Anime NYC is happy to welcome professionals across the anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture industries; professionals from the American licensing, publishing, streaming, media, marketing, and merchandising worlds; and librarians, academics, and educators, and we offer a Professional Badge to all approved applicants from these categories.

2023 Professional registration is already closed. If you missed this, you may enter your information into our Professional Waitlist.

There is no guarantee of receiving a Professional Badge from this Waitlist, but if Anime NYC can offer any additional Pro badges, we will be drawing from this list. There is no set amount of time this could take, and you will be reached out to only if a Pro Badge can be assigned to you.

You must register online. There is NO Professional registration onsite. Please include your professional email address when applying.


Professional Badges are $65 plus sales tax. They provide…

  • Discount admission all three days of Anime NYC
  • Access to Anime NYC’s Expo Floor before the general public each morning. This is FIRST access not EARLY access, meaning you will be let in first, but not before the Expo Floor opens.

Professional Badges do NOT provide…

  • Guaranteed seating for any panel or event
  • Guaranteed guest autographs
  • Front of line access at any panel, autographing, or event
  • Access to any event that requires an additional ticket


All Professional Badges will need to be picked up on site. All applicants will be contacted by September 18 on if they have been accepted for a Professional Badge this year.

Professional Badges are $65 plus sales tax.


You will receive an email if your application is approved. If approved, you must complete your Professional registration with the link included in this email. If you do not complete this registration link, you will not be registered for Anime NYC.

There will be NO onsite Professional registration. You MUST apply online and fully complete the application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. It is only after your application is reviewed and approved that a Professional Badge will be issued.

Please ONLY apply for your own Professional Badge. If you seek Professional Badges for additional members of your team, each must apply for their own badge. Multiple badges cannot be reserved with the same email address. Each member of your team must apply with their own email.

Anime NYC reserves the right to approve or deny all applications, and all Anime NYC decisions are final. Professional Badges are non-transferable. You may not loan or sell your Professional Badge, and any individuals conducting such behavior will be disqualified from Professional Badges at all future Anime NYC events.

Please include your professional email address when applying.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at