Anime Expo Lite 2021 Draws Over 375,000 Views and Raises $77,000 for Charity

The nation’s largest anime fan convention marked its 30th anniversary earlier this month with Anime Expo Lite. Held online again due to the continuing effects of the COVID pandemic, this year’s Anime Expo Lite garnered over 375,000 views from fans in more than 100 countries such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Malaysia.

Fans tuned into watch the livestream event on July 3 and 4, 2021 as well as during the VOD period from July 5-16, 2021. Program highlights included the Star Wars: Visions Sneak Peek, the Shikizakura world premiere, and the LisAni!LIVE L.A. concert featuring performances by ASCA, BURNOUT SYNDROMES, JO☆STARS, Liella! ( Love Live! Superstar!!), and Morfonica (BanG Dream!), as well as special guests such as Hololive English, NIJISANJI’s Lazulight, and many more.

Proceeds from the 2021 Anime Expo Lite online event benefited the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. The SPJA donated $77,000 to support local and national community organizations related to AAPI representation, mental health, and more.

“For the 2nd year in a row, Anime Expo was held online due to the COVID pandemic, but we were gratified and amazed at the continued strong support we received from so many fans from around the world,” says Ray Chiang, CEO of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. “We presented a comprehensive array of panel events, exclusive premieres, and sneak peeks, and music performances and made a sizeable donation to Hate Is A Virus, which will help them continue their work to battle anti-Asian discrimination and defamation, which continues to AAPI communities across the nation. As we look ahead to next year, we are excited to announce the return of Anime Expo to the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 1-4, 2022, and to welcoming back all of our fans, exhibitors, and participants.”

Anime Expo Lite Offers Neary 100 Hours Of Convention Content Via VOD For A Limited Time

Missed Anime Expo Lite’s livestream broadcast this past weekend? Not to worry. Nearly 100 hours of comprehensive content, including industry panels and exclusive premieres, are available now on VOD through July 16, 2021.

Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite VOD programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. Existing Anime Expo Lite ticketholders already have access to the full range of VOD programming. (**Note – Access to the Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A. concert is an extra charge).

This is a prime opportunity, for a limited time, to catch any programming that may have been missed during the original convention livestream, or to enjoy encore presentations of favorite panel and content sessions.

Anime Expo Lite VOD Dates – July 5-16, 2021
Ticket Purchase Link: https://www.tixr.com/groups/animeexpolite/events/animeexpo-lite-2021-benefitting-hate-is-a-virus-23015
Registration $5 (+ processing fees) – all proceeds to benefit the Hate Is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund

Notable content highlights include the Star Wars Visions Panel hosted by Lucasfilm, a panel with the director of the TRESE anime and creators of graphic novel series, a special panel featuring the writer and producers of the anime feature film, Child of Kamiari Month, and a screening of DEEMO: The Movie. The Japan Foundation LA and the Academy Museum also present a sneak preview of the upcoming Hayao Miyazaki exhibition. The Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A. online concert featuring performances by ASCA, BURNOUT SYNDROMES, JO☆STARS, Liella! (Love Live! Superstars!!) and Morfonica (BanG Dream!) is also available to screen (for an additional ticket charge).

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marked the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention. Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV & film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

eigoMANGA Will Participate at Anime Expo Lite 2021

Comic book publisher, EigoMANGA announces its participation at Anime Expo Lite 2021. Anime Expo Lite is the digital version of Anime Expo (AX), the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Anime Expo Lite’s virtual event dates will be July 3-4, 2021. Content from those dates plus more will be available to watch on-demand from July 5 through July 16, 2021. EigoMANGA will host two virtual panels that will showcase their latest production of comics, animation, games, and mobile apps.

First, EigoMANGA’s creative team will meet with NBA point guard for the Sacramento Kings, De’Aaron Fox. They discuss De’Aaron’s fandom for anime, manga, and how it intertwines with his basketball career. “De’Aaron Fox: NBA Star and Anime Fan” will be available to watch on-demand from July 5 through July 16, 2021.

And second, EigoMANGA creators will hold a tutorial workshop to teach the fundamentals of manga illustration. “EigoMANGA’s How To Draw Manga” will also be available to watch on-demand on July 5 through July 16, 2021.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 Presents a First Look at the Anime Movie Child of Kamiari Month

Anime Expo Lite presents a special first look at the upcoming anime feature film, Child of Kamiari Month, as part of this year’s two-day, livestream convention running July 3-4, 2021.

Join the prolific anime producer, Michihiko Suwa, as he shares insights about Child of Kamiari Month. Based on Japanese mythology, the feature film explores the root of the nation’s history and explores what it means to follow destiny. Suwa will be joined by writer Toshinari Shinohe and fellow producer, Uko Oshia.

When: Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 2:45 p.m. PDT

About Child of Kamiari Month

This is a story of a 12-year-old girl, Kanna, born as a descendant of the Gods. Her family has a mission to deliver offerings from all over Japan to the Gods’ gathering in Izumo. Although Kanna’s mother was to complete the mission, her passing prompted Kanna to finish the task, hoping she could reunite with her dead mother in the Gods’ land at the end of her journey.

What is Kamiari Month?

Japanese people believe that spirits and gods dwell inside various things. There are gods of the water, wood, and even gods that keep us safe from sickness. Every October, thousands of gods leave their places of residence to gather in the Izumo region to have a conference. As such, October is also called Kamiari month – only in the Izumo region – which means the month with gods, and Kannazuki – in every other region – which means the month without gods. Produced by Cretica Universal, the film is slated for international release later this year.

Michiko Suwa is a leading planner and producer best known for a number of popular anime series including Case Closed (Detective Conan), City Hunter, YAWARA!, The New Kindaichi Files, InuYasha, Black Jack, and Magic Knight Rayearth. He was awarded the Fujimoto Special Reward for the Case Closed (Detective Conan) movie series. He is also a member of the Japan Academy and is supervising the feature film, Child of Kamiari Month.

Toshinari Shinohe is a planner, storyboard writer, and communications director for the feature film Child of Kamiari Month (Kamiaritsuki-no-kodomo). He established the anime production company, Cretica Universal in 2011, and has worked in various industries including film, comics, and theme park development. He also has overseen the following notable projects including theatrical premieres for Cinderella, GODZILLA and more. Collaboration works including “Little Prince” in “TOYOTA” and “Napping Princess” x “KURASHIKI” and a start-up project for the TOYOTA ANIME CINEMA FESTIVAL.

Uko Oshia started his career as a film producer after establishing the production company, GUM Co., Ltd. His first two films as a producer were Smokin’ on the Moon (2017) and Show Me the Way to the Station (in 2019). His latest project, Child of Kamiari Month is scheduled for release in Autumn of 2021.

Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream concludes on July 4, 2021, ticketholders can re-watch the content, as well as access additional programming, on a VOD basis from July 5-16, 2021.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention. Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV & film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

Registration information:

Dates – July 3-4, 2021 / 12 p.m.–8 p.m. PST
Ticket Registration: https://www.tixr.com/groups/animeexpolite/events/anime-expolite-2021-benefitting-hate-is-a-virus-23015
Registration $5 (+ processing fees) – all proceeds to benefit the Hate Is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund

To receive Anime Expo Lite new & programming updates, please sign-up at:
https://mailchi.mp/anime-expo/lite-2021

Anime Expo Lite to Host the World Premiere of the Shikizakura Anime

The staff of the Anime Expo Lite virtual event has announced on its website that it will host the world premiere of Chukyo TV and Sublimation’s original “near-future science-fiction battle action” anime Shikizakura on July 4, 2021 at 5:15 p.m. PDT (8:15 p.m. EDT). The premiere episode will only be available during the live stream will not be available to watch through video on demand.

The story of Shikizakura is described as:

In the place of Shikizakura (cherry trees), where autumn leaves and cherry blossoms are flourishing and where the human world intersects with the demon world, a ritual to save the human world is about to begin…
Kakeru Miwa, a high school student, gets involved in a battle between powered suits and oni that emerge from the demon world to prey on Onis manifest themselves in this world by possessing humans. Only “Yoroi,” powered suit that is a fusion of ancient secrets and cutting-edge technology, can protect people from onis. Kakeru puts on a Yoroi by chance and becomes a semi-official member of a team that fights against onis.

Determined to become a hero, Kakeru battles Onis to protect Ouka Myojin, the shrine maiden destined to save the world. In the season of Shikizakura, in midst of autumn leaves and a flurry of cherry petals, Ouka performs a dance as a shrine maiden. At the place where the past and the future, this world and the alien world, people’s thoughts and hopes all meet, a tale of heroic action-adventure begins.

Shikizakura is scheduled to premiere in October 2021.

Source: ANN

Celebrate Ani-Song Music at the Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A. Virtual Live Concert on July 3, 2021

Anime Expo Lite 2021 teams with anime music media outlet, LisAni!, to present – Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A. – a very special live online concert featuring performances by ASCA, BURNOUT SYNDROMES, JO☆STARS, Liella! (Love Live! Superstars!!) and Morfonica (BanG Dream!) to complement this year’s two-day, livestream convention running Saturday, July 3 through Sunday, July 4, 2021.

This year’s online live Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A. concert event is a special edition of “LisAni!,” a festival event that has been held annually in Japan since 2010 featuring a wide array of the latest ani-song music artists and groups.

Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A.! takes place Saturday, July 3, 2021. Tickets for the concert are $27.00 each and require purchase of an Anime Expo Lite pass. The concert will be accessible to audiences worldwide (**some exceptions may apply; please see Anime Expo Lite FAQ for details). Each concert ticket includes access to nearly 100 hours of Anime Expo Lite 2021 VOD content and programming that will be available through July 16, 2021.

Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A.! Concert Details:

Show Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
Time: 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. PDT
Purchase Tickets At: https://www.tixr.com/groups/animeexpolite/events/anime-expolite-2021-benefitting-hate-is-a-virus-23015
(*Use your Anime Expo Lite ID # as the “access code” purchase a concert ticket)
Ticket Price: $27 each

ASCA

ASCA drew initial wide acclaim in Japan for being a top 3 finalist in the 5th National Anisong Grand Prixas Asuka Ookura. In August 2017, ASCA’s first original song “RUST” was released in the anime music magazine Lis Ani!. Her fourth single “RESISTER” was the opening theme for Season 2 of Sword Art Online Alicization and went on to be certified as a Gold hit record. In 2019, ASCA released triple A-side single “RUST / Hibari / Koubou” followed by her debut album Hyakka Ryoran. Her long-awaited new album Hyakki yakou was released earlier this year.

BURNOUT SYNDROMES

BURNOUT SYNDROMES is a rock band formed in Osaka in 2005. With their literary lyrics celebrating the Japanese language, the band craft their arrangements to color the world and are constantly pushing the limits of a three-piece group. In 2010, BURNOUT SYNDROMES appeared in the TOKYO FM SCHOOL OF ROCK! sponsored event Senko Riot and won the Semi-Grand Prix. The band made their major debut with the single “FLY HIGH!!” from EPIC Records Japan. The band has gone on to compose many anime theme songs for series such as Haikyu!!, Gintama, Dr. STONE, Those Snow-White Notes, and HxEros.

JO☆STARS

A super-powered trio that has provided the themes for the anime TV series, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. JO☆STARS consists of Hiroaki “TOMMY” Tominaga, CODA, and Jin Hashimoto. Their opening song, “Jojo That Blood Memory ~ ENDOF THE WORLD ~” from JoJo’s Bizarre Fate of the Blood Stardust Crusaders Egypt Edition received the 20th Animation Kobe Theme Song Award. The band has appeared at ANIMELO SUMMER LIVE2015-THE GATE and released JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure THE ME SONG BEST GENERATION.

Liella! (Love Live! Superstars!!)

Liella! is a school idol group that appears in Love Live! Superstar!!, the latest installment in the multi-media Love Live! series. In April 2021, they released their debut single, “Hajimari wa Kimi no Sora,” along with an animated music video. The group is slated to appear on a TV anime series beginning in July 2021. Liella! members include Sayuri Date, Liyuu, Nako Misaki, Naomi Payton, and Nagisa Aoyama.

Morfonica (BanG Dream!)

Morfonica is the 4th edition of “real life bands” from the next generation of the “girls band project” BanG Dream! (Ban Dori!), which combines anime, games, comics and “real life” performances by voice actors. The group formed in 2020 as the project’s first violin rock band. Band members include Amane Shindo (Vocals), Hina Suguta (Guitar), Yuka Nishio (Bass), Mika (Drums), and Ayasa (Violin). Their 1st single “Daylight” which was released in May 2020, placed at #2 on the Oricon weekly sales rankings. In May 2021, they successfully held their second solo live concert, “Andante,” at Zepp Haneda.

Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream concludes on July 4, 2021, ticketholders can re-watch the content, as well as access additional programming, on a VOD basis from July 5-16, 2021.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention. Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV & film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

Registration information:

Dates – July 3-4, 2021 / 12 p.m.–8 p.m. PST
Ticket Registration: https://www.tixr.com/groups/animeexpolite/events/anime-expolite-2021-benefitting-hate-is-a-virus-23015
Registration $5 (+ processing fees) – all proceeds to benefit the Hate Is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund

To receive Anime Expo Lite new & programming updates, please sign-up at:
https://mailchi.mp/anime-expo/lite-2021

Anime Expo Lite 2021 Invites Fans to “Discover Little Tokyo”

Anime Expo Lite 2021 registered ticketholders are invited to visit the historic Little Tokyo district in Los Angeles, California to take advantage of a special promotion being offered by a dozen preeminent retailers and restaurants.

Running Friday, June 25 through Sunday, July 11, 2021, Anime Expo Lite registered attendees may visit each of the Little Tokyo establishments listed below to receive a custom designed Anime Expo coaster. Six different full color coasters are available. The completed collection of coasters may be assembled like a puzzle to form an anime-inspired image created by the team of pop art designers at Collateral Design Studios commemorating Anime Expo’s partnership this year with Hate Is A Virus. (**Note – some vendors may require a purchase). Visitors simply show their Anime Expo Lite registration with purchase to receive each coaster.

Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream concludes on July 4, 2021, ticketholders can re-watch the content, as well as access additional programming, on a VOD basis from July 5-16 2021.

Participating Retailers:

  • Anime Jungle ($30 purchase): 319 East 2nd St. Unit 103, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Bunka do: 340 East 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Café Dulce: 134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Chinchikurin: 350 East 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Kinokuniya Bookstore: 123 Ellison S. Onizuka St. #205, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Kouraku Restaurant: 314 East 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Mr. Ramen: 341 1/2 East 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Midori Matcha: 123 Ellison S. Onizuka St. #101-C, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Orochon Ramen: 123 Ellison S. Onizuka St. #303, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Pop Killer / Pop Little Tokyo: 349 East 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Takoyaki Tanota: 350 East 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Tsurumaru Udon (main menu only): 333 South Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Registration information:

Dates – July 3-4, 2021 / 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. PST
Ticket Registration: https://www.tixr.com/groups/animeexpolite/events/anime-expo-lite-2021-benefitting-hate-is-a-virus-23015
Registration $5 (+ processing fees) – all proceeds to benefit the Hate Is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention. Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV and film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

To receive Anime Expo Lite new & programming updates, please sign-up at:
https://mailchi.mp/anime-expo/lite-2021.

Sneak Peek of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Visions Coming to Anime Expo Lite in July 2021

Anime Expo has announced that Lucasfilm will bring a galaxy far, far away to Anime Expo Lite in July 2021 with Star Wars: Visions – Sneak Preview.

Join host and pop culture maven Chastity Vicencio and Lucasfilm’s Jacqui Lopez (Executive Producer), James Waugh (Executive Producer), Josh Rimes (Executive Producer), and Qubic Pictures’ Justin Leach (Co-Executive Producer) and Kanako Shirasaki (Producer) for an inside look at Star Wars: Visions before the series debuts on Disney+ later this year.

Full panel details:

Star Wars: Visions – Sneak Preview
July 3, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. PST
Duration: 30 minutes
Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Visions is an upcoming anthology of animated shorts celebrating Star Wars through the lens of the world’s best anime creators and storytellers. Tune in for a sneak peek that will leave you excited for this all-new vision of the galaxy far, far away.

For more on Star Wars: Visions, visit StarWars.com. For a complete list of Anime Expo Lite panels and for information on how to tune in, visit anime-expo.org.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 Announces Studio Trigger Panel

Anime Expo Lite 2021 announces a special Studio Trigger panel as part of this year’s two-day, livestream convention running Saturday, July 3-Sunday, July 4, 2021.

Come join the “Doodle with Studio Trigger” stream with creatives, including Lead Designer, Shigeto Koyama, who brought fans anime series such as Promare and Kill la Kill!, and Sushio, the character designer for Kill la Kill. Make a request. Ask some questions. Or simply chill out with us. There may even be some sneak peeks of current productions.

Studio Trigger is known for its work on series such as Kill la Kill, Gurren Lagann, SSSS.Dynazenon, SSSS.Gridman and, most recently, the Netflix series, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, based on the bestselling Cyberpunk 2077 video game.

Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream concludes on July 4, 2021, ticketholders can re-watch the content, as well as access additional programming, on a VOD basis from July 5-16, 2021.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention. Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV & film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

Registration information:

Dates – July 3-4, 2021 / 12 p.m.–8 p.m. PST
Ticket Registration: https://www.tixr.com/groups/animeexpolite/events/anime-expolite-2021-benefitting-hate-is-a-virus-23015
Registration $5 (+ processing fees) – all proceeds to benefit the Hate Is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund

To receive Anime Expo Lite new & programming updates, please sign-up at:
https://mailchi.mp/anime-expo/lite-2021

Anime Expo Lite 2021 Presents the Creators of the Netflix Anime Series TRESE

Anime Expo Lite 2021 explores the animated action-packed supernatural crime thriller, TRESE in a special creator panel available as part of the convention’s expanded VOD programming available starting July 5, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. PST and running thru July 16, 2021.

A love letter to the traditions, heritage, and culture of the Philippines, TRESE follows detective Alexandra Trese as she confronts a criminal underworld composed of malevolent supernatural beings. The series is set in Manila where the mythical creatures of Philippine folklore live in hiding amongst humans.

Hosted by ABLAZE publishing, which publishes the TRESE graphic novel series, the panel will include TRESE‘s original graphic novel creators Budjette Tan (writer) and KaJO Baldisimo (artist), as well as Jay Oliva, the Executive Producer, Director & Showrunner of Netflix’s TRESE, and Rich Young, the co-founder of ABLAZE.

Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream concludes on July 4, 2021, ticketholders can re-watch the content, as well as access additional programming, on a VOD basis from July 5-16, 2021.

Anime Expo Lite 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of the long-running annual convention. Anime Expo is the biggest North American fan celebration for Japanese pop culture including anime, TV & film, fashion, video games, manga, dance, live concerts, collectibles, and exclusive convention merchandise, presented as an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages.

Registration information:

Dates – July 3-4, 2021 / 12 p.m.–8 p.m. PST
Ticket Registration: https://www.tixr.com/groups/animeexpolite/events/anime-expolite-2021-benefitting-hate-is-a-virus-23015
Registration $5 (+ processing fees) – all proceeds to benefit the Hate Is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund

To receive Anime Expo Lite new & programming updates, please sign-up at:
https://mailchi.mp/anime-expo/lite-2021