Anime Mania

Free State’s Anime Club begins a new year

President Sophie Divney (11) runs an idea by Vice President Celine Nguyen (11) before presenting it to the club.

Information: The club meets in teacher Ben Mellen’s room, Room 234, on Mondays.

Leaders: Anime Club has a president and vice president, Sophie Divney and Celine Nguyen, respectively. These are leaders that excel in helping their members feel comfortable and welcome at the club. They effortlessly guide the topic back on track when it strays, without compromising the amiable and fun rapport with their members.

Main Idea: Sophie Divney and Celine Nguyen are ambitious leaders, and they are always looking for new ways to broaden the club; however, they mutually recognize the primary goal of the club.

             “We really just watch anime a lot.” Divney said.

              This casual synopsis sums up the club’s focal point: gathering as a like-minded community in order to enjoy an art. Yet, Divney wanted to emphasize that the club can and should begin to expand its repertoire of activities.

      “Personally, I would like to do things other than just watch anime all of the time,” Divney said.

     This is a reference to the advent of a new approach to fundraising, outreach, and involvement that Divey and Nguyen intend on enacting this year.

Events: In addition to viewing anime, the organization is experimenting with some substantial events this year such as creating a float for the homecoming parade, funding a trip to the anime festival Naka-Kon, hosting an Anime Cafe, organizing a bake sale, and experimenting with other novel ideas. With the leadership potential that this duo displays, these goals could quickly become reality.

Atmosphere: Bustling and galvanized, Anime club is a concentrated mass of creative energy. With artists, thinkers, and (potential) friends abounding, it would be difficult to feel alienated by this crowd. The attendees welcome everyone’s presence in a down-to-earth manner, and they seem pleased simply to have made a new acquaintance. However, the club did not begin as the mixing pot of personalities and talents that it is today.

“When we first started out, we had [about] five people,” Divney said.

With the augmented numbers, with an excess of twenty people at the Monday meeting,  the officers recognized a marked improvement in the affairs of the club. New members are the catalyst for the progress of this club, and their ample supply is a good sign to Divney and Nguyen. After all of the factors are accounted for, it seems as if the only path this club will traverse is one of success.