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Canceled Otaku Event Will Still Be Held Online

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Each spring, over 150,000 people gather at the Makuhari Messe convention center outside Tokyo for the Nico Nico Cho Kaigi (Super Meeting). The event, sponsored by the company behind the Nico Nico video platform, brings together fans of anime, gaming, cosplay, music and more. This year, that will happen online.

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Because of coronavirus COVID-19 concerns, the in-person super meeting will be canceled. Below is an image from a previous Cho Kaigi.

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Cancelling seemed inevitable and prudent.

This year’s Nico Nico Cho Kaigi was supposed to be held from April 18 to 19. According to IT Media, organizers will refund those who already purchased tickets for the event.

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While the real event has been canceled, an online version will be held instead. Called Nico Nico Net ChoKaigi, the online version is already claiming to be “Japan’s biggest internet festival” and will be held from April 12 to April 19.

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Last year, over 168,000 people attended the Cho Kaigi in-person, but 6.6 million people viewed it online. So there is a tradition of experiencing the event virtually in a big way.

Famitsu reports that this year’s Net Cho Kaigi will feature various live performances as well as other kinds of entertainment.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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mr-ducksauce
Mr.DuckSauce

Why not just do a VR thing and generate a Virtual Conference?

They can in a sense, attend in person.