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.

 

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TEPHLON FUNK! (Recommendation)

What is Tephlon Funk! Exactly? 

A comic book series by Stephane Metayer which follows a young girl from Queensbridge Houses, Inez Joselyn, as her life is turned upside down.  Along the way, Inez encounters an interesting cast of characters from throughout the Five Boroughs of New York City. Stylistically speaking, Tephlon is heavily influenced by anime and Hip Hop Culture; respectively.

Illustration by: David Tako and Nicholas Safe

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Distance – Alan Z

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Official Cover Art

Alan Z coined The Fresh Prince of ATL is an artist we’ve interviewed a few months back. This singer-songwriter and Emcee all rolled in one is pretty damn talented. I’ve been looking forward to hearing what else he has to bring to the table.

Let’s get right into to it

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Soulcial Sunday 2016 Reflection

 

We want to wish you all a Happy New Year! We can’t even put into words how much your support means to us and how we have really pushed through the horror of 2016 together. We really want to thank all you from the bottom of our hearts for keeping us going on this vision we have, seeing people take interest in what we do makes us keep fighting to make this dream of our come true. Continue reading

Bruno Mars – 24k Magic

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Long awaited third album from Bruno mars has finally hit stores and Bruno has never let us down and with this album he took it to the next level. I was waiting for an album after Bruno dropped his single “24k Magic” in October, I didn’t expect it to become my favorite album of the year. I’m a huge fan of Bruno’s since R&B is my favorite genre of all time and when I first listened to this album I was so blown away by how creative and fun this album is just a few songs in.

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Captain America: Civil War

This movie has been out for 3 weeks now and I’m just seeing it after all the hype has died down and I have to say I did enjoy the parts where Black Panther made it on screen. All the fighting scenes we’re the best parts other than that the story didn’t really do anything for me because it literally took this long for someone to FINALLY call out superheros for destroying cities and killing innocent civilians. That was long overdue, it should have been said long ago. Continue reading

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Summary:

Yu Yu Hakusho  幽☆遊☆白書 aka Ghost Files tells the story of teenage delinquent Yusuke Urameshi who dies after being struck by a car while saving a kids life. He was then introduced to Botan who is the pilot of the River Styx. (Grim Reaper) Yusuke soon learns that his death was premature and no one in Reikai 霊界  (Spirit World) was expecting him.  Koenma (The Prince of Reikai) offers Yusuke an ordeal which will allow him to come back to life.  And as a sort of conciliation prize, Yusuke is forced into being the earth Spirit Detective.Yusuke is forced to deal with demons and other super natural occurrences on earth. He is later joined by rivals turn comrades as he strives to reach his full potential.  From becoming the apprentice of famed female martial arts master Genkai. To stopping the Saint Beast from taking over Ningen kai 人間界  (Human World) Things escalate even further when Yusuke and his friends(Kazuma Kuwabara, Hiei and Kurama) are forced into the Dark Tournament.
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Loot Crate July 2015

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MV: Cheetah’s My Number MV

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