Before this week, Crunchyroll has been quiet about special guests and the programming/schedule of the 2021 Virtual Crunchyroll Expo. Instead, all the push has been about registration, and everyone wants to know what they’re signing up entails. Well, news has finally dropped, or at least some information.
We have some returning special guests and one prominent new special guest thus far. Big-time English Voice Actor Cherami Leigh comes to V-CRX. For over 20 years, Cherami has appeared on Friday Night Lights, Shameless, Chase, Bones, and NCIS: LA. She’s also worked on Fast Food Nation, the Emmy-winning Temple Grandin, and played Young LeAnn Rimes in Holiday in Your Heart. Recently, she starred in the faith-based film Beyond the Farthest Star. Cherami has also been a part of over 50 video games and 150 animated projects, including Doc McStuffins, King’s Quest, and Borderlands 2, not to mention anime series like Sword Art Online, Sailor Moon, and Fairy Tail.
Returning special guests are Japanese vegetable carver, Okitsugu Kado, to showcase his talent of carving anime characters from vegetables. Oki-san is a veteran of the restaurant industry who first encountered vegetable carving in Toronto, thanks to Chef Tomohiro Isogai. After a short apprenticeship, he returned to Japan and began studying the art form in depth. While flowers and animals are often carved, Oki-san’s inspiration is different—as in Star Wars and anime characters. Besides being a four-time guest at Star Wars Celebration, he has also competed in the 2013 Euro Carving Championship in Moscow, taking fourth place in the fruit category. He’s excited to be back at V-CRX and can’t wait to meet anime and Crunchyroll fans from all over the world!
Cosplayer Vampy Bit Me, and content creator Mario Bueno will be back this year to co-host Crunchyroll-Hime’s Cosplay Cup. This international cosplay competition will take place during V-CRX. Vampy is a cosplayer initially from a small town in Oklahoma. Vampy now resides in California. She was discovered by the Japanese company Kotobukiya and featured in OTACOOL 2 by Danny Choo. She loves Gunpla, gaming, and creating new cosplays. She most recently worked with Banpresto World Figure Colosseum is the official host/marketing rep for One Piece and Dragon Ball Z figures. You can find her streaming her passions online or participating in the gaming and Gundam communities.
Mario is a content creator specializing in nerd culture. The founder of the NYC-based production outlet Digital Era Entertainment will be showcasing new things at V-CRX 2021! He’s appeared on Anime News Network in their 2007-2008 webisodes and has spent over a decade as a professional emcee for everything from cosplay contests to wrestling-themed presentations like Kaiju Big Battel from 2017-2018. Outside of DEE streams/projects, Mario can see him moderating weekly fan events for GalaxyCon Live or heard as a narrator for Screen Rant on YouTube, or the audiobook Greencloak by Lyndsey Luther.
Finally, some news about programming has arrived to include a premiere preview of TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You OVA. Suppose you haven’t watched this wholesome romantic comedy Crunchyroll Original anime hurry up. It’s a great show, and people of all types love it. The manga is known as Fly Me To the Moon and you can get the manga from Viz Media and Shonen Jump. The OVA will expand the story right off the series.
Don’t forget that Fans can pre-order an exclusive commemorative t-shirt to wear during V-CRX this year. It will be available for pre-order until June 30 on the Crunchyroll Store here. Registration for V-CRX is open NOW. The global anime community is encouraged to sign up for a free pass for this year’s event to catch all the action, announcements, guest panels, and more. Virtual Crunchyroll Expo brings together the global anime community to celebrate the best and brightest in Japanese animation. The event will be streaming from August 5-7 only on the website.