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Anime Clubs are Horses in the Automobile Age.

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In the past, organised clubs, be it in school or standalone, were integral to one’s enjoyment of anime. Weekly screenings would be the only source of anime for many a member, and fellow club mates would be the only people one could discuss and debate related issues with. Physical meet-ups facilitated the trading of anime tapes or discs. Working together as a club, organising activities to promote the then-uber-niche anime culture, and gaining huge satisfaction from getting more people interested was a common goal for many people.

But times have changed, and with it, the role of the club. There are quite a few factors which have catalysed this change, mainly the advent of Bittorrent, Youtube and other means of file-sharing, and the increasingly user-contributed content nature of the web and its pervasiveness in developed society.

There is no longer a need for the club to be the main source of anime-loving friends, because you can easily make friends on Internet forums, social networking sites (Livejournals) and anime blogs. The cool part about the Internet is its ability to filter out the crap. There may be trolls and retards on the net, but you can just ignore their posts, ban them or laugh and move on. In real life anime clubs, you’re probably stuck with everyone regardless of whether they have AIDS or the Ebola virus.

You can find better, more like-minded friends through specific interest groups online, rather than in real life. For instance, if I were a Gintama megafan, I would join some Gintama forum where I can talk with fellow Gintama megafans about the beauty of Gintama. Conversely, in real life, nobody, not even anime fans, would be interested in talking about Gintama if they don’t already like it. So why would I talk to a bunch of people who don’t like Gintama when I can choose to spend my time with a bunch of mega Gintama mega fans?

In the same way, you can not have to interact with otaku subspecies which you are weak to. Anime is such a broad hobby because it encompasses a huge number of subhobbies including cosplay, fucking little girls under the age of 12, masturbating to figures, drawing, singing Japanese anime songs and so on. But you will not be interested in all of them, and even hate a few, such as men having sex with other men while looking like girls. In a club, you cannot avoid having to deal with people whose interests are your hates. For example, if a lot of the members love cosplay and are hellbent on organising a cosplay event, you as a member of the club will feel undesirable pressure to follow suit and dress up as Japanese cartoon characters, even if it feels more painful than watching an episode of Kanon.

A club involves a fixed schedule, which may be an alien concept to many who are used to doing things as and when they feel like. This is unlike an online platform of discussion where you can just pop in and interact when you have the time. University students are also rather busy and would thus find it difficult to dedicate premium time (def: peak hour time, where lots of stuff are going on, generally in the day and evening) to a club which does not apparently contribute to your career prospects.

One of the main reasons for anime clubs to exist was the need to get new anime, and that role has been largely taken over by BT and Youtube. There are people who still are oblivious or pure lazy, preferring to leech in person, but such laziness means that they probably won’t even show up for club meetings or activities. The change in anime dissemination methodology has also affected the traditional anime club activity of mass screenings. Mass screenings are a pain in the ass to organise, because showing rights must be obtained from the licensees here, and we all know who the main licensee of our anime here in Singapore is. Such administrative load is a deterrence to organising such screenings, and there is no tangible reward for it as well. Mindsets have changed, people now tend to watch anime (or other shows) when they feel like it, rather than when it is showing. Would you rather see an episode of say, Gurren Lagann, in a mass screening with lousy sound and questionable video quality thanks to the projector, noisy people talking all around and an inhibition from crying, screaming or unleashing the pure emotions in public? I always cry at sports anime and it’s quite ridiculous for a 21 year old macho man with rippling muscles like me to cry from watching Japanese cartoons, so I refrain from seeing such series in public. And my home speakers and monitor are far better than what mass screenings can offer. As mentioned with licensing, school clubs can only show locally licensed series which means a big NO to the latest, instead having the likes of those aired about a year ago in Japan. Everyone has seen those already, which defeats the purpose of screening in the first place.

Perhaps the most important factor in the decreasing role of anime clubs is ironically, the popularisation of anime. In the past, a majority of anime viewers joined the anime club. Now, with anime being watched by one in three of young Singaporeans, there is far less of a need to join a club to make like-minded friends. It’s like, why join something so restrictive and rigid when you and your friends can just do the otaku things together, at your own pace without regards to the school rules and regulations? Furthermore, most anime club activities are geared towards introducing more people to anime and getting them interested. But nowadays, there are so many people who have some semblance of interest, that the club’s efforts seem to be adding a cup of water to the ocean. Another factor is the stratification of anime-fan classes, with Narutards and Bleachbitches at the bottom. Never in any prior era of anime history has there been such a large gulf between the hardcore and the casual, and currently the two do not seem to mix well. So hardcore types organising activities to promote anime may end up feeling empty because the main recipients of their work are low level Narutards.

The above factors highlight why I feel the role of the anime club has diminished much recently. In a local context, my university is totally not conducive for club activities. Most clubs don’t even get a club room or even a space, they are just organisations of people. To gain access to the use of lecture theatres or seminar rooms, prior booking must be made and MONEY (enough to buy at least 4 manga an hour) must be paid to the student union. I find this ridiculous, why do we have to pay them when we already cough up so much in school fees? A club without a room is like a elephant without a penis. Even my junior college has a nice large room for my club where we used to hang out and play guitar. There are also draconian rules regarding lots of activities. To set up a booth selling food or drink, the club must apply for a license from at least 3 different agencies, one of which is from the government. To screen anything, a license must be obtained from the show’s rights holders and then an application made to the uni’s office of student affairs. After which there will surely be complaints about noise level, and subsequent black listing.

Of course, the concept of the anime club still has its merits. It is an outlet for student activity involvement, for those who are interested in anime. Club activities help stave off the monotony of studying and attending classes. It is also a chance for many to meet new friends in the same college, across faculties and majors. Finally, it is a means for friends who do not go to the same modules or are even in the same faculty, to meet up often.

So in conclusion, I do think the tried and tested anime club, which has been around for decades, needs a major overhaul, in order for it to meet the demands of the digital age and still retain its traditional benefits and values. As for how, that’s the big question isn’t it?

I would like to ask you guys the following questions:

  1. Are you in an official anime club?
  2. What do you guys do in your anime clubs?
  3. What kind of activities would you want to do in an anime club?

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34 Responses to “Anime Clubs are Horses in the Automobile Age.”  

  1. 1 NovaJinx 5 comments

    I fully agree with the text here. In my home country universities don’t usually have any official club activity, aside from maybe a few sports clubs. Anime clubs do exist as local associations, located in larger cities. As far as I know, the amount of people joining these clubs is very low compared to the actual anime fan population in the area.

    In my hometown, a city of about 160,000 people which is fairly large by local standards, the anime club has about 30 active members. Most of the anime fans, and usually the most hard core ones, stay clear from these clubs, as they mostly consist of “low-level” fans such as Naru/Bleachtards. The low-levels are afraid of being labeled under the same freakish category as the otaku, and otaku don’t want to have anything to do with low-levels. As such, most clubs prioritize low-level fans over otaku, in effort to maintain at least somewhat “normal” public image, which wouldn’t drive normal people away.

    Here in the US I did join the mailing list of the Uni’s anime club, which is fairly large, but practical issues have kept me from participating any activities. As stated in the article, student life is busy and as I’m already fairly active on many IRC anime communities, I don’t really have any need for more social activity in this field of interest. I’m not sure if I represent the majority, but I prefer watching stuff alone - so I don’t have to care about other people when I grab the monitor frames and shout “GODDAMNIT MAKOTO DON’T DO IT!”, volume, brightness conditions (I’m very sensitive when it comes to lighting, I usually either watch in the dark or natural light) and other such things. I also have a few friends who - while not exactly otaku - are great company to watch stuff like Black Lagoon with and rofl at indestructible maids.

    So basically I have absolutely no need to bother going to anime club meetings, which take my limited time and in return give just something I already have - plus the possibility of being dragged in a retarded argument about what series is teh best/worst and why.

  2. 2 Zeroblade 85 comments

    No anime clubs for me; the school doesn’t like student-lead clubs. I’d set up a Japanese Modern Culture Club in the school, but I’m betting that no teacher would ever want to go for it, considering the lack of knowledge most people have about this sort of thing. Or maybe I’m just an elitist jerk.

  3. 3 TheBigN 40 comments

    Maybe we do things differently here in the US. Or maybe just in my college. I just graduated from undergrad, where I was a member and officer in later years of my college anime club. One thing we quickly knew was that most people didn’t come to the club for the anime that we had to offer. The fact that we only show licensed shows (no fansubs at all) would deter many who would come just to see the new stuff from Japan, and I remember many a moment where potential members would ask what we were showing, only to say “no thanks” and leave since it wasn’t what they wanted.

    The goal of our club was to develop and foster an interest in anime in our college community and possibly beyond. Developing was the easy part, where if you’ve never seen anime before, we would try to show a variety of things that would pique interest. Things that would be more accessible to the casual anime fan, and of course that criteria depended on the people in the club. :P

    Fostering it was a bit harder, because some people would just come for the anime, and that would be about it. And I would probably fall into that category too, since, hey, it’s anime. What made me enjoy the club even more, and what keeps people in the club (last year had ~100 paying members (for benefits like manga and DVD libraries, discounts at stores and restaurants, and several others who would come to our free showings) were the club members. We all had a starting point: liking anime. But other than that, things differed. People liked different types of anime, and had varying interests other than anime and various aspects of anime culture (plamo, cosplay, anison karaoke).

    But just talking about the shows at club got you to know people, the “bad” and the “good” in our opinion. A camaraderie developed between members, fostered on by events like a club lunch every week (just meeting up at a place and eating and talking about things anime and non-anime related), other club functions that catered to various tastes (we had a manga club, a cosplay contest, a plamo event and help set up a convention with other clubs at the university for example), and things like that. The thing was, despite the differing tastes and variety of interest in anime generally, people stayed in the club because of the connections made with other people. Anime became a bonus in that case, and in the process, you met new people whom you probably wouldn’t have interacted with without the club being there. And you didn’t have to be involved with things if you didn’t want to; people never felt forced into doing anything that they wanted to unless they wanted that responsibility, which I also liked.

    So there something to anime clubs more than just watching anime. Or something like that. If you’re looking just to watch anime and talk about anime withouth having to deal with people a lot, our club was for that. But if you wanted something more, our club could provide that too.

  4. 4 edogawaconan 22 comments

    1. yes I am (not anime club but more like “The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture” (Genshiken, LOL) which cover not only anime but also dorama, jpop, tokusatsu, games, and sometimes, western movies, etc)
    2. activities:
    - fansubbing (Anime-RG)
    - creating visual novel
    - making toku movie (in planning)
    - band
    - etc (o.o?)
    3. #2
    :p

  5. 5 DrmChsr0 157 comments

    tj, well, I am in an unofficial animé club, but I’m slowly trying to get the heck out. It’s slowly being overrun by the dregs of society. We kinda do more than just watch the shows, though. We do tons of stuff, like lie to companies about our true intentions, manga classes, plamo, organization of activities, etc.

    …I’m not too sure what I would want to do in such a club. Probably the same activities as most clubs do, I guess. I’ve never given it much thought.

  6. 6 CalAggie 4 comments

    Yes, I am the president of my university anime club and we do more than just sit in a room on campus and watch anime. We also do group visits to Fanime, Y-Con, and AX. Twice a year we go on a day trip to Japantown in SF and also have cosplay contests at Halloween and in May. I do feel the problem of YouTube and CrunchyRoll on a club’s ability to show stuff people haven’t seen before but it’s not too difficult to find new shows that people will enjoy. Most of our 20-25 members look forward to the meetings because of the food, the shows, and the camraderie of sorts.

    P.S. I am typing this on an iPhone in an AT&T store. Still have to work on keyboard typing but the browsing is kinda cool.

  7. 7 abao 32 comments

    I agree that Anime Clubs are less relavent to today’s times as the online world does the role of making like minded people interact with each other using forums, blogs, etc and does it better than a Club on the real world.

    1. No
    2. -
    3. Hmm…I personally think if 1 should join an anime club then they should also consider spreading manga and anime to more people. Like rozen aso’s use of manga as soft power.

  8. 8 Mitsuki_Hayase 175 comments

    1. I am in one.

    2. We just had the first meeting last night with other interested members.

    3. I hope foster a sense of camaraderie with the general members, and not just with the committee alone. For what use is a committee for if we organise stuff that no general member is interested in? The comm might as well just disband the club and form an interest group instead, and be freed from the shackles of having (the duty of) to organise major events, which are a pain, at times.

    The severe restrictions by the University is also a major stumbling block, but of course, in another way it might help to foster camaraderie (not unlike the NS route), where members plot and act on circumventing such rules together.

  9. 9 Faye 20 comments

    lawl. Applying for license from government to sell food sounds so Singaporean. The cheng hu only looking out for its citizens, no? :P
    1. Are you in an official anime club?
    2. What do you guys do in your anime clubs?
    3. What kind of activities would you want to do in an anime club?

    1. Yeah, I am, but it’s pretty new. Its not really organized coz the new Prez is a bit cincai ^^U

    2. Show anime. Usually the first eps of new serieses, so if we wanna watch the rest we have to use our own resourcefulness. Like last week they showed ep1 of guren lagan and devil may cry. Ok, not exactly new but most people hadn’t seen those yet. Earlier this year we organized some sort of anime fest and it went pretty well (for a n00b effort).

    3. Well….I’d like us to actually finish watching a series together, but its a bit hard due to different tastes etc. I thought of organizing anime marathons but nobody seemed interested so…ah well. In any case I’m pretty fine with how things are now, unprogressive as it may seem.

    Ano..my anime club is a bit messy…and kinda small…only like 15 people turn up each week. But it’s easy and free to book a classroom (there’s computers and LCD screens and not too bad speakers) and everyone seems to get along. There’s a lolicon fanboy with his own animeblog, but the rest of the members are your run-of-the-mill anime watchers. A few levels above Naruto and Bleach-only watchers, but definitely not the animeblogger standard. You get a few real-life otaku-types too; there’s a self-proclaimed anime king who likes to show (off) how ‘deep’ his anime knowledge is (bah, I bet he doesn’t know what a tsundere is) which I find kinda annoying, and another guy who comes in every week wearing the exact same shirt. Lol.

    On the whole I don’t think I’d miss much if I weren’t in the club, but the fun part is being around people with relatively similiar interests. Most of my classmates think I’m an anime nerd and don’t understand me when I start relating things to anime. Can’t be helped lol. ^^U If I never joined I won’t have met the fanboy who introduced me to the wonders of imageboards.

  10. 10 ChronosAI 22 comments

    1. I attented to one meeting and noticed that there were about 5 veterans and everyone else were low-level narutards, mostly just narutards. And I thought “what the hell?” and skimmed through what they had to offer and decided it was a waste of time.

    2.

    - The basic, drawing “weee, let’s be manga artists together, ne?” your puny one” and the faggots up in the same place).
    And in LAN with few like-minded friends, though I’m the only professional “read as total otaku, the creep who plays fps online with LoLi nick”).
    But at least they aren’t retards and don’t say a thing about my anime & Luis Royo (google it if you don’t know about his art) posters and figures.
    Mostly they just “your fucking space-station if gonna blow up soon” from my modded comp.hardware and added lights etc etc.

    Best done with small force and even if not everyone’s dedication in life, with the same hobby, IT & Electronics.
    No retards allowed.

  11. 11 ChronosAI 22 comments

    Hmm, that comment blew up. Damn symbol mishaps. Let’s see, forgive the double posting.

    2.

    - The basic, drawing. Weee, let’s be manga artists together, ne? My ears bled at that moment.
    - Cosplay-picnic, oh dear God, they just assembled to one point in park and stood there munching whatever they had and posed as if they were royalty or some such.
    - Watching stuff from the 80’s-90’s from R1 DVD’s. That’s because the older fans only bought “classics” etc.

    That’s about it. Though I admit at least they always watched original audio with subtitles. Standard here in Finland is that dubs are for illiterate children only and the dub brings the mood down by a lot. It’s not believable german cop who doesn’t speak german and same with other forms of entertaiment, original is the best.

    3. Anime clubs aren’t needed to enjoy from socializing as OP stated, I enjoy far more being with more like-minded people over the net and watch stuff from my own 22inch monitor and good enough audio system that together beats up the public equipment 100-0.

    There are far too many retards and beginners in the anime business and my life mission is to avoid all those, they can come back after at least 5 years of experience and enlightening, then we’ll talk. And I can just ban all the retards from the places I frequent so I prefer alone-watching and talking over the internet.

    Also the “alone versus public viewings”. Yeah they would be nice if there was proper equipment and good place to do it with like-minded fans but no, most of these are with shitty equipments, shows that you have already seen, older than jesus stuff, too noisy fans who scream at every point and all those minor annoyances.
    I like it in natural light or in dark room alone, watching at pace I want. Or sometimes with few friends at LAN-gathering where we watch some for-almost-everyone great series like Black Lagoon and few others. And that’s pretty much just skimming the great parts and afterwards we distribute it to those who want to watch it.

    Conclusion of 3.

    None as everything can be done more properly over the net with few irc channels and some other forum, though dedicated-to-this-series tends to get the ‘my superior show beats your puny one’ and the faggots up too often. And in LAN with few like-minded friends, though I’m the only professional. Read as total otaku, the creep who plays fps online with LoLi nick. But at least they aren’t retards and don’t say a thing about my anime & Luis Royo (google it if you don’t know his art) posters and figures. Mostly they just “your fucking space-station if gonna blow up soon” from my modded comp.hardware and added lights etc etc.

    Best done with small force and even if not everyone’s dedication in life, with the same hobby, IT & Electronics.
    No retards allowed.

  12. 12 kwok 10 comments

    ahahahaha anime club lol.

  13. 13 alafista 26 comments

    1. Are you in an official anime club? NO

    I had checked out the anime cluba few years back and I was quite out off by it. There was a few enthusiastic fans and the rest were fanboys and fangirls who just there cause they treated the club as a venue to get their free fix of anime.

  14. 14 exalt dragon 125 comments

    RE:

    1. Are you in an official anime club?
    2. What do you guys do in your anime clubs?
    3. What kind of activities would you want to do in an anime club?

    1. Just retired/moved on

    2. our club’s name is MAGIC, which is an acronym for manga anime games illustration and cosplay. We did precisely that. On top of that, we had a tremendous amount of fun.

    3. It was exactly fine as it was.

    I disagree with your conclusion because you are missing another side of the raison d’etre of our clubs. Perhaps the main reason why you reach that conclusion is because of the many restrictions that apply only to university clubs? (we never had “schedule” problems…) There are several points.

    1. It served as exposure to different sides of otaku culture rather than just bleach and naruto downloads. It was my club that first taught me about sunshine plaza, where to buy cosplay materials, listen to net/web radio, introduced me to classic fighting games, taught me the fundamentals of cosplay, etc etc. In other words, it serves as a familiar environment, i.e. within the school, to learn various things. Think of it as the shallow end of the pool, from which we all all learnt how to swim before moving on to the deep end.

    2. It served as an organisation for cosplay… together we were a team of united and dedicated workers,…this was especially useful when assembling a team. You can never trust people you met on irc or sgcafe as much as someone you know in real life. There’s is always the inherent possibility and fear that the sgcafe forum user is a no-show.

    3. it fulfilled the requirement as a CCA/club and got you your testimonial points or whatever they call it.

    4. It wasn’t JUST about sitting down and watching anime. It also required us to do various activities together e.g. posters, illustration, sharing of resources……one aspect of this was that we could actually get REALLY old stuff from each other via portable hard disks. Stuff with which the torrents were dead and nobody would host DDLs anywhere.

    On the other hand, some of your points are very valid. Hopefully you can refine this point:

    “Never in any prior era of anime history has there been such a large gulf between the hardcore and the casual, and currently the two do not seem to mix well. So hardcore types organising activities to promote anime may end up feeling empty because the main recipients of their work are low level Narutards.”

    This is somewhat true, except that your stratification of a naruto fan as low is plainly inaccurate. I know of a naruto fan who was watched many anime but resolves to the conclusion that the new anime are lacking in plot as well as action. What’s wrong with that? this was clearly an educated decision based on his own aesthetic judgment. I am assuming that aesthetic judgment is Hume’s idea of agreeability . And I don’t think your view is a common view either. Although I feel sad that a friend didn’t like haruhi even after giving it 4 tries based on my pleading, I do not look down on him. In fact, I merely see him as someone with different aesthetic priorities in anime. More often that not, it is the general fans who organise “hardcore” activities. (E.g. going to sunshine plaza, events, etc etc)….you could say that i was in the club to try to extremise them, but ended up realising that there is more to anime society than just promulgating your own preferences.

    In conclusion, the evidences do not signal the dystopian end of anime clubs in anime utopia. They merely signal that clubs should switch their priorities and also take operations online.

  15. 15 Seth 70 comments

    I still attend the Anime Club at my uni (I’ve never actually run it; but it’s been run by a succession of my friends for about five years). After shrinking down to almost no membership for a while, in the past two years it has experienced something of a resurgence. They actually don’t do much other than watch anime (3 series a semester, plus some one-episode samplers of other shows, usually) each week, and host two marathons (with free food) during the year. There’ve been some attempts to host other sorts of activities, though they haven’t gone much of anywhere before (though I did get to do a presentation on high school romance anime one time, which was entertaining).

    I think the club has grown mostly because people are interested in it as a social activity. Also, getting the clearance to air licensed anime is usually pretty easy for U.S. clubs, unless it’s Disney, in which case it’s impossible. Though we do also air unlicensed anime from time to time.

  16. 16 Mitsuki_Hayase 175 comments

    @exaltdragon What’s wrong with it? You espoused toleration of others’ views with regard to anime, so just stretch it further to include tolerating others’ views on the topic too. I don’t see anything wrong with that statement, in fact, your elaboration only serves to prove his point right.

    And what’s up with all the bombastic words? Throwing them out isn’t going to make your argument more convincing, not when the premises of your basic argument is weak, if not invalid.

  17. 17 tragic comedy 15 comments

    never been in one.

    (cos of lack of schooling)

  18. 18 exalt dragon 125 comments

    Your reading of the text is different, Mitsuki?

  19. 19 Mitsuki_Hayase 175 comments

    @exaltdragon my reading of whose test? And different from who?

  20. 20 exalt dragon 125 comments

    mY reason for raising that question is simple. it is to Highlight the postmodernist notion that there is no one fixed reading of a text. suBjecTiveness and frame of mind are what determine what you read, not just the dictionary definition of the words strung together.

    the question in itself was a part of a social experiment. as predicted, You would furtHer the question. you Believe in notions of Text belonging to someone, but far from that, it is your own mind that owns the text. This is the same line of understanding as to why your mind owns pink elephants or invisible unicorns. The more you try to dig deeper for meaning in the text, the more it shows about yourself. This very text itself is subject to the same status. It is neither problematic nor beneficial. however, the response you prepare, after averaging out for eccentricities, speaks more about your mind than mine.

    whatever You cHoose to respond now is entirely your own Business, To say the least.

  21. 21 Mitsuki_Hayase 175 comments

    @exaltdragon You nearly got me there, distracting me with the hideous capslock usage. This also highlights how blindly you apply concepts and thoughts of which you do not fully understand. While I agree questions in certain aspects do how the mind pre-conditions interpretation, my question had nothing to do with that. Rather, it was a question of bewilderment. When one uses the word different, an element of comparison is introduced, and in this case, a extremely vague object of comparison (text, whose text?), coupled with the need to compare against something non-existent, doesn’t really make sense to me, and made me see stars. There’s a difference between selective understanding, and not understanding at all. No one is digging deeper for meaning; I’m trying to find coherence here.

    Maybe I’m too stupid to understand your analysis (which effectively said that in your bombastic language), or maybe, you’re trying to pass me some codified message in alien speak through the caplocks (which is like YHBTYHBTTHBT, which tjhan said is YOU HATE BOY TITS), or maybe, just maybe, you’ve gone nuts trying to figure out what I’m planning to do about your answer to my question.

  22. 22 exalt dragon 125 comments

    haha….I will wait a while more to see if anyone catches it.

  23. 23 exalt dragon 125 comments

    Oh, and just to make things more interesting, mitsuki_hayase is an idiotic asshole.

    Oops. This message is not meant to be taken seriously and regret is expressed for anyone offended.

  24. 24 Charles 15 comments

    I’m certainly offended. You could have done without that last comment.

  25. 25 Mitsuki_Hayase 175 comments

    @Charles You Have Been Told, it’s absolutely ok!

    I mean, i’ll reply with: Exaltdragon, you mhbp!

  26. 26 LianYL 475 comments

    @exalt dragon You ask to be trolled as your comments always come out of your ass.

    @M_H Weak.

  27. 27 exalt dragon 125 comments

    @LianYL: Care to elaborate? I take it you are serious about that point?

  28. 28 Claire 1 comment

    I’m not in one, but I’ve been contemplating starting one, because I think the way out of being low-level Bleach and Narutards is swapping some ideas for series, and manga volumes and so on.

    And there are more otakus in my school than I relaized, but because most of us (other than my sister and her mad gang) are quite quiet about it, we never actually realize what we have on common and what we can learn from each other.

    So I’ve started thinking it would be a good thing to have one - just so we could do in an organized way what we do already - swap reccomendations and manga volumes, have silly discussions and share drawing tips. Because I feel like I’m missing out on a lot, not having a place and reason to get to know these people.

  29. 29 ninghua 5 comments

    1. Are you in an official anime club?
    2. What do you guys do in your anime clubs?
    3. What kind of activities would you want to do in an anime club?

    1. yes, and by and large I’m happy. We may not agree on our tastes, but I find the only way for me to ever talk to anyone is by turning up. And this is coming from someone who is doing a double degree, so the lack of time is no excuse.

    2. Watch anime. End of story. We get 2 hr debates on which was better: seed or seed destiny. Seriously, what else is a anime club supposed to do when we only have 2 hours?

    3. As long as we can agree on something to watch, that is enough activity. There are only one type of people that should be allowed to cosplay IMO, and that is the Japanese.

    I suppose I’m glad I’m not in Singapore, where the Cheng Hu is everything. Our club is small (about 20 people max, average attendance is 9 or so), but my uni is quite happy to rent out a tutorial room for a reasonable price (less than the cost of lunch) for our twice weekly screenings.

    I havent bumped into many “narutards and bleachbitches”, but generally we agree to disagree on our anime preferences. After all, I’m no fan of goth and blood anime, and some of my members can tolerate school-romance anime I like. At the end of the day, it kinda balances out.

  30. 30 ninghua 5 comments

    correction: and some of my members can’t tolerate school-romance anime I like. Typo I missed.

  31. 31 VCDragoon 2 comments

    1. No, but I have been an external observer of COUP, the anime club at UNC-Chapel Hill in NC, USA for the last 6 years or so.

    2. The club spans 3 generations of students (graduate generations, approximately 3 distinct graduating classes) and they are a widely varied bunch. They meet once a week for anime, and once again a week to play games of various types.

    3. Just enjoy the events and people. Anime fans tend to be socially inept, so having a social group integrating them and teaching them works out well. A school based club at the university level can actually promote class attendance, since people won’t be staying in their rooms watching anime. Social groups are good for social interaction.

  32. 32 VCDragoon 2 comments

    Oh, forgot to add that the club has more female members than male. They had a hardcore yaoi group called GLOCK (Gorgeous Ladies of COUP, Kenshin Chapter) for awhile.

    It is refreshing to see a large female contingent in what used to be a male-dominated fandom.

    Granted, some of the girls are a little scary sometimes but it works out well.

  33. 33 tueac 8 comments

    Sound so fun…

    I am in a Group almost like an anime club but we do more then that, including collecting, merchandise and more.

    Its true that most of the events held by Anime clubs in the past, is not very relevant now, eg. Anime screening. But i believe such group should continue to exist because its still better to meet people.

    And also learn how to identify and interact with all sorts people correctly… and that’s a life skill. And being in the running committee is even harder… now then ever… with so many things going on… but getting screening right is rather easy here… from them… quite easy going lar… provided you screen their stuff… not fansubs.

    lol maybe i talk too much…

  34. 34 ty 5 comments

    Haha, I so agree with your post. Personally Ive never been in an anime club.
    I so 120% would have been in one if I had gone to Uni in Spore, but as it is Im in Japan.
    Anime club in Japan? Sounds fun, but like you I prefer to enjoy my stuff in private so my emotions can rage. It just doesnt feel right watching with people of different interests. There was a time when I would try to lend stuff to ppl or even get ppl to watch with me (back when there was no internet), but that phase is over and I just have totally no interest in selling anymore. Taste in anime is like taste in food. People who cant take durian, will never. People who only have fast food, will just not take anything else. Ive learnt my lesson not to go around telling ppl how they should eat, just as I hate it when ppl tell me how I should or that my fav sucks.

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