Category Archives: AnimeIowa 2019

Less than 12 hours left to get your AnimeIowa Hotel room at the Special Convention pricing – Hurry

The lowest priced rooms are at the Comfort Inn only a short walk from the Iowa Events Center.  At $124.95 (Kings and Doubles) it will leave you with more spending money for the Marketplace and Artists Alley.

The Hilton also has rooms available. They run from  $164.00 (Single occupancy in room) and $179.00 (Double, Triple or Quad occupancy in double room) There you can leave your room, step onto the elevator and ride down to the 2nd floor and the convention’s Night Time Programming.

It all disappears at 11:59 pm tonight and unlike the girl who dropped the glass slipper at midnight, nothing will bring those prices back.

Guest Announcement: Greg Ayres

We are pleased to announce that Greg Ayres will be returning as a Guest of Honor for AnimeIowa 2019!

Greg Ayres has been blasting his way through 2019! With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He was thrilled to make his second appearance in the DragonBall universe in DragonBall Super as Frost, and equally excited blasting bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. Some other recent roles include Jiro in Concrete Revolutio, Sho Utsumi in SSSSGridman, Ryuuou Edogawa in Doreiku, Koji Koda in My Hero Academia, and even makes an appearance as Popuko in Pop Team Epic. He is proud to be a part of the new “Pink Harvest” productions for Sentai Filmworks, in the roles of Izumi Sena in Lovestage, and  Yabase in Hitorijime My Hero. This year he was also given the opportunity to reprise one of his all time favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast. Some other recent favorites include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta, Yu Nishinoya in Haikyu, Zenji Marui in Food Wars, Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7,  and Kouichi Sakakibara in Another. 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, Tomoki Sakurai in Heaven’s Lost Property, 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. Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blast reliving the music from that 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.

Online Pre-Registration closing Soon – Act now before it’s too Late – And Yes it WORKS!!!!!

No time left to lose I Must Register NOW! Registration is extended to this Sunday June 2nd at 11:59 PM.

If I don’t I will miss the Rave. I will miss the Marketplace and all the Model kits I can buy – ALL the commissions I can get in the Artists Alley. I won’t get an Autograph from J. Michael Tatum or Lauren Landa. I will never get another chance to see TiA and Kohei in concert. And the Panels, the Photo shoots, the POCKIE my head is going to explode I must go. Now if I can get Buu Chan to let me off his head and get him off the computer I can pre-register! (Or someone could just tell the poor puppy he can Register at the Door)

Click the link below to go the the Registration Page for information and a link to the Online Registration Form. Or click the link in the sidebar of this page to go straight to the Online Registration Form.

Go to our Registration Page for details and the link to the Online Registration Form

Do you still need a place to sleep?

For those looking for a good night’s sleep that won’t break the bank, try the Comfort Inn. And if you want the Excitement of the conventions nightlife – plan your stay at the Hilton Downtown Des Moines. Overnight panels, gaming and dancing all night long. It’s the late night con experience you crave.

Guest Announcement: Michelle Clark

The AnimeIowa 2019 Guests Team is pleased to announced Michelle Clark as the Con-Mom of Honor this year. Our Con Parent Project exists to highlight individuals who serve as role models and inspirations to the fandom and community.

Michelle Clark was born in Humbolt IA.  She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has been attending conventions for many years.   Michelle has helped anywhere it has been needed and can be spotted a great deal of the time in the green room for the Masquerade and CosPlay. She has helped with Anime Detour (MN) since 2003, being responsible for the staff that make sure the Consuite runs smoothly, and that the volunteers are taken care of in their Volunteer Consuite. Michelle has previously been a Convention Executive for ICON (our sister convention), being their Cosplay/Masquerade director for many years.  Michelle is a Master Class Costumer, having competed and won many awards for her costuming skills. She has worked for many years with Minneapolis Theater groups as the costumer for many shows. Known as a convention mother to quite a few people Michelle does anything from costuming, to belly dancing, to even running a chocolate ceremony at our sister convention ICON.

Guest Announcement: Sarah Wiedenheft

Sarah Wiedenheft is a voice actor who has provided her voice for a multitude of anime. Some of which include:

Zeno from Dragon Ball Super, Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Charmy from Black Clover, Saiko from Tokyo Ghoul, Teresa from Tada Never Falls in Love, Non from Keijo!!!!!!!!, Aika from Shomin Sample, Shihoru from Grimgar of Fantasy and Illusions, Azusa from Orange, Takagi from Karakai Jozu No Takagi-san, Mage from Bikini Warriors, Kotoko from Urahara, Kiriha from Tsugumomo, Sana from Alice & Zoroku, Shera L. Greenwood from How NOT To Summon A Demon Lord, Hikari from Castle Town Dandelion, Yuki from Interviews With Monster Girls, Takano from Tsurezure Children, Kikyo from Classroom of The Elite, and Michella from Blood Battle Blockade Battlefront. She has also lent her voice in a few games, such as Celeste Luvendass from Huniepop, and Lailani from HunieCam Studio.

Updates and Deadlines

Have you booked your hotel room yet? The conventions hotel block closes in less than a month. Book now before the prices go up. More information can be found at our Hotel website page.

Are you interested in hosting a Photoshoot at AnimeIowa 2019? Then look no further! Photoshoot submissions are open through June 7th! Visit the Photoshoot website page.

Registration ends on May 31st. After that date you will have to wait until the convention (and stand in line to register. Don’t miss a moment of the convention – click the button below and Register now.

Guest Announcement: Morgan Berry

We are pleased to announce that Morgan Berry will be a Guest of Honor at AnimeIowa 2019.

Morgan Berry is a voice actor best known for her work in various anime shows, movies, video games, and web series. Some of her most notable roles being in “My Hero Academia”, “One Piece“, “KanColle“, “Touken Ranbu“, “Hyperdimension Neptunia“, “Tokyo Ghoul“, “Riddle Story of Devil“, “ēlDLIVE“, “Show By Rock!!“, and the award winning film “The Boy and the Beast.” Her most notable video game titles include “Marvel Avengers Academy”, “Smite“, and “Freedom Planet 2”. In addition, she voices for a variety of web series including Team Four Star’s “Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged“, ScrewAttack’s “DEATH BATTLE”, and the lead role of Eris in “Gods School“. On top of voice acting, Morgan is a singer and YouTube Personality under the name “The Unknown Songbird” with over 5 Million views in total.

Follow her adventures on Twitter! @TheMorganBerry

Mainstage Cosplay Registration is Open!

The AnimeIowa Cosplay Masquerade is one of the Highlights of AnimeIowa. Participants have the opportunity to present their cosplay, skits and dances on stage in front of a live audience! Attendees come to watch the AnimeIowa cosplay contestants showcase their excellent craftsmanship and performance skills. And it all starts now with the opening of the AnimeIowa Mainstage Cosplay Registration!!