NashiCon

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NashiCon
Status Active
Genre Anime, Japanese popular culture[1][2]
Venue Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Location(s) Columbia, South Carolina
Country United States
Inaugurated 2008
Attendance 2,334 in 2015[3]
Organized by NASHI (Nippon Animation Society of Heavenly Imagery)[4]
Website
nashicon.com

NashiCon is an annual three day anime convention held during April at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina. [5] It was the first anime convention in South Carolina and Nashi stands for Nippon Anime Society of Heavenly Imagery.[2][6]

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers an anime viewing room, artists alley, cosplay ball, dance, human board game (OTAKU - Over-sized Tangential All-Consuming Kaleidoscopic Universe), panels, table top gaming, and video gaming.[2][4][7] The Carolina Manga Library evolved out of NashiCon 2013 and provided the conventions manga library in 2014.[8][9]

History[edit]

The first convention held in 2008 attracted 200+ attendees.[7] They relocated venues to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in 2012.[10] NashiCon became a three day convention in 2015.[6]

Event History[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
April 11, 2009 University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus
Columbia, South Carolina
200
(est)[11]
Northrup Davis and Thor Thorvaldson, Jr.[11]
April 17-18, 2010 University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus
Columbia, South Carolina
400
(est)[12]
Sean McGuinness, Morgan Skye, and Thor Thorvaldson, Jr.[12]
March 19-20, 2011 University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus
Columbia, South Carolina
900
(est)[13]
Kittyhawk, Sean McGuinness, Morgan Skye, and Thor Thorvaldson, Jr.[13]
March 31-April 1, 2012 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, South Carolina
1,100
(est)[10]
Kittyhawk, Sean McGuinness, Morgan Skye, Spike Spencer, and Thor Thorvaldson, Jr.[10]
April 13-14, 2013 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, South Carolina
1,300
(est)[14]
Laugh Out Loud, Sean McGuinness, Mega Ran, and Thor Thorvaldson, Jr.[14]
April 19-20, 2014 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, South Carolina
1,800
(est)[15]
Robert Axelrod, DJ Cir9, Laugh Out Loud, Sean McGuinness, Mega Ran, K Murdock, Seraphina, Thor Thorvaldson, Jr., Greg Wicker, and Lisle Wilkerson.[15]
April 17-19, 2015[16] Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, South Carolina
2,334[3] DJ Cir9, Kyle Hebert, Laugh Out Loud, Sean McGuinness, Spike Spencer, and Thor Thorvaldson, Jr.[3]
April 1-3, 2016[17] Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, South Carolina

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bland, David Travis (April 17, 2014). "What’s Up with NashiCon?". Free Times. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Bland, David Travis (April 15, 2015). "Nashicon Returns to Convention Center". Free Times. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "NashiCon 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  4. ^ a b Mann, Eddie (2011-03-21). "NashiCon takes over Russell". The Daily Gamecock. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  5. ^ "NashiCon Celebrates Japanese Culture" by Tug Baker, Free times, 3/27-4/2 issue, #25.13, p. 25
  6. ^ a b Holleman, Joey (April 15, 2015). "NashiCon brings the anime convention fun to Columbia". The State. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Maluck, Thomas (2008-04-18). "U. South Carolina's anime club hosts first convention". The Daily Gamecock via University Wire. 
  8. ^ Dong, Bamboo (April 16, 2014). "South Carolina Non-Profit Provides Manga Library for Local Cons". Anime News Network. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Holleman, Joey (April 14, 2015). "Local manga library goes on the road to conventions". The State. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c "NashiCon 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  11. ^ a b "NashiCon 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  12. ^ a b "NashiCon 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  13. ^ a b "NashiCon 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  14. ^ a b "NashiCon 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  15. ^ a b "NashiCon 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-05-11. 
  16. ^ "NashiCon 2015 Information". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved 2015-02-21. 
  17. ^ "NashiCon 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 

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Coordinates: 33°59′48″N 81°2′16″W / 33.99667°N 81.03778°W / 33.99667; -81.03778