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COVID-19: Can Anime Clubs Survive?

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COVID-19: Can Anime Clubs Survive? + Alternatives to Meeting in Person

With the coronavirus epidemic, also known as COVID-19, canceling building openings and gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus, do anime clubs have a chance to survive?

Yes, they can. To take a step in the direction of the times when anime and manga fans made friends online–“OMG, so retro,” may be your thought process–then, yes, anime clubs can survive by going back to the internet.

Ways to keep a club going without meeting in person:

The essence of running events online isn’t different from running events for in-person events. 

  • Book a venue or space. Book a space online. If it’s a Google Hangout or YouTube Live, make sure you have a Google account and create a Hangout or YouTube Live event (literally search how to do these). If it’s a Skype, Facetime, or conference call event, make sure you have an account with the respective apps or get a conference call number and code. If it’s a webinar or Netflix Party app event, make sure you have an account on that platform or app.
  • Make sure the event title, date, location, and time(s) are correct and booked. This isn’t different from in-person events. Just make sure the event title is short.
  • Create physical flyers, posters, and marketing materials. Create digital flyers, posters, and marketing materials. You can make a digital flyer that can go on Instagram or social media through Canva.com.
  • Distribute physical marketing materials. Send digital marketing materials on social media and through email. Also post these on your websites if you can.
  • Follow up with people who are in the club by phone, email, and texts. This isn’t much different from in-person events since cold marketing or sending out marketing materials don’t work the most to get folks to events. It’s more important at this time to follow up with possible attendees.
  • Order supplies and food for the event. Make sure your computer or phone is set up for the online event. This means making sure your laptop has a camera, its microphone and speakers work, and any clamps, tripods, headphones, and gear are nearby.

The important part about being a club is being connected.

That means reaching out to the club leadership and members to check in. If a friend is nearby, call them, text them, connect with them and make sure the COVID zombie apocalypse hasn’t taken them.

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Small Sponsorship for Clubs

smallsponsorship_header Anime Ascendant offers small sponsorships for anime, manga, and Japanese culture clubs with events. Please complete and email the Anime Ascendant Small Sponsorship Application Form along with the necessary documents to contact@animeascendant.com.

Criteria for Application:

-Sponsorship is only for events outside of regular meetings. This can be a party, mixer, screening, fundraiser, or volunteer event.

-Before applying, the applicant club must link Anime Ascendant on the club website.

-For libraries, please send information on the process of donations to a library-affiliated club.

-Applications must be emailed with necessary documents at least 4 weeks before the event, including the day of the event as 1 day. If the documents are missing or the form is only partially completed, the application will be disapproved.

-Event(s) must promote Japanese culture, not just Japanese animation or manga.

This sponsorship only supports club events.

The sponsorship can be used for:

Decorations (streamers, table cloths, flowers, etc.)

Entertainment (guest speakers, DJs, performers, etc.)

Equipment (amplified sound equipment, megaphones, walkie talkies, etc.)

Food (drinks, food, serving utensils, eating utensils, cups, food warmers, etc.)

Prizes (anime, manga, Japanese cultural items, books, etc.)

Marketing (fliers, handouts, banners, posters, etc.)

Other (anything that doesn’t fall into a category above)

Steps in Applying for a Sponsorship

1) Submit this form via email at least 4 weeks before the event, counting the day of the event as 1 day.

2) Once the application has been reviewed, your club/organization president will be contacted. This contact will ask for details about the events and other sponsors.

3) If your sponsorship is approved, your president will be contacted about how to sponsor your club/organization.

The club/organization must place the Anime Ascendant logo on all marketing materials. If the Anime Ascendant logo or link is not placed on the club/organization’s website, all sponsorships will be invalid.


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Welcome to Anime Ascendant!

Hello, there! You have entered Anime Ascendant, a website dedicated to anime, manga, and Japan-related clubs. How do we help you? We offer support for these clubs in the form of advice, links, forms, contests, and programs.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us, and we’ll be sure to get back to you with some great answers!


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How Do I Keep My Anime Club From Falling Apart?

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How Do I Keep My Anime Club From Falling Apart?

I’m trying to make my club better. We’re halfway through the year and our club is basically tearing apart. It was going well at the beginning of the year but now it’s getting boring (and people are leaving).

Besides, “What do I do?”, the real question here is, “How do I keep my club from falling apart halfway through the year?”

Why It Happens

Usually when that happens, it’s because there isn’t structure (consistent and interesting screenings or officer presence) or there aren’t any new ideas coming through the regular meetings (same thing every week in and out).
One other thing: usually when a group falls apart, it may be because there is someone or something that is really negative. People don’t want to feel any negativity since they’re using your group as an escape from it. Pinpoint that negative piece and take it out, even if it is an officer, because that negativity will drive members away for at least 2 or 3 years.

What to Do

After the Officer Meeting: Once you’ve figured out what’s making your group so boring, negative, or complacent and you’ve talked it over with your officers, send out an email saying that things have changed and why. Apologize for the hiccup and show how you’re changing–and how they can become active members to make your anime club the best club at your school. An example of this type of communication is Domino’s, who used study groups to make new and better pizzas, and sent out flyers and emails apologizing and saying how they’ve changed. Now Domino’s is on the same playing field as Pizza Hut and Little Caesar’s.
Activities: Change how a meeting is run like putting a loyal member in charge of a regular meeting or do mini activities like scavenger hunts, guest speakers, and parties. Check out “Fundraising Ideas Inspired by Japanese School Festivals” and “The Ultimate Anime Club Meeting Ideas and Activities List“.
Marketing: The way to get people to return is to also look at your marketing. Are you guys putting up flyers and talking to friends? Are you emailing folks about your meetings and events? I would sit down with your president and the other officers and see how you can get people interested in the club and/or anime again.
If you don’t think these will work or it’s too late for them to work, still do them and come up with a game plan for next year to prevent this from happening. Planning ahead will fix many hiccups along the way.
Hope this helps!
Do you have some other ideas for solving this problem? Leave a comment!


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Activities for Shy Members

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Activities for Shy Members

Imagine looking at room of 10 or 20 excited club members who are painfully shy to get up and do Interview Bingo for a game. What do you do? How do you move to a different activity without losing face?

Here are a few activities to get shy yet adamant club members into activities.

1. Give or Take

On the board, create a 4×4 or 5×5 grid. Number each box.

Club members will be teams. Make sure to group each team by number (ex. Team 1, Team 2, etc.).

Each team will number off their teammates. #1 teammates will stand up. Ask a question anime related. Whichever team raises their hand fastest and gets the correct answer will have a chance to pick a number on the grid.

2. Hungry Monkey (adaption to Hungry Santa above)

Make teams of 4 or more and give them a team number. Write 1-6 on the board, or if you plan on using this game more times, make flashcards. Next to the odd numbers (1,3,5), draw pictures of monkeys. Next to the even numbers (2,4,6), draw bananas. On the side, number off by how many teams there are (ex. 5 teams means numbering 1 to 5). Give each team 5 points.

Each team will number off their teammates. #1 teammates will stand up. Ask a question anime related. Whichever team raises their hand fastest and gets the correct answer will have a chance to give points to a team or take points for themselves. Once that’s decided, the team rolls a die. If the die lands on an odd number (1,3,5), it means minus points. If the die lands on an even number (2,4,6), it means plus points.

If a team rolls a one (1), it means minus all that picked team’s points.

If a team rolls a six (6), it means either plus 6 points, a prize, or roll again for plus points–it’s up to you.

The team with the most points wins.

3. Karuta

Make many cards with Japan-related pictures (kimono, chopsticks, rice, sushi, sashimi). Put the members in small groups. Each group will get a set of the cards and they will spread them out evenly on the tables. The caller (whomever is calling out the Japanese words) will say the words in Japanese. The members must hit the correct picture card to get a point. The member with the most picture cards is the winner.

4. Pass the Present

Wrap a small present with 6 to 10 layers of wrapping paper or newspaper. Play a Japanese song as the members pass the present around. When the music stops, the member holding the present must answer a question before unwrapping a layer. The game ends when someone finally unwraps the last layer and claims the present.

5. Shiritori

One person says or writes a title or word from an anime, manga, Japanese video game, song, or movie. The next person will say or write a word starting with the last letter from the first person. For example, if Person A says “Dragon Ball”, Person B will say a word starting with L (Love Hina, Legal Drug, Loveless).

Do you have any activities or games for shy club members? Leave a comment!


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Back2School Back2Anime: The First 3 Meetings

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Figuring out how you’re going to start your anime club is part of the fun as an officer–but not when you’re scrabbling for ideas. The first 3 meetings are the most important meetings of the each semester. It’ll let your members know whether or not they want to join or disappear.

Here is an outline for your first 3 meetings to guide you:

Meeting One: The Introductions

-Ice Breaker: Get to know the members and let them get to know you.

Try Anime Bingo as an ice breaker: Anime Bingo 4×4 (docx) (for smaller clubs) and Anime Bingo 5×5 (docx) (for bigger clubs)

-Officer Introduction: Each officer introduces themselves.

-Club Introductions: Talk about what the club does, member dues, and how they can help make the club better

-Activity: Play a game that will have information about the officers and what the club does.

-Member Survey or Feedback Cards: Have each member finish a survey or feedback card.

 

Meeting Two: The Re-Introductions

-Ice Breaker: Get to know the members and let them get to know you.

Use this ice breaker to review or reintroduce the club information from the first meeting.

-Introduce what the club will do

-Activity

-Feedback or Suggestion Cards: Have each member finish a feedback or suggestion card on what the club should do next meeting.

 

Meeting Three: The Sell

-Ice Breaker: Get to know the members and let them get to know you.

Use this ice breaker to review or reintroduce the club information from the first meeting.

-Introduce what the club will do

-Activity or Special Guest

-Announcements or Open calls for committee members: Use this time to announce upcoming meetings, fundraisers, conventions, or events. Also be sure to include members in sub-committees and groups for special projects.

-Feedback or Suggestion Cards: Have each member finish a feedback or suggestion card on what the club should do next meeting.

If you need more ideas, please go to The Ultimate Anime Club Meeting Ideas and Activities List. If there is something specific you’re looking for and can’t find it, comment below or contact us.


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How to Get Businesses to Donate to Your Club or Event

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How to Get Businesses to Donate to Your Club or Event

Looking for a business to donate to your club or event? Here’s a letter for you to take or send to businesses you want to donate to your club or event.

  1. Please fill in and review the information in the letter (see below for template). Make sure to un-bold all of the <bold areas> with your current information.
  2. Make a list of all the restaurants and stores in the area (see below for template). If you are looking for specific things (ex. science stuff, geek gear, cooking supplies), try to target specific businesses. If you’re looking for art or craft supplies, put your local Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s Fabrics, and Dick Blick on the list.
  3.  Once you’ve completed the letter, make several copies, and put each one into envelopes addressed to each restaurant or store.
  4. Go to the restaurants and stores on your list. It’s always better to go in person if you can. It’s better for you and another officer to visit these places together. When you go to the restaurants and stores, ask for the manager, tell the manager about the event (do NOT say party), and give them the letter. If the manager or owner is not present at that time, tell the waiter/clerk to give it to them. It’s best if you and whoever is going with you knows most of the details of the event in case the managers ask you questions. Also, it’s good to know exactly what you’re going to do for their business if they sponsor you.
  5. Follow up before the form submission deadline (you’ll decide that).

Please keep in mind that being organized and having all of your event details sorted out. If you don’t have the date, time, venue, and expected number of attendees, you most likely won’t get donations. It’s a give-and-take world, and you have to know how to play it.

Do not send this letter 2 weeks before your event. It’s better to send it 4 weeks before your event so that if the business has to mail back the form, it’ll reach you in time.

If you want to step up your game, you can also put a self-addressed envelope in the letter as well. On top of that, if you’ve sent out the letters to businesses and you haven’t heard back after 2 weeks, give the manager a call or send a thank-you card to them as a reminder. Maybe the letter got stuck underneath a pile of snail mail (which is why it’s better to hand the manager a letter).

Letter_to_Vendors – Excel (.docx) format

List of Vendors Template – Excel (.xlsx) format

Need a hand? You can contact me through email or find me on Skype at jeridel[dot]banks. Please make sure to indicate that you found me through Anime Ascendant, or I’ll decline any requests and emails.


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2016 Printable Calendar for Anime Club Officers

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2016 Printable Calendar for Anime Club Officers

Need a yearly calendar about what to do and when to do it as an officer? Don’t know some great Japanese (unofficial) holidays? This 2016 calendar has tasks for what officers should be doing (events, planning, meetings) and when they should be doing them. There are Japanese holidays by date, too.

Why is this calendar important? You and your team can plan fun meetings and events around this calendar. Also, if you aren’t sure what you’re supposed to be doing, this is a mini-guide for you. And if you didn’t know these holidays, you know them now!

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To download the Excel of 2016 Anime Club and Japanese Holidays calendar, please click on the image above. Can’s see the picture? Click here.

The original calendar was downloaded from Vertex42.com and revised by Jd Banks for anime clubs.


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New Year’s Paper Fortune (おみくじ) for Your Club

New Year’s is a big holiday in Japan. People sometimes wear traditional robes and go to the shrines to pray for a year of good luck. At the shrines, people usually get a paper fortune, or omikuji (おみくじ). These fortunes tell the person if they will have good or bad luck during the year along with some warnings or predictions.

New Years Fortune ThumbFor your club meeting, you can have members pull their own paper fortune. You can download the PDF or Word document. Each fortune is different.

What happens if you pull a fortune that has bad luck? You fold it and tie it to a tree branch. This will ensure that the bad luck won’t come near you.


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Anime Club Game Idea: Sugoroku (Japanese Backgammon)

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Anime Club Game Idea: Sugoroku (Japanese Backgammon)

A fun way to get to know your members is to play a Japanese game called Sugoroku. We also included the Japanese version of rock-scissors-paper, janken, so your anime club members don’t scramble around looking for their dice.

What is Sugoroku?

Sugoroku, which translates to “child’s dice game” or “Japanese backgammon”, is a game similar to American board games. Players usually throw dice and move around a board. Because we’re short on dice, we are using janken or rock-scissors-paper to decide who gets to move to the next boxes.

How to Play Sugoroku

❶ Play janken, or rock-paper-scissors.  Winner will be A. Loser will be B.

❷ A (Winner) will ask B (Loser) the question.

❸ B (Loser) will answer the question and sign their name on A’s paper.

❹ A (Winner) can move to the next box/question. Sorry, B, try again!

Worksheet

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There are 2 formats available for this game.

Sugoroku – PDF

Sugoroku – DOCX

 

 

 

 

 

 


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On Power Levels (Anime Club Escapades: 11/22/2014)

This brings up a good issue for anime clubs: looking at your members and seeing what they want to do and what kind of anime fans they are.

Perpetual Morning

We managed to bring 21 people to Little Tokyo this quarter. Meaning, we had more than two people who were able to drive people down to Los Angeles. Obviously this meant that we were going to have a bigger retention rate than previous years, since you can’t really live down the fact that you went with a bunch of strangers through the hell that is L.A. traffic and ate all of the ramen. No, seriously, all of the ramen. There were three notable ramen places in the district and we went to two of them on the same day. For me, however, it meant a larger sample size to figure out power levels.

In anime-related forums, most notably /a/, it refers to the fact that one watches anime or reads manga. It is usually used in the context of keeping it a secret from others.

Urban Dictionary

Secrecy is…

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