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What are some things you would like to do if your school has an anime club? I'm trying to make plans for this school year and want other peoples ideas and opinions.

Questions:
What kind of shows to watch? (keep it PG-13)
What kinds of crafts?
Games?
Drawing Tutorials?
Discussions?
Admission Form? (yea, or nah. What should be on it?)

And any other recommendations are welcome
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Majestic-Ninja wrote:

What are some things you would like to do if your school has an anime club? I'm trying to make plans for this school year and want other peoples ideas and opinions.

Questions:
What kind of shows to watch? (keep it PG-13)
What kinds of crafts?
Games?
Drawing Tutorials?
Discussions?
Admission Form? (yea, or nah. What should be on it?)

And any other recommendations are welcome :)


Is this high school or college?

-Use good judgment, I'd be more worried about sexual content/fanservice than violence.
-If members are interested, set aside time, but don't force anyone to participate.
-Have it be an option, maybe while waiting for people to show up or as a way to close out the meeting if people still want to hang out.
-Same as crafts.
-Having discussions will make the club's presence more beneficial to the school, especially if this is high school. You can discuss some of the cultural aspects that differ from US customs, or answer any questions that members might have.
-Yes, if your school requires membership records. It might also be helpful to know some of the people coming in's experience with anime, what kinds of shows they like. You don't want to jump into something like Bakemonogatari if most of the people there haven't had a lot of exposure to Japanese culture or language, and are interested in more action-heavy/shonen shows.

Also, consult with the administration to make sure to follow any necessary steps required to establish a new club.
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Eyeofpain makes some fantastic suggestions there.

As to which titles to show I'd suggest to pick a handful of possibles, maybe a dozen or so to start and have the members vote on which they'd like to watch. It'll give you the feel of what type of anime your members like.

I'd also say another thought is set up a Facebook and Twitter for the club and have members contribute anything they feel like talking about or showing whether it be reviews, fan-fiction, news they heard, fan art or even music by bands who do the anime OPs and EDs. When I was a member of a club out here during the 90s we actually had a physical 'zine each month but now due to Twitter and Facebook it can be done more up-to-date and in many instances free.

Possibly keep a chat-room/forums up for club members to suggest club activities and keep in touch with each other.

Not just drawing tutorials but writing as well for those who want to improve fan-fiction writing skills. RPG activities and collaborative projects make for fun too.

A teacher taught me years ago that a round robin writing challenge could be fun. It could also be fun for artists as well. Go around the table having each person create a plot element, character, location, etc. Do this for about 10-15 minutes, then try piecing all the bits together to plot a decent story. The writers can work on the writing part and the artists can illustrate it either in manga form or just to add art to the story itself. It's great seeing some things that can be created right off the cuff.

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If you know the people who are interested in joining I would try and figure out what the people who want to join are already interested in (like the shows they like, etc.) and focus on that first. Try to find out the interests people have in common first then try expanding. Once you have a consistent group you could watch a show together that none have you have seen before (possibly vote on a show to watch together as a group) and watch only a certain number of episodes of it at a time at home and discuss it afterwards at the group meetings. As for non PG-13 shows you can just watch them at home just discuss them at school right? (I don't know the rules myself)

I would definitely recommend shorter series to be something to watch with a group (12 - 25 episodes) because that why it doesn't give people too much to commit to in terms of time.

You could do cosplay if there is interest (i've never done it myself but that seems like it would be fun).

You could also look up the closest anime conventions in your area and do a group trip to one (if there is one in a reasonable distance for everyone).

I 100% think that you should create a Facebook group where members can share any anime related news or other things they want to share like neugenx suggested.

FYI- I didn't start watching anime until after high school and I haven't been a part of any anime group in college so I don't really know how they are normally ran so take my suggestions with some discretion.
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I was in anime club in high school was a lot of fun-
we read the manga at night and week-ends then watched anime
made up alternate endings scenarios for discussions
Talked about what different genres are and which we liked most to least
Compared Dub to Sub titles and also drawing techniques
We mad up are own story and picture sooo kinda like a manga but not as polished
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eyeofpain wrote:


Majestic-Ninja wrote:

What are some things you would like to do if your school has an anime club? I'm trying to make plans for this school year and want other peoples ideas and opinions.

Questions:
What kind of shows to watch? (keep it PG-13)
What kinds of crafts?
Games?
Drawing Tutorials?
Discussions?
Admission Form? (yea, or nah. What should be on it?)

And any other recommendations are welcome :)


Is this high school or college?

-Use good judgment, I'd be more worried about sexual content/fanservice than violence.
-If members are interested, set aside time, but don't force anyone to participate.
-Have it be an option, maybe while waiting for people to show up or as a way to close out the meeting if people still want to hang out.
-Same as crafts.
-Having discussions will make the club's presence more beneficial to the school, especially if this is high school. You can discuss some of the cultural aspects that differ from US customs, or answer any questions that members might have.
-Yes, if your school requires membership records. It might also be helpful to know some of the people coming in's experience with anime, what kinds of shows they like. You don't want to jump into something like Bakemonogatari if most of the people there haven't had a lot of exposure to Japanese culture or language, and are interested in more action-heavy/shonen shows.

Also, consult with the administration to make sure to follow any necessary steps required to establish a new club.


This.

Maybe a week or two where you all attempt to draw a manga could be fun. And yeah, definitely rewatch or skim through ALL the anime you plan on showing for ecchi stuff if you're in highschool. If you're in college, well just make sure that it's nothing to extreme. Some should be totally fine (aka you can get away with it).

Also there's the Love Live movie being shown on september 12. Check for a local showing in your area because that could be a fun club activity as a weekend field trip.
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Thank you so much for your recommendations everyone! It really helps me out
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