Hotel Reservations - Sofitel - Now Open

November 18th 2011, 15:49 CST

If you would like to stay at the Sofitel (Just across the street from the DoubleTree) please follow the instructions below:

Please call the Sofitel’s direct phone number of 952-835-1900 (Mon-Fri, 7:30am-6:00pm) and ask for Reservations.  Each individual must ask for group reservations and identify themselves as members of the Anime Detour.

Rooms are $119/night, for Both Kings and Two Doubles.

Hotel Reservation System - Live Now

November 18th 2011, 10:38 CST

The Hotel is now open and accepting reservations.  Please make sure you read everything on the Reservation Page.  By making a hotel reservation for Anime Detour 2012 and in order to qualify for the group rate you agree to the terms and conditions set forth on the Reservation Page.

Anime Detour 2012 - Hotel Room Reservation System

Cosplayer Photoshoot - November 5th

November 2nd 2011, 12:15 CDT

Anime Twin Cities, in association with the Geek Partnership Society (GPS) and Convergence Events, Inc. will be holding a cosplayer photoshoot at the GPS headquarters (The Waterbury [MAP]) on November 5th from Noon to 5pm.  The event will be free to those with 2011 Anime Detour or Convergence Membership badges, and $10 for non-members.  Detour registration will be available for badge lookups in case you don't have yours anymore.  For more details on this event please visit our facebook event page: [Cosplayer Photoshoot]

You can also signup for times here: []

Dealer Room: Application Form Now Open

November 1st 2011, 23:07 CDT

We are happy to announce that the Anime Detour 2012 Dealer Room Application Form will be open November 1-30, 2011 however the order in which applicants apply is irrelevant. What matters is applicants apply within the time-frame given.

We are seeking courteous, flexible, cooperative, patient dealers selling quality merchandise who can provide a fun and happy atmosphere to the shopping experience of our convention attendees.  If you feel your business fits this description, head on over to the Dealer Room page and read the info under the subheading "Anime Detour 2012 Dealer Information", then follow the link provided to the application form.

Important Hotel Information for Anime Detour 2012

October 31st 2011, 13:08 CDT

Hotel Reservations will go live on November 18th for both the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington and the Sofitel.  Because the hotel has changed from a Sheraton to a DoubleTree we have had to rework our reservations process.  There will be an official DoubleTree by Hilton web page for reservations that will be linked from the Anime Detour front page, the Hotel status page and the Anime Detour facebook page.  Until the system goes live please refrain from calling the hotel as they will be unable to process your reservation request until the system goes live on the 18th of November.  The system will require that you stay at least two nights (Friday and Saturday) in order to reserve a room.

Groups will be able to book multiple rooms this year, however we require that you contact AD Hotel to let us know when your group is doing so.  This is important as we want to make sure that as many of our attendees as possible are able to get a hotel room and that groups that book additional rooms and then drop some do not go unfilled.

Lolita Hats Creation at the St. Paul Public Library

October 25th 2011, 21:13 CDT

A note from our friends at the St. Paul Public Libraries!

Due to overwhelming demand, we were not able to accommodate every person who wanted to make a tiny lolita hat at Anime Detour this year. But thanks to Anime Twin Cities partnership with St. Paul Public Libraries, we are pleased to offer two SECOND CHANCE lolita hat workshops!

Join us 4pm November 19th at Dayton's Bluff Library or 2pm December 3rd at the Rice Street library for lolita hats.

We will have enough supplies for 25 participants per session! First come first serve!

Edit 10/31/11: Please note this event is intended for teens.

Room Party Requests Open

October 23rd 2011, 16:58 CDT

If you are looking to host a room party, the request section is now open! Please fill out the form at Be sure to read the rules and information at before you fill out the form.

Video Suggestion Deadline Approaching

October 17th 2011, 14:29 CDT

The Video department is taking suggestions for titles to be shown at Anime Detour through 10/31/11. To make your requests, please fill out the [form]. We are looking for new/upcoming US releases, favorite series, and shows that reflect the It Came From Japan theme such as genres popularized by Japan, or shows that have strong Japanese cultural elements .

Artist Alley: Table Request Period Open

October 6th 2011, 19:49 CDT

The Artist Alley table request [Form] is now available for interested artists and studios. The form will be available from October until the end of November. During this time the Art Department will collect the requests including sample art for each artist/studio. Do not worry about being first as the Art Department no longer decides based on time of form submission. Please read through the top of the Art Department policy [page] to learn more about the Artist Alley process. 

In December, the Art Department will make their decision based on the form data and sample art to provide variety of selection. Art Department policy is to notify all artists of their status by the end of December, 2011.  Thank you for patience during this process. 

Helping a Good Friend

September 19th 2011, 07:52 CDT

Anime Detour Congoers, we want to ask your help in helping a long time and dear friend of Anime Detour, Greg Ayres. He is in need to some assistance and anything that you can give will be greatly appreciated. 

Please Check out our donation page and read about this worthy cause [Outreach].

Guests Announced for 2012

August 27th 2011, 19:59 CDT

Guest suggestion period is now closed. We are excited to announce our guests for Anime Detour 2012! 
More information can be found at [Guests].

Anime Detour Hotel - New Ownership and Name Change

August 1st 2011, 15:08 CDT

Anime Detour's hotel has officially become a DoubleTree by Hilton property as of July 28th.  As the head of the hotel department for Anime Detour I was invited to attend the official ribbon cutting ceremony and welcome in the new DoubleTree hotel.  I can tell all of you that the DoubleTree remains commited to being a partner with Anime Detour and to providing for all of our attendees the same great experience they've come to expect.  We can expect to see a few changes and improvements to the hotel itself, including new carpets, room updates and other investments in the building.

So please be assured that while the name is changing, the hotel is still there for us, and with us as partners for this awesome event we call Anime Detour :)

Joshua Spotts - Anime Detour Hotel Head

Anime Detour 2011 Masquerade Winners

July 26th 2011, 14:10 CDT

The convention may be over for this year, but that won't stop us from getting you exited for next year! Did you miss the masquerade? Check out the winners here and see why you need to make sure to attend next year.

[Registration] is now open and don't forget to like us on [Facebook]!

Amazing work to everyone that entered!

Guest and Video Suggestion Forms Open

July 9th 2011, 18:04 CDT

The Guest & Video sugguestion period is now open. Please fill out the form and submit your sugguestions before the end of fall. This will help give us a better idea of what the current interests and trends are for our local community.

Sugguestion Forms: [Guests]  [Video]


June 27th 2011, 21:55 CDT



When we made our efforts to raise as much money as we could for disaster relief in April, we were impressed.  Not just by the number – because let’s face it, the number was impressive – but by just how far people were willing to go for others in need.  How much they would give.  How amazing their hearts were.


And it isn’t just us who see this.


Today, Anime Twin Cities received one out of nineteen awards.  It wasn’t something we sought, but there it is all the same.  You see,this evening the American Red Cross – the big, national, cross-country American Red Cross – will be giving us one of their annual donor awards.  Not just because of the amount we raised, but because of the amount we raised in three days, with only a relatively small pool of people to draw from, and with no advertising.  And because the only reason we do it is because it’s the right thing to do.


That’s right – the story of what we did was passed up the chain, and recounted on a national scale, and has been recognized for the phenomenal achievement that it is.


We’re already planning announcements and celebrations… but I’d like to stop and take a minute to reflect - because we did not do this alone.  We did this because we made an honest, heartfelt plea – an appeal to the common decency in all of us. 


And you responded.  Oh, how you responded!


We would like to thank everyone once again for how much you gave this year, and every year.  Of how much you cared, and how youwere unafraid of showing the world your hearts on your sleeves.  This has been a banner year, and hopefully will be remembered as the beginning of something far grander.


But in the meantime, we will tell you once again; we can change the world.


And what’s more – we’re going to.


Thank you all,
Kale Ganann     Stephen Gifford 
President          Chairman
Anime Twin Cities 2011


[Photoed, left to right: Stephen Gifford, Jo Thomsen, Anton Petersen, Gail McGovern, Damarra Atkins, Jayson Stob, and Kale Ganann.]

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