The festival will have the New York premiere of the 20th Century Boys trilogy and the U.S. premiere of Cencoroll. There will also be a cosplay masquerade contest with the prize being a five day trip to Tokyo and the Tokyo Anime Fair.
The line-up of guests is impressive. The guests of honor are animation director Yoshiyuki Tomino (Mobile Suit Gundam, scripted/storyboarded Astroboy) and singer/voice actress Yui Makino (Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicles).
Featured guests include voice actors (such as Travis Willingham, famous for his role in Fullmetal Alchemist as Roy), artists (including Lindsey Henninger a.k.a ElvesAteMyRamen at theotaku.com), cosplayers (award winning Mario Bueno will be there) and many more!
Musical guests include Echostream, Gelatine, ichiP!, Kokusyoku Sumire, Reni Mimura, Swinging Popsicle, and special guest AKB48. AKB48 will do a Q&A session, autographs, and present a free concert at the Jacob Javits Center on Saturday, September 27th. They will also perform a free concert the following day at NYC’s Webster Hall.
200 VIP tickets are also available for $200 each. VIP tickets get you early seating for all events, line skipping to be the first on the show floor, reserved autographing tickets, access to VIP coat check and concierge, exclusive NYAF posters, a NYAF official shirt and discounts from show store merchandises and Kinokuniya Bookstores. But if you don’t have the extra cash you can buy regular admission tickets ranging from $35 to $55.
The people who bring you the Anime Festival will also be at the Brooklyn Book Festival, so you can catch them there before NYAF. They are also giving away Glay concert tickets for their show in the House of Blues Sunset Strip in California on September 11 and 12. You can enter to win here. Also, if you’re interested in that cosplay contest, you need to apply here before the end of August.
For more information on the convention, visit NYAF’s official site.