AnimeNYC, the pop-culture event sponsored by Leftfield Media, came back to New York’s Javits Center last weekend after being cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, this is the first major manga/anime-focused show since the pandemic shut everything down, and the landscape has changed quite a bit in that time, with the surging popularity of both manga and anime. Viz, Yen Press, Kodansha, Dark Horse, and Denpa all had panels at the show, as did a number of digital manga services and light novel publishers and anime companies Crunchyroll, Funimation, and GKIDS.
Crunchyroll announced that it will start streaming the Spy x Family anime, adapted from the Viz series, in April 2022. Spy x Family has been a consistent seller; most recently, Vol. 6 made BookScan’s October graphic novel best-seller list (see “October 2021 NPD BookScan – Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels”). Crunchyroll and Funimation also announced that they will stream the final season of Attack on Titan starting in January 2022.
See You Tomorrow at the Food Court, by Shinichiro Nariie, is an opposites-attract yuri rom-com, featuring an honor student and a fashionista; and Chitose Is in the Ramune Bottle, adapted by Bobcat from the light novel series by Hiromu, is a high school harem comedy about the leader of a group of elite high school guys whose life changes drastically when his teacher asks him to reach out to a fellow student who is a shut-in.
And finally, as always, a cat manga: Nights with a Cat, by kyuruyuZ, a slice-of-life manga about a housecat’s nighttime activities.