Anime NYC Brings Celebration of Japanese Culture & Anime to Javits Center on Nov. 17-19

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LeftField Media will present a massive three-day celebration of Japanese animation and culture this fall at the inaugural Anime NYC convention powered by Crunchyroll, coming to New York City’s Javits Center from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19. Attendees will be able to view exclusive anime screenings and meet major guests courtesy of international animation and manga publishers like Aniplex, Bandai Visual, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Sunrise, Yen Press, and VIZ Media; play the latest in Japanese gaming technology; chow down on Japanese delicacies and fusion cuisine; rock out to musical guests direct from Tokyo; and more. Tickets are currently available at with general admission tickets priced from $35-60, and with VIP tickets priced at $275 guaranteeing access to premiere programming and special guests.

LeftField Media looks to fill a void with Anime NYC. While most major cities in America play host to anime-specific conventions, New York City – America’s largest city – has no large, dedicated celebration of Japanese animation and culture. Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll has been in planning for over a year with tremendous support from partners in both America and Japan, and anticipates bringing together almost 20,000 fans at its inaugural convention. Anime has had a presence in American entertainment for decades in the form of beloved series like Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon and films from acclaimed directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon, and has seen broader audiences tuning in recently to watch hits like Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man, and Yuri!!! on Ice on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll puts Japanese culture and animation on a massive international stage in New York City, at a time when the anime industry is burgeoning worldwide. The Anime Industry Report 2016 from the Association of Japanese Animators estimated the overseas anime industry (excluding Japan) generated $288.4 million USD in 2015, an increase of over $125 million from 2014. Anime represents a growing stake in the entertainment industry both worldwide and notably in America, with the Anime Industry Report 2016 reporting more anime licensing contracts filed in 2015 in the United States than in any other country.

Special Guests and Events:

  • Sailor Moon Crystal Cast Panel and Screening with Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon), Kate Higgins (Sailor Mercury), Cristina Vee (Sailor Mars), Amanda Celine Miller (Sailor Jupiter), Cherami Leigh (Sailor Venus), Sandy Fox (Chibi-Usa), Erica Mendez (Sailor Uranus), Lauren Landa (Sailor Neptune), Christine Marie Cabanos (Sailor Saturn), and Robbie Daymond (Tuxedo Mask)
  • US Premiere of the film Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower and concert lead by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi
  • Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri concert featuring Japanese singers Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE
  • NY Ramen Summit featuring a discussion between famed ramen chefs from around NYC
  • Talk from LeSean Thomas, an NYC native who has successfully worked in the anime industry in Japan and whose Children of Ether is now on Crunchyroll and whose Cannon Busters will be debuting next year on Netflix

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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, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel, technology, toys, and games in the heart of NYC! For more, visit

Tiger and Bunny Character Designer Masakazu Katsura to Attend NYCC 2012 as a Spotlight Guest

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Tiger & Bunny

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TIGER & BUNNY Character Designer To Attend Courtesy of SUNRISE, Inc.

Norwalk, CT, September 21, 2012: New York Comic Con (NYCC) is today proud to announce Masakazu Katsura will attend this year’s NYCC as a Spotlight Guest. Mr. Katsura is currently the character designer of the hit anime series TIGER & BUNNY, as well as the creator of acclaimed manga series including Video Girl Ai and Wingman. New York Comic Con will take place October 11 – 14, 2012 at NYC’s Javits Center. It is one of New York’s largest annual events and last year attracted over 100,000 attendees. Mr. Katsura joins a broad range of already-announced guests including Yoshitaka Amano, Brian K. Vaughan, Mike Mignola, Joshua Gates and Anne Rice. Katsura’s appearance at New York Comic Con is courtesy of SUNRISE, Inc., the animation studio behind TIGER & BUNNY as well as anime classics including Mobile Suit Gundam, Code Geass and Cowboy Bebop.

Artist Masakazu Katsura is in charge of character creation and hero designs for the anime series TIGER & BUNNY. Beyond his work as a character designer, Katsura is a well-recognized manga creator who won an honorable mention in the 19th Tezuka Awards for his debut manga Tsubasa in 1980. In 1983, he began serializingWingman in Weekly Shonen Jump. Wingman became a major hit and was also turned into an animated series. Afterwards, he created the hits Video Girl Ai, DNA², I’s, SHADOW LADY, M and others in Weekly Shonen Jump.He is presently serializing his science fiction action manga ZETMAN in Weekly Young Jump.

TIGER & BUNNY, produced by SUNRISE, Inc. in Japan and released by VIZ Media in the US, is set in Stern Bild, a metropolitan city where superheroes called NEXT help to maintain peace. Sporting sponsor logos on their suits, these heroes work to solve cases and save people’s lives in order to earn Hero Points, while also helping to improve the public image of their corporate sponsors. One such hero is Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, a veteran superhero named the “Wild Tiger” who relies on his years of experience and instincts to fight crime. Now, Kotetsu suddenly finds himself forced to team up with rookie hero Barnaby Brooks Jr., soon nicknamed “Bunny”.

Mr. Katsura will appear at NYCC on a TIGER & BUNNY panel on Saturday at 6:30 PM with Kazuhiko Tamura, the producer of TIGER & BUNNY, from SUNRISE. Katsura will then also appear on VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Alphapanel at 7:45 PM on Saturday.

“I am honored to welcome Mr. Katsura, Mr. Tamura and SUNRISE to New York Comic Con,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for NYCC. “SUNRISE has grown into our friend and partner, and we’re humbled by all they will be presenting at NYCC this year. TIGER & BUNNY is one of the biggest anime hits in America, and we know all of its fans will be tremendously excited to hear more about the series from Mr. Katsura and Mr. Tamura themselves.”

Tickets for New York Comic Con 2012 are currently available for purchase at Companies interested in exhibiting at New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which organizes a range of pop culture events, is available at and Officials note that more details about SUNRISE’s appearance as well as additional scheduling information will be announced over the coming weeks and fans should keep their eyes on NYCC’s website for additional announcements.

ABOUT SUNRISE, INC: Sunrise, Inc., a Namco Bandai Group Company, is an animation production studio who produces smash hit anime series like Mobile Suit Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne, Code Geass andTIGER & BUNNY. The company is located in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan and was established in 1972. The President is Mr. Kenji Uchida.

ABOUT VIZ MEDIA, LLC: Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc. and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump Alphaand blockbuster properties like Naruto, Bleach and InuYasha, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & Prime, Star Wars Celebration, Fantasy Football Fest and the UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.