October Convention List

Animania Festival Brisbane
October 6, 2012
  Mercure Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD Australia
Sukoshicon: Mobile
October 6, 2012
  Mobile Marriott
Mobile, AL
New York Comic Con
October 11-14, 2012
  Jacob K. Javits Center
New York, NY
October 12-14, 2012
  Columbia Marriott Downtown
Columbia, SC
Realms Con
October 12-14, 2012
  AmericanBank Center
Corpus Christi, TX
October 12-14, 2012
  Riverfront Ballroom and Conference Center
Huntington, WV
October 12-14, 2012
  Westin Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, CA
Armageddon Expo Melbourne
October 13-14, 2012
  Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, Australia
Tsunami Campeche
October 13-14, 2012
  Centro de Convenciones Campeche XXI
Campeche, Mexico
Anime Banzai
October 19-21, 2012
  Davis Conference Center
Layton, UT
Anime Fusion
October 19-21, 2012
  Ramada Mall of America
Bloomington, MN
Another Anime Convention
October 19-21, 2012
  Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown
Manchester, NH
October 19-21, 2012
  Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35
Wichita, KS
October 20-21, 2012
  Flanders Expo
Ghent, Belgium
Hawaii Entertainment Expo
October 20-21, 2012
  Aloha Tower Marketplace
Honolulu, HI
Aki Con
October 26-28, 2012
  Hilton Bellevue
Bellevue, WA
London MCM Expo
October 26-28, 2012
  ExCeL Convention Centre, Royal Victoria Dock
London, UK
October 27-28, 2012
  University of West Florida Commons
Pensacola, FL
October 27-28, 2012
  Jacksonville Marriott
Jacksonville, FL
Animania Festival Brisbane
October 6, 2012
  Mercure Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD Australia
Sukoshicon: Mobile
October 6, 2012
  Mobile Marriott
Mobile, AL
New York Comic Con
October 11-14, 2012
  Jacob K. Javits Center
New York, NY
October 12-14, 2012
  Columbia Marriott Downtown
Columbia, SC
Realms Con
October 12-14, 2012
  AmericanBank Center
Corpus Christi, TX
October 12-14, 2012
  Riverfront Ballroom and Conference Center
Huntington, WV
October 12-14, 2012
  Westin Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, CA
Armageddon Expo Melbourne
October 13-14, 2012
  Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, Australia
Tsunami Campeche
October 13-14, 2012
  Centro de Convenciones Campeche XXI
Campeche, Mexico
Anime Banzai
October 19-21, 2012
  Davis Conference Center
Layton, UT
Anime Fusion
October 19-21, 2012
  Ramada Mall of America
Bloomington, MN
Another Anime Convention
October 19-21, 2012
  Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown
Manchester, NH
October 19-21, 2012
  Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35
Wichita, KS
October 20-21, 2012
  Flanders Expo
Ghent, Belgium
Hawaii Entertainment Expo
October 20-21, 2012
  Aloha Tower Marketplace
Honolulu, HI
Aki Con
October 26-28, 2012
  Hilton Bellevue
Bellevue, WA
London MCM Expo
October 26-28, 2012
  ExCeL Convention Centre, Royal Victoria Dock
London, UK
October 27-28, 2012
  University of West Florida Commons
Pensacola, FL
October 27-28, 2012
  Jacksonville Marriott
Jacksonville, FL


New York Comic Con Pre-Party!

Posted September 18, 2o12

For the first time ever, Apple Kissa will be hosting an unofficial pre-party for NYCC.  This anime themed party will include drinks– both alcoholic and non–, music, games and fun! And VIP ticket holders have access to a jacuzzi, their own private section with other VIP ticket holders, 2 drink tickets, manga and DVDs! It will also enter you in a raffle. Just remember to bring your bathing suit and a towel. Select maids will also be offering shoulder rubs for $5!

Their list of performers will be up soon- and we’ll make sure to keep you guys updated- however, we are happy to announce that the Enablers and DJ Kurono will be playing!


General Admission: $10
VIP: $20

Buy tickets here:

The address is 342 Eldert Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY. If you have any questions, please ask Apple Kissa on Facebook ( or email Kita at


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This event is all ages but you MUST be 21+ to purchase and drink any alcohol. We WILL be checking photo IDs!

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

You may NOT bring any outside food or drink. This is to prevent messes and anyone sneaking in alcohol. We’re really serious about underage drinkers!

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may contact us on Facebook or via email at

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes. Please notify Kita via email at with the name you registered under and the name of the person you are transferring your ticket to.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You may either bring your printed ticket OR use the Eventbrite app on your smartphone. Either way, a ticket must be present!

What is the refund policy?

We do not accept refunds. You may, however, transfer your ticket to another person.

Anime con sept 7-9 in Ct needs volunteers

Posted on August 28, 2012

Camp Anime(Sept. 7-9 in Woodstock Valley, CT) is right around the corner and they still need a few volunteers. You can volunteer for 1 day or all 3 for free admission. All volunteers will need to do are simple things like checking badges, making sure they have enough chairs in the rooms, etc.They also have openings for about 4-5 more panels and it’s the same deal, if you run a panel you get in for free. Just contact me Matt  if you’’re interested either by emailing Camp Anime at or by calling him at 860-741-2522-.So what are you waiting for, Hurry!

September Convention List

Posted August 20, 2012

Meta Con

August 31 – September 2, 2012 DoubleTree By Hilton Bloomington – Minneapolis South

Minneapolis, MN


August 31 – September 2, 2012 W Woodlake Hotel Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

Tsunami SP3

August 31 – September 2, 2012 Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI

Mérida, Yuc Mexico


August 31 – September 3, 2012 Best Western Merry Manor Inn

South Portland, ME


August 31 – September 3, 2012 Sheraton Dallas Downtown Hotel

Dallas, TX


August 31 – September 3, 2012 Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree Plaza

Atlanta, GA


September 1-3, 2012 Hilton Vancouver Washington / Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay

Vancouver, WA


September 1-3, 2012 Renaissance Glendale

Glendale, AZ


September 6-9, 2012 De Montfort University

Leicester, UK


September 7-9, 2012 Camp Woodstock

Woodstock Valley, CT


September 7-9, 2012 Kongress Palais Kassel

Kassel, Germany


September 7-9, 2012 Madison Marriott West

Madison, WI


September 7-9, 2012 San Mateo County Event Center

San Mateo, CA


September 7-9, 2012 Valhalla Inn Hotel & Convention Center

Thunder Bay, Ontario


September 7-9, 2012 Roadway Inn

Medina, OH


September 7-9, 2012 Hilton New Orleans Riverside

New Orleans, LA


September 7-9, 2012 Salt Fork Resort & State Park

Cambridge, OH

Northern Michigan Anime Convention

September 7-9, 2012 Great Wolf Lodge

Traverse City, MI

UmiCon Daytona

September 7-9, 2012 The Plaza Resort & Spa

Daytona Beach, FL


September 8-9, 2012 Tampere Hall

Tampere, Finland


September 14-15, 2012 The Riverside Centre

Derby, UK


September 14-15, 2012 Echo Hotel and Conference Center

Edinburg, TX

Aoi Uma Con

September 14-16, 2012 Fern Valley Hotel & Conference Center

Louisville, KY

Comiccon de Montréal

September 14-16, 2012 Palais des Congrès

Montréal, Quebec

Nan Desu Kan

September 14-16, 2012 Marriott Denver Tech Center

Denver, CO

Comikaze Expo

September 15-16, 2012 Los Angeles Convention Center

Los Angeles, CA

Paris Manga & Sci-Fi Show

September 15-16, 2012 Paris Porte de Versailles

Paris, France

Sukoshicon: Gatlinburg

September 15-16, 2012 Four Seasons Motor Lodge

Gatlinburg, TN

Animeland Otaku Mex

September 21, 2012 Crowne Plaza Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM

Erie Anime Experience

September 21-23, 2012 The Avalon Hotel & Conference Center

Erie, PA


September 21-23, 2012 Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Ctr

Rockville, MD


September 21-23, 2012 Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza

Merrillville, IN

Rochester Sci-Fi and Anime Convention

September 21-23, 2012 Main Street Armory

Rochester, NY

Animania Festival Sydney

September 22-23, 2012 Australian Technology Park

Sydney, NSW

AustraliaUnplugged Expo

September 22-23, 2012 Best Western Primrose Hotel – Downtown Toronto

Toronto, Ontario

Anime Weekend Atlanta

September 28-30, 2012 Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre

Atlanta, GA


September 28-30, 2012 Delta Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba


September 28-30, 2012 Grand Sierra Resort

Reno, NV

Anime St. George

September 29, 2012 Best Western Abbey Inn

St. George,UT

Anime Syracuse Festival

September 29, 2012 New York State Fairgrounds

Syracuse, NY

Maneki Neko Con

September 29, 2012 Prairie State College

Chicago Heights, IL


September 29-30, 2012 Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, Oshawa

Oshawa, Ontario Senshi-Con

September 29-30, 2012 University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union

Anchorage, AK

The Entertainment Media Show

September 29-30, 2012 Olympia Grand Hall

London, UK


September 30, 2012 Scottish Rite Center

Sacramento, CA

August Convention List

Posted on July 31, 2012

Anime Festival Orlando

August 3-5, 2012

Wyndham Orlando Resort

Orlando, FL

AnimeWorld Chicago

August 3-5, 2012

Hyatt Regency O’Hare

Rosemont, IL


August 3-5, 2012

Nampa Civic Center

Nampa, ID

Glitch Con

August 3-5, 2012

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Bentonville

Bentonville, AR


August 3-5, 2012

Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint

Pontiac, MI


August 3-5, 2012

Palais des congrès de Montréal

Montréal, Quebec


August 3-6, 2012

Ampthill & Woburn District Scout Ground

Milton Bryan, UK


August 4, 2012

Rockville Centre Public Library

Rockville Centre, NY

KuroNeko Con

August 4-5, 2012

Spokane Falls Community College

Spokane, WA


August 10-12, 2012

Keele University

Keele, UK


August 10-12, 2012

MacEwan University

Edmonton, Alberta

AniMiniCon SoHo

August 10-12, 2012

SoHo Gallery for Digital Art

New York, NY

Comic Market

August 10-12, 2012

Tokyo Big Sight

Tokyo, Japan

Nagu Con

August 10-12, 2012

Holiday Inn Helena

Helena, MT


August 10-12, 2012

Gateway Center

Collinsville, IL

San Japan

August 10-12, 2012

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center / San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel

San Antonio, TX

Anime Five Cities

August 11, 2012

Ludwick Community Center

San Luis Obispo, CA

Pahrump Anime Fair

August 11, 2012

Bob Ruud Community Center

Pahrump, NV

Tampa Anime Day

August 11, 2012

Embassy Suites Tampa – Brandon

Tampa, FL

Kin-Yoobi Con

August 11-12, 2012

Newark/Fremont Hilton Hotel

Newark, CA

Sukoshicon: Louisville

August 11-12, 2012

Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Northeast

Louisville, KY


August 16-19, 2012

Centro de Convenciones Tlatelolco,

Mexico City, DF Mexico

Anime Revolution

August 17-19, 2012

Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia


August 17-19, 2012

Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, NV


August 17-19, 2012

Roskilde Kongres- og Idrætscenter

Roskilde, Denmark


August 17-19, 2012

Fort Smith Convention Center

Fort Smith, AR


August 17-19, 2012

Melbourne Showgrounds

Melbourne, VIC Australia

Mizu Con

August 17-19, 2012

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center

Miami, FL


August 17-19, 2012

Holiday Inn Kansas City SE / CoCo Key Water Resort

Kansas City, MO

Carolina Anime Day

August 18, 2012

Hilton Charlotte Executive Park

Charlotte, NC


August 18-19, 2012

Fresno Convention Center

Fresno, CA

FanExpo Canada

August 23-26, 2012

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Toronto, Ontario


August 24-26, 2012

NH Koningshof

Veldhoven, Netherlands


August 24-26, 2012

Hyatt Regency Columbus

Columbus, OH


August 24-26, 2012

Burlington Hotel Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

Kentokyo Mini-Con

August 25, 2012

Joseph-Beth Booksellers

Lexington, KY

Animeland Makiba

August 31 – September 2, 2012

Palace Station Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, NV

Meta Con

August 31 – September 2, 2012

DoubleTree By Hilton Bloomington – Minneapolis South

Minneapolis, MN


August 31 – September 2, 2012

W Woodlake Hotel Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

Tsunami SP3

August 31 – September 2, 2012

Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI

Mérida, Yuc Mexico


August 31 – September 3, 2012

Best Western Merry Manor Inn

South Portland, ME


August 31 – September 3, 2012

Sheraton Dallas Downtown Hotel

Dallas, TX


August 31 – September 3, 2012

Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Hilton, Sheraton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree Plaza

Atlanta, GA

Animinicon Soho 2012!

Posted on July 28, 2012

They say third times the charm, and it’s time to test that out. The Soho Host Club will be hosting their third Animinicon Soho- and it’s supposed to be even more amazing and breathtaking than ever before! All ages are invited- under 14 need an accompanying adult however- as long as your weapons are peace-bonded and you don’t try to bring a yaoi paddle. What’s going on this for Animinicon Soho? Well besides the array of venders and artist, there will also be lots of “music, screenings, dancing, treats, prizes, fun!”Not to mention Mario Bueno will be performing There will also be a concert on Saturday and tea party on Sunday! So, what are you waiting for!? Preregister now at A 3-day pass is only $33($36 at doo) or $16/day at door.

Otakon’s Comming Up!

Posted on July 10, 2012

      This July the 27th through the 29th, Otakon will be celebrating its 19th year! This will be my very first year attending, and i can’t wait. All of my friends that attended Otakon last year- and years before that- are always ranting about how amazing the con is…I guess it’s time for me to find out for my self. Click the pictures above to be directed to the Otakon website for more information.

NYC Maid Cafe Beach Blast

Posted on July 5, 2012

Everyone, it’s time to break out your sunscreen and swim wear- because Tenshi No Ai and Reni Mimura’s Moe Moe Honey Cafe will be Collaborating with Apple Kissa’s Beach Party. So make sure to stop by for games, snacks and tons of fun!

To get to the Beach Blast, take the Q, N, D or F to the last stop (Coney Island / Stillwell Ave) and walk up the boardwalk on Surf Ave to the * 29th Street entrance *.The event is free but please remember to bring a bathing suit, towel, snacks and sunscreen!

As a reminder, there is NO PHOTOGRAPHY allowed in our area. Some of the maid cafe staff do not wish to be photographed in a bathing suit and to ensure that their privacy is respected, no photography (aside from pre-approved press) will be permitted. If you wish to take pictures with your friends, please just let the maids know in advance so that they can scoot out of the camera frame!

We’ll be there with snacks and prizes! So make sure to stop by and say hi!

July Convention List

Posted on June 22, 2012

Anime Friends

July 5-8, 2012 Faculdade Cantareira

São Paulo, SP Brazil


July 5-8, 2012 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington – Minneapolis South

Minneapolis, MN

Japan Expo

July 5-8, 2012 Paris-Nord Villepinte

Paris, France


July 5-8, 2012 Dom Omladine

Belgrade, Serbia


July 6-7, 2012 McAllen Convention Center

McAllen, TX

Anime Midwest

July 6-8, 2012 Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

Lisle, IL

Anime Overload

July 6-8, 2012 Holiday Inn Austin Midtown

Austin, TX

Anime Punch: Fieldcon

July 6-8, 2012 AEP ReCreation Lands

Morgan County, OH

AnimeWorld Indianapolis

July 6-8, 2012 Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing

Indianapolis, IN


July 6-8, 2012 Paroquet Springs Conference Centre

Shepherdsville, KY

London Film and Comic Con

July 6-8, 2012 Olympia Grand Hall

London, UK

Chibi G-Anime

July 7, 2012 Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre

Gatineau, Quebec


July 7, 2012 University of British Columbia, Student Union Building

Vancouver, British Columbia


July 7-8, 2012 SAALBAU Titus-Forum

Frankfurt am Main, Germany


July 12, 2012 Camino Real Hotel

El Paso, TX

Anime Friends

July 12-15, 2012 Faculdade Cantareira

São Paulo, SP Brazil

Comic-Con International: San Diego

July 12-15, 2012 San Diego Convention Center

San Diego, CA

Anime Attacks

July 13-14, 2012 Gateshead Central Library

Gateshead, UK

Anime SouthEast

July 13-15, 2012 Sevierville Events Center

Sevierville, TN


July 13-15, 2012 D4 Hotels Ballsbridge Inn & Towers

Dublin, Ireland


July 13-15, 2012 Connecticut Convention Center

Hartford, CT


July 13-15, 2012 Grand Wayne Convention Center

Fort Wayne, IN

Sangawa Project

July 13-15, 2012 Best Western Parkway Center Inn

Pittsburgh, PA

Orlando Anime Day

July 14, 2012 International Palms Resort and Conference Center

Orlando, FL

SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show

July 14, 2012 Sydney Convention Centre

Sydney, NSW Australia

Sukoshicon: Athens

July 14, 2012 Holiday Inn Hotel Athens

Athens, GA


July 14-15, 2012 Kuopion Musiikkikeskuksella

Kuopio, Finland


July 14-15, 2012 Antwerp Expo

Antwerp, Belgium

Glass City Con Cancelled

July 14-15, 2012 Owens Community College

Perrysburg, OH


July 20-22, 2012 Winnipeg Convention Centre

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ancient City Con

July 20-22, 2012 Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Jacksonville, FL


July 20-22, 2012 University of Limerick

Limerick, Ireland


July 20-22, 2012 Kuernberghalle

Leonding, Austria

N.A.P.P.A. Con

July 20-22, 2012 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Decatur

Decatur, AL

Sogen Con

July 20-22, 2012 Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center

Sioux Falls, SD

Tokyo in Tulsa

July 20-22, 2012 Tulsa Convention Center

Tulsa, OK

Manchester MCM Expo

July 21, 2012 Manchester Central

Manchester, UK

Nashville Anime Day

July 21, 2012 Clarion Inn & Suites

Murfreesboro, TN

Ani-Fi Cancelled

July 21-22, 2012 Century Center

South Bend, IN


July 21-22, 2012 Ned’s Brown Meadow (Grove #29)

Rolling Meadows, IL


July 22, 2012 The Inn on the Lake

Canandaigua, NY


July 26-29, 2012 Linköping University

Linköping, Sweden


July 27-29, 2012 Beethovenhalle Bonn

Bonn, Germany


July 27-29, 2012 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Coralville, IA

Animeland Tucon

July 27-29, 2012

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Tucson Airport-North

Tucson, AZ


July 27-29, 2012 Adelaide Convention Centre

Adelaide, SA Australia


July 27-29, 2012 Holiday Inn Burlington

Burlington, Ontario


July 27-29, 2012 Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore, MD


July 27-29, 2012 The Plaza Hotel & Suites of Wausau

Wausau, WI

Free Curry!

Posted June, 1 2012

Go Go Curry- the triple award winner of the Japanese Curry Contest- is offering a free curry coupon on Monday, June 4th between 11am and 2 pm at its Washington Square Park Stadium location (231 Thompson Street New York, NY 10012). All you have to do, it download the “Level Up” app on your android, blackberry, or apple product (iphone, ipad….) and connect it to one of your credit or debit cards. Once this is all done, show it a  staff member- and there you go-Free  Curry!

2012?s First Regional Specialty Food Fair

Posted on May 29,2012

     This years first Regional Specialty Food Fair will be held at 595 River Road in Edgewater,New Jersery, at Mitsuwa Marketplace from June 21 to June 24. Make sure to stop by, see cooking demonstrations, taste some free samples, and buy some amazing Japanese food and cooking supplies. And here’s a plus, their offering a free shuttle from Manhattan on the Thursday of the event.

Tokyo Fashion Festa New York

On February 17th at 6pm, the Katie Murphy Amphitheater at FIT will be hosting the Tokyo Fashion Festa. This is the second part of the series all about cosplay.

There will be a cosplay fashion show- starring costumes inspired by j-sub culture, anime, and manga- make-up demonstrations,  and a tea party to end off the night.

FIT is located on 7th Ave at 27th St. NYC :3

Anime and Manga Day at Kinokuniya Pt.2

There has just been some more information relased on the Anime and Manga Day at Kinokuniya. There are 4 more events, and 3 additions to what was previously released :3..

The Mistress Fortune Giveaway (All Day): Starting at 1:30 PM, the first 75 fans to attend Kinokuniya’s Anime and Manga Day will receive a Shojo Beat cell phone case courtesy of VIZ Media in honor of their release of the manga Mistress Fortune. From Arina Tanemura, Mistress Fortune is the story of Kisaki Tachikawa, a 14-year-old with psychic powers who works for PSI, a secret government agency that fights aliens. When Kisaki isn’t fighting invaders from another world, she pines after her partner, Giniro, but PSI won’t allow operatives to get involved.

Hip Hop Sneaker Art Workshop (2:00 PM): Officially kicking off the day, we start with something not too heart-shaped as Samurai Beat Radio, Hip Hop USA, and PJ Pop present a Sneaker Art Workshop. Attendees and artists will be given blank white sneakers to fill with their favorite anime and manga illustrations courtesy of Hip Hop USA. Participating fans will have a chance at prizes including having their work turned into a limited-edition sneaker.

Anime and Hip Hop Panel (2:30 PM): Following the Sneaker Art Workshop, Samurai Beat Radio will delve into the connections between anime and hip hop cultures in a discussion about the influence of hip hop on anime and manga art as well as notable Japanese hip hop artists.

SoHo Host Club (3:30 PM): Valentine’s Day cometh! The stylish and romantic gents of the SoHo Host Club come to Kinokuniya to sweep fangirls off their feet. They’ll be there to give their take on gentleman’s fashion and romance as only the SoHo Host Club can and celebrate Valentine’s Day and Fashion Week in their own unique way.

Maid Café Dating Game (4:00 PM): The Apple Kiss Maid Café takes the stage for a few rounds of their (in)famous dating game. Will you be lucky enough to win a date with the girl of your dreams? Or will you be publicly shamed as the Maid Café creams contestants in various feats of strength?

Hip Hop Sneaker Art Reveal (4:30 PM): After an afternoon of work, Hip Hop USA’s artists will present their work and they’ll award the prizes to the most original and awe-inspiring designs from fans.

NYAF Valentine’s Day Raffle (5:00 PM): The New York Anime Festival has chocolates, toys, and a stack of yaoi T-Shirts to giveaway. Want to win? Attendees can enter all day long, and they’ll have to be present at 5 PM for the giveaway’s drawing to claim their prizes.

Anime & Manga Day at Kinokuniya

On Saturday, February 12th, Samurai Beat Radio will be hosting February Anime and Manga Day! It’s going to be an awesome day >.<

Kinokuniya is workling with Hip-Hop USA ( and PJ Pop ( host an entertaining workshow where you’ll be able to draw your favorite anime/manga characters on sneakers for a chance to win prizeSneakers anbd markers will be provided- thanks to Hip-Hop USA- and it’s free to do.

There will also be a panel discussing the influence that hip-hop has in anime and manga. You should expect discussions on animes like Afro Samurai, Samuai Chmploo and animes will Japanese hip-hop like RIP SLYME.

The Event will run from 2pm to 5pm. The Sneaker Workshop will happen all day, but the Hip-Hop panel will start at 2:30. And as usual, expect a raffle at the end of the event. Kinokuniya is located at 1071 Avenue of the Americas (right near Bryant Park.) Hope to see you there :3

Meet Hello Kitty’s Designer

 Meet Tokyo’s Hello Kitty Designer!              If your in NYC, like us, then you’re in luck. Come down to the Sephora in Soho to meet the Third designer of Hello Kitty: Yuko Yamaguchi. She’ll be here (straight from Japan) meeting fans and signing cosmetics and accessories from the Hello Kitty Line at Sephora.

To take advantage of this once in a lifetime event, just be one of th first 200 fans to make a thirty-five (35) dollar purchase on March 16th between 10am and 5pm to get a wristband to ensure your meet and greet!

Sephora Soho is located at 555 Broadway  New York, NY. Hope To see you there !

Are You Ready For Springfest?

Are you ready for SpringFest????

Well, we sure are. Tommorow at SpringFest We will be hosing a panel and Natsuki will be performin. We’re even going to have a vendor table!

Our Panel is going to be called Otaku on a Budget, and it’s all about- you guessed it- being an otaku on a budget. We’re covering where to go and what to do to save money at conventions and just in the anime culture entirely. We’ll have wacky games, and prizes! So if you have some time from 12-1, head over to RH 317.

As most people hopefully know, Natsuki is a part of the group MoeMiru. They are going to be performing with Masahiro at their can’t miss event: “Dreamer.” The concert will take place in Regma from 3:30 to 5, So Check it Out.

And Last but not least, we’ll be having a vendor table! This is our first one, like our panel, and we’ve got many more to come! At our table we’ll be selling headbands,anime style art prints, kawaii jewlery and paper children, doing chibi and full size commisions, seliing manga and anime, and hosting a $1.00 raffle where you can win: 2 Mangas, a Paper Child, a 4×6 print, an 8×10 print, and a jewlery set.

Tickets are currently SOLD OUT for SpringFest, however you can still sign up to attend if you volunteer. SpringFest 2011 will take place from 10am-8pm at:

Polytechnic Institute Of NYU

6 Metrotech Center

Brooklyn, NY

Hope to see you there :3

Full Metal Panic Screening

Kaname Chidori’s one of the most popular girls at her high school – unfortunately, it’s her growing popularity off campus she should be worrying about. Unbeknownst to Kaname, terrorists are plotting her abduction, believing she possesses the rare and coveted abilities of “the Whispered.”

Sound interesting? Well, if you are free tommorow at 8pm, then head on over to the Mid-Manhattan Anime Night Screening of Full Metal Panic!

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo Japan Style

On May 5 from 8-11pm come to 15 St. Marks- under Jebon Sushi NYC to celebrate Cinco de Mayo Big In Japan Style!! there will be LIVE Musical Comedy & Stand up !! Hosted by KENJI & ‘ANGELO the Comedian’ from Sicily w/ the West Guadalupe All Star Band! Preparty drinks and dinner will be at 7-stick around after 9:30 for drink specials… Featuring Harajuku street performer NOZOMI NINJA (Tokyo Circus) for an unpredictable night of culture clash comedy and live music. All with a multicultural touch. Learn the lyrics to “Cielito Lindo” and “La Cucaracha” before you come & sing along with the West Guadalupe All Stars! 7PM Dinner & seating reservations: 212-388-1313 McSorely’s Irish Ale special all night & Mango Sake Slushees!

Lolita Sensation Kanon Wakeshima will be performing both solo and With An Cafe’s Kanon to Have the U.S. Debut of kanon x kanon at AM2!

Cello vocalist, Kanon Wakeshima took up the cello at age 3.  Her incredible talent caught attention of Visual-kei star Mana (Moi dix Mois, ex-MALICE MIZER). Kanon’s rich, haunting sound fit well with the Gothic & Lolita street fashion culture for which Mana is very well known. Kanon Wakeshima will be performing a solo concert at AM2. In addition, Kanon Wakeshima will be joined by famed An Cafe bassist, Kanon, to have their U.S. debut of the 2.5th-dimension phenomenal musical unit kanon x kanon at AM2 as well. The duo¹s deep affection for anime and anime songs, mixed with their distinctive visual expression, is definitely something new.  They are intangible products of thought, emerging from the 2.5th dimension that lies between the real world (3D) and the world of Anime (2D) to create Anime songs for all to enjoy including the opening song for Fuji TV¹s highly popular anime SHIKI.

Apple Kissa Looking for new maids!

The Apple Kissa Maid Café lends whimsical class to the New York Anime Festival at New York Comic Con. If you’d like to join their charming ranks, fill out the application and get your talent video ready!

AM2 looking for Models


Ready to strut your stuff on the runway?  AM2 is now looking for attendee models to wear some of the hottest and latest fashions from Japan and show them off at fashion shows during the three day convention event.  Attendees interested in fashion and becoming models on the catwalk for AM2¹s Sixh and Hangry & Angry fashion shows can now register online.  More info and model registration can be found at Those selected will receive a one (1) day fast-pass/Passport and will receive all benefits associated it for themselves and a friend.  All participating models selected MUST show up for a scheduled fitting prior to the event.

Convention Preview

      We have finally solved the world wide epidemic that has been sweeping across out nation…No- not world hunger or obesity… but where you will be able to find us this year! I know, I know- you’re welcome. Here’s a list of all the cons you’ll be able to find us at- email us at if you’re gonna be there too! We’d love to hear what cosplays you’re planning to do and even set up some photoshoots!


February 17-19, 2012

Gaylord National Resort & Convention CenterNational Harbor, MD


February 24-26, 2012

Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center

East Rutherford, NJ


March 10, 2012

Polytechnic Institute of NYU

Brooklyn, NY

Sakura Matsuri

Saturday, April 28–Sunday, April 29

900 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225


March 30- April 1, 2012

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY

Castle Point Anime Convention

April 1 2012

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ

Anime Boston

April 6-8, 2012

Hynes Convention Center

Boston, MA


June 8-10, 2012

Garden State Exhibit Center

Somerset, NJ


July 27-29, 2012

Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore, MD

New York Comic Con

October 11-14

655 West 34th Street

New York, NY

Half Off Vintage Kimonos !

Kiteya- located at 464 Broome St.-specializes in gift items freom Kyoto, There you can find kimonos and kimono-related items.

For the month of Februart all vintage kimonos and obi sashes can be bought 50% off!  You’ll event get a free Origianal Koshihimo if you give them the promo code: WEBSITE!

Also, on the 26th and the 27th, any costomer in a kimono will get a special gift :3. Make sure to inform the store in advance (if you’re gonna come in your kimono) at 212.219.7505

Big Apple Karaoke

Big Apple Karaoke is the newest Karaoke spot in Manhattan. It has 12 private rooms and songs in a range of 16 languages (of course including english and japanese.) They are haveing a grand opening campain for the month of February!  Private rooms are half off- making them $3/hour/person from Monday- Wednesday abd 4/hour/person from Thursday to Saturday.

They’re even giving out 1 iPad and 100 free 1 hour gift cards!!!!

Check them out, they’re located at 303-305 E. 53rd. Street and their website is

Comic Con 2011 Dates Revealed

Hey!! Happy Febuary. It has just been released that the New York Comic Con will go from October 13th to the 16th. Yes, you read right- the convention will be FOUR days this year!!!

According to Reedpop’s official blog, the extra day will “allow the show to accomodate even more attendees and provide additional programming and business opportunity for the artists, creators, and exhibitors who are the foundation of the show’s success.”

The new day of the convention will “start” at noon with academic programming. However it will officially start at 4pm and last until 7pm. These three hours will only be open to press, performers, exhibitors, and up to 10,000 fans. To become one of those fans all you have to do is purchase a four day ticket( there will be no one day passes for Thurday.) The price of the four-day passes havent been released yet, however they are rumored to be around 100 dollars.

We will be at the convention this year again, and we hope to see you there! Tickets will be going on sale on February 7th at noon Eastern Time at


    The Poly Anime Society Convention ( PAS-Con) is the Poly Anime Society’s Fall convention that complements their Spring convention: SpringFest NY. Join Natsuki for a day of entertaining and informative panels, live performances, and our world-famous Ramune-Drinking Contest! There will also be gaming tournaments from 3 different games (SSFIV:AE, BlazBlue, and Ultimate MvC3). Entry into the tournament is only $10 for each game tournament. Cash for the event will be collected on-site. Also people participating in the tournament must bring their own game controllers. Please – currently attending college students only. Valid college ID will be checked at the door.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM (ET)

Brooklyn, United States

Animinicon SoHo Presents: J-ROCK SoHo!

On Saturday, September 24th from 6pm to 10pm Animinicon Soho will be hosting J-Rock SoHo. J-Rock Soho will be a one-night minicon featuring English and Japanese J-Rock, Anime, and music videos. The Asterplace and NoirceuRxNoir-taku will be two J-Rock Performers. But, that’s not all! There will also be a performance by SHC’s and a’tris frontman James Mason Taylor ( and songs by one of my favorite cosplay singers: Mario Bueno.

Besides the awesome tunes, there will also be an anime trivia contest and Gaia Tea (audience service will be on the lower level and table service seating with fine china available on the upper level)!

Doors will be opening at six o’clock. The Soho Gallery for digital art is located at

138 Sullivan St. just south of Houston and just east of 6th Ave.

New York, New York 10012.

Hope To See You There!!

Lolita Day At Kinokuniya

Come celebrate International Lolita Day at Kinokuniya from 12:30 – 4PM on Saturday, June 4ths. Featuring girls from the local Lolita community. There will also be a raffle following the event (one entry per person).

12:30-1PM Inside Tokyo Rebel – See what’s up and coming at Tokyo Rebel.

1 – 2 PM West Meets East

Aly of Miss Lumpy and Tina of Ramble Rori

Everyone knows that Japan is the birthplace of lolita and lots of other hot street fashions, but what’s it really like? Aly and Tina discuss what the fashion is really like in Japan: how its followers differ from us, how they’re similar, what’s going on there now,

and tips for those who are planning on making the pilgrimage to the Land of the Rising Sun.

2-3 PM Salutations!

Nancy and Chris guide you through meetups, common situations that occur while dressed in Lolita, and how to appropriately respond and react to them.

3-4 PM Glacee: A Maiden’s Primer

Aly of Miss Lumpy and Caro-chan of F Yeah Lolita

Print magazines are very important to the world of lolita. While there have been a

few wonderful attempts at an English-based magazine before, a small group of bloggers

decided that it was time to create a print magazine for lolitas, by lolitas. This panel is

about Glacee, a brand new not-for-profit lolita magazine and how it works, what its goal

is, and how everyone in the community can get involved- even you!

4PM Raffle Drawing. Win items from AmaranthOpulent, Pretty Pop Designs, Tokyo Rebel, macarons and cookies from Financier.

AM2 2011 Main Event Scheduale

Opening Ceremonies

Seating   9:00 AM

Show   10:00 AM

Hangry&Angry Fashion Show

heidi. Concert

Sixh. Fashion Show

Seating   2:30 PM

Show   4:00 PM


Seating   7:00 PM

Show   8:30 AM

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Kanon Wakashima

kanon x kanon Concert

Seating   2:00 PM

Kanon Wakashima Concert   3:30 PM

kanon x kanon Concert   4:30 PMMasquerade

Seating   7:00 PM

Show   8:00 PM

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Seating   6:30 PM

Show   8:00 PM

AM2 Presents…Scandal!

Scandal, the most powerful Japanese Girlie Pop Rock band, will be performing at Am2 this Year!!!!Scandal is an all-girl (obviously) band with Haruna Ono (vocals, guitar), Mami Sasazaki (guitar, vocals)Tomomi Ogawa (bass, vocals), and Rina Suzuki (drums,keyboards, percussions, and vocals). If you watch BLEACH and FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST then you’ve already heard them.

AM2 Purikura Passport

This year at AM2, passport holders will be able to customize their passports with a picture. But not just any picture, a self make Purikura!!!  Scattered throughout the Summer Festival area will some of the most popular Purikura machines for attendees and Passport holders to utilize for their memories at AM2. The Purikura images can then be used by 3-Day Passport holders as part of their official 3-Day Passport photo within their booklets and will make each 3-Day Passport unique andcustom to its holder.

AM2 is a free convention, but attendees can avoid the huge lines by obtaining a Passport fast pass for the event. The Passport fast pass will also provide holders with premier seating options at Main Events and at Concert events as well as major discounts with theme parks, retailers and local restaurants.

Japan Day 2011

Since the first event in 2007, Japan Day @ Central Park has had three goals: 1) to build bridges of cultural understanding between the people of Japan and the U.S., 2) to say “Thank you, New York!” for providing such a nurturing home to America’s largest Japanese community, and 3) to facilitate stronger grassroots connections within the local Japanese community.

This year, we will send the message of “GANBARE! JAPAN!” to the people of Japan through the “Japan Run,” a 4 mile-run in Central Park on Sunday, May 8th, and the “Japan Day Festival” on Sunday, May 22nd, which will feature stage performances and activity tents. Our special guests will include Circus, Senri Oe, DMC, AISHA, Keiko Matsui, Mai Fukui, Yuka Takara, Lainie Sakakura and TEN-YOU, who is also our Official Artist for this year’s event.

In keeping with the “GANBARE! JAPAN” message of this year’s event, donations will be accepted both through the Japan Day website and at the “Japan Run” and the “Japan Day Festival”. These donations will go in their entirety to organizations active in relief and recovery from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. If you donate at these events, you will have a choice of gifts in exchange for your contribution.


will begin at 11:00a.m, at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park and continue throughout the day, and will feature THREE DISTINCT ACTS.

ACT ONE: THE POWER OF TRADITION will focus on the Japanese traditional arts that have been an enduring source of strength, spiritual resilience, identity and pride. The act opens with the first-time ever collaboration of New York’s two leading Taiko-Drum groups: Soh-Daiko and New York Suwa Daiko Association. Titled “Twice the Power”, this exuberant collaboration demonstrates how joining forces results in triumphant energy that can conquer all obstacles. Next, International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan, a display of traditional karate skills, shows how intense concentration, practice and patience can accomplish the seemingly impossible in our daily lives. Then, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to directly express and experience for themselves the “GANBARE!” energy that comes from joining together across cultures to celebrate life as the “OMIKOSHI” – a large altar – is born energetically through the cheering crowd by dozens of volunteers; this is followed by the joyous “BONODORI” dance that everyone is invited to join in. Japan Day’s Official Artist, TEN-YOU, concludes Act One with her stirring, unique Calligraphy performance, which presents the creation of a huge calligraphy canvas expressing the “GANBARE!” spirit of the day, choreographed to the live music of Japanese traditional instruments.

ACT TWO: JAPAN – NY GANBARE! SPIRIT will demonstrate the fusion of Japanese spirit and culture with the dynamic, embracing spirit of New York. The opening act, GANBARE! from Broadway will feature Yuka Takara and other top Broadway talent performing hits from Broadway’s most popular musicals, directed by Lainie Sakakura & choreography by Alex Sanchez. Next will be a jazz vocalist extraordinaire, TAEKO, who blends New York style with Japanese sensibility, followed by Keiko Matsui, a contemporary jazz pianist/composer from Tokyo whose critically acclaimed recordings have often graced the Billboard charts in the U.S. Another artist from Tokyo comes rising star Mai Fukui, becoming known in Japan for her uplifting songs of inspiration. For the finale of ACT TWO, AISHA, who is both Japanese and American, will perform with renowned rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from Run-DMC, backed by the thrilling hip hop dance styling of the BDC Dancers, an all – Japanese group of dancers from the Broadway Dance Center.

ACT THREE: JAPAN – NY VOICES TOGETHER will send a powerful musical message of support to Japan, beginning with a performance by Japanese 80’s pop icon Senri Oe, who has come to live in NYC to study and play jazz; he will perform with a large big band. Next, a vocal quartet long known for their eloquent harmonies, Tokyo stars Circus, will perform reflecting and celebrating the harmonious spirit of the Japanese people. For the finale of the stage show, Circus will be joined by three New York-based chorus groups; Sixty voices will be raised in songs of love, hope and inspiration for Japan.

THE ACTIVITY TENTS: Throughout the day, in the Naumburg Bandshell area near the stage show, there will be several activity tents for New Yorkers to experience Japanese culture first hand – and “hands on.” A language tent will introduce key Japanese words (e.g., GANBARE!, which means “you can do it!”). Other activities include Origami, Robot Sumo Battle, the Hello Kitty Photo Booth, and Calligraphy.


Uki Uki Night at Japan Society!

Friday, May 6, 6 PM — 10 PM© Naomi Ramirez 2010.

Join us for a fun evening of drinking, dancing and debauchery.  Come dressed as your favorite character (or yourself).  Featuring free admission to our current exhibition, Bye Bye Kitty!!!, a trivia contest, a cosplay parade and helpful maids who will keep the night rocking. We’ll be giving away tons of prizes, too!  Including gift certificates to Kinokuniya, toys from Kidrobot, anime blu-rays andtickets to   the New York Comic Con.

DJ Saiko Mikan.


(with a cash bar)

More Info…

– DJ Saiko Mikan will be spinning 60’s Group Sounds from Japan!

– Trivia Contest (Mame chishiki kuizu = 豆知識クイズ) with prizes from Kinokuniya and toys from Kidrobot and the grand prize   of New York Comic Con tickets!

– NYAF Apple Kissa Café will be entertaining the crowd all night and giving away random prizes from toys to anime blu-rays!

– Cosplay Parade with the three best costumes receiving tickets to New York Comic Con!

– Japanese Beers and Sake for $4!

– Free admission to the Bye Bye Kitty!!! exhibition!

What is Uki Uki?

Fumiko says: When I say I am “Uki Uki shiteiru”, that means I am excited, animated, kind of high, feel bouncy, bubbly….. definitely a sense of expectation makes you “uki uki”!  E.G. You are “Uki Uki” when you are going to have a long-awaited date with someone.

X Japan Goes on Tour

X Japan has filled the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome  18 time- a record! Sold more than 30-million records and DVDs, and sold out their New York City debut at the famed Roseland Ballroom.  And for the first time ever, X Japan will bring its epic rock’n’roll to Europe.

“We are all so excited to finally come and play in Europe,” said Yoshiki, The Bands leader/drummer/pianist/songwriter. “This is something we’ve wanted to do for many years, and we are ready to rock our European fans.” With many more dates coming, X Japan¹s 2011 global concert schedule is as follows:


28            Islington O2 Academy, London, UK


1            Zenith de Paris, Paris, France

4            Huxleys, Berlin, Germany


13            Summer Sonic Festival, Osaka, Japan

14            Summer Sonic Festival, Tokyo, Japan

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