Nerds on Hip Hop: Bridging Anime & Hip-Hop (Panel)

 

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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.

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Anime NYC Overview

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.

 

Yoko Ishida, True and Chihiro Yonekura

 

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 YonekuraMiho 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.

 

Anime NYC Presents: Sailor Moon Day

Anime NYC is just around the corner.   Alice, Drey and I will all be attending.  Anime NYC, This is the first year of this Crunchyroll sponsored event. I’ve been looking forward to it since I purchased my ticket a little over a month ago. I really excited see what else they have for the Big Apple, My City.

I am proud to announce, On Saturday, November 18th the entire day will be dedicated to Sailor Scouts.

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Soulcial Sunday: Anime NYC

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This weekend November 17 – 19 is Anime NYC the return of an NYC anime convention after so many years of being “fused” with New York Comic Con. Anime NYC is funded by so many amazing sponsors that we all know because they bring us some of our favorite anime shows and manga, it’s so much anticipation building up for anime NYC that it literally has to give us it’s best A+ game just for the comeback.

Anime NYC has a lot of activities going on and not enough time to enjoy all of it so like every convention I hope you guys get a chance to check out the schedule on the website so you can plan what you want to do early so it’s worth the money and time. Just like any convention, you will gravitate to something that you’ll see on the schedule and probably stay in one spot majority of the day. There are more activities outside of the schedule.

We are working on a lot of posts centered around anime NYC since we’re so excited to see an anime convention come back to New York City. We will spotlight a few of the guests were hoping to see at the convention and some of the premieres happening this weekend are going to be epic.

If you guys are interested in Anime NYC tickets are still on sale for this weekend and if you subscribe to Crunchy Roll you’ll get a $10 discount off your ticket. As of right now, only Friday and Sunday passes are still available either day is still worth checking out Anime NYC.

In case you missed it:

Anime of the 1980’s – The Year 1987: Panel

Image result for anime of the 1980sI went to a panel at Liberty City Anime Convention, where they discussed anime series from the 1980’s. I thought that this was going to be an interesting panel and it was. The panelist, John Medero, mainly talked about series from the year 1987 which was a big year in anime history.  Some really great series came out that year but, he also discussed other popular anime series from the late and early 1980’s and where are they now 30 years later. It made me think of how anime has changed over the years.

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Professor ShyGuy 

Professor Shyguy is well known for his 8 bit- music, soulful, electro-rocking, theatrical nerd pop music. Most of his songs stem from video games, anime, and time and space. I missed the concert last year and was able to see his performance this year. I came in thier not knowing what type of music I was going to listen to. I thought it was another rock concert but I was wrong. Professor Shyguy really surprised me, he was really good.

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Overview of Liberty City Anime Convention 2017

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Soulcial Dreamin’ Entertainment was invited to attend Liberty City Anime Convention in New York at the Marriott Marquis hotel.  The hosting space was so much bigger this year compared to last. They even extended it to another site, the Edison Ballroom, where the main events (Masquerade)  and the concerts were held. At night they hosted anime dance parties headed by Rabbit Revolution. This year the convention had plenty of panels, video games, voice actors, concerts and anime screenings. We were able to get an insider’s view of the convention while having a great time.

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Join Us At Liberty City Anime Convention 2017

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This weekend August 18th – 20th is Liberty City Anime Con 2017. Third year running as New York City’s largest anime convention located in the heart of NYC Times Square Marriott Hotel. Last year we attended LCAC 2016 for the first time and it did have its ups and downs but it was a really fun experience with meeting new people and the awesome dealers selling their merchandise.

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Ryu vs Ken: Street Fighter Cosplay Battle

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Hey, what’s good everyone?  It’s been a little over a month since we attended Anime Next.   Between the three of us, we pushed out a ton content via our website and our other Social media outlets.  Videos, pictures and other exclusive releases. (via Twitter and Instagram) So if you aren’t following us, do so because you are missing out.  The grind was non-stop that weekend. But it’s Story Time.

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Blogs Connect: Meet Stephanie of (AGN)

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Anime Girls NYC is a blog, I’ve followed closely for about 8 months now.  And has shown love, time and time again.   On whatever type of content we publish via WordPress site.  So I always make sure to show love back.

“We Build Together” is something we at SDE firmly believe.  When I reached out to Stephanie, AGN founder.  Here’s what she had to say.

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