Saturday, September 26, 2009

Anime Festival in New York City

Fans of Astro Boy, Robotech, Speed Racer, Voltron, Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, and Pokemon convened in New York the last weekend in September. The New York Anime Festival is an annual anime convention held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. It features exclusive anime screenings, guests from America and Japan, manga, cosplay, video games, live-action Japanese cinema, fashion, food, and the cultural treasures that gave birth to Japanese pop culture.

Anime is a Japanese term based on the word "animation" and is used to describe animation originating from Japan.

Many participants dress up as an anime character which is called "Cosplay". Cosplay is a combination of the words "costume" and "play" and is used to describe the act of dressing up as an anime character.

While most animation in America is shown on Saturday mornings, there is a wide range of genres of anime in Japan. There are any number of anime series and movies perfect for children, but there is also anime with stories and subject matter aimed for teens and even adults.

Hayao Miyazaki (the Walt Disney of Japan) is the most famous anime creator who did Kki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away. Other popular anime include Animation Runner Kuromi, Fruits Basket, Grrl Power, Hikaru No Go, Munto, Panda-Z, and The Prince of Tennis.

Apparently the convention of drawing characters with large eyes started with a Japanese comic creator named Osamu Tezuka. When drawing his comics, he was inspired by the large eyes found on Disney characters. Since then, big eyes have been an inseparable part of anime.

Many anime characters often have vibrant hair in a range of colors you'll never see in real life. Outlandish hair is one way creators are able to easily differentiate one character from another. While every anime face will have its unique traits, giving characters blue, green, orange, purple, and pink hair is a way to easily and immediately tell who is who.

Click on the heading above to go to the Website for the New York Anime Festival.

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