Thank you all once again for being a part of a wonderful convention year. This year we raised over $26,000 for the American Red Cross, saved lives with a fully booked blood drive, had a live concert for the first time in years, and had our highest attendance yet.
When writing these posts we have a tendency to say this couldn't happen without you. This often sounds a little hokey but it is the honest truth from the bottom of all of our hearts.
As we move this year, for the fourth time since our beginning, we know there will be a lot of questions. We do have some already set and answered on our moving page. We know there will be more. Everything will continue to be updated as we get closer to moving into our new location. Please reach out to us with your concerns, we're listening and here.
Announcing the Masquerade Winners!
We are so proud of all of our enterants this year for the Masquerade! And a big thank you to all of those who watched it! We had many wonderful entries this year, and the work that was put in was phenomenal! Our judges have chosen the winners! Please give a big round of applause for these amazing people!
Judge's Choice Performance:
- Entry#5 "Link - The Breath of the Wild" by Eleanor Fossen
- Entry#15 "Rolling Girl" by Hannah Mavritz and Daniel Inzinza
- Entry#28 "Sewn Chaos Orriana" by Haley Myers
Judge's Choice Workmanship:
- Entry#34 "2B" by Christy Johnson
- Entry#25 "Admiral Perry" by Eleanor Burke
- Entry#49 "Akko from Little Witch Academia" by Ceci Longley
- Entry#2 "Chibi RWBY" by Kaida Stephan, Troy Stephan, AmandaStephan, Derick Stephan, Kirk DiFrancesco, Eric DiFrancesco, Sofia DiFrancesco, Noel DiFrancesco, Chloe DiFrancesco,and Reese DiFrancesco
- Entry#17 "Death Claims Us All" by Ryan Benike
- Entry#31 "Kanekki Kenn" by Maya Neathery
- Entry#18 "My Girlfriend is a Cadillac" by Melissa Sowers and Michelle Majzner
- Entry#41 "Negasonic" by Madeline Swan
- Entry#40 "Hanzo" by Erin Moir
Best in Show:
- Entry#29 "It is Hitsuzen, It is Destiny" by Jessica Lipsius and Janella Reiswig
Thanks again to all who entered and those who came to watch! We are absolutely happy that we had a wonderful turnout! We hope to see you all again next year!
Auctioning all these Great Things!
Anime Detour Charity Auction is very excited to share some of the items that will be going into the Live Auction on Sunday (Noon to 4) in Main Programming. Stop by the Library Conference Room to view all Live Auction items and/or bid on items in the Silent Auction.
**Live Auction will be OPEN to the PUBLIC!!**
Donated by FUNimation:
Black Butler Season 1 Art Printer Proof – One of a Kind!!
Eden of the East Premium Edition Art Printer Proof – One of a Kind!!
Noragami Art Printer Proof – One of a Kind!!
Fullmetal Alchemist Standee Signed by U.S. Cast – Last one!!
My Hero Academia Large Poster Signed by the Japanese Staff and U.S Cast with Exclusive Buttons – Very Rare!
One Piece “Film Gold” Poke Chip Set – Very Difficult to Obtain Full Set! Only 3 Random Poker chips were available during a pre-order exclusive of the BD/DVD combo pack.
Donated by the American Red Cross/Harlem Globetrotters:
Autographed Embossed Basketball signed by the 2016-2017 Harlem Globetrotters – Rare Item!!
and Much Much More!!
Reminders for Policies
5 days from now we will be setting up and then on day 6 we will be throwing a convention! In preparation, we would appreciate if attendees would review our convention policies. These policies are here to keep everyone feeling safe and having fun. Provided below are some quick-links and as-always they can be found on the "Policies & FAQs" tab on the left side of our website.
We would also like to emphasize that ice skates would count as live steel even if wearing guards and you would be asked to return them to your room or vehicle.
We also cannot allow devices like go pros due to consent on video recording.
Other questions regarding convention and safety policies can be directed to email@example.com
Thank you, and we look forward to a safe, and fun convention year!
Shiny and New!
Each year we are able to offer a couple premieres and this year is no different!
This year we will be premiering Endride and the English dub premiere of The Black Butler Live Action Movie.
Starting at Noon on Saturday in Atrium 7 Endride follows Shun Asanaga, a 15-year-old junior high school student with an optimistic and bright personality. One day, he finds a mysterious crystal in the office of his father, who is a scientist and businessman. When Shun touches it, the world becomes distorted, and he is sent into the world of Endra. Emilio, a prince of the kingdom of Endra, is nearing his 16th birthday and despises the reigning king, Delzain. What future lies ahead for the two boys trying to survive in Endra, yet raised in two different worlds?
This will be immediately followed by The Black Butler Live Action Movie dubbed premiere at 1:45 pm in the same room!
We're getting closer every day!
More Sad Guest News
It is with heavy heart that Christopher Ayres has informed us he will not be able to attend Anime Detour this year. He is sorry that this is last minute but there are a number of personal concerns which need to be attended to. He wishes us Love and Laughter and we will see him next year.
LESS THAN A WEEK UNTIL WE OPEN!!!
We have hit less than a week to the convention!!! This time next week we will be watching anime, going to panels, and doing this all together!! Can you tell we're excited?
Things will be running a little different this year in light of having badges available for At the Door Registration. Lines will be allowed to begin forming at 8:30 am, there will be separate lines for badge pick up and at the door registration. On Friday, registration will be open from 9am-9pm, PLEASE KEEP IN MIND WE DO NOT EXPECT AT THE DOOR REGISTRATION TO LAST VERY LONG.
At the Door Registration is $100, we will be accepting both cards and cash as forms of payment for this. As a reminder we are a non-profit organization, any funds generated that do not go to making the event happen go right back into the community through things like our yearly charitable giving and throwing smaller events throughout the year.
We only happen with all of you, and we are so excited to see you all this year!
We Want to Collect Your Blood (Red Cross Blood Drive)
Each year we partner with the American Red Cross to help our community and collect blood to help. Every donation can save up to three lives. The American Red Cross will be joining us again on Saturday the 8th from 9am to 3pm.
To donate you must:
- Be over the age of 17
- Bring a government issued photo ID or Red Cross Donor Card
- Be in good health (no con crud!)
- weigh at minimum 110 pounds
You can pre-register for this early! Early sign up and sign in is available at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass
We Are All Parts of a Whole
We are all parts of one big whole and this event only happens with all of you. If you have down time please come and help support the con by volunteering! You are what keeps the con going and we love you in advance for you help! Come visit us at our spot in room 101 by the Garden Court! 10 volunteer hours and you get a shirt and there are other prizes as well!
Lets go on a Quest! A YogaQuest!
Don't breathe on the spirits when you're crossing the bridge, don't accept gold from strangers, and whatever you do, don't forget your name! Join YogaQuest on a magical journey through the spirit world of the Miyazaki classic, Spirited Away!
The original YogaQuest class is unlike any yoga class you have experienced before! It is a unique blend of yoga and fan-fiction story-telling.
Your quest is guided by a narrator and a certified yoga instructor, as the class embarks on an epic, and often ridiculous, journey through a popular fandom. Move through the story by following a yoga routine designed to improve strength, balance, and flexibility. No previous experience or special equipment necessary. Pose nerdy with us!
YogaQuest will be in the Garden Court at 9 am on Sunday!
X Rocker Game Chairs are coming?!
Anime Detour has been graciously granted 3 X-Rocker game chairs this year to pass on to you!
X Rocker Gaming chairs combine the great visual experience you are having with built in surround sound and a comfortable seat!
During the convention there will be a few different ways to get one! One chair will be available in our Charity Auction, the others you'll have to check in with our gaming and volunteer departments to find out!
Happy Guest News!
While we were very sad to see Christopher and Rachel go for this year when one door closes another opens! This afternoon we are happy to announce that we will be joined by Kaiji Tang!
An avid lover of gaming and all things food related, Kaiji Tang has been working as a voice actor in Los Angeles CA since 2007.
In the world of video games, he has done such roles as Odin/Narcian ( Fire Emblem Heroes ), Faust ( Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- ), Munehisa Iwai ( Persona 5 ) Yamato Hotsuin ( Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker ), Dr. Qada ( Bravely Default ), Owain ( Fire Emblem: Awakening ), Wingul ( Tales of Xillia ), Jann Lee ( Dead or Alive 5 ), Lee Chaolan/Violet ( Tekken Tag Tournament 2 ), Yasuhiro Hagakure ( Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc ), Fang ( Fairy Fencer F ), Sima Zhao ( Dynasty Warriors ), Kenshiro ( Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage ) and others including roles in Bioshock Infinite, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Resident Evil 6 and Batman: Arkham Origins.
When it comes to Anime, you can hear him as Guts ( Berserk 2016 ), Vegeta ( Dragon Ball Super, Toonami Asia ), Archer ( Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works ) Tsumugu Kinagase ( Kill La Kill ), Koichi Kizakura ( Danganronpa 3: End of Hope's Peak Highschool ), Kouen Ren ( Magi ), Schmidt ( Sword Art Online ), "Big G" ( Doraemon ), Akifusa Keikain ( Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan ), Shiro Takamachi/Graf Eisen ( Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ), Colbert/Derflinger ( Familiar of Zero ) and other roles in titles such as Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Accel World, Monster, Squid Girl and Karas to name a few.
We hope you are excited! Less than two weeks to go!
Sad Guest News
Due to some very last minute and unforeseen circumstances beyond anyone's control it is with great regret that Christopher Bevins and Rachel Robinson are unable to attend Anime Detour this year.
We are all saddened by this but we will see both of them in the near future at an upcoming Anime Detour.
The Programming Grid is ready!
You've been asking for weeks and its finally here!
As of today the programming grid and program book are up and ready!!!
These can both be found here:http://animedetour.com/sched
We hope you are just as excited as we are!
Just over 2 weeks to go!
Pre-Registration is closed but it isn't the end of the line!
Pre-Registration closed at midnight last night and we would like to thank you for the great ride we have all had so far this year. If you did not register in time not all hope is lost! This year we will have at the door registrations available. The cost is higher at $100, and the last time we had at the door available we sold out in an hour because we physically could not process registrations any faster. So if you need to register at the door we recommend coming early!
We are only 25 days away from opening! We hope you are all just as excited as we are!