Anime NYC 2019: Weathering With You

hisui_icon_4040_round If you were to pick from a list of top 10 worst self-inflicted ways to watch Weathering With You I might have accidentally picked the worst one by accident. I also picked the one that most seemed like something out of a mediocre sitcom. If you did not already know Weathering With You involves a Tokyo that is besieged by constant rain therefore falling and flowing water is a constant visual metaphor throughout the movie. Since Weathering With You was the last event at Anime NYC I was running out of steam and only had a small breakfast. Therefore to wake myself up to properly review the movie I got a quick coffee. Getting the coffee took much longer than I anticipated, therefore, I then forgot to go to the bathroom since I had to sit in the back even with my guaranteed press ticket. Anyone well versed in my Zetsubou-Sensei like fortune would realize the obvious outcome. I spent most of the movie in absolute discomfort since I could not leave the theater and get back in but I also did not want to miss out on what could have easily been the highest-profile premiere at the convention. So I suffered through the aquatic film and still had a wonderful time which is quite the accomplishment. If that is not a major endorsement of the film I’m not sure what is.

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Anime NYC 2019: General Impressions

hisui_icon_4040_round Undoubtedly this was the year that Anime NYC felt like it was just a few steps away from being the East Coast version of Anime Expo. Now before anyone on the West Coast is offended I will say that there is still a distinct gap between Anime NYC and Anime Expo. But it is also worth noting that Expo has been running for 27 years and this is only Anime NYC’s third year. This year proved that if Anime NYC continues for a few more years the gap between the two could easily all but vanish. The number of guests, premieres, and exclusives makes it feel like what you would think a professional convention in NYC would be.

And therein is the rub. Anime NYC felt like it was a growing professional convention in the heart of NYC. For better and for worse. It is not a case where the general quality of the convention has suffered. It is all just a matter of scale. Whenever a convention gets big enough it tends to get quite a few perks and a similar number of problems that are just inherent with the size. The thing is these benefits and flaws tend to slowly grow. Anime NYC has had a rather rapid period of growth over the last three years and so each year it has skipped ahead in the development chart as well.

How you feel about this is very much dependent on what you expect out of a convention and what is a deal-breaker for you.

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Pre-Anime NYC 2019: Yeah, You Know Me! Who’s Down With Anime NYC?

hisui_icon_4040_round Last year I wondered if Anime NYC could top 2017. Well, I can easily say that this year just smoked 2018 without much effort. We have movie premieres, Boichi, a ton of interesting anime and manga guests, and JAM Project. Plus the author of Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family, a Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files event, and the Fate/Grand Order Tour. Oh, and mother flipping Yoshiyuki Tomino. Yoshiyuki Tomino.  This is an Anime Expo or Japan Expo line up.

The fact that I did not even mention that Rie Kugimiya was making her big US debut here should tell you how much there is do here. I can’t wait to just dive into this craziness.

My tentative schedule for the convention:

01:30 PM Shonen Jump Panel with Dr. STONE Creators
03:30 PM Denpa Manga w/ Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family Mangaka TAa
04:30 PM Lord El-Melloi II’s Case Files {Rail Zeppelin} Grace note Special Event
05:30 PM Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Special premiere screening with Guest from Science SARU
07:00 PM Yukana and Code Geass – Japanese Voice Acting Panel with the Voice of C.C.
08:00 PM Code Geass Lelouch of the Re;surrection Screening

10:30 AM Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family Live Drawing w/ TypeMoon Artist TAa
12:00 PM Intro to Cygames and Granblue Fantasy
02:00 PM Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection Panel with Creators and Yukana
03:30 PM Get in the Robot Presents: Anituber Meet Up
04:30 PM RetroCrush: Retro anime, new perspectives
06:30 PM Gundam: Reconguista in G US Premiere and Yoshiyuki Tomino Panel
09:00 PM A Beginner’s Guide To Import Gaming, From The Experts

11:00 AM Rie Kugimiya Spotlight Panel
12:00 PM Localize this! – Secrets of Localization Revealed!!!
01:30 PM MyDearest Presents: Live-Drawing by LAM! (Character Designer of TOKYO CHRONOS)
03:00 PM Weathering With You: East Coast Premiere