"Gimme a sec, guys. I've waited eight years for this," stated comedian Uncle Yo while taking a selfie before Anime NYC's Masquerade Ultra Deluxe on Saturday. For the NYC resident, this was the end of his farewell tour, which started earlier this year at MAGfest and worked its way to AnimeNEXT. After years of hosting panels and performing stand up at conventions across the country, Uncle Yo decided to step away from the gig and move on to bigger things. As someone who attended New York Anime Festival back in the days, seeing an anime convention return to his city was simply magnificent. "Nerds. Geeks. Fans. Friends. Welcome home," he said to the spectators.
The Masquerade was divided into two major groups. The performance category dealt with folks delivering entertaining skits for the audience and judges. From a group portraying a Fire Emblem battle to a pair bringing that popular "Arthur Punches D.W." clip to life, every segment on stage was sensational. The second portion was for the people that wanted to show off their cosplay, and with a long list of folks ready to hit the stage, this was a visual feast for many.
While judges were busy picking winners, the fun really began with Ultra Deluxe Challenges. Members in the audience had their chance to win prizes by competing in three games: Pictionary (or, for this event, Pikachunary), charades, and Making An Entrance. The final game was all about impressing people by how you'd enter the room to your favorite anime song. Four categories were on hand (Magical Girls, Go Ninja Go, Idols, Throwbacks) with tunes from anime such as Cowboy Bebop, The iDOLM@STER, and Love Live! Sunshine!! Star-Lord took some time from filming Infinity War to deliver a winning routine during "Sakura Kiss" from Ouran High School Host Club.
By the end of the night, all of the winners gained their prizes, include Best In Show victors The Thrustkateers for their tribute to Hatsune Miku. During the day, cosplayers such as Oikatsudon, Mari Angel Villa, and Mandycake Cosplay were among those packing the Javits Center for Saturday's sold out installment of Anime NYC 2017. Here are some of the best seen at the show.