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Nan Desu Kan 2017 overview

Nan Desu Kan 2017 overview

 This year Nan Desu Kan (NDK for short) was into its 21st year, the largest anime based convention in Colorado with attendance growing every year. NDK is nestled in Downtown Denver with it being it’s third year being at the Sheraton. The Sheraton sits right at the iconic 16th Street Mall next to many great bars and food opportunities to stumbleupon which makes it a plus compared to the previous location in the Denver Tech Centre. Nan Desu Kan was held on Labor Day weekend September 1st-3rd. The con of it being downtown would be the same as our previous visit last year, where there was trouble finding a decent parking place with it also being the same weekend as the Taste of Colorado which is in city park right down the way from the hotel that NDK is held at, luckily 16th Street is close to public transportation near the convention.

One problem that we had a little bit of trouble with this year was obtaining press credentials, we had requested in advance of a few months prior to pre registration and press deadlines and received very little communication on if we were going to receive credentials this year or if we did not qualify, eventually we reached the deadline and ended up buying passes before the deadline for pre registration so we would have a pass to attend, then about a week before the convention was to take place we had finally received the go ahead for our press credentials, I feel there should be better communication next year to press outlets on credentials and other information. Other than that issue there seemed to be no problems with staff everything seemed to be well organized and very clear where badges were needed. Badge check was about satisfactory I feel with the artist alley area it was kind of a slow process with only having one person posted it caused a bit of a line.

I also did not see many panels featuring the guests this year, only saw about 1 or 2 maybe I was unable to attend any of the guests panels due to prior engagements that I had, I feel if there were more panels with the guests I would of attended more of them. The guest list this year was pretty nice with our honored Japanese guests being Ryusei Nakao known for his work on Dragon Ball Z, One Piece and the other Japanese Guest was Sumi Shimamoto how is best known for her work in the Hayao Miyazaki films such as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro. The other great guests to attend this year was Dante Basco best known for his role in Hook with the late Robin Williams and his voice work in Avatar the Last Airbender. A great recurring guest Leah Clark best known for her work in the new Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Fairy Tail, Baka and Test. the great Kyle Hebert known for his work in Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, One Punch Man, Gurren Laggann. The wonderful Clarine Harp known for her work in One Piece, Hetalia, Speed Grapher. The great Lauren Landa her credits include Dead or Alive 5, Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The incredible Jason Marsden best known for his role in Hocus Pocus, Spirited Away. the awesome Ian Sinclair, known for his work in Dragon Ball Z, Vision of Escaflowne and One Piece. The great Erik Kimerer best known for his work on One Punch Man, Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans, these were all the major guests to attend the convention this year.

The Dealer’s room was well ran this year, they implemented a bag check system along with the regular prop check which I feel is a good idea for security purposes. But the overall layout was about the same as it was previous years, they had a really nicely ran Funimation booth that seemed to be about the center of everything there. But it is a great place to go if you need to get a fix of your favourite Japanese snacks and other candies and we had a few artists in there as well selling cosplays and leather works, and the usual set up of different manga/anime booths and figures and model kits.

Overall this year was alright, I feel there isn’t pizzaz as previous years i’ve attended nothing really grabbed my attention or wow’d me, but I didn’t have a bad experience at all. This was my 9th year attending Nan Desu Kan and my 3rd year as a member of press for Broken Analog, I have been attending since 2008

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