The Virtual Crunchyroll Expo Opens for Registration with Guest Announcements, Panels, and More!


Crunchyroll, the world’s most popular anime brand, has announced that registration is now open for this year’s Virtual Crunchyroll Expo, along with the first wave of guest announcements, panels, and so much more!

This year’s guests include the cast and creators of Rent-a-Girlfriend, So I’m a Spider, So What?, and The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter.

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Rent-a-Girlfriend is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Reiji Miyajima. The romantic comedy follows Kazuya Kinoshita, who is dumped by his girlfriend, Mami Nanami, after dating for a month. Kazuya decides to use an online app to rent a girlfriend named Chizuru Mizuhara, a beautiful and attractive girl. Virtual Crunchroll expo attendee’s will have the chance to sit down with the cast of Rent-a-Girlfriend, including Sora Amamiya, the voice actress for Chizuru Mizuhara (Aqua in Konosuba); Aoi Yuki, the voice actress for Mami Nanami (Tanya in The Saga of Tanya the Evil); Nao Toyama, the voice actress for Ruka Sarashina (Yui Yuigahama in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU), and Rie Takahashi, the voice actress for Sumi Sakurasawa (Emilia in Re:ZERO).

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The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter is a Japanese fantasy light novel written by Meguru Seto and illustrated by Note Takehana. The story follows Noir, the son of a minor noble with very little to his name other than a job offer. Noir does have one rare magical trait: the magical ability to consult with a great sage. Unsure of what his future holds, Noir consults with the sage, which leads him to a secret dungeon with rare beasts and magical beasts. Guests will be able to sit down with Kenta Onishi, the director; Yuki Yamada, the producer; and Satoshi Shoji, the Editor of Original Work of  The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter as they discuss the upcoming anime.

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So I’m a Spider, So What? is a Japanese light novel series written by Okina Baba and illustrated by Tsukasa Kiryu. Originally serialized the novels as a web novel, So I’m a Spider, So What? is set to be an anime television series premiering in January 2021. Okina Baba is set to make an appearance.

That’s not all! Crunchyroll has  announced the new Crunchy City Anime Arts District and the Cosplay Cup. The Virtual Crunchyroll Expo anime arts district will offer highlights and links to the digital stores of each artist chosen for this year’s expo. The artists are available on the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo website, and their artwork can be purchased now and throughout the expo. Do not forget to check back every two weeks for new artists.

The Crunchyroll-Hime’s Cosplay Cup celebrates fan-created costumes from anime and anime-inspired series. This year’s Cosplay Cup will be hosted by Mario Bueno and Vampy Bit Me with Creature of Habit and God Save the Queen as two of the four judges. Expo attendees interested in participating in the contest are asked to submit their applications by July 26. Applications can be submitted here.

The Virtual Crunchyroll Expo starts streaming Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 7 on the Crunchyroll Expo website. Crunchyroll encourages anime fans from all over to sign up for a free pass for this year’s event, so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

Let us know in the comments below if you’ll be joining the virtual expo below.

Kailin is an avid book reader, and full time nerd. When she isn't writing for Nerds and Beyond, she is writing fan fictions, online role playing with her friends and binge watching her favorite shows. Her first fandom started with Buffy The Vampire Slayer and her life was forever changed. The 100 and Supernatural are her biggest obsessions. You can find her on twitter @kailinmaurine

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