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It was a pretty nice convention despite not seeing many panels and getting through the crowds. Anyway here are my impressions with this years Anime Festival / Comic con.

Showroom floor

It was pretty smartly layout, placing booth of big publishers in one area and vendors in another. This also want with grouping anime and comic related things in certain areas and gave the artiest ally to be in some bright place. However, crowding was still somewhat of an issue when trying to just walk around. It didn't helped how lines are a bit disorganize when they started to get very long (Really wanted to play some Skull Girls but the line was a bit messy).

Fate/Zero

This was the only screening I want to since the panels and screenings I wanted to go to weren't on Saturday or just not in good rooms. The Fate/Zero screening was placed in a small room wish may not had been a good idea since that series deserves a bigger screening room. However, the room to me helped show how popular the show was as 30 people filled it up quick. The audience was divided with people who are familiar with the series and those who are seeing it for the first time. As the show started people were completely quiet as everyone was intrigue with what was going on. The best moment was at the end as Saber said her famous line "Are you my master?" when cheered and clapped. After the show everyone was liked what they seen and high hopes for the show.

Swag

Pretty awesome postcards, both in glossy and matte finish, a poster, Redline, and two DVD/Blu-ray sets, Darker than Black season 2 and Katanagatari.

Cosplays and displays

Lots of interesting cosplays from many shows and nice booths.

Video

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This years convention was pretty nice. There were lots of booths and displays, all nicely spaced out. Also lots of panels and screens making it worth to come to these things. The only problems I had were the crowds that filled most of the conventions where people were lining up for demos, panels, and autographs. Also some booth were pretty unimpressive (Animenewsnetwork one with only a HDTV showing My sister can't be this cute stream demo and two posters to the side -_-) and some I question there reason to be here (Animal planet?). Overall it was fun to be there and hang with other people with the same interest. 
 
News:

Funimation Panel was pretty packed and some interesting news 
 

 

  • Summer wars will be release in some American theaters starting in New York and Los Angeles in Dec this year and will be release on DVD and Blu-ray in spring 2011.
  • Evangelion 2.22 - You can (not) advance will be shown in theaters but can't 100% confirm it to be 2011.
  • Eden of the east films will be release on disc form in 2011, the first one in spring and the second one later that year.
 
Bandai had a full panel too with some good news from them.
 
 
 
 
 
  • Gundam Unicorn volume two will be release November 12, 2010
  • Adding new products to there store like Durarara, 5 centimeters per second, and the Gurren Lagann movies.
  • R.O.D Complete Blu-Ray Box will be release next year.
  • Mobile suit Gundam both English and Japanese language dubs, sold in two parts as Anime Legends.
  • Gundam Unicorn DVD for people who don't have blu-rays.
  • Christina Vee announced the two voice actress, Cassandra Lee as Ritsu and Shelby Lindley as Mugi, both completely new to voicing acting in animes.
  • K-on! will be released in DVD, DVD Limited Edition, Blu-Ray, and Blu-Ray Limited Edition starting in spring of 2011.
  • Blu-ray releases of The girl that leapt through time and:    
  • to be released with Japanese and English dubs at an unspecified date.
 
Star driver US Premiere
  The Premiere was very well received will people really enjoying it for its action, comedy, and ideas. Masahiko Minami, director of the anime, was there to answer question on the influences on the anime and what he wants the audience to see in this show.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Death Comes To NYAF! How's that for a title? But, it's true. On Tuesday, FUNimation announced the voices of Death The Kid, Liz, and Patty in their upcoming Soul Eater -- Todd Haberkorn, Jamie Marchi, and Cherami Leigh. Today, NYAF in partnership with FUNimation is very proud to announce Todd, Jamie, and Cherami will be coming to NYAF! Todd Haberkorn, Jamie Marchi, and Cherami Leigh have given voice to some of the most popular anime characters in recent memory (visit www.newyorkanimefestival.com for their bios), and they're all coming together this Fall for Soul Eater! For those (parents) unfamiliar with Soul Eater, it's the quirky, clever story of three students determined to turn their partners, living weapons, into powerful death scythes -- weapons destined for Death himself. Charged with the task of collecting and devouring the tainted souls of ninety-nine humans and one witch to make this happen, the students strive to master their weapons as they face off against the bizarre and dangerous minions of the underworld.
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This is NYAF Programming Director Peter Tatara. Where do I start this week? How about Travis Willingham! Travis -- best known as Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist -- will be at NYAF thanks to our friends at FUNimation. In addition to his work in FMA, Travis's credits include Kanda (D.Gray-man), Pierre (Aquarion), Mori (Ouran High School Host Club), Ginko (Mushi-shi), Andreas Darlton (CODE GEASS), Portgas D. Ace (One Piece), and Leon (Vexille). And, in video games, he's Guile (Street Fighter 4), Nathan Hale (Resistance 2), Torgal (The Last Remnant), Clint (Tales of Vesperia), and Yodai Higashizawa (The World Ends With You).

It gets better, too, as Travis is just the first of over six new guests we’ll be revealing in the coming weeks. NYAF's a little over a month away, and we've got some big things to share with you, so be on the look out for more guests soon!
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WIN TICKETS TO VAMPS
And See KRAZY! In Its Final Days


Ahoy!

This is NYAF Programming Director Peter Tatara here to give you another week's worth of news about what's up in the world of anime in NYC. First up, some recap. Lolita Fashion Day was held last Saturday at Kinokuniya and was a blast. A big huzzah and kudos to Anna, Leo, Jessie, John, and everyone else who made it a success. Second, NYAF has a Twitter account, but we're going back and forth about what to do with it. If you follow NYAF on Twitter – or even if you don't – weigh in on what you do and don't want us to do in the discussion right here: http://www.launchmailerpro.com/t/61416/31530270/23573154/0/.

Now, to the new stuff! Japanese rock legends HYDE (L'Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust) are coming to America this summer! HYDE and K.A.Z – together as the band VAMPS – will be touring the USA this July, kicking off at the legendary Fillmore in New York City on July 11th. Wanna learn more? Perhaps from HYDE and K.A.Z themselves? Well, then click over to our friends at samuraibeatradio.com as they have an exclusive welcome message from HYDE and K.A.Z to all their fans in the USA! Want more? Maybe a pair of free tickets to the VAMPS NYC show? Can do! The New York Anime Festival is proud to be raffling off two tickets, and to enter, all you've got to do is click here: http://www.launchmailerpro.com/t/61416/31530270/23573156/0/. We'll be picking a name at random on June 19, so sign up now! For further details on the VAMPS NYC show, visit irvingplaza.com.

And, if you're looking for something to do this weekend, make sure you head out to KRAZY! at NYC's Japan Society. An art exhibition co-curated by leading North American and Japanese specialists, KRAZY! offers fresh insight into the interdependence of anime, manga, and video games. The exhibit's ending its run at Japan Society on June 14, and – if you haven't seen it – you don't want to miss it, as KRAZY! is a unique experience and testament to how far anime, manga, and video games have come in the USA.

Spin On!

Peter Tatara
Programming Manager
New York Anime Festival
ptatara@reedexpo.com

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LOLITA FASHION DAY
From NYAF And Kinokuniya, The NY Asian Film Festival, And TOKYOPOP


Ahoy!

This is Peter Tatara, Programming Manager of the New York Anime Festival. Lance is currently on the West Coast for E3—or the after parties at E3. Whatever. When he gets back to NYC, he'll find I've sabotaged all his Nerf guns by just removing a single screw. Of course, he'll never figure out which screw. Anywho, let's talk news.

NYAF is proud to announce it's partnering with the New York Asian Film Festival and TOKYOPOP to celebrate Lolita Fashion Day at New York City's Kinokuniya Bookstore. Taking place Saturday, June 6 in celebration of International Lolita Day, Kinokuniya Bookstore, located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, will present a day-long series of activities highlighting the diverse world of cute, cool, elegant, and hip Lolita fashion in modern Japan.

Kinokuniya Lolita Fashion Day Events

Gothic & Lolita Bible Giveaway: Any customer who comes into Kinokuniya Bookstore at 1073 Avenue of the Americas on Saturday, June 6 can enter to win a selection of Lolita items from TOKYOPOP's Gothic & Lolita Bible. Items in the giveaway include Ergi black bloomers with bow trim, an Angelic Pretty long-sleeved black bolero jacket with bows and lace trim, an Angelic Pretty cotton sailor blouse with lace trim, an Angelic Pretty white wallet with bow, and a HN+nois lock and key necklace. The giveaway is located beside Kinokuniya's cashier, and winners will be drawn, contacted, and their prizes mailed the week of June 7th.

Cafe Zaiya Sweet Treats: Any customer who comes into Kinokuniya's Cafe Zaiya wearing Lolita fashion will receive a selection of complimentary sweets with their order.

Gothic & Lolita Bible Photoshoot: TOKYOPOP's Gothic & Lolita Bible and photographer Anna Fischer present a special Lolita photoshoot from 1-2 PM on Kinokuniya's second floor. Photographs taken at Lolita Fashion Day will appear on tokyopop.com. Come by Kinokuniya during this photoshoot to have your fashion and smile on display for Lolitas across the USA.

New York Asian Film Festival Preview: Join Subway Cinema's Marc Walkow from 3-4 PM as he previews this summer's New York Asian Film Festival (June 19 - July 5), the eighth edition of what The New York Times called "one of the city's most valuable events" and what The Village Voice proclaimed to be a "super-freaky mega-mix of art house and grindhouse." Learn first-hand about the festival's most exciting Japanese (and other) cinematic offerings and watch selected trailers and clips from some of the films, such as 20TH CENTURY BOYS, PRIDE, THE MAGIC HOUR, ANTIQUE, LOVE EXPOSURE, and more. You'll also hear about the festival's many guests and special events and be able to pick up screening schedules and festival postcards.

Kinokuniya Bookstore, the New York Anime Festival, the New York Asian Film Festival, and TOKYOPOP invite anime fans, Lolitas, and New Yorkers up for an unforgettable experience to come out to Kinokuniya's Lolita Fashion Day on Saturday, June 6!

Spin On! 

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