Founded in 2005, Anime Club was created to provide people a method to access anime before the development of the internet; members would meet to watch and discuss anime shown on VHS. As the internet grew and anime became more accessible through streaming, the purpose of Anime Club shifted to becoming a venue where individuals can come to discuss anime, play video games, and discussing general Japanese culture and other nerdy pursuits. During its transition, Anime Club has brought people together and shown them a culture beyond watching anime; such as going on anime convention trips, discussing anime on a podcast, creating a newsletter about nerdy topics, and etc. In addition, Anime Club has inspired one of its former president, Justin Brough, to create a locally run and operated convention called Con-Jikan.
Where to Park
If you’re driving to campus, park in A-Lot (where parking is free on the weekends). If you’re bussing it, be mindful of when your motorcoach stops running so you don’t miss a ride home.
In tandem with our weekly screenings of anime, we host a game room, which has game consoles and tables for card/board games of all sorts!
Additionally we put on special events! Here are a few examples:
- Nostalgia Day: Fueled by complimentary juice boxes and cookies, our members color anime and manga line art in crayon while partaking in the cartoons of their past, such as Pokemon, Sailor Moon, and Dragon Ball Z.
- Field Day: Our outdoor picnic where members chow on potluck goods and goof around with frisbees, softballs, kites, and the like. We’ve also done treasure hunts and impromptu “Tag” in the past–who knows what might happen with otaku in the sunlight?
- Theater Screenings: A few times a year, we’ll put on anime movies in the SUB’s basement theater. These special showings are accompanied by concessions and door prizes for a rare experience: anime on the big screen!
- Cosplay Contests: Dozens of clubbers don their favorite character outfits and compete for popular vote during our cosplay events. In addition to dress-up days, we also have occasional costuming guests and workshops for those new and old to the craft.
- Scavenger Hunt: Take up an RPG style quest to find the items needed to do… something or other. Form teams and take up the mighty journey around campus!
- Game Day: Every once in a while, we’ll put away the anime projector and bust out the tables for Game Day, an event where we’ll play tabletop strategy, on-screen fighters, and anything else our members bring to share. Anime Jeopardy also makes an appearance at this well-liked event.
We’re always coming up with new events, and the only way to make sure you’re on board for all of them is to join us!
List of Cons Attended
- Anime Los Angeles
About the Home of UNM Anime Club
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