Monday, February 14, 2005

Yeah, yeah ... But do you have an anime club?

In a story unapologetically titled "The awesome attraction of anime," the Allentown, Pa., Morning Call takes a look at local college anime clubs:
... At NCC and campuses in the Lehigh Valley and across the country, students are gathering regularly to talk about their fascination with Japanese animation, or anime, pronounced ah-NI-may. The cadre of anime devotees is growing so much so that new students are asking about clubs before they get to campus.

Part of the attraction is these vivid, stylish films are not at all like the Nickelodeon and Disney fare college students grew up watching.

They are animation as an art form. Vivid colors and characters with exceptionally large doe-like eyes are two immediate characteristics. But more than that, anime is considered by its following to be art, blended with a comic-book personality and wrapped around engaging plotlines.