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St Andrews Anime Club Travels to Atlanta

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Stephanie Kjelgaard
Communications Intern

On Sept. 17, the members of the St. Andrews Animé Club traveled to the annual Animé Convention in Atlanta.

Formed officially in 2006 by several students and sponsored by faculty member Joe Harris, the Animé Club initially met each week in Albemarle Main Lounge to explore Japanese culture and art while showing cartoon series known as animé.

The convention allows fans of animé to dress up as characters and meet people who are involved in dubbings, or performing as voice actors, in different animé series. In the morning, many visitors would come down to the hotel continental breakfast already dressed as their favorite characters. The Animé Club took many pictures of these characters. Many people still dress as Pokémon or characters from hit video games like Final Fantasy VII.

Panel discussions were also a part of the weekend, including one discussion on bizarre death scenes. This particular panel discussion caught the attention of Animé Club secretary Cat Cullison.

"The heroine of a series goes to fetch a ball and is almost run over by another child in a fake car," Cullison said. "After the narrow escape from the fake car, the heroine is then run over by a real truck trying to swerve away from the fake car. "

"The panel showed us the introduction of the series and it was not a series that would kill off its main heroine," Cullison added, "but they show the truck scene, and it is a series that kills off its heroine."

Another main feature of Animé Weekend is the dealer's room, where visiting enthusiasts can find many animé related items. These items include fan art from artists, badges that may be worn on bags or clipped on t-shirts, and candy or Japanese sodas, which are called ramune. Culllison and club member Lauren Ohree describe the ramune as unique because they have a glass marble in the bottle. Flavors include raspberry, melon, wasabi and even octopus.

As the Animé Club has grown the past four years, its meetings are now held on Fridays at 6PM in the Morgan Jones Building. For more information on the Animé Club or how to become involved, email Harrisjt@sapc.edu or call (910) 277-5244.

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