Get ready for 24 hours of V-CRX 2020 on September 4-6
This year’s Crunchyroll Expo 2020 is going fully online, and there’s no shortage of events to take part in over the September 4-6 weekend. You can check out the full Virtual Crunchyroll Expo schedule right here and get your calendar together for all the best panels, screenings, and additional activities for a weekend like no other. Best of all, registration is completely free!
Before we dive into some of the schedule highlights, what makes this year’s event special, and what separates it from your average online convention in 2020? To find out, we turned to Crunchyroll Events Director Adam Sheehan for some insight.
“What I think sets Virtual Crunchyroll Expo apart is the overall feeling that it's more than just a live stream on YouTube,” said Sheehan. “On top of great programming, V-CRX has a Shopping District full of online exhibitors, an Arts District full of amazing artists from all over the world. In addition to that there are things for fans to engage with like our Onyx Equinox scavenger hunt and Yuzu's Cat Café over in our Super Arcade. This is just a taste of what we have planned for Virtual Crunchyroll Expo coming up in just a few weeks!”
Crunchyroll’s Head of Events, Mary Franklin, touched upon the aspects of V-CRX that make it accessible to so many different people and time zones:
“Thinking about our fans all over the world was one of the main reasons we worked to develop V-CRX On Demand,” she explained. “From 10:00 am Pacific on Friday, September 4 to 10:00 am Pacific on Monday, September 7, attendees can enjoy content non-stop, 24 hours per day. We wanted fans to be able to take in the show during convenient times wherever they live. Also, because we have multiple live streams during the show, V-CRX On Demand will let them catch shows they missed while watching something else.”
Many different languages were also taken into account with the help of the Crunchyroll International team. “Not only have teams submitted panels in Spanish, Russian, French and German, we are also subtitling key content in those languages and Portuguese,” Franklin continued. “Our virtual Arts District will feature artists from Australia, Brazil, Russia and more countries.”
Virtual Crunchyroll Expo: The Districts
Welcome back to New Crunchy City! V-CRX is split up into four different districts, each of which has its own special content to enjoy. Areas you’ll be able to explore include:
In the Anime Arts District, V-CRX attendees will be able to access the artist alley, featuring over 150 artists complete with special offers unique to the weekend event.
Missing the ever-present exhibitors hall at cons this year? V-CRX has its own take, with some of the biggest names participating. Look for everything from Aniplex of America to VIZ Media and beyond on the virtual show floor.
From 10:00am to 10:00pm Pacific Time each day during V-CRX, the theater district will have a ton of content on tap. All the big events and panels can be found on the CR Stage and Hime Stage, the latter of which will be host to Crunchyroll-Hime’s Cosplay Cup, sponsored by Bokksu. You can also look forward to fan panels on Yuzu Stage, a mix of awesome content on Sudachi stage, and the ability to rewatch almost all of it via V-CRX VOD.
Whether you’re looking for some feline fun at Yuzu’s Cat Café—which will feature an adorable stream from Kitty Academy—or just need a place to chill with lo-fi beats to relax to in the Quiet Room, the Super Arcade has everything else you could want from a con. Attendees will also be able to get their hands on special virtual schwag and even attend the Anime Rave. It’s 24 hours of entertainment, all in one place!
Here's an overview of what you can look forward to each day, and that's on top of everything that's happening on Yuzu Stage, which will be home to a bunch of amazing fan panels and more. There’s always something to do at V-CRX, so refer to the full schedule for more details! (Note: Once a panel is up on VOD it can be watched at any point until 10am Pacific Time on Monday September 7.)
10:00am (Crunchyroll Stage): Cast from Rent-a-Girlfriend Q&A with Sora Amamiya, Aoi Yuki, Nao Toyama, Rie Takahashi
10:15am (Hime Stage): Dr. STONE Focus Panel with Shusuke Katagiri
10:15am (Sudachi Stage): Toei Animation presents: One Piece: Episode of Chopper - The Miracle Winter Cherry Blossom with a Special Voice Actor Showcase
10:45am (Crunchyroll Stage): Monster Girl Doctor Panel with VA Shunichi Toki
12:00pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Crunchyroll Originals Presents: Making of Onyx Equinox
12:30pm (Hime Stage): A Conversation with Patrick Seitz
1:15pm (Sudachi Stage): Inuyasha to Yashahime: A Journey Through Time
1:15pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Crunchyroll Originals Presents: EX-ARM Panel with VA Soma Saito and Director Yoshikatsu Kimura
1:30pm (Hime Stage): How to Run an Anime Club
2:30pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Crunchyroll Games Industry Panel
2:30pm (Sudachi Stage): Aniplex of America Industry Panel
2:45pm (Hime Stage): Professional Athletes of Anime
3:30pm (Sudachi Stage): GKIDS Industry Panel
3:45pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Intro to Gunpla: Starting Out Like a Pro
4:00pm (Hime Stage): Crunchyroll Originals Presents: An Exclusive Panel with the Creators and Staff of Noblesse
6:00pm (Hime Stage): Anime and Race
4:00pm (Crunchyroll Stage): K-Pop and Anime: When Two Worlds Collide
7:00pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Myth & Roid Panel
7:45pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Myth & Roid Concert
10:00am (Crunchyroll Stage): Crunchyroll Originals Presents: The God of High School Panel with Creator Yongje Park, Director Sunghoo Park, and More!
10:15am (Hime Stage): Making Official Merch with Atsuko & Friends
11:00am (Hime Stage): Yen Press Industry Panel
11:45am (Crunchyroll Stage): Anime and Drag with Rock M. Sakura
12:00pm (Hime Stage): Crunchyroll Virtual Industry Panel
12:45pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Mesoamerica Animated: Onyx Equinox with Sofia E. Alexander
1:00pm (Hime Stage): Mangamo Industry Panel
2:00pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Crunchyroll Originals Presents: Talk with the Creators of So I’m a Spider, So What?
2:00pm (Hime Stage): Snacking Through Japan with Bokksu
2:45pm (Hime Stage): Right Stuf Anime Industry Panel
3:00pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Exclusive Panel with the Staff from The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter
3:45pm (Hime Stage): For Fans by Fans Presents: Anime Tropes Roulette!
4:15pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Crunchyroll Originals Presents: GIBIATE Live Drawing
5:00pm (Hime Stage): Kodansha Comics x Yen Press Showdown!
5:15pm (Crunchyroll Stage): A Conversation with Erika Mendez
6:15pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Drawing Crunchyroll-Hime! Watch and Learn Event
7:00pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Crunchyroll-Hime's Cosplay Cup
11:00am (Crunchyroll Stage): Crunchyroll Original Presents: TONIKAWA Panel with Akari Kito and Author Kenjiro Hata
11:15am (Hime Stage): King Records: New Project Panel
12:15pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Get to Know More About Akari Kito
12:30pm (Hime Stage): Crunchyroll Originals Presents: GIBIATE Panel and Episode Premiere
1:15pm (Crunchyroll Stage): A Conversation with Chris Hackney
1:30pm (Hime Stage): Crunchyroll Originals Presents: An Exclusive Panel with the Creators and Staff of Noblesse
2:15pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Black Anime Magical Girl
2:45pm (Hime Stage): Mesoamerican Gods: Mythology in Onyx Equinox
3:45pm (Hime Stage): Virtual Crunchyroll Expo Live Q&A with Staff!
4:30pm (Crunchyroll Stage): Working at Crunchyroll
Let us know what you’re most excited to experience during the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo weekend, and don’t forget to register for free today!