The Japanese Media Appreciation Club

at DePaul University


JMAC SQ Week 9: ACen Meetup and The General Meeting

Dear JMACers,

ACen is coming // it’s happening tomorrow // hype hype hype hype hype

…clearly, I’m not a poet.

The JMAC ACen Photoshoot/Meetup!

JMAC will be attending Anime Central this weekend, the third largest anime convention in the United States!

cdkmckuJoin us for the JMAC Photoshoot/Meetup tomorrow, Friday, May 20th from 4:30-6:30pm. Because there are so many panels and meetups co-occurring on Friday afternoon, JMAC will be meeting at ACen for two hours, but members are free to come and stop by! An ACen badge isn’t necessary to attend the photoshoot/meetup, so we hope to see you there! :D

Additionally, for the first time ever, board members of JMAC and the DePaul Comics and Manga Club (DCMC) will be promoting DePaul University in the ACen exhibitor hall. If you’ll be going to ACen this weekend, say hi to us at the DePaul booth~

Other Upcoming Events!

Though next week will be our final meeting of the year, the following are a few upcoming events before the end of the quarter…

DeFrag’s Geek ‘Til Dawn: Friday, 05/27 to Saturday, 05/28

Join DeFrag in a celebration of geek culture (video games, board games, raffles and more!) all night long in the DePaul CDM building. Geek Til Dawn 17: A Fantasy Getaway begins on Friday night with registration from 6-8pm and announcements starting at 8:30pm.

JMAC will be providing fantasy-themed anime showings throughout the night in room 708! The showings will be Little Witch Academia from 9-11pm, Soul Eater from 11pm-1am, Log Horizon from 1:30-3:30am, and Slayers from 3:30-5:30am.

The Annual JMAC Auction: Friday, 06/03 @ 1-4pm – Arts & Letters room 103

Want to buy things? Have a thing to sell? And support JMAC in the process? Attend the JMAC auction to bid on anime (and anime-related) swag and help fund the club for the coming school year!

If you have anything to donate, please include (1) your name, (2) the items you’d like to donate and (3) the starting bid for each item. Donations can be given to any board member before the auction, or simply dropped off at the auction itself!

Next Week’s (final) Meeting: Spring Quarter Week 9

The end is coming so soon… ;_; Join us for the last JMAC meeting of the academic year this Monday, May 23rd from 4-9pm in room 324 in the Lincoln Park Student Center. Our social hour will be board games!

As the last meeting of the quarter is The General Meeting, in which we circle up and offer (constructive) criticism about the club. We will also be taking suggestions for social hours, weekly showings, and running series for the fall quarter!

And finally, we will conclude our running series for the spring quarter, Gatchaman Crowds: Insight.

Last Week’s PowerPoint: SQ Week 8

You’ll find the PowerPoint for last week’s meeting attached to the email~ It’s themed with “Unique Conventions” in hype for ACen!

The slides also feature the manga of the month of May that touches upon themes of childhood and gender, as well as a music video that comedically depicts how the world is absorbed in a cell phone culture.

Cheers!
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary

JMAC Website

SQ Week 8.pdf


JMAC SQ Week 8: Friday Night Movie Night, Godzilla Panel and The ACen Panel

Good evening, JMACers!

I’m all ’bout that convention lyfe (for like, 2/52 weekends outta the year orz), and convention hype/crunch time is finally upon us. To all of those attending ACen, best of luck on any final preparations before the convention!

Friday Night Movie Night!

Just a reminder that tomorrow is JMAC’s Friday Night Movie Night for the spring quarter! We’ll be meeting tomorrow night, May 13th, in Arts & Letters room 103 from 6-10pm to watch Beautiful Dreamer and Perfect Blue. Though this event is (mostly) BYOB, we’ll be providing popcorn (and Green River) to enhance your viewing experience~

> Beautiful Dreamer (Urusei Yatsura) is an animated comedic, fantasy film. When students Tomoniki prepare for their school festival, the world begins to change and the next day never comes. As they find a way to address the problem, their beliefs of reality are challenged by the world of dreams.
> Perfect Blue is an animated horror-thriller film that follows Mima Kirigoe, a member of a Japanese pop-idol group that decides to retire from music and pursue a career in acting. When one of her fans stalks her, Mima breaks down and struggles to distinguish fantasy from reality.

The JMAC Auction

Friday, June 3rd is the annual JMAC Auction! This event is one of the most important events of the year, for it funds the Voice Actor Event and other club expenses. Join us to bid on awesome items and support your local Japanese media appreciation club in the process~

Though our time and location is TBA at the moment, we are taking donations for the auction! If you have anything you’d like to place for auction, contact us through email with (1) your name (2) the donated items and (3) the starting bid for each item.

Next Week’s Meeting: Spring Quarter Week 8

Join us for the 8th meeting of the spring quarter meeting on Monday, May 16th from 4-9pm in room 324 in the Lincoln Park Student Center. Our social hour kicks off with a panel about Godzilla at 4pm.

In lieu of a weekly showing at 5:30pm, the JMAC board will be presenting a panel about Anime Central, the largest anime convention in the midwest. Learn about what to expect and how to prepare for ACen to make the most of an exciting weekend~

And finally, join us as we continue Gatchaman Crowds: Insight, our running series for the spring quarter!

Last Week’s Power Point: SQ Week 7 (aka JMAC Week 26)

Attached are the slides to last week’s PowerPoint, which is themed with all things Mother’s Day in Japan! You’ll also find the featured manga for the month of May and a music video from a band that’s famous for anime openings in Fullmetal Alchemist, Erased, and Naruto!

Stay swift, JMAC~
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary

JMAC Website

SQ Week 7.pdf


JMAC SQ Week 7: Sushi Go and Super Sentai Akibarangers

Hi JMACers,

Welcome to Monday! It’s not the sunniest of Mondays (or sunniest of days in general) in the Chicago area, so perhaps it’s our own individual duty to provide a lil sunshine in the lives of others~

JMAC’s Friday Night Movie Night!

This Friday, JMAC will be hosting a movie night! Join us on Friday, May 13th from 6-10pm in Arts & Letters room 103 for screenings of two movies, Beautiful Dreamer and Millennium Actress. Though this event is BYOB, JMAC board members shall be providing popcorn for this event! :)

Beautiful Dreamer (Urusei Yatsura) is an animated comedic, fantasy film. When students in Tomoniki prepare for their upcoming school festival, the world begins to change and the next day never comes. As they find a way to address the problem, their beliefs of reality are challenged by the world of dreams.
Millennium Actress is an animated comedy-drama adventure that follows filmmaker Genya Tachibana and camera man Kyouji Ida interviewing retired actress Chiyoko Fujiwara. In a secluded mountain, Chiyoko reflects and narrates her illusionary journey through Japanese cinematic history, blurring the differences between reality and cinema.

This Week’s Meeting: Spring Quarter Week 7

This week’s meeting will take place on Monday, May 9th (today) from 4-9pm in room 324 of the Lincoln Park Student Center. Join us at 4pm for a social hour of Sushi Go!

The showing for this week is Super Sentai Akibaranger. This comedic live action series begins when three individuals (a Super Sentai otaku, a cosplay otaku, and a closet anime otaku) are chosen by a beautiful scientist to become the “Unofficial Sentai Akibarangers.” Together, they protect Akihabara from powerful villains.

And as always, join us as we continue to watch the second season of Gatchaman Crowds!

Last Week’s PowerPoint: SQ Week 6 (aka JMAC Week 25)

Attached are the slides from last week’s meeting! Check out the slides to see some nifty Japanese fashion trends along with a new manga for the month of May~ You’ll also find a music video that’s the opening to the anime production of the manga of the month!

Hope to see you there!
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary

SQ Week 6.pdf


JMAC SQ Week 6: Fighting Video Games and Non Non Biyori

Hiya JMACers,

Like the midseason rain, midterms season has fallen upon us (or at least for me, that is)… so… how are/were those midterms? Well, this is the halfway mark of spring quarter, and we gotta do our best~

Next Week: Spring Quarter Week 6

Take a break from midterms and join us for the 6th installment of JMAC for the spring quarter! We’ll be meeting this Monday, May 2nd from 4-9pm in room 324 of the Lincoln Park Student Center. We’ll begin our meeting with social hour by playing fighting video games!

The weekly showing for our next meeting will be Non Non Biyori. When 5th grader Hotaru Ichijo moves from Tokyo to the rural town of Asahigaoka, she becomes one of five students attending the only class in the only school in town. This comedic, slice-of-life anime chronicles the not-so-normal daily lives of the lively group of friends.

And as always, join us at 7:30pm to continue watching our running series Gatchaman Crowds: Insight.

Last Week’s PowerPoint: SQ Week 5 (aka JMAC Week 24)

Attached is the PowerPoint that was shown at last week’s meeting, themed with awesome Japanese museums! You’ll also find the final feature for April’s manga of the month (t/w: existential crises). This week’s music video is from a boy band formed by popular Nico Nico Douga singers.

Stay scintillating, JMAC~
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary

JMAC Website

SQ Week 5.pdf