2018-12-05 / Front Page

Anime NYC Wows Crowds Second Year In A Row

BY NICOLLETTE BARSAMIAN


Cosplayers fully decked out in honor of Anime NYC at the Javits Center. Cosplayers fully decked out in honor of Anime NYC at the Javits Center. Anime NYC truly wowed the crowds on the weekend of November 16-18, with a jam-packed schedule of anime events at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. 36,000 people attended, up from 20,000 people their first year in 2017. This year featured more space, more guests, more publishers, and more features. As the Anime NYC schedule of events booklet stated: “Anime NYC is a community. Anime NYC is your community. It’s a place to embrace what you love, meet new friends, and make memories together – this is your show, and we’re proud to create it for you!”

Anime NYC also brought the globally renowned Anisong World Matsuri concert series to New York City for the first time. Anisong World Matsuri brings together headlining Japanese pop stars for show-stopping concerts. The inaugural concert at Anime NYC featured Morning Musume, Luna Haruna, Shojo Nakagawa, nano, Konomi Suzuki, TRUE, Hiroshi Kitadani, and more, at the Hammerstein Ballroom a few blocks away. Though an Anime NYC Badge was not required to attend, this meant an additional cost for fans (not to mention the rows upon rows of amazing anime merchandise that even the most frugal fan would have a hard time not indulging in). Similarly, the official after-party presented by SONICBOOKBOX Friday night had an additional cost. The party featured cosplay guest Vampy Bit Me, live DJ crew Bare Canvas Sounds, free ping pong all night, a photo booth, and of course – many fans.

Anime NYC featured a screening of My Neighbors the Yamadas, in remembrance of Isao Takahata, a key figure in the history of Japanese animation and co-founder of Studio Ghibli. The Japan Society and Japan Foundation presented a commemorative screening of the director’s penultimate animated feature. This screening was organized in tandem with Japan Foundation’s “Remembering Isao Takahata” panel at Anime NYC.

Anime NYC also featured amazing premieres, previews, and exclusive screenings including: K Seven Stories: Memory of Red: Burn, Natsume Yujin-Cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond, Mobile Suit Gundam NT, Funimation Presents Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 1, Warner Presents Hi Score Girl, Warner Presents Sirius the Jaeger, Sound! Euphonium, The Movie I Want to Resonate with You…, and Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki. There was even a two-hour celebration of the Fate/stay night series and Fate/stay night: Heave’s Feel film trilogy with the English cast of the Fate series, including Kari Walgren (voice of Saber), Cristina Vee (voice of Sakura Matou), Bryce Papenbrook (voice of Shirou Emiya), and Tony Oliver (English ADR director and voice of Lancer) and an electrifying concert from Japanese songstress Aimer.

Of course, thousands of cosplayers roamed the Javits Center all weekend, as with any good anime convention. Clearly, Anime NYC loves cosplay and the fans who cosplay, so they chose to shine a spotlight on fans Saturday night at the Masquerade Ultra Deluxe presented by Love Nikki. Cosplay took over the main stage and combined the traditional anime convention costume contest together with Japanese game show elements – allowing both cosplayers and general fans to take the stage. Additionally, there were Official Cosplay Meet Ups on the South Concourse all weekend long, featuring different shows and fandoms including: Fairy Tail, Attack on Titan, Pokemon, Darling in the FranXX, Overwatch, My Hero Academia, Sailor Moon, Final Fantasy, RWBY, Mob Psycho 100, Voltron, Studio Ghibli, Love Live, Aggretsuko, Persona, Yuri on Ice, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.



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