When it comes to anime conventions in New York City, the selection available has come with some criticism from fans. While New Jersey has the popular Castle Point Anime Convention and AnimeNEXT conventions, most people in the New York/New Jersey area have been waiting for the day when New York Anime Festival would make a grand return. For those unaware, New York Anime Festival was created by the folks behind New York Comic Con. The convention made its debut in December 2007 inside the Javits Center. In 2010, the convention was officially a part of New York Comic Con. Its last appearance was in 2011.
This wasn't the first big anime convention for the Big Apple. In 2001, Big Apple Anime Fest took over the Directors Guild of America Theater. After its 2003 installment at the Marriott New York Marquis, which drew 12,832 fans, the people behind the convention skipped 2004 because of the Republican National Convention, and they never revived it again.
Today, it has been revealed that Anime NYC will take over the Javits Center from November 17 through November 19, and anime fans from the area are simply thrilled by the news. The event is created by LeftField Media, which features original New York Comic Con creator Greg Topalian and New York Anime Festival's Peter Tatara. Letfield Media are also the team behind Washington D.C.'s Awesome Con and New York City's Play Fair, which are both slated for returns next year. Anime NYC is sponsored by Crunchyroll, Funimation, Viz Media, and Books Kinokuniya. You can expect some of the biggest guests, events, and panels surrounding the world of anime at this three-day convention.
More information on the event and tickets will be released to the public this November. If you're looking to be an exhibitor for this event, you can fill out a form here. Those that want to know more about getting into artist alley can head here to fill out a form. You can follow the anime convention on Facebook and Twitter for more updates. The Javits Center is located on 655 W 34th St. in Manhattan.