The Japanese Media Appreciation Club

at DePaul University


JMAC FQ Week 8: Halloween Masquerade, Karaoke and Princess Tutu

Hiya everyone,

Today is Thursday, or what I’d like to call Friday-eve. Although Friday will be the actual eve of Halloween, we ought to appreciate all that today has to offer on this Friday-eve, or what I’d like to call "the eve of the eve of Halloween." :P

Some Reminders~

Saturday, October 31st is the JMAC Halloween Masquerade! We have an incredible lineup of participants showing off their cosplays/costumes in the spirit of Halloween~ Spend part of your afternoon with us cheering them on in room 314AB of the Lincoln Park Student Center from 12-4pm. Munchkins will be served!

On Saturday, November 14th, the Japanese American Service Committee is holding their annual Holiday Delight – Kodomo Matsuri (Children’s Festival). This is a community event with food vendors, taiko performances, traditional dancers and a visit from the large holiday fellow in red. JASC is seeking volunteers for this event! If you’d like to volunteer, email us with "JASC Volunteering" in the subject and we’ll put you in contact with Monse, a former JMAC vice president, for more info about this opportunity!

Next Week’s Meeting: Fall Quarter Week 8

Join us next week, Monday, November 2nd from 4-9pm in room 325 of the Lincoln Park Student Center for a meeting with the best Japanese Media Appreciation Club on the DePaul campus! :D Our meeting will begin with a social hour of nostalgic karaoke — singing to tunes from childhood television shows~

Our weekly showing for the next meeting will be Princess Tutu. This fairy tale-like anime begins when the young duckling Ahiru is transformed into a human girl. Using her egg-shaped pendant, Ahiru becomes Princess Tutu, a beautiful ballerina, and is faced with the challenge to relieve people from the turmoil in their hearts.

Following the weekly showing, we’ll continue with more episodes of our live action running series The Hero Yoshihiko and the Demon King’s Castle. With a comedic Halloween-themed episode behind us, what will happen next time in our hero’s adventures?

Last Week’s PowerPoint (Week 7)

Attached are slides from the PowerPoint from last week, themed with a variety of Japanese vending machines. This is the final week to find out more about our featured shoujo manga about twins, and a music video by a j-rock band currently touring the U.S. with alternative bands Sleeping With Sirens and All Time Low.

Hope to see ya at the Masquerade, and have a happy Halloween!

Spookily yours,
Sara S.
JMAC Scaretary

JMAC Website

FQ Week 7.pdf


JMAC FQ Week 7: Ninja/Dance Party and Shingu

Why hello there,

Hopefully this quarter isn’t wearing you down too much. I mean, yeah, we all have those days where we have to get down and rest, but there are other days when we have to get down (during JMAC, of course) and dance!!

JMAC Reminders: Halloween Masquerade

Join us on Saturday, October 31st for our Halloween Masquerade! We’ll be celebrating Halloween and cheering on masquerade participants as they show off their awesome costumes and cosplays!

This Monday (at 11:59pm) is the last day to enter the Masquerade. Show off your cosplay/costume in the spirit of Halloween for a chance to win prizes! Email us with “Masquerade Participation” in the subject line with (1) your name (2) your cosplay character & franchise (3) link to background audio (via youtube, preferably) and (4) anything we should know (choreography or performance bits). Non-DePaul students/DePaul alumni are welcome to enter, and as a lil incentive, all masquerade participants will receive a gourmet doughnut! :D

Cool Outside-of-JMAC Events

Peelander-Z, the Japanese Action Comic Punk Band, is having a Halloween Concert! The show will take place at Reggie’s Music Joint at 8pm on Halloween night. (Keep in mind that she show is 21+) Information about Peelander-Z can be found on their website and tickets for this concert can be purchased via ticketfly.

The Japanese American Service Committee is holding their annual Holiday Delight – Kodomo Matsuri (Children’s Festival) on Saturday, November 14th. This community event features food vendors, taiko performances, traditional dancers… and Santa! JASC is seeking volunteers for this event! If you’d like to volunteer, email us with “JASC Volunteering” in the subject and we’ll put you in contact with the lovely Monse, a JMAC alum, for more information~

Next Week’s Meeting: Fall Quarter Week 7

Our next meeting will be on Monday, October 26th from 4-9pm in room 325 of the Lincoln Park Student Center. Join us for social hour at 4pm with a game of Ninja followed by a spontaneous dance party. (Spontaneous dance parties for ninjas? I think yes.)

Around 5:30pm, we will be screening our weekly showing Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars. This adventure/sci-fi anime is about middle schooler Hajime Murata, who witnesses a transfer student fight using psychic powers. Hajime then learns that earth is protected from alien invasion using the ability of “Shingu,” and discovers his own role in protecting earth’s future.

And as always, around 7:30pm we will be continuing our running series The Hero Yoshihiko and the Demon King’s Castle. Yoshihiko has started new game+ on his journey in the second season of this live action comedy!

Last Week’s PowerPoint (Week 6)

Check out the slides from week 6 for pics of Japanese animation studios, a lighthearted shoujo manga, and a Korean girl group music video… because we lacked Japanese music videos submissions… (~awkward~)

…see ya
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary

JMAC Website

FQ Week 6.pdf


JMAC FQ Week 6: Osamu Tezuka Panel and Roujin Z

Hi everyone,

The gmails haven’t been the most friendly as of late. The mass emails sent out within the past 2ish weeks have been bounced back several times, but fear not! While the email system may not be the most amicable, JMAC will still continue~ :D

Some Reminders

Join JMAC on Halloween afternoon of costumes and contests! JMAC will be hosting a Halloween Masquerade on Saturday, October 31st in room 314AB from 12-4pm. Stick around for Halloween festivities and fierce costume competition!

What’s a masquerade without participants? We’re seeking cosplay and performance entries for this year’s masquerade! Email us with “Masquerade Participation” in the subject line by Mon.10/26 with (1) your name (2) your cosplay character & franchise (3) link to background audio (via youtube, preferably) and (4) anything we should know (choreography or performance bits). Non-DePaul students/DePaul alumni are welcome to enter!!

Next Week’s Meeting: Fall Quarter Week 6

Join us on Monday, October 19th (today~)in room 325 of the Lincoln Park Student Center from 4-9pm! We’ll be starting our meeting at 4pm with a panel about Osamu Tezuka, the creator of many manga series (such as Astro Boy) and the so-called “god of manga.”

Our weekly showing will be Roujin Z. This animated sci-fi action movie is about Mr. Takazawa, a test subject of the Z-001 machine intended to help the elderly without the intervention of the younger generation. The young nurse Haruko questions the ethics behind this machine, but when the Z-001 acquires a mind of its own, catastrophic results will follow!

And finally, we will continue at approx. 7:30pm with our running series The Hero Yoshihiko and the Demon King’s Castle.

Last Week’s PowerPoint (Week 5)
The PowerPoint shown from last week is attached to this very email! Check out the slides for pictures of magical girls~

To everyone reading this on Monday: SHOW MONDAY WHO’S BOSS! You got this!

Best,
Sara S.

JMAC Secretary

JMAC Website

FQ Week 5.pdf


JMAC FQ Week 5: Kageru Panel and Fresh Pretty Cure

Hello everyone,

Following the aftermath of the Love Live! Hanayo event, a young adult is left on the brink of collapse. Though she earned the elusive SR+ Goddess of Harvest card in the midst of midterms, a pile of homework remains untouched. Eventually, she regains consciousness and utters the words “Must… send… weekly JMAC email…”

Some Reminders: Halloween Masquerade (and How to Enter!)

From 12-4pm on Halloween Day, JMAC will be hosting a Halloween Masquerade! Join us on Saturday, October 31st in room 314AB of the Lincoln Park Student Center for an afternoon of cosplay and costume-adorning activities~

But what’s a masquerade without participants? We’re seeking cosplay and performance entries for this year’s masquerade! Email us with “Masquerade Participation” in the subject line by Mon.10/26 with (1) your name (2) your cosplay character & franchise (3) link to background audio (via youtube, preferably) and (4) anything we should know (choreography or performance bits). Non-DePaul students/DePaul alumni are welcome to enter!

Next Week’s Meeting!

Drop in on Monday, October 12th in room 325 of the Lincoln Park Student Center from 4-9pm for more JMAC! Next week’s meeting will kick off with a panel about the Kagerou Project at 4pm.

Our weekly showing for next time will be Fresh Pretty Cure at 5:30pm. This show follows Miss Love Momozono, a girl who wants to be a dancer. After joining the Trinity Dance Company, she gains the ability to become Cure Peach to fight the Labyrnth Kingdom with her friends!

And as always, join us at approx. 7:30pm for more of our running series: Japanese Monthy Python x Dragon Quest Adventures (otherwise known as The Hero Yoshihiko and the Demon King’s Castle).

Last Week’s PowerPoint~

Attached is the PowerPoint from last week’s meeting! Check out the slides for pictures of super interesting restaurants in Tokyo! It also features a baby metal band music video as well as a new manga for the month of October about a twisted twin story.

Good luck on midterms, everyone!

Sara S.

JMAC Secretary

FQ Week 4.pdf


JMAC FQ Week 4: Movie Night, Handheld Gaming, and GetBackers

Hi everybody!

September has ended, so y’all can wake up now. I hope you’ll have the time of your life this month, especially with the upcoming Halloween holiday. (:

Some Reminders:

Friday Night Movie Night is happening… tomorrow night! Join us on Friday, October 2nd in the Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) room 254 from 6-10pm!! We’ll be screening two movies, with Paprika as the first showing and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris as the second showing~

— Paprika is an animated psychological movie about a device that allows therapists to enter people’s dreams. When the prototype of the device is stolen, renowned scientist Dr. Atsuko Chiba, alter-ego “Paprika,” uses the machine to prevent the misuse of the device.
— Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris is a live action Kaiju (“strange beast”) film. Gamera, a monstrous fire-breathing turtle, killed the parents of teenager Ayana Hirasaka. Orphaned Ayana discovers an egg that hatches a small tentacled creature she names “Iris” and bonds with this aggressive creature to confront Gamera.

JMAC is invited to attend a Japanese drumming performance! Chicago’s Ho Etsu Taiko and Los Angeles’ On Ensemble taiko groups present ROTATIONS. This performance will take place on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th at the Athenaeum Theatre, located nearby the Wellington brown line stop. More information about ROTATIONS (as well as how to purchase tickets) is available on Athenaeum Theatre’s website.

Next Week’s Meeting: Fall Quarter Week 4

Our next meeting will take place in room 325 of the Lincoln Park Student Center on Monday, October 5th from 4-9pm. Next week’s meeting will kick off at 4pm with a handheld console social hour. Bring your PS Vita’s and your 3DS’s (or be like me and pose the argument that your phone can play video games) for the upcoming social hour!

Around 5:30pm, we will be screening GetBackers! This comedic anime is about “GetBackers” Ban Mido and Ginji Amano, a freelance repossession duo that retrieves any lost or stolen item. Because Ban and Ginji are terminally broke, the duo enthusiastically takes on bizarre jobs and use their supernatural abilities to maintain their 100% repossession success rate.

Afterwards ’round 7:30pm, we will continue with the lively adventures of Yoshihiko & co. in our running series The Hero Yoshihiko and the Demon King’s Castle.

Last Week’s PowerPoint (Week 3)

Attached is the PowerPoint from our previous meeting! This week’s slides feature 12 episode animes (that I highly approve of, just sayin’). Check out the slides for a manga that addresses the choices of youth and a song that was featured as the ending theme to Bakemonogatari.

Hope to see y’all at Friday Night Movie Night~

Serenely yours,
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary

FQ Week 3.pdf