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ABOUT

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, and cosplay in the heart of NYC!

Anime NYC is powered by Crunchyroll and will feature Crunchyroll, Funimation, Kinokuniya Bookstore, Kodansha Comics, Sentai Filmworks, Tokyo Otaku Mode, Yen Press, Vertical, VIZ Media, and more!

We pick up manga at Kinokuniya, shop at Tokyo Rebel, and snap far too many pictures at Sakura Matsuri. We’ve gone to premieres at JAPAN CUTS and seen Hatsune Miku in concert… twice. We love anime like you, live in NYC like you, and now bring all this together for you.

Anime NYC is a party, a marketplace, and a festival; a dedicated, robust showcase of Japanese popular culture; and a space for the anime and manga community to call our own.

Anime NYC takes place in the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side. Located at 655 W 34th St, the Javits is just blocks from Times Square, Grand Central, and Penn Station, and the 7 Train’s Hudson Yards station is right across the street.

 

The first Anime NYC is November 17-19, 2017…

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17
1 PM to 7 PM – Exhibit Hall and Artist Alley
1:30 PM to 10 PM – Panels, Screenings, and Special Events

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18
10 AM to 7 PM – Exhibit Hall and Artist Alley
10:30 AM to 10 PM – Panels, Screenings, and Special Events

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19
10 AM to 5 PM – Exhibit Hall and Artist Alley
10:30 AM to 5 PM – Panels, Screenings, and Special Events

Anime NYC is a creation of LeftField Media, a boutique event company made up of dedicated fans and experienced convention organizers. LeftField was founded by Greg Topalian, the original creator of New York Comic Con, and Peter Tatara, behind guests, panels, and special events at the old New York Anime Festival, is leading up guests, panels, and special events at Anime NYC.

LeftField Media also makes Awesome Con, Play Fair, and the Five Points Festival.

All attendees six-years-old and up need a ticket to take part in Anime NYC. We recommend all children under 18 attend with an adult, and all children under 13 must have an adult with them while attending the event.

Want to help Anime NYC come to life? We’d love to chat! Please click here to learn more about volunteering at Anime NYC!

Yup! If you’re coming to Anime NYC from out of town, we’ve got special rates with a number of local hotels. Grab a room in our hotel block to stay with fans and save some dough!

Absolutely. Cosplay is a huge part of convention culture, and we’re not looking to limit your creativity, but there are some rules, notes, and suggestions before you come to Anime NYC in costume…

  • Costumes must be appropriate to wear in public – if you can’t wear it on the streets of New York, you can’t wear it in Anime NYC.
  • Prop weapons are allowed at Anime NYC as long as they’re made of cardboard, foam, or similar light material.
  • Prop firearms are allowed only if they can’t be mistaken for real weapons, and the barrel of all prop guns must be covered with brightly-colored caps. No cap guns, airsoft guns, or BB guns at all.
  • Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips and will not be shot.
  • No metal weapons, sharp weapons, or blunt weapons.
  • No water guns, silly string, vuvuzelas, or fire.
  • Costumes associated with hate speech, prejudice, or discrimination are forbidden.
  • Naked isn’t a costume.

We want everyone at Anime NYC to be safe, and if our staff feel you’ve got something that isn’t safe, Security will store it for you.

Anime NYC is an open celebration of anime and its fans, and harassment of any kind is the opposite of the community we want to create.

Anime NYC is committed to fostering an atmosphere where attendees can count on a safe, inclusive, and rewarding experience, and we have zero tolerance for harassment, groping, stalking, or inappropriate photography.

Harassment includes, but isn’t limited to, verbal defamation based on gender, gender identity, or gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion; deliberate intimidation; following or stalking; forceful or nonconsensual photography or recording; sustained disruptions; and nonconsensual physical contact or sexual attention.

If you feel uncomfortable or harassed, please speak with a staff or security member so we can make it right. Harassment of any kind is unwelcome at Anime NYC and will not be tolerated.

Anime NYC is very happy to accommodate fans with special needs, and you may apply for a Special Needs Badge – offering assistance around the event – beginning in 2017.

Motorized mobility vehicles are available for rent directly from the Javits Center, which you can do in advance by calling 212-216-2196 or by clicking here. A limited number of wheelchairs can also be reserved at no cost, and please call 212-216-2196 in advance to make a reservation.  

Service Animals are welcome at the Javits Center provided they are leashed or under similar control as appropriate.

Yup, the Javits Center has both free and paid wifi options depending on whether you need to just check your email or stream Crunchyroll in HD.

Anime NYC welcomes a broad range of media from across NYC and around the world. If you’d like to attend to cover Anime NYC as a member of the Press, please apply online here.

We’re happy to chat! Please reach out to the Anime NYC team!