By Celina Mori
Hidden away in the depths of CGS is a club that is mysterious to most people, and it is called the BMHS Anime Club. This club is very known to a limited amount of students, this might be because not many students are interested in anime or students don’t want to be looked as strange by their peers.
At the start of Anime Club the members sit down and watch an anime of the President’s choosing. Members are then cut up in groups of their interest, each group has something different to contribute to the anime community. There is Roleplay Group, Drawing Group, Video Game Group, and Abridging Group. With every group comes a group leader that plans out the activity.
With Roleplay Group, members will experience what it’s like to make a movie. In the works at the moment is a script for a movie that will start filming towards the end of the year. Everyone in the group will play a part in the movie and help write the script.
In Drawing Group, members draw characters of their own or from different anime. Currently the Drawing Group plans on making their own story, the group leader will give them a scenario then it’s up to the members on how they want to draw it. The scenarios can be as ridiculous as a 10 year old boy with his dragon flying to a mountain to buy a Big-Mac. Francesca Yalong, leader of Drawing Group, has said that she enjoys the opportunities she had gained from Drawing Group. “I do really like working with other artists here they’re really great, they’re super creative, they’re very productive.” She claims. By the end of the year they are hoping to make a comic book from the scenarios they draw.
The Abridging Group is the newest group in Anime club. The whole concept of abridging is to take an anime that already exist and replace the original dialogue with new dialogue such as jokes or making fun of the show, thus making it into a parody. The members of the group are assigned a role then they provide the new dialogue. The group is now in post-production of abridging the anime, Angel Beats, and will post it on YouTube when it’s finished.
Video Game Group is mainly about playing video games. Members of this group will bring their Nintendo DSes and will play Super Smash Bros or Pokemon then soon battle each other online. At times they will hold gaming tournaments for the other members of Anime club.
The Anime Club’s goal is for students who enjoy anime to have fun. Ben Piro, Anime Club Co-President, describes the concept of Anime Club are for students to have meet other students who are interested in anime. “Here we have a bunch of people who have a common hobby, so rather than being made fun of for watching anime or reading manga or any sorta thing like that we’re all just friends.” He implied. During school hours other students complain on how CGS is filled of anime loving students and usually comment on how weird they are.
Anime to some students can seem a little odd. Margarette Cabangbang, an Anime Club member, has indicated that their are many different genres of anime for students to watch. “There are many varieties, therefore one must fit a person's liking. However, that would only work if that person chooses to like it or not.” She commented.
The Anime Club welcomes any student that walks through their front door. Hopefully with this club students can keep an open mind about anime and why people enjoy it so much.