With the global pandemic still looming in the Big Apple, it has closed a lot of conventions this year, with Anime NYC being the latest to announce the unfortunate cancellation. Organizers of the big anime convention in New York shared the sad news to fans that they will be postponing this year’s festivities as COVID-19 continues to create problems in the city.
Anime NYC did announce that the convention is looking for some alternatives like online programming and other events in its place. Show director Peter Tatara shared in a press release about the news postponing the anime convention sponsored by Crunchyroll to November 2021. “I’m deeply proud of all this planning; however, as we near summer’s end, in light of both governmental direction and general public health advisories, a face-to-face event is just not possible at this time with the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Tatara also added that the convention has teamed up with Anime News Network Connect for some online events to help fans connect with the anime industry during these circumstances. ”We’ll have more announcements, too, around additional ways we can celebrate our fandom while physically remote.” With Funimation and Crunchyroll doing their conventions virtually, it’ll be interesting to see if Anime NYC ends up doing the same to replace what would’ve been another big event at the famed Javits Center.
This year’s event would’ve brought guests from the popular Rooster Teeth web series RWBY for the first time at the convention as well as some returning visitors from some of the mainstream anime circuit.
Those who already purchased their tickets in advance will have the option to get a refund or have them roll over to participate in the following year. Anime NYC held its first convention at the Javits Center back in 2017. This year would’ve been the fourth year for the anime event scheduled for November 20-22. Organizers predicted that this year’s festivities would’ve brought in more than 50,000 attendees as Anime NYC has grown in attendance each year.
Anime NYC is currently scheduled to return to the Javits Center on November 19th, 2021.