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October 17, Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll today announced the live-action film “Fullmetal Alchemist,” adapted from the bestselling Japanese comic series, will have its exclusive U.S. premiere on November 19 as the Closing Film of the inaugural Anime NYC convention hosted in New York’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St).

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“Fullmetal Alchemist,” which tells the story of two alchemist brothers seeking the Philosopher’s Stone, is one of the year’s most anticipated films in Japan and for anime fans around the world, with the original comic series having sold over 70 million copies worldwide since it was first published in 2001. “Fullmetal Alchemist” director Fumihiko Sori will make a rare appearance at Anime NYC to introduce the film and sign autographs for fans before the debut, which will be the first screening in the U.S. ahead of the film’s premiere in Japanese theaters later this year.

 

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This is one of those events that you don’t want to miss. The cast is full of some of the best actors and actresses in Japan. The director has worked on some really dope anime and liveaction movies. This will be one of those moments of where were you when this dropped in America. I’m thrilled for this and AnimeNYC as a whole. See trailer here!

 

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll is a Japanese pop culture convention launching November 17-19, bringing fans together with creators and companies from across America and Japan. The “Fullmetal Alchemist” U.S. premiere will serve as the capstone for the weekend, which includes other highlights such as a day-long tribute to “Sailor Moon,” the U.S. premiere ofGundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower,” and the Anime Diva Night concert featuring exciting performers straight from Tokyo.

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The “Fullmetal Alchemist” U.S. premiere will take place at 3PM on Sunday, November 19 on Anime NYC’s Main Stage. The screening is exclusively open to Anime NYC attendees, with tickets for the premiere available for an additional $10. Anime NYC passes and “Fullmetal Alchemist” admission can be purchased at www.animenyc.com. Anime NYC passes range from $35-60.

 

“We’re honored to welcome Fumihiko Sori and the ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ film to Anime NYC,” said Peter Tatara, Anime NYC’s Show Director. “‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ will be one of the biggest films this year in Japan, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to debut it in the biggest city in America!”

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“We are truly honored that ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ is chosen as the Closing Film of the very first commemorable Anime NYC,” said director Fumihiko Sori. “In July, we presented six minutes of footage of the film at L.A.’s Anime Expo and at Japan Expo in Paris, and we are so excited to bring the full feature to all of you from various countries. Please come visit us and meet Ed and Al in live action!”

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“Fullmetal Alchemistwill premiere worldwide as the Opening Film of the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 25, and it will open in Japanese theaters on December 1. The live-action film features an all-star cast including Ryosuke Yamada (Edward Elric), Tsubasa Honda (Winry Rockbell), Dean Fujioka (Roy Mustang), and Yasuko Matsuyuki (Lust). Japanese singer MISIA performs the film’s theme.

 

The film is based on the original “Fullmetal Alchemist” comic series created by Hiromu Arakawa. Set in a world where alchemy is one of the most advanced sciences, it follows two brothers in search of the fabled Philosopher’s Stone. Published between 2001 and 2010, the comics ranked repeatedly on BookScan and USA Today’s top graphic novel lists, and the series’ first volume was the top-selling graphic novel in America in 2005. Arakawa’s original comic has since given birth to two animated series and movies, with the upcoming live-action film a new telling of this beloved adventure. Fans can read Arakawa’s original comic in the US through VIZ Media and watch its animated adaptations on Blu-ray from Funimation and online at Crunchyroll.

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Hiromu Arakawa

In addition to Fumihiko Sori, Anime NYC’s guests include Masaki Tachibana, Naruyoshi Kikuchi, Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, TRUE, Cherami Leigh, Cristina Vee, Danny Choo, LeSean Thomas, and Stephanie Sheh, and its partners and sponsors include Crunchyroll, Funimation, Kinokuniya, Kodansha, Sentai Filmworks, SUNRISE, Tokyo Otaku Mode, VIZ Media, Vertical Inc, and Yen Press.

About Fumihiko Sori

While at USC (University of Southern California) Cinematic Arts in 1997, Sori joined the VFX crew for James Cameron’s “Titanic.” He then returned to Japan to make his first feature, “Ping Pong” (2002), which was nominated for Best Picture and Director at the 26th Japan Academy Prizes and won him Best New Director at the 24th Yokohama Film Festival. Sori produced the 3DCG animated film “Appleseed” in 2004. He then directed the 3DCG animated film “Vexille” (2007), which was selected as the Opening Film of the Locarno International Film Festival. This blockbuster film was invited to numerous international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, etc. Sori’s other live-action films include “Ichi” (2008) and “Tomorrow’s Joe” (2011). He is highly considered as a unique talent who can direct a film with a human touch combined with stylish visuals.

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Are You Ready for Anime NYC 2017?

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Here at Anime Pad and E.T.W. we love to go to cons and experience things and bring back plenty of content for you if you couldn’t make or just missed something. We love to share and hopefully we here at Anime Pad will be wheels up again. Stay tuned for the announcement of our acceptance to this great convention.

LeftField Media will present a massive three-day celebration of Japanese animation and culture this fall at the inaugural Anime NYC convention powered by Crunchyroll, coming to New York City’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St) from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19. Attendees will be able to view exclusive anime screenings and meet major guests courtesy of international animation and manga publishers like Aniplex, Bandai Visual, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Sunrise, Yen Press, and VIZ Media; play the latest in Japanese gaming technology; chow down on Japanese delicacies and fusion cuisine; rock out to musical guests direct from Tokyo; and more. Tickets are available at www.animenyc.com with general admission tickets priced from $35-60, and with VIP tickets priced at $275 guaranteeing access to premiere programming and special guests.

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LeftField Media looks to fill a void with Anime NYC. While most major cities in America play host to anime-specific conventions, New York City – America’s largest city – has no large, dedicated celebration of Japanese animation and culture. Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll has been in planning for over a year with tremendous support from partners in both America and Japan, and anticipates bringing together almost 20,000 fans at its inaugural convention. Anime has had a presence in American entertainment for decades in the form of beloved series like Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon and films from acclaimed directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon, and has seen broader audiences tuning in recently to watch hits like Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man, and Yuri!!! on Ice on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.

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Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll puts Japanese culture and animation on a massive international stage in New York City, at a time when the anime industry is burgeoning worldwide. The Anime Industry Report 2016 from the Association of Japanese Animators estimated the overseas anime industry (excluding Japan) generated $288.4 million USD in 2015, an increase of over $125 million from 2014. Anime represents a growing stake in the entertainment industry both worldwide and notably in America, with the Anime Industry Report 2016 reporting more anime licensing contracts filed in 2015 in the United States than in any other country.

When:

  • Friday, November 17; exhibit hall hours 1pm – 7pm, programming until 10pm
  • Saturday, November 18; exhibit hall hours 10am – 7pm, programming until 10pm
  • Sunday, November 19; exhibit hall hours 10am – 5pm

Where:

  • Javits Center, 655 W 34th St, New York, N.Y. 10001

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Special Guests and Events:

  • Sailor Moon Crystal Cast Panel and Screening with Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon), Kate Higgins (Sailor Mercury), Cristina Vee (Sailor Mars), Amanda Celine Miller (Sailor Jupiter), Cherami Leigh (Sailor Venus), Sandy Fox (Chibi-Usa), Erica Mendez (Sailor Uranus), Lauren Landa (Sailor Neptune), Christine Marie Cabanos (Sailor Saturn), and Robbie Daymond (Tuxedo Mask)
  • US Premiere of the film Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower and concert lead by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi
  • Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri concert featuring Japanese singers Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE
  • NY Ramen Summit featuring a discussion between famed ramen chefs from around NYC
  • Talk from LeSean Thomas, an NYC native who has successfully worked in the anime industry in Japan and whose Children of Ether is now on Crunchyroll and whose Cannon Busters will be debuting next year on Netflix

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Cost:      Daily and full weekend passes available

  • Friday Only Admission: $35
  • Saturday Only Admission: $45
  • Sunday Only Admission: $40
  • 3-Day Weekend Ticket: $60

Kids 6 and under are admitted for free. VIP passes are $275 and include admission during all Anime NYC hours and access to various special guest appearances and exclusive events. Attendees who purchase tickets by October 10 will receive their passes in the mail; attendees who purchase tickets after October 10 will pick up passes at Anime NYC.

 

Website: www.animenyc.com is updated regularly with new guests, exciting exhibitors, and special programming.

 

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YOKO ISHIDA, CHIHIRO YONEKURA, AND TRUE Musical Guest at Anime NYC!

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You don’t want to miss this convention, they are bringing some big names and talent.

LeftField Media and Lantis Co., Ltd. announced that the inaugural Anime NYC convention, bringing a massive celebration of anime and Japanese culture to the Javits Center in New York City from November 17-19, will present the first ever Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri headlined by internationally recognized singers Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE. The three renowned Japanese animation music, or ‘anisong,’ artists will kick off Anime NYC with the Anime Diva Night concert on Friday, November 17 at 8PM at the Javits Center, with admission included for all Anime NYC attendees. Tickets for Anime NYC are available at www.animenyc.com.

 

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll is a new Japanese pop culture convention launching November 17-19, 2017 in New York’s Javits Center and will bring fans together with creators and companies from across America and Japan. The event will feature guests including Naruyoshi Kikuchi, Amanda Celine Miller, Cherami Leigh, Christine Marie Cabanos, Cristina Vee, Danny Choo, Erica Mendez, LeSean Thomas, and Stephanie Sheh – and brands including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Kinokuniya, Kodansha, Sentai Filmworks, SUNRISE, Tokyo Otaku Mode, VIZ Media, Vertical Inc, and Yen Press.

 

Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri presents three immensely popular anisong singers with storied careers and projects spanning some of the most popular anime titles of the last decade:

 

  • Yoko IshidaSailor Moon R, Ai Yori Aoshi, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, Ah! My Goddess, Shakugan no Shana, Shirobako, Strike Witches, and more
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  • Chihiro YonekuraMobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Soul Hunter, Fairy Tail, Rave Master, Kaleido Star, You’re Being Summoned, Azazel, and more
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  • TRUE Buddy Complex, Maria the Virgin Witch, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Sound! Euphonium, Comet Lucifer, Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars, and more
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More information about Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE is available here.

 

“We’re thrilled to work with Lantis and Anisong World Matsuri at our inaugural event,” said Peter Tatara, LeftField Media’s Vice President of Anime Events. “Our goal is to make an authentic, meaningful, large anime convention, and Lantis and Anisong World Matsuri’s goal is to create authentic, meaningful, large anime concerts. We couldn’t be better partners to create something special in New York!”

 

“We’re very proud to work with Anime NYC and bring anisong singers to the biggest city on the USA,” said Shunji Inoue, President of Lantis, Co., Ltd. “We look to bring the joy of anisong to as many fans as possible, and we can’t wait to showcase the talents of Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE together.”

 

Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri will take place on Friday, November 17 at 8PM inside New York’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St) as part of Anime NYC. Admission to the event is included with all Friday, Weekend, and VIP Anime NYC tickets, which range in price from $35-275 and are available for purchase at www.animenyc.com with a limited Premium Package including exclusive goods and Meet & Greet with the artists to be available soon. Fans of Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE can also interact with the international singers during panels and autograph sessions at Anime NYC. Fans can follow Anime NYC on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on the convention including guest announcements, programming, and more.

 

Gundam Thunderbolt’s Big Splash

Hey, my anime love dolls. Anyway, we’re here again talking about another anime show I love. Gundam Thunderbolt, have you seen any of it or heard about it? No? Well, when I first heard about it I thought, “Oh, another Gundam Anime!” Each one has its own storyline, unique Gundam, and characters. I happen to love Gundam from the animes to the video games. So, I caught a few episodes of Gundam Thunderbolt.

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My first impression was the rich old-school art with the new school animation. Then when the action scenes came up, boom a rush of nice fast paced Jazz to go with the speed of the Gundam itself. I was floored and jumped off my couch like yes, go Gundam kick some arse!! It had the same feel as Cowboy Bebop gave me back in the day. Go check it out and if you’re in New York around Nov. here’s an idea.

July 18th LeftField Media and SUNRISE Inc. announced the inaugural Anime NYC festival will play host to the US premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower, the second film in the Gundam Thunderbolt series, and that this premiere will be accompanied by a live concert featuring the music of Gundam Thunderbolt led by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi.

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Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll is a new Japanese pop culture convention launching November 17-19, 2017 in New York’s Javits Center, and it will bring fans together with creators and companies from across America and Japan. SUNRISE’s Gundam Thunderbolt premiere and concert will take place within Anime NYC on Sunday, November 19th.

Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower is a sci-fi story grounded in the warfare of today and uniquely brought to life by the music of Naruyoshi Kikuchi. One of Japan’s greatest jazz composers and musicians, Mr. Kikuchi is acclaimed at home in Japan and around the world, and no stranger to anime, he’s also the composer of the Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine soundtrack and his saxophone can be heard in the music of Cowboy Bebop.

Mr. Kikuchi will appear at Anime NYC as an Official Guest, leading and performing in the Gundam Thunderbolt series concert, as well as speaking on panels and signing autographs.

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“We’re deeply honored to welcome our friends at SUNRISE and Mr. Kikuchi to Anime NYC,” said Peter Tatara, LeftField Media’s VP of Anime Events. “Gundam is one of the most iconic sagas in the history of anime, and we’re excited to launch its newest chapter together with its fans in New York!”

“When you think jazz, you think New York,” said Thunderbolt series Producer Naohiro Ogata at SUNRISE. “Jazz is crucial to the Gundam Thunderbolt story, and there’s no better place for us to debut the new Gundam Thunderbolt film than in the heart of New York City!”

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The Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower premiere and concert will be free for all Anime NYC attendees, with no additional ticket required to attend, but for loyal Gundam fans, a limited Premium Package is available now for $75, offering reserved premiere and concert seats, a private autograph session, exclusive print, and original Japanese Gundam Thunderbolt soundtrack CD.

The Mobile Suit Gundam saga from SUNRISE is one of the most prolific titles in the history of Japanese animation. It spans over 35 years and more than 50 television series and movies, and Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower is the latest entry into this universe. Based on the Gundam Thunderbolt comic by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower continues the story of rival pilots Daryl Lorenz and Io Fleming. With their battlefield now on Earth, they each face a new enemy.

The Gundam Thunderbolt comic is published in the US by VIZ Media, and the first Gundam Thunderbolt film, December Sky, is available now on Blu-ray from Right Stuf. Bluefin, the official American distributor of many anime and pop culture brands including Bandai’s Gundam collectibles and model kits, will also be appearing at Anime NYC with a number of Gundam Thunderbolt model kits for sale.

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll will continue to announce guests, premieres, and special events throughout the summer and fall, and fans can expect to three days and nights of anime, manga, and cosplay featuring SUNRISE, Crunchyroll, VIZ Media, Funimation, Kinokuniya, Kodansha Comics, Sentai Filmworks, Tokyo Otaku Mode, Vertical, Yen Press, and more. Tickets to Anime NYC are available now at animenyc.com, and fans wanting to learn the latest news can follow Anime NYC on Facebook and Twitter.

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