Join Us for Naka-Kon 2019

Naka-Kon is an annual three-day convention, celebrating anime, manga, cosplay, music, fashion, gaming, and more!

Every year, we bring your favorite voice actors, musicians, cosplayers, artists, designers, and industry experts to the Overland Park Convention Center. Catch guest panels and performances, be part of our cosplay competitions, enter contests, and learn about working in the anime, manga, and music industries.

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This Year's Theme


In Japan, Spring is a time of new beginnings. With the end of a cold winter, the start of a new school year, cherry blossom festivals, and more, Spring is a time to start anew.

Naka-Kon has seen many changes over the years, allowing us to evolve and grow in our fifteen years of existence. Some long time members of our community might remember that we started out as a small tabling event held by the University of Kansas Anime Club. In the last five years alone, Naka-Kon has become a 501(c)3 non-profit, joined the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, established a scholarship for local residents in Japanese studies, and brought in over 10,000 attendees for a whirlwind weekend. Much like Spring, Naka-Kon is springing into a new year, and a new beginning.

With this in mind, Naka-Kon is pleased today to announce the convention theme for 2019.
Naka-Kon: 青春 -aoharu- in bloom.

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Naka-Kon Black Friday Sale!

chowing down

What better gratification than delayed gratification?

Sure, you could camp outside in the cold morning air post-Thanksgiving in hopes of taking home a discounted TV...or you could take advantage of Naka-Kon's Black Friday sale and hook yourself up with a full weekend badge to your favorite anime convention!

Once you've finished chowing down Goku-style on Thanksgiving day, visit our registration page between Thursday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 27th to save $5 off the price of a full weekend membership. Enter Promotion Code: NK19BF670 to get the discount.

Just a few clicks, and you've treated yourself to some sweet, sweet delayed gratification. Once March 15th rolls around, future you will be most thankful!

OPENWORLD Brings Video Game Music to Life

Esteemed music director Eric Roth returns to Naka-Kon to bring your favorite video game music to life with a new orchestral production, OPENWORLD

Featuring exciting new arrangements of video game music for a chamber ensemble of world-class musicians, OPENWORLD performs music from series and titles such as Halo, Super Mario 64, Metal Gear Solid, DuckTales, The Legend of Zelda, and many others. Selections range from ‘90s classics to your favorite recent releases.

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Join the Naka-Kon Team!

Staff Applications are Available Now!

Naka-Kon is an entirely fan-run convention that takes place every March in Overland Park, Kansas. Everything you see is a labor of love, from the concert and dances to the game room, panels, and contests!

We can’t do it alone, and that’s why we need you. We have openings at every level of commitment, whether you just want to get your feet wet or throw yourself headlong into the fun, crazy world of convention planning.

Read more about joining the Naka-Kon Staff and submit your Staff Application.

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