University of Leicester eBulletin

Anime and Manga at the University of Leicester

March 2002

No 68  

A students' society at the University of Leicester is providing a window on the world of Japanese animation.

The 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 this country.

Also 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 sorcery' fantasy.

However, 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."

The 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.

There's 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.

Duncan 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.

"They 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 plots."

Anime 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.

Meetings 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

NOTE 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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