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Posted 9/3/14 , edited 9/3/14
I'm mulling over starting an anime/manga club at my uni. Maybe. I'm social enough where I could find ample people to do it, just wondering if any of you have any previous experience doing this and how it worked out. . .

I know anime has become pretty popular, and to be honest I don't wanna draw people who are just there to be "nerdy" or some chic Instagram hogwash. Like please actually like anime and manga, not some cultural label you've implanted on yourself. And no "Kawaii desu!" would be allowed. Ever.



Testimonies welcome.
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Posted 9/3/14 , edited 9/3/14
Huh? Anime has gotten popular? I'm quite hard-pressed when it comes to finding people who like anime outside of the internet.
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Posted 9/3/14 , edited 9/3/14
It's not a good idea to be especially exclusive, because people can complain and have your club shut down. Granted, I can't imagine that many at your university would do that, but it can happen. Also, considering that an anime club would likely not see many prospective members, particularly in the early stages, I think it's a bit early to be choosy. Not until the club is well-established, at least.

I don't mean to offend.
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Posted 9/3/14
It boils down to making sure members like anime and/or manga (at least one should be OK, yes?). I would implement a "round table" once a week, where everybody is together and they just take turns saying whatever. If it's impossible for everyone to meet at once, consider more than one round table a week.

Also, please allow "Kawaii desu!!!". I know I would want to say it occassionally, though I'm sure I wouldn't say it too often, so I don't think I would be annoying. Cutting back on "Kawaii desu!!!" may (or may not) cut back on cool members. I would just tell people to please rotate memes instead of repeating the same one over and over and I would not use "Kawaii desu!!!" as an example or it could stick for good, which is what you don't want.

Best wishes... and it would be nice to hear from you in this thread occassionally, about how the club goes. I've never been in one, so I would enjoy listening to the stories, even if they're just a few.
Posted 9/3/14
Do it.
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Posted 9/3/14 , edited 9/3/14
Whatever that happened, Do it. Remember no regrets.

In my college People be like "Anime What's that?"

I suggest that promote it as more as a Japanese culture club or Japanese media club? or something more wider that just anime because you may have a little trouble finding anime only members.

Hesitate it with series study such media tendency news around the main club topic, so the colleague may not be able to turn it down just because a bunch of fans of something, like a Justin bibber club yet your club must be serious about the matter of the topic
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Posted 9/3/14
So, every single time I wander around my floor, it seems like I meet some new anime fan. Of course, we are the nerd dorm (previously known as no limit Clement due to the permanent pot cloud that enshrouded our dorm because irony). Most of the majors are Physics, Accounting, Engineering, and biochem. Also like 5 yugioh/Magic players, and my neighbor started a D and D league.
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Posted 9/3/14
I wanted to join the Japanese club at my school, just to maybe meet some people offline with the same interests. But the entire club consists of people who are precisely that. And/or are a little too over passionate about anime. I guess to an extent, I am too, but they're so obnoxious about it.
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Posted 9/3/14
wish i could join an anime club :\ wish my school had one...
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Posted 9/3/14 , edited 9/3/14
If you wanna make one then do it! Don't see any reason why not.
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Posted 9/3/14
I signed up to join the anime club in high school and I never showed up because the prospect terrified me and I was dealing with incredible social anxiety (which I still am to this day).. it's one of my biggest regrets, so you should definitely do it.
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Posted 9/3/14
Yeah man do it Make your college life the best that it can be my college life was boring and had nothing but studying and working.
Like some of the others don't be too strict on members at first but just don't let people join just cause you need members.
Good Luck
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Posted 9/3/14
I joined an anime club once...

I left so fast

It was the most unpleasant experience, people where so awkward and loud, worse part is that they didn't even watch that much anime, pfff.

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Posted 9/3/14
I haven't had the best experiences in both the high school and college anime clubs I've been in. They were very disorganized, the leadership wasn't exactly accepting of new people, and some of the people can be extremely... different in both a good and bad way. Even with all that said, I'd still say go for it. If you're the one running it you may not run into the same problems I've had. It's all about meeting people with the same interests. There will be some you won't get along with but maybe you will find one or two people that you will like and that would make the whole experience worth it.
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Posted 9/4/14
No kawaii desu? Bro, those are my two favourite words.
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