Tickets for Inaugural Anime NYC on Sale NOW!

Tickets to the inaugural Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll are on sale now!

Anime NYC is New York City’s anime and Japanese pop culture convention launching November 17 through 19, 2017 at the Javits Center, bringing together anime fans and publishers – including Crunchyroll, Funimation, and VIZ Media – for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan.

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LeftField Media, an events company whose portfolio includes Play Fair, a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Industry Association; Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con; and Five Points, a designer toy and comic festival created with Clutter Magazine; made the announcement today.

Tickets to Anime NYC are available now at and range from Day and Weekend passes – starting at $35 – to a $275 VIP package that includes early access, reserved seating, and guaranteed autographs. Built with the close support of Crunchyroll, the world’s largest anime streaming portal, Anime NYC additionally offers Crunchyroll Premium Members a $10 discount on Weekend tickets along with further perks at the event.

This showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture also announced its first Official Guest: Cannon Busters and Children of Ether creator LeSean Thomas.

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An animation producer, director, and artist originally from New York City, Thomas has worked on acclaimed projects including the Peabody Award-winning The Boondocks, The Legend of Korra, and Black Dynamite. Thomas is the creator, producer, director, and writer of Cannon Busters: The Animated Pilot made with Japanese animation studio Satelight (Macross Delta, Log Horizon, Basquash!) and creator and director of Crunchyroll’s upcoming Children of Ether.

“As an aspiring animation production artist growing up in the South Bronx, it’s quite humbling I find myself back where I began, in my city, but this time to share my newest projects with some of the anime industry’s elite to the audiences at Anime NYC,” said Thomas. “I believe NY has been in need of a large, proper anime convention for some time and what a great way to kick it off with the support of my collaborators, Crunchyroll. I’m looking forward to coming back home and sharing my enthusiasm for Japanese pop culture with my fellow New Yorkers!”

“The response to Anime NYC has been stunning, and with participants including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Kinokuniya, Kodansha, Sentai Filmworks, Tokyo Otaku Mode, Vertical, VIZ Media, and Yen Press, the event will showcase the best of the anime world in America’s biggest city,” said Greg Topalian, Anime NYC’s Event Director and President of LeftField Media. “And we couldn’t be more proud to welcome LeSean Thomas as our first guest. Thomas has worked in the animation industries across the US, South Korea, and Japan, and we’re excited to welcome him back home to New York!”

Thomas is the first of many guests Anime NYC will welcome spanning America and Japan, with more announcements throughout 2017. Keep track of the latest news by following Anime NYC on Facebook and Twitter.

Interested in joining the celebration of Japanese animation, manga, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel, technology, toys, and games? Visit Anime NYC’s website right now to purchase your tickets!