March 15–17, 2019
Overland Park Convention Center & Overland Park Sheraton Hotel

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.

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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Eventbrite - Naka-Kon 2019


Gloomy Bear Feeding Stations

We are excited to collaborate with artist Mori Chack, Overland Park Convention Center, and Sheraton Overland Park Hotel to bring you a whole new dining experience! Throughout the convention, Overland Park Convention Center and Sheraton Overland Park Hotel will be offering special menu items inspired by Mori Chack’s characters Gloomy and Pity. Visit this page for more information about menu items, prices, special prizes and swag!

Gloomy Bear

Check Out the Schedule

Need more information for planning your convention fun? The full schedule for Naka-Kon 2019 is now available. Download the full schedule here or view it by individual days.

Program Book Now Online

The Naka-Kon program is full all kinds of useful information about all the activities at the convention, including schedules, maps and guest biographies. Want an advance copy of the program book? Download a PDF Here.

Printed copies of the program book will be available at the Info Desk and in the exit line for Registration in Exhibit Hall A.

Tomo Times Available

Download an advance copy of Tomo Times. Printed copies of Tomo Times will also be available during the convention at Info Desk and in Exhibit Hall A.

Autograph Rules

Please see our Autograph Rules page for information about picking up autograph tickets and other important information.

New Manga Online

Catch up with the continuing of Tomo, Inari and friends in the 2019 edition of the Naka-Kon Manga. Download a copy here.

2019 Naka-Kon Manga

Attendee Services Ready to Help

Our Attendee Services sector, located in the lower level of the Sheraton hotel in the Linden room, provides attendees a number of resources to actively engage with the convention such as Accessibility Services, Conflict Resolution, Volunteer Check-In, Lost and Found and other services. Read More.

Honored Guests

Satomi Akesaka

Satomi Akesaka is a voice actress from Saitama, Japan, best known for her Japanese voice roles...
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Aya Kamiki

Aya Kamiki is a Japan Gold Disk Award-winning singer, actress and model. In 2003, she released...
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Amelie Belcher

Amelie Belcher is an award-winning artist, painter, art instructor, comic creator and pod cast...
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Kara Edwards

Kara Edwards is a professional voice actor known for her young, fresh sound and wide range of...
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Ryuzou Ishino

Naka-Kon is proud to welcome Ryuzou Ishino as a guest of honor for our 2019 convention! Ishino...
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Jād Saxton

Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR Director with over 150 roles in...
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Billy Kametz

Billy Kametz is an actor from Hershey, Pennsylvania who now lives...
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Roland Kelts

Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Japanamerica...
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Kristen McGuire

Kristen McGuire is a professional voice actor, ADR director, and script adapter for Funimation...
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Chief Designer Taira

Metamorphose temps de fille, founded in the late 1980s, is one of the best...
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OneOddHuman (Sam) is a St. Louis-based cosplayer who sees the hobby as the...
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AWR Music Productions is proud to present a new video...
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Right Stuf, Inc.

Founded in 1987, Right Stuf, Inc. is amongst North America's oldest and largest...
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Keith Silverstein

Keith Silverstein is a veteran voice actor with an impressive and diverse list of credits. He’...
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Alejandro Saab

Alejandro Saab is a professional voice actor and influencer with over 480,000+ subscribers and...
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Longtime attendees of Naka-Kon and new to the guest family, Wig-Wig Cosplay is an award-winning...
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B-TRASH! by Yoshinori Natsume

Yoshinori Natsume was born in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1975. While in college, he published his...
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RightStuf anime
Sentai Filmworks
Tick Tock Escape Rooms
Grand Prize
Runnerup Prize

Naka-Kon 2019's Right Stuf Anime Pre-Registration Sweepstakes

Everyone who pre-registers for Naka-Kon 2019 between August 3, 2018, and March 1, 2019, is eligible to enter
our Right Stuf ANIME/Naka-Kon Pre-Registration Sweepstakes! We will randomly choose five winners (one grand prize winner and four runners-up) at the end of the sweepstakes. Prizes will be mailed to each winner. These prizes include:

  • 1 GRAND PRIZE: Mobile Suit Gundam 00, 10th Anniversary limited edition box set, Revolutionary Girl Utena limited edition box set, a RightStuf Tote bag filled with anime goodies, volume one of a popular manga series and a $50 Gift Card to
  • 4 RUNNERS UP: Gundam Wing complete series on Blu-ray, Revolutionary Girl Utena complete series on Blu-ray, a RightStuf Tote bag filled with anime goodies, volume one of a popular manga series and a $25 Gift Card to

Full sweepstakes rules can be found here. You must be 14 or older to enter; entrants ages 14-18 must have parental consent. You can enter the sweepstakes by clicking the opt-in boxes when purchasing your badge on EventBrite.

Naka-Kon would like thank our friends at Right Stuf Anime
for their sponsorship of this year's convention!