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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.

Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties

Alphawood Gallery

“Alphawood Gallery has partnered with the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) to produce the Gallery’s first original exhibition[…] This exhibition examines a dark episode in U.S. history when, in the name of national security, the government incarcerated 120,000 citizens and legal residents during World War II without due process or other constitutional protections to which they were entitled.”

Tokyo Ghoul Live-Action

Chicagoland Theaters

“Buried in books and a quiet life, Ken Kaneki is all but dead to the world in an age where flesh-eating ghouls live among us. But when his only chance for survival is an organ donation that turns him into a ghoul-human hybrid, he finds sanctuary at Anteiku—a café run by the people he once considered monsters. Targeted by anti-ghoul forces, this safe house is up against a hunger more sickening than their own. When their most innocent members are threatened by humanity’s taste for vengeance, Kaneki will risk life and limb to protect the very world that changed his own.” Presented in Japanese with English subtitles


AMC River East 21

“MUTAFUKAZ (France/Japan) -This is the latest film from animation house Studio 4ºC, which was responsible for cult classics TEKKONKINKREET and STEAMBOY, along with segments from the ANIMATRIX. It’s based on Run’s best-selling series of French graphic novels, about a boy named Angelino and his eccentric friends discovering they exist in a John Carpenter THEY LIVE-style nightmare, complete with shape-shifting aliens, in an eye-popping and surreal interpretation of Los Angeles. It’s like something out of Adult Swim: a hybrid of kinetic Japanese animation, droll French sensibilities, and a hip-hop beat.”

A Silent Voice

Chicagoland Theaters

“A deaf elementary school girl, Shoko Nishimiya, upon transferring, meets a boy named Shoya Ishida in her new class. Shoya, who is not deaf, leads the class in bullying Shoko, because she is deaf. As the bullying continues, the class starts to bully Shoya for bullying Shoko. After graduating from elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other… until later, when Shoya, tormented over his past, decides he must see Shoko once more. Shoya wants to make amends for what he did in elementary school and be Shoko’s friend.”

KOWAI NITE Halloween Party

Architectural Artifacts

Break out your best cosplay this Halloween season!
KOWAI NITE is a celebration of Japanese pop culture to benefit JASC!
Co-hosted by JASC and AnimeChicago.

Advanced Tickets $25. At-Door $30.
Doors open at 6:30pm. 21+

Your ticket includes:
• Halloween Party with Live DJ
• 2 Drink Tickets
• Complimentary Raffle Ticket
• Costume Contest by Arda Wigs
• Video Games by I Play Games
• Piko Food Truck and Light Snacks
• Anime Goods from Koala-Ty Games

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Auditorium Theatre

“Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses brings the Zelda franchise to life with a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a reimagined score that includes new movements from more recently released Zelda games such as Skyward Sword and the highly anticipated Breath of the Wild, while still paying homage to classic installments like Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past.”