Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll is working with a range of innovative and creative partners for its third iteration. The largest dedicated anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention on the east coast will present three days of Japanese culture, distinctive animation, contemporary gaming, and more at Manhattan’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St) from November 15-17.
Anime NYC is proud to work with major names across the Japanese pop culture industry including Aniplex, Bandai Namco, Crunchyroll, Eleven Arts, Funimation, Denpa, GKIDS, HIDIVE, Kodansha Comics, Sentai Filmworks, Square Enix, Sunrise, Vertical, VIZ Media, and Yen Press and present over 50 guests including Yoshiyuki Tomino (Mobile Suit Gundam), Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi (Dr. STONE), and Ichiro Okouchi, Takahiro Kumira, and Yukana (Code Geass).
In addition, the weekend promises a diverse array of new programs and activities in partnership with collaborators from around the world.
This week, Colossal Media is finishing a massive Attack on Titan mural to commentate one of the biggest manga and anime hits of the decade. The mural is now on display near Madison Square Garden, on 31st Street between 7th and 8th Avenues where fans can participate in a photo contest and giveaway by Kodansha Comics, Funimation, Kinokuniya, and Anime NYC.
Anime NYC will welcome the Fate/Grand Order USA Tour, a celebration of one of the biggest and most successful mobile games in the industry’s history. Fans can enter the world of Fate/Grand Order with a massive pavilion that will feature guests, props, and special events.
Life is Tech will make its East Coast debut with Codeillusion, a new coding role-playing game featuring Disney and original anime characters. The game, already a major hit in Japan, is an official collaboration with Disney that teaches players coding skills as they progress throughout the game.
Anime NYC is honored to welcome AniVRJapan, a project showcasing cutting edge Japanese virtual reality games bringing players into anime worlds. Guests can play Japanese VR games Tokyo Chronos, Spice and Wolf VR, and Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing together at Anime NYC.
Anime NYC is thrilled to have the debut of the Lumica Stage, a major new destination featuring three days of DJs and dancing. Curated by Lumica, Japan’s leading manufacturer of glow sticks and light up accessories, the Lumica Stage gives fans a place to celebrate J-Pop, Anisong, and Idol music.
Anime NYC salutes its cosplayers with a new Cosplay Academy, a three-day destination focused on cosplay community and education. Located in Hall 1E, Cosplay Academy features a full weekend of workshops and talks with private cosplay changing and repair areas provided.
“Itasha” fandom is a segment of anime fandom focused on customizing cars with anime artwork, and Anime NYC will present the largest itasha car display ever in the northeast. Curated by Senpai Squad, it will have over 10 customized cars on display.
For the first time, a collectible pin trading program will be active during the convention. Created together with Foam Brain Games, the will feature over 30 pins available from vendors across the show. From pins readily available at different booths to rare pins found only by trading with Anime NYC staff, Pin Bazaar turns all of Anime NYC into a hunt to complete your collection.
Also, for the first time, an array of delectable Japanese food will be available inside the Javits Center during the three-day event. Anime NYC will feature classics dishes at their first Japanese Food Hall including takoyaki, bento boxes, curry, and more. Anime NYC’s Japanese Food hall features local New York vendors including Karl’s Balls, Go Go Curry, RESOBOX, Benton, Tea & Milk, and Takumi Taco.
From classic series like Dragon Ball, Pokémon, and Naruto to current hits like Sailor Moon, One-Punch Man, and Tokyo Ghoul, manga publisher VIZ offers amazing Japanese action, romance, fantasy, and adventure stories for fans in the US. And at Anime NYC they’re looking to publish American writers and artists. VIZ Originals is a new imprint of VIZ Media dedicated to publishing original graphic novels developed by manga-inspired creators, and VIZ is conducting portfolio reviews at Anime NYC!
All this is on top of over 100 special screenings and industry panels from publishers across the anime, video game, and manga industry such as Aniplex, Bandai Namco, Crunchyroll, Eleven Arts, Funimation, Denpa, GKIDS, HIDIVE, Kodansha Comics, Sentai Filmworks, Square Enix, Sunrise, Vertical, VIZ Media, and Yen Press.
For Anime NYC’s full schedule, special guest list and tickets, visit www.animenyc.com, and for the latest news and updates, follow Anime NYC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnimeNYC and on Twitter and Instagram at @AnimeNYC.