WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Anime Club came off its three-month hiatus via a festive meeting held at the West Orange Public Library on Oct. 28.

Anime comes from Japan and is often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. The production of anime focuses less on the animation of movement and more on the realism of settings, as well as the use of camera effects like panning, zooming, and angle shots. In addition, diverse art styles of anime are used and character proportions and features can be quite varied such as large emotive or realistically-sized eyes.

The Anime Club’s meeting activities included watching anime episodes, holding an anime-based discussion, and even having an anime drawing contest.

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Six members attended the club meeting, with ages ranging from eleven to fourteen. They were also invited to participate in a cosplay party that same night. Cosplay involves wearing costumes and fashion accessories to represent specific fictional, in this case—anime characters.

According to Teen Librarian Kristen Anderson, the Anime Club is not only for people who enjoy watching anime and reading manga, but is also for people who enjoy learning about Asian Culture.

The Anime Club will be meeting in the West Orange Public Library’s meeting room the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. New Members are always welcome.

This teen program is one the many being offered at the library as a way of attracting teen memberships to the library.

Click HERE for the library’s calendar of events for other teen-related programs. There are also programs running for all age groups.

Other teen events have included the following: