Last weekend, my boyfriend and I attended Crunchyroll’s Anime NYC convention at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan. The event spanned three days, from Friday to Sunday, and was packed with vendors, screenings, and panels worthy of NYCC.
The most impressive part of the convention was, without a doubt, the exhibit floor. From manga publishers to Anime streamers to Pop! Vinyl and plushie vendors, it was impossible to take everything in all at once. Even after about 20 laps around the exhibit floor, we still probably didn’t see everything.
Artist Alley was another gem, albeit a smaller one, filled with talents selling everything from art prints to umbrellas. It was a struggle to not drop an entire paycheck on pictures I don’t have the wall space for, honestly.
There were also some exciting panels to sit in on, and many of them announced upcoming manga publications and anime releases. Yen Press even gave out some of their recent releases after their panel was over, and I picked up a manga chronicling the odd romance of a polar bear and a seal. We also were lucky enough to grab seats for the Mob Psycho 100 panel, where the English dub voice actors for Shigeo (Kyle McCarley) and Reigen (Chris Niosi) discussed their experiences with the show.
My only complaint as far as panels go is that I wish there were more of them, especially discussion centered ones. We attended a dystopia panel that compared the worlds of Attack on Titan, The Walking Dead, and Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 – and those are honestly the conversations I live for. Unfortunately, the panel schedule was a bit small and didn’t contain many of these more personalized ones, which I found to be a shame.
We were also fortunate enough to snag tickets to the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie premiere, and they were surprisingly worth the money. Originally, I bought them so that we’d have something to do while the convention was closing up. “How bad do you think it’ll be?” the two of us joked, scoffing at yet another poorly made live-action anime. But the aspects of the movie I was expecting to look awful were actually really well-done, and I’d totally see it again.
So that’s it! Did anyone else go to Anime NYC? If not, what are some conventions you attend or would like to? Let me know in the comments below!