Anime is a style of Japanese animation that usually includes action, futuristic themes and vibrant imagery. Thomas Zucker, president of anime club said the club at Seton Hall University has been celebrating this style of animation every week for about six years.
“It started as a small group of people watching anime and has blossomed into a full on social club with not just anime viewings, but games and discussions,” Zucker said.
At each meeting, about four shows are written on a board and the members vote to decide what they will watch. However, these shows are not mainstream like “Naruto” or “Dragon Ball Z.”
“We typically show the first two episodes of lesser known shows at regular meetings,” he said. The idea is to introduce people to the style of anime and let them decide if they want to continue with a certain show which gives members a wide array of shows to choose from and enjoy.
The anime club also play games, have parties, plan trips and present movies such as “Spirited Away.” While these activities are not conducted at regular meetings, the anime club will promote big events to attract students who might not have interest in anime television. The club is hosting a Halloween party on Oct. 29 which will include a scavenger hunt and costume contest.
Zucker said the club is a great way to meet others and members will sometimes plan events such as meet-ups at conventions.
What started as a club dedicated to watching anime has expanded into a group of about 40 members, celebrating the Japanese art of anime. Zucker said it makes him genuinely happy to see people especially new people interested in anime.
The anime club meets every thursday at 8 p.m. in room 108 of Fahy Hall.
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