Nashicon has grown significantly from its beginnings at a local college campus. Now it takes up the entire Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center located on Lincoln Street in Columbia, South Carolina. Due to some scheduling issues, the convention had to change dates several months ago from its original plan. It moved to this coming weekend starting Friday, April 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM and running until Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 5:30 PM. The schedule is already up on their website.
NashiCon is Columbia’s premier anime and Japanese culture convention. The host a variety of events for fans of anime and Japanese culture, including panels, festival games, gaming tournaments, artists competitions, a cosplay contest, an artists alley, a dealers room, tabletop gaming, a dance, a formal ball, and more. It has only been in recent years that the convention has expanded to having events on three days.
Kicking off the weekend are some major crowd pleasing events, designed to draw some high energy into the convention center very early. To start things off there is a look at retro consoles with a panel entitled “Carolina Retro Gamers: Console Classics”. After that there are some events planned to get you moving, dancing, and singing. First up will be “Ultimate Idol Dance Gathering” followed immediately by “Kpop Lip Sync Battle Royale.” Please can start picking up their badges at 3PM so they are ready when the panels begin at 5PM.
Saturday is a day of major events which include the annual Cosplay Contest which always fills up early. If you are interested in getting your costume judged, make sure you head to the cosplay information desk early in the day to claim your spot. The walk-on portion of the event will be that evening starting at 6:30 while judging lasts all day. After that prepare to dance the night away as both the Nashicon Formal Dance and Late Night Dance take place in the main events room.
No convention is complete without guests and Nashicon has several.
- Lauren Landa: Her roles include Kasumi in Dead or Alive 5; Litchi Faye Ling in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, as well as the sequels BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and Continuum Shift Extend; Chrono Phantasma; Kyoko Sakura in Puella Magi Madoka Magica; Yan Leixia in Soul Calibur V; Little Queen in Tales of Graces; Boiboi, in REDLINE; Squigly in Skullgirls; Leia in Tales of Xillia; the innocent Chubo Sonken in Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians, Annie Leonhardt in Attack on Titan, One in “DrakenGard 3”, Nora in “Noragami” and most recently, the voice of Sailor Neptune in the VIZ dub of Sailor Moon and Nio in “Riddle Story of Devil”
- David Vincent: nominated “Best Voice Actor in an Anime” by the American Anime Awards for his work as VAN in GUN x SWORD. David is currently Starring as the Talking Sailor Uniform SENKETSU, on the hit TV Series KILL LA KILL airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim; and can also be heard in the Mega-hit Video Game SUPER SMASH BROS., as the character Robin from Fire Emblem: Awakening. SUPER SMASH BROS.
- Tony Oliver: recently named to IMDB’s top 20 all time Anime Voice Actors list. Tony’s many voice acting credits include, “Hoodwinked Too”, “ The Muppet’s Wizard of Oz”, Lupin in “Lupin the 3rd”, Hibiki in “Vandread”, Gojyo in “Sayuki Reload”, Harry in “Gun Grave”, Ranmaru in “Tokko”, Shinbo in “Cho-bits”, Ulquiorra in “Bleach”, Minato the 4th Hokage in “Naruto”, as well as voices in video games such as “Delta Force: Black Hawk Down”, “Lord of the Rings: The War of the Ring”, “Dynasty Warriors”, “World of Warcraft”, “Everquest”, “Neverwinter Knights”, “Xenosaga”, “Magna Carta II”, “Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight”, ”Basara 3” and“BlazBlue”. More recently he adapted and directed the English releases of “K-ON! The Movie”, “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan”, “Fate/Zero” and “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”.
You can see a complete list of their guests on the Nashicon website. You can also find informaton about registration, hotels and more by checking out their page. Despite competing with another convention in South Carolina this weekend, Nashicon hopes to have another successful year.