• Manga Circle: Drifting Classroom (Whole Series)

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    ★★★ FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO ATTEND! ★★★
    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!

    Note: We'll be reading the whole series on this work, that is 3 omnibus volumes in the English edition (or 11 for the regular English edition and the original Japanese version). Please plan accordingly to read this before we discuss!

    Drifting Classroom (漂流教室) is a classic of Japanese Horror by master manga-ka Kazuo Umezz (or Umezu) (楳図 かずお). Umezz is one of the most influential manga-ka of all time inspiring other greats like Rumiko Takahashi and current Japanese horror master Junji Ito. Drifting Classroom is a landmark work serving as an inspiration to many manga-ka and even the recent anime series "Sonny Boy".

    Sixth grader Sho Takamatsu travels to school after a bitter argument with his mother Emiko. While in class, a tremor shakes the facility, and the school is transported to an otherworldly wasteland. Yu, a three-year-old boy who was caught in the tremor, shows Sho a memorial buried in the dust commemorating the disappearance of their school. It transpires that the school has traveled through time to a post-apocalyptic future ravaged by environmental disasters.

    As the hopelessness of their situation becomes clear, many of the adults descend into insanity. Lunchroom worker Sekiya hoards the school's food and immolates the teachers who attempt to stop him, while teacher Wakahara murders his colleagues and several students before being killed by Sho in self-defense. With the adults dead, Sho and his companions attempt to lead the children as a quasi-government. Nishi, a telepathic student who is able to communicate with individuals in the past, is able to contact Emiko, who prepares objects in her own time to assist the children in their future.

    The stranded children face many threats in their fight for survival, including hostile megafauna, a deadly plague, food and water shortages, delinquents who sow dissension, and creeping madness. Nishi ultimately falls into a coma, though the children are able to use her powers one final time to send Yu back into the past. Yu promises that he will try to avert the events that have led to their future, and delivers Sho's journal to Emiko. The children remaining in the future vow to rebuild the world from the ashes of the past.

    Join us for this special Halloween themed manga circle!

    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.

  • Anime Deep Dive: Japan Animator Expo part 2

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    Japan Animator Expo is a series of animated shorts produced by Hideaki Anno's studio, Khara produced between 2014 and 2016. Featuring animators such as Hiroyuki Okiura (Jin Roh), manga-ka like Moyocco Anno and directors like Hiroyuki Imaishi (Promare) and even Hayao Miyazaki (who designed the logo) this is a series of shorts featuring some of the most unique and interesting names in the anime industry.

    Join us as we look at part 2 of this series of shorts!

  • Anime Sampler: Fall 2022

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    Join us for our Meetup members-only watch-party! We curate the new season’s best first episodes, introduce the title and studio, and discuss live how we like it. You leave with a few anime titles to follow.

    • Open to all Meetup members
    • Suitable for all knowledge levels
    • $5 suggested donation: https://animechicago.com/support

    ★★★ FOLLOW ALL 4 STEPS TO JOIN! ★★★

    ★ STEP 1: RSVP
    Slots go quickly! Update your RSVP if plans change. Our “Three Strikes” policy remains to deter "No Shows."

    ★ STEP 2: Join Discord
    Here’s a handy guide to get started: https://animechicago.com/discord. Create an account, introducing yourself, and getting verified before the event. You will not be admitted to the event otherwise.

    ★ STEP 3: Test your audio & video beforehand
    Our team is busy hosting and may not be available to help you during the event.

    ★ STEP 4: Launch Discord at 12:45 pm when the "Anime Sampler" event goes live and join the "theater" voice channel.

  • Anime Circle: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

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    ★★★ FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO ATTEND! ★★★
    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

    • Anime Circle is a book club for anime, so watch the selection beforehand
    • We take No Shows very seriously
    • First meetup? We’ll take a moment to welcome you!

    Series Content Warning: Violence and gore

  • Art Circle: An Online Creator Space

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    ★★★ FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO ATTEND! ★★★
    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 via Discord

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    ★★★ FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO ATTEND! ★★★
    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

    You’re invited to our monthly party for conversation, games, and more!

    ⦿ 6:45 pm – #mixer-lobby Opens
    Test your audio and video, and prepare a beverage.

    ⦿ 7:00 pm – Introductions
    Join #mixer-main. Say hello while folks settle in.

    ⦿ 7:10 pm – Announcements
    The team shares updates, host Q&A, and may present a lightning talk.

    ⦿ 7:20 pm – Chatroom Shuffle
    Our 3-5 person rooms randomly rotate @ 7:20, 7:40, 8:00, and 8:20.

    ⦿ 8:40 pm – Sign-Off
    Everyone tunes into #mixer-main for final announcements, a group picture, and sometimes post-event chat or gaming.

  • Member Mixer at TBD

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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

  • Art Circle: An Online Creator Space

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    ★★★ FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO ATTEND! ★★★
    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.