Get Animated at Nan Desu Kan

Are you intrigued by anime (Japanese animation) but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’ve got the taste for it from something like Hayao Miyazaki’s excellent work (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) and you’re wondering where to go from there?

Look no further than Nan Desu Kan, the region’s biggest, best and longest-running anime convention, now in its fourteenth year. Starting today, NDK offers something for fans of all stripes. There’s a dealers’ room full of vendors; an art show featuring more than forty artists; and high-profile guests, including voice talent from Robotech, Fullmetal Alchemist and more. Oh, and there are contests, panels, film viewings and even a rock concert featuring the bands Kazha and echostream.

“We’ve never done a full-out, blown-out rock concert,” says A. Jinnie McManus, the con’s press coordinator. “They’ll be doing a big Friday concert, and echostream will also be performing in the middle of the costume contest.” Speaking of the costume contest, it’s not to be missed; thanks to the incredible creativity and dedication of the genre’s fans, it’s invariably one of the biggest draws of the event.

Nan Desu Kan continues through Sunday at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 South Syracuse Street. Tickets are $30 for a single-day pass, or $50 for the whole weekend. For more info, visit
Sept. 10-12, 2010

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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