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Meet local fans, celebrate Japanese pop culture, and discover anime that changes your life! Founded in 2006, AnimeChicago offers a friendly, inclusive space for newbies and veterans alike to learn and discuss anime they love. 🔞 FREE. Join today!

⭐️ 2022 PROGRAMS
✦ IRL Meetups (monthly): Join us for in-person hangs in social spaces.
✦ Social Mixer (1st Thu): Meet like-minded fans and discuss all things anime.
✦ Manga Circle (2nd Sun): Book-club for selected manga or specific arc.
✦ Anime Circle (3rd Sun): Book-club for selected anime series, film, or OVA.
✦ Art Circle (Weds): Share your creative side with a friendly group of regulars.
✦ Anime Deep Dive (Tues): Watch a hidden anime gem and chat about it.
✦ Anime Sampler (3rd Sat every season): Discover the latest anime together.

Still curious? Read our membership guide →

Upcoming events (4+)

Anime Deep Dive - Toki no Tabibito: Time Stranger

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Toki no Tabibito: Time Stranger is a 1986 OVA from Studio Madhouse that is described as a psychedelic Japanese version of Back to the Future. Based off of a famous award winning Sci Fi novel in Japan and featuring character designs from one of the pioneers of Shoujo manga (and massive speculative sci fi fan) Moto Hagio.

Agino Jiro escapes the despotic world of the twenty-fifth century by stealing a time machine. He's forced to highjack a car to use as a power source in the twentieth century, and accidently brings a group of high school students along with their teacher with him. They make brief stops durring the fire bombing of Tokyo, the Meiji Revolution and the battle of Sekigahara to escape the Time Patrol agent sent to hunt them down. Their final destination is 1582, where they become guests of Oda Nobunaga, just four days before his assassination. They then must make a hard choice about whether or not to change history.

Art Circle: An Online Creator Space

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① Get Verified on our Discord, at least 30 minutes before the event.
② Look for the Meetup channel live on Discord 15 minutes before.
Trouble? https://animechicago.com/discord

Art Circle is your place to draw, color, sketch, model, and whatever other creative endeavor you're into!

★ 6:45 pm – Video Chat Opens
Head to our Discord channel #arts-crafts for further information on how to join the video chat.

★ 7:00 pm – Create Together!
Work on your creations in the video chat and let's talk art, anime, and whatever you're in the mood for!

★ 8:45 pm – Show Your Progress
Feel free to share what you've worked on, get some constructive criticism, and provide your own feedback for others.

Member Mixer at Dovetail Brewery

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Mixers are all about meeting other members, so it's perfect if you haven't been to many (or any) of our meetups yet.

  • This is a 21+ bar so bring your valid ID
  • Check in and grab your name tag when you arrive
  • Please support this venue by purchasing a beverage

Manga Circle: Captivated by You

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① Get Verified on our Discord, at least 30 minutes before the event.
② Look for the Meetup channel live on Discord 15 minutes before.
Trouble? https://animechicago.com/discord

Manga Circle typically meets on second Sundays to discuss a selected work of manga and its international relevance. This event is suitable for attendees 18+ with any level of manga knowledge or experience. We recommend reading the entire selection beforehand – spoilers guaranteed!

Captivated, by You (夢中さ、きみに。) is a series of Doujinshi that were later collected into a Tankouban by Yama Wayama (和山やま) who is generally considered a rising young artist in the manga world. The collection was nominated and won several prestigious manga awards.

Hayashi’s frank, guileless demeanor quietly draws the attention of classmates and strangers as he counts all the stairs in school, photographs street signs, and dries sweet potatoes on the classroom balcony. In a world shaped by conformity, Hayashi is refreshingly and unapologetically true to himself. Conversely, Nikaidou has worked very hard to perfect a gloomy, dour façade that keeps his classmates far, far away. While much of the school regards Nikaidou as a bad omen, one student catches a glimpse behind the mask and—undeterred by rumors of bad luck and supernatural powers—begins to pick away Nikaidou’s carefully crafted persona.

Getting the Comic
Please allow for more time for this to ship given the state of things. Some books are available through your local public library - CPL for Chicago has a very extensive collection. Please let me know if there are issues with books being delayed.

Past events (617)

Anime Circle: My Dress-Up Darling

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