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  • Thanks for a Great Year!

    Anime Fusion 2019 has come and gone. We're tired, but happy with how everything turned out. We're glad to be able to offer a bit extra each year, and hope you enjoyed the manga library, boffer room, maid cafe, and other new features of the convention!

     

    Over 1300 anime fans attended Fusion this year. As staff of Anime Fusion, we're lucky to serve such a fantastic audience. Our attendees are some of the kindest, most courteous, most supportive, and most fun of any convention crowd I've seen. Our Guests of Honor always enjoy spending time with you all. Thank you for making Anime Fusion a delight to devote our time and effort to. 

     

    We hope you had a great time at the convention! If you have comments you'd like to share, our feedback form is open for submissions. Anime Fusion is for you, our attendees. We're always looking for ways to make things better, and we want to hear your ideas! What went well? What needs improvement? What new content would you like to see? Let us know!

     

    https://www.animefusion.net/general/convention-feedback-form

     

    Alternately, you can share your ideas in person at our "post-mortem" feedback meeting, November 10th at the Geek Partnership Society. (It's also a great place to join staff if you'd like to help us bring the convention to life. Anime Fusion's staff is 100% volunteers from the anime community. It takes a lot of hands to make this thing work, and we're always looking for more!)

     

    We appreciate your patience with the shared spaces this year, and are happy to report that we have ALL the function space already contracted for next year's convention. Anime Fusion 2020 will be held at the same location, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, on the same weekend as always, October 16-18 2020. We're looking forward to all the opportunities having the whole hotel available to us will bring, and already have some plans in the works to bring you an even better event!

     

    Mark your calendars, and we'll see you at Anime Fusion 2020: Trick or Treat!

     

    Love always,

    Heather Bufkin
    Convention Chair
    Anime Fusion 2019

  • Program Guide Now Available

    The full program guide is now available online! Check it out for complete details on everything that'll be going on at the convention!

  • 2019 Convention Maps and Schedule

    The schedule for the 2019 convention is now online! Check the following link for an overview of what will be happening at Anime Fusion, including panels, stage performances, gaming events, and more. There are also some layout changes this year, so be sure to review the included maps!

     

    https://www.animefusion.net/sites/default/files/AnimeFusion2019_ScheduleAndMaps.pdf

  • Updated Conduct Policies

    Happy Friday! We hope you're all having a great start to your weekend this evening.

     

    We wanted to take a moment to let our attendees know that we have updated our conduct policies. The Quad Cities Anime board of directors has decided that in this day and age, we need to have even stronger conduct policies so that we can better protect our attendees. Our goal by updating these policies is to further bring safety and assurance to our community. It is our hope that we never have to enforce such policies; but it's also very important to us that we feel we have done enough to keep our staff and attendees safe. You can find the updated conduct policy here.

     

    If you have any questions regarding conduct policies, please feel free to reach out to us on Facebook, Instagram, or by sending an email to chair@animefusion.net

     

    We can't wait to see you in 2 weeks!

    Meghan Wanovich

    Head of Marketing

  • Room Block Closes 10/3

    Have you reserved your hotel room yet? The special discounted attendee rate ends tomorrow! Make sure you're there for all the fun of Anime Fusion by staying onsite this year. Make your reservation today! Be sure to use the link on our website to get the discount code.
     

    https://www.animefusion.net/hotel-venue/hotel-information
     

    Did you know we have a shuttle service for those who use public transportation? There's no city bus service to the Crowne Plaza, but don't worry - we'll make sure you can get to the con! The hotel shuttle will be running hourly between the Crowne and Ridgedale Mall, where attendees can transfer to and from MetroTransit buses. It is a branded Crowne Plaza shuttle bus picking up at the East Entrance of Ridgedale, next to the Cheesecake Factory. This is a free service for Anime Fusion congoers. Come for the day or stay all weekend!
     

    Shuttle Hours:
    Friday 12:00pm to 8:00pm
    Saturday 10:00am to 8:00pm
    Sunday 12:00pm to 6:00pm
     

  • Pre-Registration Ends Today!

    Only one day left to pre-register for Anime Fusion 2019: Infinite Possibilities! There will be passes available at the door, but pre-registration saves you money and time when you get to the convention. It also helps us plan and stock up on goodies for the con. Cross an item off your convention prep list and pre-register now!

    https://www.animefusion.net/registration/overview

     

    Heather Bufkin
    Convention Chair

  • Introducing the Midnight Minxes!

    It's the weekend! We hope you're having a great Saturday. We have some wonderful news for you!

     

    Introducing the Midnight Minxes! For the very first time, Anime Fusion will have a burlesque group! "The Midnight Minxes is a fantastical burlesque group from all over the Midwest! Comprised with multifaceted stage performers with eclectic talents from all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Our inspiration for our acts stem from our love of nerdy pop culture, such as: anime and comics to video games and tv shows. Each performer has a unique flavor of expression, whether it be cutesy and comedic or sultry and elegant, Midnight Minxes is certain to captivate with our surprising tricks and magical flair." 

     

    The Minxes will be doing a burlesque show on our main stage; and also will have some panels! Join them for one or both! You could learn something new about the NSFW nerd community and even win some prizes! 

     

    Remember that you only have 9 days left to pre-register!!!! Pre-registering saves you time and money. Save 15$ off our at the door price; and secure a spot in the pre-reg line (which moves way faster than the at the door line). You can get your own printed badge too, instead of having to write on one with sharpie. 

     

    We'll see you soon, anime lovers!

    Meghan Wanovich

    Head of Marketing

  • Guest Announcement: Tony Oliver!

    Happy Tuesday! We hope you all are getting excited for the convention next month! Today, we have some awesome news about a new guest who will be joining us this October. 

     

    Tony Oliver will be joining us at Anime Fusion 2019: Infinite Possibilities! Tony is ranked as one of IMBD's top 20 voice actors of all time. You may recognize Tony from such roles as Saba (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Lupin (Lupin the 3rd), Minato Namikaze (Naruto Shippuden), Lancer (Fate Stay/Night), Ulquiorra (Bleach), and many more. Tony has also developed, produced, and directed numerous projects. Some of those projects include “.hack//GU” a multi-player online video game, Gurren Lagann, Eureka Seven, and more. Overall Tony has been involved in all parts of the industry. We're so glad we can welcome Tony to the Anime Fusion community. We look forward to seeing what panels and programming he brings our way! 

    If you would like to read Tony's full bio, head over here.

     

    Don't forget you only have until September 30th to pre-register! Save time and money by registering now. 

     

    Meghan Wanovich

    Head of Marketing

  • We Need Your Help!

    Did you know that Anime Fusion is run entirely by community volunteers? We’re all people just like you; and we need your help! Providing three days of entertainment for over a thousand people is no small task. It takes a lot of hands to keep things running smoothly, and the more help we have, the more free time everyone gets to enjoy the convention. Joining staff for Anime Fusion is a great way to meet new people and give back to your community; and it looks great on a resume! Staff also get perks like a special lounge just for staff and a free badge after 20 hours of work! Sign up by September 15th for a special staff discount on registration.

    We have a few departments in definite need of new staff for next month's convention: Con Fuel (Consuite), Merchandise, Safety, Video Gaming, Volunteers (Info Desk) and general staff. For more details, see the Join Our Team page on our website, or contact us through social media/email (AF_Marketing@AnimeFusion.net). You can also meet us in person at this Saturday's staff meeting, 1 PM at the Northeast Library in Minneapolis. We look forward to meeting you!

    https://www.animefusion.net/about-us/join-our-team

     

    Only 42 days until the convention!

    Meghan Wanovich

    Head of Marketing

  • Maids, and Butlers, and Snacks...Oh My!

    Happy almost fall! Only 50 days until Anime Fusion: Infinite Possibilities! Can you believe it?

     

    We're working hard on behind the scenes to make the convention even better than last year.  That's why this year we've brought in a couple groups to help us create even more fun. Today we would love to announce that we will have our very own maid café this year! Kitaku Maid and Butler Cafe will be joining us in October. They have a roster of awesome maids and butlers that are there to serve you. They also have snacks! Check them out on Facebook and Instagram at @KitakuCafe.

     

    Remember to pre register now while you still can! Only a month left to get your badge at a lower rate! Head over here to register now. We can't wait to see you all in just under two months!

     

    Meghan Wanovich 

    Head of Marketing

     

     

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