The next wave of guests, panels, and programming for this year’s Virtual Crunchyroll Expo (V-CRX) has arrived to include a panel with Yongje Park, creator of The God of High School, discussions featuring the creative talent behind the upcoming Crunchyroll Original series “Noblesse,” an exclusive virtual tour of the Studio MAPPA art gallery, and the world premiere of GIBIATE episode 9.
V-CRX attendees will have the chance to hear from the individuals behind Crunchyroll Originals including Masahiko Komino, the director and character designer of GIBIATE (also the animator for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure); Soma Saito, the voice actor (previously Tadashi Yamaguchi in Haikyu!!); and Yoshikatsu Kimura, the director, (previously directed Karate Girl) of EX-ARM; and Jeho Son, the writer, and Kwangsu Lee, the artist for Noblesse.
V-CRX also announced today that Arthell Isom, CEO of D’ART Shtajio (Japan’s first Black-owned animation studio) and Roland Kelts, author of “JAPANAMERICA,” for a discussion on race in anime, voice actor Patrick Saitz, (Franky in One Piece, Germany in the Hetalia Series, and Dio Brando in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure) and Tsukara Kiryu, the light novel illustrator of So I’m a Spider, So What? who will be joining the previously announced author of the light novel Okina Baba.
The V-CRX Gallery Tour Featuring Studio MAPPA will include behind-the-scenes artwork from popular series including The God of High School and will also include video messages from artists and creators. Crunchyroll announced two remaining judges, Rock M. Sakura (@RockMSakura) and Kamui Cosplay (@KamuiCosplay), for Crunchyroll-Hime’s Cosplay Cup, which will be a celebration of fan-created costumes from anime and anime-inspired series. The Cosplay Cup will take place Saturday, September 5.
Registration for V-CRX is open at now at crunchyrollexpo.com. The global anime community is encouraged to sign up for a free pass for this year’s event to catch all the action, announcements, guest panels, and more. Virtual Crunchyroll Expo is a digital take on Crunchyroll’s yearly flagship convention that brings together the anime community to celebrate the best and brightest in Japanese animation. The event will be streaming from September 4-6.
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