Small group meetups for anime, manga, and more. No experience required!
What can Ghost in the Shell teach us about Japan’s political climate? Does Ping Pong’s style help or hinder the story? These are just some of the questions we try to answer. Some folks gush and help the conversation along, while others primarily listen and share a few tidbits. Both are great! We invite you to participate at your own pace.
Third Sundays at 2pm
Anime Circle watches a chosen Topic solo, then examines it from various angles in an open and inclusive environment. You will leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of anime.
Second Sundays at 2pm
Manga Circle guides you through the unbelievably vast world of Japanese comics. Attendees read the Topic beforehand and discuss the art, story, and motivation behind the work together.
Every Wednesday at 7pm
Art Circle is a hangout for artistic collaboration. We’re mostly beginners improving our craft, discussing art and anime, and sharing feedback. All skill levels welcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s a “Circle?”
Circles are small-group meetups hosted by a moderator who guides the conversation along and ensures everyone has an opportunity to speak. There’s usually a selected Topic and some prepared questions, but the conversation is ultimately up to you, the attendee. We try to keep the conversation to one speaker at a time to make sure everyone is heard. Please enjoy the selected Topic beforehand – we don’t watch or read anything during the event due to time constraints.
How do you select Topics?
- Discussion-worthy: We select material that could win (or already have won) Crunchyroll’s Anime of the Year Award or an Eisner. Sometimes, we’ll dig up some critically-acclaimed oldie that folks might have missed. Occasionally, we’ll discuss a well-received fan-favorite. All the time, we look for material that keeps the conversation lively for a few hours.
- Approachable: Most of our selections are shorter in nature so that more people have the opportunity to enjoy it and be involved. Long-running series are not available due to the length of the time it takes to enjoy – but self-contained arcs or spinoffs of a longer work are allowed.
- Accessible: We can’t really discuss something hard to find or too expensive to enjoy.
Got a topic you’d love to talk about?
Let us know! With all the great content out there to discuss, we very rarely revisit a previously discussed work. But we’ll consider any suggestion.
Where are you hosting Circles during COVID?
During the pandemic, we’re hosting all of our Meetups online at our Discord server. You must be a member of our Meetup.com group to gain access to the AnimeChicago Discord.
Where do you typically meet?
Circles are typically held at cafes and bars, sometimes at meeting spaces, and sometimes online. We usually select venues with small, intimate spaces, like separate rooms at cafes and bars, to enhance the atmosphere. While there might be a bit of background noise, we try to keep the discussions as private as we can. Please be respectful of our venues and other patrons.
Our preferred venues are within Chicago’s city limits, mostly in the Lakeview or Bucktown area. We select relaxed and budget-friendly venues with CTA access, ample parking, and pedestrian-friendly streets. We generally switch between well-known establishments and newly-opened shops. Some events are hosted at private co-working spaces, while others happen at restaurants, bars, and cafes where things are more organic.
Who can join?
Meetup requires account holders to be 18 years or older. Many of our members are in their 20s or 30s. Our activities might include sensitive content or more adult material.
Can I bring my kids?
We do not offer programming for kids or teens at this time.
Can I bring guests?
Your guests are welcome to attend Mixers and public events like Movie Screenings. Other events have limited seating, so please do not bring guests. Invite them to sign up for a free membership at Meetup.com to guarantee a seat for them.
How do I prepare for an event?
- Read the event description!
- Bring cash to cover entry, meals, or other needs.
- Prepare to socialize.
- Update your RSVP!
What is your RSVP Policy?
Please update your RSVP as soon as possible if you cannot attend an event. Having an exact headcount makes it select the right location and reserve the right number of seats. We have a “Three Strikes” policy to prevent vacant seats at our events.
Do you meet at venues that serve alcohol?
Yes, we frequently meet at venues that serve alcohol. We balance that out with events at cafes and libraries to the best of our ability.
Past Anime Circles
|74||FLCL (Season 2)||Aug 29, 2018|
|73||Silver Spoon (Seasons 1&2)||Jul 25, 2018|
|72||Porco Rosso||Jun 27, 2018|
|71||Made in Abyss||May 30, 2018|
|70||Shouwa Genroku Shinju||Apr 25, 2018|
|69||Kaiba||Mar 28, 2018|
|68||Kill la Kill||Feb 28, 2018|
|67||Paprika||Jan 31, 2018|
|66||your name.||Dec 20, 2017|
|65||Kiki’s Delivery Service||Nov 29, 2017|
|64||Mononoke||Oct 25, 2017|
|63||Ouran High School Host Club||Sep 27, 2017|
|62||Wandering Son||Aug 30, 2017|
|61||Summer Wars||Jul 26, 2017|
|60||Samurai Champloo||Jun 21, 2017|
|59||The Animatrix||Jun 7, 2017|
|58||Patema Inverted||Apr 26, 2017|
|57||Orange||Mar 29, 2017|
|56||Yuri!!! on ICE||Mar 1, 2017|
|55||Mob Psycho 100||Jan 25, 2017|
|54||Rurouni Kenshin Trust & Betrayal||Nov 30, 2016|
|53||Miss Hokusai||Oct 26, 2016|
|52||Neon Genesis Evanagelion & End of Evangelion||Sep 28, 2016|
|51||Hajime no Ippo Rising (Episodes 22-25)||Sep 7, 2016|
|50||Erased||Jul 27, 2016|
|49||Free!||Jun 29, 2016|
|48||Akira||May 25, 2016|
|47||One Punch Man||Apr 20, 2016|
|46||Only Yesterday||Mar 30, 2016|
|45||My Love Story!!||Mar 2, 2016|
|44||Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie (Parts I, II, and III)||Jan 27, 2016|
|43||Tokyo Godfathers||Dec 16, 2015|
|42||Mind Game||Nov 18, 2015|
|41||Tiger and Bunny||Oct 28, 2015|
|40||Paranoia Agent||Sep 30, 2015|
|39||Kaiji Ulitmate Survivor||Aug 26, 2015|
|38||The Girl Who Leapt Through Time||Jul 29, 2015|
|37||Death Parade||Jun 24, 2015|
|36||Psycho-Pass (Season 1)||May 27, 2015|
|35||Ping-Pong the Animation||Apr 29, 2015|
|34||Tekkonkinkreet||Mar 25, 2015|
|33||Ghost in the Shell: Arise 1 & 2||Feb 28, 2015|
|32||Cowboy Bebop||Jan 28, 2015|
|31||The Tale of the Princess Kaguya||Dec 28, 2014|
|30||Terror in Resonance||Nov 19, 2014|
|29||Patlabor the Mobile Police – The Original OVA Series||Oct 29, 2014|
|28||Knights of Sidonia||Sep 24, 2014|
|27||Michiko to Natchin||Aug 27, 2014|
|26||Wings of Honneamise||Jul 30, 2014|
|25||Space Dandy||Jun 25, 2014|
|24||Humanity Has Declined||May 28, 2014|
|23||Now and Then, Here and There||Apr 30, 2014|
|22||The Wind Rises||Mar 26, 2014|
|21||Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena||Feb 26, 2014|
|20||Trigun||Jan 29, 2014|
|19||Genshiken||Dec 11, 2013|
|18||From the New World||Oct 30, 2013|
|17||The Woman Called Fujiko Mine||Sep 25, 2013|
|16||Kino’s Journey||Aug 28, 2013|
|15||The Flowers of Evil||Jul 24, 2013|
|14||The Best of Ghibli Outing||Jul 14, 2013|
|13||Time of Eve||Jun 26, 2013|
|12||5 Centimeters Per Second||May 29, 2013|
|11||Serial Experiments Lain||Apr 24, 2013|
|10||Kids on the Slope||Mar 20, 2013|
|9||C||Feb 27, 2013|
|8||Eden of the East||Jan 30, 2013|
|7||Mushishi||Dec 19, 2012|
|6||Puella Magi Madoka Magica||Nov 28, 2012|
|5||Baccano!||Oct 24, 2012|
|4||Haibane Renmei||Sep 26, 2012|
|3||Satoshi Kon Retrospective||Aug 22, 2012|
|2||Summer Wars||Jul 25, 2012|
|1||FLCL||Jun 27, 2012|