Winners and Losers from TurtleMe to Cosplay

AnimeNYC 2022 on the Javits Heart November 18-20 was the present’s second post-pandemic occasion. Evidently the showrunners have discovered from final 12 months’s errors, though that hasn’t stopped the conference’s rising pains from making themselves that rather more apparent. As an everyday attendee since 2019, I’m right here to provide the scoop on who had the very best and worst showings this 12 months.

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WINNER: TurtleMe and Tapas

This 12 months has been an enormous win for Webtoons and vertical scrolling digital comics on the whole, however this 12 months noticed the face reveal of some of the well-known creators of them to be shrouded in thriller, TurtleMe, who made The Starting After The Finish. With over 21.5 MILLION views and 1.4 MILLION subscribed readers on the webcomic alone (the webnovel additionally being printed concurrently on-line), it got here to no shock that followers got here out in droves to fulfill and assist their fave after Tapas Media was capable of fly him in from the west coast. He had a healthily crammed panel room on Friday and autograph line on Sunday.

Obtained an autograph from TurtleMe! He was tremendous chill and I obtained to speak a small bit about my expertise studying TBATE throughout pandemic. Try the collection (comedian and novel) on @tapas_app”


LOSER: Different digital Korean comics publishers

Oddly sufficient, there was no presence from firms like Naver, C&R Revolution, D&C Webtoon, Touyou’s Dream, or the numerous others that publish digital webtoons in Korea and license them out right here within the west. They’d an enormous presence at New York Comedian Con, on the KOCCA (Korean Artistic Content material Company) sales space sponsored by the Korean authorities, but it surely looks as if ANYC was not within the playing cards. I discovered this unusual because the intersection between manga and manhwa is immense, and if the exhibiting on the TurtleMe & Tapas panel was something to go by, western followers are prepared for extra webtoons within the manga and anime sphere.

WINNER: Aniplex Enjoyers

Followers of Aniplex IPs like Destiny/Grand Order and Kaguya-sama: Love Is Battle obtained to take pleasure in two huge Major Stage occasions with ticketed screenings that have been also streamed online internationally and to Japan. In addition they had a small stage within the Exhibit Corridor that had followers take part in video games and streamed content material. This was all managed with minimal traces and delays.

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Hajime Isayama Picture: Kodansha Press

LOSER: Waitlisted Followers for the Hajime Isayama Panel

ANYC’s most important occasion this 12 months was bringing out the creator of Assault on Titan, Hajime Isayama. After the unique panel reservation web site crashed as a consequence of overloaded site visitors, the conference planners needed to go for a lottery system to present out reserved seats to con-goers. The day of, this got here to a head as individuals swarmed to try to make it within the panel, however occasion workers had bother containing the fervor. Even media had points getting in on time, except they have been capable of get particular wristbands by straight contacting Kodansha USA workers, who have been accountable for dealing with PR and logistics for his or her expertise. Total, the miscommunication on all fronts made it in order that tons of individuals needed to miss out on a spotlight that would have been streamed on-line or at the least to different screens in the identical conference heart. 


(I’ll say, at the least, as somebody who may truly make it into the panel, the vitality inside was electrifying.)

WINNER: Gundam Followers

With Gundam: The Witch From Mercury airing this season, GUNDAM EXPO USA and different franchise names like Shuko Murase, director of Gundam Hathaway and BLADE RUNNER: BLACKOUT 2022, made option to New York for followers to have a good time all issues Gundam. Saturday additionally had Adam Savage from the YouTube channel Tested host a problem to the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title “Most Folks Assembling Plastic Robotic Fashions Concurrently (A number of Venues),” which was damaged! To high all of it off, the Exhibit Corridor had two GIANT Gundam statues of each the Wing Zero and Witch From Mercury’s Cellular Fits.

LOSER: Anime on House Video

This 12 months noticed a pointy decline in third social gathering sellers who go to the con to promote filth low-cost dwelling video and bodily books. There have been nonetheless a number of scattered all through the exhibit ground, but it surely felt starkly sparse in comparison with earlier years. As an alternative, there have been extra merch sellers and trade cubicles.

Picture: Heidi MacDonald

WINNER: Business Publishers Who Confirmed Up

Corporations like Yen Press, Denpa, J-Novel Membership, and VIZ Media, who publish loads of manga, have been capable of promote out most of their wares by the ultimate day. I spoke with Mark from Yen Press and he knowledgeable me that even after he ready to carry a good bigger inventory after seeing the presence at NYCC, they nonetheless managed to outsell their projections by the top of the con. It is perhaps as a result of lowered third social gathering presence, but it surely’s clear that followers will put their pockets the place their mouths are in the case of supporting the content material they love. On high of economic gross sales, each Writer who had their very own trade panel additionally had main bulletins that proved their success in staying afloat this 12 months.

LOSER: Artist Alley

Final 12 months Artist Alley was nearer to the northmost entrance of the exhibit corridor, which can also be nearer to the place all of the panels are. This made the foot site visitors transfer naturally from the doorway to the meals courts, panel rooms, and exhibit halls. This 12 months although, Artist Alley was just too far-off for me to naturally spend a while in and it felt like I needed to exit of my option to recover from there. I needed to do plenty of panels this 12 months, and my time was sucked out through all of the strolling. It felt unlucky as a result of I genuinely take pleasure in seeing what that facet of the con has to supply.

WINNER: Digital Comics Readers

This 12 months introduced again the presence of digital manga publishers like Azuki and Comikey, who each supply completely different sorts of experiences on each cellular and PC. Azuki is an a la carte subscription service, who licenses manga already translated, or interprets them with contractors. Comikey licenses, interprets, and publishes manga, Korean manhwa, and Chinese language manhua on-line, with their very own in-house crew, whereas making it obtainable with a pay-to-unlock pricing mannequin just like Tapas, Tappytoon, and Webtoon. At their trade panels, they each introduced a number of completely different partnerships with worldwide firms that can assist them increase their libraries with various content material. As extra teams like pop up and discover success on this trade, extra customers will probably be provided completely different sorts of tales at aggressive costs. It additionally helps that these smaller firms additionally construct relationships with plenty of indie artists and JP publishers as properly!

LOSER: Scalpers

It’s frequent to see scalpers outdoors the venue, attempting to promote badges to individuals who won’t have made it in time earlier than gross sales have been capped. This 12 months, I occurred to see method fewer than I did final 12 months, and even at this 12 months’s Comedian Con. I’m undecided what it was, but it surely appears to be like like they’ll in all probability be laying low till subsequent 12 months when the venue utilization expands once more.

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Picture: Heidi MacDonald

WINNER: Cosplayers

This 12 months noticed by far the LARGEST selection in cosplay I’ve ever seen at this con. Final 12 months was infamously known as “MihoyoCon,” the place 85% of the cosplay was all Genshin Impression or its associated properties owned by dad or mum firm Mihoyo. This 12 months although, I noticed cosplay from anime that haven’t aired in years, like Kekkaishi or Yona of the Daybreak. There have been additionally loads of Tokusatsu cosplayers within the likeness of Kamen Riders like Kuuga and Saber, and folk cosplaying video video games like Responsible Gear and Persona additionally made the rounds! 


LOSER: Newer Anime Followers

In the event you have been a extra informal or newer anime fan at this conference, you won’t have actually identified what to do or the place to go. There have been plenty of fan-driven occasions like mahjong tournaments, cosplay meetups, and visitor panels you could possibly have gone to, however except you might be snug mingling with strangers, you would possibly’ve had bother deciding what to do. This 12 months’s programming for ANYC positively felt prefer it was extra devoted for many who have caught round, particularly after final 12 months’s traces and mismanagement echoed points normally lobbed in direction of Anime Expo.



The Trigun: Stampede premiere was superb. As an informal older fan who solely watched a number of episodes of the unique anime, I knew precisely how a lot love was going into this new mission after seeing the producers speak about all of the analysis and planning that they did along with writer Yasuhiro Nightow. 

(That’s me within the yellow hoodie on the decrease proper!)


LOSER: Employees accountable for lottery panel check-ins

Whereas I sadly didn’t get accepted into any interviews, I lucked out and gained plenty of panel lotteries. It didn’t really feel like that basically mattered although, as a result of solely about 4 of them have been truly scanning my QR code. For the others, as soon as they noticed I had a Press badge, they let me in and escorted me to reserved seating. I hope subsequent 12 months there’s extra clear communication on what panels may be entered for Press seating without having to do the lottery course of. It felt just like the workers obtained the quick finish of the stick by not being knowledgeable extra clearly about it.

WINNER: $1 Pizza

Being a 10-15 minute stroll away from $1 pizza spots on fortieth avenue and ninth ave was a lifesaver, as a result of I used to be not paying con venue costs for meals. Thanks for surviving the pandemic, 2 Bros Pizza.

LOSER: Ichigo Kurosaki (BLEACH) Followers

Sadly, Johnny Yong Bosch needed to cancel his look on Sunday’s reserved BLEACH panel with Michelle Ruff (voice of Rukia Kuchiki) and Derek Stephen Prince (voice of Uryu Ishida). 

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WINNER: Oshi no Ko

Quantity 1 popping out in print + digital in January by Yen Press, anime will probably be streamed on HIDIVE. By the writer of Kaguya-sama: Love Is Battle, and artist of Scum’s Want. None of you might be prepared for some of the insane rides in comics historical past.

LOSER: Me on Friday Evening @ 8PM

I needed to bit the bullet and select between three occasions on Friday evening, and ended up going to Crunchyroll Presents: New Simulcast Premieres #1 with a view to watch the primary episode of The Story of Outcasts, a present tailored from a Weekly Shonen Sunday manga I’ve talked about on my podcast, Saturday Night Shoggy. I had to decide on between that, my beloved the AMV Contest, which I like to vote for yearly, and Katsura Sunshine, Rakugo Grasp Storyteller: An Genuine Rakugo Efficiency. I’ve been a fan of rakugo because the TV anime collection Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, and Kodansha’s launch of the manga that got here out afterwards. I’ve additionally heard quite a bit about Katsura Sunshine by means of the grapevine, and knew he’s been to conventions earlier than. Hopefully I’ll have one other shot another 12 months. I don’t remorse going to that screening, although, the present was adequate for me to observe to maintain up with weekly.

Total, this needed to be some of the fulfilling con experiences I’ve ever had! In the event you’re however have but to make the leap, subsequent 12 months is trying just like the 12 months to make the journey right down to Anime NYC. With affirmation of their lease now increasing to the entire venue, they’ll lastly be capable of deal with the rising attendance with out having to sacrifice badge gross sales. Hope to see you there.

Marion Peña is a Dominican author primarily based in NYC. They’ve been studying manga and comics since childhood, and writing/podcasting about them since 2015. In the event you’d wish to see extra of their work, all their initiatives are right here: