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New Convention Event: Anime NYC Begins In 2017

by on September 21, 2016
 

There are many cons and events that get attention throughout the year. How would you like to be the guy who can say “I was there from the beginning”? You’ll get your chance when the very first Anime NYC convention takes place in New York City. The event is being organized by LeftField Media (who brought us Play Fair and Awesome Con in Washington DC) through the support of Crunchyroll, Funimation, VIZ Media, and Kinokuniya Bookstore.

You’re being informed well in advance: the first Anime NYC doesn’t happen for over a year. The inaugural event will launch November 17-19, 2017 in Midtown Manhattan’s Javits Center. The official press release (and the Anime NYC website) tells you much more….

NEW YORK, NY (September 20, 2016) – LeftField Media today announced
the debut of Anime NYC, a new convention focused on anime, manga, and
Japanese pop culture launching next year in New York City. The first
Anime NYC will take place November 17-19, 2017 in Midtown
Manhattan’s Javits Center and bring fans together with guests from
Japan and publishers across America. Anime NYC will be presented by
anime streaming portal Crunchyroll and built with the support of
industry partners Funimation, VIZ Media, and Kinokuniya Bookstore.

Anime NYC is the creation of LeftField Media, a boutique event company
also responsible for Play Fair, a toy and family entertainment
celebration run with the Toy Industry Association, and Awesome Con,
Washington DC’s Comic Con.

“Anime and manga have never been more prolific in America, with
anime conventions in other cities bringing together as many as 100,000
attendees,” said Greg Topalian, founder of LeftField Media. “Yet
while New York City is the largest city in America, no large event
championing Japanese pop culture calls it home. Anime NYC will change
this, and once established, we believe Anime NYC has the potential to
become the largest anime convention on the East Coast.”

“It’s been years since there’s been a dedicated anime convention
in the Javits, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to support
a show in New York,” said Dallas Middaugh, Crunchyroll’s head of
content management. “The LeftField team already has amazing
experience working on anime shows, and it’s great to have the chance
to help bring the best of anime and manga to East Coast fans at Anime
NYC.”

Crunchyroll – the world’s largest anime streaming service, with more
than 20 million registered users and over 750,000 paid subscribers –
will present premiere screenings and special guests throughout Anime
NYC, and Crunchyroll Premium Members can expect exclusive benefits at
the event. Attendees overall will enjoy appearances by some of the
biggest creators in Japan, extensive screenings, robust panel
sessions, and features from anime, manga, and cosplay to Japanese
toys, games, food, and fashion from brands across the Japanese pop
culture spectrum, headlined by Funimation, VIZ Media, and Kinokuniya
Bookstore.

“New York is a city where Japanese performers hold sold-out concerts
and Japanese films receive North American premieres. Various events
touch Japanese pop culture here, but no major event exists
specifically for the anime and manga community,” said Peter Tatara,
LeftField’s head of content. “There’s a demand from fans for an
event to call their own, and I’m proud to work with our friends
across the anime and manga worlds to create Anime NYC.”

Anime NYC tickets and details will be released this November, and fans
looking to learn more can sign up for the Anime NYC newsletter at
animenyc.com and follow the event on Facebook (facebook.com/animenyc)
and Twitter (twitter.com/animenyc).

About Anime NYC
Anime NYC is New York City’s anime convention! A showcase of the
best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC
brings anime fans and publishers together for three days of unique
exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by
some of the biggest creators in Japan. Join us for a celebration of
Japanese animation, manga, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel,
technology, toys, and games in the heart of NYC! For more, visit
animenyc.com.

About Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll is the destination for the largest and latest lineup of
anime, manga, merchandise, and exclusive content in the world.
Crunchyroll brings hit shows to millions of viewers around the world
and allows them to purchase related merchandise through its online
store. Through its app on game consoles, set-top boxes, mobile
devices, and more, Crunchyroll delivers content from leading Asian
media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in
multiple languages. The service is available for free or through a
premium offering that allows users to watch ad-free with access to
simulcasts – top anime series available immediately after Japanese
broadcast. Crunchyroll’s majority investor is Otter Media, a joint
venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group. Crunchyroll has offices in
San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Tokyo and is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animations (AJA). For more information, visit
crunchyroll.com.

About LeftField Media
LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing
face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary
culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg
Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and
Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of
businesses and their consumers as well as new opportunities created by
change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to business.
LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair (playfairny.com), a
family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy
Industry Association, and Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington
DC’s Comic Con. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic South
Norwalk, CT. For more, visit leftfieldmedia.com.

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