You step out of your car with your friends after a rather long drive, the warm sun beaming down on you as you all make your way up to the convention center’s doors and enter. You dazzle at the sights and sounds of the convention center as you make your way up the escalator and into exhibit hall B to pick up your pre-registered weekend badge. You made it.
Crummy introductions aside, Naka-Kon 2015 was one of the BEST conventions I have ever been to. Granted, I have only been to two others, that being Star Wars Celebration IV & Naka-Kon 2013(Was only there for two hours sadly…). The convention was still fun either way. Maybe it was due to the fact that I was able to spend it with other adults and not have to worry about the bland nature that was my everyday life. The yearly three day event was a formula for fun and exciting new experiences, as well as an opportunity to see, buy and wear merchandise that you normally cannot walk into a store and find. Naka-Kon’s staff holds the principle of respect towards others and the formula of an enjoyable convention very high, though they are not without fault here. No convention is ever truly perfect. That is why they are so different year to year.
While I lacked panel attendance, I did go to one that really struck a note with me and that was a panel ran by one of the guests of Naka-Kon 2015, Matthew Mercer; other wise known as the man who voices Captain Levi in Attack on Titan, Chrom in Fire Emblem: Awakening and Leon in Resident Evil 6. In this panel he had a wonderful discussion about table top games and that of his embracing of the geek culture and his eventual stepping his foot into said culture. It was a fantastic panel and it also left an impression on me. During my stay at the convention I also managed to get his autograph on my copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening, as well as the chance to ask him questions. I asked him one that, I felt was fairly obvious to ask, “What do you think about conventions such as Naka-Kon?” And his answering sounded like it was one of a normal convention goer, “I love it. I haven’t gone to a convention that was so full of life and was so fun to be in and around.” Of course being on a time table, due to the ever growing line for autographs, that was all we had time for but, he was right. From the cosplays to the vendor hall, everywhere was full of energy and life, even throughout the three day period. Even on the last day, Matthew Mercer spent time before his last signing session to purchase merchandise from indie artists, whom I surely think he made their days.
A Few of the Cosplays of Naka-Kon 2015~ I apologize as I do not have the names of the individuals in these pictures.
This year was also the first year I purchased figures, yes figures. Insert images of stereotypical Otaku for your viewing pleasure. No they are not THOSE figures, while every anime convention has the certain quality of figures, not all of them are as scantly clad. The figures I purchased were ones that I enjoyed such as Rikka Takanashi from Love, Chunibyou and other Delusions and Ryuko Matoi from Kill La Kill (No not the transformed version…). I have to say I was impressed with how well done the figures were and how adorable they looked. I also managed to grab a few prints from the artist alley in the vendor hall that blew me away! The art is done by an Alice Jing and I have to say it is some quality art!
But even with the whirl of excitement, all good things must come to an end and this convention ended on a high note with myself. The people, the atmosphere, the art, all of it was worth while and well done. I believe that we all have those conventions, those days, that matter most to us all. That seem to strike a cord within ourselves that begins to reverberate into what we love to do in life, it my even inspire us. I know for me, it helped me embrace my love for the Anime culture even more so, than from what it was previously. Seeing so many faces, so many similar ideas and shared likes, it gives one a warm and fuzzy feeling when you can be yourself around others without the harsh back lash, though that isn’t to say anime conventions are not pools of hate breeding grounds between fan bases. That is a post for another time though. For now I wish to end this on a high note with the awesome memories that I have obtained from this convention. I hope you all enjoyed this post and I will see you all on the next one!
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