Pop Asia

Are you a lover of Anime, Manga, K-pop, Japanese culture, and all things kawaii? Welcome to your sanctuary! If you’ve ever wanted to dance like BLACKPINK, become a Pokémon trainer for a weekend, indulge your curiosity about Japanese culture, or just gush over your new (or old) manga obsession, Pop Asia is the place for you! We have interactive experiences, gaming, Japanese cultural groups, as well as anime and manga retailers for you to explore. Consider Pop Asia your little anime convention haven!  

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What’s Happening at Pop Asia?

Manga Lending Library

Need a break from the Show Floor? Why not relax and immerse yourself in a manga of your choice? We’ve got you covered! This year we’ve launched a brand-new manga lending library! We have over 500 volumes of manga for you to dive into! All you need is to present your badge and you’re welcome to our manga lending library! Go on, take a little break and dive into something new or re-visit an old favorite! 

Nerds Know

 Your go-to group of nerds who know things! Nerds Know is an entertainment group from South Florida consisting of convention veterans, college professors, and convention professionals who have pooled their collective talents to bring you the knowledge that every geek, nerd, and otaku craves! Come join in on one of their many panels and be prepared to participate!

Here’s a taste of some Nerds Know panels at NYCC:

Live Action Anime Cringefest

Thu, Oct 6, 2022 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Location: Pop Asia Stage

Hollywood has run out of ideas (again)! Join Nerds Know as we take a look at some of the worst (and best?) anime/videogame to movie adaptations that the West has to offer including some lesser known titles like GSaviour! You’ll literally never want to watch these again!

Dubs vs Subs

Fri, Oct 7, 2022, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Location: Pop Asia Stage

Rice balls or donuts? Usagi or Serena? The Eiffel or Tokyo Tower? Dubbed Anime or Subbed Anime!? Let’s end this debate once and for all with Nerds Know!

Click the link at the bottom of this page and check out the full list of Nerds Know panels at NYCC!


Come join Amanda and Nathalie, a K-pop loving youtuber couple from Miami, Florida as they share their passion for all things K-pop! Their mission is to share their knowledge and love for underrated and senior artists, along with their love for all new artists joining the K-pop world.

Check out this sampling of what K!Junkies is bringing to NYCC:

Let’s Dance: Kpop!

Sun, Oct 9, 2022 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Pop Asia Stage

Join us to participate in a variety of different Kpop dance games. There’s even games for fans that don’t know the dances! You won’t need any “permission to dance” at this panel, because everyone can play!

Kpop Game Show

Sat, Oct 8, 2022 1:30 PM – 2:30PM

Location: Pop Asia Stage

Test your Kpop knowledge in various rounds of trivia and guessing games!

Click the link below to peruse the full list of K!Junkies panels at NYCC!