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Anime Circle

A book club for anime.

Are the characters in your name. portrayed realistically? Does the art style in Ping Pong The Animation help or hinder the story? What can Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex teach us about the modern Japanese political climate? These are just some of the questions we try to answer at Anime Circle. We look at a selected anime series or film from all kinds of angles in an open and inclusive environment in an attempt to leave with deeper understanding and greater appreciation.

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Please enjoy the selected anime series or film beforehand. Due to time constraints, we don’t watch the selected work at the meeting.

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No prior experience necessary! We’re often surprised by new attendees who offer amazing insights that others might not have thought of.

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Participate at your own pace. Some people love to gush about a selected work, while others like to make only a few, but very poignant statements. Either is great! We love to hear everyone’s thoughts.

General Info

  • Anime Circle usually meets the last Wednesday of every month, from 6:30 to 8:30.
  • Anime Circle meetings are usually held at cafes and bars, so there might be a bit of background noise. We try to keep the discussions as private as we can.

The Anime Circle Format

  • Anime Circle discussions are headed by a moderator who makes sure that everyone has an opportunity to speak and also guides the conversation along.
  • While it’s not always possible, we like to keep the conversation to one speaker at a time, to make sure everyone is heard.
  • The moderator may have some pre-written questions about the work, but ultimately the conversation is up to you, the attendee.

About Our Selections

  • We select the kinds of series and films that could win (or already have won) Crunchyroll’s Anime of the Year Award.
  • Sometimes, we’ll reach into the past to dig up some critically-acclaimed series that people might have missed. Sometimes, we’ll discuss a well-received fan favorite. All the time, we look for works that will keep the conversation lively for a few hours.
  • Selections are usually a movie or 1-2 seasons so that everyone has time to watch.
  • We will take any suggestion into consideration. We only ask that you review the list below for works we’ve already discussed. It doesn’t mean we won’t discuss them again in the future, but we want give it some time before we do. Let us know what our next series or film should be!

     

Past Meetups

# Title Date
74 FLCL (Season 2) August 29, 2018
73 Silver Spoon (Seasons 1&2) July 25, 2018
72 Porco Rosso June 27, 2018
71 Made in Abyss May 30, 2018
70 Shouwa Genroku Shinju April 25, 2018
69 Kaiba March 28, 2018
68 Kill la Kill February 28, 2018
67 Paprika January 31, 2018
66 your name. December 20, 2017
65 Kiki's Delivery Service November 29, 2017
64 Mononoke October 25, 2017
63 Ouran High School Host Club September 27, 2017
62 Wandering Son August 30, 2017
61 Summer Wars July 26, 2017
60 Samurai Champloo June 21, 2017
59 The Animatrix June 7, 2017
58 Patema Inverted April 26, 2017
57 Orange March 29, 2017
56 Yuri!!! on ICE March 1, 2017
55 Mob Psycho 100 January 25, 2017
54 Rurouni Kenshin Trust & Betrayal November 30, 2016
53 Miss Hokusai October 26, 2016
52 Neon Genesis Evanagelion & End of Evangelion September 28, 2016
51 Hajime no Ippo Rising (Episodes 22-25) September 7, 2016
50 Erased July 27, 2016
49 Free! June 29, 2016
48 Akira May 25, 2016
47 One Punch Man April 20, 2016
46 Only Yesterday March 30, 2016
45 My Love Story!! March 2, 2016
44 Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie (Parts I, II, and III) January 27, 2016
43 Tokyo Godfathers December 16, 2015
42 Mind Game November 18, 2015
41 Tiger and Bunny October 28, 2015
40 Paranoia Agent September 30, 2015
39 Kaiji Ulitmate Survivor August 26, 2015
38 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time July 29, 2015
37 Death Parade June 24, 2015
36 Psycho-Pass (Season 1) May 27, 2015
35 Ping-Pong the Animation April 29, 2015
34 Tekkonkinkreet March 25, 2015
33 Ghost in the Shell: Arise 1 & 2 February 28, 2015
32 Cowboy Bebop January 28, 2015
31 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya December 28, 2014
30 Terror in Resonance November 19, 2014
29 Patlabor the Mobile Police - The Original OVA Series October 29, 2014
28 Knights of Sidonia September 24, 2014
27 Michiko to Natchin August 27, 2014
26 Wings of Honneamise July 30, 2014
25 Space Dandy June 25, 2014
24 Humanity Has Declined May 28, 2014
23 Now and Then, Here and There April 30, 2014
22 The Wind Rises March 26, 2014
21 Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena February 26, 2014
20 Trigun January 29, 2014
19 Genshiken December 11, 2013
18 From the New World October 30, 2013
17 The Woman Called Fujiko Mine September 25, 2013
16 Kino's Journey August 28, 2013
15 The Flowers of Evil July 24, 2013
14 The Best of Ghibli Outing July 14, 2013
13 Time of Eve June 26, 2013
12 5 Centimeters Per Second May 29, 2013
11 Serial Experiments Lain April 24, 2013
10 Kids on the Slope March 20, 2013
9 C February 27, 2013
8 Eden of the East January 30, 2013
7 Mushishi December 19, 2012
6 Puella Magi Madoka Magica November 28, 2012
5 Baccano! October 24, 2012
4 Haibane Renmei September 26, 2012
3 Satoshi Kon Retrospective August 22, 2012
2 Summer Wars July 25, 2012
1 FLCL June 27, 2012