Anime Expo continues to add massive events to this year’s edition of the storied convention after the in-person event was postponed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the latest addition centers around superstar EDM DJ/producer and noted anime fan Steve Aoki, who will be performing a ticketed show exclusively for convention attendees. Aoki is working in conjunction with the convention and animation studio Toei Animation, who are using the performance to promote One Piece Film Red, the latest entry in the One Piece film series which is slated to premiere in Japanese theaters on August 6.
Along with the concert, Steve Aoki will also offer Anime Expo attendees the first opportunity to purchase the “DIM MAK x ONE PIECE” official merchandise collaboration including Aoki-designed hoodies, tees, accessories, and skate decks all featuring original artwork from One Piece’s iconic Wano Arc during the convention. Aoki had this to say regarding his involvement:
“I have been a huge fan of Toei Animation from as early as I can remember. One Piece holds a special place in my heart because I have always been impressed by the resilience and determination of Luffy. His happy-go-lucky demeanor in the face of adversity inspired me in many ways. Having this opportunity to join forces with Toei Animation to commemorate their upcoming ‘One Piece Film Red’ is an immense honor. Not only am I performing during Anime Expo, but my brand Dim Mak is also releasing a merch collab at the same time”
Anime Expo Premier Fan badge holders can purchase tickets now through Showclix, while General Attendee badge holders will be able to buy their tickets starting on Thursday, May 12. Anime Expo badges can be purchased on the convention’s homepage. You can watch over 1,000 episodes of the One Piece TV anime right here on Crunchyroll.
SOURCES: Press Release, Anime Expo