Crunchyroll announced its first guest, author Junji Ito, for Crunchyroll Expo 2019 in San Jose. Junji Ito is a notable Japanese horror manga author behind Tomie, Uzumaki and Gyo which received an anime film adaptation titled Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack. In January 2018, Crunchyroll released the Jinji Ito Collections anime series featuring several of Ito’s stories.
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Born in Gifu Prefecture. After graduating from high school, he became a dental technician. While working, he contributed his manga stories to Monthly Halloween (Asahi Sonorama)’s rookie manga contest “Kazuo Umezu Award” and won its fine work prize with “Tomie” in 1986, which also became his debut title and one of his well-known stories. Since then, he has written various masterpieces, such as “Michi no Nai Machi” (The Town Without Streets), “Kubitsuri Kikyu” (The Hanging Balloons), “Soichi” series, “Shibito no Koiwazurai” (Lovesick Dead), “Uzumaki,” and “Gyo.” In 2017, he reached the 30th anniversary of his manga artist activity. His latest work “Muma no Kikou” (The Succubus’ Travel Journal) is now serialized in “Nemuki+” (Asahi Shimbun Shuppan).
Crunchyroll also announced a new interactive feature called “New Crunchy City” for Crunchyroll Expo’s third convention. The project promises an immersive interaction for fans by bringing anime to life. Visual artwork teasers hint a city-style marketplace experience for con-goers.
Tickets are on sale for the 3-day con, which is set to take place from August 30th to September 1st, 2019.
Alongside the announcements, Crunchyroll announced a partnership with Quidd, a social marketplace for trading collectible digital trinkets. The first batch of stickers include Crunchyroll’s Hime-chan, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, and DARLING in the FRANXX. Future collective anime stickers include series such as Mob Psycho 100, Black Clover, Re:ZERO, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Haikyu!!, Bananya and others.
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