Chandler Gilbert Anime Lovers is a group dedicated to giving the Otaku of The phoenix valley and surrounding areas a place to interact and have fun with other otaku in a safe and casual atmosphere. We usually gather at least once a month (though usually more often) in places in and around the valley.Our main meet up consists of watching the latest and greatest anime and some gems from the past.
We also have various forms of social gatherings that help promote our members to go out and do fun activities with like minded and supportive people. Currently we are in the process of figuring out a more concrete viewing schedule for monthly meet ups. Due to limited space for viewing at my place i would be open to having a rotation of places to host the meetups for anime viewing.But, don't fret, we insure our members don't get bored by having other meet ups such as movies, beach/park outings, dinners, and of course the various anime conventions that happen through out the year. So, no matter what you will always find a gathering where you can meet and have fun with other otaku!
We do require you to be at least 18 years old in order to join. Some of the anime and anime topics may contain images and situations of a mature nature. Also, we sometimes extend certain meetups to the wee hours of the morning. Other than that, a general appreciation of anime, manga, cosplay, generally all things related to Japanese culture would be great! While we do enjoy seeing our fellow anime lovers on a regular basis we do know that everyone has their own personal schedules. Please be aware though that if and you hit a 1 year mark without visiting the page or attending a meetup, you will be removed from the group. We want you to come hang out with us, this is a social group so we hope you will attend a meet up whenever you get a chance.
Joining the group is FREE, there is no obligation to pay fees or dues, etc. The suggested donations you see are purely voluntary and greatly appreciated to cover cost of food and snacks at our meetups and monthly meetup fees. While anime may be the main focus; members also have many other varying interests as well outside of anime, so chances are, there is always something to talk about besides anime. We also do many meet ups that fall outside anime but are still fun to do, so you may discover a new hobby to participate or get reacquainted with an old favorite! Cosplay is encouraged at certain meet ups, but not at all required! So, if you want to show off your favorite costumes, you are more than welcome to. If that's something you only do for cons, simply come as you are; we don't judge here!
If you plan to go to cons, there is a good chance you won't be the only member there. Anime Expo (AX) and Comic Con are particularly important times of the year for us, so of course you can expect to find at least a few of us hanging out at each of these conventions as well as the many smaller conventions held throughout the year.
If you have problems with another member and you can't settle the issue, feel free to contact one of the organizers; we want everyone to enjoy this group free of conflict and we're more than happy to help out! If you have a suggestion for an anime title that you'd like to see at our anime meet ups, post it on the message boards; chances are, one of the organizers (and certainly other members) will see your suggestion and go from there...communication is a key to helping this group continue to grow and it allows members to express themselves! The same goes for any suggestions you may have regarding non-anime related social gatherings we can do as a group. Who knows, maybe the next meet up could be yours!