Photos from Anime NYC 2017

I tried to be a cosplay photographer for a weekend.

Last weekend my friends and I went to New York City for the first ever Anime NYC convention. It was one of (maybe the first?) anime-focused cons in New York, and held in the Jarvits Center — the same place as New York Comic Con and the building where our hopes and dreams died on November 8. This wasn’t our first weeb con — Anime Boston is the OG — and seeing Anime NYC’s first year got us excited to see how it’ll expand in the future.

I have a passing interest in photography, a simple Canon DSLR suffices for most of my needs. And cosplay is my favorite part of any convention, I can sit in one place forever and just people watch. So for this con I decided to try my hand at something a little more in-depth than quick portraits with my phone.

(PS: Sorry I didn’t get any names of the cosplayers. If you find yourself in any of the photos and want your own copies, let me know!)

The dealer’s room floor.

I swear I don’t usually take photos in public restrooms.

(above) Katsuki Bakugo from My Hero Academia
(from left to right) Ochaco Uraka, Fumikage Tokoyami, and together Bakugo, Izuku Midoriya, and Tenya Iida from My Hero Academia

Stephen Strange from Doctor Strange

Hei from Darker Than Black (this is a big deal for me because prior to this weekend I was pretty sure I was one of, like, 5 people who have seen this show.)

My friends also documented the weekend. Follow Joyce’s YouTube channel joycescookie for some quality content.

Ryuunosuke Akutagawa and Chuuta Nakahara from Bungo Stray Dogs

Asami, Kora, and Tenzin from The Legend of Kora

Celty Sturluson from Durarara!! and Kaneki Ken from Tokyo Ghoul

He protec us all

And finally, my favorite photo from the weekend:

No Face from Spirited Away moments before it scared the life out of my friend

Thank you to everyone who let me take photos of them this weekend, and thank you to the team who made Anime NYC happen. See you next season!


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