This weekend, the 25th through the 27th, Manhattan will be home to the New York Anime Festival. As the Festival’s website says,
The New York Anime Festival is an annual anime convention held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. It features exclusive and extensive anime screenings, guests from America and Japan, manga, cosplay, video games, live-action Japanese cinema, fashion, food, and the cultural treasures that gave birth to Japanese pop culture.
Read more and browse the Festival’s website for more information about what kinds of events/attractions will be at the Festival, as well as ticket information.
Among the guests making an appearance at the Festival include the Guests of Honor:
Yoshiyuko Tomino, who worked on the original Astro Boy series
Yui Makino, a pianist and singer who contributed the main theme song to the anime Sousei No Aquarion in 2005.
Here’s the song, Omna Magni.
AKB48 will also be there, performing for the crowds. AKB48 come from Akihabara district in Japan, and are very popular in that area.
There are many other featured guests at the Festival; to view the full list click here.
Some of these guests will be conducting autograph sessions with fans and taking part in screenings and question/answer sessions.
If you are in the New York City area and are an anime fan, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be at the festival this weekend. There will be thousands of anime fans there in attendance, and this will definitely be a lot of fun for anyone who goes!