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New York Anime Festival 2009New York Anime Festival 2009 Review

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27, 2009

New York Anime Festival 2009 ReviewNew York Anime Festival 2009 was a three-day event held in New York City's Jacob K. Javits Center. The NY Anime Festival (NYAF) featured a host of guests from Japan and the United States as well as a range of activities including an exhibit hall, panel discussions, screenings, art exhibitions, concert performances, cosplay, meet the guests receptions, and much more. AsiaFinest was at the NYAF all three days to cover as much as we can. Technically 4 days if you count the pre-party at Dave and Buster. So much to cover in so little time. There was always something going on in different areas. It was hard to decide which event/panel to cover during the anime festival. We rushed around and tried our best to cover the most popular events. AsiaFinest took hundreds of pictures and videos of the NY anime festival 2009, so be sure to check them out.

Thursday September 24th: Pre Party
Jointly produced by NYAF and Del Rey Manga, this special event is both a celebration of NY Anime Festival as well as a celebration of Del Rey Manga's Fifth Anniversary. The New York Anime Festival Pre-Party was held at Dave and Busters in Time Square NYC. It was a free event for anime fans to partake in food, drink, giveaways, and even a special manga book shaped cake crafted by Baltimore's famed Charm City Cakes. Cosplay singer Reni was also there to meet and greet fans. There was a free anime screening after the cake cutting, but most stayed around Dave and Busters for the arcade.

Friday September 25th: Day 1
Day 1 was filled with excitement. The festival crowd was hyped and full of energy. The opening ceremony kicked off around 2pm. It was nice and short with an introductory speech and the introduction of a special guest, Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino! He went on stage, cut a red ribbon, and officially kicked off the NYAF 2009! FUNimation industry panel was one of the first companies to announce their future plans and video releases. At the same time the Cosplay Dating Game went on in another panel room. Other interesting panels throughout the first day was "How to Become Famous on the Internet", "Zombie Survival", "Voice Acting 101", and more. People that weren't at the various panels spent most of their time mingling with fellow anime fans or browsing and shopping at all the unique merchants in the huge exhibit hall. There you'll find merchants selling everything from cosplay costumes to many unimaginable weapons including a medieval mace ball and chain! The last event that we covered for day 1 is the AMV Contest that lasted from 7:45pm to 10pm. There were a lot of great anime music videos ranging from action, drama, comedy, and romance.

Saturday September 26th: Day 2
New York Anime Festival 2009 Day 2 was the most packed out of the three days. The cosplayers came out in full force today. Anime characters ranged from old school favorites "Dragon Ball Z" and "Sailor Moon" to the popular "Naruto" and "Bleach", and even a gigantic Bumblebee from the Transformer movie! AKB48 made their NY and USA debut today at the anime festival starting with a Q&A where fans had a chance to ask questions. AKB48 then gave a 30 minutes concert preview for a taste of things to come at their Sunday Webster Hall concert. The exhibit hall today was jam packed. We noticed that there was a lot of unique things that were sold out from Day 1, so people who came on Saturday missed out on some unique weaponry. Finally at around 6:30pm the main event that everyone was waiting for is the Yume Cosplay Masquerade. A costume showcase that is part fashion show and part talent show.

Sunday September 27th: Day 3
The final day of the anime festival. We were actually pretty tired from covering the first two (three counting pre-party) days from opening to closing time. We didn't get a chance to cover much of the panels that was going on at the Jacob K. Javits Center on the final day. Instead we headed over to Webster Hall to cover AKB48 Live USA Concert Debut and Far East To East Showcase. We decided to give those two events their own write-up. You can read the detailed reviews and enjoy the pictures and videos on their linked review page.

AsiaFinest.com had a great time covering the New York Anime Festival! The exhibit halls were filled with a ton of merchants who had rare and unique items. We even brought a few things ourselves. We met a lot of cool people and enjoyed all the guest panels and events that took place. It's a great experience for people who are new to Anime as well as Anime veterans. AsiaFinest has covered anime events in the past, and this was by far one of the best anime festival that we had been to! We are definitely looking forward to next year New York Anime Festival 2010. The NYAF 2010 will actually be held with New York Comic Con at the same place, Jacob K. Javits Center, on October 8 - 10, 2010. Two huge events in one. So be sure to mark it on your calendar and hopefully we'll see you there!

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