Date: 2020 May 15 12:29
Posted by Joe
It's the start of convention season, while events are inevitably being postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 online events are becoming a sensible alternative and Anime Limited are stepping up with their buddies to launch Cloud Matsuri.
The virtual convention is set to run on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May 2020. The event is completely free.
The show will feature exclusive interviews and talks with special guest from the world of anime and more.
They're hinting that there will be more guests to announce, but the line up they're showing us at the moment is fantastic with Eunyoung Choi - CEO & Executive Producer, Science SARU (most recently responsible for the fabulous Keep Your Hands off Eizouken). Eiji Inomoto President & Founder, Studio Orange. The CG specialists created Land of the Lustrous and Beastars. Shuzo Shiota president of Polygon Pictures (who are involved in Knights of Sidonia and AJIN: Demi-Human to name a few). They'll also have Yasuhiro Kamimura CEO of GroundWorks Co., Ltd who will talk about his career to date and share stories with managing the Evangelion brand.
Press release as follows:
Introducing Cloud Matsuri - our first virtual convention!
GLASGOW, UK - 14TH MAY 2020 - Usually around this time of year we at Anime Limited would be preparing to exhibit at some major events, but of course, this is no longer the case in the unusual times we find ourselves in.
However, rather than rest on our laurels, we instead want to keep our community together and do our part to help keep the convention experience a part of your summer... just from the comfort of your own home!
Today, we're proud to launch the first Cloud Matsuri, which will be taking place on 30th - 31st May 2020. We're inviting you to attend our first event of this kind completely free at CloudMatsuri.com, where you'll be able to watch and keep up to date with the event as it unfolds on YouTube!
WHAT IS CLOUD MATSURI?
Cloud Matsuri is an online event that will be streamed in its entirety via YouTube on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May 2020, bringing the convention experience to you so you can stay safe at home. And best of all, it's a completely free event!
The show will feature exclusive interviews and talks with special guests from the world of anime and more - we've already got some special guests and partners we can't wait to tell you about!
To keep tabs on the latest news and to attend the event, you can visit the official website at CloudMatsuri.com now!
Be sure to share the news with your friends online using the tag #CloudMatsuri
SPECIAL GUESTS: INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
We mentioned we have some very special guests who will be joining us across the weekend during Cloud Matsuri, and we weren't joking! We're delighted and honoured to announce the first wave guests who will be joining us:
CEO & Executive Producer, Science SARU
Making her first public appearance since becoming the CEO of the studio she is a co-founder of earlier this year, Eunyoung Choi will be joining us to discuss her career and give you some insight into the industry and Science Saru's impressive work, including the recent fan favourite Keep Your Hands off Eizouken.
President & Founder, Studio Orange
Studio Orange are specialists in CG animation, and we're delighted to be welcoming the President and founder of Studio Orange, Eiji Inomoto, to Cloud Matsuri. Mr Inomoto will be discussing the history of the studio, as well as some of their output including Land of the Lustrous and the recent global smash-hit series Beastars.
President, Polygon Pictures
With over 35 years in the industry, Polygon Pictures have been a major part of the evolution of CG animation production. We're delighted to welcome the President and founder of Polygon Pictures, Shuzo Shiota, to Cloud Matsuri to discuss the history of Polygon Pictures including its involvement in CG anime (such as Knights of Sidonia and AJIN: Demi-Human) and even major global western properties.
CEO, GroundWorks Co., Ltd
Born in 1962, Mr. Kamimura met Director Hideaki Anno and other original members of Gainax through amateur activities during his college days. In 1991, he started working at Gainax, becoming its license manager in 2001.
In 2010, Mr. Kamimura set up GroundWorks Co., Ltd and became the CEO, managing character licensing of Evangelion and other works. In 2020, he was appointed as the CEO of Gainax Co., Ltd. holding the two posts concurrently.
Yasuhiro Kamimura will be joining us at CloudMatsuri to talk about his career to date, including managing a massive megabrand like Evangelion.
Stay tuned to CloudMatsuri.com for more details on our guests, events and partners as we revealed more!
To bring you the best virtual convention experience, we're working with official partners around the world to truly help make this a weekend to remember. With that in mind we're delighted to announce our first official partners for the event are:
Bringing anime to the masses on a global scale, we're thrilled to have our good friends at Crunchyroll on board as an official partner of Cloud Matsuri!
The leading player in streaming the latest anime, Crunchyroll continues to bring the latest series every season direct to your device. If you've not experienced their catalogue yet, new subscribers get a 14-day free trial of their premium service, so it's the perfect time to jump on and get your anime fix!
Let's not forget our own store, where we'll be bringing you some special convention deals over Cloud Matsuri weekend - check out the stream during the event weekend for all of the details!
A leading player in the world of merchandise from brands across the world, we're thrilled to announce that Atsuko are an official partner of Cloud Matsuri!
With a wide and exciting range of merchandise, Atsuko will be bringing something truly special to the event. While we can't spill the beans on what exactly they have planned, expect Cloud Masturi to be your first chance to check out some of their goods that you'll be able to order during the event!
But in the interim, be sure to visit their official site and social channels to see their range of products!
MANGA ENTERTAINMENT UK
We're delighted that our good friends at Manga UK - the UK's longest running anime distributor who are now part of the Funimation family - wanted to be part of Cloud Matsuri and we're thrilled to announce them as an official partner of the event! We can't wait to reveal what they have planned for the event, and if you're a fan of one particular piece of their catalogue, you'll want to keep an eye out...
KOEI TECMO EUROPE
Our friends at Koei Tecmo Europe are also joining us for Cloud Matsuri and we couldn't be happier to have them on board. With a panel over the weekend, Koei Tecmo Europe will be walking us through a demonstration of their exciting new forthcoming title, Fairy Tail the game.
HOW WILL CLOUD MATSURI WORK?
Simply put, it's all going to be broadcast through a completely free live stream that you can catch at CloudMatsuri.com, with the stream itself powered by our AllTheAnime YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/alltheanime.
On both Saturday and Sunday the broadcast will begin at 2PM GMT / 9AM EST / 6AM PST and run right the way through until 10PM GMT / 5PM EST / 2PM PST, with a variety of guests and panels scheduled throughout each day. Be sure to keep an eye out for all the details leading up to and during the event weekend.
There will be a complete schedule of what will be on offer updated and published as we get closer to the event. So you'll be able to make your plans accordingly. Keep an eye on CloudMatsuri.com for the latest details.
We're also partnering with a number of companies to add more to this experience, providing special offers and perhaps even the first chance to buy some great items!
On the evening of Saturday 30th May when festivities for the day have come to a close, we're even planning to have our own quarantainment party, LOUD MATSURI, where you can chill out, listen to some great music and wrap-up Saturday night in interactive style!
SAVINGS WITH CLOUD MATSURI
Special Offers With Official Partners
If you're someone who enjoys visiting the various vendors at events, Cloud Matsuri will certainly catch your eye, as we'll be working with our official partners including Crunchyroll, AllTheAnime.com and Atsuko to give you the opportunity to make some savings and pick up some amazing items.
Stay tuned over the coming weeks for more details!
GET IN TOUCH AND STAY CONNECTED ACROSS THE WEEKEND
Use the hashtag #CloudMatsuri
This is the official hashtag of the event - use this to search for the latest information from ourselves and our partners when it comes to the event. This'll also be the best way to get in touch with other people also tuning in across social media, so be sure to spread the word and tell your friends about the event!
Use the tag and be sure to point them towards CloudMatsuri.com for all the details.
Online Cosplay Masquerade
Of course one of the best parts of attending a convention for many people is seeing all the cosplay, or perhaps doing some of your own! We'd love to see your cosplay and share it with the world, so over on the AllTheAnime Instagram we'll be running our very own Online Cosplay Masquerade!
To participate it's simple: post an image of your cosplay and make sure to include the tag our Instagram (@alltheanime) and use the tag #CloudMatsuri - we'll be picking photos to share across the weekend.
Virtual Artist Alley
Another core element of an event such as a comic con we absolutely love and can't get enough of is the artist alley. We want to celebrate artists you'd typically find at an event looking for an opportunity to reach out to new people.
Across the weekend we want to spread your most eye-catching images on Instagram. If you want to be involved all you need to do it is share an image make sure to tag our Instagram (@AllTheAnime) and use the tag #CloudMatsuri in your post - anything that catches our eye will be selected and featured on our Instagram channel!