This year marks sweet sixteen for Nan Desu Kan, the region’s premier anime convention, but as anyone who’s attended any of the previous fifteen years knows, the con is a lot more than just anime: It’s a celebration of a wide swath of Japanese pop culture. The latest addition to the mix is a fitting one for this particular birthday. “This year, what’s new to us is fashion; we’ve never really dabbled in it before,” says Nan Desu Kan public-relations director A. Jinnie McManus. “This year, for the first time, we’re going to have a Lolita Boutique. We want our attendees to see what real Lolita really is.”
As usual, the weekend will be jam-packed with guests from the worlds of anime and manga, including voice actors, artists and industry leaders such as Masao Maruyama, co-founder of Studio Madhouse. Throw in a concert, a Masquerave, several cosplay contests, a bustling dealer’s room, and more screenings and panels than you could possibly attend, and you’re looking at an intense weekend of Japan-centric fun.
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The con starts at 2 p.m. today and runs through Sunday at the Marriott DTC, 4900 South Syracuse Street. Tickets are $30 for a day pass, $50 for the entire weekend, and all ages are welcome. For more info, including a full lineup and schedule, visit ndkdenver.org.
Sept. 14-16, 2012