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How Do I Keep My Anime Club From Falling Apart?


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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Taking Over an Old or Inactive Anime Club

So you’re taking over an old or inactive anime club, and it looks like there’s a lot of dust to wipe off.

Make sure your club is still recognized.

For schools and libraries, clubs usually have to be recognized every year, so you’ll need to redo the application process or meet with the person in charge. The good thing is, if the original advisor for your anime club hasn’t left, you don’t need to make another constitution or find another advisor (unless they say they don’t want to be the advisor again).

Community clubs don’t need official recognition.



Need a document soft copy? Need some useful worksheets to make running an organization easier? These downloads are free and helpful!

Anime Club Contact List

Good for anyone to use as a contact list.

What’s a contact list? A contact list is a list showing any member’s information in case you would like to contact them for future events.

Why is it good to use? Whenever a member signs into a meeting or event, you can contact them for future events (see Marketing), add them to email lists, or use each sign in as a point (see Using a Point System).

Format: Word

Anime Club Event Checklist

A good checklist for planning an event.

I recommend every officer to use this!

Format: Word (to edit) and PDF (to write)

Budget Excel Worksheet

Good for officers trying to plan the year’s expenses.

Formulas are already in this worksheet so that your information can be added up automatically.

Format: Excel

Planning Film Guide (provided by High Plains Library District)

Great for people planning to screen any anime, movies, OVAs, and films.

Library clubs and school clubs can especially benefit from this guide.

Format: PDF

Point System Worksheet

Good for keeping a point system in your club.

Formulas are already in this worksheet so that you can calculate the points per member automatically.

Format: Excel

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About Anime Ascendant

Anime Ascendant is a website designed to assist secondary school, university, and community anime, manga, and Japanese culture clubs. Anime Ascendant offers support for these clubs in the form of advice, links, forms, contests, and programs.

From the Creator
Being a part of so many organizations, being an anime fan, and being a webmaster has all contributed to the makings of this website. I’ve spent part of my college career being all these separate roles–club member, anime fan, and webmaster–but I didn’t think to put it together to make a website for anime fans with anime clubs. Why isn’t there a concise, updated, and informative approach to running an anime club on the Internet? Anime Ascendant’s current theme rose out of this question.

Anime Ascendant first started out as an anime e-zine in 1999 under the name Operation Anime. In December of 2000, the creator re-launched Operation Anime as a website helping anime webmasters. In 2003, Operation Anime was re-vamped into its current namesake, Anime Ascendant, still offering assistance to anime webmasters. Now, over 10 years later, Anime Ascendant has evolved into a website helping anime, manga, and Japanese culture clubs.

The creator of Anime Ascendant, Jd Banks, has held the roles of Founder, President, Ad Hoc Committee Chair, Student Advisor, Vice President of Finance, President’s Cabinet Commissioner, Creative Consultant, Historian, Executive-at-Large, Webmaster, Publications Chair, Tutoring Chair, Chief of Staff, Student Organizations Liaison Commissioner, Student Government Liaison, City Youth Ambassador, Diversity Program Lead, and Active Member for multiple organizations and programs during her life in California. Now Jd resides in Japan as a teacher with her husband.

Although most of the information provided on this website comes from years of experience, Anime Ascendant is in no form an advisor on tax purposes, constitutional or by-law verbage (the exact wording), or personal discretions. Anime Ascendant is a guide to clubs. By using the advice from Anime Ascendant, the user understands that not everything will work, and cannot deem Anime Ascendant as responsible for monetary, emotional, personal, mental, or physical damages incurred.