For lovers of anime, cosplay, TV shows and video games, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Anime Club is a great way to meet people with similar interests.
The Island University’s Anime Club accepts new members year-round. The club meets every week on Friday from noon to 4 p.m in the University Center room 123. Members invite anybody who is interested in relaxing between classes or just wants to hang out. This semester the club will attend the library’s International Game Day, Islander Lights and the club will also be hosting a foam sword-fighting fundraiser.
“The overall atmosphere of Anime Club is really carefree. Its main purpose is to act as a stress reliever to many of those who attend, since we always meet at the end of the week,” said Anime Club president Heather Twardowski. “The best way I can describe Anime Club is that it’s a haven for people who like every nerdy thing under the sun.”
During club meetings members are not restricted to only sit and watch anime, members discuss cosplay, video games, TV shows and play games. Attendees are also encouraged to use the time for their other obligations, such as homework or projects.
“We’ve had days where someone would bring in some form of group game or we would make plans to watch movies,” said Anime Club member Tyler Allen. “One thing we started doing this last semester is putting aside one hour a meeting to play a game that allows everyone with a phone or computer to participate.”
Allen said members can just stop by as a break or hang out until the end.
“Unlike [some] other clubs, there is no obligation to be there at any given time or for any set duration of time,” Allen said. “We have members who stay from start to finish and some who can only stay for an episode or two during their lunch break. The whole point of Anime Club is to have a good time.”
Club members also encourage students to join because they say it opens doors to new friendships.
“As cliché as it might sound, I hold this organization very near and dear to my heart and I am not just saying that because I am the president,” Twardowski said. “I became the President because of how much I love being a part of Anime Club. Ultimately, I want others to experience the same opportunity as me and find a group to be a part of.”