Anime News Network & Anime NYC Present Online Premiere of New Anime Gibiate

First Episode in New Streaming Panel Series “Anime News Network Connect”

New York, NY (July 10, 2020) - Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll and Anime News Network today announced the launch of “Anime News Network Connect presented by Anime NYC”, an ongoing online panel series which will showcase anime premieres, in-depth interviews, and interactions with anime creators and publishers. Anime News Network Connect will debut on July 14 with the special Online Premiere of the upcoming anime “Gibiate” together with a Q&A with “Gibiate” Producer Ryō Aoki and Director Masahiko Komino.

Anime NYC is the second largest anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention in the U.S. Run since 2017, it welcomes over 50,000 attendees, leading publishers, celebrity guests, and world premieres. This year's Anime NYC is scheduled for November 20-22, 2020 in New York's Javits Center.

Anime News Network is the world's largest English-language anime news website. Since its founding in 1998, ANN has grown to become a trusted source of up-to-date news and information about the Japanese animation and manga industries for both fans and professionals alike. ANN reaches over 7 million visitors each month from over 50 countries.

A collaboration between these two brands, Anime News Network Connect will offer a new way for anime fans, anime creators, and the anime industry to come together during this time of physical remoteness and social distancing. Especially with most anime conventions cancelled over the coming months, Anime News Network Connect hopes to provide fans with digital communal experiences and publishers an online space to showcase new projects. Episodes of Anime News Network Connect are currently planned across the summer and fall, with the first debuting next week.

Anime News Network Connect will launch from on July 14 at 9 PM Eastern Daylight Time / 6 PM Pacific Daylight Time with an exclusive screening of the first episode of Crunchyroll Original “Gibiate” one day before the series debuts on Crunchyroll itself. “Gibiate” is a highly anticipated new anime series featuring character designs from the renowned Yoshitaka Amano of “Final Fantasy” and “Vampire Hunter D” fame as well as an all-star team, which also includes voice actor Tetsuya Kakihara (Natsu Dragneel in “Fairy Tail”) and musician Sugizo (lead guitarist of “Luna Sea”). Immediately following the Online Premiere, ANN Editor at Large Mike Toole will host an exclusive interview with “Gibiate” Producer Ryō Aoki and Director Masahiko Komino.

Gibiate's” premise...

2030. Japan. A virus named “Gibia” has infected humans throughout the world. Infected people turn into different forms of monsters. Just then, a samurai and ninja appear in the blighted wasteland of Japan. They both traveled from the historic Edo era and now fight together with the help from a doctor who tries to find a cure for Gibia. Facing ceaseless attacks from monsters and outlaws, they start a dangerous journey with enemies all around.

The Anime News Network Connect Online Premiere of “Gibiate” will not be archived and is only viewable on July 14. It is also only available to audiences in the US, Canada, and Mexico. “Gibiate” will then stream on Crunchyroll starting on July 15 with new episodes each week.

“With so many traditional ways to come together impossible, we wanted to create a new way to make connections,” said Anime News Network Publisher Christopher Macdonald. “This is the core of Anime News Network Connect, and we hope we can help share exciting moments, create new smiles, and bring anime fans, creators, and the industry together.”

“We're honored to launch Anime News Network Connect with the Online Premiere of “Gibiate”,” said Peter Tatara, Anime NYC's Show Director. ““Gibiate” is one of the most anticipated anime of the summer, and we're tremendously thankful to Crunchyroll and everyone involved in the creation of “Gibiate” for giving fans across the US, Canada, and Mexico this opportunity to experience its first episode together!”

Fans looking for more information on the “Gibiate” Premiere and Anime News Network Connect presented by Anime NYC overall should visit, and details will be coming soon about additional episodes across the coming weeks and months.

Founded in 1998, Anime News Network is the collaborative effort of a team of professional journalists and enthusiasts who love anime and want to share their love for anime with the world. From the in-depth coverage, analysis, and commentary to the unparalleled resources of the online anime Encyclopedia, is the best way for fans to keep informed about all-things anime and manga.

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll 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. This year's event takes place November 20-22 in New York's Javits Center, and we invite you to join over 50,000 fans for a celebration of Japanese animation, manga, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel, technology, toys, and games in the heart of NYC! For more, visit

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