Upcoming Events from ATC

May 8th 2015, 16:11 CDT | Author: Heather B

Anime Detour congoers! Did you know that Anime Twin Cities, the parent organization of Anime Detour, also sponsors multiple events throughout the year? Our Social Outreach Services team is hard at work year-round to provide fun and informational activities for all anime fans to enjoy while we wait for the next convention. Here are some of the events we have coming up!

ATC @ Minnesota AIDS Walk

ATC is once again putting on our tennis shoes and hoping for good weather as we join up to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS. The walk is 6.5 miles starting and ending at Minnehaha Falls and usually takes about 2.5 hours to complete. To join or donate to our team, go to mnaidswalk.org and select the Anime Twin Cities group.

Our team page!

Date: May 17th
Time: approx. 9 AM (the walk itself starts at 11 AM)
Location: Minnehaha Park
Cost: Donations are encouraged, but participation in the walk is free!

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/946685545364619/
On Meetup.com: http://www.meetup.com/Anime-Twin-Cities-Social-Outreach-Services/events/221685451/

In Case You Missed It: ATC Covers Every Panel at Detour in One Night!

Did you miss out on your chance to go to Anime Detour? Did you go but not have enough time to see everything you wanted to? If you're suffering from not enough Anime Detour, we've got the fix for you. For one night only we've assembled 2 former chairmen of Detour, the current programming head, 2 guests of honor, and one loud mouth guy to explain their way through every panel at Detour working only off the title.

Date: May 26th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: GPS @ the Waterbury Building, 1121 Jackson St NE suite 106. Enter through door C.
Cost: Free!

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/374332369422557/
On Meetup.com: http://www.meetup.com/Anime-Twin-Cities-Social-Outreach-Services/events/221685432/

June Kotatsu

Anime Twin Cities presents its monthly open hangout night! Bring games, cards, writing, knitting, any other hobby that suits you. Or just bring yourself and join us around a table for good company and good conversation. This is a public gathering; come relax with your friends at ATC. Look for the host wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo.

Date: June 2nd
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Location: Source Comics & Games, 2057 Snelling Ave in Roseville.
Cost: Food is at your own expense.

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1433666566927406/
On Meetup.com: http://www.meetup.com/Anime-Twin-Cities-Social-Outreach-Services/events/221757345/

Cherry Tree Celebration and Kite Flying

Anime Twin Cities, Inc. is going to Como for the Cherry Tree Celebration with expert kite fliers. We will meet at 8:30 AM at Como Park by the Mannheimer Memorial on the corner of North Lexington Parkway and Estabrook Street. At 9 AM there will be a tree-planting ceremony, followed by a kite-flying demonstration by Seikoo and Akiko Nakamura of Nagasaki at 10 AM. At 2 PM there will be a kite-making workshop.

"The Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee is raising money to support two cultural exchanges in 2015–our 60th anniversary as Sister Cities! SPNSCC’s logo is of hata kites from Nagasaki and we have been long time supporters of the Sansei Yonsei Kai dance group. Seiko Nakamura, kite flyer extraordinaire, is coming from Nagasaki to give our 60th celebration a flying start the weekend of June 6, 2015. He will fly his hata kites over the cherry trees at Como Park on Saturday, June 6, and again on Sunday, June 7. Nakamura-san came to the Twin Cities about 15 years ago and we are thrilled he will come again." -- Saint Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee

Date: June 6th
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Como Park in Saint Paul.
Cost: There may be an activity fee for the kite-making.

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/769218563191646/
On Meetup.com: http://www.meetup.com/Anime-Twin-Cities-Social-Outreach-Services/events/222402615/

Vali-Hi Drive-In

Once again ATC is going to the Vali-Hi Drive In in Lake Elmo! We’ll be bringing the grill, as well as burgers and brats, but we’ll need plenty of people to eat them! We have no idea what the movies will be, but the box office opens at 7 and the movies begin at dusk! Bring lawn chairs, maybe a boombox or two, and blankets (it gets cold at 3am!), and any treats you think you might like. Kids and (leashed) dogs are welcome! Tickets are $8.50 a person, and we hope to see you there!


Date: June 19th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Vali-Hi Drive-In theater, 11260 Hudson Blvd in Lake Elmo.
Cost: $8.50 for three movies.

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1640103896202812/
On Meetup.com: http://www.meetup.com/Anime-Twin-Cities-Social-Outreach-Services/events/222380865/

Tsuinshi Anime Club

Anime Twin Cities and the Geek Partnership Society have joined forces to bring a little bit of the fun to you twice a month (second and fourth Friday) with this cosponsored anime club. We will be showing various anime movies and series.

Upcoming Dates: May 8th, May 22nd, June 12th, June 26th
Time: 8:30 PM
Location: Geek Partnership Society, Suite 106 in the Waterbury building at the intersection of Central and Broadway. 1121 Jackson St NE. Enter through door C.
Cost: Free!

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tsuinshi/

You can always find all of our confirmed events on the Anime Twin Cities website, our Facebook page, or the SOS Meetup group:


Don't see anything you like? Send us your suggestions!

May ATC Board meeting

May 4th 2015, 23:56 CDT | Author: ZZalapski

The next ATC Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Monday, May 11, at the Waterbury building (1121 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis, 55413). We will be distributing proceeds from Anime Detour 2015 to appropriate charities and nonprofits. If you would like to see how the monies are dispersed, or if you would like to make a pitch for a particular organization, this is your chance.

If you would like to get something on the agenda apart from the proceeds distribution, please inform the (outgoing) Secretary at andy[dot]tso[at]animedetour[dot]com . Attending the meeting to speak on it is encouraged but not required.

2015 Board election results

April 14th 2015, 00:16 CDT | Author: ZZalapski

Thanks to all the candidates who ran in this year's election. The results:

Lauren Ganann remains as President
Connie Mohs is the incoming Secretary
David Vetrovec and Michele Webber are the incoming Members-at-Large

(A month earlier, Troy MacDonald was appointed by the Board to fulfill the remaining year of Sari Hagen's term.)

Congratulations and welcome to the incoming members! The new board will wholly take effect as of the June ATC Board meeting, after the transitional May board meeting.

Also, big thanks to the outgoing Members-at-Large, Sari and Brian Hagen, for their dedicated service, with a side order of good luck for Sari as she pursues her graduate studies in Wisconsin for the next two years. As for myself, I am honored to have served as Secretary among the stellar Board Members and Coordinators. Thank you.

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 Tugg.com, 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! https://www.tugg.com/events/13096

Help Support the Autism Society of Minnesota with ATC

February 24th 2015, 18:22 CST | Author: Jonas_Sollers

Anime Twin Cities will be sending a team to walk at Steps of Hope this Sunday, March 1st at Southdale Center in Edina from 8am to 11am. The walk benefits the Autism Society of Minnesota (AUSM), an organization that offers support and services to individuals with autism, as well as their families. They are an open, dedicated, and above all helpful organization.

Anime Twin Cities is pleased to be involved in helping raise money for AUSM because many people in the greater fandom community are on the autism spectrum. Many more might be, but have gone undiagnosed their whole lives. AUSM is in our community to support not only the diagnosed people on the spectrum, but also those of us who might be, but have never been diagnosed. 

If you feel moved to support this worthy cause, please go here to donate. Also, remember to put Anime Twin Cities in the field for team name.

Here are some links if you would like to know more about AUSM’s mission or services.

If you would like to walk with Anime Twin Cities, please email us and we will let you know how you can join our team.

Studio Ghibli's latest masterpiece, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD!

February 19th 2015, 15:51 CST | Author: Troy M.

Based on the Japanese folktale "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", the film tells the story of a tiny girl found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. The infant grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady, seemingly destined for nobility. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate.





Film: Ghost in the Shell: Arise

February 12th 2015, 21:07 CST | Author: Heather B

Anime Twin Cities has partnered with Tugg.com to present a new anime film in local theaters! 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 work together for the first time.

Tickets will NOT be available at the door! They can only be reserved online in advance of the event. We need to sell at least 65 tickets for this event to happen, so reserve your spot today! This is a one-night, single special showing. Once the seats are gone, they're gone. Don't worry - if we don't sell enough tickets and the showing is canceled, you won't be charged a cent. Reserve your tickets now so we can get this event confirmed!

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

Visit the event page on Tugg for further details and to reserve tickets! https://www.tugg.com/events/13096

Only a few days left!

February 5th 2015, 14:33 CST | Author: kganann

Only a few days left on the final 10 memberships to Anime Detour 2015: There is No Cure!  But that's still time for you to get out there and get yours!  Remember, all proceeds from these memberships are going to charity, and they start finishing up at 7pm tomorrow night, going through Sunday at 7!  Good luck!









Final Four! Or is that Two?

February 1st 2015, 21:47 CST | Author: kganann

The final four memberships are live, but there are only two auctions!  That's because the final four are paired up!  That's right, these last two auctions are for two memberships each, so you can bring a friend!  These last two auctions will benefit the Anime Twin Cities Community Fund, and the new Anime Twin Cities Education Exchange Fund!  What's that, you ask?  The Education Exchange Fund is a fund to send a student to study abroad in Japan for six months to a year, and this is our first drive to fund it!  Check them out!



Three more memberships live!

January 31st 2015, 19:01 CST | Author: kganann

Three more memberships have gone live at auction!  The proceeds from these three will benefit the St. Paul Nagasaki Sister City Organization, the Bloomington-Izumi Sister City Organization, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!  The final four memberships go live tomorrow at 7pm!  Don't miss them!




First three auctions are live!

January 30th 2015, 19:27 CST | Author: kganann

The first three auctions are up, with proceeds going to the ATC Community Fund, The Friends of the Hennepin County Library, and the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library!  Three more auctions go live tomorrow at 7pm! Happy bidding!


They're HERE!

January 29th 2015, 19:59 CST | Author: kganann

We promised you that if you watched this space you would find out how you could bid to win one of ten final memberships, and here's the scoop!  Starting tomorrow at 7pm CST auctions will begin to go live on eBay for the final ten memberships to Anime Detour!  Six auctions will be for single memberships while two will be for a pair of memberships so you can bring a friend!  Charities that will benefit from these auctions include the Friends of the Hennepin County and St. Paul Public Libraries, the Bloomington-Izumi and St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and our own Community Fund, dedicated to helping fandom in need - be sure to bid for your favorite charities!  As each auction goes live we will post a link here and let you know when the next will be up!  They're HERE!  The final ten memberships to Anime Detour - don't miss out!

One More Chance to Go... or rather, Ten!

January 18th 2015, 19:48 CST | Author: kganann

Registration is closed, but your chance to go to Anime Detour this year isn't quite gone yet!  Anime Twin Cities has added ten registrations to be auctioned off on eBay, with all proceeds going to charity!  We're still finalizing the details, but watch this space for when the final ten registrations start to go up, and details on how you can still go to Anime Detour 2015: There Is No Cure!

PacSet Tours Announces Anime De-tour 3.0!

January 13th 2015, 14:33 CST | Author: John Koniges

Want to go to Japan with your fellow con-goers? Sign up today for one of the most memorable trips you will ever take. Fly into Hokkaido and start your trip south as you visit festivals, amazing views, and some of the best cultural experiances you can get as you make your way south to Tokyo. 

If you are interested you can join them for their panel this year at Anime Detour where they will go over their last tour which was last June and discuss the fantastic plans for this next tour.

Space is limited, so sign up soon. For details please go to: https://pacsettours.com/portfolios/anime-de-tour-2016/

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