Events all over Japan, large and small, are being canceled one after another in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The latest anime-related event to wave bye-bye for 2020 is the Tokyo Anime Award Festival, or TAAF. The yearly event had been scheduled to run from March 13 to 16, and was set to include a variety of screenings. Among those screenings was the 1988 anime classic Akira, the film that not only predicted the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the fact that they might be canceled.
Thankfully, we already know TAAF’s best anime film and series of 2019, which were announced a few weeks ago.
Here’s the official text of TAAF’s announcement:
Tokyo Anime Award Festival Executive Committee and The Association of Japanese Animations regret to inform that Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2020 (TAAF2020) scheduled for March 13~16 has been cancelled due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
We are currently examining the possibility of rescheduling the final judge of the Competition section. We will announce the results of Competition on the official website and so on.
Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We do ask for your kind understanding that the health and safety of participants is our foremost concern.
Thank you for your cooperation.