AN ANIME-TED LINEUP

Big-eyed cartoons take over the city

For all you obsessed with J-pop culture (we charitably like to call you “nerds in fantasyland”), the annual New York Anime Festival is back and as geeky as ever. Bringing manga, anime, video games, live-action Japanese cinema, cosplay, and fashion under one roof, the weekend-long convention features more than 75 panels, 50 concerts and screenings, and a slew of guests sure to have you squealing in your role-playing costumes. Celebrities include Rie Tanaka, the Japanese voice actress best known for playing Lacus Clyne in Gundam SEED and Suigintou in Rozen Maiden; Tony Oliver, Kyle Hebert, and Steve Blum of the Gurren Lagann series; and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano, who created the look of Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D. On a fashion note, designers Miho Satoh and Masumi Kanoh will be selling and chatting about their “premier Lolita fashion brand” Baby, The Stars Shine Bright—perfect for all you wannabe Harajuku girls.
Fri., Sept. 26, noon, 2008

 
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