The Inaugural Anime NYC Convention

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I had “anime-zing” time at Anime NYC this past weekend, where 20,000 fans got to spend 3-days at the Jacob Javits Center, celebrating the highly popular Japanese genre. From panels to vendors to cosplayers – the typical “con” formula – this event was an instant success and already secured dates for next November. Kudos to its host, CrunchyRoll – an American distributor/publisher/licensing company, founded in 2006, that streams East Asian media.

Before my girlfriend and her sister, I never gave Anime a chance. It didn’t interest me, but man was I missing out. They introduced me to Tokyo Ghoul, which I enjoyed very much and got to cosplay as one of the ghouls on Saturday – Shuu Tsukiyama.

On Sunday, we got to watch the United States premiere of the live-action film for Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist.

Having no reference to this particular franchise, the movie was a mind-blowing, dazzling, dark adventure. I absolutely loved it and pleased to hear there might be more films, due to its success. The film’s director, Fumihiko Sori, was there to present it and remained after the credits for a brief Q&A. To date, I’d have to say this is my favorite foreign film of all-time. Keep an eye out for it, when it reaches wider U.S. distribution.

Dōmo arigatōgozaimashita,

Mike