Atsuko and Toei Animation to Drop Anchor at New York Comic Con 2021 for Launch of New One Piece Collection

Anime’s beloved Straw Hat Pirates are invading New York City in October 2021 for the launch of a new fashion collection from anime lifestyle brand Atsuko and anime industry leader Toei Animation Inc. Atsuko X One Piece is an exciting new collaboration based on the internationally iconic One Piece anime series featuring cut and sew outerwear, shorts, headwear, T-shirts and accessories and more for men and women. Atsuko X One Piece will make its official debut at the major pop culture convention New York Comic Con 2021 (“NYCC”) which opens on October 7, 2021 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Atsuko X One Piece
Booth 1325
New York Comic Con – Jacob Javits Center
October 7–10, 2021

“For over two decades now, One Piece has been entertaining generations of fans around the world,” said Lisa Yamatoya, Director of Marketing and Licensing in North America for Toei Animation. “This October marks the 22nd anniversary for the franchise so it’s fitting that we celebrate its global pop culture status with the launch of Atsuko X One Piece at New York Comic-Con, one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world.”

“Since we started Atsuko, our community has asked us time and again, ‘When are you going to partner with One Piece?'” said Preston Deanda, Atsuko Brand Manager. “The people have spoken, and we heard them loud and clear. It’s an honor to work with Toei Animation to bring one of the most genre-defining titles to the fans through this exclusive collaboration.”

The Atsuko X One Piece collection has something for everyone and showcases such fan-favorite characters as Luffy, Nami, and Usopp. The collection offers a full range of fashions including T-shirts, long sleeves, hoodies, button-ups, shorts, beanies, bucket hats, tote bags, sling bags, slides, water bottles, bento boxes, and ramen bowls. The complete collection will be available exclusively at NYCC as well as online at beginning on October 7, 2021.

Eleven Arts to Premiere the English Dub of the Gintama The Very Final Anime Film at New York Comic Con

Eleven Arts has announced that it will premiere the English dub of Gintama The Very Final (Gintama: The Final), the new anime film of Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama manga, on October 9, 2021 at the New York Comic Con event.

The English cast includes:

  • Michael Daingerfield is Gintoki Sakata
  • Cole Howard is Shinpachi Shimura
  • Jocelyne Loewen is Kagura
  • Adam Gibbs is Shoyo Yoshida/Utsuro
  • Joe Daniels is Kotaro Katsura
  • Kyle Colby Jones is Shinsuke Takasugi
  • Elissa Cuellar is Tae Shimura
  • David Wald is Isao Kondo
  • Jeremy Gee is Tatsuma Sakamoto
  • Blake Shepard is Toshiro Hijikata
  • Clint Bickham is Sogo Okita
  • Andrew Love is Taizo Hasegawa
  • Luci Christian is Tama
  • Cat Thomas is Tamako
  • Brittney Karbowski is Kyubei Yagyu
  • Stephen Fenley is Hitsugi
  • Ty Mahany is Katakuriko Matsudaira
  • Carli Mosier is Ayame Sarutobi
  • John Gremillion is Umibozu
  • Shelley Calene-Black is Otose
  • Taylor Fono is Tsukuyo
  • Greg Ayres is Kamui
  • George Manley is Henpeita Takechi
  • Juliet Simmons is Soyo Tokugawa
  • James Belcher is Gintoki Sepia
  • Carl Masterson is Gintoki Austere
  • John Swasey is Abuto
  • Luci Christian is Catherine
  • Chris Rager is Tendoshu Chief

Sentai Studies is producing the English dub, and Kyle Colby Jones is directing.

Eleven Arts will screen Gintama The Very Final in North American theaters on November 21-22, 2021 in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Will Be at New York Comic Con 2021

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it is returning to New York Comic Con from October 7-October 10, 2021.

On the show floor, you’ll get to chill out in Funimation: Sakura Park, an experience inspired by Japanese anime fantasy and bursting with color.

Throughout the weekend, you can pop by FUNimation’s branded food truck, search for hidden easter eggs, snag a photo op among the cherry blossoms, meet with cosplayers and much, much more. If you’re a Funimation subscriber, there are some special opportunities and benefits for you. Plus, you can pick up some sweet anime merch at The Funimation Shop to take a bit of anime home with you.

Want to hear more about the worlds of My Hero Academia and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba? They’ve got you there, too, from the Anime Happens Here: Funimation Panel on October 7, 2021, to the My Hero Academia New Movie Panel on October 8, 2021 with the English voice cast and the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train panel to wrap things up on October 9, 2021.

The company is hosting a very special one-night FUNimation subscriber-only event at New York City’s premiere rooftop bar, The Press Lounge, just blocks away from the convention center on October 8, 2021.

FUNimation will also be bringing daily recaps, fan interviews, cosplay photos and more right from the show floor across their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube channels all week long.

Funimation: Sakura Park
October 7-October 9, 2021 | 10 a.m.–7 p.m. EST
Oct. 10, 2021 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. EST
Javits Convention Center Floor

Escape the shuffle of the con floor and step into Funimation: Sakura Park, where you can snap pics, grab giveaways and take a breather. Find your zen, then turn the corner for The Funimation Shop booth. Looking for anime? It all happens here.

Funimation Subscriber Event
October 7, 2021 | 9 p.m.–11 p.m. EST
The Press Lounge (653 11th Avenue at 48th Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10036)

FUNimation also invites its subscribers to a one-night-only celebration of anime at NYC’s premier rooftop bar at The Press Lounge, blocks away from the convention center. The event is free on a first-come, first-serve basis with limited capacity and attendees must RSVP, be 21+ years of age, and must show their NYCC badge, proof of FUNimation subscription and proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The event is for anime fans looking to kick back, catch up with old friends and new, and enjoy themed drinks, photo booths and more under the stars.

RSVP by sending an email to

Anime Happens Here: Funimation Panel
October 7, 2021 | 5 p.m.–6 p.m. EST
(Location TBD)

The world of anime is about to get a whole lot bigger. Huge new shows streaming this Fall, FUNimation co-productions, and hot topics like My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission. Catch all the latest news in anime, all right here.

My Hero Academia New Movie Panel
October 8, 2021 | 3 p.m.–4 p.m. EST
Empire Stage

Your sneak peek into the next chapter of the global anime phenomenon starts here. Presented by FUNimation, the panel includes an exclusive preview of My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission.

Hear from the English dub cast and crew before the movie hits theaters October 29, 2021.

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Panel
October 9, 2021 | 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT
Empire Stage

Board the Mugen Train once again. Presented by FUNimation, this panel is your deep dive into Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train. Join the English voices of some of your favorite characters as they discuss everything from heart-wrenching scenes to moments that fans love most.

Panelists include Aleks Le (Zenitsu), Abby Trott (Nezuko), Landon McDonald (Enmu (Lower One)) and Lucien Dodge (Akaza (Upper Three)) along with special video messages from Zach Aguilar (Tanjiro), Bryce Papenbrook (Inosuke) and Mark Whitten (Rengoku).

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

New York Comic Con Cancels Its Physical Event and Announces a Digital Event

Reedpop has announced that this year’s physical New York Comic Con (NYCC) event scheduled for October 8-11, 2020 is canceled, and the organizers are partnering with YouTube to hold a digital event on the same dates. The event will feature streaming panels from “leading entertainment brands,” live Q&A sessions, autographs, videos, workshops, and a virtual marketplace.

This year’s NYCC was originally scheduled for October 8-11, 2020 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Source: ANN

2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure Hits New York Comic Con

Bluefin, a Bandai Namco group company and the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, proudly brings the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure to this year’s New York Comic Con.

The 2019 New York Comic Con takes place October 3–6, 2019 at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual gathering plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. More information on New York Comic Con is available at:

The 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure opens on October 3, 2019 inside an expansive installation located at the Javits Convention Center at booth 1612. It will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. EDT to 6:00 p.m. EDT.

Dive into the world of Dragon Ball at New York Comic Con with an expansive collection of multi-faceted interactive installations that will delight fans and attendees. Catch interactive kiosks featuring the latest Dragon Ball video game titles from Bandai Namco Entertainment, including Dragon Ball Z Kakarot, Dragon Ball Z Fighter, Dragon Ball Legends, and Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle. Also browse a variety of Dragon Ball exclusive action figures and premiums that will be available for purchase.

Dragon Ball World Adventure Attractions & Retail Exclusives

Dragon Ball Collectibles & Exclusives

On display will be a wide array of Dragon Ball S.H.Figuarts exclusives and other special products from leading Bandai brands including Tamashii Nations, Shokugan, and Banpresto.

Event exclusives will be available to purchase in the retail area and also at the Tamashii Nations Booth #1520 directly across from the Dragon Ball World Adventure booth.

Tickets will be handed out at the beginning of every day on a first come, first serve basis. The ticket will include a return time, and grant access to purchase all of the Dragon Ball Adventure exclusives (while supplies last).

  • S.H.Figuarts GOKU BLACK SUPER SAIYAN ROSE Event Exclusive Color Edition · MSRP: $75
  • S.H.Figuarts GOLDEN FRIEZA Event Exclusive Color Edition · MSRP: $65
  • S.H.Figuarts ULTIMATE SON GOHAN Event Exclusive Color Edition · MSRP: $55
  • S.H.Figuarts SON GOKU KID Event Exclusive Color Edition · MSRP: $55
  • S.H.Figuarts ZERO SUPER SAIYAN GOD SUPER SAIYAN GOGETA Event Exclusive Color Edition · MSRP: $65

Dragon Ball Animated GIF Photo Booth

Capture a visit to 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure with a unique and shareable complimentary memento. Head to the Dragon Ball Animated GIF Photo Booth, select your favorite background and pose for a series of photos that will be stitched together and delivered to you as a looping animated gif that can be shared directly with friends and family and/or posted to a variety of social media channels.

Dragon Ball Sticker Rally

Join the Dragon Ball Sticker Rally and collect stickers at each attraction inside the Dragon Ball World Adventure. Stickers may be redeemed for free premiums including Dragon Ball wristbands, posters, lanyards, stickers, fans and Saiyan Hair Set headbands. In addition, all tour guests will receive an exclusive 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure oversized swag bag to use to carry all of their Comic-Con purchases.

For additional information on the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure including tour dates by location, please visit

VIZ Media Announces Panels, Events and Retail Exclusives for New York Comic Con 2019

VIZ Media invites New York Comic Con (NYCC) attendees to catch a fun series of panels, events, autograph sessions and retail exclusives available for purchase at the company’s booth in the Exhibit Hall throughout the weekend.

The Official Shonen Jump panel kicks off VIZ’s events on Friday and presents the latest from Team JUMP. Later that evening, attendees can catch the VIZ Media Panel with special guests from Frederator Studios’ Castlevania, including Creator, Writer and Executive Producer Warren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha). Continue celebrating Castlevania on Saturday with an official panel and autograph session featuring the special guests.

VIZ Media’s first original animated property, Seis Manos, debuts at NYCC with an autograph session and special screening of Episode 1 with a cast Q&A on Saturday. Transformers fans won’t want to miss The Evolutionary Art of Transformers, a panel celebrating 35 years of artwork from one of the world’s most beloved franchises. Transformers archivist and author Jim Sorenson will be signing autographs following the panel in the VIZ Booth (#1336).

Meanwhile the VIZ Originals imprint continues its participation in portfolio review sessions at New York Comic Con. Reviews will be conducted by Fawn Lau, Executive Editor for VIZ Originals. For more details please visit:

In addition, the VIZ Media booth will offer a wide range of convention retail exclusives available for purchase. Attendees can also catch a variety of special giveaways as well as other fun in-booth activities.

Notable VIZ Media New York Comic Con 2019 Exclusives:

Each purchase comes with a special 2019 limited edition tote bag offered in two distinct designs: Pokemon or Sailor Moon (while supplies last).

  • My Hero Academia & One-Punch Man Manga Replicas – $15 each
  • Naruto 20th Anniversary Poster – $50
  • Naruto 20th Anniversary Skateboard Deck – $60
  • One-Punch Man Enamel Pin – $10
  • Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars T-shirt – $20
  • Shonen Jump T-shirt – $30 ($25 when you show us your SJ app)

VIZ Media 2019 New York Comic Con Panels & Signings:

Friday, October 4, 2019

11:15 p.m. Shonen Jump Official Panel
Room 1A10

Are you a fan of Dragon Ball, One-Punch Man, Naruto, One Piece, or Bleach? Hang out with Team Shonen Jump and get the latest developments on new series from Japan, all-time fan favorites and what we’re doing to bring you the world’s best manga.

5:15 p.m. VIZ Media Official Panel with Special Guests from Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA
Room 1A06

Join us as we talk about some of your favorite manga and anime. We’ll also be revealing big news, chatting with incredible guests and handing out prizes. The panel will feature Castlevania‘s creator and writer Warren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha).

7:00 p.m. Warren Ellis Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, the Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Frederator Studios’ Castlevania series for Netflix and receive a free poster.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

1:00 p.m. SEIS MANOS Screening with Special Guest Q&A
Room 1A06

Catch a special screening of Seis Manos, an upcoming Netflix Original Anime Series and a Q&A with special guests Alvaro Rodriguez (co-creator), Jonny Cruz (voice of Jesus) and Angelica Vale (voice of Garcia).

2:30 p.m. SEIS MANOS Voice Cast and Co-Creator Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Join the cast and crew of Seis Manos, including Alvaro Rodriguez, Jonny Cruz and Angelica Vale in a special signing session and receive a personally autographed Seis Manos poster.

4:30 p.m. Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Creator and Voice Cast Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, Sam Deats (director), Adam Deats (assistant director), James Callis, Graham McTavish and Alejandra Reynoso in this special signing session.

6:30 p.m. VIZ Media Presents Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Panel
Main Stage

Get an in-depth look into Castlevania, the hit Netflix Original Anime Series, with and incredible lineup of guests, including Castlevania‘s creator and writer Warren Ellis, director Sam Deats, assistant director Adam Deats and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula), Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha) and Ade M’Cormack (voice of Isaac).

Sunday, October 6, 2019

11:00 a.m. The Evolutionary Art of Transformers Panel
Room 1A06

Join Transformers: A Visual History author Jim Sorenson, Hasbro Global Director of Publishing Michael Kelly, artists Livio Ramondelli and Andrew Griffith, and other special guests as they celebrate 35 years of artwork from one of the world’s most beloved franchises.

VIZ Media Booth #1336

Transformers archivist and author Jim Sorenson visits the booth for a signing session.

*Tickets are distributed via pre-show lottery. Please see New York Comic Con’s Autograph Policy for more information.

VIZ Media Announces New Publishing Acquisitions at New York Comic Con

VIZ Media announced a pair of new publishing acquisitions at New York Comic Con 2018, including The Art of Neon Genesis Evangelion: 2007-2017 and the shojo manga series Daytime Shooting Star.

A collection of artwork from the groundbreaking series will be presented in The Art of Neon Genesis Evangelion: 2007-2017. The comprehensive edition, which is set for release in Summer 2019, compiles a decade’s worth of bold imagery and vivid illustrations for the enduring property. Also announced was the acquisition of the shojo manga series, Daytime Shooting Star. The manga has drawn rave reviews and inspired a popular live-action feature film.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

Debuts Summer 2019

A collection of ten years’ worth of illustrations from the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise, including movie art, concept art, collaborations with mobile video games, fashion spreads, dozens of illustrations from Neon Genesis Evangelion character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, and much, much more.

Debuts Summer 2019

After arriving in Tokyo to live with her uncle, Suzume collapses in a nearby park where she had once seen a shooting star during the day. A handsome stranger brings her to her new home and tells her they’ll meet again. Suzume starts her first day at her new high school sitting next to a boy who blushes furiously at her touch. And her homeroom teacher is none other than the handsome stranger.

Dark Horse Comics’ Announcement at New York Comic Con

Dark Horse Comics announced the following during New York Comic Con:

  • The publisher will release Gou Tanabe’s H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness (Kūki no Sanmyaku ni te) manga. Dark Horse will release the manga in two double-sized volumes featuring more than 300 pages each. Each volume will retail for US$19.99. The English release will retain the metallic gold motif for the cover and the silver tip-in sheets. The first volume will launch in the direct market on June 12, 2019. Zack Davisson is returning from Dark Horse’s release of the H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories manga to translate H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media’s Announcements at New York Comic Con

VIZ Media announced the following at New York Comic Con:

  • Megalobox will debut on Adult Swim’s Toonami block on Saturday, December 8, 2018 with an English dub.
  • The company has licensed Mika Yamamori’s Daytime Shooting Star (Hirunaka no Ryūsei) manga, and plans to release the first volume in Summer 2019.
  • VIZ Media also announced plans to release The Art of Neon Genesis Evangelion: 2007-2017 art book in Summer 2019. The book features movie art, concept art, collaborations with mobile video games, and fashion spreads.

Source: ANN
Source: ANN

Dragon Ball Super: Broly Director’s New York Comic Con Appearance Cancelled

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that Dragon Ball Super: Broly film director Tatsuya Nagamine will not appear at the New York Comic Con panel for the film as previously planned. He was not scheduled to appear at any other panels at the convention.

Instead, the panel will host Akio Iyoku, the head of Shueisha’s Dragon Ball department, and the film’s producer Norihiro Hayashida from Japan.

Masako Nozawa, the Japanese voice of Goku, and several members of the English cast are also attending the panel, which will take place from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Source: ANN