The annual anime con event has been canceled. This is a sad development for anime fans in America, however, it will not come as a shock. Some other anime, manga, and gaming events have also been canceled due to the pandemic.
In an announcement from the organizers of the Anime Central convention, it has been confirmed that this year’s convention has been canceled due to concerns about the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Anime Central is one of the Midwest’s biggest three-day anime, manga, and Japanese culture conventions. In 2018, the convention attracted 32,653 people. A statement on Anime Central’s website read thus, “With the current state of the pandemic in America and the speed of vaccine distribution, it would be unsafe to hold an event of our size.”
It is with great sadness that we must announce the official cancellation of ACen 2021. Our official statement and details can be found at this link https://t.co/T4RtPZPNzS We will return in person for ACen 25 on May 20th-22nd, 2022#acen2021 #animecentral #acen #cancellation pic.twitter.com/zmjXp7bcII
— Anime Central (@animecentral) February 13, 2021
Explanation & What Lies Ahead
The coronavirus pandemic has had a destabilizing effect on anime, manga, and gaming. It has led to several postponements and even outright cancellation of events and shows. Last year’s (2020) Anime Central Convention was also canceled due to the pandemic.
In the released statement by Anime Central Convention organizers, they explained that after several consultations with stakeholders, sponsors, and guests, an arrangement was made to hold some events online. Nevertheless, a final decision was made to cancel the Convention in its entirety.
ACEN announced that its 2022 convention will be held May 20-22, 2022. All attendees who pre-registered for the 2020 or 2021 event will have memberships automatically rolled over to the 2022 event, however, fans who want a refund can head to the official website and follow the instructions to get a refund. The deadline to submit a request is March 15.
Other Convention News
In other anime convention news, C2E2, Chicago’s annual comics and entertainment convention, normally takes place in late winter/early spring at McCormick Place but last year, the 2021 event was pushed to later in the year on December 10-12.
Cancellation is not an easy thing to deal with, considering the amount of preparation that the organizers, fans, and guests have put into the show but due to the times, these are things we have to live with.
We hope the pandemic comes to an end soon so that regular activities can commence.
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