While Nan Desu Kan was officially called a convention, anyone who attended knew that it was more of a family reunion. It was an event where the art form of Anime captured the imagination of young and old alike through costumes, gaming, and art shows. No Colorado flooding could stop fans from descending upon the Denver Marriott Tech Center this past weekend Fri Sep 13 – Sun Sep 15, 2013. Con goers had planned for months to celebrate the fandom by putting the finishing touches on their costumes, artwork and panels. Anime is a worldwide pop culture phenomenon that is embraced by artists, writers, and fans who appreciate its charm and beauty. Almost everyone wore costumes which alone were worth setting aside the weekend for this amazing event. Not only were there incredible anime costumes, there were some Supernatural and Doctor Who outfits that joined in the fun.
Saturday had some unexpected excitement when a false alarm fire drill evacuated the building shortly followed by a tornado warning. These minor annoyances served to only bring the anime community closer together. While fans were either waiting outside during the evacuation or hiding inside during the tornado warning, new friends were made and the fun never stopped.
Attendees of NDK have plenty to experience. Along with constant activities, there was weekend-long video watching, gaming, and even a World Cosplay Summit. They had an amazing art show, model show, and costumes beyond imagination. There was even a friendly game of spin the bottle where a young attendee asked another to go to the homecoming dance. Sponsored by the non-profit organization the Rocky Mountain Anime Association, every dollar they collect goes toward making NDK better every year and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the con.