New York Anime Festival is right around the corner and with it comes crowds, chaos and the ever present con crud. This year, Kabooooom will be right in the thick of things covering as many panels, Q&As and random happenings as possible. Of course, you’ll need a guide to get help you spend your time at all the best panels and events. we’re here to help! Can’t make it to NYAF? Then consider our guide a preview of the things that we’ll be covering and stay tuned for liveblog coverage during the show!
Holy Cosplayers Batman, Anime Fest starts on day two of NYCC this year. Do not worry, there is a lot of exciting things happening during this year’s festival! Here are a few of the panels we plan on attending… Maybe you’d like to join us?
Unusual Manga Genres (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Official Description: This panel is a testament to the diversity and specialization of the manga market in Japan. Thanks to the popularity of manga in the United States, many of the titles I cover are now available in English. As someone who dislikes superhero comics, I’m amazed at the scope and the breadth of manga titles available. My PowerPoint presentation is broken down into broad categories – “Regular Sports” (manga about track and field) “Unusual Sports” (Hikaru No Go, golf titles), “Quasi-Sports”(fishing manga, yo-yo manga), “Manga for Girls” (ballet manga, pet manga), “Manly Manga” (Pachinko Manga, Mah-Jong Manga), “Food Manga” (Yakitate Japan, Bambino) and the “Uncategorizeable” (manga about tasting junk food, manga about Jesus and Buddha living as roommates).
Why We Like It: “Uncategorizeable” mangas, need we say more? Whether you are a fan of the industry or an aspiring manga writer, this is where you want to start your weekend. This panel provides an unique look into the world of popular and uncanny manga genres. Who knows you may find out that your new favorite manga is about a boy who eats balloons… the possibilities are endless!
Location: Anime Stage
Aniplex of America Panel (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Official Description: From the company who brought you the best in Anime including Durarara!!, Black Butler, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gurren Lagann and Blue Exorcist to name a few. Ask any fan to name his or her favorite anime show and chances are likely that it’s an Aniplex produced show. Aniplex of America is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. headquarted in Tokyo. Aniplex is the leading provider of anime content, music production and distribution in Japan. From the Latest Anime to Special Announcements, come and join us to see what Aniplex of America has in store just for the fans. We will have giveaways and some rare prizes from hit Aniplex titles including Madoka Magica and Blue Exorcist. This panel will also feature special guests including the Executive Producer of Blue Exorcist, Hideo Katsumata. The President of Aniplex, Koichiro Natsume, will also be at the panel to give the fans a special greeting.
Why We Like It: Aside from having a catchy sounding name (click here), Aniplex is a heavyweight when it comes to anime . With that being said, we think this is the perfect place to satisfy your inquiring minds. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t to ask Koichiro Natsume what he has planned for the upcoming year?
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Panel (1:15 pm – 2:15 pm)
Official Description: VIZ Media is proud to welcome Junko Takeuchi, the Japanese voice of Naruto, for a rare appearance at New York Comic Con! Here’s your chance to get insight from Ms. Takeuchi and VIZ Media staff on the world’s most popular ninja! Come dressed in NARUTO gear and you’ll be eligible for a prize!
Why We Like It: Dress up like a ninja and win prizes? Okay! If you haven’t notice, Naruto is one of the most popular anime/manga to ever touch the States. Diehard fans are sure to attend considering the lovely Ms. Takeuchi will be there to share her experiences as the voice of Naruto. Who knows you might even meet your own Haruno Sakura :wink, wink:!
FUNimation Industry Panel: (2:45 pm – 3:45 pm)
Official Description: FUNimation Entertainment’s Marketing Manager Adam Sheehan and Senior Social Media Manager Justin Rojas talk about all the newest info and updates out of North America’s leader in anime, as well as answer questions from the audience.
Why We Like It: We can not get enough of FUNimation, I mean the word FUN is in their name! If you are avid anime viewers like us, you know that FUNimation is constantly delivering sweet animated goodness via their website, Youtube Channel and DVD releases. It will be interesting to see what updates they have for us at this panel.
Blue Exorcist Screening (4:15 pm – 5:15 pm)
Official Description: Aniplex of America presents the hit Anime series Blue Exorcist at NYCC. This screening features the first 2 episodes of the series subtitled. Executive Producer of Blue Exorcist Hideo Katsumata will also be at the screening to give the fans a special greeting. Rin Okumura and his twin brother Yukio have been raised by Shiro Fujimoto, an eminent priest, so it comes as a shock when Rin discovers their biological father is actually Satan! As the border between “Assiah” (the human world) and “Gehenna” (the demon world) is crossed by evil, Rin vows to become the ultimate exorcist and defeat his own father. To hone his raw skills, Rin enters True Cross Academy to train with other exorcist candidates.
Why We Like It: Word on the world wide web is that Blue Exorcist may be the next big anime and we want to find out! If you are a fan of supernatural animes such as Ga Rei Zero, you will have a blast with Blue Exorcist.
Anime Network Industry Panel (5:15 pm – 6:15 pm)
Official Description: Get the latest news and announcements direct from Anime Network executives and staffers. Find out what titles are coming to Anime Network’s various services this fall and preview a hot new release! Anime Network staffers will answer questions and host a special giveaway, with prizes courtesy of Section23 Films! Anime Network is a premier broadcast and digital distributor of Japanese animation and Asian cinema in North America. Headquartered in Houston, TX, Anime Network’s services include cable/satellite Video OnDemand, online and mobile streaming, digital download and much more!
Why We Like It: Most American anime fans rely heavily on streaming shows on the internet and Anime Network has made it easy. Why should you be here? If you’re anything like us, you’d want to know all the latest (and possibly greatest) shows that are going to be available. Plus, there are prizes!
Hiro Mashima and Kodansha Comics (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
Official Description: Join Kodansha Comics as we welcome Hiro Mashima to New York for the very first time! Mashima, the super-popular creator of Rave Master and Fairy Tail, and the artist of Monster Hunter Orage, will talk about what it’s like to be a manga creator, answer questions from fans, and even give a drawing demonstration. Plus, Kodansha Comics will have some very exciting announcements for next year. Don’t miss it!
Why We Like It: It’s not every day a superstar manga creator talks about his profession, which is why we encourage you to attend this panel (we’re looking at you aspiring manga writers). Hiro Mashima will also be answering questions and giving a drawing demo. That’s not all, Kodandsha Comics will be announcing some very exciting news and if you remember they just released a new translation of Sailor Moon and Codename: Sailor V . Can you say “Moon Prism Power, Make Up”?
Madoka Magica Screening (7:45 pm – 9:15 pm)
Official Description: An NYCC special event, Aniplex of America presents the hit anime series Madoka Magica. This screening features the first 3 episodes of the series subtitled. The President of Aniplex, Koichiro Natsume, will also be at the screening to give the fans a special greeting. The story follows a 14 year old girl named Madoka Kaname. After having a bizarre dream, Madoka encounters a magical creature named Kyubey. Madoka is offered the opportunity of gaining magical powers if she agrees to make a contract with the strange little being. He will also grant Madoka one wish, but in exchange she shall risk her life by accepting the responsibilities of fighting witches. Little does Madoka know what the real risks of making a contract has in-store for her.
Why We Like It: This show has a magical creature and you expect us not to be there? In all seriousness, this anime looks like a lot of fun and we want to check it out. It was never aired in the U.S., so that alone is a pretty good reason to be there.
Location: American Airlines Theater, 1A06
AMV Contest (9:30 pm – 10:30 pm)
Official Description: Anime Music Videos (AMVs) are remixes of anime and music pulled together from often divergent sources into astonishing works of art filled with action, drama, comedy, romance, and always a lot of heart, and we are proud to play host to a competition between the editors, storytellers, and artists that are AMV makers. Take in the finalists of this year’s contest and don’t forget to vote for your favorite.
Why We Like It: AMVs are truly works of art and the internet is full of them, so how do you choose the best? You attend Anime Fest’s AMV contest! We are curious to find out what songs and anime titles were chosen by the contestants. All I know is that Crona (you will get my vote, hands down) better be in one of the entries!
Location: American Airlines Theater, 1A06
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