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Guests: 2020

Working with the Sheraton Hotel, Overland Park Convention Center, and the City of Overland Park, it was decided to not hold Naka-Kon 2020 the weekend of March 13-15, 2020. For more information, please visit this article.
She’s a seiyū with a resume equal to the best in the business, with 37 years of experience across anime, video games, and dubbing for international talents. We are honored to welcome seiyū Rica Fukami, as a guest of honor at Naka-kon 2020!
One of the youngest and fastest rising talents in the industry, we’re pleased to welcome Zach Aguilar as a guest to Naka 2020!
Since 2001, Christopher Bevins has acted in, directed, cast, produced, and/or adapted scripts for over 200 anime projects.
Believe it! The prolific voice actor behind the legendary Shinobi of the Leaf, Maile Flanagan is on her way to join the festivities at Naka-Kon 2020!
We are proud to welcome Kristen McGuire as a guest to Naka-Kon 2020! Kristen is a professional voice actor, ADR Director and Script Adapter for Funimation Productions. When it comes to voice work, Kristen has worked on over a hundred and eighty different titles, but she is most well known as Ruri in Dr. Stone, Tatami Nakagame in My Hero Academia, Yu in Fire Force, Milim Nava in That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Senko in The Helpful Fox Senko-san, Loop Nishigori in Yuri!! On ICE!, Young Nora in RWBY, Hinano Kurahashi in Assassination Classroom, An Onoya in ReLIFE, Cleveland in Azur Lane and Rin Toyama in New Game! She has also provided voices for several video games, including Chibi Arachne in Smite, Several voices in 88 Heroes, Female Marine in Xeno Crisis and Miima in Dizzy Hearts.
She’s the voice behind the spunky, strong-willed and occasionally deranged heroines and villains in many anime and games. You can hear her now as the voice of Boruto in BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS and Sailor Jupiter in Viz’s dub of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal. Please welcome Amanda Miller to Naka-Kon 2020!
Please welcome Rachel Robinson to NakaKon 2020! Since 2000, born-and-raised Angelena Rachel Robinson’s voice has spanned the spectrum of video games, animation, national commercials, promos, and anime. Her latest anime roles include Dalia Nikitina in Dr. Stone, currently airing on Toonami; icy Valerie Simmons in Netflix’s new release of Shinichiro Watanabe’s Carole and Tuesday, the imperious and gigantic-hatted Irene Belserion in FUNimation’s beloved, long-running Fairy Tail, and Anna Winehouse (Hero Mask) on Netflix.
Abby Trott is an actor/singer from Attleboro, Massachusetts. She has lived and worked in Tokyo and New York City, and is currently based in Los Angeles.
One of the up-and-coming Japanese idols, sing-song writer and track maker Chiaki Mayumura will be appearing at Naka-Kon 2020! Don’t miss her first ever US Concert! Chiaki Mayumura is scheduled to perform Friday and Saturday.
Naka-Kon is proud to announce the singer misono will be having a concert Naka-Kon this year! misono will be accompanied by renowned guitarist Leda, bassist Kenbow, and drummer Nosuke! misono will be holding the concert Friday and Saturday night - we highly encourage everyone to check out their exciting concert!
Began professional music career at the age of 18 as a composer and supporting musician for multiple artists’ live performances. In 2016, he became part of Shintaro Yamada’s band HighsidE. Through 2019, he has participated in two national tours and has produced two albums with the band. As a supporting bassist he has performed at national musical festivals such as a-nation and ROCK IN JAPAN. misono will perform at Naka-Kon with renowned guitarist Leda, bassist Kenbow, and drummer Nosuke.
Leda began his career as a Visual Kei guitarist and composer in 2008 with the band DELUHI. After the band DELUHI disbanded, he has provided recording and live performance support both domestically and internationally. Currently, he is the guitarist for the band Far East Dizain. In 2018, he partnered with Swedish guitar maker, Strandberg, to produce the company’s first guitar signature lineup developed for a Japanese musician. misono will perform at Naka-Kon with renowned guitarist Leda, bassist Kenbow, and drummer Nosuke.
Nosuke is currently the drummer of Shintaro Yamada’s band HighSidE and is also the drummer of Samurai Rock Orchestra. Nosuke is known to look very similar to Ryo Nishikido of Kanjnani Eight. Husband of singer misono, the two has appeared together on Fuji Television, Nippon Television, Asashi Television, and MX Television programs. misono will perform at Naka-Kon with renowned guitarist Leda, bassist Kenbow, and drummer Nosuke.
Since 1981 at the young age of 13, this artist has been producing striking and successful manga and illustration works of all kinds. Renowned mangaka Sho Kitagawa is joining us at Naka-Kon 2020 as a Guest! With over thirty years of work under his belt, Kitagawa-Sensei is not to be missed for artists and manga fans alike!
Amelie Belcher is an award-winning artist, painter, art instructor, comic creator, and podcast host. Known for her comedy-based art education presentations, she has traveled the world teaching thousands of budding artists the secrets to starting their own journeys down the path to artistic expression with an eye geared toward anime- and manga-style creations.
Naka-Kon is proud to welcome fashion brand EmilyTemple cute, and their sister brand, Melody BasKet, to Naka-Kon 2020! This will be EmilyTemple cute’s first visit to the United States, and we are so excited to welcome them to Naka-Kon. Joining us from Japan are EmilyTemple cute’s President and Lead Designer. EmilyTemple cute and Melody BasKet specialize in fun, feminine clothing suitable for casual, otome and Lolita styles. EmilyTemple cute and Melody BasKet will be the featured designers at the Naka-Kon 2020 Fashion Show, as well as guests at the Naka-Kon 2020 Tea Party. We hope you will join us in making their visit to the United States one to remember!
Naka-Kon is proud to welcome fashion brand Melody BasKet, and their sister brand EmilyTemple cute, to Naka-Kon 2020! EmilyTemple cute and Melody BasKet specialize in fun, feminine clothing suitable for casual, otome and Lolita styles. EmilyTemple cute and Melody BasKet will be the featured designers at the Naka-Kon 2020 Fashion Show, as well as guests at the Naka-Kon 2020 Tea Party. We hope you will join us in making their visit to the United States one to remember!
Adonis is a Kansas City cosplayer who’s been building costumes and props for over 8 years. He has taken cosplay all over the country from one coast to the other. You can most easily find him on Instagram, but he has a YouTube presence as well teaching the community the basics of cosplay, sewing, and crafting.
Diana Tolin has been a cosplayer and member of the anime industry for over 20 years. She has worked in licensing, translation, and localization before following her passion for costuming and cosplay and starting her own business, Dial C Costumes, in 2016. From there she has crafted costumes for companies such as Square/Enix, Marvel Entertainment and SCRAP Real Escape Rooms. After representing the United States at World Cosplay Summit in 2016, she produced and curated a WCS Team USA Retrospective with the cooperation of Alumni teams throughout the country. This Retrospective eventually lead her to the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, the current license holder for World Cosplay Summit USA. She joined the SPJA in 2018 and now manages the WCS USA as well as other cosplay related events at their flagship show, Anime Expo. As an Anime Expo attendee for 24 years, Diana is thrilled to now have the opportunity to share not only the incredible World Cosplay Summit community but her home convention with cosplayers in the United States and around the world.

As part of the main duo in Team Whatever Cosplay, Elise has been cosplaying for over 15 years. She has won many awards over the years for both craftsmanship and performance including several Best in Show. A well-rounded cosplayer, Elise, specializes in wigs, makeup, props, and skits.

Jewelcat Cosplay is a competitive cosplay duo from Chicago, USA. Julie and Christy share a love for all things anime, Disney, and cosplay! With their combined passion for craftsmanship and performance, they have won numerous awards across the country and were WCS Team USA 2018 at the World Cosplay Summit. Their next adventure will be as Team USA for the 2020 Clara Cow's Cosplay Cup in the Netherlands.
Strangecat Cosplay consists of two ambitious crafters from the midwest who have a variety of passions, including cosplay, cats, and Dungeons and Dragons. They have been cosplaying and attending Naka-Kon for several years, and have been competing in various cosplay competitions since 2013. When they're not working hard on their cosplays, they're at their day job, fixing various arcade machines.

DJ Chef Nguyen is a circuit club DJ who has been residing at Missie B’s in Kansas City for 10 years. Known for his transitions and mixing arrangements, he never fails to send chills down your spine. During his career, he hosted “Club Soda” as a radio DJ. Two years later, he transformed the 2-hour radio show into an hour-long podcast. This year at Naka-Kon, he plans on focusing his techniques to combine the circuit club vibe with the rhythm gaming community. Be prepared for the true club experience straight from the heart of this DJ!

DROP TEAM EPIC is a collaborative project between DJs and producers Pearl Grey and KILL SCREEN. Their influences include acts like E*Tank, Getty, Michael Buble, Kors K, Ryu☆, Bemani Sound Team, Pixel Terror, Lil Texas, and many more. Prepare yourself for a crazy high energy set with music ranging from Breakbeats, to 10 hour ASMR soft loli breathing, to UK Hardcore, to 24hr Lo-Fi Hip Hop beats for chill/study, to Speedcore.


  • 3DHQ
  • Aoyama Ramen
  • Arda Wigs
  • Hammerspace Community Workshop
  • JINYA Ramen Bar
  • KC Craft Ramen
  • Oliso
  • SewTites