Anime may have its roots in Japanese pop-culture, but it has undoubtedly developed into a worldwide phenomenon. Indeed, Naruto and Pokemon have become part of our global lexicon.

Accordingly, the company behind New York Comic Con has now created a festival devoted entirely to anime: The New York Anime Festival, featuring exclusive anime screenings, manga, cosplay, video games, live-action Japanese cinema, Japanese fashion and food.

If you weren't in New York this weekend to catch the festivities, have no fear – IFCNews is bringing the festival to you. Be sure to check the Film & Animation page over the next few days for constant anime updates!

Still not hip to the anime phenomenon? Check out some of these videos from YouTube partners and you will be.

Enjoy the fest,

Sara P. aka TheStoryBoard

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