Virtual cosplay contest!

Nadeshicon may have been cancelled, but the efforts you put in creating your cosplay remain. As part of the Virtual Cosplay Parade, GeeKawaii nation is hosting a virtual cosplay contest in which you can show the world the result of all your work!
Given the virtual nature of the contest, your craftsmanship will not be evaluated. The contest instead focuses on how you present your cosplay and your character, whether it’s an original character or a character from a published work! Let it inhabit you, and take to the stage (at home of course)!
Several prizes will be offered, some of which simply for participating. Head over to the Virtual Cosplay Parade Facebook group to find the form and details of the contest!

T-shirts to commemorate Nadeshicon 2020!

You have until April 9 to buy your own Nadeshicon 2020 shirt and remember the convention that never was! Given the circumstances, however, you will need to collect your items in one of two ways:
  • At our table at Otakuthon. Please let us know so that we know to bring your shirt, and don’t forget to bring your proof of purchase!
  • At Club Anime Québec or in downtown Quebec City. Please book an appointment to that effect by contacting us at once social distancing measures are lifted!
Of course, please only order a t-shirt if you are comfortable financially. To order yours, visit the Tickets page.
If you have the means to, we also encourage you to support the artists and merchants who are normally present at conventions. A Facebook group was created for that very purpose, and we put together a page on our website listing the exhibitors who would have been at Nadeshicon 2020:
Thank you very much, and stay safe!

Crunchyroll Contest!

Isolation doesn’t have to be boring! With Crunchyroll, you get to explore countless worlds and live many experiences you otherwise wouldn’t be able to, all while not leaving the comfort of your home!
As luck would have it, Crunchyroll is currently offering a free 30 days trial period, no contest or code needed!
What’s that? 30 days is not nearly enough? Fear not, we got you covered! We have 8 codes to give out across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, some granting you 30 days of free premium, some others 90 days, and you can use those even if you already have a Crunchyroll subscription! Here’s how you participate: recommend an anime series in the comments on those platforms. Yes, that’s all!
The contest ends on Monday, March 23 at 8pm. Winners will then be drawn randomly amongst participants and notified in the comments. Limit of one entry per person per platform.
Good luck, and enjoy that free trial period!

In regards to the financial state of Nadeshicon and the decision not to postpone the event

Now that dust has settled a bit, we would like to take the time to adress a few things. But first, we would like to extend a gigantic thank you for all the love you’ve shown us in the last 24 hours. We are deeply touched by your kindess and could not hope for a better community.
In regard to our financial state, honestly, the title of this post probably made it sound way too ominous. We were very lucky considering the circumstances, and have only suffered minimal losses due to the cancellation. Many planned expenses were in that sense just about to go through, while some others were thankfully refundable. We still appreciate the various offers to donate fees originally paid for either badge pre-orders or dealers room space rental, and would like to thank you for your generosity in that regard.
With that being said, not all are as lucky as we are. Many artists and merchants have incurred large fees for producing goods they won’t be able to sell at the event, or their business model simply relies heavily on conventions. In order to help them, we encourage you to support the artists and merchants who were going to be part of the event. We are also working on a little project to help in that sense, so stay tuned~
We cannot help but also think of other entities affected by this situation. Specifically, Costume-Con 38 in Montreal was to be held this weekend and, as such, have likely been hit much harder than we have. Please show them all of your love as well, since, unlike a virus, there’s no harm in spreading that around.
And we’ve arrived at the elephant in the room: the decision not to postpone Nadeshicon 2020. While we know a lot of you were heartbroken by this decision, there were many reasons that led us to make this choice. First, but by no means the least, was the sheer amount of work that would have to be redone in a much shorter time. An event such as ours takes several months to plan and put together, and squeezing it proved to be too monumental a task. The second main factor is intimately linked to the first: in order to hold the various activities and even plan them, we require a physical space. With yesterday’s announcement, establishments like the Convention Centre have their work cut out for them, which in no way facilitates the rental of the necessary rooms to hold an event in the middle of the high season at such a short delay. And, even if these stars were to somehow align, we would still run the risk of the current situation extending until then. As such, we chose to turn the page on this year and look to the future instead.
We understand your frustration in regards to the current situation, and know it is a byproduct of your love for our event. We hope you understand the various factors that led us to make the choices we made. Again, thank you for your incredible support, and we hope to see you again some other time. Until then, despite the original post aging like fine milk on a warm counter, don’t forget to protect Raphtalia and sing for 20 seconds while washing you hands!

Nadeshicon 2020 is still happening!

Update: Nadeshicon 2020 is, in fact, cancelled. Read the announcement here.
E3 may be cancelled due to COVID-19, but your favourite local anime convention isn’t! With that being said, we do have a few recommendations to share to ensure the event goes smoothly:
  • Wash your hands often, for a duration of 20 seconds each time. Singing helps a lot with making sure you respect the duration. We personally recommend Database, the opening to Log Horizon; the part from the first “Database” to “As the madness of the system grows” is the perfect length. Not only will you help prevent the virus from spreading, but you will also be all warmed up for karaoke!
  • Leave any “Free hugs” sign at home this year. Hugs may be a great way to share some happiness around, but happiness may not be the only thing you share doing so. Last we heard, smiling is still perfectly safe!
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow. Picture this: your elbow is your shield, and everyone else is Raphtalia. Hopefully your elbow doesn’t make your unreasonably angry at times though.
You can find a full list of preventive measures on the Gouvernement du Québec’s website.

Valérie Lévesque is Nadeshicon 2020’s spokeswoman!

This is not the work of an enemy Stand! One of the most beloved otaku content creators in the province, Valérie creates some of the most charming, yet still incredibly instructive, videos and articles on everything pertaining to Japan. It then comes as no surprise that she would be the best spokesperson for our event!
Welcome her with open arms, and look forward to seeing her MC the main events at Nadeshicon, as well as host a certain bizarre quiz during which using The World is prohibited~
You may find Valérie’s bio in the Guests section.

Association de Chado Urasenke Tankokai de Québec will appease your heart

Is there anything quite as calming as making and drinking tea? Through the tea ceremony, the Association will break away from the usual hustle and bustle of a convention to bring a little peace to our hearts. Come witness this centuries-old rite, which has the power to bring warmth to both body and spirit.

Find Association de Chado Urasenke Tankokai de Québec’s bio in the Guests section.