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New York Anime Festival Opens September 25-27, 2009

The New York Anime Festival will take place this weekend, September 25-27, 2009, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, voice actor Yui Makino are this year’s guests of honor, with the pop music group AKB48 making their US debut. The usual gamut of industry panels, screenings, and more are slated for this year’s festival: visit the NYAF website for more information, and keep your eyes on Toon Zone News for our coverage of this year’s fest.

The full press release follows:


NEW YORK ANIME FESTIVAL FEATURES TOP GUESTS, SCREENINGS, MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Annual Festival Attracts Large Audience of Devoted Fans to Javits Center,
September 25 – 27, 2009

Yoshiyuki Tomino and Yui Makino are Guests of Honor; Pop Music Group AKB48 to Make U.S. Debut; Soul Eater Cast to Introduce English Language Premiere of Series

Norwalk, CT, September 23, 2009: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF), which will take place this weekend, September 25 – 27 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, will attract thousands of devoted fans who will participate in a wide range of high profile events and attractions throughout the course of the three day weekend. Notably, the festival will play host to Guests of Honor Yoshiyuki Tomino, whose genre-breaking series, Mobile Suit Gundam, premiered in 1979 and Yui Makino, the noted voice actress and singer. Mobile Suit Gundam is noted for defining the current realistic portrayal of robots in Japanese animation and, through the past thirty years, the series has spawned numerous sequels and spin-offs. Ms. Makino is best known for the role of Princess Sakura in the Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle anime and manga franchise.

Other highlights at NYAF include an appearance by the pop music group AKB48; FUNimation Entertainment’s presentation of the English language premiere of the Soul Eater series, along with a cast appearance; premiere screenings of Gurren Lagann: The Movie – Childhood’s End, Cencoroll, and 20th Century Boys; the Far East to East Showcase (FETES) which, in association with NYAF, will take place at The Studio at Webster Hall, and will provide a night of innovative music that brings together four of the best musical artists from both the Far East and the East Coast; the World Cyber Games USA National Final, where 200 of the best gamers in America will battle it out on nine different gaming titles for one of the coveted thirteen spots on TEAM USA; and a fashion boutique, where Baby, The Stars Shine Bright – Japan’s foremost Lolita fashion brand – will have a presentation in association with Kinokuniya Bookstore.

“Anime culture is enormously popular and we want our show to reflect the full range and diversity of anime talent and creativity at work today,” notes Lance Fensterman, Show Manager for NYAF. “We are very pleased to be able to provide such quality programming for the thousands of fans who attend our event.”

As noted, the New York Anime Festival will take place this weekend, September 25 – 27 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. For more information about NYAF and for a full schedule of events and programming details at this year’s event, visit the official website at (www.newyorkanimefestvial.com) and blog (www.mediumatlarge.net). Advance tickets for NYAF are still available for purchase at the website and tickets will also be available for purchase on site at the Javits Center.

ABOUT THE NEW YORK ANIME FESTIVAL:
The New York Anime Festival showcases the best of anime pop culture, including the latest anime, manga, Japanese cinema, music, and games, and anime-influenced comics, animation, and films from around the world. The festival features exclusive and extensive screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, sessions with the some of the biggest names in anime from Japan, Asia, and America, and explores the Japanese cultural experience with displays of both traditional and cutting-edge Japanese life. The New York Anime Festival takes place September 25-27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan and is organized by Reed Exhibitions, the creators of New York Comic Con.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:
The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF). New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events. In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC. C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched UFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.

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