Anime NYC - Kaz Haruna

Anime NYC - Kaz Haruna


Anime NYC has announced in a press release that Infini-T Force producer Kaz Haruna will be a guest of honor, taking part in an anime panel and signing autographs. Anime NYC is a celebration of Japanese culture that will take place from November 17-19th at the Javits Center (655 W. 34th St.). The convention will include a screening of the highly-anticipated Infini-T Force from Tatsunoko Productions. This is happening in partnership with Viz Media.

During Viz Media’s Infini-T Force panel, noted classic anime expert, Mike Toole, will accompany Kaz Haruna on the stage. The schedule follows:

  • Infini-T Force Special Screening – Fri, Nov 17 – 7 PM – Panel Room 1
  • Inside the Action of Infini-T Force with Kaz Haruna – Sat, Nov 18 – 2 PM – Panel Room 1
  • Infini-T Force Signing with Kaz Haruna – Sat, Nov 18 – 4:30 PM – Autograph Room

Other guests include:

  • Fumihiko Sori
  • Masaki Tachibana
  • Naruyoshi Kikuchi
  • Yoko Ishida
  • Chihiro Yonekura
  • TRUE
  • Cherami Leigh
  • Cristina Vee
  • Danny Choo
  • LeSean Thomas
  • and Stephanie Sheh

Anime NYC show director, Peter Tatara, commented “We’re honored to work with VIZ Media to present Kaz Haruna, Mike Toole, and ‘Infini-T Force’ at Anime NYC. Truly a special event, ‘Infini-T Force’ celebrates the past half-century of Japanese animation, and we’re excited to bring this tribute to New York City!”

Viz Media’s Infini-T Force events are exclusively available to Anime NYC attendees. Tickets to the convention are available at Anime NYC passes will cost you anywhere from $35-60. Lastly, you can continue reading below to read more about some of the parties involved with the event (as quoted in their own words from the press release):

About Kaz Haruna

Kaz Haruna is Tatsunoko Production’s producer for this fall’s CGI animated “Infini-T Force”, which brings together some of the studio’s most memorable heroes into one, hyper-charged series.  Having grown up in the United States and working in the Japanese anime industry for a number of years, Haruna looks forward to participating in Anime NYC to directly communicate with fans. Tatsunoko Production is one of Japan’s oldest animation studios and has pioneered the industry with such memorable hits like “Speed Racer” and “Gatchaman” (Battle of the Planets).


About Mike Toole

Mike Toole has been writing professionally about anime and manga for over 20 years, for publications like Otaku USA and Sci-Fi Magazine. Currently, he’s the editor at large at Anime News Network, the internet’s biggest English-language source for news, reviews, and information about Japanese animation and manga. He’s also a freelance DVD producer, having supervised a number of projects for Discotek Media. Mike’s also appeared as an onscreen host for both Anime News Network and Crunchyroll, and he’ll make his debut as a voice actor playing the narrator in Discotek’s DVD and Blu-Ray release of “Bananya,” currently slated for release in early 2018.


About VIZ Media

Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide. Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at

About Anime NYC

Anime NYC is New York City’s anime convention! A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC brings anime fans and publishers together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan. Join us for a celebration of Japanese animation, manga, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel, technology, toys, and games in the heart of NYC! For more, visit


About LeftField Media

LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of businesses and their consumers as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to business. LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair (, a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Association; Awesome Con (, Washington DC’s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (, Portland, Oregon’s Comic Con; Anime NYC (, a Japanese pop culture festival presented by Crunchyroll; and the Classic Auto Show (, a classic and vintage auto show launched in Los Angeles. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic Trumbull, CT. (




Michael Fontanini
Michael is a veteran gamer in his late 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES, SNES, and N64 among others. He loves Nintendo, but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks/bike rides, loves animals, and enjoys thunderstorms (and science in general). I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.