just made you sit there and wait for the next one during intermission. Then they include a continuous chat room for fans and great commercials and time passes quickly. It made us completely sucked into the experience.

Check out the wrap-up video below of V-CRX and don’t miss my tweet appearing in the video.

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