MomoCon Postponed, Toonami Panel Canceled

Last Updated on by Joshua Mathieu (Jmb a.k.a. The Boss)

UPDATE: MomoCon has just announced that they will be postponing the convention due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic, here is the statement released by MomoCon:

“On behalf of the entire MomoCon family, our hearts go out to every person and family affected by these challenging global times.

MomoCon organizers are currently exploring new dates for the MomoCon 2020 experience and we will continue to work around the clock with the Georgia World Congress Center, our hotel partners, and government officials to bring our fans an update as soon as possible.

In the event you are unable to attend during the later dates, we will also be providing options for existing memberships. As soon as we have our new plans for 2020 in place, you—the valued members of our community—will be among the first to know.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work toward finding the best solution for MomoCon 2020. ”

UPDATE: Toonami has announced that they have decided to cancel their Panel at MomoCon due to current events, here is the statement Toonami released:

“To our dear Atlanta and Momocon fans, after much thought we’ve come to the sad conclusion that we are going to cancel our Toonami panel this year. So sorry to miss hanging out with you. But with the need to protect everyone as much as we can, we hope you understand the reason for us cancelling is to help keep our fans safe and away from large crowds right now. But rest assured Toonami will keep going this and every Saturday night. So stay at home, wash your hands, and watch your favorite shows this Saturday from 11:30p – 3a!”

As we previously announce we were also approved as accredited press to cover MomoCon, if MomoCon is able to reschedule we still plan on trying to cover the event if possible.

Toonami will be returning to MomoCon once again this year! The Panel will be on Friday May 22, 2020, at this time no other details about the panel are available.

We can assume that there were will be several updates and possible show announcements at MomoCon this year as Jason DeMarco, SVP/Creative Director of Adult Swim and Creator of Toonami, has recently stated on Twitter that the Toonami crew are currently working on six original series including Blade Runner-Black Lotus and Umuzaki between now and 2022. He also teased that they have some great acquisitions on the horizon.

Maki Terashima-Furuta, President of Production IG-USA and Co-Producer of FLCL, FLCL: Progressive, FLCL: Alternative, Sand Whale And Me, Uzumaki, also teased on Twitter that she will be bringing a lot of shows over to Adult Swim this year.

BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS which was announced in November of 2018 will feature thirteen 30-minute episodes produced by animation studio Sola Digital Arts (Ultraman). Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) will direct all episodes of the premiere season, which will follow their current directorial work on the upcoming Ghost in the Shell series reboot.  Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) is a creative producer. While the series plot is being kept under wraps, producers have confirmed the story will take place in 2032 and will include some familiar characters from the BLADE RUNNER universe.

Back in January of this year Jason DeMarco had stated in a tweet that “The story for Blade Runner-Black Lotus is great and the look will blow people away. We are working hard on it and can’t wait to share more this year!”

To read more about Blade Runner – Black Lotus click here:

Adult Swim and Crunchyroll Producing All-New Blade Runner Anime Series with Alcon Television Group

Uzumaki was announced at the Junji Ito Panel at Crunchyroll Expo 2019, acclaimed horror manga artist Junji Ito will be partnering up with Production IG and Toonami to create a four-episode anime adaptation of his hit work, Uzumaki. The four episode mini-series will see its world premiere on Toonami in 2020.

Jason DeMarco had stated:

“That’s right! Premiering in 2020, the next Ttoonami original series will be UZUMAKI- a 4 episode adaptation of Junji Ito’s horror classic, directed by Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushishi) and scored by Colin Stetson (Hereditary). I’m beyond thrilled to be working with one of my favorite mangaka of all time, Ito-sensei. His support has been instrumental in getting this made and it’s been a joy to work with him! And yes, before you ask: the whole series will be in black and white. 😎 Also: Nagahama is a MASSIVE Ito fanboy, so rest assured he is doing his absolute most to do the story justice. We are very lucky to have such a talented director who is willing to let this be exactly what it needs to. Ito is very happy with the scripts and the trailer so far, and thrilled with the positive reactions to our announcement!”

Synopsis for Uzumaki:

“Kirei lives in a town that lately has odd occurrences, and each one somehow is connected to a spiral. Soon the spiral occurrences spread to infect even the bodies of people, which suddenly turns the everyday events in her life into chaos and horror.”

To read more about the Uzumaki announcement at CRX 2019 click here to see our coverage from that even:

Toonami and Production IG announces Uzumaki by Junji Ito at CrunchyrollExpo 2019, To World Premiere in 2020.

Also recently announced was a new Samurai Jack game, Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time. Become Samurai Jack, the greatest warrior of the past, present and future. Journey through time to finally stop Aku’s evil reign in this new adventure told by the creators of Samurai Jack. Encounter your favorite characters from the show including The Scotsman, Scaramouche, Sir Rothchild and more!

Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time is slated to release this summer which means it will most likely be a topic at this year’s MomoCon Toonami Panel. To read more about Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time click here:

Adult Swim Games Announces New Samurai Jack Game, “Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time” Coming Summer 2020

There haven’t been any major updates on Blade Runner-Black Lotus or Uzumaki since their respective announcements. Also as of right now nothing else has been said about what the other four original series are or when they are going to premiere on Toonami, it is also unknown what the “acquisitions” are or when they are slated to premiere.

We don’t know what exactly is going to be announced/discussed at this year’s Toonami Panel but whatever happens we will be there covering MomoCon and the Toonami Panel and will bring you any news that is announced so make sure you follow all of our social media accounts for updates!

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(Edit 03/10 @8:30am C/T: Added more information about the upcoming Samurai Jack game, Samurai Jack Battle Through Time.)

Source: Adult Swim via Email. MomoCon, Toonami Facebook