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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Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup: Classical Rock

This Saturday post is the weekly Type-Moon news in addition to the regular APB post on Sunday. If you have any suggestions for what to highlight on the Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup drop me a line via email or Twitter.

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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