AnimeIowa is the largest Anime convention in Iowa; we hosted over 3000 attendees in 2012. It is held once a year around the end of July for an entire weekend at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. AnimeIowa 2015 will be held from July 24th to the 26th.
What is an Anime Convention?
A convention is a gathering of fans where they can meet and participate in activities. Anime refers to animated TV shows and movies produced in Japan. Despite being called AnimeIowa, we cater to an interest in Japanese culture in generation including Anime (animated TV shows and movies), Manga (comics), video games, costuming, and so on and so forth.
What is there to do at a convention?
The lifeblood of any convention are the Panels and AnimeIowa is no different. In past years we have had Japanese Tea Ceremonies, Weapons Demonstrations, Game Shows, discussions with Anime industry veterans, Japanese arts and crafts, model building, Cosplay guides, formal dances, show and tells, swap meets, art jams, discussions of popular shows and genres; the list goes on. The best part is that most panels are run by attendees, anyone can propose and run a panel.
Cosplay (also known as Costume Play) is a staple of any Anime convention. Attendees create and dress up in elaborate costumes based on characters from their favorite Anime, Manga, Video Games, and much more. Cosplayers can be found wandering the convention, posing for photoshoots, competing in the Masquerade and Hall Cosplay competitions.
We also offer gaming during the convention including a Video Game room with a huge collection of consoles, a Non-Video Gaming room featuring a of board games and tabletop RPGs, or view Anime in our. You can also stop by our Video Rooms which run non-stop Anime for your viewing pleasure. Discover new shows or enjoy a classic!
Looking to do some shopping? The Anime Marketplace features a huge selection of Anime and related merchandise from our attending vendors. Hungry? Free snacks are available to attendees in our Consuite. The Coralville Marriott is also conveniently located near numerous quality restaurants, most within walking distance.
These are just a taste of what goes on at AnmeIowa and new events are introduced every year. If you would like to find out more check out the pages in the Events section of the website.
How do I attend?
Just show up! Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. Registration is required to attend AnimeIowa. You can pre-register before the convention or at the door. Pre-registration typically runs between December and May and allows you to register at discount rates. Note that Pre-registrations cannot be returned, but can be transferred to the next convention year.
As AnimeIowa is an all weekend event (Friday – Sunday), it will likely be necessary to book a hotel. Room are available to rent at our hosting hotel the Coralville Marriott. Rooms at the Marriott are reserved in special blocks just for AnimeIowa and run out very quickly. If you can’t get into the Marriott there are plenty of nearby hotels to reserve your stay. News updates about hotel and registration can be found on the AnimeIowa website as details are announced.
How can I learn more about AnimeIowa?
The website is the primary source of information. Here you can find out what events are being held. News updates can be seen on the AnimeIowa homepage and our Facebook page, Twitter feed, Google Plus page, RSS feed, and mailing list. The AnimeIowa Forums is a fantastic place to chat with other attendees and find out more about AnimeIowa; and registering is a breeze. If you have any questions you can use the Contact Us page to contact the appropriate department.
Who runs AnimeIowa?
AnimeIowa is a Non-Profit project managed by the Mindbridge foundation which also manages our sibling conventions Gamicon and Icon. AnimeIowa is run by an all volunteer staff who work all year to prepare for the convention. Anyone can join Staff by attending the meetings that occur throughout the year. A schedule of meetings can be found on the Staff page. In addition to Staff members, there is an army of temporary volunteers who help during AnimeIowa. They perform odd jobs to earn points for prizes or even registration for the next year. Find out how to sign-up as a volunteer at the Volunteer page.