It’s The New Convention Year

The staff of AnimeIowa is ready to start the years planning phase of the 2023 convention.

This year our theme is:

Anime Iowa has been transformed into a realm of horror! Demons, Vampires, Lycanthropes, Zombies and all creatures of the night are freely roaming. Buu Chan and friends unite to find their way home, after enjoying some of the local content, of course. 

AnimeIowa has been a fan run since 1997. And a fan organized and planned convention every year.
Have you ever wanted to be a part of our staff family?
If your answer is yes, we can get you started right now. Just click on the button below and fill out the form. AnimeIowa has public planning meetings on the second Saturday** of every month. You can attended both in person and by video.
Click on the button below and fill out the form. Our next meeting is on November 5th.
** If the meeting is the same date as a home Iowa game the meeting date will be changed.

Thank you for being a part of AnimeIowa 2022

The AnimeIowa volunteer staff would like to thank the Hotel staff, Attendee volunteers, the Sponsor level attendees The Guests of Honor, the Performers and MC’s, and most . of all you our attendees.

It is our goal to always provide the best experience for everyone.

And to help us improve we are asking you to fill out a comprehensive Survey of your weekend’s experience.

Convention Links

Want to check on it. We have downloads and QR codes that will take you to the information you need to have a great weekend.

Looking for Registration? Go here to download a map of the hotel with all the registration locations.

Not sure which Anime Video you want to try out in our video rooms?

Check out the games in our Table top gaming room. It’s a great way to make new friends or hang with old buddies

Get into the fun of group photos. You know you want to get in on it.

Or download our e-program book. It has all the information you need.

Choose your allegiance

Mission of the Iowa Firefighters Memorial

The Charity Project at AnimeIowa is about being a good neighbor, and giving back to the community. The mission of the Iowa Firefighters Memorial is to forever honor, celebrate and inspire the spirit, courage and service of Iowa firefighters-past, present and future.

The Iowa Fire Fighters Memorial, located north of I-80, in Coralville, Iowa, is a forever standing tribute to those that served Iowa’s communities against the rages of fire.

And here is our final judge!


We hope that you are as excited as us for our judging panel for the AnimeIowa Masquerade!  Signups will stay open until 11:59pm CST, so what are you waiting for?  Go sign up now!

And here is our final judge!

Photo credit:  Retro Hawk Productions

A professional tailor, seamstress and cosplayer since 2006, Mimiru Riley enjoys creating costumes with personal touches with beads, embroidery, textile manipulation and texturing. With a background in graphic art she also spends her time creating nerdy art using Nordic knotwork based on the Ringerike, Urnes and Broa style.
She is known for her intricate detail work in her sewing and using embroidery, fabric manipulation, beadwork to create unique costume designs.
Mimi enjoys helping others learn how to craft, Japanese culture and language, and acting and enjoys putting on fully interactive cosplay events to entertain fans of various genres which she has been doing for four years now. Her work in progress, Cosplay: A World Beyond, focuses on the art of Western and Japanese cosplaying. 
In May 2011, Mimiru embarked on her journey to Japan with Webster University and the ASIANetwork in order to conduct research and study the March 11, 2011 Disasters. She traveled to Yokohama, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, and Hiroshima with four other students and a professor, hoping to make a positive difference. She returned in June 2011.
In September 2011 she left the United States once more to study abroad in Osaka at Kansai University in Suita (Kandai). She returned in June of 2012.

Good luck, contestants!  And a HUGE thank you to ALL of our volunteer judges!!

Meet the Judges V2


Our Cosplay Masquerade signups will be CLOSING JULY 10TH, so if you have yet to enter now is your chance!
For those that are still uncertain, we DO have limited signups available in Cosplay Central!

With that, we have our SECOND judging announcement!! Please give a warm welcome to Papa Bear Cosplay!
Chris “Papa Bear” English began his journey into cosplay with a mission to spread positivity, promote community growth, education, inclusion, and diversity in the cosplay scene. Fueled by the love for the craft, and a passion for helping others, Papa Bear has been heavily involved within the cosplay community volunteering at charity events as a member of the Costumers with a Cause organization, hosting free cosplay workshops to cosplayers and is a Co-founder of Chicago P.O.C. Cosplayers.

Papa Bear has gone on to be featured on the SyFy Channel, is a TNT Cosplay Supply affiliate, influencer for Warner Bros. was the official mascot for C2E2, cosplay affiliate for Wizard World, been a guest speaker at various conventions, lead cosplay programmer, internationally published, competed and judged in multiple cosplay events, won multiple awards, and has no plans on slowing down.

*photo credit: Justin Pineda Media papabearcosplay