Detour: Death & Rebirth

April 1st 2013, 01:00 CDT

Let’s face it, Anime is dead.  Oh, sure, we’ve been trying to cover it up for a while, but we all knew this ride was limited edition when we got on.  Still, never let it be said that Detour couldn’t hop on another bandwagon: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that we introduce to you, My Little Detour!
Here’s some reactions from our many and varied guests over the years:
Greg Mares: “I think this is a terrible idea.”
Chris Mares: “I agree with my brother, and that never happens.”
Dr. Whooves: “You’re calling me what?”
Neighbeshin (translated from Japanese) : “Are you sure you translated that right?”
So, with such enthusiasm and excitement behind the change, we’re pleased to unveil our new (and financially lucrative) direction to the world!
Canter on, friends.  Canter on.

Anime Detour 2013 Dealers

March 27th 2013, 15:29 CDT

Our list for Anime Detour 2013 Dealers is out. Check out who is going to be in our dealer's room this year!

Cosplay Contest now open

March 10th 2013, 22:52 CDT

Have a costume for Detour and want to show it off? Enter the Cosplay Contest!

New sign-up process and rules can be found at

A Decade of Construction Short Essay Contest

February 27th 2013, 10:58 CST

We here at Anime Detour are still looking for more of your favorite memories of Detour from the last ten years!  Our Decade of Construction Short Essay Contest is soliciting 250-500 word essays that describe your favorite memory of Anime Detour, or a brief destription of what Detour has meant to you.  The winning essay will even be included in this year's Program Book.  The March 5th deadline is fast approaching so email your entries to our writing contest team today.

Hotel Reservations for 2013 for the DoubleTree are open

February 15th 2013, 12:58 CST

The Anime Detour 2013 Reservations page is now open.  If you have any trouble with the page first try a different browser before contacting us.  If you have any issues you can email  You can only book rooms between Thursday and Sunday, minimum of two nights required.  If you wish to extend your stay through Monday or start earlier on Wednesday you can do so after you have made your reservation by either calling the hotel or emailing with your full name and confirmation number.  Your confirmation number will be emailed to you by the reservation system and be presented to you after you have completed the booking process.  You Must have a confirmation number otherwise we will not be able to assist you.

The Link: Anime Detour 2013 Hotel Room Reservation Page

Anime Detour 2013 - Hotel Reservations Opening Noon CST - Friday, February 15th

February 11th 2013, 15:35 CST

Please keep an eye here for the link to the reservations page.  Please do not call the hotel asking to make your reservation.  If you absolutely must call to make a reservation you may do so after Noon CST on Friday, February 15th.

Summer Wars - A Pepito's Parkway Theater and ATC's February showing

January 31st 2013, 11:18 CST

Free Anime on the Big Screen returns on February 20th with Mamoru Hosoda's supreme sophomore effort, Summer Wars! Once more, we will have two showings: 5:00pm dubbed and 7:05pm subbed. All showings are at Pepito's Parkway Theater and are free and open to the public. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your dog, just come on down and watch some anime with us! Your support of Pepito's and the Theater's concessions continue to allow us to have these free showings.

When timid eleventh-grader and math genius Kenji Koiso is asked by older student and secret crush Natsuki to come with her to her family’s Nagano home for a summer job, he agrees without hesitation. Natsuki’s family, the Jinnouchi clan, dates back to the Muromachi era, and they’ve all come together to celebrate the 90th birthday of the matriarch of the family, Sakae. That’s when Kenji discovers his “summer job” is to pretend to be Natsuki’s fiancé and dance with her at the birthday celebration. As Kenji attempts to keep up with Natsuki’s act around her family, he receives a strange math problem on his cell phone which, being a math genius, he can’t resist solving. As it turns out, the solution to the mysterious equation causes a hijacking of the social networking site through which most of the world's social and business traffic flows.

More Information at

2013 Anime Detour Fanfiction Contest

January 24th 2013, 15:59 CST

Is there a fandom that you just can’t get enough of? 

Anime Detour’s Fanfiction Contest is your opportunity to explore the fandom that you love, and share your fan-created works with the world!  Well, with the Detour community at least.  The 2013 Anime Detour Fanfiction Contest is now accepting entries.  So, weave us a tale and send in your entries by March 29th, 2013.

Venus Wars - A Pepito's Parkway Theater and ATC showing

January 13th 2013, 22:23 CST

In the 21st century, mankind lives on two worlds. Following the collision of an ice asteroid, massive terraforming has made Venus a planet now capable of supporting life. Colonists from Earth tamed the hostile world and have thrived for four generations. But they also brought the darker side of humanity, as vicious gangs roam the streets and rivaling nations battle for supremacy. Hiro, a hotshot motorcycle jockey, and Susan Somers, a feisty Earth journalist, are caught in the crossfire as war explodes on Venus!

The remastered version of the movie, recently released by Discotek, will be shown on Tuesday, January 15th, at 5 pm (dubbed) and 7 pm (subtitled). The Parkway Theater is generously having FREE admission for these showings. Please support the theater by patronizing the concession stand or the attached Mexican restaurant, Pepitos; food and drink from the restaurant can be brought into the theater. Your support would in turn lead to future FREE showings of anime movies the way they were meant to be shown, in a full-size cinema.

Contact info:
Pepito's Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN


Tsuinshi Movie Night

Anime Detour 2013 is sold out

January 13th 2013, 14:49 CST

As of 1 PM today (January 13, 2013), Anime Detour 2013 has now reached capacity. If you were thinking of registering, we're sorry we will miss you and hope you will join us in 2014.

Your Patience is Appreciated

January 3rd 2013, 23:28 CST

As we get closer to the convention a question we are getting daily is, "When are we going to open up the hotel for reservations?"  Currently we are working with the hotel to get our reservation system in place.  As soon as it is ready we can start taking reservations.  Please have patience with us as we work to resolve this issue.  I promise as soon as we are ready to start taking reservations a link will be posted on our front page.  Also, please remember that by reserving a room this does not mean you have registered for Anime Detour 2013:  A Decade of Construction.  So if you haven't yet registered, I highly recomend you do.  It easy!  Just look to your left and click on the Register link under the Main Menu bar.  You'll be glad you did. 


Stephen Gifford, Jr.

Chairman of Anime Detour

Pepito's Parkway Theater and ATC Showing Akira

November 15th 2012, 14:50 CST


Pepito's Parkway Theater and Anime Twin Cities are proud to present

In this seminal anime cyberpunk film, a biker gang becomes embroiled in the machinations of a secret government project in dystopian Neo-Tokyo. One of the teenage bikers manifests his latent psychic powers in the process, and his best friend is determined to save him from the catastrophic consequences that seem certain to befall the post-apocalyptic world. Katsuhiro Otomo spared no production expenses in adapting his epic manga, and the result was soon regarded as a masterpiece in animation. Even as "Akira" approaches its 25th anniversary, its legacy as a landmark anime film is secure.
The movie will be shown on Tuesday, November 20th, at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The Parkway Theater is generously having FREE admission for these showings. Please support the theater by patronizing the concession stand or the attached Mexican restaurant, Pepitos; food and drink from the restaurant can be brought into the theater. Your support would in turn lead to future FREE showings of anime movies the way they were meant to be shown, in a full-size cinema.
This movie is rated R.
Contact info:
Pepito's Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

Anime Detour 2013 - Hotel Reservation Information

October 16th 2012, 15:45 CDT

The Hotel Reservation system is still in the process of being setup for the 2013 year.  When the reservation system is ready to go an email will be sent to individuals registered for Detour 2013 so that currently registered attendees will have first dibs on rooms.  The next day the link for the reservation system will be posted on the front page of the Anime Detour website and on the facebook page.  We will be giving at least a two weeks heads up for when the reservation system will go live, so keep your eyes on this website or facebook for those details.

As with previous years Hotel rooms can only be reserved by Attendees (though the attendee reserving the room does not have to pay for it), and rooms must have someone 18 years of age or older staying.  Parents, Guardians, or Group leaders can reserve and stay in a hotel room, but at least one attendee's name needs to be on the room reservation.  We reserve the right to cancel room reservations for non-attendees.

Artist Alley Form is now open!

October 1st 2012, 22:28 CDT

Artist Alley applications are now being accepted. A new change this year, is that if you are approved for a table, you will get a badge as well. Please look at our Artist Information page for more details and a link to the form.

New Forms Open as Convention gets Closer

October 1st 2012, 10:50 CDT

The following form are now open.

To apply for any of the above, please follow the links on our Status page.

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