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9th October 2013

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New York Comic-Con Once Again


Evangelion 3.33 promotional art.

Arguably the last super major-con of 2013 is here as I will once again be attending New York Comic-Con. There isn’t a whole lot of Japanese-related content as expected, but there are still a few goodies to see

The Japan Foundation panels and the “Masters of Animanga” panel are definitely the highlights of the anime-related panels. Kodansha and FUNimation looks to be fun as there will probably be some Attack on Titan love going on there. The EVA 3.33 English dub premiere screening is going to be big too. NERV children, Titans, and Vocaloids running around New York, what fun!

However, it is quite apparent that looking for a big-time anime convention in New York will be a lost cause. Anyone looking for anime fun in Gotham will have to make due with the other various conventions in the East Coast and beyond. It is sad that the closest thing to an anime convention in metro NY is the Sakura Matsuri in Brooklyn Botanic Garden. 

If anything, let’s be happy that anime and manga is still relevant in the West. Being a small niche isn’t so bad.

See you guys next week!

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2nd November 2012

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An Interview with Yu Asakawa (New York Comic-Con 2012)


As you may know, I got a chance to talk to the lovely Yu Asakawa for Samurai Beat Radio at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Here’s the interview in full form and in HD too. Special thanks to my boss for subtitle help.

You can follow Yu-san at http://www.twitter.com/Julia320.

Also, here’s another pretty picture of her:

Yu Asakawa at New York Comic-Con 2012!

The rise of the bimajos continues…

(Note: Although I said no new entries this week, this is something that I wanted to put up after some delays and my relatives are safe.)

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17th October 2012

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The New York Comic-Con 2012 Retrospect!


New York Comic-Con 2012 during Friday night, October 12, 2012.

Forsooth, as I have returned from the crazy masses of pop culture fans that attended New York Comic-Con this past October 11-14. I can definitely say that it was a blast to be at as I have gotten to see almost all the Japanese guests that attended the event. The spirit of Tokyo was definitely thriving (albeit a small one) in NYCC.

The only problem I have is that the Jacob Javits Center (the building it’s hosted in) is still not the greatest convention center for a pop culture convention. When you have an organization like JManga complaining about the building, you know there are problems. As NYCC continues to grow and become even more like San-Diego Comic-Con, will there be any extra room for more than 116,000+ folks? Compared to San Diego, you have to travel a bit far to get to the good restaurants/bars around NYC and the Jacob Javits Center is much smaller than the San Diego Convention Center. However, NYCC seems to have more anime/manga-related content than SDCC. 

Another thing I realized after attending NYCC was how much I missed New York Anime Festival. While the likes of Danny Choo, Yu Asakawa, Yoshitaka Amano, Moyoco Anno, Masakazu Ishiguro, and Masakazu Katsura are very notable guests, how can NYCC top Danny Choo? Though we should leave it in the hands of folks like Japan Foundation to bring notable Japanese talent overseas. New York definitely deserves another anime convention as there are notable differences that make Japanese pop culture stand out compared to American pop culture. 

In any case, Japanese pop culture was still alive in the East Coast’s premier pop culture event thanks to the efforts of the Japan Foundation, Vertical Inc., SUNRISE, Viki, Dark Horse Comics, and JManga. すべてのありがとうございました!

Enjoy the photos below!

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13th October 2012

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The Lovely Yu Asakawa at New York Comic-Con 2012


Yu Asakawa at New York Comic-Con 2012 (and me, too).

Hey, I snagged myself a famous bimajo. Bimajos are pretty hot these days, right?

It’s interesting to see Japan finally find older women attractive when the rest of the world saw the light a long while ago. Yu Asakawa looks AMAZING for her age.

Getting past the looks, I think we need more people like Yu Asakawa to help build strong anime/manga communities outside of Japan. She is very passionate about otaku culture. Her continued desire to speak English says a lot about her commitment to the fans.

You can follow Yu Asakawa on Twitter at @Julia320.

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8th October 2012

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Japan/NYC Love! The Journey to New York Comic-Con 2012 Begins!


Official press logo for the 2012 New York Comic-Con.

It’s that crazy time of the year once again as the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention, New York Comic-Con, returns to entertain various fandoms over the span of 4 days (October 11-14, 2012).

Earlier this year, NYCC announced that it would shut down New York Anime Festival and incorporate it into NYCC. Despite there being a shortage of anime-related content (especially fan panels), it hasn’t stopped NYCC from bringing over some very notable guests from Japan. Here are the big Japanese names that will be coming to New York.

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