Even though it’s mostly made in Japan, anime, that ever-expressive, doe-eyed, colorful style of animation, has gained a strong cult following here in the United States.

The reasons people are drawn to anime range from appreciation of the art style and depth of emotion of the characters to the humor present in many popular shows.

With its rise in popularity, especially throughout the last two decades, anime clubs have sprung up all across college campuses to provide entertainment and a place to meet for people with similar interests.

Arbiter Staffer Ryan Hoffman caught up with graphic design and English with an emphasis in writing major, Chelsea Mabbott, to talk about her participation in Boise State’s Anime Club. Mabbott is the lead supervisor/coordinator of the Anime Club.


Q: Can you remember the first anime show or film you ever watched?


A: Dragon Ball Z when I was probably about 9 or 10 years old.


Q: What drew you to anime in the first place?


A: The beautiful artwork and wide variety of possibilities within anime.


Q: What is your favorite anime show or film?
A: My favorite changes almost hourly, but the ones that are most constant are The Story of Saiunkoku and Sword Art Online.


Q: What is your favorite aspect of Anime Club?
A: Getting together with my friends and enjoying ourselves as we watch and discuss the anime.


Q: What is your least favorite trope or cliché of anime?
A: Two main characters that everyone pairs together even though there is no way they will ever get together (Interviewer’s Note: This is also what is known as a “crack”


Q: If you were to make an anime show or film yourself, what would it be about and why?
A: As a writer, there are hundreds of different story plots that I would love to make into an anime, so picking just one is impossible. However, my typical storyline tends to be about a broken main character who slowly becomes more and more comfortable with themselves through the help of others.

The Boise State Anime Club meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the SUB.

The club watches and discusses four hours of a variety of programming selected and voted on by members.

For more information, visit the Club’s Facebook page.