Anime and Manga at the University of Leicester
students' society at the University of Leicester is providing a window on the
world of Japanese animation.
Japanese Animation Society in the Students' Union
provides a rare opportunity for students and other enthusiasts to view
Japanese films and television shows, which would otherwise be unavailable in
known as 'LANMA', short for Leicester Anime and Manga Club, it is devoted to the
appreciation of Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga). The highlight of
the club's weekly meetings are the anime films which encompass a wide range of
genres, ranging from comedy and romance, to science fiction and 'swords and
the club is interested in more than just showing such films on the big-screen.
The club's President, Duncan Law-Green, says: "I started LANMA because I
wanted to meet and socialise with people who shared an enthusiasm for Japanese
media and culture."
videos have English subtitles instead of dubbing so that the viewer can listen
to the original spoken Japanese, which is useful for learning the language as
well. LANMA is supported by the University's Audio-Visual Services department
and members use a video projection system, which means that they enjoy anime on
a six foot by ten foot screen.
time to meet and socialise with the other members, and trade or borrow anime and
manga. Monthly visits to the London Anime Club are also organised.
explains his enthusiasm: "The beautiful animation artwork is better
designed and executed, in my opinion, than the vast majority of what's produced
in the West.
are not just cartoons as the story lines are spread over thirteen or twenty-six
half-hour episodes, allowing plenty of scope for complex yet believable
and manga appeals to different people, including those who have a general
curiosity in Oriental culture, or those interested in video games and comics,
science fiction or simply just for entertainment. The popularity of the club is
shown by its strong membership -forty-five and growing.
are on Tuesdays 7.30-10pm, in Ken Edwards Building, Room LT2, University of
Leicester. New members are always welcome. See: www.lanma.org.uk
TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact Duncan Law-Green on
0116 252 2589 (office hours). Please ring before March 28 when the
University is closed for Easter.
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