Aniplex has started to release the details for its upcoming event of the year. Aniplex Online Fest will push through again this July, the same way it did in 2020, amid the peak of the pandemic.
Comic Book said that the anime production company recently confirmed that the virtual engagement will take place on July 3. It will start from 6 p.m. until midnight, PDT.
The public may participate in the event by streaming on YouTube. It will be accessible all over the world, and is free of charge. The live stream will, also, cater to both English and Japanese audiences.
While details remain scarce, Aniplex has already dropped the first round of feature line-up for this year's Aniplex Online Fest. These will include programming for Sword Art Online the Movie - Progressive - Aria of A Starless Night, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Puella Magi Madoka Magica (10th Anniversary Project) x Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, and Fate/Grand Order, which is an anime project.
The publication said that the production company has a "number of major projects" coming soon. Accordingly, fans and supporters may expect to witness some of these materials, as well, at the event.
PR Newswire released a similar report, covering some of the other details about the upcoming Aniplex Online Fest. As noted, it will feature several "performances from the biggest music acts," as well, alongside the programming features from its shows and series materials.
It is not seemingly surprising why Aniplex has chosen to move forward with this year's virtual event. The reason being is that the company met massive global success last year during the first online fest.
Anime News Network said that the 2020 engagement welcomed over 800,000 viewers from different parts of the globe. It took place from July 4 to 5, during the same weekend as the virtual Funimation convention and the Anime Expo Lite events.
For this year, the Aniplex Online Fest will, once again, coincide with Anime Expo Lite. It will take place from July 2 to 5, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., PDT.
While the former is free for everyone, the 4-day event from the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation will cost no more than $5 per ticket. As stated, the proceeds will go to the "Hate is a Virus" for its "commUNITY Action Fund."
Registration has already started, and AX is offering packages, as well as concessions for those who are purchasing tickets for the entire event.