Fun with Anime

Naka-Kon is an anime convention offering a 24-hour anime screening room and an around-the-clock gaming center stocked with everything from the original Nintendo to the PlayStation 3. For true enthusiasts, omnipresent access alone justifies the $45 weekend pass. However, Naka-Kon (translation: middle convention) presents a mind-boggling assortment of attractions, including a concert from geek-pop band LeetStreet Boys; a late-night dance party with a DJ spinning techno and anime tunes; an elaborate cosplay contest, in which up to 100 entrants dress as their favorite characters; and panels including “Horrors of Hentai” (tentacle-intensive anime porn) and “Technology of Cosplay” (how to add fog, sound and lighting effects to your outfit). Naka-Kon also features voice actors galore, including Greg Ayres from Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad and several contributors to Fullmetal Alchemist. Naka-Kon starts at 4 p.m. and runs straight through 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center (2345 McGee). For more information, call 913-522-9795.

Fri., March 13, 4 p.m.; Sat., March 14; Sun., March 15, 2009