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Musings of a Former Anime Club Officer #2: Quick Random thoughts while waiting for class to start zzZZzz.. March 6, 2009

Posted by Kite in anime, anime clubs.
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  • Be aggressive and advertise everywhere you can.  My last anime club languished in obscurity for nearly three years  with less then 8 active members before finally getting some new blood in leadership positions.  After putting up posters all over the student union and covering the Engineering and Computer Science buildings with fliers, membership shot up to 40+ in weeks.
  • Have officers who are knowledgeable about anime and have a wide variety of tastes.  And don’t go too old school, I wish it were otherwise but in my experience any pre 90’s anime tends to turn off newer fans. 
  • At least one of the officers needs a good laptop with tv-out, a working dvd drive and a harddrive full of fansubs who is reliable and shows up to meetings.
  • Bring Japanese snacks and drinks, go to your local asian mart and stock up on fan favorites like Pocky and Ramune and sell them at meetings for a little profit.  You can also branch out and try other asian snacks like White Rabbit or Hi-Chew.
  • A club message board to post meeting schedules, announcements is invaluable. 
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Musings of a Former Anime Club Officer: The Random Fansub Slot January 15, 2008

Posted by Kite in anime, anime clubs.
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I like starting off every club meeting with the fist episode of a fansub from the current season, this gives people who are running a little late an extra half hour or so to show up and not miss anything from the main schedule. It also allows me to introduce more casual members to the latest anime from Japan and hopefully expand their horizons with new types of anime they wouldn’t normally watch themselves.

However an early mistake I made was forgetting that most people who come to a club just want to have fun. So starting off with a slow serious show like Mushishi.. not a good idea. Some smart ass just has to make some snarky comment and then the inevitable MST3King will follow. Some shows are just meant to be enjoyed by yourself or with a small group I suppose. I have to force myself to take off my elitist anime-snob hat and remember that my job is to provide my members with a good time.

Lets pretend you are the officer in charge of setting up the fansub slot for this Spring 08 semester, what shows would you mine from this list?

  • Rosario and She is my Noble Master are a trashy shows but sure to get lots of laughs
  • Zoku Sayonara Sensei is a no brainer since the first season was a HUGE hit
  • Macross Frontier is another must show
  • Gunslinger Girls season 2 is a NoGo, I’m not going to taint people’s memories of the excellent first season with this disappointment
  • Persona Trinity Soul will probably put people to sleep, not a good way to begin a meeting
  • True Tears, Shigofumi, H2O and Hatenkou Yuugi are going to be tough sells..

So.. 4 slots out of 10 or 11 filled.. pray that the April Spring season brings something worthy for the last meeting or two.. yeah I’m glad I’m not in charge of this crap anymore =p