Guests

Year after year, Naka-Kon brings amazing guests from across the U.S. and Japan! In addition to your favorite voice actors, this is your chance to meet musicians, cosplayers, artists and mangaka, and industry representatives. Throughout the convention you can attend their panels and workshops, as well as get autographs! Every year we host live concerts and dance parties, as well as other special events with our guests.


Guest: Roland Kelts

Roland Kelts

Roland Kelts Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. As a journalist, essayist, and columnist, he writes for many publications, such as The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek Japan, The Los Angeles Times, The Yomiuri, and The Japan Times. Read more

 
Kazuki Sunami

Kazuki Sunami

Producer Kazuki Sunami has been in charge of international licensing for CoMix Wave Films’ animation works, including Makoto Shinkai films 5 Centimeters per Second and The Garden of Words. Read more

 
Guest: Funimation

Funimation® Entertainment

Join us in welcoming Funimation® Entertainment to Naka-Kon 2017. Funimation® strives to bring you the best in anime for your entertainment needs. Read more

 
Guest: Joel McDonald

Joel McDonald

Joel McDonald is a voice actor, Oreo enthusiast, and ADR director with Funimation Entertainment. He’s directed Space Dandy, Assassination Classroom, One Piece, Initial D, Sgt. Frog, Deadman Wonderland, One Piece: Film Z, and a dozen or so more. Read more

 
Guest: Ray Chase

Ray Chase

Ray Chase is best known for his versatility as a voice actor in video games and animation, as well as being a major spokesperson for brands such as Coke Zero, Progressive, Welch's, Corona Light, and Naturebox. Video game fans know him as the lead protagonist Noctis in the best-selling Final Fantasy XV and Edgar (originally from Final Fantasy VI) in World of Final Fantasy. Read more

 
Guest: Max Mittleman

Max Mittleman

Max Mittelman is a voice actor and native of Los Angeles, who has played lead characters in popular anime series such as Kousei in Your Lie in April, Inaho in Aldnoah.Zero, and Saitama in One-Punch Man. Read more

Guest: Robbie Daymond

Robbie Daymond

Robbie Daymond, voice of Prompto in FFXV and Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon, is coming to Naka-Kon 2017! In addition to these roles, Robbie has also voiced characters in anime such as One-Punch Man and Sword Art Online II, as well as video games such as Persona 5 and Tales of Zestiria. Read more

Guest: David Vincent

David Vincent

David is an award-winning voice actor and producer based in Los Angeles. He’s given voice to hundreds of animation/anime episodes and video game titles, as well as made guest star appearances on TV shows such as The Mentalist and NCIS. Read more.

Guest: BriChibi and Snow Cosplays

Cosplay Guests: Brichibi and Snow Cosplays

Naka-Kon 2017 guests Brichibi and Snow Cosplays are cosplayers, writers, and advocates for body positivity. Read more

Guest: Jaded Shadows

Cosplay Guest: Jaded Shadows

2017 cosplay guest Jaded Shadows won Naka-Kon's 2016 Best In Show with her Steampunk Chi costume, and she has won several awards at Naka-Kon over the years. Read more

Guest: Kitterbunz

Cosplay Guest: Kitterbunz

KitterBunz has been cosplaying since 2012. Although she resides in Kansas City, this proud cosplayer hails from Wichita originally! Read more!

 

Guest: Tei Ogata

Tei Ogata

Tei Ogata is a mangaka from Osaka, Japan. He is also a teacher, providing lessons to aspiring young manga artists on how to improve their drawing and storytelling skills.. Read more.

Guests: Rondonrats

Rondonrats

We are pleased to announce this year's first musical guests, Rondonrats! Formed in Hiroshima, Japan, Rondonrats is a five-piece melodic rock band. Read more and check out their videos!

Guest: Showshow Kurihara

Showshow Kurihara

We are honored to announce renowned manga artist Showshow Kurihara as a guest. Kurihara-sensei debuted in 1986, at the young age of 17. Since that time he has amassed an impressive body of work including manga, album cover art, game character design and many other commercial art projects. Read more.

Guest: New World

A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY

Naka-Kon is happy to announce "A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY" will perform Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. in the Overland Park Convention Center Ballroom. The concert is open to all with Naka-Kon 2017 convention membership badges: no extra ticket purchase is needed to attend.

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Amelie Belcher

Amelie Belcher

Join us in welcoming back Naka-Kon favorite, Amelie Belcher. "Ami-Chan" was born in Baton-Bloody-Boring-Rouge, Louisiana, where the combination of chemical plant fumes and river water did major damage to her fragile little mind at an early age. By all accounts, she started drawing at the age of 5 (when she figured out that the pencil goes on the paper and NOT up your nose) and didn't stop drawing until she ran out of paper...20 years later. Read more.