[Last updated: Oct 23, 2020]
Below is a rough outline my travel plans to attend various otaku events. Some of these them are cons and anime events. Some are anisong artist live concerts. Some are cons with anisong artist concerts. Whatever. If you are going to one of these, feel free to say hello.
Guide: Bold for Oversea trips, italics for local/driving trips.
(1/3-5) Taiyoucon @ Mesa Convention Center, Phoenix AZ – Ticketed and going
(1/18-19) LoveLive! 9th Anniversary: LoveLive Fes @ Saitama Super Arena â€“ Done. Thanks oversea package!
(2/9) LisAni! LIVE 2020 Sunday Stage @ Makuhari Messe Event Hall – Done!
(2/15-16) THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS 7thLIVE TOUR Special 3chordâ™ª Glowing Rock! @ Kyocera Dome Osaka – Done!
(4/10-12) Anime Boston @ Hynes – Cancelled. Entering the Corona Era (5/2) IDOLM@STER Shiny Colors 2nd @ Makuhari Messe Event Hall – Cancelled (5/3) Asakura Momo Live Tour 2020 “Agapanthus” Fukuoka @ Fukuoka International Congress Center – Postponed (5/8-5/10) Anime Frontier 2020 @ Fort Worth Convention Center – I had everything booked and the cancellation came. We didn’t even get to know you. (5/15-17) Anime Central 2020 @ Donald E. Stephens Convention Center â€“ Cancelled due to con cancellation (6/12-14) AnimeNext 2019 @ Atlantic City Convention Center â€“ Cancelled due to con cancellation (7/2-5) Anime Expo 2020 @ LACC – Ain’t gonna happen…just seeing how they’ll deal with the cancellation now. (7/31-8/2) Otakon 2020 @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center â€“ Big maybe. Is this going to be the first con post the Corona era? lol nope (10/29-11/1) AWA @ Cobb Galleria Centre â€“ Maybe (11/20-22) AnimeNYC 2019 @ Javits Center â€“ cancelled, but will be online! (11/27-11/30) C3 AFA Singapore @ Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre â€“ Placeholder? Not going to happen
As per the last update, we waited and we saw. People died, the casualty piled up, human and economic. All I can say is I am thankful that nothing terrible happened to me (yet) and this is one way to cut down on eventing! What a time that we are living in!
The latest update basically poses no con will happen in the USA until late 2021, because now it’s not just vaccine and its related issues, but restoring consumer confidence and the time it takes to get events going again will be a while. For oversea travel, it’s about getting Japan to open its border again safely and having the US figure out its coronavirus issue. It’s pretty crazy because either the USA is a poser first-world country, or something has really gone wrong to get us in this terrible place.
The latest word is that Japan is looking at April for tourist visas again, which is probably the only way I’m going to see anything there. And logically they’ll roll it out based on % of tourists hit and how well each country is doing. China and SEA will for sure be top of that list.
Meanwhile, there are a lot of online events to take the place of offline events, at least supply-side economics says. Shiny Color’s big event at end of October seems pretty exciting to me.