This is roughly how my club looks like according to members.
The past Wednesday, as I was supervising my Anime Club at my high school while we were decorating the display case. We were asked by some teachers put some of our own items and drawings there to show how we’ve been doing. Somehow, a few club members and I happened to start talking about other anime clubs in the states and how they’re doing. That made me wonder: How big are those clubs anyway?
In Japan, anime is like a part of their culture. In places like America however, anime is just for entertainment and sometimes looked down upon by other people who don’t understand it. There aren’t many anime fans in my school let alone anyone who even heard about it. There are 7 members in my club (including me) and some only became fans because of anime shown on TV like DBZ and Naruto. Others didn’t know what manga was until a member brought some in. I have friends from other schools that have more anime fans but they didn’t even establish a club because of their fear of being outcasts.
To me, my club seems like Genshiken, the small group of anime lovers that meet around in a club room and talk and watch randomly about anime. There are most likely bigger clubs outside of mine yet I can’t help but think how much bigger. Well, if you’re in or were in an anime club back in your student life days, how many members were in it and how many really knew their stuff? You don’t have to answer but I’m interested. Anyway, while I finish up this post with this thought in mind, I grant best wishes to all the other anime clubs out there.