Not Our Final Form: Transformation in Anime and Manga

Not Our Final Form: A Discussion of Transformation in Anime and Manga

Last year on a very snowy afternoon in November, AnimeChicago presented Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga , the first installment of an ongoing series centered on anime and manga. Not only was the event an engaging homage to a great pioneer, but also this symposium represented a triumph and a new era for our organization. In addition to connecting anime fans to local events via and hosting a variety of social outings through, AnimeChicago had now ventured into providing a public forum where fans could meet and engage in articulate and impassioned discourse for Japanese animation and manga. We greatly enjoyed hosting that event, and after months of planning, we are proud to announce our second symposium, Not Our Final Form: A Discussion of Transformation in Anime and Manga, co-hosted with the Japan Information Center.

This event showcases change in various forms as expressed in anime and manga. We could never cover every facet of transformation in one day, but we have a number of speakers presenting topics ranging from how anime can reflect the shifting demographics of a country, to how anime transforms fans themselves. This will be a fantastic and thought-provoking event that pays tribute to change, which inevitably touches us all, and the unknown, exciting possibilities that come with it.

Please join us on Saturday April 2nd from 3pm to 7pm at the Japanese Information Center. Tickets are available for purchase online here and include complimentary beer donated by local home brewers and a chance to win some raffle prizes from our sponsors.