AniMinneapolis 2016

May 6-8, 2016
Minneapolis, MN

Official Review

AniMinneapolis is a very fun convention held annually at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in a very nice part of downtown Minneapolis, next to a pedestrian mall street. The convention itself ran smoothly with everything on time, and had a great guest list for its size. All staff were friendly, and the biggest events, particularly as the main concerts, were impressive. The only thing they could improve is getting even more major events and guests. Overall, a very enjoyable convention.

About AniMinneapolis 2016

AniMinneapolis 2016 is a multi-genre convention held May 6-8, 2016. The convention is held at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN. AniMinneapolis is an epic anime convention held annually in Minnesota. This three-day extravaganza of Japanese culture brings together thousands of anime fans for a fun-filled weekend of cosplay, guests, anime screenings, music, concerts, social events, and beyond.

People attend AniMinneapolis to have fun and make new friends while cosplaying. It's one of the best organized, most fun conventions any person could possibly attend. Staff are friendly and fellow congoers are always awesome. It's a family-oriented event with events for people of all ages. There are some events for adults as well (18+), which are age-restricted from minors.

Every year AniMinneapolis gets bigger and better with more guests and more special events than ever before. Recurring highlights include huge collectible card game tournaments (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh), a formal dance called the Fantasy Ball that comes with dance lessons, a date auction to get dates for said dance, and more.

This con is highly recommended.

AniMinneapolis 2016 Pictures

Guests of Honor
YTCracker
YTCracker (nerdcore rapper)
Chuck Huber
Chuck Huber (voice actor)
DC Douglas
DC Douglas (voice actor)
Lewis
Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug (comic reviewer )
Emily Neves
Emily Neves (voice actor)
Jeff Nimoy
Jeff Nimoy (voice actor)
John Stocker
John Stocker (voice actor)
Greg Ayres
Greg Ayres (voice actor)
Gaijin Goomba
Gaijin Goomba (youtube)
TheGeckoNinja
TheGeckoNinja (youtube)
Akiterra Goombah
Akiterra Goombah (youtube)
Allochii
Allochii (youtube)
Michael Perge
Michael Perge (youtube)
Samurai Dan and Jillian
Samurai Dan and Jillian (samurai instructor)
YTCracker
YTCracker (nerdcore rapper)
Events

AniMinneapolis is categorized as a medium-size anime convention. A medium convention often has a lot of elements of a huge event, such as major concerts or big named special guests, but these are usually the main highlights of the convention while everything else is not quite as big. However at this size, there are still swarms and swarms of cosplayers, with maybe 50% or more of all attendees participating in costuming at some point during the convention. Medium size anime cons tend to have quite a few different events happening at any given time, and it's usually hard to be bored or have nothing interesting to do so long as you are a fan of some anime.

A convention with fewer than 5,000 attendees is often significantly easier to attend than a larger convention, depending on the location. Parking may be easier or cheaper, and hotel rooms may be closer to event spaces than in a larger venue. In some places finding cheap food nearby may be difficult, but often venues have their own snacks and food stands. While there are fewere people, there is usually still plenty of opportunity to find and form cosplay groups and to show off fancy or elaborate costumes - which may themselves become a feature of the convention.

Suggestions for attendees of AniMinneapolis 2016

Medium-sized cons like AniMinneapolis may have a lot happening in the schedule, so congoers are encouraged to study it and past year's schedules to plan for events they want to attend. Registering for the convention early online may save a lot of money versus registering when you get there, however anime cons will often sell "badges" and not tickets, which may sometimes not be refundable. If events last late into the night, getting a hotel room will alleviate the stress of commuting but may add extra stress when paying for it if roommates back out or fail to pay their fair share. It is always encouraged to pack as early as possible so that nothing is forgotten at home, as leaving the convention to get things will reduce time at the convention.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN
Con Statistics
Medium (1-5K)
5K Attendees
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