Anime Detour 2019
Anime Detour this year has by far been the best yet. With new panels, and a bunch of new faces, it was a delight to watch Anime Detour 2019 usher in the next generation of Minneapolis weebs, while still remaining thoughtful and loyal to us old folks over 20. Here’s the breakdown:
|Criteria||Rating (out of 5)||Reasoning|
|Artist Alley||5||Spectacular talent and even had a separate space for Artist Alley|
|Cosplay||3||Lots of attendees in cosplay, cosplay quality varied, but nearly everyone was dressed up!|
|Gaming||3||Similar to previous years. Met expectations, but lacking PC game spaces. Nothing special.|
|Guests||5||Serious starpower considering convention size. Anime-industry specialized – aligns with con theme.|
|Merchandise||5||Strong merchandise room for a con of this size. Grand array of snacks, figures wigs, and, (our favorite) doujinshi.|
|Organization||4||Hyatt isn’t con-friendly, but detour made it work with signage and maps! Unfortunately, at-con registration was a mess due to printer failures.|
|Panels||5||This is a convention run by fans, for fans, and you can tell. Content is nicely catered to the attendees. Panel variety and cleverness was at an all-time high this year.|
|Special Events||4||AMV Contest, Kahza Concert, Dance, Idol Lives, Charity Auction, Cosplay contest…but no ball?|
|Venue||3||This con is starting to ougrow the Hyatt (which is a poor venue anyway). Hopefully Minneapolis conventions can find a new home soon!|
|Was it actually a good time?||5||Between Room parties, warm guests, hilarious panels, and possibly the best Anime-con rave in Minnesota, this was the best Anime Detour yet!|
For a base score, Anime Detour earned a grade of B.
What the Anime Detour Is Lacking:
Swift, functional at-con badging system
Desktop space & Fighting game tournaments in game room
Big events like Combat Chess or Formal Ball missing
Badge reimbursement for volunteers or panelists
Unique Events to Anime Detour:
Artist Alley in their separate, quality space, with quality artists!
Adult Merchandise (Always nice to refresh my doujinshi collection)
Con-organized room parties!
Cosplay photoshoot sets