Three Days of Exhibits, Panels, Screenings, Performances, and In-Person Socializing At The Javits Center
November 18-20, 2022
Anime NYC also celebrates its 5th Anniversary
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 3 PM 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.
PETER TATARA (Event Director, Anime NYC)
Tatara has spent over 15 years in the live event space, helping to build experiences for audiences around the US and across the globe in countries including England, France, Germany, India, Singapore, and Australia. An anime fan since he was a child, Anime NYC is his dream come true.
Director of the latest Gundam film, Gundam Hathaway, which will have a special screening at Anime NYC. He has also directed popular titles including Witch Hunter Robin and Ergo Proxy. Murase is also a well known character designer and has contributed designs to Gundam Wing, Final Fantasy IX, and more.
Creator of Poupelle of Chimney Town, a Japanese media franchise which began life as a book from Nishino and has since been adapted into a stage play and feature film. Nishino will present a special screening of the theatrical version of Poupelle of Chimney Town at Anime NYC.
Beloved Japanese animation studio behind fan-favorite titles including Promare, Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia, and SSSS.Gridman. Their Cyberpunk: Edgerunners premiered on Netflix earlier this month.
One of the most acclaimed female composers in Japan, Shimomura has composed the music to video games including Kingdom Hearts, Parasite Eve, and FINAL FANTASY XIV. She will make a rare appearance at a special FINAL FANTASY 35th Anniversary concert.
Acclaimed American voice actor known as the voice of Ichigo in the immensely popular anime series Bleach, which is getting a sequel anime series this fall. Also known for his roles as Vash the Stampede in Trigun, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, and Orga in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans. In live-action, he was Black Ranger Adam Park in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
COVID 19 Policy for Anime NYC
1) All Anime NYC participants who are 5-years-old or older are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result to attend. Your proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will be checked once upon your first arrival at Anime NYC, after which you will be given a wristband confirming your vaccination or negative test status has been verified. Keep this wristband on during all your time at Anime NYC. A guest is fully vaccinated if he/she has had two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or 1 shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
2) All attendees, exhibitors, guests, staff, crew, and all others 2-years-old or older entering the Javits Center must wear masks, and all face coverings must properly cover your nose and mouth.
3) Cosplay masks and helmets are permitted but approved face coverings must be worn under the cosplay. Upon entry to the building, you may be required to remove your cosplay mask for security and show your approved face covering.
4) Anime NYC is a large gathering, and vaccinations or negative COVID tests as well as face coverings are for the health and safety of all participants. We unfortunately cannot make exceptions for individuals.
For more information about Anime NYC and to purchase badges for the convention, please visit: www.AnimeNYC.com