Reviews

Recaps, analysis, and critiques of media, events, and more related to Japanese pop culture.

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    Try This: The Land of the Lustrous

    While going through a back catalog of shows I overlooked in 2017, I  still feel like kicking myself for ever passing up on Houseki no Kuni, otherwise known as The Land of the…

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    Let’s Get Trashy!

    Listen, you can’t always be on top of your game. Sometimes you just need to unwind, and while finding a high-quality beer to pair with a high-quality anime is definitely a worthy…

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    Across the Board: New Year’s 2018 Edition

    The AnimeChicago team has found their way out from under the heaps of delicious food, piles of wrapping paper, and stacks of discarded “2018” plastic glasses to look towards the new year,…

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    Across the Board: The Murakami Exhibit Edition

    Recently, members of the AnimeChicago attended the Murakami exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art as part of an Art Circle Meetup. We’ve gathered together some of our thoughts on the exhibit.…

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    Try This: Hyouka

    Hi, I’m Marvin. I work as a developer for an online media company. I was about 5 years old when I started watching anime (Ranma 1/2 is my earliest memory). Nothing gives…

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    Breweries x Anime Studios

    If you’ve ever been to a brewpub or a taproom, you might have noticed a sense of community that permeates the space. There is this feeling of participation in one’s neighborhood, of…

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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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    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…