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We’re 10-year veterans to Chicago's anime underground, and we're excited to share our knowledge with you. Check out upcoming events and resource links below.


Chicagoland Theaters

“When Sosuke, a young boy who lives on a clifftop overlooking the sea, rescues a stranded goldfish named Ponyo, he discovers more than he bargained for. Ponyo is a curious, energetic young creature who yearns to be human, but even as she causes chaos around the house, her father, a powerful sorcerer, schemes to return Ponyo to the sea. Miyazaki’s breathtaking, imaginative world is brought to life with an all-star cast, featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Lily Tomlin, Liam Neeson, and more.”

Kawaii: The influence of Japanese Cuteness in Pop Culture

Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC)

“Why is Japan so cute? From Hello Kitty to Baby Metal, the world adores the unique aesthetic of kawaii. But Japanese cute can also be weird or disturbing, and it may serve specific cultural functions. Cute is not only used to sell things, but also to promote regional tourism or good manners. This talk will take us beyond the expected forms of kawaii to a spectrum of cute found in school textbooks, public service posters, and religious artifacts, asking us to consider the critical role of this aesthetic in contemporary society.”

C2E2 2018

McCormick Place

“The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – also known as C2E2 – is a comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. From a Show Floor packed with hundreds of Exhibitors and Artist Alley members, to Panels, Autograph Sessions and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at upcoming films and television shows, C2E2 gives Fans a chance to interact with their favorite Creators and Celebrities and delivers a weekend of pop culture and fandom in downtown Chicago.”

Final Fantasy: A New World Concert

Anime Central 2018

“A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY performs at Anime Central in the Chicago area. We’re back at ACen with new repertoire and a new experience. Under the direction of conductor Eric Roth, the New World Players perform favorites and surprises by all of the FINAL FANTASY composers including Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, and Hitoshi Sakimoto from throughout the thirty year history of FINAL FANTASY.”