One of these days our convention report podcasts won’t take months after the con is over to come out. Today is not that day. But hey, Anime NYC kept us waiting too! After a pandemic-imposed hiatus, Anime NYC returned in 2021 with its highest-ever attendance… and longest lines. Was the wait worth it… or was it just more waiting? Has Anime NYC grown too big for the Javits Center to handle? Was it even a good idea to congregate fifty thousand anime nerds together during a global pandemic? Was Anime NYC a super event… or just a superspreader event? Lum and VLord are joined by their usual gang of friends – Sakaki, Jecka, and Marion – to answer the call to all these questions and discuss the highs and lows of Anime NYC 2021!

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00:00 – Ukraine Aid Resources & Links

06:53 – Texas Trans Support Resources & Links


12:15 – Intro

14:05 – Anime NYC Omicron Case Updates 

17:00 – Community Shout-Outs & Links: 

25:17 – Anime NYC 2021 Discussion:

25:52 – Introducing Anime NYC 2021

29:40 – Attendance, Lines, & Accommodations 

53:10 – The Omicron Elephant in the Room
1:01:55 – General Thoughts on the Variety of Panels & Events

Friday, November 19th:

1:06:13 – Denpa booth
1:06:54 – Comikey panel
1:13:32 – Denpa Books panel
1:19:25 – Inside the Manga Industry Panel
1:23:31 – Dealer’s Room & Miscellaneous Activities and Anecdotes
1:41:50 – Post-Con Friday Night Dinner at Barn Joo & Wind-Down Activities
1:46:00 – The Strange Cancellation of the Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet Screening

Saturday, November 20th:

1:49:50 – Yen Press panel
1:52:39 – Yen Press & J-Novel Club’s Audiobook Announcements
1:53:44 – Dark Horse Panel
1:57:47 – Localize This! Panel
2:00:50 – Serving Magical Person Realness! Panel
2:02:06 – J-Novel Club Panel
2:12:48 – Line congestion in the late evening, Chilling and watching Nick Knacks, Defunctland, & Mega64
2:14:05 – One Piece 1000th Episode Panel
2:15:42 – J-Novel Club Raffle
2:16:52 – Meeting Rica Takashima at Artist’s Alley 

Sunday, November 21st:

2:18:30 – Azuki Panel
2:21:08 – Marion’s Sunday
2:22:22 – The Current State of the Manga Industry Panel
2:25:55 – AMV Contest
2:27:11 – Cosplay
2:33:50 – Kentaro Miura Memorial
2:35:38 – The Faraway Paladin Mural
2:37:10 – Pompo the Cinephile
2:48:00 – Belle
3:10:00 – Dealer’s Room & Artist Alley Con Haul
3:15:43 – Why We Didn’t See Gintama: The Very Final
3:17:05 – Post-Con Dinner & Dessert at Indikitch & Krispy Kreme

3:21:05 – Final Thoughts on Anime NYC 2021

3:34:08 – Wrap-Up


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Music Featured:

“U” by Millenium Parade
“Sayonara Bye Bye” by Mawatari Matsuko, English Version Sung by Stephanie Nadolny


About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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