The Z2 Comics Panel Featuring Poppy – Friday – 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM – Special Events Hall
Z2 comics is the brand you trust for music comics and graphic novels. Publishing such books as Apocrypha The Legend of BABYMETAL, Yungblud Presents the Twisted Tales of the Ritalin Club and Genesis One a Poppy Graphic Novel.

Come to our panel featuring Poppy herself and a few other creators from the Z2 roster.

Poppy made her critically acclaimed studio debut in 2017 with “Poppy.Computer,” which Rolling Stone dubbed “one of the most surprising albums of the year that pushes against the written-by-committee blandness of Top-40’s offerings with effervescent hooks and deliberate weirdness”. The impressive debut, which aptly earned her the title of “the Warhol of the YouTube era” according to New York Magazine, led to the sold out Poppy.Computer Tour.

In between the release of her debut album and her powerful sophomore follow up (2018’s “Am a Girl?”), Poppy brought her infectious energy to red carpets across the world, landing her on best dressed lists during her first New York and Milan fashion week appearances.

Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan – Friday – 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM – 1E02
All cats are magical, but the cats of Japan have unique secrets. If they live long enough, their tails split, they stand on their hind legs, and they start to dance. Bakeneko, nekomata, kasha, and even the ubiquitous “lucky cat” called the Maneki Neko—come learn some of the secrets of these magic cats from Zack Davisson, translator, yokai scholar, and author of Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan.

Shonen Jump Panel with Dr. STONE Creators – Friday – 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM – 1E09
Shonen Jump, home of the world’s greatest manga – including My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball Super, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, The Promised Neverland, and Black Clover – returns to Anime NYC, with special guests Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi, the creators of Dr. STONE! Swing by our panel to discuss your favorite Shonen Jump series and look forward to some free giveaways, special prizes, and much more!

SUNRISE Industry Panel – Friday – 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM – 1E15
From the studio that produced Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Love Live School Idol Project, Code Geass, Tiger & Bunny, and many more; Come hear about their past, current, and future projects!

The Intimidation: An Open Discussion of Collection Building Manga and Anime – Friday – 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM – 1E17
School librarians state that typically the graphic novel collection consists of less than 5% of the entire collection; however, graphic novels account for approximately 40% of circulation” (Lapp, Wolsey, Fisher, & Frey, 2012, p. 25). Why- well, come on over to our panel to find the answer to this and many more pertaining to Manga and Anime, with a dash of swag!!

Con-Crunch – Friday – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM – 1E06
Down to the wire! How will you survive the last few days before the convention? From staying healthy to packing and eating right. Let us help you with some tips and tricks to get yourself ready and maybe even finish that last piece of your cosplay.

Aniplex of America Industry Panel – Friday – 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM – 1E13
Do titles like The Promised Neverland, Sword Art Online, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Cells at Work! make your otaku heart skip a beat? Then you don’t want to miss the Aniplex of America Industry Panel! Join the Aniplex of America team as we talk about your favorite Aniplex shows, make exciting announcements, and raffle off some amazing prizes!

Utano☆Princesama Maji LOVE Kingdom Presented by Sentai Filmworks – Friday – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM – 1E02
Get your glow sticks ready! Your favorite boys from‎ ST☆RISH, QUARTET NIGHT and HE☆VENS are ready to give you a concert experience you won’t forget.

BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! Special Talk Stage with Miku Ito – Friday – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM – 1E09
The mobile game from the “BanG Dream!” universe, “BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!” is an exciting music rhythm game by Craft Egg Inc. and Bushiroad Inc. featuring five different bands: Poppin’Party, Afterglow, Pastel*Palettes, Roselia, and Hello, Happy World! Come join us at our special talk stage with Miku Ito, voice of Tsurumaki Kokoro (vocalist for Hello, Happy World!) as we talk about the game and her role in the franchise! There will also be exciting announcements and special giveaways for attendees!

RAKUGO with Katsura Sunshine and Introduction to J-Theatre – Friday – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM – 1E15
Katsura Sunshine is a Canadian-born performer with the distinction of being the first non-Japanese Rakugo storyteller in the bawdy Osaka-based “Kamigata” tradition, and the second Westerner ever who went through the rigorous training required to become a master. He travels the world performing Rakugo, a 400 year old “sit down” form of dynamic comedic and dramatic storytelling, known in the anime world through Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. This Fall, Katsura Sunshine brings the ancient art form to Broadway and is offering exclusive discounts just for Anime NYC. The panel will begin with an introduction highlighting trends in J-Theatre today.

100 Years of Yuri – Friday – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM – 1E17
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Yuri (百合) genre of anime and manga. Join comics scholar Erica Friedman as she walks us through the decades beginning with the foundations of Yuri in the early 20th century through the current Yuri boom!

Yoshiyuki Tomino: Celebrating 40 Years of Gundam and Beyond – Friday – 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Special Events Hal
Yoshiyuki Tomino, original creator and director of Gundam, makes his only US appearance to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam. Mr. Tomino speaks about his career, how Gundam changed the anime industry, and the success of Gundam around the world. Join us for a rare conversation with an anime legend!

Denpa Manga w/ Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family Mangaka TAa – Friday – 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM – 1E04
Manga publisher DENPA Books returns to New York for their first year anniversary. And to honor the occassion they have brought TYPE-MOON artist TAa (Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family) to Anime NYC. Learn about DENPA’s new releases, new acquisitions and meet TAa!

Kinks and Curls: Using Ethnic Hair in Cosplay – Friday – 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM – 1E06
From Sephiroth’s majestic spikes, to Sailor Moon odango buns, hair is a big part of anime. With the multitude of ethnicities in the cosplay community, sometimes it’s difficult styling kinky curly hair. We will show you how to style your natural hair, and afrocentric wigs, to enhance your cosplays.

Colorful Dreams Launch with VOFAN – Friday – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – 1E13
Celebrate the launch of VOFAN’s new art book Colorful Dreams with the artist himself! Appraised by the fans around the world as “The Magician of Light from Taiwan”, VOFAN (the star illustrator of the Monogatari Series novels by NISIOISIN) and publisher Vertical will draw back the curtain on how the project came to be — and check out some beautiful illustrations from the art book.

Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note Special Event – Friday – 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM – 1E09
Welcome to the Clock Tower – the mystery-filled mecca for mages. Explore the very best of magical mysteries from TYPE-MOON and animation production by TROYCA as we look back at this past season of “Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note” with special guests Director Makoto Kato, Character Designer Jun Nakai, and Producer Shizuka Kurosaki!

Code Geass: Behind the Scenes + Live-Drawing with Japanese Creators – Friday – 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM – 1E15
Go behind the scenes of one of the most epic action-sci-fi anime ever–Code Geass scriptwriter Ichiro Okouchi and character designer/chief animation director Takahiro Kimura discuss their craft and the creative development of this series. Listen to them discuss not only the original anime television series, but the new film Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection–and you may hear some tidbits about the future of the Code Geass universe! Kimura-san will also conduct a live-drawing session–see a real Code Geass animator draw in the flesh!

New Japan Pro Wrestling – Friday – 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM – 1E17
It’s been over two years since NJPW made its first excursion to America with the “G1 Special in USA” shows in California. Since then NJPW has continued to run events in the US, ramping things up to the point where they debuted here in NYC at Madison Square Garden for the G1 Supercard this year. This panel is designed both as an introduction to New Japan for total newcomers- we’ll discuss the roster, schedule, titles, tournaments, how to watch, and more- as well as a recap of the ambitious US expansion so far.

Idol Boys 101 – Friday – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – 1E04
Join us on an introductory crash course on the world of idol boys. We shall discuss the genre, various series and media that drives it to the forefront of Japanese pop culture such as concerts, live events and theater performances. The panel will introduce the idol boy genre and how unique of a culture it has within the anime community. Ranging from talking about well known series such as Uta no Prince-sama to more underground series like Marginal#4, as well as an in depth look at the fanbase and what makes it different from other niche sub-genres.

Azulette & Lua Stardust Cosplay Panel – Friday – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – 1E06
Azulette is a graphic designer, photographer, Sailor Scout, and Mexican cosplayer who has competed in the World Cosplay Summit. Lua Stardust is an internationally-published cosplayer, alternative model, and internet personality. Her love for comics, video games, horror, and anime has fueled her passion for cosplay and creation. Join Anime NYC’s cosplayers as they talk about their experiences in their craft and how to survive in the industry.

Discover the fun of cosplay! “COSPO”-The App to support Cosplayers! – Friday – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM – 1E02
Introduction for COSPO SNS Platform Services & Recruitment for partners via contents localization.

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Special premiere screening with Guest from Science SARU – Friday – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM – 1E13
“Eizouken” is one of the most anticipated winter 2020 anime about 3 ambitious high school girls’ quest to make anime! Come join our panel for the world premiere screening of Ep.1 (ANYC edition) with producer Eunyoung Choi from science SARU of “DEVILMAN crybaby” fame.

Crunchyroll Presents: In/Spectre Ep.1-2 East Coast Premiere – Friday – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – 1E09
What do you get when you cross romance and mystery with the supernatural? You get In/Spectre! Be one of the first in the East Coast to get an exclusive screening of the anime before it simulcasts in January 2020.

Gemstone: Toho and Alphaboat’s Creator Audition. The Winner of the Second Contest Will Be Announced Here! – Friday – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – 1E15
Toho is the largest film distributor in Japan. They’ve distributed TV anime series under their brand Toho Animation since 2012 including the Godzilla series, Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name and Weathering with You, and My Hero Academia. Toho is partnering with media company ALPHABOAT to hold a contest series called “Gemstone” to find talented creators. The second contest themed after “With Japan” adds Tokyo Otaku Mode, which has over 20M likes on Facebook and spreads Japanese pop culture, who will announce the winner here at Anime NYC 2019! The panel will also include giveaways of special items from Toho!

!? vs ?! – The Great Debate!!! – Friday – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – 1E17
The fight is on!!! Translations vs. Localization! Scanlation vs. Official Releases! Shoujo vs. Shojo!! Acclaimed manga translator Zack Davisson and renowned manga tastemaker Erica Friedman tackle the big questions in this spirited debate. Possible special guests. Audience participation encouraged. Come join the fun and bring your opinions with you!!

Ming-Yang Yu (Rayark CEO/ Executive Producer)talks about “DEEMO” with Special Guest Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (CEO of Production I.G) – Friday – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – 1E04
Ming-Yang will talk about the music game “DEEMO” from its inception to the latest chapter. Follow the journey from PlayStation VR to DEEMO-Reborn-! Mitsuhisa Ishikawa will attend as a Special Guest to talk about the future of DEEMO! Ishikawa is one of the most famous Japanese animation Producers and is the CEO of Production I.G – the animation studio which brought you international sensations such as “Ghost In the Shell” and “Attack on Titan”!! Make sure you don’t miss out on the HUGE REVEALS TO BE ANNOUNCED at the event!

Dr. STONE Ep. 7-9 – Friday – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM – 1E06
Coming Soon!

Japanese Food in New York City – Friday – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM – 1E02
Love Japanese food?!? Looking for new places to visit in the NYC area? Want a new place to try a bowl of ramen or sushi? Well come join food influencer The Nobel Foodie (@thenobelfoodie ) as he describes his favorite restaurants in the area. A map and other links for more in-depth reviews and pictures from them will be provided. A few restaurants & groups will also provide some limited free swag and giveaways, so come by to find out!

Yukana and Code Geass – Japanese Voice Acting Panel with the Voice of C.C. – Friday – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM – 1E13
Japanese voice actress Yukana (C.C. in Code Geass, Tessa Testarossa in Full Metal Panic!, Meiling in Cardcaptor Sakura) discusses her career in the voice acting industry as well as recent and past roles. Hear some insights about her character C.C.’s vital role and narrative growth in the new Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection movie, as well as what it’s like to return to the role after 10 years!

Anime NYC’s Second AMV Contest – Friday – 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM – 1E09
Join us for Anime NYC’s second AMV Contest and vote for your favorite videos to take home honor and glory! Winners will be screened on Sunday!

How to Draw Manga with XP-Pen & Clip Studio Paint featuring Rachta Lin – Friday – 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM – 1E15
Bring your Manga and Anime Characters to life! Get the latest tips and tricks on creating your own digital characters using XP-Pen Pen Displays and Pen Tablets and CLIP STUDIO PAINT software. Rachta Lin will sharing with you her creative techniques in using Digital Pen Displays to show how her illustrations are able to leap off the page with CLIP STUDIO PAINT. In addition, we will give away a XP-Pen tablet will be given away to a lucky attendee.

Animedicine NYC – Friday – 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM – 1E17
Join a couple of real live physicians, scientists, and geneticists as we discuss the science and medicine behind some of your favorite NSFW movies, shows, and games. Bring lots of questions! Warning: we ARE in medicine, so we don’t shy away from gore.

Lantis Matsuri 2019 – Friday – 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM – Special Events Hall
Anime NYC welcomes the globally renowned Lantis Matsuri concert series to New York City for the first time! This special concert at New York City’s largest Japanese pop culture convention will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Japanese music label Lantis and feature popular anime song or “anisong” performers JAM Project, TRUE, ZAQ, and Guilty Kiss from Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours!

Creating Satisfying, Character-Based Gameplay Experiences – Friday – 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM – 1E04
Inti Creates has been making anime-style games for over 20 years! Learn how they incorporate characters into their games to create unique gameplay experiences, and how they breath new life into a game or franchise by introducing new faces to those worlds.

Cosplay Shark Tank – Friday – 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM – 1E06
Join us as characters from all over pitch their new ventures to the “sharks!” Audience participation is encouraged!

Code Geass Lelouch of the Re;surrection Screening – Friday – 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM – 1E13
Coming Soon!

Behind the Scenes with Food Wars! – Friday – 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM – 1E02
Are you hungry for more Food Wars!? Soma Yukihira is back for the fourth season! Come get an exclusive look at the making of Food Wars! The Fourth Plate with Warner Bros Japan and Crunchyroll!

Funimation Peep Show (18 +) – Friday – 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM – 1E09
Guaranteed to be a good time that’s oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles. Don’t forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!)

Anime Cabaret Improv Jam – Friday – 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM – 1E15
Join Lisa Ortiz for a fun filled cabaret with standards, stories, and songs inspired by a life in and around anime. She’ll answer questions and – with a little help from the crowd – sum up your favorite (or most obscure) shows in song – to various levels of inaccuracy! Some audience participation!

Konosuba OVAs – Friday – 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM – 1E17
Coming Soon!