Unfortunately for Seattle weebs, Sakura-Con was officially canceled last Saturday. The reason being, not so surprisingly, is the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year, Sakura-Con was forced to cancel their convention in accordance with Seattle Mayor Durkan’s decree on March 13, 2020. Everyone was hopeful that a vaccine would be produced in time for the 2021 convention. However, that didn’t turn out to be the case.
Yes, the vaccine is starting to become available. However, it isn’t accessible to everyone yet. So, large scale gatherings, like anime conventions, have no choice but to close. With predictions being that everyone will be vaccinated by summer, there is still hope for late-summer, fall, and winter 2021 anime conventions!
Founded in 2015, Sakura-Con is the oldest anime convention in the USA’s northwest. The convention is run by Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association (ANCEA), a state and federal non-profit organization.
Every year, Sakura-Con hosts a huge convention filled with anime theaters, gaming, cosplay, cultural panels, guest features, exhibit halls, and more! They’ve had a wide variety of famous guests attend, such as Hiroshi Nagahama (director for Mushishi and Revolutionary Girl Utena), Eiji Nakada (animator for Code Geass: Lelouch of the Revolution), and rock band ROOKiEZ IS PUNK’D (performed the OP for Durarara!!, Blue Exorcist, and more!).
If all goes well, Sakura-Con will be able to begin hosting their convention once again next year. Make sure to wear your masks and keep six feet apart! The sooner the pandemic is over, the sooner we can all go back to our beloved conventions!
Gabriella is a 21-year-old writer and artist from Texas and currently goes to university in New York. Her favorite anime shows include Mob Psycho 100, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, and Kill la Kill. In her free time, Gabriella likes to watch anime, read manga, and play the newest games on her Nintendo Switch.
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