May 25 - 27, 2018 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

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

May 25 - 27, 2018

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.

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5000 anime fans came last year.

Join them!

Thank you for coming.

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 19 - Jul 19, 2017
$35.00      Weekend Registration      July 19 - Sep 19, 2017
$40.00      Weekend Registration      September 19 - Mar 9, 2018
$47.00      Weekend Registration      March 9 - Apr 19, 2018
$49.00      Weekend Registration      April 19 - May 9, 2018
$50.00      Weekend Registration      Starts May. 9, 2018
$110.00      Platinum Registration      Ends May. 19, 2018

The convention dates: May 25 - 27, 2018

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 2018
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

We are excited to bring AniMinneapolis 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 $24 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.


More Hotels

Click here to book at the Millennium
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 $24/day. Due to incredibly high demand and ticket sales in 2017, we have found expanded parking options exclusively for AniMinneapolis attendees. Click here to reserve parking downtown with ParkWhiz.

Overflow Parking Location
727 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
** Connected to the Walker Art Center
Optional walking distance: 15 minutes through Loring Park
Price: $7 per 24 hours.
We will give away 150 free parking vouchers for this parking location, on a first-come, first-serve basis in Con Ops.

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
Shuttle operated by Minnesota Coaches Inc.

Overflow Parking Price: $7 per 24 hours.


Other Parking Options
These are the main parking options most attendees utilize.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis's Loring Ramp: $24/day
Millennium Hotel: $21/day

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




Future Dates
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.

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! You can find more on her Facebook page.

Diana Garnet

Diana Garnet

Lifelong anime fan turned professional singer, Tokyo-based Diana Garnet has performed themes for anime such as Naruto Shippuden (“Spinning World”) and Tantei Team KAZ: Jiken Note (“Nankai Mystery.”) Originally from Washington D.C., Diana grew up watching anime with her father and was heavily influenced by the songs featured in anime due to their positive message and infectious melodies. While teaching in Japan, In Spring 2013, she participated in NTV’s singing contest “Nodojiman the World” and won the grand prize in Sping 2013, starting her journey towards a major debut later that year! Today, she’s active as not only a singer, but also as a voice actor (Azure Striker Gunvolt OVA as Cyan and Joule), TV Presenter (NHK E-TV’s “Igo Focus”, an educational program showcasing the 4,000 year old game of “Go” ), Narrator (NHK World’s “Anime Supernova”), as well as dabbling in variety shows focusing on anything from impressions (monomane), anime, or international culture! Diana’s interests include reading (all the) manga, watching anime, playing games, Go, singing karaoke (especially enka), watching baseball (Hanshin Tigers/Orioles/Nationals,) Karate, and eating everything from unagi to curry bread. You can follow her activities internationally through her official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Chuck Huber

Chuck Huber

Chuck’s most recent anime roles are Reever in D-Gray Man Hallow, Austria in Hetalia, Jajuka in Escaflowne, Kuro (Sleepy Ash) in Servamp, Kuniharu in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Asanaga in Endride, Petra’s Father in Attack on Titan, Kyūta’s Father in The Boy and Beast, Tony Stark in Death Battle, Jason the Toymaker in Creepy Pasta and Emperor Pilaf in the DBZ movies and upcoming DBZ Super. Chuck hosts the weekly DubTrax podcast commenting with guests and characters on anime episodes and the GameChurch podcast which discusses how to live life if it’s a video game. Chuck’s digital presence is at chuckhuber.org and @chuck_huber in the twitter. Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in the roles of Garlic Jr., Android 17, Kibito, Master Shen and Mr. Shoe 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, Hiro in Shin Chan, Ash 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. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf, Strike Witches, Dragonaut and the upcoming Skip Beat!. Video games Chuck has contributed voices for include Borderlands II, Ghostbusters, The Walking Dead, Aeon Flux, DBZ, Smite, The Killing Floor …among others. As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day – The Musical currently on Amazon Prime, Prince Adventures, 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 Russian bad guy, Colonel Kashoid, in AmeriGeddon and the demon Baal in The Crossroads of Hunter Wilde directed by Mike Norris (son of Chuck Norris), plays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Continues; Dean Hansen on Season 2 of American Crime on ABC and Detective Swinton in the upcoming feature film The Harrowing.

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres went blasting his way through 2017! He was thrilled to make his second appearance in Dragon Ball Super earlier this year as Frost, and equally excited to help blast bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. 2017 also gave him the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast, and will also be appearing in Haikyu as Yu Nishinoya, as well as voicing Zenji Marui in Food Wars. With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta. Thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the in the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. He can also be hear as Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra.Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Negi Springfield in Negima. When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones behind “the decks”at many a music event. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he has jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. He currently helps organize dance and music tracks at several US conventions.Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blastreliving the music from the show with his friends. Thrilled to be able to share his love of music with anyone willing to listen – from packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.

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.

DC Douglas

DC Douglas

He’s baaaaack! And he’s brought his revamped and updated Notorious [Zombie Related] Fanfic Show with him! Videogame fans know him as Albert Wesker in seven “Resident Evil” games — from 2007’s “Umbrella Chronicles” to 2016’s “Umbrella Corp” — a decade of badassery. Also: Legion in “Mass Effect” 2 & 3, Kamoshida in “Persona 5,” Pod 042 in “Nier: Automata,” Azrael in “Blazeblue,” Zero in “Zero Time Dilemma 3,” Raven in “Tekken 6,” Gafka in "Radiant Historia: APC,” Alexei in “Tales of Vesperia,” and many more Japanese RPGs.

Anime fans may know him as X Drake in “One Piece,” Jasley in “Mobile Suit Gundam: IBO,” Shoot McMahon in “Hunter x Hunter,” Vincent in “Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower,” The Professor in “Cyborg 009,” and more! Cartoon fans may know him as the original voice of Chase for four seasons on “Transformers: Rescue Bots,” as Colonel Rawls on the final season of “Regular Show!,” or as the evil trickster Mick in “The Tom and Jerry Show."

Film & TV fans may know him as Pa Kettle in “Z Nation,” Bud in “Sharknado 2,” Zepht in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” or from his other 200 appearances on random shows and weird films over the last 25 years. Check him out on IMDB and DCDouglas.com to spot more titles you know. Just remember, if you only see one thing of his this weekend, make sure it’s his 2018 Notorious [Zombie Related] Fanfic Show!

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…

Kohei

Kohei

Kohei, a singer from Tokyo, Japan and moved to New York in the summer of 2011. Kohei is well known for singing R&B and Soul and has performed over 300 shows in the course of four years. He has performed in the all famous Apollo theater 8 times and got first place in 2014. He has opened up for Wu Tang Clan(Raekwon) R&B Legend Case, Lyfe Jennings and Lil mama in 2015 2016. He has done everything such as hosting a music event at the Jay-Z’s Moms restaurant, and being the Official Japan Fes MC. He was a finalist of McDonald’s Gospelfest 2016 and 2017, and featured on M-On TV with Japanese recording artist The RAMPAGE.

TiA

TiA

TiA is a Japanese recording artist who has performed the ending theme “Ryuusei” in the hit anime Naruto. TiA was born in Yokohama, Japan, and her father is Japanese and her mother is half German American and half Japanese. After sending her demo tapes to several companies,she signed a contract with Epic Records when she was just 16. TiA debuted at the age of 16 and soon became famous for her song “Ryuusei” which starred as one of the ”Naruto” ending themes. Her first album received a Gold Disc Award, and TiA is winner of McDonald’s Gospelfest 2016, Brooklyn X Factor, A Star is born. She released first American debut song “I’m on my way” in 2015, and TiA released her new single Galaxy Ride in January 2018.

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”.

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.

Connor Colquhoun

Connor Colquhoun

Connor, more commonly known as CDawgVA, is a YouTube entertainer and voice actor. He is best known for his impressions of popular anime characters – such as Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler. Starting over 2 years ago he has amassed over 230,000 subscribers and over 22 million channel views in that time with his unique content. He has also lent his voice to many forms of media, including other popular channels on the website such as Team Four Star, Hyun’s Dojo, TheAnimeMan, Akidearest, Zelda Universe and many more.

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.

Tom Fahn

Tom Fahn

Tom is best known as the voice of “Agumon” in Digimon: Digital Monsters and is currently reprising the role in the Digimon Adventure Tri movies! He recently played the lead in the animated feature Condorito, and can be heard in the Sony PlayStation game God of War. Tom’s voice can also be heard in Dragon Ball Super and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure both on Toonami on Adult Swim. Other credits include Hunter X Hunter, Naruto and Bleach, The Adventures of Panda Warrior playing the dog Bruce Barkley directed by Wendee Lee, two roles (Stu the Turtle and a Male Ox) in Ice Age 2: The Meltdown directed by Carlos Saldanha, and some fans may remember Tom’s memorable death scene as Rocco Bonnaro in Cowboy Bebop with Steve Blum, directed by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. A memorable Video Game credit includes begging for his life (yet again!) on Watchmen: The End Is Nigh directed by Collette Sunderman, and he’s also died several times, on several episodes, voicing several characters on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. A career highlight is working in the same studio on the old Hanna-Barbera lot where The Flintstones were recorded, playing the Woim in the Boid N Woim for Cartoon Network-What A Cartoon, directed by Kris Zimmerman. From the early days of anime, other credits include The Guyver as Sho Fukamachi, and Orguss as Kei Katsuragi directed by the legendary Kevin Seymour. Originally from Huntington, New York, Tom always wanted to be an actor, but his greatest credits are his wife Dorothy, and their daughter. They live in Los Angeles where he is represented by Vanessa Gilbert at Solid Talent Agency.

Dorothy Fahn

Dorothy Fahn

Dorothy can currently be heard as Tsumugi in the game Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony! In Anime she’s Merribit Stapleton in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Melody in Hunter X Hunter, and Marryl and Bernadette in Little Witch Academia. She’s also known for Konan in Naruto, Meryl in Trigun, An/Natsumi in Sailor Moon, Naru in Love Hina, Kyoko in Sword Art Online, Kaoru in Rurouni Kenshin, Margaret in The Seven Deadly Sins, and Fuuko/Sky Raker in Accel World. You may remember her as Tai’s Mom and Lilymon in Digimon: Digital Monsters, Lilamon-Lalamon- Sunflowmon-Rosemon in Digimon: Data Squad, Sakura in Rock Lee, Ren Hakuei in Magi The Kingdom of Magic, Yoko in The Twelve Kingdoms, Miyu in Vampire Princess Miyu, Fujiko in Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro, Suzu in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Nina Purpleton in Gundam 0083, Miz Mishtal in El Hazard, Shaya in Super Dimension Century Orguss, and Nova in Magic Knight Rayearth. When it comes to video games, she’s in Fire Emblem Echoes, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, 2 & 3, Elsword, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Fallout 4, League of Legends, Mugen Souls, Fairy Fencer F, Atelier Esha and Logy, Atelier Shallie, Persona 2, Star Ocean Till The End of Time, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, etc. Other roles include Lily in Leap Frog, Nana & Zelda in Zou, Inez in Zorro the Chronicles, Francesca in Violetta, Evilina in The Night B4 Christmas, May & Kikki in Pom Pom and Friends, Theo in Jr. On The Job, Pororo in Pororo’s Racing Adventure, and Eddy & Princess Parfait in Pororo to the Cookie Castle. She is represented by CTC Talent in Los Angeles CA, and thanks her hubby, daughter and family for all their love and support!

That Creepy Reading

That Creepy Reading

Austin, the host and owner of the YouTube channel That Creepy Reading has been producing audio narrations of the Creepypasta and Let’s Not Meet community’s best horror fiction for the last four years. That Creepy Reading is the worlds only dyslexic professional narrator on youtube providing horror content for the masses as a whole. Rather its talking about the darkest things anime has to offer or explaining why theme parks are LITERAL Death traps That Creepy Reading Documents, Reports and serves all things horror. Creepypasta and Lets Not Meet are no stranger to the Channel, and TCR often narrates, documents and brings to life some of the Internets most terrifying stories to keep you scared. So please, sit back, relax and welcome to the dungeon; we’ve got some amazing panels.

Josh Scorcher

Josh Scorcher

KABOOM! It’s Josh Scorcher! The fiery joker has been doing YouTube for almost a decade, slowly building his audience while balancing a military career and then college. He is most known for his gaming countdowns where rants, with mini-editorials about a various topic. He is the co-creator of TF2 Analysis Anarchy and CO of FOBEquestria, a military brony organization, and the host and dungeon master of three online D&D campaigns: Welcome to the Show, Tyranny of Dragons, and Curse of Strahd.

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.” He has created two card games: “Planar Catastrophe,” featuring art from the adaptation he wrote of his novel, “Za’nar: Impossibility,” for the globally-popular MMORPG “Adventure Quest Worlds,” and “The Town of Roshamberg,” a tactical, rock-paper-scissors inspired, fantasy card game with 24 quirky characters. 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 and card games, he is currently developing a single-player platformer game with unique two-character controls. 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.

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.

Jay Hickman

Jay Hickman

ay began his career in anime in the 1990s, when he landed his first role at ADV Films in Master of Mosquiton. Since then, he has appeared in more than 100 titles with studios including ADV Films, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Okratron 5000, and others. As a character actor, Jay has been able to voice a broad variety of colorful roles, with the occasional romantic lead thrown in for good measure. His notable credits over the past two decades are Mechazawa in Cromartie High School, Spitfire in Air Gear, Sho Zama in Aura Battler Dunbine, Shiryu in Saint Seiya, Chuu in One Piece, Kagetane Hiruko in Black Bullet, Chief Kurama in Elfen Lied, Millio Toriyama in Gatchaman Crowds insight, Koji in Generator Gawl, Toru Watanabe in Excel Saga, The Fool in Kaleido Star, Crusty in Log Horizon, SSS in Madlax, Dera Mochimazzi in Tamako Market, Sanetoshi Watase in Penguindrum, Prince Mytho in Princess Tutu and Joichiro in Food Wars!, among many others. Jay’s voice has also been featured in the live action films Dark Water, Synesthesia, Conduct Zero, The Fuccons, Gamera – Attack of Legion, as well as in the video game Unlimited Saga. Most recently, Jay was seen on Toonami as Dr. Stylish in Akame ga KILL! and Shiro Kuramori in Parasyte – the maxim.

Creep-P

Creep-P

Creep-P is a western Vocaloid producer, based in New Jersey, who is known for writing songs that mix reality with the ideas of horror. Known for songs such as Mommy, Exorcism, and Love, he takes a hold of stories and movies and molds them to something that can be both horrific in concept, and in reality. He is someone who is heavily inspired by both the scary side of the internet and its stories, to the more light and bubbly aesthetic of relatively anything neon. He has collaborated with other Vocaloid artists, such as Circus-P, GHOST, Yunosuke, and BIGHEAD. Finally, he has released his first album, TV, which to slowly follow up with his sophomore album in the near the future. As well as that, his personal fashion has been grabbing the attention of some popular brands, such as Puvithel and Yokai Candy; as well as being featured on NHK World’s Kawaii International with his over the top style!

Kid Yuki and the Otakus

Kid Yuki and the Otakus

Kid Yuki and The Otakus is a rock band united under one mission: to bring your favorite anime, video game, and other nerdy music to life. From Naruto to Sword Art Online to Kingdom Hearts, Sonic the Hedgehog, Steven Universe and so much more, there’s a good chance our show will melt your face off. Check out www.youtube.com/c/kidyuki1 for a taste of what’s in store.

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.

Mega Ran

Mega Ran

Mega Ran 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

Stephanie Nadolny

Stephanie Nadolny

Stephanie Ann Nadolny is a voice actress and singer known to anime fans for being the voice of kid-Goku in the original Dragon Ball series, and for later being the kid version of Gohan in Dragon Ball Z. She has since reprised both roles in several Dragon Ball related video games and media. In 2013, she voiced her first non-anime role as KO in the pilot of the Cartoon Network Studios original program Lakewood Plaza Turbo and its television adaptation, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes.


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

Full schedule: Panel Descriptions | Schedule Grid

Convention Hours


Dealers & Artists   Events & Panels
ThursdayTBA   ThursdayTBA
Friday1pm - 8pm   FridayNoon - 1am
Saturday   10am - 6pm   Saturday   10am - 1am
Sunday10am - 5pm   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 nerdy musicians like 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 page.

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.

Pachinko Fever

Pachinko Fever

Back in 2009, we bought our first pachinko machine for engaging fans at our convention table. Shortly after that, we were bitten by the pachi bug, and now own 14 machines, in various stages of restoration. Pachinko is Japanese pinball, Japan’s favorite pastime. Its been one of their most popular leisure activities for nearly a hundred years. Pachinko Fever sets up an interactive parlor that works just like it does in Japan (minus the Yakuza, of course), where you buy balls to play with, and redeem your winnings for prizes much like an American arcade. Our machines represent the history and evolution of pachinko over the last 55 years with machines dating from 1961 up to 2010, so we have a machine for everyone! Come try your hand at some great prizes and experience this really fun part of Japanese culture first hand with Pachinko Fever!

Credits Remaining

Credits Remaining

Credits Remaining is Chicago’s largest Convention Arcade Vendor. They specialize in bringing the best games to Midwest convention’s video game rooms! Featuring favorites like Time Crisis 2 & more, Credits Remaining is a one-stop-resource for arcade gaming systems. Check them out at a convention where you can enjoy all sorts of arcade games, dance games, music games, and more, in the convention’s gaming room!

Page Mage Library

Page Mage Library

Looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the convention? Longing for a quiet place to curl up and relax with a nice book? Join the us at the Page Mage Library, a traveling collection of manga, comics, and graphic novels. Come in, grab a book, take a seat, and unwind. Whether you pick up an old favorite or discover something new, there is an adventure waiting for you at the Page Mage Library. Do you have books you just don’t read anymore? Bring them to us! We will take your books on tour across the country, where they can be shared with and enjoyed by many people just like you!


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 2018

  • AnimeStuffStore 40x10
  • J&V Anime 40x10
  • Anime Crew 40x10
  • weapon direct 40x10
  • Far East Emporium 40x10
  • Eagle Anime 30x10
  • Jimmy Chang 30x10
  • Henry Yee 30x10
  • Lunar Toy Store 30x10
  • Toy Mandala 20x10
  • Lelia chamberlain 20x10
  • Lady Godiva Designs 20x10
  • BiBiSama 20x10
  • TeeTurtle 20x10
  • Jedi Master Thrash's Toys 20x10
  • GinGee Girls Art 20x10
  • Pop Heart/ Sakura's Blossoms 20x10
  • Otakus Corner 20x10
  • Elysium Armory 20x10
  • Vonnart 20x10
  • CJ Autographs 20x10
  • anime palace 20x10
  • Armory Quest 20x10
  • Epic Loot 10x10
  • Ariel Murley 10x10
  • Jeremy Jaymes LaBelle 10x10
  • JimboBox 10x10
  • Dena- Simply Passe 10x10
  • Sculptural Renaissance 10x10
  • Ark Studio 10x10
  • Cardz Xtcetera 10x10
  • MiracleLeaf 10x10
  • Stephen 10x10
  • PokePalooza 10x10
  • STL Ocarina Specialist 10x10
  • Chance Wyatt 10x10
  • Shiny Trinket 10x10
  • Miho Studios 10x10
  • Enmity 10x10
  • Floraverse 10x10

Artists at AniMinneapolis 2018

  • Aconk
  • Airiavianna
  • Andromeda Attire
  • artofprice
  • Ashley Masog Illustration
  • Black Belt Beads
  • BlancaTorres
  • Brandon Santiago
  • BritandBran
  • Bunly
  • Cartoons by Andie
  • chlones
  • Crystal Seraph
  • Darkenadel Creations
  • deckitout
  • deerscritches
  • Delcee
  • gawki
  • Hidden Myth Designs
  • J. Andrew Gilbert
  • Kasey'sArt
  • Laura
  • LeGray
  • Lemon
  • Megu
  • MevrouwRozeStudios
  • Midgart
  • MischiefJoKeR
  • Modern Mailleworks
  • momofukuu
  • Moneco Arts
  • Pistachi
  • Ruby Truffles
  • Ryujin
  • Sennel
  • Shad Andrews
  • SilverMoon Art
  • Slumberfish
  • Sourdough
  • SpoopySamuel
  • Starshine
  • StartledStar
  • supahhnan
  • Tara
  • the new meem
  • TheLonelyBox
  • Toni-Renea
  • tulomne
  • watagashi710
  • WolvenFlower
  • Yugan
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.

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.

Your Tickets

View Your Registrations

5000 anime fans came last year.

Join them!

Thank you for coming.

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 19 - Jul 19, 2017
$35.00      Weekend Registration      July 19 - Sep 19, 2017
$40.00      Weekend Registration      September 19 - Mar 9, 2018
$47.00      Weekend Registration      March 9 - Apr 19, 2018
$49.00      Weekend Registration      April 19 - May 9, 2018
$50.00      Weekend Registration      Starts May. 9, 2018
$110.00      Platinum Registration      Ends May. 19, 2018

The convention dates: May 25 - 27, 2018

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 2018
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

We are excited to bring AniMinneapolis 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 $24 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.


More Hotels

Click here to book at the Millennium
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 $24/day. Due to incredibly high demand and ticket sales in 2017, we have found expanded parking options exclusively for AniMinneapolis attendees. Click here to reserve parking downtown with ParkWhiz.

Overflow Parking Location
727 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
** Connected to the Walker Art Center
Optional walking distance: 15 minutes through Loring Park
Price: $7 per 24 hours.
We will give away 150 free parking vouchers for this parking location, on a first-come, first-serve basis in Con Ops.

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
Shuttle operated by Minnesota Coaches Inc.

Overflow Parking Price: $7 per 24 hours.


Other Parking Options
These are the main parking options most attendees utilize.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis's Loring Ramp: $24/day
Millennium Hotel: $21/day

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




Future Dates
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.

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! You can find more on her Facebook page.

Diana Garnet

Diana Garnet

Lifelong anime fan turned professional singer, Tokyo-based Diana Garnet has performed themes for anime such as Naruto Shippuden (“Spinning World”) and Tantei Team KAZ: Jiken Note (“Nankai Mystery.”) Originally from Washington D.C., Diana grew up watching anime with her father and was heavily influenced by the songs featured in anime due to their positive message and infectious melodies. While teaching in Japan, In Spring 2013, she participated in NTV’s singing contest “Nodojiman the World” and won the grand prize in Sping 2013, starting her journey towards a major debut later that year! Today, she’s active as not only a singer, but also as a voice actor (Azure Striker Gunvolt OVA as Cyan and Joule), TV Presenter (NHK E-TV’s “Igo Focus”, an educational program showcasing the 4,000 year old game of “Go” ), Narrator (NHK World’s “Anime Supernova”), as well as dabbling in variety shows focusing on anything from impressions (monomane), anime, or international culture! Diana’s interests include reading (all the) manga, watching anime, playing games, Go, singing karaoke (especially enka), watching baseball (Hanshin Tigers/Orioles/Nationals,) Karate, and eating everything from unagi to curry bread. You can follow her activities internationally through her official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Chuck Huber

Chuck Huber

Chuck’s most recent anime roles are Reever in D-Gray Man Hallow, Austria in Hetalia, Jajuka in Escaflowne, Kuro (Sleepy Ash) in Servamp, Kuniharu in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Asanaga in Endride, Petra’s Father in Attack on Titan, Kyūta’s Father in The Boy and Beast, Tony Stark in Death Battle, Jason the Toymaker in Creepy Pasta and Emperor Pilaf in the DBZ movies and upcoming DBZ Super. Chuck hosts the weekly DubTrax podcast commenting with guests and characters on anime episodes and the GameChurch podcast which discusses how to live life if it’s a video game. Chuck’s digital presence is at chuckhuber.org and @chuck_huber in the twitter. Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in the roles of Garlic Jr., Android 17, Kibito, Master Shen and Mr. Shoe 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, Hiro in Shin Chan, Ash 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. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf, Strike Witches, Dragonaut and the upcoming Skip Beat!. Video games Chuck has contributed voices for include Borderlands II, Ghostbusters, The Walking Dead, Aeon Flux, DBZ, Smite, The Killing Floor …among others. As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day – The Musical currently on Amazon Prime, Prince Adventures, 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 Russian bad guy, Colonel Kashoid, in AmeriGeddon and the demon Baal in The Crossroads of Hunter Wilde directed by Mike Norris (son of Chuck Norris), plays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Continues; Dean Hansen on Season 2 of American Crime on ABC and Detective Swinton in the upcoming feature film The Harrowing.

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres went blasting his way through 2017! He was thrilled to make his second appearance in Dragon Ball Super earlier this year as Frost, and equally excited to help blast bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. 2017 also gave him the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast, and will also be appearing in Haikyu as Yu Nishinoya, as well as voicing Zenji Marui in Food Wars. With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta. Thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the in the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. He can also be hear as Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra.Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Negi Springfield in Negima. When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones behind “the decks”at many a music event. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he has jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. He currently helps organize dance and music tracks at several US conventions.Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blastreliving the music from the show with his friends. Thrilled to be able to share his love of music with anyone willing to listen – from packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.

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.

DC Douglas

DC Douglas

He’s baaaaack! And he’s brought his revamped and updated Notorious [Zombie Related] Fanfic Show with him! Videogame fans know him as Albert Wesker in seven “Resident Evil” games — from 2007’s “Umbrella Chronicles” to 2016’s “Umbrella Corp” — a decade of badassery. Also: Legion in “Mass Effect” 2 & 3, Kamoshida in “Persona 5,” Pod 042 in “Nier: Automata,” Azrael in “Blazeblue,” Zero in “Zero Time Dilemma 3,” Raven in “Tekken 6,” Gafka in "Radiant Historia: APC,” Alexei in “Tales of Vesperia,” and many more Japanese RPGs.

Anime fans may know him as X Drake in “One Piece,” Jasley in “Mobile Suit Gundam: IBO,” Shoot McMahon in “Hunter x Hunter,” Vincent in “Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower,” The Professor in “Cyborg 009,” and more! Cartoon fans may know him as the original voice of Chase for four seasons on “Transformers: Rescue Bots,” as Colonel Rawls on the final season of “Regular Show!,” or as the evil trickster Mick in “The Tom and Jerry Show."

Film & TV fans may know him as Pa Kettle in “Z Nation,” Bud in “Sharknado 2,” Zepht in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” or from his other 200 appearances on random shows and weird films over the last 25 years. Check him out on IMDB and DCDouglas.com to spot more titles you know. Just remember, if you only see one thing of his this weekend, make sure it’s his 2018 Notorious [Zombie Related] Fanfic Show!

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…

Kohei

Kohei

Kohei, a singer from Tokyo, Japan and moved to New York in the summer of 2011. Kohei is well known for singing R&B and Soul and has performed over 300 shows in the course of four years. He has performed in the all famous Apollo theater 8 times and got first place in 2014. He has opened up for Wu Tang Clan(Raekwon) R&B Legend Case, Lyfe Jennings and Lil mama in 2015 2016. He has done everything such as hosting a music event at the Jay-Z’s Moms restaurant, and being the Official Japan Fes MC. He was a finalist of McDonald’s Gospelfest 2016 and 2017, and featured on M-On TV with Japanese recording artist The RAMPAGE.

TiA

TiA

TiA is a Japanese recording artist who has performed the ending theme “Ryuusei” in the hit anime Naruto. TiA was born in Yokohama, Japan, and her father is Japanese and her mother is half German American and half Japanese. After sending her demo tapes to several companies,she signed a contract with Epic Records when she was just 16. TiA debuted at the age of 16 and soon became famous for her song “Ryuusei” which starred as one of the ”Naruto” ending themes. Her first album received a Gold Disc Award, and TiA is winner of McDonald’s Gospelfest 2016, Brooklyn X Factor, A Star is born. She released first American debut song “I’m on my way” in 2015, and TiA released her new single Galaxy Ride in January 2018.

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”.

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.

Connor Colquhoun

Connor Colquhoun

Connor, more commonly known as CDawgVA, is a YouTube entertainer and voice actor. He is best known for his impressions of popular anime characters – such as Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler. Starting over 2 years ago he has amassed over 230,000 subscribers and over 22 million channel views in that time with his unique content. He has also lent his voice to many forms of media, including other popular channels on the website such as Team Four Star, Hyun’s Dojo, TheAnimeMan, Akidearest, Zelda Universe and many more.

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.

Tom Fahn

Tom Fahn

Tom is best known as the voice of “Agumon” in Digimon: Digital Monsters and is currently reprising the role in the Digimon Adventure Tri movies! He recently played the lead in the animated feature Condorito, and can be heard in the Sony PlayStation game God of War. Tom’s voice can also be heard in Dragon Ball Super and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure both on Toonami on Adult Swim. Other credits include Hunter X Hunter, Naruto and Bleach, The Adventures of Panda Warrior playing the dog Bruce Barkley directed by Wendee Lee, two roles (Stu the Turtle and a Male Ox) in Ice Age 2: The Meltdown directed by Carlos Saldanha, and some fans may remember Tom’s memorable death scene as Rocco Bonnaro in Cowboy Bebop with Steve Blum, directed by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. A memorable Video Game credit includes begging for his life (yet again!) on Watchmen: The End Is Nigh directed by Collette Sunderman, and he’s also died several times, on several episodes, voicing several characters on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. A career highlight is working in the same studio on the old Hanna-Barbera lot where The Flintstones were recorded, playing the Woim in the Boid N Woim for Cartoon Network-What A Cartoon, directed by Kris Zimmerman. From the early days of anime, other credits include The Guyver as Sho Fukamachi, and Orguss as Kei Katsuragi directed by the legendary Kevin Seymour. Originally from Huntington, New York, Tom always wanted to be an actor, but his greatest credits are his wife Dorothy, and their daughter. They live in Los Angeles where he is represented by Vanessa Gilbert at Solid Talent Agency.

Dorothy Fahn

Dorothy Fahn

Dorothy can currently be heard as Tsumugi in the game Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony! In Anime she’s Merribit Stapleton in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Melody in Hunter X Hunter, and Marryl and Bernadette in Little Witch Academia. She’s also known for Konan in Naruto, Meryl in Trigun, An/Natsumi in Sailor Moon, Naru in Love Hina, Kyoko in Sword Art Online, Kaoru in Rurouni Kenshin, Margaret in The Seven Deadly Sins, and Fuuko/Sky Raker in Accel World. You may remember her as Tai’s Mom and Lilymon in Digimon: Digital Monsters, Lilamon-Lalamon- Sunflowmon-Rosemon in Digimon: Data Squad, Sakura in Rock Lee, Ren Hakuei in Magi The Kingdom of Magic, Yoko in The Twelve Kingdoms, Miyu in Vampire Princess Miyu, Fujiko in Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro, Suzu in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Nina Purpleton in Gundam 0083, Miz Mishtal in El Hazard, Shaya in Super Dimension Century Orguss, and Nova in Magic Knight Rayearth. When it comes to video games, she’s in Fire Emblem Echoes, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, 2 & 3, Elsword, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Fallout 4, League of Legends, Mugen Souls, Fairy Fencer F, Atelier Esha and Logy, Atelier Shallie, Persona 2, Star Ocean Till The End of Time, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, etc. Other roles include Lily in Leap Frog, Nana & Zelda in Zou, Inez in Zorro the Chronicles, Francesca in Violetta, Evilina in The Night B4 Christmas, May & Kikki in Pom Pom and Friends, Theo in Jr. On The Job, Pororo in Pororo’s Racing Adventure, and Eddy & Princess Parfait in Pororo to the Cookie Castle. She is represented by CTC Talent in Los Angeles CA, and thanks her hubby, daughter and family for all their love and support!

That Creepy Reading

That Creepy Reading

Austin, the host and owner of the YouTube channel That Creepy Reading has been producing audio narrations of the Creepypasta and Let’s Not Meet community’s best horror fiction for the last four years. That Creepy Reading is the worlds only dyslexic professional narrator on youtube providing horror content for the masses as a whole. Rather its talking about the darkest things anime has to offer or explaining why theme parks are LITERAL Death traps That Creepy Reading Documents, Reports and serves all things horror. Creepypasta and Lets Not Meet are no stranger to the Channel, and TCR often narrates, documents and brings to life some of the Internets most terrifying stories to keep you scared. So please, sit back, relax and welcome to the dungeon; we’ve got some amazing panels.

Josh Scorcher

Josh Scorcher

KABOOM! It’s Josh Scorcher! The fiery joker has been doing YouTube for almost a decade, slowly building his audience while balancing a military career and then college. He is most known for his gaming countdowns where rants, with mini-editorials about a various topic. He is the co-creator of TF2 Analysis Anarchy and CO of FOBEquestria, a military brony organization, and the host and dungeon master of three online D&D campaigns: Welcome to the Show, Tyranny of Dragons, and Curse of Strahd.

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.” He has created two card games: “Planar Catastrophe,” featuring art from the adaptation he wrote of his novel, “Za’nar: Impossibility,” for the globally-popular MMORPG “Adventure Quest Worlds,” and “The Town of Roshamberg,” a tactical, rock-paper-scissors inspired, fantasy card game with 24 quirky characters. 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 and card games, he is currently developing a single-player platformer game with unique two-character controls. 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.

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.

Jay Hickman

Jay Hickman

ay began his career in anime in the 1990s, when he landed his first role at ADV Films in Master of Mosquiton. Since then, he has appeared in more than 100 titles with studios including ADV Films, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Okratron 5000, and others. As a character actor, Jay has been able to voice a broad variety of colorful roles, with the occasional romantic lead thrown in for good measure. His notable credits over the past two decades are Mechazawa in Cromartie High School, Spitfire in Air Gear, Sho Zama in Aura Battler Dunbine, Shiryu in Saint Seiya, Chuu in One Piece, Kagetane Hiruko in Black Bullet, Chief Kurama in Elfen Lied, Millio Toriyama in Gatchaman Crowds insight, Koji in Generator Gawl, Toru Watanabe in Excel Saga, The Fool in Kaleido Star, Crusty in Log Horizon, SSS in Madlax, Dera Mochimazzi in Tamako Market, Sanetoshi Watase in Penguindrum, Prince Mytho in Princess Tutu and Joichiro in Food Wars!, among many others. Jay’s voice has also been featured in the live action films Dark Water, Synesthesia, Conduct Zero, The Fuccons, Gamera – Attack of Legion, as well as in the video game Unlimited Saga. Most recently, Jay was seen on Toonami as Dr. Stylish in Akame ga KILL! and Shiro Kuramori in Parasyte – the maxim.

Creep-P

Creep-P

Creep-P is a western Vocaloid producer, based in New Jersey, who is known for writing songs that mix reality with the ideas of horror. Known for songs such as Mommy, Exorcism, and Love, he takes a hold of stories and movies and molds them to something that can be both horrific in concept, and in reality. He is someone who is heavily inspired by both the scary side of the internet and its stories, to the more light and bubbly aesthetic of relatively anything neon. He has collaborated with other Vocaloid artists, such as Circus-P, GHOST, Yunosuke, and BIGHEAD. Finally, he has released his first album, TV, which to slowly follow up with his sophomore album in the near the future. As well as that, his personal fashion has been grabbing the attention of some popular brands, such as Puvithel and Yokai Candy; as well as being featured on NHK World’s Kawaii International with his over the top style!

Kid Yuki and the Otakus

Kid Yuki and the Otakus

Kid Yuki and The Otakus is a rock band united under one mission: to bring your favorite anime, video game, and other nerdy music to life. From Naruto to Sword Art Online to Kingdom Hearts, Sonic the Hedgehog, Steven Universe and so much more, there’s a good chance our show will melt your face off. Check out www.youtube.com/c/kidyuki1 for a taste of what’s in store.

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.

Mega Ran

Mega Ran

Mega Ran 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

Stephanie Nadolny

Stephanie Nadolny

Stephanie Ann Nadolny is a voice actress and singer known to anime fans for being the voice of kid-Goku in the original Dragon Ball series, and for later being the kid version of Gohan in Dragon Ball Z. She has since reprised both roles in several Dragon Ball related video games and media. In 2013, she voiced her first non-anime role as KO in the pilot of the Cartoon Network Studios original program Lakewood Plaza Turbo and its television adaptation, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes.


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

Full schedule: Panel Descriptions | Schedule Grid

Convention Hours


Dealers & Artists   Events & Panels
ThursdayTBA   ThursdayTBA
Friday1pm - 8pm   FridayNoon - 1am
Saturday   10am - 6pm   Saturday   10am - 1am
Sunday10am - 5pm   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 nerdy musicians like 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 page.

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.

Pachinko Fever

Pachinko Fever

Back in 2009, we bought our first pachinko machine for engaging fans at our convention table. Shortly after that, we were bitten by the pachi bug, and now own 14 machines, in various stages of restoration. Pachinko is Japanese pinball, Japan’s favorite pastime. Its been one of their most popular leisure activities for nearly a hundred years. Pachinko Fever sets up an interactive parlor that works just like it does in Japan (minus the Yakuza, of course), where you buy balls to play with, and redeem your winnings for prizes much like an American arcade. Our machines represent the history and evolution of pachinko over the last 55 years with machines dating from 1961 up to 2010, so we have a machine for everyone! Come try your hand at some great prizes and experience this really fun part of Japanese culture first hand with Pachinko Fever!

Credits Remaining

Credits Remaining

Credits Remaining is Chicago’s largest Convention Arcade Vendor. They specialize in bringing the best games to Midwest convention’s video game rooms! Featuring favorites like Time Crisis 2 & more, Credits Remaining is a one-stop-resource for arcade gaming systems. Check them out at a convention where you can enjoy all sorts of arcade games, dance games, music games, and more, in the convention’s gaming room!

Page Mage Library

Page Mage Library

Looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the convention? Longing for a quiet place to curl up and relax with a nice book? Join the us at the Page Mage Library, a traveling collection of manga, comics, and graphic novels. Come in, grab a book, take a seat, and unwind. Whether you pick up an old favorite or discover something new, there is an adventure waiting for you at the Page Mage Library. Do you have books you just don’t read anymore? Bring them to us! We will take your books on tour across the country, where they can be shared with and enjoyed by many people just like you!


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 2018

  • AnimeStuffStore 40x10
  • J&V Anime 40x10
  • Anime Crew 40x10
  • weapon direct 40x10
  • Far East Emporium 40x10
  • Eagle Anime 30x10
  • Jimmy Chang 30x10
  • Henry Yee 30x10
  • Lunar Toy Store 30x10
  • Toy Mandala 20x10
  • Lelia chamberlain 20x10
  • Lady Godiva Designs 20x10
  • BiBiSama 20x10
  • TeeTurtle 20x10
  • Jedi Master Thrash's Toys 20x10
  • GinGee Girls Art 20x10
  • Pop Heart/ Sakura's Blossoms 20x10
  • Otakus Corner 20x10
  • Elysium Armory 20x10
  • Vonnart 20x10
  • CJ Autographs 20x10
  • anime palace 20x10
  • Armory Quest 20x10
  • Epic Loot 10x10
  • Ariel Murley 10x10
  • Jeremy Jaymes LaBelle 10x10
  • JimboBox 10x10
  • Dena- Simply Passe 10x10
  • Sculptural Renaissance 10x10
  • Ark Studio 10x10
  • Cardz Xtcetera 10x10
  • MiracleLeaf 10x10
  • Stephen 10x10
  • PokePalooza 10x10
  • STL Ocarina Specialist 10x10
  • Chance Wyatt 10x10
  • Shiny Trinket 10x10
  • Miho Studios 10x10
  • Enmity 10x10
  • Floraverse 10x10

Artists at AniMinneapolis 2018

  • Aconk
  • Airiavianna
  • Andromeda Attire
  • artofprice
  • Ashley Masog Illustration
  • Black Belt Beads
  • BlancaTorres
  • Brandon Santiago
  • BritandBran
  • Bunly
  • Cartoons by Andie
  • chlones
  • Crystal Seraph
  • Darkenadel Creations
  • deckitout
  • deerscritches
  • Delcee
  • gawki
  • Hidden Myth Designs
  • J. Andrew Gilbert
  • Kasey'sArt
  • Laura
  • LeGray
  • Lemon
  • Megu
  • MevrouwRozeStudios
  • Midgart
  • MischiefJoKeR
  • Modern Mailleworks
  • momofukuu
  • Moneco Arts
  • Pistachi
  • Ruby Truffles
  • Ryujin
  • Sennel
  • Shad Andrews
  • SilverMoon Art
  • Slumberfish
  • Sourdough
  • SpoopySamuel
  • Starshine
  • StartledStar
  • supahhnan
  • Tara
  • the new meem
  • TheLonelyBox
  • Toni-Renea
  • tulomne
  • watagashi710
  • WolvenFlower
  • Yugan
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.

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