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Weekly musings direct from our members.

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    A Brief Introduction to Macross

    Because Mari Ijima made a concert appearance at the Japan Festival in Arlington Heights this year, it seems like a good time to look at the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross series.…

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    Con Food Strategy Guide

    With convention season getting into top gear, we at AnimeChicago would like to offer some advice on one of the biggest hangups that many con-goers overlook – food. As such, we’ve provided…

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    Our Panels at Anime Central 2017

    Anime Central (ACEN), one of the largest anime conventions in the United States, is just about a week away and AnimeChicago is proud to be presenting several panels throughout the weekend. Lately,…

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    Manga Spice Cafe

    AnimeChicago Spotlight is an interview series highlighting local organization leaders and personalities. Today we’re chatting with the anime-influenced artist AnimeSpice about her latest crate business Manga Spice Cafe! AC: Tell us a…

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    A Brief History of Anime and Manga: From Zen Cartoons to Sailor Moon

    As caveat, we will be exploring anime and manga from a Western perspective and this small summary is by no means a complete history of either medium. Early History: Woodblock Prints and The…

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    Anime Marathons & Session Beers

    Some anime you watch in the same way you’d enjoy a fine glass of whisky – slow, and with contemplative revenance. Other series are just so damn fun that you can’t stop…

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    Furious Spoon

    Boasting three locations in the city of Chicago and creating lots of buzz with two successful Kickstarters, Furious Spoon capitalizes on the Ramen craze. With locations in Logan Square and Wicker Park…

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    Across the Board: Anime Directors

    The AnimeChicago team meets weekly and we sometimes we find ourselves in heated discussions about anime. Here’s just one of the many topics we’ve covered. (As before, we have kept the responses…

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    Lessons from the Scrubbin’ Bubbles: Tabletop Gaming in the World of One Piece

    Warning: Minor spoilers for One Piece. I’ve been a fan of the massively popular shounen adventure series One Piece since I was in high school. Getting into One Piece is a massive…

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    What are AnimeChicago’s Favorite Anime?

    When you first join the AnimeChicago Meetup page, one of the questions you answer is, quite simply, “What is your favorite anime?” That’s a topic everyone loves to talk about at our…