Knot Just Cosplay – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 10:45 to 11:30 AM
Ever wonder how to use your knitting or crocheting skills as part of your cosplay? Want to crochet yourself a Totoro or knit sorcerer’s robes? Alex Is Crafting will show you how you can incorporate yarn-made items into your cosplays as costumes, props, and companions. Remember, knitting is no longer your grandma’s hobby, and you can pick up some sticks and hooks to add some personal flair. Handmade prizes will be given to audience participants!
Kodansha Comics Industry Panel: Manga Announcement Panel – Panel Room 1 – Sat – 11:00 to 11:45 AM
The publisher of Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Akira, and many more reveals new manga coming in 2018! Plus, a chance to ask your questions to our editorial and publishing teams and a slew of free books, art cards, and other goodies straight from Japan!
Saturday AM Industry Panel: Celebrating Four Years of Our Diverse Shonen Manga Magazine – Panel Room 3 – Sat – 11:00 to 11:45 AM
Coming off of its 75th issue, the diverse manga anthology Saturday AM will reveal the secrets to creating new comics for a global audience, show its upcoming video game, and unveil details of its new magazine, Saturday PM! Featuring Frederick L. Jones, Whyt Manga, Raymond Brown, Jack Sherwin, David Yoon, and Jaime Molina!
Official Sailor Moon Panel – Main Stage – Sat – 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM
Moon Prism Power… Make Up! The largest gathering of Sailor Guardians yet descends on the Big Apple for an event of epic proportions! Meet the English voices of Sailor Moon and her Guardians as well as Tuxedo Mask and friends in this very special event packed to the brim with news, sneak peeks, and announcements galore. And every attendee will receive an exclusive gift while supplies last only available at here at Anime NYC! Featuring Stephanie Sheh, Kate Higgins, Cristina Vee, Amanda Celine Miller, Cherami Leigh, Sandy Fox, Erica Mendez, Lauren Landa, Christine Marie Cabanos, Robbie Daymond, and Chris Niosi!
Fandom Interface – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM CANCELLED
Fandom has changed how we socialize, identify, and connect. A pop culture educator will walk you through the evolutionary cycle: how fandom has advanced from primordial consumption into multifaceted relationships between media, creators, and each other.
Sentai Filmworks Industry Panel – Panel Room 1 – Sat – 12:00 to 12:45 PM
Do you want to hear what Sentai Filmworks has up its sleeve this year? Come to our industry panel to find out!!
Yen Press Industry Panel: Spotlight on Yen Press – Panel Room 3 – Sat – 12:00 to 12:45 PM
Come listen to the Yen Press team talk about what we’re doing with manga and light novels. Also, prepare yourself for a few new title announcements! Pay attention, there could be a quiz afterwards!
Cosplay & Disabilities – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 12:45 to 1:30 PM
A discussion of People of Disabilities in Cosplay as well as the positive aspects cosplay can bring into their lives. It’s no secret people like me, who have a disability, feel distant, maybe non-social, or scared to step out of their shell. I can tell you that from cosplaying for five years now, I feel so much different than when I first started, and that it’s brought me so much more joy than I have ever felt. Fellow cosplayers in this panel are going to bring awareness and share our experiences on this subject, and we want to pass this knowledge forward for future cosplayers so that conventions can continue to be fun, adventurous, and equal for all.
Aniplex of America Industry Panel – Panel Room 1 – Sat – 1:00 to 1:45 PM
Are you a fan of Erased, Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga, or Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]? Then the Aniplex of America Industry Panel is one you don’t want to miss! Join the AOA team as they share with you the latest news from the Aniplex nerve center, show you the newest trailers, and even give you a chance to win some awesome prizes! Find out why it’s only the best with Aniplex!
GKIDS Industry Panel: The Best Animated Films From Around The World – Panel Room 3 – Sat – 1:00 to 1:45 PM
Film distributor GKIDS, whose films have received nine Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature, debuts exclusive footage from Studio Ponoc’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower (out January 2018), discusses current and upcoming Studio Ghibli home video reissues, and announces their upcoming slate of anime features!
Princess Principal Screening with Q&A – Main Stage – Sat – 1:45 to 2:45 PM
Come enjoy the first episode of Princess Principal followed by a short talk show session with Director Masaki Tachibana!
Worbla 101: Cosplay Armor Basics – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 1:45 to 2:30 PM
Worbla 101 will review the materials needed in order to get started making armor, discuss the different types of worbla available, and talk about the basics of templates, molding, priming, painting, sealing, and attaching your armor.
Inside the Action of Infini-T Force with VIZ and Tatsunoko – Panel Room 1 – Sat – 2:00 to 2:45 PM
Think you know superheroes? Get ready for the classics coming together with Infini-T Force, the action-packed series that unites Gatchaman, Tekkaman, Polimar, and Casshan in one awesome team! Joining us all the way from Japan, meet the Producer of Tatsunoko’s 55th anniversary project, as well as other special guests as we get the inside scoop on this brand new series! Attendees will receive an exclusive premium poster while supplies last!
SUNRISE Industry Panel – Panel Room 3 – Sat – 2:00 to 2:45 PM
This is the official SUNRISE Panel! SUNRISE staff including Shin Sasaki (Executive Producer of all things Gundam) and Masakazu Ogawa (Producer of Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and Gundam Build Fighters) will talk about their upcoming projects, Gundam news, and more! As always, Haro will be around for the raffle at the end!
BJD Talk – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 2:45 to 3:30 PM
A place where ball-jointed doll enthusiasts can meet with their dolls and discuss the joys and woes of the BJD hobby with their dolly peers. Whether you’re new to the hobby and haven’t even gotten your first doll or you’ve been in the game for years, this is a fun place to laugh together and maybe even share some face-up tips.
LeSean Thomas – Main Stage – Sat – 3:00 to 3:45 PM
LeSean grew up in NYC and has worked in the animation industries in the US, South Korea, and Japan – and Anime NYC’s proud to welcome him home! Hear LeSean speak about growing up in the Bronx, getting his start in the animation field, and what it takes to make it in the world of anime! LeSean is an artist, Animation Producer, and Director, and he’s worked on projects including the Peabody Award-winning The Boondocks (Supervising Character Designer, Co-Director), The Legend of Korra (Storyboard Artist, Animation Production), and Black Dynamite (Creative Producer, Supervising Director). He’s the Creator of Crunchyroll’s Children of Ether and Cannon Busters – coming next year to Netflix!
Funimation Industry Panel – Panel Room 1 – Sat – 3:00 to 3:45 PM
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor! Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FunimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!
Fate/Grand Order Localization Panel – Panel Room 3 – Sat – 3:00 to 3:45 PM
Fate/Grand Order has been sweeping the nation! Fans worldwide have heard the call to participate in the greatest Holy Grail War! Join Aniplex of America as we share the latest news and give you an inside look at what goes into the localization of this popular mobile game. Special giveaway for attendees while supplies last!
Japanese Feminism 101 – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 3:45 to 4:30 PM
Today, feminist critique of anime is all over the internet. However, what about feminism in Japan? This panel introduces key women in Japanese feminist history such as Raicho Hiratsuka and Beate Sirota Gordon as well as artists like Machiko Hasegawa and Rokudenashiko.
Gundam Thunderbolt Panel with Naruyoshi Kikuchi – Panel Room 1 – Sat – 4:00 to 4:45 PM
Guest of Honor and Composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi speaks about Gundam Thunderbolt and its music. Voice Director Stephanie Sheh and Shin Sasaki, Executive Producer of all things Gundam, will also appear. They’ll talk in detail about the highly-anticipated premiere of Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower and and concert – Sunday on our Main Stage!
Noir Caesar Industry Panel: What’s All The HYPE About? – Panel Room 3 – Sat – 4:00 to 4:45 PM
Meet a few of the creators, writers, and artists behind the dopest manga on the web!
Mob Psycho 100: Meet The Stars – Main Stage – Sat – 4:15 to 5:00 PM
Kyle McCarley (Shigeo Kageyama) and Chris Niosi (Reigen Arataka) take the stage to talk about bringing one of last year’s most action-packed, awesome, and just plain weird series out in English for the first time! They promise to keep it 100!
Blerd is the Word: Diversity Means You! – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 4:45 to 5:30 PM
A walk-through of Blerd history and culture with an empowering message from the little con that could – Blerdcon!
Masaki Tachibana – Panel Room 1 – Sat – 5:00 to 5:45 PM
Come join Director Masaki Tachibana as he talks about his career and his latest title, this summer’s steampunk spy adventure, Princess Principal!
Hatsune Miku: Miku Expo Japan Tour Video Concert – Panel Room 3 – Sat – 5:00 to 6:45 PM
Enjoy a special screening of the Miku Expo 2016 Japan Tour Tokyo concert footage – including songs that weren’t performed in Miku’s North America tour!
Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Official Panel – Main Stage – Sat – 5:30 to 6:15 PM
The hit long-running mecha franchise returns with Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans! Join the English voice cast and Japanese producer Masakazu Ogawa as they discuss the behind-the-scenes of this gritty, dramatic, and action-packed show! Featuring Kyle McCarley, voice of Mikazuki Augus, Cherami Leigh, voice of Kudelia Aina Bernstein, as well as Robbie Daymond, Amanda Celine Miller, Christine Marie Cabanos, Cristina Vee, and Erica Mendez!
Nerds On Hip-Hop: Bridging Anime & Hip-Hop – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 5:45 to 6:30 PM
Entertainment journalist Victoria Johnson (@missoldskool) and Doctor of Education student Marcus Wolfe (@TheWolvesDen25) will lead a panel as they discuss the intersection between hip-hop music and anime including notables such as Samurai Champloo and newcomers like Tephlon Funk. Join the conversation with #NerdsOnHipHop.
IDOLiSH7 Screening and Q&A – Panel Room 1 – Sat – 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Enjoy the first two episodes of IDOLiSH7 before they air on TV in Japan! Following this special screening, Director Makoto Bessho and Executive Producer Sokichi Shimooka will talk about bringing this beloved game to life! (Sub)
The Women of Mobile Suit Gundam – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 6:45 to 7:30 PM
Gundam is not just about the boys! This panel will focus on the significance women have in Mobile Suit Gundam and the Gundam universe as a whole. We will look at characters including Fraw Bow, Sayla Mass, and Lalah Sune and their role in the Gundam franchise.
Official Sailor Moon Special Premiere – Panel Room 3 – Sat – 7:00 to 7:45 PM
This is a very special debut all fans of Love and Justice absolutely won’t want to miss! Shhhhh, it’s a secret, though! (Come to the Official Sailor Moon Panel to find out more!)
Exploring Dystopia in Attack on Titan, The Walking Dead, and Fahrenheit 451 – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 7:45 to 8:30 PM
This panel will focus on the dystopian theme that runs through Attack on Titan, The Walking Dead, and Fahrenheit 451. It will also explore the similarities and differences of the dystopia in these three works.
Masquerade ULTRA DELUXE Presented by Tokyo Otaku Mode – Main Stage – Sat – 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Part costume contest and part Japanese game show, see Anime NYC’s best cosplay and maybe even get on stage yourself! Compete for fame, fortune, and glory at Anime NYC’s Masquerade ULTRA DELUXE Presented by Tokyo Otaku Mode!
LiSA: LiVE is Smile Always Video Concert – Panel Room 1 – Sat- 8:00 to 9:45 PM
Join us for the US Video Concert Premiere of LiSA’s LiVE is Smile Always～Little Devil Parade～! Dubbed J-Pop’s “Rock Heroine”, LiSA’s catchy melodies and irresistibly energetic performances have broken both genre and language barriers! After gaining initial prominence in 2010 as a vocalist singing songs for Angel Beats!, LiSA went on to sing for Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online, Nisekoi, and My Hero Academia. LiSA’s “crossing field” from Sword Art Online is one of most-downloaded Japanese songs on iTunes in the US to date! Attendees of this video concert will get to witness LiSA’s Saitama Super Arena performance for the first time in North America and will receive a free LiSA light stick!
Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky – Panel Room 3 – Sat – 8:00 to 9:45 PM
Stay up late with a screening of the English version of Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky! See the first Thunderbolt movie before the premiere of the second – Bandit Flower – on Sunday! Relive the start of the Gundam Thunderbolt story, and then be one of the first in America to discover the second! (Dub)
Game Show MEGA MIX Round 1 – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 8:45 to 9:30 PM
You’re the next lucky contestant! Game Show MEGA MIX is where you get to test your anime knowledge, skill, luck, and daring in some of the greatest classic and original game shows ever. What are we going to play in tonight’s first round? And what prizes will we have to give away? You’ll just have to come on down and find out!
From Under The Bed: Horror In Anime & Manga – Panel Room 2 – Sat – 9:45 to 10:30 PM
Don’t we all enjoy a good scare now and then? Well, prepare to turn out the lights and turn on a flashlight to look upon several retro manga and anime series that will chill your bones, rattle your nerves, and perhaps make sure you don’t want to sleep ever again. Spanning ghost stories, demon attacks, revenge plots, and alien abductions, many of these stories are not for the faint of heart.