Five Activities And Events For Your School Anime Club!
Finding out you have a school anime club is a cause for celebration for any anime fan. It can be the highlight of the week, or the sole reason you continue to go to school. However, attending an actual club meeting can be a total let-down if your president has no clue what it means to run a club. Club meetings can either end within five minutes, turn into a total zoo, or become monotonous. Sadly, plenty of anime clubs are made just for the hell of it, or just because it’s an idea without much thought. Folks create these groups and wait ss if the fun will automatically fall from the sky. While watching anime, playing hangman and charades every club meeting might be fun, but may only last so long before it gets predictable. Then you start to wish the club offered more. You may also wish to take charge of the club in the next year but might be worried you will end up in the same position, so how can you stop the cycle?
Having a plan for your club is most important! Without a plan for your club it is likely the club will descend into boredom. If you want to make a club but don’t have a plan for it, find someone who does, do some research, or listen to me! This list discusses events and activities for your school’s anime club!
Watch manga drawing lessons from YouTube or ask your school’s art teacher to tutor your club once and awhile. Have mangaka contests! It can be school wide or in-house, give your members some motivation! If it’s school wide the members of the anime club can be the judges instead of contestants- it can be a yearly or bi-yearly event! If in-house you can submit it to an official contest or just have fun amongst yourselves.
Play A Communication and Teamwork Game! Put your members in teams of four for a four panel comic; give them a theme and five minutes to discuss it! After the five minutes, allow no talking as each team member draws/colors their individual panels in two minutes. Trust me, you’ll have fun hearing all the creative stories!
2. Attend An Anime Convention As A Group
Most conventions offer group discounts and being together with your school buddies can add to the adventure of what could be someone’s first con.
3. Plan for an Anime Convention
Write, rehearse, or even film cosplay skits. Make merchandise for the artist alley, and make cosplays! This doesn’t have to be just during con season either; you can do this year round and learn all together!
It can be a hassle but making money for your club will allow it to have more fun than ever! The money can go to convention hotels, convention entries, prizes, supplies, and field trips!
5. Share the Love!
Hold mini anime conventions, sell mochi ice cream, or around Halloween, hold costume contests or even host a costume party! You can even contact a nearby elementary school and ask to perform child appropriate skits to inspire the dreams of the younger ones!
There is so much an anime club can do including learn Japanese together or a spring break trip to Japan; there just has to be someone with a vision and goal along with members who are willing to put in work. If you’re that person, when it’s time to pass the torch interview the candidates for president to hear their plans for the club; this way the momentum doesn’t stop with you!