Multiple seiyuu events cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns

Japan’s seiyuu and anime scene is going dark in the upcoming weeks.

The recent Coronavirus outbreak has lead to multiple event cancellations and postponements in Japan, from seiyuu music events, to anime events and even special events such as the 14th Seiyuu Awards and AONI Production’s 50th anniversary symphonic drama.

We’ve decided to compile in this article – that is going to be in constant update in the upcoming days – all the male seiyuu events, music, anime and others that won’t happen or will be moved to different dates – due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak. According to Yahoo Japan, it is esteemed that billions of yen will be lost due to cancellations and refunds.

Below are the seiyuu events so far confirmed to be either cancelled or postponed:

[CANCELLED] THE IDOLM@STER SideM PRODUCER MEETING PRESENT FOR 315 @mbitious!!!!!

  • The IDOLM@STER SideM PRODUCER MEETING PRESENT FOR 315 @mbitious!!!!! was one of the biggest events to take place in March.
  • It was scheduled to be held on 07/03/2020 and 08/03/2020 at Musashino Forest Sports Plaza Main Arena in Tokyo
  • Bandai Namco Entertainment announced on 26/02/2020 the cancellation of the event.

For more details please refer to this article about the cancellation of this seiyuu event.

[CANCELLED] Wataru Hatano Live Tour 2020 -ReIntro-

  • Hatano Wataru’s latest live tour, Wataru Hatano Live Tour 2020 -ReIntro- was cancelled on 26/02/2020
  • AVEX has issued a statement justifying the cancellation due to the increased concerns of spread of the Coronavirus

For more details please refer to this article about the cancellation of Hatano’s live tour.

[POSTPONED] Wataru Komada @ Starry sky ☆ live commentary in Saipia in Okayama

  • Wataru Komada was confirmed to attend the live commentary event – Starry Sky – in Okayama on 08/03/2020
  • The Planetarium live commentary event is an original starry sky-themed event in which seiyuu are invited to do live commentary/narration on the myths surrounding each constellation.
  • A new date for this event is going to be announced later.

Check Saipia’s official announcement (in Japanese).

[CANCELLED] AONI Production’s 50th anniversary symphonic drama

  • With a star-studded cast of seiyuu of all generations within AONI, the 50th anniversary symphonic drama was one of the most anticipated events in February.
  • AONI PRODUCTION announced on 26/02/2020 that the anniversary event is cancelled due to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

For more details please refer to this article about the cancellation of AONI’s 50th anniversary symphonic drama.

[CANCELLED] 14th Seiyuu Awards cerimony

  • The yearly Seiyuu Awards also suffer with the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, as the board for the event decided to cancel the Awards ceremony that was scheduled for 07/03/2020
  • Seiyuu fans will still be able to know who are this edition’s winners as the radio broadcast on A&G+ and the live tweets by the Seiyuu Awards team won’t top on 07/03/2020

For more details please refer to this article about the cancellation of the Seiyuu Awards Ceremony.

[CANCELLED] 100 Yume Prince Parade event

  • To celebrate its 5th anniversary the 100 Yume franchise was going to hold a Prince Parade event on 08/03/2020.
  • Kenji Akabane, Ryotaro Okiayu, Kazuyuki Okitsu, Katsuyuki Konishi, Hiro Shimono, Tarusuke Shingaki, Kenichi Suzumura, Hiroki Takahashi, Atsushi Tamaru, Shouta Chonan, Takuma Terashima, Show Hayami, Takeaki Masuyama and Showtaro Morikubo were confirmed to attend the event
  • The event has since been cancelled due concerns over the Coronavirus

For more details please refer to the official website of 100 Yume (in Japanese).

[CANCELLED] Hoshi×Koe Hikari no Sumika

  • Hoshi×Koe Hikari no Sumika was scheduled to be held on 29/02/2020 and 01/03/2020
  • The star-theme live reading event counted with Natsuki Hanae, Daisuke Hirakawa and Hiroki Yasumoto in the cast
  • Hoshi×Koe announced the cancellation of the event as a result of following the Japanese government’s guidelines on preventing the spread of the Coronavirus in the country

For more details please refer to the official Hoshi×Koe twitter account (in Japanese).

[POSTPONED AND OR CANCELLED] Sony Music Japan’s artist events

  • The powerhouse Japanese music label and its sub-labels, that house seiyuu talents such as Soma Saito and Penguin Research (Yoji Ikuta), announced that all events scheduled for their artists between February 27 (Thu) and March 11 (Wed) are, as of now, either cancelled or postponed.

More details can be found on on SME’s official website.

[CANCELLED] Uchitama 3-chome Tsushin Shutchoban in Tobu Zoological Park

  • Uchitama?! had a planned event for 29/02/2020 at Tobu Zoo in Saitama
  • The cast for this talk event included Soma Saito and Yusuke Shirai
  • Uchitama?! staff is abiding to the Japanese government’s coronavirus policy

For more details please refer to the official Uchitama?! website (in Japanese).

[CANCELLED] Shimono Hiro no Hobo Hajimemashite

  • Hiro Shimono’s talk event was going to take place on 07/03/2020 at Hulic Hall Tokyo
  • Yuu Hayashi was the guest
  • Animate announced the cancellation of the event on 26/02/2020 as a preventive measure, abiding to the Japanese government’s coronavirus policy

For more details please refer to the official Animate website (in Japanese).

[CHANGED FORMAT] UMake TRIPPERS!! tour

  • Part of UMake’s 2-stop tour to promote the recent release of their 2nd full-length album, TRIPPER!!, Osaka stop – scheduled to 15/03/2020 at Zepp Osaka Bayside was initially postponed
  • UMake announced a change of format to the live, and will broadcast live the performance without audience.
  • Details on the change of format were unveiled on 05/03/2020

For more details on this cancellation and change of format to UMake’s live refer to UMake’s official twitter account.

[CANCELLATION] Voicarion VII

  • Voicarion VII – reading play – counted with a star-studded cast that included Yuki Kaji, Hiroki Yasumoto, Daisuke Ono, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Junichi Suwabe, Yuichi Nakamura, Kenichi Suzumura, Kenjiro Tsuda, Daisuke Namikawa and Yuma Uchida, between many others, was going to be held at THEATRE CREATION in Tokyo from 27/02/2020 to 06/03/2020. 
  • It was cancelled on 27/02/2020
  • Cancellation made in light of Japanese government’s recent coronavirus policy

For more details please refer to the official Toho Stage website (in Japanese).

[CANCELLATION] AnimeJapan 2020

  • The biggest anime event in Japan is officially cancelled
  • The organization announced the cancellation of the event that would run from 21/03/2020 to 22/03/2020

For more details on this cancellation, please check AnimeJapan’s official website.

[POSTPONED AND OR CANCELLED] Dameraji live radio recording

For more details on this postponement, please refer to A&G+’s official website.

[CANCELLED] Yuma Uchida’s “Over” release event

  • Yuma Uchida was going to hold a special release event for his 5th single, Over, on 01/03/2020 (Tokyo) and 08/03/2020 (Osaka/Nagoya)
  • The event was going to include talk and a handshake events
  • KING RECORDS announced the cancellation of all of these events on 27/02/2020
  • All people participating in this event are going to receive a special postcard as a gift.

For more details on the cancellation please check Yuma Uchida’s official website.

[CANCELLED AND OR POSTPONED] Taniyama Kisho no Ashita mo Ganbarimasu! public recording

  • Kisho Taniyama was going to live record for his radio show, Taniyama Kisho no Ashita mo Ganbarimasu! public recording on 14/03/2020
  • A&G+ didn’t address directly what will happen to the recording but for the moment it is postponed until further notice

For more details on this postponement, please refer to A&G+’s official website.

[CANCELLED AND OR POSTPONED] GHOST CONCERT 1st LIVE 宴-UTAGE-

  • GHOST CONCERT 1st LIVE 宴-UTAGE- was scheduled for 01/03/2020 at Nissho Hall in Tokyo
  • Shouta Aoi, Kouhei Amasaki and more were confirmed to attend this live
  • GHOST CONCERT announced that, for now, the live is cancelled although they are trying to work around and work on a possible reschedule of the live.

For more details please refer to the official GHOST CONCERT website.

[CANCELLED and CHANGED FORMAT] ARGONAVIS’s fan meeting and live 

  • ARGONAVIS were going to hold a fan meeting and special live at AnimeJapan 2020
  • Due to the cancellation of AnimeJapan 2020, the group cancelled their fan meeting but will do 2 livestreams to make up to their fans (one on 21/03/2020 and the other on 22/03/2020).
  • Bushiroad announced that, from now on, and due to the recent policy to avoid the spread of Coronavirus by the Japanese government, the company will announce a month earlier to any scheduled events whether those will still happen or if any changes will be made

For more on Bushiroad’s announcement please check the company’s official website (in Japanese).

[CANCELLED] WEST SIDE STORY 2nd season

  • The remaining performances – February 28 to March 10 – by the cast of the 2nd season of the renowned musical, WEST SIDE STORY, are officially cancelled.
  • Kensho Ono was part of the cast
  • Refunds will be available

For more on this cancellation, please refer to TBS’ official website.

[POSTPONED] Seiyu Collection release event

  • Seiyu Collection had a scheduled event with Natsuki Hanae and Koutaro Nishiyama on 01/03/2020
  • The event was to celebrate the release of Seiyu Collection – Futari no Code SHOW – Natsuki Hanae x Koutaro Nishiyama on DVD
  • PONY CANYON announced that the event is postponed. Details on the new date and any changes of location will be announced on a later date.

For more on this, please check Seiyu Collection’s official website (in Japanese).

[CANCELLED] GRANRODEO’s anniversary shows

  • Lantis announced the cancellation of GRANRODEO’s 15th anniversary live and e-ZUKA’s 30th anniversary live
  • Both shows were going to be held in March

For more details on the cancellation, please refer to Lantis’ official website.

[POSTPONED] Kenji Nojima “Uta to Katari ni Odoru Yoru Suzukiparetto 〜 ni Kaku Suisai 〜” event

  • Kenji Nojima announced the postponement of the upcoming event from his indie project, NZ Project.
  • Uta to Katari ni Odoru Yoru Suzukiparetto 〜 ni Kaku Suisai 〜 was going to be held on 14/03/2020

For more details on this postponement, please refer to the official NZ project twitter account.

[POSTPONED] Kimetsu no Yaiba live radio recording

  • Live recording of Kimetsu no Yaiba radio was scheduled for 07/03/2020
  • Natsuki Hanae and Hiro Shimono are the radio Djs
  • Aniplex confirmed that the live radio recording is postponed – new date to be announced

For more details please refer to the official Kimetsu no Yaiba website (in Japanese).

[POSTPONED] SSSS.GRIDMAN SHOW 03

For more details on this postponement, make sure to check SSSS.GRIDMAN’s official website.

[POSTPONED] Toshiki Masuda “Diver” live events

  • TOYS FACTORY announced on 28/02/2020 that Toshiki Masuda’s upcoming Diver live events are going to be postponed.
  • The events were scheduled for 08/03/2020 at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo and 14/03/2020 at Matsushita IMP Hall in Osaka

For more details on this postponement, please refer to Toshiki Masuda’s official website.

[POSTPONED] Shouta Aoi “Ikiteiku” release event

  • The release event for Shouta Aoi’s photobook, Ikiteiku, was planned to held on 14/03/2020 is postponed
  • GARNET announced the postponement on 28/02/2020

For more details on this postponement, please refer to GARNET’s official website.

[POSTPONED] DKHi! BIRTHDAY TALK&LIVE in OSAKA

  • DKHi! were going to hold a birthday event for their frontman, Daisuke Kishio
  • The special talk and live event was going to be held in Osaka on 28/03/2020
  • DKHi! announced on 28/02/2020 that the event is postponed – date to be confirmed

For more details on DKHi!’s postponement of this event, please refer to the official statement released on the band’s official twitter account.

[CANCELLED and CHANGED FORMAT] Yuki Ono Friend Tree Wonder TOUR 2020

  • Yuki Ono announced on 28/02/2020 the cancellation of the final stop of his tour, Friend Tree Wonder TOUR 2020, with audience
  • The last show is still going to be held on 15/03/2020 at SOUNDCREW in Sapporo but without audience
  • In return, Ono is going to live broadcast his performance on Line Live
  • At the same time, an extra date for his tour was announced

For more details on Yuki Ono’s Sapporo live cancellation, change of format and reschedule, please refer to the official twitter account.

[CANCELLED] Hypnosis mic- Division Rap Battle – 5th LIVE @ Saitama – SIX SHOTS TO THE DOME

  • Hypnosis mic- Division Rap Battle – 5th LIVE @ Saitama – SIX SHOTS TO THE DOME was going to take place at Metlife Arena on 28/02/2020 and 29/02/2020
  • The whole cast was confirmed to attend
  • Despite most events being cancelled in late February, EVIL LINE RECORDS mentioned that they were working their best for the event to happen on the set date
  • On 12/03/2020, the live was cancelled due to concerns over Coronavirus 

For more details on Hypnosis mic- Division Rap Battle – 5th LIVE @ Saitama – SIX SHOTS TO THE DOME’s cancellation, please refer to Hypnosis Mic’s official website.

Please let us know in the comments other seiyuu events – with male seiyuu in attendance – that were cancelled and or postponed due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak. We will make sure to keep this article open, with daily updates.

About the Coronavirus:

The new Coronavirus or COVID-19 originated in Wuhan in China in December 2019. Since then, cities in China are in lock down and around the world cases of infected people have been reported daily. Up until recently, with the situation in Daegu, South Korea, China was the only country in which the Coronavirus had spread with considerable intensity.

Japan has reported cases of people infected with the Coronavirus and, as a countermeasure to a possible spread of the virus in the country, seiyuu, music and other events across the country are starting to be either cancelled or postponed.

A note that on January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the current  Coronavirus situation to be a world health emergency.

On February 26, 2020, the Japanese government announced a new policy to counter the spread of the Coronavirus. The government demanded all events that draw crowds to be cancelled due to the fact that is virtually impossible to make sure everyone will be safe.

We are live updating this article.

New information on cancelled male seiyuu events will be added as it is announced by official sources.

Last updated on 12/03/2020 – Added  updates on Dameraji and Hypnosis Mic 5th live.

Author: Vanessa Silva (midorin)

The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Metalhead. Gamer. Based in Cascais, Portugal. Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" was the catalyst to start writing about male seiyuu music.

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