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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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31st May 2011

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More Natsume Ono Goodness


Fans attending the Natsume Ono event at Kinokuniya Bookstore, NYC.

(Natsume Ono fans awaiting her appearance at Kinokuniya.)

Samurai Beat Radio just published an interview with fans during Natsume Ono’s appearance at Kinokuniya Bookstore. Take a listen below!

Fan Interview Podcast

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23rd May 2011

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Natsume Ono Interview Podcast at Kinokuniya


A collection of Natsume Ono's works at Kinokuniya Bookstore, NYC.

(Picture: Natsume Ono’s titles on display at Kinokuniya during her interview)

For you Natsume Ono fans out there, the audio podcast of the interview that took place at Kinokuniya Bookstore, NYC on May 10 is now up.The links are below.

Part I

Part II

Special thanks go out to VIZ Media & Kinokuniya for organizing the event!

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9th May 2011

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Natsume Ono Appearance Tomorrow at Kinokuniya


Not Simple by Natsume Ono.

As a reminder, famous mangaka Natsume Ono (of Ristorante Paradiso & House of Five Leaves) will be appearing at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Bryant Park, NYC tomorrow, May 10, from 6pm to 8pm.

I will be at the event assisting Samurai Beat Radio and also live-tweeting (if possible) as well. For those who are able to attend, stop on by and say hello.

Also, expect a look at "House of Five Leaves" later this week!

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18th April 2011

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This picture is up to celebrate this announcement. I have to do something on "House of Five Leaves" soon.
For those of you who read my “About Me” or read from the ANN post about the “Anime Fans Help Japan” podcast, I am also a part of Samurai Beat Radio. Therefore, I will be at the Kinokuniya event on May 10th.
I will let everyone know about how much involvement I will have in the event once further details arise. Stay tuned!

This picture is up to celebrate this announcement. I have to do something on "House of Five Leaves" soon.

For those of you who read my “About Me” or read from the ANN post about the “Anime Fans Help Japan” podcast, I am also a part of Samurai Beat Radio. Therefore, I will be at the Kinokuniya event on May 10th.

I will let everyone know about how much involvement I will have in the event once further details arise. Stay tuned!

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