We’ve got some great news, NYC otakus: get excited for New York City’s very own anime convention, Anime NYC! Join fellow anime lovers for a celebration of Japanese animation, manga, and cosplay all weekend long. From November 17th through 19th, Anime NYC will bring fans, musicians, cosplayers, and creators together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest names in anime. Powered by Crunchyroll and created by LeftField Media, Anime NYC will present over 100 hours of panels, screenings, autographs, workshops, performances, and special events featuring Crunchyroll, Aniplex, Funimation, VIZ Media, and many more!
Check out what you can look forward to at Anime NYC!
Get to Know Your Favorite Celebrities During Exclusive Panels
Anime NYC features dozens of celebrity guests under one roof! With tons of panels, autograph sessions, and special events, you’ll be in the presence of some of the biggest names in anime. Gather with awesome anime creators like Masaki Tachibana, Masakazu Ogawa, and LeSean Thomas. Sit with your favorite voice actors including Michael Sinterniklaas, Stephanie Sheh, and Cristina Vee. And meet over 200 artists – including Hiroki Otsuka, Yuko Ota, and Tatsuyuki “Mikey” Maeda – in Artist Alley!
See Two Exclusive US Movie Premieres
Join SUNRISE as they present the US premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower. The prolific Gundam saga spans over 25 years and over 50 television series and movies, and Bandit Flower – the newest Gundam film – features unique music by one of Japan’s greatest jazz composers and musicians, Naruyoshi Kikuchi, who will perform in concert following the screening. Then, get excited for the closing film of the convention: Fullmetal Alchemist. This live action interpretation is one of 2017’s most anticipated films for anime fans around the world, which is not much of a surprise considering the original manga series has sold over 70 million copies worldwide. With a rare appearance by director Fumihiko Sori to introduce the film and sign autographs, you won’t want to miss this!
Experience Exciting Performances During Anime Diva Night
Anime NYC and Lantis Co., Ltd. are proud to present the debut edition of Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri! This special event offers an evening full of anime music that features three tremendously popular anisong singers who have all worked on some of the most popular anime titles of the last decade. Experience a night of talent and excitement with Yoko Ishida, who’s known for her work with Sailor Moon R and Ai Yori Aoshi; Chihiro Yonekura, who’s known for Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team and Fairy Tail; and TRUE, who’s known for Sound! Euphonium and Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
Put Your Cosplay to the Test with a New Type of Masquerade
Originating at Crunchyroll Expo, the Masquerade ULTRA DELUXE Presented by Tokyo Otaku Mode combines the traditional anime convention costume contest with Japanese game show elements. Beyond the cosplayers on stage, everyone in attendance will have a chance to compete for prizes!
Slurp Up The Ramen Summit
More than just anime, Anime NYC celebrates everything in Japanese pop culture. As part of this, the event will host the first ever NYC Ramen Summit – a talk on how ramen’s taken over New York with acclaimed chefs Ivan Orkin and Shigetoshi Nakamura, along with Sun Noodle’s Kenshiro Uki!
“We’re honored to bring Anime NYC to life. Anime’s perpetually something that’s been just under the mainstream, and we’re proud to finally put it on the center stage – making a showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America!” – Peter Tatara, LeftField Media VP of Anime Events