May 26 - 28, 2017 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

An epic three-day celebration of anime, video games, and music in Minneapolis.

May 26 - 28, 2017
2017 Events Schedule

Thursday Badge Pickup 6pm-8pm: If you're pre-registered, you can pickup your badge early on Thursday. You can also purchase a weekend badge after 7pm. If you don't get your badge Thursday, normal badge pickup hours start at 10am on Friday.

Thursday Cosplay Homecoming 8pm-12am: Join us for a few hours of dancing, socializing, games, and maybe watching a few anime on the big screen. Wear your cosplays, or your PJs, or whatever you want (okay, not WHATEVER, haha).

AniMinneapolis provides you with a safe, exciting, fun place to make friends with people who share the same interests, as you participate in your choice of hundreds of different events. Over three days you can cosplay (optional), attend big events like concerts/dances/contests, play video games, and buy anime stuff. Because you'll be doing this among thousands of other anime fans, you're likely to meet a few cool people who like the same things and enjoy them together. Or, if you're a loner, we have some of the most epic event experiences you can imagine - exciting concerts, autograph sessions, hilarious panels and events, and much more.

5000 anime fans came last year.

Join them!

Register right now for $52.00.

Super-low full 3-day price.


You can register online, or at the convention. You can not register by mail.

Can't register soon? Here are our future prices:
$30.00      Weekend Registration      May 20 - Jul 20, 2016
$35.00      Weekend Registration      July 20 - Sep 20, 2016
$40.00      Weekend Registration      September 20 - Mar 10, 2017
$48.00      Weekend Registration      March 10 - Apr 20, 2017
$50.00      Weekend Registration      April 20 - May 10, 2017
$52.00      Weekend Registration      Starts May. 10, 2017
$110.00      Platinum Registration      Ends May. 20, 2017
One day only: $40.

Online registration benefits:
  • Make sure you have a badge before we run out.
  • Faster check-in at the convention.
  • We invite more guests as more people register.



Registration FAQs

What does my registration money go towards?
Your registration fees go towards making the best convention possible. Our largest expenses every year include paying for the hotel in which to hold the convention, and the special guests that highlight the convention (including flights, meals, and hotel rooms). We use it to get our full-color 8.5"x11" program guides, plastic card badges, and pay for the technology that we rent or buy every year (computers for registration, projectors for video rooms).

What are platinum badges?
Platinum badges get you first-in-line privileges at these events: Steam Powered Giraffe Concert, The Fantasy Ball, Each Nights Rave Dance. See more.

When should I pre-register?
The sooner you register, the lower the admission price you pay. Online pre-registration is a very easy and quick way to pay. Many people register as early as possible to save as much as they can, but some also wait until they can be certain they know that they are able to attend the convention. We recommend registering as early as you can, because your early registration helps us plan a bigger and better weekend.

What do I get for registering?
Your registration gives you access to the entire anamazing convention, which includes a weekend of over 50 different events, access to our massive exhibit hall, access to our video screening rooms, access to our video gaming room, and access to everything else. At this time, none of the events cost extra to attend - any exceptions will be noted in the event description (though it goes without saying that you can buy things in the dealers room or one of our auction events). Your registration pays for the special guests of honor you can meet, technology, program books, equipment, and everything that goes into putting an entire weekend of events together.

Can I register by mail?
The only way to register is online. Online registration is much faster, and more secure, and your data is instantly entered into our registration database. HOWEVER, if you are with a school group of 10+ people and the only way you can register is with a paper check, contact us for help and we'll take care of you.

What is a badge?
A badge is a plastic/paper card with your name and registration ticket number that lets you into convention events. You can pick up this badge, with a lanyard to wear it, at the registration desk when you get to the convention. The conference badge grants access to all events of the convention, but use of the badge is subject to all terms, conditions, and rules of the convention. Attending is a privilege, and badges can be revoked without refund for violation of the rules at any time by convention staff.

What should my "badge name" be?
A "badge name" is the name we print on your badge. Many people choose their character or cosplay names, or use their real names. Some people choose to use just their first names. Please limit your badge name to less than 20 characters. Space for us to print your name on the badge is limited.

Is there a group discount?
Yes, when 10 people or more register as a group (such as an anime club) you can get 10% off the current registration price per person. This happens automatically! Simply add ten people who are over 13 years old, and you'll see the discount applied. All ten registrations must be paid for together online with a credit card using the same account (or with an official school check for school groups). Email with questions.

Is there a discount for children?
Yes. Children from 7 to 12 can get a weekend badge for $10 off the price for adults, but children under 13 must be accompanied by a supervisory adult who also purchases a badge at the full adult price (max 2 children per adult). This can be done online or at the door, but they must be purchased at the same time (not separately, ever). The single day price for children is the same as for adults, there is no discount for single day registration for children. Children under 7 are admitted free with the purchase of an adult registration. Children under 7 do not need to buy a badge or register. Children under 13 must be with an adult at all times.

Can I bring my mom or grandma?
Yes! They need a badge to enter convention space, but to make it easier we give you an automatic $5 discount to anyone over 40 registering with at least two relatives under 18. This discount is only valid online, and only if you register together.

Is there a discount for educators or teachers?
To make it easier for school groups to attend, teachers, or other licensed educators who are chaperoning a school group, can register for our convention for free by emailing us at least 35 days before the convention. We encourage groups to bring their teachers. Unfortunately since our convention reaches such a wide audience, only those individuals employed by a school/university/etc at least half-time are eligible for free admission.

Where do I get my badge?
You must pick up your badge (or register) at the registration desk, they will not be mailed. We request that you provide photo ID if you have pre-registered. There will be separate lines for pre-registration and at-con registration, please be sure to find the correct line.

How do I get registration confirmation?
We will email you with confirmation of your registration soon after registering, in most cases. Please save your PayPal receipt, as it can also serve as confirmation of your registration. You only need your ID to pick up your badge, you don't need your email (though it may speed up the process).

I pre-registered and can't make it this year, can I get a refund?
We try to have a generous refund policy. We can send you a refund, minus a $5 fee each, if the refund is requested soon enough after registering, but not when the convention is too close. We do not allow badges to be resold, given away, or otherwise transferred to other individuals. See the complete policy.

Why should I pre-register?
Pre-registration helps us estimate the number of attendees we will have, and it helps us pay for things in advance. If you pre-register, we can invite more guests, buy more food for our ConSweet if we have one, plan more entertainment, and a lot more. Oh, and you save money.

What do my convention registration costs go towards?
Your registration payments are used for a number of purposes to facilitate holding the convention, such as paying the hotel or convention center, bringing in VIP guests of honor, and getting equipment used during the convention. Early registration gets a discount, as we are often able to lower costs when we can more accurately estimate the number of people attending in advance. Your registration fees also help us put a large number of hours each week into planning the event.

What if I have questions about other things?
If your question is not answered, please check our website for a section that may answer your question. Only if you can not find the answer online, you should contact us.

AniMinneapolis 2017
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

We are excited to bring AniMinneapolis 2017 to the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, in the heart of downtown. We are happy to have a lot of two-bed rooms for this year! Some highlights from this hotel include:
  • A low rate of only $115 per night for a two-bed room. This means you can fit at least four of your friends together for cheap!
  • A ton of event space to make the best convention ever, so that we can hold more awesome events like Karaoke and table top gaming in addition to a new massive exhibit hall.
  • Our ConSweet, which includes free ramen, rice, and soda. Attendees will have access to free ramen and soda all weekend, as part of their admission.
  • Keep in mind parking is $19 per day. Unfortunately parking is not owned by the hotel so we can't get a bigger discount.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Hotel Block Status: Open. Mostly Full.
Please Remember. Get your room early to make sure to get one at the low group rate!
To book online: Click Here To Book Online
Rooms Cost: $115.00+tax per night.


Hilton Hotel

Click here to book at the Hilton
Many parts of the skywalk are under a "uniform hours" program. Skywalk hours may change, but these are the expected hours to use the skywalk for convenient inside travel!
M-F 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.**
Sat 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.**
Sun Noon - 6 p.m.**
**Note: We have been told that the skywalk will be open until 1am during our convention. However we can not be 100% certain as this relies on several different venues remembering to keep their section open during that time.

Overflow / Discounted Parking

Parking at the con venue is $19/day. Due to incredibly high demand and ticket sales in 2017, we have found expanded parking options exclusively for AniMinneapolis attendees. You will be able to park in the overflow parking ramp and take our complimentary shuttle to and from the convention. The overflow parking location is roughly 10 minutes away from the venue, and shuttles run every thirty minutes, so plan additional time.

Overflow Parking Location
727 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
** Connected to the Walker Art Center
Optional walking distance: 15 minutes through Loring Park

Shuttle Dates
May 26 - 10am to 11:30pm
May 27 - 10am to 11:30pm
May 28 - 10am to 5:30pm
If possible, do not wait until the last shuttle. Note that the first 10am shuttle may be limited, because our survey has indicated that will be the most crowded time.

Shuttle Times
:00 - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis - 1300 Nicollet Mall
:15 - Walker Art Center - 725 Vineland Pl
:30 - Hyatt Regency Minneapolis - 1300 Nicollet Mall
:45 - Walker Art Center - 725 Vineland Pl

Parking Price: $6 per 24 hours.

If you applied for free parking, come to con ops for your vouchers.

Other Parking Options
These are the main parking options most attendees utilize.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis's Loring Ramp: $19/day
Millennium Hotel: $17/day

Sold out? Having trouble? Just click here to let us know and we'll try to help!




Future Dates
May 26-28, 2017
May 25-27, 2018
May 24-26, 2019

Meet a ton of awesome special guests every year at AniMinneapolis, including performers, voice actors, directors, and more. Get their autographs for free, meet them in Q&A sessions, and more.

Tyler Walker

Tyler Walker

Tyler Walker is an ADR director, script writer and voice actor for FUNimation Entertainment. A native of East Texas, he grew up spending equal time playing in the woods, playing Atari, and watching cartoons like Scooby Doo, Superfriends, Star Blazers, and Battle of the Planets. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a BA in Radio, Television, and Film, he spent time playing in bands and eventually started working as an ADR engineer and production assistant at FUNimation in 2002. A bit of trivia: His former band, The Pointy Shoe Factory, had three songs featured in Dragon Ball Z Movie Eight: Broly, The Legendary Super Saiyan.

Since then, he has worked as ADR director on around six hundred episodes of such series as Baccano!, Toriko, Dragon Ball Z, Ghost Hunt, Basilisk, Black Cat, Blassreiter, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Hell Girl, Is This a Zombie, Negima, TO, Ragnarok the Animation, and 175 episodes of Fairy Tail. In addition to directing and producing, he has also written numerous scripts for titles such as Fairy Tail, One Piece, Bamboo Blade, Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Hero Tales, Shangri-La, and both seasons of Is This A Zombie. When he’s not at the FUNimation studios, Tyler plays drums and produces music for his current band, Wirewings. Somehow he still finds time to go out into the woods, play video games, and watch cartoons.

Heather Walker

Heather Walker

Heather Walker loves the freaks, the geeks, and the oddballs. From birds and giant rats, to tortured mystical children, to sexy nurses, she has played a wide variety of roles in her relatively brief time as a voice actress. Whether she is screaming her head off for an entire scene or being innocently naughty, Heather loves extreme characters. Some of her roles include Hiruko from Shangri-La, Aki from Maken-Ki, the misunderstood villain Mary Hughes in Fairy Tail, and most recently the role of Zoe, the revolutionary girl, in the audio play Chimpanzee. She studied creative writing at the University of North Texas and besides voice acting, Heather is a stylist, poet, birdwatcher, and environmentalist, and is currently being certified as a Texas Master Naturalist. So not only does she love voicing animals, she loves protecting them too.

John Stocker

John Stocker

For over 4 decades, John Stocker has been a recognized force in the acting industry. He began his career as an on-camera performer, working with the likes of John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, Gilda Radner, William Shatner and Mark Wahlberg, before settling solely, but comfortably into the off-camera world, where he has voiced many thousands of commercials and hundreds of animated characters. A lot of you will recognize some of his classic roles – ‘Beastly’ in Care Bears, ‘Longarm’ in COPS, ‘Toad’ in Super Mario Brothers, ‘Newton Gimmick’ in Teddy Ruxpin, ‘Creed’ in X-Men, ‘Basil’ in Babar, ‘Bugsy’ in Dog City, ‘Ultron’ in The Avengers and both ‘Naga’ and ‘King Zenoheld’ in Bakugan. Still busy today, John is the voice of ‘Mr. Owl’ in Franklin, ‘Mission Control’ in Rob the Robot , ‘Mayor Swift’ in Sidekick and ‘Einstein’ in Peg + Cat. Over the years, John diversified his career to include voice casting, voice coaching, (both commercial & animation), demo production, and the discipline that keeps him busiest, voice directing. He’s been at the helm for many dozens of productions, including Totally Spies, Caillou, Fugget About It, Redakai, Mike the Knight, (the original) Beyblade, Medabots, Ella the Elephant and of course, the one that started his voice directing career, the one and only ‘Sailor Moon’. If you’d like more information, please visit John’s website (johnstocker.ca), or look him up on I.M.D.B.

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin’ out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to add the roles of Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles. He can also be head as Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories , Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Negi Springfield in Negima, Heihachi in Samurai 7, Jr. in Xenosaga:The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Nowy in Glass Fleet, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention. FUNimation recently announced Greg as Nagisa in Free!

When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the opportunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.

DC Douglas

DC Douglas

D.C. Douglas will forever be known as the sinister voice of Albert Wesker (“Resident Evil”), screaming “Chriiiisssss” as he melts in a lava lake, or as the soulful voice of Legion in the “Mass Effect” series, pulling on the heartstrings of fans around the world. This is a far cry from his other roles, such as the persnickety alien Zepht in “Star Trek: Enterprise” or the logical Legion in the “Mass Effect” videogame series. He’s been in all sorts of video games, as The Master in “Buffy,” “The Vampire Slayer,” AWACS in “Ace Combat 6,” Archangel Michael in “Might & Magic Heroes VI,” Raven in “Tekken 6? and “Street Fighter X Tekken,” and Albert Wesker in “Resident Evil: Umbrella,” & “Darkside Chronicles,” “Mercenaries,” “Capcom Versus Marvel 3” and “Resident Evil 5.” Douglas’ anime credits include President Paradine in “Tales of Graces f.” Alexei Dinoia in “Tales of Vesperia.” Kelvin Garr in “Tales of the World,” Grimoire Noir in “Nier Replicant,” Gabi & Taihaku in “.hack Vol 1 & 2,” Genji Kamogawa in “Hajime no ippo,” and Shori Shibuya in “God, Save Our King!” Recent television appearances include “Castle,” “Workaholics,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS,” and “2 Broke Girls.” Highlight credits for fans of sci-fi, horror and fantasy include “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Charmed,” “Passions,” “Titanic II,” and “666: The Child.” Douglas can be seen in the upcoming sci-fi thriller, “Apocalypse Kiss” as the serial killer Adrian (an homage to Albert Wesker) starring alongside Troma Pictures legend, Lloyd Kaufman.

Other cartoon/anime/game highlights include: One Piece as X Drake, Regular Show as (TBA recurring in season 8), Final Fantasy XV as Weskham Armaugh, Trails of Cold Steel as Rufus Albarea, Fire Emblem: Fates as foxy grandpa Gunter, Transformers: Rescue Bots as Chase, Family Guy as Superman, etc. DC is also a very memorable convention guest, as his panels can take certain creative twists on the characters he has played, and he also regularly participates in other convention events.

Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug

Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug

Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug has had the misfortune of being cursed to review comic books on the internet. Somehow this has made him popular on the website That Guy With the Glasses, though many suspect it’s more so people can stare and laugh at the weirdo. On his show, Atop the Fourth Wall, he regularly contends with the surreal, the stupid, and the senseless books that the comic industry has produced over the last eighty years. If that wasn’t sad enough, he also has done a retrospective on Power Rangers (released on the schedule of when a blue moon rises on the 13th hour of the 13th day of the 13th month), actually attempting to grant serious analysis to a series about guys in spandex punching rubber-suited monsters. It’s best not to make direct eye contact with him.

V is for Villains

V is for Villains

V is for Villains is a new breed of entertainment. Mixing the visual styles of Steampunk, Carnival and Noir, with the musical taste of Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, and your favorite film score; V is for Villains will take you on a journey through the imagination that your mother couldn’t prepare you for. Most groups often say that they intend for “world domination”… V is for Villains might actually mean it…

Greg "Greggo" Wicker

Greg "Greggo" Wicker

Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes. You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/gregdasgo or visit his website at http://www.facebook.com/greggosgameshows.

Random aka Mega Ran

Random aka Mega Ran

Random, aka MegaRan, personifies with Hip-Hop should be: Spontaneous, fun, and true. Every album, starting with “Mega Ran” in 2007, conveys a different theme, a different vibe, and a different emotion. “Mega Ran” was a collection of sampled 8-bit beats from the hit “Mega Man” video game series, which was quickly discovered by CAPCOM. Instead of shutting down this hit music, CAPCOM offered Mega Ran a special licensing agreement and booked him to perform at Comic-Con and other special events. Since then he’s released albums including “RANDOMONIUM” and “FOREVER FAMICON” and “Black Materia,” and has toured with acts such as mc chris and MC Lars, playing in the US, UK, and Japan. He’s appeared in Playstation: The Official Magazine and Game Informer. Fans can learn more about Ran and download free songs at his website, megaran.com

K-Murdock

K-Murdock

The “Sound Samurai” who loves to produce music, engineer audio & generally create new-sounds, which he refers to as his “neosonix”. Born in Washington, DC and raised during the golden era of hip-hop, K(yle) Murdock’s affinity for music was a result of growing up idolizing his late uncle Melvin Lindsey, who was a popular local radio host/philanthropist in the DC area; However, his interest in hip-hop music & culture was weaned by his older cousins. One crew in particular, The Native Tongues, changed his life when he stumbled upon the cassettes of two of the collective’s landmark groups (A Tribe Called Quest & De La Soul) back in the early ‘90s. The biggest thing K learned from the likes of those’ artist is consequently one of the biggest ideals he continually strives to get across in his own music- individuality!

Schaffer the Darklord

Schaffer the Darklord

In the ten years since creating his act, NYC-based rapper and comedian Schaffer the Darklord (STD) has employed a cartoonishly commanding stage presence and brainy, rapid-fire rhymes to skewer such topics as hedonistic substance abuse, sexual compulsion, gender identity, urban anxiety and obsessive cat-enthusiasts. With five full-length albums under his belt and experience touring the nation with such acts as mc chris, MC Frontalot and MC Lars, STD’s music and live show are equal parts Bill Hicks, Beastie Boys, Prince, Ozzy Osbourne and Darth Vader. He’s made multiple appearances on the Science Channel television program “Oddities,” and when he’s not on the road, he serves as emcee for countless NYC burlesque shows and produces/co-hosts his podcast, “The Epic Piecast.” His latest record “Sick Passenger,” a concept album set during a mysterious therapy session, was released in October 2013 to glowing praise from his cult-like fan base and critics alike. Schaffer the Darklord continues to write, record and perform with great frequency and has no intention of giving up until his masochist rock-n-roll lifestyle destroys him. http://schafferthedarklord.com

Paul St. Peter

Paul St. Peter

Paul St. Peter is an American voice actor who works on shows ranging from Digimon to Cowboy Bebop. He provided the voice of Punch in Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, along with voices for Mondego in Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Jorgun in Gurren Lagann, and Higa in Durarara!!. Kingdom Hearts fans will recognize him as Xemnas in the Kingdom Hearts series, or perhaps you might know him as Nine Tails in Naruto, Yammy in Bleach, and Yuan Shao in Dynasty Warriors.

Samurai Dan and Jillian

Samurai Dan and Jillian

The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai Arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history.

With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.

Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of The Samurai.”

Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.

YTCracker

YTCracker

YTCracker is a rapper, former cracker, and Internet entrepreneur. YTCracker began producing rap music in 1998 in the genre that has since become known as nerdcore hip hop. YTCracker is a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades”, also making a name for himself as a professional disc jockey, computer programmer, graphics designer and webmaster.

Chuck Huber

Chuck Huber

Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in the roles of Garlic Jr. and Android 17 in DBZ. Since then he has voiced hundreds of characters including Hiei in YuYu Hakusho, Stein in Soul Eater, Kululu in Sgt. Frog, Mohji in One Piece, Shou Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist, Han in Blue Gender, Hiro in Shin Chan, Ashe in Black Butler, Reever in D. Gray Man, Hector in Glass Fleet, Yuichi in Initial D., Akai in Oh Edo Rocket, Melt in The Tower of Druaga, Adashino in Mushishi, Eric Nishijima in Darker Than Black, Havel in Trinity Blood, Austria in Hetalia and many more. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf and others. As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day – The Musical, The Troubadoors, The Fragility of Seconds, The Mechanical Grave, Odd Man Out among others. He began acting in Chicago at the Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Steppenwolf Theater after graduating from DePaul University and continues to work on stages in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Most recently he played Hugh Jameison in the movie Parkland, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti. He plays Colonel Kashoid in the upcoming AmeriGeddon, plays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Continues, and Dean Hansen in Season 2 of American Crime.

Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn has done numerous anime and video game voices. Some of his most prominent voice roles include Reno, Axel, Raiden, and Doctor Riddles. Quinton’s voice has been burning up film and television since he first arrived in Los Angeles from his native Cleveland. He is an A-list voice actor, having played such famous animated characters as Jonny Quest, Spiderman, Speed Racer, The Human Torch, Timon, Snowbell in Stuart Little, just to name a few. His television and film appearances include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, King of Queens, Animaniacs, Woody Woodpecker, Robot Chicken, and many more.

His best known roles in video game franchises have been his work providing the english voices of Raiden in the Metal Gear Solid series, Axel in Kingdom Hearts II, and Reno in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children the motion picture. If you’re hip to the anime scene you’ll know him as Iruka-sensei and Deidara in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, Marcus Damon in Digimon Data Squad, and Carl in Blood+, to name a few.

EmpathP

EmpathP

EmpathP (otherwise known as Aki Glancy) is an American musician, illustrator, and Producer from Virginia. Specializing in the creation of original VOCALOID works, her credits include illustrating the Celtic English VOCALOIDAVANNA” and voice providing for the America English VOCALOIDDAINA”. Currently she is the manager and sponsor of the Western VOCALOID Concert project “VOCAMERICA”.

Aya Ikeda

Aya Ikeda

Aya Ikeda is a singer born on August 23, 1988 in Osaka, Japan. She has sung the theme song for the anime Heartcatch Precure! and has also been a member of the female pop group C-ZONE. She is particularly known for her work in the Precure! series, which is hugely popular in Japan and well known in America. She’s sang the theme songs for Heart Catch Pre-cure!, Suite Pre-cure, Smile Pre-cure!, along with some related medleys and music from the show, along with music from Kindaichi Case Files, and Pokémon Ga-Olé. She is always happy to perform for fans!

Zack Storch

Zack Storch

Sci-fi / Fantasy author and game designer Zack Storch competed on the major reality TV show “King of the Nerds.” On the internationally broadcast show, his passionate statements about nerd culture made him a fan favorite to many, while others like podcaster Rob Cesternino have called him “the best reality TV villain since Russel Hantz.” His card game, “Planar Catastrophe,” features art from the adaptation he wrote of his novel, “Za’nar: Impossibility,” for the globally-popular MMORPG “Adventure Quest Worlds.” A presence in the World of Warcraft fandom, Zack is in the World of Warcraft 10 year anniversary documentary, “Looking for Group.” In addition to writing, he enjoys Twitch streaming, and making YouTube videos. You can find Zack on his Verified Facebook Page, “Zack Storch,” on Twitter @Zadck3, and learn about his writing and game design projects at VoidSaga.com.


See past guests: Past Guests, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Full schedule: Panel Descriptions | Schedule Grid

Convention Hours

View Venue Layout
Dealers & Artists
Friday1pm - 8pm
Saturday   10am - 6pm
Sunday10am - 5pm
Events & Panels
ThursdayTBA
FridayNoon - 1am
Saturday   10am - 1am
Sunday10am - 5pm

Masquerade

Masquerade

Our masquerade will be the best opportunity to show off your costumes and see some awesome, talented people. We have excellent judges, and wonderful competitors. We do everything we can to make your costumes look excellent. Do you want to compete? Get the full cosplay contest details first. Online signup is only open when the con is between 60 and 10 days from now. You can sign up at the con until we're full.

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall

Our exhibit hall will feature some of the most awesome vendors ever, with tons of anime swag to take home. Dealers will be selling everything you can imagine, from costumes and corsets to pocky and DVDs, you'll be able to find some awesome stuff in our dealers room. We also have several artists selling their own handmade stuff, from chain-mail armor to buttons.

Video Games

Video Games

Our video gaming area features 32" LCDs screens and more, with gaming tournaments happening all weekend. Last year we even had DDR machines, Pump-it-Up, and more, to give you something fun to do during downtime (like we have that!).

Tournament Information

Nightly Dance

Nightly Dances

We have several official, amazing DJs in our guest DJ lineup, including Party Monster DJs, Lucid Beats, and DJ Oso. We know how to break it down with awesome EDM dance music (hey, that's redundant!). Jumpstyle. Hardstyle. Techno. Trance. Maybe even dubstep? (If that's still cool by then). No stops and no bad DJs.

Formal Ball

Formal Fantasy Cosplay Ball

As a special treat, our convention holds an annual fantasy ball. Admission is free to convention attendees with a badge. In addition, we will have professional formal dance lessons before the event begins, taught by an experienced dance instructor. For those without dates, we will even have our very own Date Auction on Friday afternoon, before the ball. Semi-formal outfits and above required for this exciting featured event.

Date Auction

AnimeCon.org's Fabulous Date Auction

Unrivaled by any other convention, AnimeCon.org's Fabulous Date Auction is your chance to win a date to the formal ball.... or several, if you're greedy. Join our sexy 15-con veteran host Dantes as they auction off other cosplayers to the highest bidder. Money goes towards improving the con, and 10% of all winning bids is donated to charity.

Concerts

Concerts

AniMinneapolis features epic concerts with some awesome Nerdcore musicians like Dr. Awkward and YTCracker. We have also featured musical intermissions and performances by other bands doing sci-fi and anime themed performances. In 2014 we excitedly feature Steam Powered Giraffe!

Maid Cafe

Maid Cafe

Our maid cafe is a fun experience similar to maid cafes in Japan - but much more suited to AniMinneapolis. Come, and be the king of your own maid world (you'll find out what this means!) (Note: Tickets can be purchased at the con. Snacks are included.)

Maid/Butler applications are closed. You can apply to be a maid or butler when the con is between 30 and 90 days from now.

Panels

Panels

AniMinneapolis has tons of panels, submitted and created by attendees like you. Talk about favorite shows, compete in homemade game shows, learn stuff, and more! Everything you love, from Lolita and Dolls, to Homestuck, Hetalia, and Pokemon, we'll have it. Panels can be run by fans about their favorite subjects, they could be organized by our staff, or they could be hosted by our very own guests of honor. Want to run a panel? Go to the event submission form.

Cosplay

Cosplay

We are excited to feature tons of cosplay events, in addition to the mainstage masquerade cosplay competition, including photoshoots, meetups, panels, and much more. We schedule meetup/photoshoot times for different fandoms to gather in their outfits, and we have a hall costume contest you can compete in to win free admission for next year. If you are looking for the masquerade, check out the cosplay info page.

ConSweet

ConSweet

We provide a wonderful ConSweet filled with free snacks, ramen, and rice all weekend. To help you get through the convention filled with energy, our ConSweet provides congoers with unlimited rice, ramen, and soda throughout the entire weekend. Please clean up after yourself.

Meetups

Meetups

Meetup with people who like the same stuff as you. Whether it's Ball Jointed Dolls, Lolita Fashion, Kingdom Hearts, J-Pop, or whatever, you'll make friends here.

Autographs

Autographs

We have a ton of awesome guests and of course you can have their autograph. Autographs from most of our special guests are free, so bring your favorite DVD to get signed (no bootlegs, please). Every year we try to have a list of guests that you may not otherwise ever get a chance to meet, so we hope you'll come out and say hi to them!

Tabletop Gaming

Tabletop Gaming

We are very proud to feature Gnome Games as hosts for our tabletop gaming room. Every year our tabletop gaming room includes collectible card games, various board game tournaments, and more.

Anime Screenings

Anime Screenings

Every year AniMinneapolis has a room dedicated to streaming anime. This is a chance to relax and catch up on what's new in the world of anime, or even discover a classic show that you might fall in love with.

Karaoke

Karaoke

Karaoke is huge in Japan and we think it should be a staple at conventions too. Come to the Karaoke Krypt and sing with your fellow anime fans. We have a huge library of music for you to choose from. Be sure to come by and hang out with us. Sometimes we will be playing AMVs before Karaoke sessions start.

Room Parties

Room Parties

Room Parties are not official events of AniMinneapolis. Attendees can host parties in their hotel room during the convention. These are often fun social or anime-themed events. Learn More.


Events run from Friday 10am through Sunday around 6pm. Want to run an event? Click here for details.

Panels and Other Stuff

Every year we have a ton of panels submitted by attendees, in addition to panels and events that are run by our staff. The actual full list will be published about a month prior to the convention, and it usually includes over 100+ events.
  • Formal Ball and Dance Lessons
  • Panels about shows like Pokemon, DBZ, Yu-Gi-Oh, Etc
  • Often we have Pokémon Tournaments
  • Yaoi and Yuri or other 18+ Panels
  • Our fabulous Date Auction
  • ConSweet with free ramen, Mountain Dew, Etc
  • Voice Acting Lessons, Tips, Etc
  • Lolita Fashion, BJDs, and other cultural panels
  • Karaoke and AMV Showings
More panels and events are being added regularly. Do you want to run one? Click here for details.

Vendors for AniMinneapolis 2017

  • J&V Anime Corp. 40x10
  • Far East Emporium 40x10
  • Anime Crew, LLC 30x10
  • Toy Mandala 30x10
  • GinGee Girls Art 30x10
  • Eagle Anime 30x10
  • hobbyfan 20x10
  • Epic Loot 20x10
  • Carrie 20x10
  • BrazenMonkey with Toothless 20x10
  • KiguGang.com 20x10
  • Jedi Master's Toys 20x10
  • TeeTurtle 20x10
  • Feisg 20x10
  • Jimmy 20x10
  • Pop Heart Studios 20x10
  • Blade daddy 20x10
  • Bakken deals 20x10
  • Statuesque 20x10
  • Literary Alterations 20x10
  • Otakus corner 20x10
  • Anime palace 20x10
  • CJ Autographs 20x10
  • Demeteraa 10x10
  • Baoguss 10x10
  • Visual Novels USA 10x10
  • Kappelmann Books and Dragon Gifts 10x10
  • MUSETAP 10x10
  • STL Ocarina 10x10
  • Fantasm 10x10
  • Nakama Nerd-Op 10x10
  • Kintanga 10x10
  • Rachel Senegence Distributor 201693 10x10
  • DaVinci Scientifica 10x10
  • Ark Studio 10x10
  • Honeysuckle Rose Creations 10x10
  • Elysium Armory 10x10
  • Chance Oberlander 10x10
  • Chance Oberlander 10x10
  • Shiny Trinket 10x10

Artists at AniMinneapolis 2017

  • 'trie
  • @ashleymasog
  • AiriAviAnna
  • Alex
  • ArtofPrice
  • Black Belt Beads
  • Breedafool
  • Brittney Emory
  • Cartoons by Andie
  • CCJ
  • Conkins
  • dariendoodles
  • deckitout
  • Delcee
  • Despairdriven
  • Diana
  • Ekakiya Studio
  • Fallen-Star-Art
  • Garrett Miche
  • gawki
  • jdelgado!
  • Jes Schroeder
  • Katmusni
  • Kayotics
  • Lemon
  • Lilly Inverse Designs
  • Margaretno
  • Meagan
  • Megu
  • midgart
  • Miharu
  • MischiefJoKeR
  • Nochi
  • PixelWayve
  • Rainarc Rhapsody
  • Ramyoo
  • Rubber Punk Producktions
  • Ruby Truffles
  • Samantha Gorel
  • Sculptural Renaissance
  • Sennel
  • Shad Andrews
  • Sketchbook Sisters
  • Slumberfish
  • Spangles
  • StartledStar
  • the new meme
  • Vonnart
  • Whaleosaur
The AniMinneapolis Dealer's Room is an epic place to find all your favorite anime merchandise. Vendors will be selling things ranging from custom-made outfits, to plushies, to DVDs, to comics, and everything else in between.

Photography is generally not permitted in the dealer's room, to prevent people from stopping in the middle of aisles and making it hard to get around. Excessively large props will typically not be allowed in the dealer's room. AniMinneapolis enjoys giving attendees the flexibility to bring most reasonable sized props (smaller than you) into the vendor room, and we ask that you respect other attendees by being mindful of props and large costume pieces.

For additional information about becoming a dealer, click here.
The artist alley is a place to meet artists, buy handmade crafty-things, see beautiful works of art, get commissions, and buy cool artsy things! Come to the AniMinneapolis artist alley to see some really cool and unique art works, and possibly even commission your own.


Becoming an Artist Alley Participant
All of our artist alley tables are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis unless we are given other reason to reject you (ie: previous rule-breaking). Tables will be 6'x30", depending on what the hotel has available. This is subject to change in future years.

Artist's Alley Policies
  • Any objectionable content must be limited to viewers 18+ with proper identification. Anyone found selling objectionable content to minors may have their table revoked.
  • Artwork must have significant originality to meet copyright laws. EG: eyeballing or tracing artwork and selling it is not permitted.
  • Work that is not created by the table owner (manufactured plushies, buttons, etc, that you didn't make either yourself or in collaboration with another) can not be sold as an artist - these are items that only dealers can sell.
  • Only two chairs are allowed at each artist alley table, and your work must not exceed the space allotted to your table. While multiple artists may share a table, they must not exceed the space allotted.
  • Artist's Alley is going to be in a room that is locked at night.
  • We are not responsible for anything lost or stolen.
  • Rules may be amended or altered by AniMinneapolis staff at any time, and decisions by AniMinneapolis staff are final.
Any questions can be directed through our contact form.

COMPLETE RULES and HOURS: are the same as the rules and hours for dealers.

For Potential Artist Alley Members
By registering online, you agree to these terms and conditions.


Electricity is $75.

Check this page to see if space is available.

Click here to get notified whenever tables become available.

Vendors for AniMinneapolis 2017

  • J&V Anime Corp. 40x10
  • Far East Emporium 40x10
  • Anime Crew, LLC 30x10
  • Toy Mandala 30x10
  • GinGee Girls Art 30x10
  • Eagle Anime 30x10
  • hobbyfan 20x10
  • Epic Loot 20x10
  • Carrie 20x10
  • BrazenMonkey with Toothless 20x10
  • KiguGang.com 20x10
  • Jedi Master's Toys 20x10
  • TeeTurtle 20x10
  • Feisg 20x10
  • Jimmy 20x10
  • Pop Heart Studios 20x10
  • Blade daddy 20x10
  • Bakken deals 20x10
  • Statuesque 20x10
  • Literary Alterations 20x10
  • Otakus corner 20x10
  • Anime palace 20x10
  • CJ Autographs 20x10
  • Demeteraa 10x10
  • Baoguss 10x10
  • Visual Novels USA 10x10
  • Kappelmann Books and Dragon Gifts 10x10
  • MUSETAP 10x10
  • STL Ocarina 10x10
  • Fantasm 10x10
  • Nakama Nerd-Op 10x10
  • Kintanga 10x10
  • Rachel Senegence Distributor 201693 10x10
  • DaVinci Scientifica 10x10
  • Ark Studio 10x10
  • Honeysuckle Rose Creations 10x10
  • Elysium Armory 10x10
  • Chance Oberlander 10x10
  • Chance Oberlander 10x10
  • Shiny Trinket 10x10

Artists at AniMinneapolis 2017

  • 'trie
  • @ashleymasog
  • AiriAviAnna
  • Alex
  • ArtofPrice
  • Black Belt Beads
  • Breedafool
  • Brittney Emory
  • Cartoons by Andie
  • CCJ
  • Conkins
  • dariendoodles
  • deckitout
  • Delcee
  • Despairdriven
  • Diana
  • Ekakiya Studio
  • Fallen-Star-Art
  • Garrett Miche
  • gawki
  • jdelgado!
  • Jes Schroeder
  • Katmusni
  • Kayotics
  • Lemon
  • Lilly Inverse Designs
  • Margaretno
  • Meagan
  • Megu
  • midgart
  • Miharu
  • MischiefJoKeR
  • Nochi
  • PixelWayve
  • Rainarc Rhapsody
  • Ramyoo
  • Rubber Punk Producktions
  • Ruby Truffles
  • Samantha Gorel
  • Sculptural Renaissance
  • Sennel
  • Shad Andrews
  • Sketchbook Sisters
  • Slumberfish
  • Spangles
  • StartledStar
  • the new meme
  • Vonnart
  • Whaleosaur
The AniMinneapolis Dealer's Room is an epic place to find all your favorite anime merchandise. Vendors will be selling things ranging from custom-made outfits, to plushies, to DVDs, to comics, and everything else in between.

Photography is generally not permitted in the dealer's room, to prevent people from stopping in the middle of aisles and making it hard to get around. Excessively large props will typically not be allowed in the dealer's room. AniMinneapolis enjoys giving attendees the flexibility to bring most reasonable sized props (smaller than you) into the vendor room, and we ask that you respect other attendees by being mindful of props and large costume pieces.

For additional information about becoming a dealer, click here.
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