For years, folks in and around New York City wished for another amazing anime convention to return to the region. Fortunately, Greg Topalian, who founded New York Comic Con, and Peter Tatara, who helped run New York Anime Festival, heard everyone's call. On Friday, the first ever Anime NYC kicked off inside the Javits Center, and anime lovers finally had a chance to rejoice. Unlike New York Comic Con, Anime NYC was a bit more compact, but that didn't mean it lacked any major names on the show floor, including GKIDS and Bandai Namco. Local conventions such as AnimeNEXT and Castle Point Anime Convention were also on hand to promote their 2018 dates.
The main event of the day was Anime Diva Night, which brought together three popular singers (Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE) from the anime world. While all three ladies began the night by joining forces on the Sailor Moon theme, each one had their own moment to deliver some recognizable hits from anime such as Fairy Tail and Rave Master. Much like every other ani-song concert, glowsticks were flaling around with chants galore filling the space.
You can check out some of our favorite cosplayers seen at day one of Anime NYC in the slideshow above.