Attack on Titan Creator Hajime Isayama will make his first US appearance at Anime NYC

Great news for anime fans in the big city! It was announced yesterday that Hajime Isayama, the creator behind the hugely popular The attack of the Titans franchise, will make its very first appearance in the United States at Anime NYC in November.

The announcement is courtesy of Anime NYC, which is powered by Crunchyroll, and Kodansha USA Publishing, the US distributor of the The attack of the Titans manga. One of the most popular manga series of all time, The attack of the Titans spawned a $500 million media empire that includes manga, anime, live-action movies, plays, video games, and merchandise. The manga launched in 2009 and ended in 2021 after 34 volumes, with over 100 million copies in print. The final final season of the anime (they think so this time I’m sure) will air in early 2023.

“This is it – Hajime Isayama in his first appearance in the United States, and it will be at Anime NYC,” said Alvin Lu, President and CEO of Kodansha USA Publishing. “After more than ten years of editing The attack of the Titans, we are very, very happy to help house Isayama-sensei and see him meet the fans who have loved and supported this incredible pop culture phenomenon over the years. It will be an unforgettable Anime NYC.

The attack of the Titans changed the world,” said Anime NYC Event Director Peter Tatara. “It told a startling story unlike anything else in Japanese or American entertainment and led a new generation to fall in love with Japanese comics and pour their hearts into Isayama’s incredible characters. We are now absolutely honored to welcome Hajime Isayama and give his American fans their very first opportunity to meet the legendary designer.

Anime NYC attendees will have a real treat as Isayama performs a rare signing on Friday, November 18 and hosts a main stage panel on Saturday, November 19. Details on how to obtain tickets for the signing and the panel will be released in early November.

Anime NYC is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, from November 18-20 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City in Manhattan. In addition to Isayama, the convention will welcome other Japanese guests of honor including Shuko Murase (director, Gundam Hathaway), Setsuo Ito (voice actor, Mob Psycho 100), and Yoko Shimomura (Composer, FINAL FANTASY XV).

Kodansha will have a booth at the show during the three days of the convention, with a special The attack of the Titans Activation. Their manga gallery at last year’s event was phenomenal and one of the highlights of the weekend for me. Other major Japanese entertainment companies like Aniplex, Bandai, Crunchyroll, GKIDS, HIDIVE, VIZ Media and Yen Press will also be present at the show.

Limited Anime NYC badges are still available on the official site.

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie holds a BA in English with a major in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, available on Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York with her ninja vampire demon cat. She covers TV, books, movies, cartoons and conventions in the New York area.

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