The Anime Club is a volunteer-based, non-profit student organization at The University of Texas at Austin. Since 1987, we’ve been providing fans of Japanese animation, or anime, a place to meet, socialize, exchange information, and of course watch a wide range of anime, from classic titles to the latest new series.
We hold regular showings—open to the public—of selected anime titles, some of which are not commercially available in the United States. (Some of them have never been released here; others might have been out of print for years.) Note that unless otherwise indicated in a schedule listing, all the things that we show are in Japanese audio with English subtitles.
We strive to encompass a wide variety of genres and themes in our lineup. Slapstick comedy, dark social satire, a gritty treatise on the costs of war, and existential ramblings on the nature of self might all share space in a single night’s lineup. Depending on your tastes, some titles might be more to your liking than others. While we hope that you’ll at least sample all of the titles that we offer, it’s perfectly acceptable to take a break out in the hall during shows that don’t interest you. We also provide a Suggestion Cube, into which you can place anonymous requests for future titles (or feedback on current/past titles), to help have a hand in shaping upcoming schedules.
Please be aware that while our showings are, for the most part, “family friendly,” we are a university-age student group, and some titles might include themes or imagery that might be more “R” than “PG,” and might explore viewpoints or practices that differ from mainstream. If you ever have any questions about any of the shows, please feel free to ask an Officer before the meeting or during the Break, and he or she can help you to decide whether a show is likely to be to your taste. You can also contact us beforehand if you have any concerns, or if you are e.g. considering bringing a child, younger sibling, etc.
In addition to our public anime showings (which are open to all, members and non-members alike), registered members of the Club also have access to a large lending library of over 1,200 DVDs and Blu-Rays that can be checked out for home viewing.
We also have a public email list that you can join. Weekly schedules and periodic news updates are typically mailed to the list as well as being posted online here.
Our main events are our regular weekly meetings and anime screenings. We occasionally organize informal outside events, such as group trips to an Austin-area theater screening of a new movie. In general, though, we avoid scheduling anything outside of our traditional Friday evening timeslot (to keep your schedule as well as ours easier to manage!). We hold several special event nights each year—movie nights, Halloween costume party, Anime Club’s Birthday Celebration, and more—but these always take place at our regular Friday meeting for the given week.
Many members of the Club are also members of other Japanese or Asian language or cultural groups or societies on or around campus. If you’re interested in learning more, or are a member of another group that you think Anime Club members might be interested in, feel free to bring it up at one of our meetings!
Outside of UT, many members regularly attend various anime conventions in the region (of which there are several). For some of the most prominent and/or local events (such as A-Kon in Dallas during the summer, or Ushicon here in Austin during the spring), we generally will forego holding an Anime Club meeting for a week if it would force a scheduling conflict with the convention. (Any such exceptions will be noted in the schedule listing for a given semester, so you can plan accordingly.)
For general questions or comments, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have special-purpose addresses for more specific queries; see the contact information page for more details.