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Tokusatsu at Anime NYC 2022 Convention Recap


Tokusatsu at Anime NYC 2022 Convention Recap

Team TokuNet staff member Charlie Li attended Anime NYC 2022 in Manhattan, New York in November, thus uniting a community of tokusatsu cosplayers and fans. 

Anime NYC is an annual 3-day convention at the Javits Convention Center. Anime NYC is one of the largest and most popular anime conventions of the year as thousands of attendees come from all over the world to showcase their cosplays, participate in various events, and have fun with old and new friends.

Starting off near the main entrance, the Bandai Namco/Bluefin Booth celebrated Kamen Rider with a display case filled with DX Kamen Rider toys. Kamen Rider toys seen include Kamen Rider Geats’ DX Desire Driver, Fuuto PI’s Complete Selection Modification Doubledriver Fuuto PI version, Kamen Rider Ichigou’s CSM Typhoon (50th Anniversary Memorial Set), Kamen Rider Kuuga’s Complete Selection Modification Arcle, Kamen Rider Zero-One’s DX Hiden Zero-One Driver, and Kamen Rider Geat’s DX Desire Driver & Hammer set. Keep an eye out for more official Kamen Rider western releases.

Going into the Dealer’s Hall, Image Anime (Booth #222) and Megaroad Toys And Entertainment LLC (Booth #2247) both supplied tokusatsu merchandise for con attendees to purchase. Items for sale included DX toys, DX gimmicks, photobooks, plush toys, figures, Kamen Rider Figure-Rise Standard figures, and CSM Releases.

The tokusatsu community on Saturday afternoon of the convention gathered at the Tokusatsu Anime NYC 2021 Cosplay Meetup, hosted by Heaven’s Gem Cosplay. Fans cosplayed as characters from a myriad of tokusatsu shows such as Super SentaiPower Rangers, and Kamen Rider. Each cosplayer came to the meet-up with cosplays they’ve spent so much time and energy on as well as their undying passion for tokusatsu.

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As our 30 minutes allotted time frame came to an end, the final picture was snapped, and we all went our separate ways, I reflected on how much the tokusatsu community has evolved since last year’s convention-less year and how everyone’s love of the tokusatsu genre contributed to the huge success of bringing tokusatsu representation to Anime NYC. I want to thank everyone who attended this fun event as both a fan and a cosplayer. I had a great time meeting others who share our passion for tokusatsu. I can’t wait for what’s in store for future conventions.

All photos are taken by Jason Linetsky/Freeze Frame Foto. Please do not repost or alter in any way without permission and proper credit.

Also known as HebitsukaiLi Cosplay and @sentairidertaisen45 on Instagram, Charlie Li is a current MFA Student at New York School of Interior Design and a New York University Game Design BFA Graduate. He enjoys tokusatsu of all kind as well as anime and k-pop. His top 3 Sentai include: Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, and Denji Sentai Megaranger.

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