Anime Attraction

Voice actors, cosplay junkies and Dance Dance Revolution superstars will converge on the Marriott DTC this weekend for the fifteenth annual Nan Desu Kan, Colorado’s premier anime convention. The three-day event, expected to draw more than 20,000 people, is devoted to the art and actors — whose English voices color familiar Japanese cartoons like Dragon Ball Z and Robotech — of anime, with expert panel discussions, autograph signings, musical performances and convention rooms dedicated to karaoke and live Rock Band competitions.

There will also be dozens of seminars, including “A Geek’s Guide to Social Interaction” and a crash course in Gothic Lolita dress and play.

“This year in particular, we are very proud of the schedule,” says the convention’s Jinnie McManus, adding that you don’t have to be an anime expert to enjoy the festivities.

Nan Desu Kan kicks off today at 5 p.m. at the Marriott DTC, 4900 Syracuse Street, and runs through Sunday night at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $50 and can be purchased at the door. All ages are welcome, and guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite anime character. For more information, visit
Sept. 9-11, 2011

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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