All About that Anime

Club Members Discuss Activities, Enjoyment

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All About that Anime

Senior club president Nicole Jensen and senior vice president Conner Gillmore lead the club in a game during a meeting on Nov. 11. After the previous Anime club disbanded a few years ago, Jensen and Gilmore decided to create the club last year in order to bring together fans of the Japanese-style art.

Senior club president Nicole Jensen and senior vice president Conner Gillmore lead the club in a game during a meeting on Nov. 11. After the previous Anime club disbanded a few years ago, Jensen and Gilmore decided to create the club last year in order to bring together fans of the Japanese-style art. "We decided that, since some people really enjoy Anime and it's kind of a niche community here at our school, we decided to make a club," Gillmore said. "Not only to have fun, but to also provide a way to give those people a place to have fun and enjoy themselves." 

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Senior club president Nicole Jensen and senior vice president Conner Gillmore lead the club in a game during a meeting on Nov. 11. After the previous Anime club disbanded a few years ago, Jensen and Gilmore decided to create the club last year in order to bring together fans of the Japanese-style art. "We decided that, since some people really enjoy Anime and it's kind of a niche community here at our school, we decided to make a club," Gillmore said. "Not only to have fun, but to also provide a way to give those people a place to have fun and enjoy themselves." 

Photo by Morgan Kasel

Photo by Morgan Kasel

Senior club president Nicole Jensen and senior vice president Conner Gillmore lead the club in a game during a meeting on Nov. 11. After the previous Anime club disbanded a few years ago, Jensen and Gilmore decided to create the club last year in order to bring together fans of the Japanese-style art. "We decided that, since some people really enjoy Anime and it's kind of a niche community here at our school, we decided to make a club," Gillmore said. "Not only to have fun, but to also provide a way to give those people a place to have fun and enjoy themselves." 

Morgan Kasel, Reporter

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For many generations, Anime has entertained and inspired both children and adults. Although created in Japan, the unique art style has reached viewers across oceans, including admirers in America. With the previous Anime club disbanded a few years ago, seniors Nicole Jensen and Conner Gillmore took it upon themselves to once again create a club where different groups of Anime fans could come together and bond over their love for the Japanese-style art.  

“We decided that, since some people really enjoy Anime and it’s kind of a niche community here at our school, we decided to make a club,” Gillmore said. “Not only to have fun, but to also provide a way to give those people a place to have fun and enjoy themselves.” 

Every Thursday, members meet in club sponsor English teacher Kristin Burke’s room during DEN. Meetings consist of games and an episode of an Anime, which is chosen based on a monthly theme. As club president, Jensen is in charge of creating the plans for each meeting, as well as generating the monthly themes and games, with help from Gillmore, who is vice president. 

“It’s a great excuse to come together and have fun and meet people that you wouldn’t have met otherwise and connect over something that not a lot of people wear on their sleeve,” Jensen said. “It’s just a lot of fun. It’s a great environment.” 

Senior Tabitha Hostelter said that she joined the club because of her love for the art and with the hopes of meeting people who have similar interests. Hostelter said that she enjoys the atmosphere of the club and the discussions she has with other members.

“[I like that] it is a very free area,” Hostetler said. “As long as we aren’t too wild we are allowed to chat and debate about what we are watching or about something else. It feels more like a group of friends getting together than a school regulated thing.”

With the club just starting out this year, Jensen said that she hopes to bring in more members, as well as add more activities to the meetings in the future.

“I want to leave Anime club in good hands,” Jensen said. “People who are as passionate as Conner and I. I want to expand our club, get new members and have it be fun for all. Have more options for shows, more games and more of an [attraction] for people to come to our little corner of the world.”

Meetings are held every Thursday during DEN in room 1217. For more information, talk to Mrs. Burke.