Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll, (www.AnimeNYC.com) one of North America’s largest conventions dedicated to anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture, celebrates its 5th Anniversary at New York’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St. at 11th Ave) from November 18-20. The convention features three days of over 400 exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, performances, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan, all under one roof. Over 200 hours of programming is planned for the weekend.
This year, over 50,000 fans are expected to gather at Anime NYC from all 50 states and 27 different countries. Countries include: Canada, Mexico, England, France, Germany, Australia, China, Brazil, and Japan.
Anime NYC was founded in 2017 and has quickly become the fastest growing anime convention in the US, second only to Anime Expo which welcomes 100,000+ attendees in Los Angeles. Anime NYC has presented the largest Japanese concerts in NYC history and global premieres, before even Tokyo. The convention works with major companies in the Japanese entertainment world including Aniplex, Bandai Namco, Crunchyroll, GKIDS, HIDIVE, Kodansha, Sentai, TMS, VIZ Media, and Yen Press.
Anime NYC welcomes guests and panelists from across the US and Japan. Confirmed guests and panelists for this year’s convention include: Shuko Murase, Akihiro Nishino, Studio TRIGGER, Yoko Shimomura, and Johnny Yong Bosch.
More guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
Special Anime NYC Events
To celebrate their 5th Anniversary, Anime NYC will present A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY on Friday, November 18 at 3pm in the Special Events Hall of Anime NYC. From the team that brought you Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE: Orchestra World Tour, NieR: Orchestra Concert and more, AWR Music Productions is proud to present a *SPECIAL NEW PROGRAM* of music to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of FINAL FANTASY. Under the direction of Eric Roth, the concert features the New World Players chamber ensemble performing exclusive arrangements from throughout the FINAL FANTASY series in the thrillingly personal style of this outstanding musical production. And as a very special treat for fans at Anime NYC, FINAL FANTASY XV and Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura will make a rare in-person appearance at the concert. A concert ticket and a 3 Day or Friday Badge is required to attend.
On Saturday night, November 19 at Anime NYC, Cosplay takes over the Main Stage with the Anime NYC Masquerade. Guests will compete for the chance to win prizes for craftsmanship, showmanship, and of course, bragging rights. Costumes spanning the worlds of anime, manga, video games, musicals, books, and even comics and movies are all eligible for entry.
Also, throughout the weekend, Anime NYC will present Cosplay Meetups, where fans of a particular series or character can gather in costume, mingle, and get to meet others who share their passion. For a schedule of the Meetups, please visit: www.AnimeNYC.com.
The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18
1 PM to 7 PM – Exhibit Hall and Artist Alley
1 PM to 10 PM – Panels, Screenings, and Special Events
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
10 AM to 7 PM – Exhibit Hall and Artist Alley
10 AM to 10 PM – Panels, Screenings, and Special Events
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
10 AM to 4 PM – Exhibit Hall and Artist Alley
10 AM to 4 PM – Panels, Screenings, and Special Events
“Anime is mainstream in everything but name. There are giant anime balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, anime ads broadcast in Times Square, and major actors and sports stars talking about their love of Japanese animation,” said Founder and Event Director of Anime NYC, Peter Tatara. “It’s nothing short of a culture-definition phenomenon around the globe, bringing fans of all ages, races, and backgrounds together. And Anime NYC is profoundly honored to be a showcase of the best of the anime world in the heart of the biggest city in America, creating a home for New York’s passionate anime audience and an opportunity for everyone else a chance to experience what they’re missing.
For more information about Anime NYC and to purchase badges for the convention, please visit: www.AnimeNYC.com.