What do Otaku's Want to see in an anime club?

Here is a quick question for everyone. If you were to join an anime club, wether it is an online community or a local club where you can get together in real life, What do you want to see. What makes a good anime club? what would make an existing club even better? theses are questions I ask you for help.

7 years, 12 months ago
naota
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I'm generally going to take the "real life" road to answer this question, since Otaku Pride is already great example of a budding online community that is accepting and open to various types of otaku and interests. I am mostly going to be drawing from my personal experience in single-handedly taking a Japanese Club that was on its death bed on my college campus, gathering a trusted executive board, and turning it into a noteworthy force that continues to grow today three years after I left the Presidency.

  • **Group Interaction:** Honestly, this is what anime clubs that I have tried to integrate into lack in. Mostly it's because when certain otaku get around each other, this sense of elitism starts to appear. If the leadership isn't careful, the anime club will become just a group of friends who are unable to properly include newcomers in what they have all become accustomed to. I found this to be a huge turn-off. So anything that involves everyone as a group (going out to eat, visiting a Japanese art exhibit, etc.) is really key in my opinion.
  • **Variety:** In anime. In food. In discussions. This is necessary or your club will become dull and repetitive. There should always be a reason to keep members coming back, even if that reason is to find out what they may be surprised with next. Keep it fresh, and most of all, don't get hung up on the anime.
  • **Effective Leadership:** With any gathering of people, there requires a person, or number of people, who are not so intoxicated with their otaku state (obsession) that they cannot be conscientious, well-mannered leaders. Someone who cannot carry the burden of the charisma to engage their members and be an example and source of friendship to them is going to make the club fail miserably. I have seen this happen. Doesn't matter how much of an otaku you are. Close-minded leadership = Suffocating club.
  • I personally feel that these are solid points to have established before anyone attempts to run any club or group. It's really the heart of the people involved that matter most moreso than the material offered in the club, though both need to work together.

    7 years, 12 months ago
    Nina
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    Community and participation are the two big things in my mind. This definitely overlaps with what Nina said, maybe a level deeper into the group interaction category. I 100% agree with Nina on everything in that category.

    It's easy to get new members. People will always be curious and look for something that catches their eye. At the same time, people are also set in their ways. It's not the getting members portion that is the big hurdle. The tough part is setting up the mood and environment in which someone can be a productive and positive member that contributes to the club and participates in the clubs actions and decisions.

    Getting your members to talk can be tough. It's essential to cater to individual needs. Make sure events and discussions are based on categories that appeal to your members. Asking them what they want to see can be all it takes to get the answer you need to set up a thriving active club.

    7 years, 12 months ago
    TomHarrigan
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    The sharing of anime DVDs and manga. Get-togethers to build a sense of community, topics to discuss and exchange information. Basically just helping each other out to broaden your experience in the animanga world.

    7 years, 11 months ago
    sasha
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    Thanks for the advice. I will take those point into consideration. Right now. I currently have a small website with a forum and other interactive content that I am always trying to add. I would like to make the community large for everyone to join and have fun.

    7 years, 12 months ago
    naota
    1217 1 9
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    I agree with what everone else before me said. Another big thing for me though is frequent events. Parties, etc. I've always wanted to be in an anime club with frequent meetings and events, like parties or going to watch animes together or something (I'm hoping Otakupride turns out to be something like this.) XD

    7 years, 11 months ago
    KaminaSama
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    Nice. I like all the feed back. I will use all of those to try to make my community even better. Right now my website is small consisting of friends and I am always thinking of ways of getting it out there to pull pull in new members, and build a great web community. Hopefully in the Future I can get a meeting place and hold meetings and getting member involvement. I believe that will be somewhere in the future.

    7 years, 10 months ago
    naota
    1217 1 9
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    They would probably try to have a room like the Genshiken Anime. I just started on that but use manga and anime instead of Doujin because I don't where to buy it in America. Can you help me find a store?

    7 years, 8 months ago
    AnimeKing
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    I just totally redesigned my website, added a new forum system and opened up registration for anyone.

    As for the forums, I am trying to promote an active community. My main goal is if the site takes off and we get enough people in our area to arrange for a meeting place for the club.

    I am looking for feedback.

    http://hvanime.cm and http://forums.hvanime.com

    6 years, 1 month ago
    naota
    1217 1 9

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