I was first introduced to anime in high school, and have found it an intriguing cultural phenomenon ever since. Although I sometimes get taken in by a particularly well-told story, I try to take a removed, objective view of anime. On the one hand, I am always wary of the messages that it sends the audience. On the other hand, I have organized anime clubs where it provides a segue into discussion of world events, fosters appreciation for foreign cultures, and engenders student awareness of media techniques and aesthetics. Moreover, a well-operated anime club provides a safe social space.
In this space I hope to foster awareness of anime for both students and parents alike[To be Written]What is Anime? (How is it different from cartoons? What are the major sub-genres? Why does it look so weird?)