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April 8, 2009

News for New York Anime Festival 2009:

New York Anime Festival 2009 attendee, press, and professional registration is online

Register Now To Receive Two Free Weeks At

Norwalk, CT, April 8, 2009: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced online registration for its 2009 event has gone live. The 2009 New York Anime Festival, an anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention from the creators of New York Comic Con, will take place September 25-27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan, and attendees, Professionals, and Press can all register now at And, for the first time, NYAF is happy to offer all attendees who register online two (2) complimentary weeks of premium online service on, the digital world's #1 destination for anime and Asian video content.

Online attendee tickets are available now at the following, discounted prices. Friday tickets are $35, Saturday tickets are $40, Sunday tickets are $35, and Weekend tickets (good for all three days) are $55. At the Javits Center, all tickets will be priced $5 higher. Additionally, attendees who purchase their tickets online will be able to bypass the registration lines on-site. The New York Anime Festival encourages attendees to register online to save time and money.

And, new for NYAF 2009, all attendees will also be able to receive two free weeks of premium content from through a special offer located in NYAF's registration confirmation e-mail. Crunchyroll is an online video service and community that offers licensed, legal full-length episodes and movies of the very best in anime and Asian entertainment.

Beyond attendees, the New York Anime Festival also welcomes all those making their living in the anime and manga fields as well as reporters across the full spectrum of the press. NYAF provides both Press and Professionals with complimentary passes which are available now at

"We're always excited as we begin the lead up to a convention," Lance Fensterman, Show Manager of the New York Anime Festival, New York Comic Con, and Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, said. "But we're doubly excited today for NYAF as not only do we have tickets online but we're also able to provide our attendees an amazing offer from the good people at Crunchyroll. It's a double win for New York anime fans!"

"This is a great opportunity for anime fans to experience the Crunchyroll Anime Membership service for free," stated Kun Gao, CEO of Crunchyroll. "Crunchyroll lets you watch NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA, REBORN!, HAYATE NO GOTOKU, and many more of your favorite anime series the same day they're broadcast in Japan, with no video advertisements, in high quality. Register for NYAF and then experience what the Crunchyroll family has to offer!"

The New York Anime Festival will announce guests, VIP packages, contests, and programming throughout the spring and summer. Additionally, fans unable to wait until September can expect several meet-ups sponsored by NYAF at Manhattan's Kinokuniya Bookstore -- the largest Japanese bookstore in the USA -- in the months prior to NYAF 2009. For more information about the New York Anime Festival, please visit the show's official website ( and blog (


Crunchyroll is an online video service and community that offers full-length episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian entertainment. Crunchyroll's content is provided by Asian media leaders including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, d-rights, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony Canyon, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation America and many others.

Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within the Japanese anime industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within one hour of their Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) and the Licensing International Merchandisers Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital firm Venrock. More information can be found at its website,


The New York Anime Festival takes place September 25-27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan and is organized by Reed Exhibitions, the creators of New York Comic Con. The New York Anime Festival showcases the best of anime pop culture, including the latest anime, manga, Japanese cinema, music, and games, and anime-influenced comics, animation, and films from around the world. The festival features exclusive and extensive screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, sessions with the some of the biggest names in anime from Japan, Asia, and America, and explores the Japanese cultural experience with displays of both traditional and cutting-edge Japanese life. Further information can be found at


The New York Anime Festival is operated by Reed Exhibitions, the world's leading events organizer. In 2007, Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and organized by 39 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2006, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of £1,052 million on turnover of £5,398 million.