Anime NYC was lit. I had a fantastic time. Was able to link up with Stephanie of Anime Girls NYC. Shout out to her. Thank you for being such a cool person. Saw some really nice cosplay. Attended some really cool panels and best of all, I was able to enjoy this all with my team.
One of the highlights of my weekend was attending the Nerds on Hip Hop: Bridging Anime & Hip-Hop Panel.
Anime NYC was this past weekend and first, we want to give a huge shoutout to Anime Girls NYC. Meeting Stephanie was awesome since we talk back and forth on WordPress often, we actually unknowingly met at the checkpoint as I was complaining about taking off my backpack again to get in on the show floor after coming from the Artist Alley and she turned around and agreed. It was a funny first meeting before we met on the show floor and officially introduced ourselves to each other. Check out her blog and her review of Anime NYC here.
Overall Anime NYC was fun and since this is its first year it will need some tinkering to make next year a better experience. One thing they need to fix is the bag checkpoints at every area that you want to go in. So there’s a checkpoint at the Show Floor, Artist Alley, and The Main Stage, I understand the security reason behind the checkpoint being everywhere but there was no checkpoint when you first walk in which is dangerous in itself.
When I arrived on Friday I walked around the Javits for a good 20 minutes and no one asked me for my pass and when I realized nothing was open yet and we all needed to go to the queue hall that was when I ran into the first checkpoint and I have to admit I was confused as to why the checkpoint is all the way on the floor below the main entrance. That alone is a big NO if we’re talking about anything security wised, The checkpoint security guards after a while became tired of checking all these bags every minute that all you needed to do was open your bag and walk through.
I believe the multiple bag checkpoints will be my only complaint honestly, all we need is a good bag check at the entrance and enjoy walking around without the hassle of bag check at every area we want to visit. The Javits center was too big for Anime NYC being how spacious the Javits. They are doing construction to the Javits and maybe that’s why Anime NYC didn’t get all the space it could have gotten. I did love the convention being at the Javits Center because it been a few years since there was an Anime Convention at the Javits Center since it merged with Comic-Con a few years back.
I really hope history doesn’t repeat itself because it feels so good to have separate events for comics and anime. Also, another thing I loved about Anime NYC being in the Javits Center was all the elbow room we had walking around, I love personal space and this con really fulfilled my heart with all the space we had to move around. Walking the Show Floor wasn’t bad and you can actually see the merchant booths since there isn’t a huge crowd of people surrounding the booths making it hard to walk up and down the aisles, even stopping cosplayers seen on the Show Floor didn’t stop the flow of traffic that’s how much space we had and I loved it.
I attended a few panels and Main events over the weekend and I have to say Anime NYC guest was a list you would never see at a Comic-Con because it was specific to out anime needs. All the Japanese guests that came to the con were amazing, The first Main Event I attended was Anime Diva Night with Chihiro Yonekura, Miho Karasawa AKA True, and Yoko Ishida. Unfortunately, photography wasn’t allowed for this event but the ladies did do their own sets and duets of their popular theme songs. It was such a great experience because people had glowsticks and all of them were moving in rhythm with each other and the music it really was a really great concert to relieve some of the themes and ending songs I haven’t heard in forever which brings up the urge to rewatch some of the Anime I haven’t seen in years.
One of the panels I got a chance to sit through was The Blerd is the Word panel hosted by Blerd Con was very insightful and funny that I really want to go out to Washington DC for the next Blerd Con. Lizzo and I sat through the LeSean Thomas event as well and recorded most of the questions people got to ask, look out for the announcement for that video coming soon. I got a lot of photos of cosplayers that I’m in the process of editing and will hopefully be done with by tomorrow so they can go out for all to see.
I had so much fun this past weekend that I will most likely go to next years Anime NYC Convention and be able to meet more people and hopefully not have to go through multiple bag checkpoints. I would recommend going to Anime NYC to anyone that is skeptical about yet another Anime Convention in New York, Anime NYC brought back fun memories from the Anime Festival that was held at the Javits Center years ago. I want to mention my Anime NYC Expectations post where I talked about the Japanese Arcade and how it might be funky and all that jazz, I’m happy that it wasn’t funky all weekend which if you’re a convention hopper like myself you know that even if DDR isn’t at the event it can still be bad body odor lingering around. This concludes this long post, that’s all I want to say for now.
LeSean Thomas is Producer, Director and artist in the field of animation. This Bronx Native has travelled the world not only working in the States but abroad in both Japan and South Korea. I’ve been a fan of his work for a number of years. I am proud to announce, that LeSean Thomas will be attending Anime NYC. Continue reading →
Who’s the best anime director(s)? Is a question that often pops up in conversation. And while these answers vary from person to person, They are often biased. Think about it? Can you actually rate or rank creativity? There is some clear distinction between someone who is lacking vs someone who produces a lot but other than that. There really isn’t a way to do so.
For me personally, I prefer asking questions like. What are your Top 5? Or which (blank) has influenced you the most. These questions are more personal. People are less likely to try and disbute this.
So Liz, who are some of your favorite directors in the anime industry?
In the battle of subs vs dubs, subtitled anime was the best way to go. From issues with censorship to lacking voice actors and bad translations. Dubs had it all. Bad lip sync to confusing plot changes that go against canon guidelines.
While the licensing companies have gotten a lot better over the years. Most fans still prefer subtitled anime. Continue reading →
Launching back in 1992, Cartoon Network was the first channel to air cartoons 24 hours a day. Cartoon Network recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary. With the Paley Center hosting exhibits in both New York And California. Cartoon Network also released a special animated bumper in celebration.
Neo Yokio is a six-episode animated series premiering on Netflix. It is produced in collaboration between Studio Deen and Production I.G. Inc. Some notable series developed by Production I.G. Inc. are Ghost in the Shell, Eden of the East and Psycho-Pass. Some notable series produced by Studio Deen are Hetalia, Rurouni Kenshin, and Fate/Stay Night. The cast includes rising star Jaden Smith, veteran actors Susan Saradon, Jude Law and Steve Buscemi.
Suzuka 涼風 is a anime directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi based on a manga series of the same name by Seo Kouji. Suzuka follows protagonist Yamato Akitsuki who moves from Hiroshima to Toyko for a new start. And his housemate turned love interest Suzuka Asahina a rising track and field star, who specializes in the high jump.
Another is an anime based on a Manga and Novel written by Yukito Ayatsuji. This anime will screw with your head from beginning to end, trying to figure out why all of this is occurring. There is a lot of violence and gore which I do not recommend for the light-hearted. This is a good horror series. It will shock you when you least expect it. This story takes many turns and there are lots of plot twists that will leave you baffled.
I’ve been waiting on this to drop for a while now. And now that it with in my grasp, I am ecstatic and low key kinda speechless. But with a staff of this caliber, how could I not be? Character designs by Hiroshi Shimizu, storyboard by Shingo Natsume, and animation by Mitsuo Iso. As well as director Yûichi Takahashi. With the entire project being headed by LeSean Thomas.