AnimeJapan 2021 — one of the biggest anime events in the world, will be held both off and online for the first time ever, from 27th to 28th March 2021! The stream will also be made available to view in seven countries and regions outside Japan (note: some content may not be available in all areas), including the US, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau!
Japanese pop superstar, voice actor, and occasional doujin artist Takanori Nishikawa has been nominated as the event’s official ambassador, and is inviting everyone to join in the festivities from the comfort of your homes — check out his special message below!
With around 45 different stage events to choose from, fans will be in for an amazing time — so don’t hesitate to grab your tickets now via https://bit.ly/AJ2021Tickets. The team at AFA STATION has their own rundown of the top five stage events they are looking forward to during the massive two-day stream!
“So I’m a Spider, So What?”
While a number of anime fans may be sick of the isekai genre, the novel and this anime adaptation actually take plenty of the popular tropes and turn them on their heads. Featuring an amazing cast that includes Aoi Yuki, Shun Horie, Nao Toyama, Yui Ogura, Eri Kitamura, and Kaya Okuno — they’re certainly asking the right questions, like what’s so bad about being a spider anyway?!
If you’ve seen that meme going around about choosing to live life all over again but with your current adult knowledge or fast forward to old age but with a lot of money in the bank, then we all know what Rudy chose. Find out more about his new life from the anime adaptation of the hit light novel series — renowned as the first isekai-style novel that launched an entire genre.
“Hori-san to Miyamura-kun” — better known to fans as “HORIMIYA”, follows the story of bubbly and popular Kyoko Hori and sad and introverted Izumi Miyamura. When the discover each other’s real personalities that they conceal from others, they help each maintain their secrets from the rest of the class, and *gasp* even fall in love.
“That Time I was Reincarnated as a Slime S2”
Here’s question: would you rather be reborn as a: a) spider; b) boy; or c) slime? Yeah, we picked slime too! Follow the further adventures of slime extraordinaire Rimuru Tempest as he seeks to free an imprisoned dragon, avenge a dead heroine, and build a town free from prejudice — but not necessarily in that order.
“Attack on Titan” The Final Season
The final and most highly anticipated season of the TV adaptation will be treating fans to one last AnimeJapan stage with the cast Yuki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Marina Inoue, Hiroshi Kamiya, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Natsuki Hanae, and Ayane Sakura. This stage will be bittersweet but we’re looking forward to it nonetheless!
In partnership with Anime Festival Asia (AFA) — Southeast Asia’s largest J-POP cultural event, a special AnimeJapan channel for overseas anime fans will also be introducing programs streamed on the AJ Stage live in English. The commentary will be delivered live by some of your favourite AFA emcees and staff while switching through different programs streamed on the AJ Stages. Check them out below!
Born in Singapore, Ash spent the majority of his childhood exposed to Japanese culture, especially to Japanese animation, videogames, and music. He graduated from Tokyo Announce Gakuin School of Performing Arts, Voice Acting Department hoping to display his acting chops in both the English and Japanese language one day. With 4 years of experience under his belt, Ash serves as MC for Anime and Gaming related events around South-east Asia. Nothing makes him happier than to be able to share his vast otaku knowledge on stage. 70% of his body is made of beard.
Fueled by her passion for Japanese culture and anime, Goofy enjoys spreading her enthusiasm via her YouTube Channel. Outside working hours, this silly individual also dabbles in cosplay and gaming. She hopes to bring fun and laughter to local conventions, in which she believes is like a family gathering of people with similar hobbies and mindsets!
Born in Yokohama, raised in Singapore, REIKO debuted in the entertainment scene as a radio DJ alongside her work as an interpreter. Her bubbly voice and personality soon attracted the eyes of key persons in the industry, which opened the doors to her profession as a host and voice-over artist. Over the years, she has become a staple at some of the region’s largest pop culture events including “AFA Singapore”, which she has been co-hosting since 2008. REIKO is super excited to be able to celebrate her love for Japanese pop culture at AnimeJapan 2021 along with audiences around the globe.
An avid lover of Japanese culture he learnt Japanese on his own, and attained a good mastery of it. As an event staff, he also served as MC and translator for many invited guests on stage. He also reprises the role of MC and navigator in videos uploaded to YouTube.
Has held an interest in Japanese culture since being exposed to anime at a young age. Serves as the staff in charge of marketing, and has personally been involved in in-house online program streams as MC. Her lively character has charmed the watching audience.
For a complete rundown of all stage events happening at AnimeJapan 2021, check out the full schedule below! You can also follow AnimeJapan 2021 on Twitter and Facebook for more updates!
Production Works Channel [Pre-Production] The Framework of Anime: The Script ~ with “Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop” ~ Kyohei Ishiguro (Director, Scriptwriter, Technical Director), Dai Satoh (Scriptwriter)
Moderator Ryota Fujitsu
Love Live! Superstar!! Liella! Namahousou ～AnimeJapan kara konnichiwa!～ Sayuri Date (Kanon Shibuya), Liyuu (Keke Tang), Nako Misaki (Chisato Arashi), Naomi Payton (Sumire Heanna), Nagisa Aoyama (Ren Hazuki)
[Cosplayer’s World] Teach Me the Art of Cosplay! Wig Set-up and Posing by “DETECTIVE CONAN”
Chihiro Sento (vice editor-in-chief of COSPLAY MODE), and more…
ANIPLEX STATION Vol.3
Cast and ANIPLEX Staff
· Event Information
📅 Dates:March 27 [Sat] & March 28 [Sun], 2021
💴 Ticket Price: One-Day Ticket JPY 3,200, Two-Day Ticket JPY 6,100
🎟️ Ticket Sales Link: https://bit.ly/AJ2021Tickets
⏰ Ticket Sales Period: NOW ON SALE
March 27 [Sat]: Streaming from March 27 [Sat] 9:00 JST to March 28 [Sun] 23:59pm JST
March 28 [Sun]: Streaming from March 28 [Sun] 9:00 JST to March 29 [Mon] 23:59pm JST