This issue’s campus club spotlight is on the Japanese Animations and Manga Club. The Japanese Animations and Manga Club meets once a week, Sunday afternoons at 2 pm in AC1, Room 107. I spoke with the president, Kaimina Almeida-Kalima, to learn more about this campus organization.
- What is the goal of the Japanese Animations and Manga Club?
The goal of the anime club is to expand people’s knowledge of anime, manga, and Japanese culture. Many think that it’s just cartoons and people swinging swords but honestly, it is not. There is much more to anime and everything alike, it’s not as simple as 2+2. It’s quite complex when you delve deep into the creation of the story that anime has. Each one has a unique story with different character developments and backgrounds, plot twists, and the artwork that complements the storytelling.
- What made you join?
What made me join was knowing that I could meet other people who enjoy the same things I do and potentially make new friends.
- How long have you been in the Japanese Animations and Manga Club?
I have been part of this club for about 2 years.
- What makes the Japanese Animations and Manga Club unique versus other campus organizations?
What makes us unique is that we are a small club that has a focus on Japanese animation and manga. We do include cultural aspects as well to educate our members about Japan and the culture itself. We also include mature discussions on the greater facets of Japanese animation and manga.
- How does your organization influence and impact the campus?
How we see our influence and impact is that we give a message to not be embarrassed by things you like. That we provide a space for people to meet and make new friends with those who have an interest in anime or the Japanese culture itself as well.
- What are some future plans you have with the Japanese Animations and Manga Club?
In our more recent future, we have two fundraisers coming up in the next two months, our goody bag sale and another pizza fundraiser. Our near future plans are a club trip set for next year and a few other club events and fundraisers.
- If you could create a motto for your organization, what would it be?
If I could create a motto for Anime Club, it would be: Never let your love for anything die.
- What animal best represents the Japanese Animations and Manga Club?
I think the best animal that represents anime club are foxes.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would just like to give you thanks for this opportunity and that if anyone is curious about our club, they should definitely come check it out and ask questions.