By Rodney Lamp
Throughout the latter half of this semester, I have covered a wide array of student organizations, from the Photography Club to the International Students Organization, and everything in between. In keeping with the global feel of last week’s post, I will be taking you on a trip to Japan as we take a look at the WVU Official Anime, Cosplay, and Asian Entertainment Club. Say that three times fast.
I was not familiar with any of these elements prior to attending a club meeting this past Saturday. Even now, I’m only barely acquainted with any of it. The only anime I can recall seeing ahead of time was Dragon Ball Z, though I wasn’t an avid fan. However, for what it’s worth, I have always been a Godzilla fan, and I’ll watch those movies any day. But I digress.
As the title would suggest, this club is about watching anime, engaging in cosplay, and enjoying various forms of Asian entertainment. I experienced and/or witnessed the first two. We watched anime for probably 90 minutes or so, and I have to say it was quite entertaining. Two of the members, including the president, were cosplaying. Also, I have to give props to the guy who brought white chocolate macadamia cookies.
A typical club meeting consists of playing a game and watching anime, along with discussing upcoming events. The club also tries to get involved with community service, and its members recently took part in the Morgantown Relay for Life.
President Amanda Rohr, a senior forensic biology, biology, and psychology major, says that more than anything else, the club is about having fun.
“We like to pretty much just have fun in general,” Rohr said. “We like to have a game night, just about anything fun we’re up for. The main objective of the club is basically to have fun and meet people of similar interests, who like anime, who like manga, who like Asian culture, who like dressing up in weird costumes.”
Club member Liz Fairfax, a sophomore puppetry and creative dramatics major, said she enjoys the close-knit atmosphere the club offers.
“I really love, just the atmosphere,” Fairfax said. “We all feel like a big group of friends, even when you have like 20 people here, we all feel like we’re friends. It started out small, and it got bigger, but because everyone here is so friendly, and we all enjoy similar things, you know, we just get to know each other, and it’s really fun.”
Along the lines of being friendly, I have to agree with Fairfax. There were club members whom I had never met before who were coming up to me to introduce themselves as soon as I arrived. I couldn’t have asked for them to be more welcoming. A few of them knew why I was there, and they were very willing to talk to me.
Rohr said she encourages anyone who might have some interest in anime, manga, cosplay, or Asian culture in general to give the club a try.
“If you like anime, if you’re interested in anime, if you just want to know what on earth we’re doing, come find out. You’ll have fun,” Rohr said.
The club has one more meeting this year, a picnic that is happening tomorrow, April 30, at 2 pm between Evansdale and the Rec Center. I wish I could be more specific as to the location, but if you want to go, just look for the group of people in that area having a picnic. The club plans to continue meeting on Saturdays in 225 Brooks Hall, but you can check with the club in the fall to be sure. Dues are $10 per semester or $15 for the year. For more information, you can contact Amanda Rohr here or visit the club’s facebook page here.
Well, my friends, so ends the hitchhiking journey we’ve taken together this semester. I hope that we at the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Morgantown have provided our readers with interesting and useful information to make your stay in Morgantown a more enjoyable one. Thanks for reading, and wherever the road takes you, remember that you can always thumb a ride back to Dub-V, should you ever start to miss the mountains.
Take it away, John.