A recent post by Saturnity and some follow up enlightenment by Shance of Rainbowsphere made me realize just how negative much of the aniblogosphere is to the concept of anime/manga clubs and other similar organizations revolving around Japanese Modern Visual Culture, to the point of establishing that “the first rule of anime club is don’t go to anime club”.
I once thought the same way. For my first two years at college I walked into my anime club only once each year. Then changes took place. Maybe it’s because my thinking is different, or my goals have changed. But before I knew it I developed a certain pride to my anime club: CAINE at the University of Virginia (the Comics and ANimation INtellectual Exploration club). Why? Because we’re not the anime club, we’re not the manga club, we’re Genshiken.
You think those people are weird? So are you.
Disclaimer: the following are obviously my personal tastes and I do not intend to insult any animu/mango club out there that runs successfully in a different way: it all depend on the audience.
While browsing Kotaku for amusement in their only-in-japan category, I came across the Love Plus trailer. I swear I could feel a terrible ache in my chest after watching it…
The beginning I didn’t mind that much. I’ve seen dating sims before. Trial-played one even, although it’s really not my thing since they simply lack the character and plot values their visual novel siblings have ( for the last time visnov != dating-sim!!! ). The first half of the trailer simply displayed Love Plus as a dating sim with more animation than what my mental imagery gives.
Then she greeted dear player good morning… (~1:45)
At the University of Virginia there is a club named CAINE, which stands for Comics and Animation INtellectual Exploration. We are the Genshiken of UVA in all but name and authenticity, and one of the traditions of our merry band is to draw yuri on the chalkboard prior to our weekly anime showings and leave them for the enjoyment of others. This has been diligently performed for multiple semesters now by our Director Honya.
Except we had no clue what the reception was, until now…
On Sunday night, the Computer Science professor was hosting a test study session in the same room. He has just finished his presentation and lifted the projector screen to answer a coding question via blackboard… only to unravel Honya’s latest work of art. Amusement was an understatement.