5 panels and events to check out during Anime NYC 2018

Following a successful debut last year, Anime NYC returns to the Big Apple this weekend for all anime lovers. When it comes to guests, this year's installment features big names in the anime world, including animator Haruki Kashiwakura, singer Hironobu Kageyama, and Crunchyroll co-founder Kun Gao. Aside from the guest list, there's plenty to see and do with artist alley, the dealer's room, and panels galore. Out of the huge lineup of panels, we chose five that are guaranteed to bring big-time fun. 

Friday, Nov. 16

Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Inc. Presents SACRA MUSIC Special Panel + Video Concert
When: 2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Where: Panel Room 4
Forming in 2017, Sacra Music has a roster filled with talented J pop/anison acts such as Eir Aoi, LiSA, and Egoist. The label comes to Anime NYC to unveil their plans for the future and showcase their special video concert. Audience members will also be able to win prizes through their trivia contest.

Loud, Annoying, and Very Annoying (L.A.V.A.)
When: 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Where: Main Stage
If you're in the mood for an unpredictable event, voice actors Ray Chase, Robbie Daymond, and Max Mittelman will deliver one of the wildest panels at Anime NYC. The three run the improv show Loud, Annoying, and Very Annoying, and they've been bringing the laughs to various conventions across the country. The trio will bring their usual humor along with some prizes for their 90-minute extravaganza.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] Special Event featuring Aimer
When: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Main Stage
The beloved Fate/stay night series will get the spotlight with a special celebration event. Voice actors Cristina Vee, Tony Oliver, Bryce Papenbrook, and Kari Wahlgren will be on board to discuss working on the animated series and films. If that's not enough, fans will witness a rare performance from Aimer, who performed the theme song for Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] I.presage flower. You'll need a separate ticket for this event.

Masquerade Ultra Deluxe
When: 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Where: Main Stage
Cosplayers from all over will come together to celebrate their art with the Masquerade Ultra Deluxe. Unlike most cosplay competitions, this will include some tough challenges to decide the winners for the night. Kicking things off will be dance group Magnetism.

Sunday, Nov. 18

Apocrypha: The Legend Of Babymetal
When: 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Where: Panel Room 4
Beloved kawaii metal group Babymetal have had many accomplishments in a short period of time. On Oct. 30, the group added another milestone to their career with the release of Apocrypha: The Legend Of Babymetal. The graphic novel, which was released through Z2 Comics, goes deep inside the mythical backstory of the group. Illustrator GMB Chomichuk will be on hand to discuss everything about this 144-page book.