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Anime Iowa is the largest anime convention in Iowa and still growing, hosting 3000+ attendees each year. It is held once a year in July Friday through Sunday. Anime Iowa 2023 will be held in Coralville, Iowa at The Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel and Conference Center.

Below is a list of questions commonly asked about Anime Iowa. If a question you have is not listed here, it’s probably being discussed on the Forum. You can also email for more information.

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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 including anime (animated TV shows and movies), manga (graphic novels), gaming, costuming, and more. In short, we also celebrate the customs which originated or are ingrained into the Japanese culture.

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. We also host programming for young attendees.
The best part is that attendees run most panels. Anyone registered for AnimeIowa can propose and run a panel. See the Panels section on the website for more information

Cosplay (short for Costume Play) is a staple of any anime convention. Attendees create and dress up in simple to elaborate costumes based on characters from their favorite anime, manga, video games, comics and yes, even TV commercials. Cosplayers can be found wandering the convention, posing for photoshoots, competing in the Masquerade and Hall Cosplay competitions.
Please be respect attendees when taking photos. Ask first.

Stop by our Video Rooms which run non-stop anime for your viewing pleasure. Discover new shows or enjoy a classic! There is even a room which runs AMV’s. The Video rooms are located on the 2nd floor of the Iowa Hyatt and are open to everyone.


We offer gaming during the convention to cater to both video and non-video gamers. We have a room dedicated to video games with a huge collection of games and consoles provided by the Mindbridge Video Game Library. There you can play single player or multiplayer games on various consoles ranging from vintage to some of the newest models out. There will also be a limited number of TV’s where you can attach and play with your own system.
Video games have evolved incredibly fast since Pong was released late in 1972. But Video games are infants compared to board games. Early board games date as far back as 3500 BC.

Our Tabletop Gaming room has a variety of games for you to check out and play including card games, board games and tabletop RPGs. Games are provided by the Mindbridge Game Library. The Game Library has hundreds of games to choose from with different games being added all the time. Did we mention that he Game Library can be rented events. More information can be found on the website by using the link above

Looking to do some shopping? The Anime Marketplace features a huge selection of anime and related merchandise alongside created art from our attending vendors and artists. For hours and other information visit our Marketplace page here on the website.

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 buy your registration at the door. Pre-registration typically runs between Black Friday and the last day of May, and allows you to register at discount rates. Note that Pre-registrations cannot be refunded but can be transferred to the next convention year. More information can be found in our Registration Section of the website.

Since AnimeIowa is an all weekend event (Friday – Sunday), if you live outside the Coralville, Iowa City or Cedar Rapids area, it will likely be necessary to book a hotel. Rooms are available at our host hotel Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel and Conference Center and other hotels in the area.  The rooms at the Hyatt are reserved in special  hotel blocks just for AnimeIowa. News updates about hotel registration can be found on the Hotels for AnimeIowa section of the website as details are announced.

The website is the primary source of information. News updates can be seen on the AnimeIowa homepage. We have a year round presents on Social Media including our Facebook page, Facebook Groups, 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 for more information.

AnimeIowa is run by an all-volunteer staff who work all year to prepare for the convention. Anyone can join staff by attending or tele-conferencing into the meetings that occur throughout the year. A schedule of meetings can be found on the Staff section of the website or by emailing 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 Volunteers section of the website.

Anime Iowa is a 501©7 not-for-profit project managed by the Mindbridge Foundation who promote science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and anime.  They are the managing foundation of Anime Iowa and our ‘sister’ conventions.

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What are the rules of the convention?
In general, we ask three simple things: (1) be considerate, (2) wear your badge at all times, and (3) have fun! The official rules can be viewed here.

What is AnimeIowa’s Weapons Policy?
Everything you need to know about bringing weapons to AnimeIowa is noted in the Animeiowa Rules.

Do you offer Visitor or Chaperone Badges?
Regretfully, AnimeIowa no longer offers a Visitor or Chaperone Badge. We tried to utilize them from 2000 – 2002, but found they simply did not work with our style of convention.  However attendees with disabilities who need the help of a caregiver can make arrangements for a special badge for the caregiver through the Accessibility department.

Do you have any One Day Badges?
As of 2018 we offer a limited number of Saturday passes the price for 2019 is $45, and can only be purchased at the door.  For more information see the website’s Registration page.

If I lose my badge, can I get a new one?
Yes, you can get a new badge if you lose your old one. Regretfully, there is a charge for replacement.

Do I have to pay to attend AnimeIowa?
Your registration cost goes to help us keep this convention going. It allows us to pay for the hotel space, bring in guests, and supply a number of other endeavors related to the convention.

What is a Room Party? Can I have one? What do I need to know?
A room party is a gathering that you host in your own room that is open to the rest of the convention. Anyone can host a room party, but they must register their party with AnimeIowa prior to the convention.  Unfortunately in 2019 we will be unable to have room parties.  Look for their return in 2020.

Can I hang up signs at the convention?
Yes you can. However, there are some guidelines that the event space has asked us to follow:

  1. The use of tape (of any kind), nails, thumbtacks, stick pins or any type of glue-based adhesive are not permitted to come in contact with any walls, pillars, wood or painted surfaces throughout the space.
  2. Tape is allowed for use on brick walls and the moveable air walls that are used to separate meeting rooms.
  3. Inquire at the AnimeIowa Info Desk or Bridge for information on using the sign racks located throughout the convention space.

I have registration questions. Who should I ask?
If you can’t find the answers to your questions on the Registration Page, and we have a registration FAQ on the Forum. If you still have trouble finding the answer to your question, you can email