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

 

Nerds on Hip Hop Logo (Courtesy of Twitter)

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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Beyond Bebop: Japanese Jazz (Panel)

 

Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelt (Courtesy of farm4.static)

At this point, in my blogging life, I think I’ve made my love for music and animation pretty clear. So anytime, they come together and further enhance each other story, I’m utterly excited.  I’ve been going to conventions for many years now and I have been seeing an influx of panels that combine these different narratives. During Anime NYC, I had the pleasure of attending two.  In this particular post, I will be focusing on Beyond Bebop: Japanese Jazz. Continue reading

ANIME NYC Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Event

The Gundam Thunderbolt panel was an amazing panel. Not only did we get to view the first U.S. release of the movie but, also their was a mini concert with the band that performed the music from the anime soundtrack. The anime was based on the animated series Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. The series was very short. The movie is a continuation of the animated series called Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky, which continues the story of series after the One Year War.

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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.

 

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.

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