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I Love Anime 私はアニメが大好きですWatashi wa anime ga daisukidesuby Marcy Fiorentino It was November 19. Before I knew it, Mom and I were spiraling down the Lincoln Tunnel Helix. Our view of New York City was much clearer than our first glance of the skyline several miles ago from the New Jersey Turnpike. In a blink of an eye, we were through the tunnel and pulling up to the Javits Center. People from across the world came to the Javits Center to celebrate the Japanese style of animation called anime. The Javits Center is New York’s biggest convention center. A cool fact is it also has the second biggest green roof in the country. There’s actually a wildlife refuge on the roof. As exciting as that is, I wasn’t there to see the amazing roof. Instead, I was there for the most marvelous convention ever: Anime NYC.
My first stop at the convention was the press lounge, to pick up my press badge as a reporter for NMG. That made it easier to go to events, take photos, and interview people. When I stepped into the enormous lobby, I had to show my Covid-19 vaccination card. Then they gave me a wristband to wear the whole weekend to show that my vaccination card had been checked.Next, I went to the cosplay meetup space.Cosplayers are people who dress up and role-play as characters. I needed to change into my costume for my first meetup. I went to the top floor and walked through a huge game room. They had tons of board games, and rows of tables to play. Behind that room was the cosplay space. It was a giant area with a view of the Hudson River. The sun shone through the glass wall, giving great lighting for photographs.Next door was the Cosplay ER: an emergency room for cosplayers! This emergency room wasn’t for injuries, it was for repairing costumes.They had everything from sewing machines to drills. I asked for their help in tying my necktie for one of my costumes and they did it!On the last day I asked a Cosplay ER attendant what their coolest tool was. They said that the soldering iron was the coolest tool. I asked what was the most difficult thing they fixed during the con. They said that was when they had to use screws to fix a broken boot.The costumes were very detailed and it was fun to see everyone’s interpretation of their favorite characters. Cosplay meetups are like mini parties.The cosplayers compliment each other, take photos together, and sometimes reenact scenes from anime shows together.I previewed two new movies: “Pompo: The Cinephile” and “Belle.” They were different, but both had strong female protagonists and stunning visuals.My absolute favorite part of Anime NYC was meeting the voice actor Zach Aguilar. He voiced Tanjiro from “Demon Slayer,” and many other characters. I gave him my fan art, got his autograph, and took a selfie with him.I asked what he thought of voicing the main lead in the English dub of the highest-grossing film in Japan. He told me it was very shocking and lifechanging. When he first signed on for “Demon Slayer,” he never knew how popular it would become.He said everyone who helped make the anime great really deserves the credit. I told Zach thatI would love to be a voice actor like him, and he responded that maybe we would work together one day!Finally, I loved the diversity at Anime NYC. There were 50,000+ people there and it was amazing to see everyone be so kind and accepting of each other. All around, this was one of the best weekends of my life!Women in AnimeEunyoung Choi, President and CEO of Science SARU, the studio behind Lu Over the Wall, Ride Your Wave, and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!It was November 19. Before I knew it, Mom and I were spiraling down the Lincoln Tunnel Helix. Our view of New York City was much clearer than our first glance of the skyline several miles ago from the New Jersey Turnpike. In a blink of an eye, we were through the tunnel and pulling up to the Javits Center. Misako Rocks, a Japanese manga creator. She now lives in the US and focuses on manga for girls as well as manga art lessons for studentsCLAMP, all-woman manga studio behind Cardcaptor SakuraNaoko Takeuchi, created Sailor MoonHiromu Arakawa, creator of Fullmetal AlchemistRumiko Takahashi, creator of InuyashaMarcy’s favorite place to get elf ears.Marcy’s Q & Awith Peter Tatara, organizer of Anime NYCAnime NYC was a blast! It was one of my favorite weekends ever! The cosplay space was amazing. Did you have fun, too?I did! I spend all year making Anime NYC, and it’s so exciting to see it all come to life. It’s amazing seeing all the cosplay and all the fans of every different background and age come together to celebrate anime.I loved the diversity of the attendees. How were you so successful in getting the word out about Anime NYC to reach so many people?Thank you! One of the things I’m most proud of is how Anime NYC looks like NYC! It’s a space where anyone and everyone who oves anime can belong.I saw a lot of Miku cosplays. I produce Vocaloids myself but would love to learn more about it in order to improve my skills. Do you think Anime NYC could have workshops to teach young people like me more about music and sound producing?That’s a great idea! As we look at planning for next year, we can definitely look at more Vocaloid programming and workshops specifically.Marcy ’s favorite anime voice actors Laura BaileyCristina VeeAoi YūkiCherami LeighKira BucklandCassandra LeeErika HarlacherWhat is your favorite sea creature?I’ve loved the manta ray since I was really little and still do.What is next for Anime NYC?Sleep! We’re gonna sleep for a long bit and then start planning for 2022.I have a scoop for you—Philadelphia definitely needs a con! Come there!Marcy, 13, NJ, loves anime and other animated shows and movies, playing video games, flowers, books, writing, talking with friends, making character designs, producing Vocaloid music, making YouTube videos, saving horseshoe crabs, and doing things to help the environment. She dreams of becoming a professional voice actor one day.
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