Finding Japan at New York Comic Con – Day 2

JapanCulture•NYC’s Day 1 and Day 2 are New York Comic Con’s Day 2 and Day 4, respectively, but let’s not let semantics get in the way of a good story. After spending last Saturday at Mutual Trading’s Japanese Food and Restaurant Expo (stay tuned for a story on that), we returned to NYCC on Sunday, thinking it would be quieter than our Day 1. We were wrong.

The crowds were bigger on this final day of Comic Con, and at times it was difficult navigating from booth to booth.

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New York Comic Con crowd at the Javits Center

 

Fighting our way like salmon swimming upstream, we managed to find a few interesting Japanese-related items, such as Dragon Ball Z action figures and the Funimation booth, where anime fans could sign up for a subscription to watch their favorite shows online.

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Dragon Ball Z characters
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Let's have fun at Funimation
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Funimation

 

The Power Rangers, adapted from the Japanese original live-action series Super Sentai, had a huge presence, from robots to live Rangers.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
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Go go, Power Rangers!
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Is he a human or a mannequin?
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Nice photo op for the family

 

The Kinokuniya booth saw brisk business, due in part to fewer panels on the last day of NYCC and the 20% discount the bookstore applied to everything in its booth. According to store manager John Fuller, the hottest item that day was the Japanese manga Attack on Titan. Anime News Network likens Attack on Titan‘s popularity in the US to that of Sailor Moon.

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Kinokuniya booth
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Attack on Titan
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Hatsune Miku at Kinokuniya's booth

 

Knowing that the New York Comic Con crowd loves Attack on Titan and other manga and anime, Japan National Tourism Organization had a presence at NYCC, offering information on how you can take an “Otaku Tour” in Japan.

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Japan National Tourism Organization booth
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Samurai at JNTO
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Domo-kun and Miyazaki

 

Here is Tokyo Otaku Mode’s Daiki Nakata dressed as Mario as he stands at his booth. We interviewed Nakata about Tokyo Otaku Mode and why his company participated in Comic Con. (Watch here.)

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Daiki Nakata as Mario

Perhaps not everything at Comic Con was Japanese-related, but we certainly saw a lot of things that were influenced by Japanese pop culture. And that was enough to keep JapanCulture•NYC happy.

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Anime Depot

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Shirt + Sashimi = Shirtshimi
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Tasty Peach Studios
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Just a few action figures
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The Art of Cute
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Panda
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Love Panda
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Madoka Magica Kyubey

 

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