Great news for fans of Japanese pop culture, anime, and manga! LeftField Media, a boutique event company, announced today that it will launch a new convention called Anime NYC that will run from November 17 through 19, 2017 at the Javits Center. Presented by anime streaming portal Crunchyroll and built with the support of industry partners Funimation, VIZ Media, and Kinokuniya Bookstore, the first Anime NYC will bring fans together with guests from Japan and publishers across America.
“Anime and manga have never been more prolific in America, with anime conventions in other cities bringing together as many as 100,000 attendees,” LeftField Media founder Greg Topalian said in a statement. “Yet while New York City is the largest city in America, no large event championing Japanese pop culture calls it home. Anime NYC will change this, and once established, we believe Anime NYC has the potential to become the largest anime convention on the East Coast.”
Crunchyroll – the world’s largest anime streaming service, with more than 20 million registered users and more than 750,000 paid subscribers – will present premiere screenings and special guests throughout Anime NYC, and Crunchyroll Premium Members can expect exclusive benefits at the event. Attendees overall will enjoy appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan, extensive screenings, robust panel sessions, and features from anime, manga, and cosplay to Japanese toys, games, food, and fashion from brands across the Japanese pop culture spectrum, headlined by Funimation, VIZ Media, and Kinokuniya Bookstore.
“New York is a city where Japanese performers hold sold-out concerts and Japanese films receive North American premieres,” said Peter Tatara, LeftField’s head of content. “Various events touch Japanese pop culture here, but no major event exists specifically for the anime and manga community. There’s a demand from fans for an event to call their own.”
LeftField Media, LLC is a company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian, and its portfolio includes Play Fair, a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Industry Association, and Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con.
“It’s been years since there’s been a dedicated anime convention in the Javits, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to support a show in New York,” said Dallas Middaugh, Crunchyroll’s head of content management, referring to the New York Anime Festival, which was absorbed by New York Comic Con in 2012.