Kodansha Presents Hajime Isayama at Anime NYC 2022

Oct 05, 2022
Kodansha Presents Hajime Isayama at Anime NYC 2022

Rare In-Person Appearance From Attack on Titan Creator Hajime Isayama
See Below For Info on Panels, Giveaways, AnimeNYC Exclusive Merch & more!

As announced in October, Kodansha USA is proud to present Hajime Isayama – creator of the global pop culture phenomenon, Attack on Titan – in his first U.S. appearance at Anime NYC. And with him arrive a slew of events, panels, exclusive merch and more! For details on the amazing Attack on Titan events and offerings fans will find this amazing anime/manga event - read below! Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the creator of Attack on Titan live and in person!

About Hajime Isayama

The 36-year-old Hajime Isayama launched his Attack on Titan in 2009, and it concluded after 34 volumes in 2021. A dark and gripping tale of humanity in a war with grotesque giants known as Titans, Attack on Titan has been praised by fans and critics alike for its combination of intense action and horror together with political intrigue and intricate world-building. The New York Times best-selling saga has sold over 100 million copies in print, and the series has won numerous awards across Japan and the US including the Kodansha Manga Award, Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, and Harvey Award. The anime based on this smash manga success will continue its final season in 2023.

About Attack on Titan

A century ago, the grotesque giants known as Titans appeared and consumed all but a few thousand humans. The survivors took refuge behind giant walls. Today, the threat of the Titans is a distant memory, and a boy named Eren yearns to explore the world beyond Wall Maria. But what began as a childish dream will become an all-too-real nightmare when the Titans return and humanity is once again on the brink of extinction. Attack on Titan is the award-winning and New York Times-bestselling series that is the manga hit of the decade! Spawning the monster hit Anime television series of the same name, Attack on Titan has become a pop culture sensation. For more, visit kodansha.us/attack-on-titan/.

Where to Find Hajime Isayama
at Anime NYC

Kodansha Presents Hajime Isayama Panel
When: Saturday, November 19 – 2:15 PM ET
Where: Special Events Hall

Signup for the Panel Lottery via Anime NYC HERE
Ends Friday, 11/11 at 12 PM ET / 9AM PT

Kodansha USA is proud to present Hajime Isayama - the creator of the global smash hit Attack on Titan - for the first time in the U.S.! Sure to be a wide-ranging and memorable panel, join Hajime Isayama, along with panelists, Ben Applegate (Director, Publishing Services, Penguin Random House), Tiff TJ Ferentini (Editor, Penguin Random House), Misaki Kido (Translator, Kodansha USA), and a surprise special guest, as they discuss and explore all things manga, art, life and, of course, Attack on Titan! First 2000 in-person attendees will receive a special commemorative gift! An exclusive Attack on Titan bandana produced by AMBRO Manufacturing.

You too can be part of the Kodansha Presents Hajime Isayama Panel!
Submit Your Question to Hajime Isayama HERE

Where to Find Attack on Titan
at Anime NYC

Kodansha USA Booth #1530 – Photo Booth & Thank You Message Wall

Visit the Kodansha USA Booth #1530 to create a number of special Attack on Titan memories! First you can take a photo of yourself alongside Captain Levi, Eren, Mikasa and Armin as they excitedly experience New York. Email yourself a digital copy and get a print version as souvenir in this photo booth that features that Anime NYC exlusive art drawn by Hajime Isayama himself for the Event.

Also be sure to leave a special "thank you" post-it note for Hajime Isayama on our Message Wall behind the Kodansha booth. Share your #AOTMemories and send a heart-felt message to Isayama-sensei!

Kodansha USA would like to give thanks to Japan Foundation New York for their support and contribution in bringing the Kodansha booth at Anime NYC to life.


Kinokuniya Booth #240 – Anime NYC Exclusive Merch

Looking to take home the Anime NYC Exclusive Attack on Titan art home in more ways than one? In a special partnership with Kinokuniya you can get purchase posters, totes, t-shirts and hoodies all featuring the all-new art created by Hajime Isayama special for this event! For prices and availability be sure to visit the Kinokuniya booth #240. Supplies are limited and each item will be sold first-come-first-served.

This event-exclusive Attack on Titan merch will also be available for sale through Anime NYC Booth #2222 in limited quantities, giving fans more opportunities to get these soon-to-be hard to find Attack on Titan memorabilia!


Crunchyroll Booth #248 – Photo-op in the Yeager Family Basement

Immerse yourself fully in the world of Attack on Titan by visiting the life-sized replica of the cryptic Yeager family basement and take a photo to add to your #AOTMemories at Anime NYC!

Can't make it to Anime NYC but still want to get a memento from Isayama-sensei's visit to the U.S.? Kodansha USA has secured a few Anime NYC exclusive Attack on Titan posters, signed by Hajime Isayama himself, for 3 lucky fans! For instructions on how you can enter to win this exclusive poster visit this survey entry form!

Enter for a Chance to Win A Signed Hajime Isayama Poster HERE

Where to Find Attack on Titan
in New York City

Whether you live in the Big Apple or are just visiting at the same time as Anime NYC. Keep an eye out around the city as you might see special advertisements all around New York City!

Special adverts featuring Hajime Isayama's art from key moments in the Attack on Titan manga will be located on the E, M, F, R, 4 and 7 subway lines, as well as near the Times Square & 42 st Subway Station. And above ground keep an eye out for Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan art featured on posters put up around Hells Kitchen, Midtown, and the Chelsea neighborhoods. You may even see this art driving around the tops of taxis in the same neighborhoods!

Where To See Kodansha USA
at Anime NYC

What’s New Kodansha USA?: New Licenses Announced! Panel
When: Sunday, November 20 – 12:15 PM ET
Where: Panel Room 2 (1E13)

More Info on Anime NYC

Kodansha USA – publisher of such fan-favorite manga as Tokyo Revengers, BLUE LOCK, To Your Eternity & more – invite manga fans to exclusive sneak peek at new & upcoming manga licenses great for fans of all interests! Join manga experts, Ivan Salazar (Kodansha USA), Ben Applegate (Penguin Random House) and Tomo Tran (Kodansha USA), as they reveal the latest and greatest manga coming from Kodansha USA, along with extended previews, hilarious commentary, recommendations for what to read next, and even some free giveaways! It’s a panel no manga fan can miss!

The World of Attack on Titan Digital Sale!

To celebrate the momentous visit of Hajime Isayama to Anime NYC, Kodansha is offering titanic discounts on stories from all corners of Isayama-sensei’s creative universe with the the World of Attack on Titan digital sale!

For details on where to visit the sales page HERE

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