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 a creation of LeftField Media, a boutique event company made up of dedicated fans and experienced convention organizers.
We pick up manga at Kinokuniya, shop at Sunrise Mart, and snap far too many pictures at Sakura Matsuri. We’ve gone to premieres at JAPAN CUTS and saw Hatsune Miku in concert… three times. We love anime like you, live in NYC like you, and now bring all this together for you.
Anime NYC is a party, a market, and a festival; a dedicated showcase of Japanese popular culture; and a space for the anime and manga community to call our own.
Nope. Anime NYC is a creation of LeftField Media, a boutique event company made up of dedicated fans and experienced convention organizers. We have a close relationship with Crunchyroll and are honored by their support, but Anime NYC isn’t run by them.
Nope. Anime NYC is its own event entirely. It is not part of New York Comic Con nor is it connected to the organizers of New York Comic Con. Both Anime NYC and New York Comic Con take place in the Javits Center, but we are not affiliated with New York Comic Con at all.
Anime NYC takes place in the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side. Located at 445 11th Ave, 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!
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. Peter Tatara, behind guests, panels, and special events at the former New York Anime Festival, is Anime NYC’s Event Director.
All attendees six-years-old and up need a badge 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.
Children under 6 are invited to attend for free with no badge but they must be accompanied by an adult with a badge. Children 6 and up need a valid badge. 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.
Thank you for your interest in being part of the Anime NYC team! Our Crew is the backbone of Anime NYC, and we appreciate your desire to help us have another great year. Please click here for more information.
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.
Naked isn’t a costume. Anime NYC is an event which will draw fans of all ages, including those under 18.
Cosplay, costumes, and apparel associated with Nazis and organized hate groups are not allowed at Anime NYC. Absolutely no swastikas. Absolutely no SS emblems or uniforms.
This includes any sort of “ironic” or satirical costumes that re-appropriate Nazi paraphernalia. This includes cosplay of Nazis from fiction. It doesn’t matter if it’s from an anime, a video game, or a movie, if it’s a costume with a Nazi insignia on it, it’s not allowed at Anime NYC. You can cosplay as characters from Indiana Jones, Captain America, Hellsing, etc. as long as you’re not cosplaying as Nazis. If you look to cosplay as characters from media set in alternate versions of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, the same rule applies. Absolutely no swastikas. Absolutely no SS emblems or uniforms.
Can you cosplay as a Stormtroopers in Star Wars or the Zeon in Gundam? Yes. Anime NYC does not forbid science fiction and fantasy characters with designs loosely inspired by WWII.
Harassment of any kind is not welcome at Anime NYC. Any costume intended to harass, provoke, or intimidate isn’t allowed.
Prop firearms are allowed only if they can’t be mistaken for real weapons. If it looks like a real gun, it cannot come into Anime NYC. Realistic prop guns with brightly-colored caps are not allowed.
No cap guns, airsoft guns, or BB guns at all.
Prop weapons are allowed at Anime NYC as long as they’re made of cardboard, foam, or similar light material. Plastic and wooden prop weapons are generally OK but must be reviewed by our security team.
No metal weapons, sharp weapons, or blunt weapons. This includes items like bokken and baseball bats.
Prop bows will be allowed providing they are unstrung. All arrows must have soft tips.
No water guns, silly string, vuvuzelas, or fire.
We want everyone at Anime NYC to be safe, and if our staff feel you’ve got something that isn’t safe, you won’t be able to bring it into the convention center.
Our cosplay rules and cosplay prop policy are available to review here. Because we are so close to the show, we encourage use your best judgement when it comes to making a determination around your cosplay or prop based on this detailed policy. If you believe your cosplay or prop is questionable or is in violation of our policy, and may or may not be acceptable based on our cosplay rules, it is probably best to leave it behind, however you are able to speak to staff or security about it at the show.
Please be prepared for them to say no and have a back up plan for going back to your home or hotel and storing your prop there or changing. There is no cosplay prop or weapon storage during Anime NYC but there is a coat and bag check which is $4 per item.
In regards to Tokyo Revengers cosplay, the manji on the back will be allowed. Please make sure it is not oriented as a Nazi swastika, which is not allowed.
Anime NYC is committed to fostering an atmosphere where attendees can count on a safe, inclusive, and rewarding experience, and harassment is the opposite of the community we want to create. If you feel harassed or see harassment, please report it to a member of our security team. Harassment of any kind is unwelcome at Anime NYC.
Motorized mobility vehicles are available for rent directly from the Javits Center, which you can do in advance. A limited number of wheelchairs can also be reserved at no cost. Please reach out to the Javits for more information.
Service Animals are welcome at the Javits Center provided they are leashed or under similar control as appropriate.