The Japanese Media Appreciation Club

at DePaul University


JMAC WQ Week 9: Flying Turtles and Godzilla

Greetings JMACers,

How ’bout this weather. Like, I shouldn’t always default to talking about the weather in the starter section of the weekly email, but like. this. weather.

Next Meeting: Winter Quarter Week 9

Join us next week for the second-to-last meeting of the "winter" quarter! It will be held on Monday, February 27th from 4-9pm in room 314A of the Lincoln Park Student Center. Next week’s social hour will be a collaborative activity called Flying Turtles!

The weekly showing for the next meeting is the original Godzilla. This science fiction live-action kaiju film is the first film in the Godzilla franchise. When a boat sinks into the sea, survivors who emerge from the wreckage speak of the ancient sea monster, "Godzilla."

And finally, check out our running series for the remainder of the winter quarter GATE.

Last Week’s PowerPoint (Week 8)

Be sure to check out last week’s powerpoint online via dropbox (◕‿◕✿)

The slides are themed with the adorable Pusheen in honor of her birthday! They also highlight anime-related activities in the Chicagoland area and include some of JMAC Board’s adventures at Anime Milwaukee ヽ(´▽`)ノ

As a friendly reminder (unless you’d like to hear my j-music preferences) (boy I have loads of j-music), submit your own manga and music video recommendations for the weekly powerpoint! It’s super easy to do, and it can be done via the JMAC website (●´ω`●)

As always, have a splendid weekend!
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary

JMAC Website


JMAC WQ Week 8: Early Japanese Animation and Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

What’s up JMACers,

While on the red line, I overheard a guy saying that we’re 5 weeks into winter and 5 weeks away from spring. Judging by the sweet Chicagoland weather this weekend, I, too, think it’s not a bad idea to "think spring."

Next Week’s Meeting: Winter Quarter Week 8
Join us for the next JMAC meeting on Monday, February 20th from 4-9pm in room 314A of the Lincoln Park Student Center. Our social hour for the week will be a panel about early Japanese animation, starting at 4pm~

The weekly showing will be Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. This series takes place in the far future in the 51st century. Based on the novel, the show follows Albert Morcerf, a young aristocrat, who befriends the Count of Monte Cristo, a wealthy businessman.

And lastly, we’ll screen more episodes of our second running series for the winter quarter, GATE.

Last Week’s Powerpoint (Week 7)
Check out the slides to last week’s powerpoint through dropbox~

It contains the latest JMAC news (including applications to become a Public Relations member) (or do i mean memeber) and cool images themed to Valentines Day <3

The slides also feature a slice-of-life manga that follows body-swapping incidents between two students and a music video of a song featured in the movie Paprika.

Have a swanky weekend~
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary

JMAC Website


JMAC WQ Week 7: Erica Mendez Event, Voice Over Activity, and Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret

S’up JMACers,

We’re officially four full weeks away from the end of the winter quarter! Keep up the good work, and may the winter chill will be over soon. :)

The JMAC Voice Actor Event with Erica Mendez

The Japanese Media Appreciation club welcomes voice actress (and DePaul alumna) Erica Mendez! Though she hasn’t completely made use of the actual animation part of her studies, she instead lent her voice to plenty of animated characters in shows. She’s best known for the roles of Ryuko in Kill la Kill, Gon in Hunter x Hunter (2011), Aladdin in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Yuuki in Sword Art Online II and Nico in Love Live!

This event will take place on Saturday, February 11th from 12-4pm in room 254 of the Schmitt Academic Center. This event includes a Q&A session, a meet-and-greet, and free food! RSVP for this event by email or via the Facebook event.

For more information or other concerns, please contact JMAC by email.

Next Week’s Meeting: Winter Quarter Week 7

Stop by our next club meeting on Monday, February 13th from 4-9pm in room 314A of the Lincoln Park Student Center. Our social hour will begin at 4pm, which will be a (super highly promising!!) voice over activity~

The weekly showing will begin after the 5pm powerpoint. This week’s show will be Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret. This romantic-y anime series follows the ordinary Yuto Ayase, who likes his intelligent, rich, and attractive classmate Haruka Nogizaka. One day, Yuto stumbles upon Haruka indulging in her deepest, darkest secret, which is her interest in anime, manga and otaku culture.

And finally, join us for our (newly started!) running series for the winter quarter: GATE.

Last Week’s PowerPoint (Week 6)

Check out last week’s powerpoint online via dropbox~ it has the latest official news in a pretty, visual format!

The slides are themed with characters voiced by Erica Mendez! It also features a new slice-of-life manga for the (half) month and a super awesome music video from a Japanese hip hop group.

Have a sensational weekend,
(and hope to see you at this weekend’s voice actor event!!) :>
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary

JMAC Website


JMAC WQ Week 6: Nerd Jeopardy and Death Parade

What’s up JMACers,

Through yesterday’s Groundhog Day predicts the coming of spring, today in Japan (February 3rd) is Setsubun, the day before the beginning of the spring season. This day is accompanied by a ritual to cleanse away evil for the coming year by throwing beans~

A Few Reminders

Tomorrow, February 4th, is Uchi-con, a one-day convention organized by the University of Chicago’s Japanese Animation Society. On Saturday from 10am-6pm, "poor college students bring you the best free convention on this side of the Atlantic," which includes an artist alley, cosplay contest, game room, karaoke, and a variety of panels! (check out the guidebook for more info)

If you’d like to meet up with JMACers for tomorrow’s (unofficial) event, a group will leave at 10am from Brownstones in the Student Center and commute together from Lincoln Park to Uchi-con~

On February 11th, JMAC will welcome voice actress Erica Mendez! She graduated from DePaul with a BA in Animation in 2011. While she hasn’t completely made use of the actual animation part of her studies, she instead has lent her voice to plenty of animated characters in shows. She’s best known for her roles as Ryuko in Kill la Kill, Gon in Hunter x Hunter (2011), Aladdin in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Yuuki in Sword Art Online II and Nico in Love Live!

This event includes a Q&A session, a meet-and-greet, and free food! It will take place on Saturday, February 11th from 12 to 4pm in room 254 of the Schmitt Academic Center. For more information, please contact us by email~

Next Week’s Meeting: Winter Quarter Week 6

The next JMAC meeting will be on Monday, February 6th from 4-9pm in room 314A in the Lincoln Park Student Center. Our social hour will be Nerd Jeopardy, beginning at 4pm.

The weekly showing will be Death Parade. In this anime, there is no heaven or hell, but a bartender that challenges pairs of the recently deceased to a game that decides their fate: ascending into reincarnation or falling into the void.

And finally, we will begin the second running series for the winter quarter: GATE. When off-duty officer and otaku Youji Itami attends a doujin convention, a mysterious portal in the shape of a large gate suddenly appears. After supernatural creatures charge and destroy the city, Youji must lead a recon team to restore order and create peace with what lies beyond the gate.

Last Week’s PowerPoint (Week 5)

Check out the latest news in the JMAC powerpoint, which can be accessed online via dropbox~ The theme for this week is the lunar new year!

Included in this week’s powerpoint is the manga of the (half) month about a viking named Thorfinn and a nostalgic music video by a band that has done many anime openings.

Have a spectacular weekend!
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary

JMAC Website