Cosplay Masquerade Signup

March 26th 2015, 17:49 CDT | Author: John Koniges

If you want to enter the Cosplay Masquerade this year you can sign up Friday. Our cosplay staff will be manning a table located behind the escalators on the second floor. The tabe will open at noon and will be first come first serve for spots in the competition.


March 26th 2015, 14:30 CDT | Author: Kari

Good Day,

Please remember as you check into the DoubleTree hotel there will be an authorization hold for possible incidentals/damage on your room. This is Hilton corporate policy and Anime Detour has no control over this policy.

This will NOT be charged to your card upon check out unless you use incidentals (room services, etc) or cause damage to your room/items in the room (towels). This is a hold they place on your account at check in (like when paying at the gas station they authorize a $1 but if will change when the payment is processed).

If you are paying cash this authorization is $50 / night stay
If you are using a card this authorization is $30 / night stay

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause but it has been in place since this hotel became a Hilton.

Please also note that the DoubleTree hotel has requested that you do not use their towels as makeup removers. This results in damaged towels that they are unable to clean and could result in you being charged for the damages.

Thank you,
AD Hotel Department

Fliers on the First Floor

March 26th 2015, 05:30 CDT | Author: John Koniges

Attention: We have just been informed by the hotel that fliers will not be allowed on the first floor of the hotel except in designated areas. Fliers posts on the second floor and in those designated first floor areas will need to use 3M Safe-Release Painter’s Tape, product #2080. For information on the allowed areas please see our staff desk which will be in the lobby under the escalator. Our staff is still working on the exact location of the designated areas and they will have the most current information for you to use. 

Edit Thurs 1:15pm: Fliers on the first floor are allowed on the corkboards setup for us to use, you may also place them on room party doors, panel room doors, fences around the pool/garden court and on the way around the elevator in the short tower. You MUST you the tape specified above.

Hotel Announcement - Clarification of On Street Parking

March 25th 2015, 15:49 CDT | Author: Kari

Hello All,

Here is some clarification regarding the on street parking.


Reminder of On Street Parking Hours:

Friday March, 27 8am-4pm

Saturday March 28, 6am-8pm

Sunday March 29, 6am-8pm

Anyone parking outside of the times that the parking has been allocated for the street will be towed at owner’s expense. Also if anyone is parking on the curve farther back from this sign they will also be towed at owner’s expense, no matter the time of day.

Where to begin parking?
If you are traveling west on 78th street just as you start to go around the curve (at that point you will be between both hotels) there is a no parking sign the city requires that we park in front of that No Parking sign going toward Bush Lake Road.

Below is the No Parking sign you want to park in. It is the second no parking sign from the curve in the road. It is right outside the south entrance leading to the crossing to the Sheraton. We ask that you please do not block off the walkway going to the Sheraton though.



Please let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you,
AD Hotel Department

Hotel Announcement - Shuttle Service

March 25th 2015, 09:43 CDT | Author: Kari

Hello all,
Please pay close attention to the information below. You must be at the door at the time the shuttles are schedule to depart. 

Shuttle provided by the DoubleTree:
The shuttle will run at the top of every hour starting at the times below. 
Shuttle will be stopping at the Crowne Plaza, the LifeTouch overflow lot, and the International Dairy Queen overflow lot.

Friday 12pm - 3am
Saturday 8am - 3am
Sunday 8am - 6pm

Shuttle provided by the Crowne Plaza:
The shuttle will run every hour at the 40 after the hour mark. This shuttle will only be stopping at the Crowne Plaza and DoubleTree hotels.

Friday 3:40 pm – 8:40 pm
Saturday 8:40 am – 8:40 pm
Sunday 8:40 am – 12:40 pm

Guests wanting to come back should be at the door of the DoubleTree to come back to the hotel at 40 after the hour and will need to load once they see the bus.

From 5:40 am to 11:40 pm outside of the hours listed above, the shuttle is based on request and availability.

Please remember to also check out our annoucement on the overflow parking lots provided by LifeTouch and International Dairy Queen.

Please contact us at if you have any questions.
Thank you,
AD Hotel Department

Eden's on campus presents their Anime Detour Japanese feast

March 23rd 2015, 16:35 CDT | Author: Andrew L.

Eden's on campus is a student run dining room, and for the spring 2015 semester is serving 8 - course dinners for about $36 a seat, at the price includes the wine served for each course. Here is what Chef John (their teacher) has to say about the dinner this week:

Cherry trees are about to blossom and Anime Detour - the Japanese popular culture convention - is about to begin, so Eden's On Campus offers an eight-course celebration of Japanese cuisine. Some dishes will be traditional, some modern, some shameless.  

Here is the menu 


Anime Detour Japanese Feast


Takoyaki with Kewpie-style mayo and Okonomiyaki sauce


Gyoza-style pot stickers with pork, daikon radish and cabbage


Mixed Seaweed salad with Tsukemono and Wafu dressing


Miso Cha-su Ramen with Quail Egg


Salmon and Oyster Motoyaki 

Palate Cleanser 

Lychee Ginger Sorbet


Deconstructed Sukiyaki with Daikon & Purple Sweet Potatoes


Azuki and Green Tea Mochi Ice Cream


An-Pan, Melon-Pan & Curry-Pan


The menu itself will be on their Facebook page which you can access here.

Further information about the courses, as well as any pictures taken by the students will be posted on the Facebook page as well.

The location is the Eden's on Campus dinner room at the Eden Prairie Hennepin Technical College, which is at 13100 Collegeview Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347, about 11 minutes away by car from the convention.

The times of the dinners are Thursday March 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday March 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The maximum number of people that can accommodated each night is 40-45, and they have accommodated as much as 15 people per reservation in the recent past.

If this all sounds good, then you can make a reservation by calling 952-995-1417. Just leave a message and they will call to confirm your reservation.

We hope to see you there,

Daniel Nordin, 2nd semester student of Culinary Arts at HTC Eden Prairie.

Parking Information

March 22nd 2015, 20:23 CDT | Author: John Koniges

Good Day All,

This year we have arranged overflow parking for Anime Detour. 

Reminder: DO NOT park in the parking lots of surrounding businesses. The businesses have the right to tow your vehicle and they have been known to do so.

Street Parking: Please park on the North Side of 78th street and north of the No Parking Sign.
Friday March, 27 8am-4pm
Saturday March 28, 6am-8pm
Sunday March 29, 6am-8pm

Overflow Parking Lots:

LifeTouch (7800 Picture Dr, west of the Sheraton)
Saturday: 6am-Sunday 8pm
NOTE: Do not park in the spots marked reserved!

International Dairy Queen Corp (7505 Metro Boulevard, north of the DoubleTree)

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Regarding shuttles - More information to be posted soon. 

Regarding DoubleTree waiting list - If you are on the DoubleTree waiting list please watch your emails. We are sending out emails to the top people on the list as rooms become available. You only have a 24 hour window to respond before we move onto the next person.

If you have any questions please contact the AD Hotel team at

Thank you,
Anime Detour Hotel Department

Anime Detour Mobile Apps!

March 20th 2015, 10:24 CDT | Author: John Koniges

Looking for an easy way to keep track of what is going on at the convention? Download our mobile app to your Phone. We have new versions this year for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.

Construction on Highway 100 during Anime Detour

March 19th 2015, 10:15 CDT | Author: Kari

Construction Notice:

Please be advised that MNDOT is planning construction on highway 100, north of the DoubleTree Hotel, the weekend of Anime Detour. Please go to the following site for further information and plan an alternate route when commuting to Anime Detour, if this is the route you are taking.

NOTE: Highway 100 is still accessible from 494.

Thank you,
Anime Detour Hotel Department


Video Events at Anime Detour

March 18th 2015, 17:27 CDT | Author: Brian J

Check out the Video Rooms for several special events from FUNimation during Anime Detour. On Friday, March 27th Anime Detour will be hosting the English Dub Premiere for Hyperdimension Neptunia at 8:45 PM in Atrium 7. On Saturday, March 28th Anime Detour will be showing advance screenings of Tokyo Ravens at 12:30 PM, and Nobunagun at 2:15 PM in Atrium 7. On Sunday, March 29th Anime Detour will be showing an advance screening of D-Frag! at 12:30 PM in Atrium 7.

Anime Detour is looking for Volunteers!

March 18th 2015, 14:34 CDT | Author: Andrew L.


As you know, Detour is just around the corner and we are in need of your help! At this time we are currently only accepting early sign-ups for Friday time slots. So feel free to take a look at our 2015 Signup Page and if you see a department you would like to help, please email the department at


***We are looking for people to work registration right now. This needs to be filled up before the con.***


This list will be filled out throughout the con with volunteers. You can look at this list at any time during the convention to check what is available for open blocks. If you would like to work extra hours, feel free to come to the Volunteer booth and talk with us in person.


Thanks again for your interest in Volunteering

Anime Detour Fanfic Submissions - Final Day

March 14th 2015, 12:29 CDT | Author: Jonas_Sollers

All story submissions for the Anime Detour Fanfic contest are due tonight (March 14th) by 11:59 pm.

We want to read all of your stories! So, please, submit them today to: ad_fanfic at animedetour dot com

2015 Programming Schedule is live!

March 10th 2015, 14:41 CDT | Author: Andrew L.

The 2015 Programming schedule is now live! You can check it out here.

You can find panels, guest panels, movie premieres, photoshoots, gaming schedules, and video showings all here.

Help Anime Twin Cities with Amazon Smile

March 9th 2015, 19:28 CDT | Author: John Koniges

Do you shop on Amazon? Would you like to donate to Anime Twin Cities, Inc. with every purchase you make? Then please support us with your Amazon purchases. 1/2 percent may not sound like a lot, but each person helping us out adds up fast. 

If you'd like details on how to set it up please check out our guide here:

Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Only 5 days left!

February 27th 2015, 11:49 CST | Author: Heather B

Our deadline with Tugg is fast approaching! If we don't sell enough tickets by this Wednesday, March 4th, this event will be canceled. There's no charge until the showing is confirmed, so if you've been thinking about going, reserve your tickets today! Tell your friends! Let's meet our ticket threshold so all of us can enjoy some new anime to tide us over between now and the convention.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise is a prequel to the famous series, with all-new cases to be solved by our favorite characters as they meet and start their careers in Section 9. In partnership with, Anime Twin Cities is proud to present this film in Twin Cities theaters for the first time.

Tickets will NOT be available at the door! They can only be reserved online in advance of the event. This is a one-night, single special showing. Don't miss out -- show your support for anime in theaters and reserve your tickets now!

Ghost in the Shell: Arise
Wednesday, March 11th
AMC Rosedale 14
7:30 PM

The movie is on March 11th, but we need to sell enough tickets by March 4th to confirm it. Visit the event page on Tugg for further details and to reserve tickets!

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