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Parker and a friend dress up in cosplay for the American television series Gravity Falls.

Parker and a friend dress up in cosplay for the American television series Gravity Falls.

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Parker and a friend dress up in cosplay for the American television series Gravity Falls.

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Anime, or Japanese animated television, has been around for decades, but its surge in popularity in America was more recent. The cultural phenomena has found its way onto shelves in nearly every book or comic store, marking the niche that has been created with its audiences. Not only has anime become relevant in this country’s society as well as the one in which it originated, but it has struck such a chord with fans that they interact with it rather than simply view it. Conventions, fan art and cosplay have all become entwined with the connotation of anime. Now a group of students are taking their love for anime a step further with the creation of a club.

“Since my freshman year some friends and I wanted to make an anime club since we all loved it at the time, but we never did,” club president junior Kai Parker said, “so now in my junior year I decided to finish it since it just seems fun.”

Parker describes anime as “a lot like normal cartoons,” and said that she liked the style before she even knew what anime was.

“Anime may seem cringey or stupid or childish, but really it is not,” Parker said. “A lot of them have better plots than half of the shows made here in America, and some have way better humor. They all definitely have better animation and art style.”

Contact Parker or club sponsor special education teacher Susan Yetter for more details or meeting dates.

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