The Japanese Media Appreciation Club

at DePaul University

JMAC SQ Week 10: Auction, Geek Til Dawn and Osaka Gardens(?)

Hello JMACers,

Though the spring quarter is beginning to wind down, it’s all the more reason to finish off the academic year strong and to make the most of the remainder of the quarter, that is, with awesome events~

The JMAC Auction

JMAC will have its largest fund-raising event of the year tomorrow, Friday, May 26th: the JMAC Auction. Stop by Arts & Letters room 103 from 12-5pm for a chance to bid on anime and anime-related swag! Attend the auction for a raffled off PS3, a banana-eating contest, and for many more tier-related prizes!

Geek Til Dawn

Tomorrow, Friday, May 26th, is DeFrag’s Geek Til Dawn, an event held all night long in the CDM building on DePaul’s loop campus. The theme this quarter is “Friend or Foe.” Registration begins at 6pm in the CDM lobby for a night of geeking out!

JMAC will be present at the event to screen anime and other forms of Japanese media all night long! Check out the powerpoint for a full list of our theme-specific showings and showtimes.

Osaka Gardens Outing(?)

Though there will be no official JMAC meeting this Monday, May 29th (aka Memorial Day), JMAC will host an outing to the Osaka Gardens in Chicago’s Jackson Park neighborhood.

If the weather cooperates, JMAC will meet up in the DePaul Center at 11am and leave at 11:30am to take the #6 bus at State & Jackson. Stay up to date on the current status of the event via JMAC’s Facebook profile.

Last Week’s PowerPoint (Week 9)

Check out the final powerpoint of the 2016-17 school year. It’s themed with cool pictures taken at Anime Central 2017!

This is final powerpoint features May’s manga of the month, a bittersweet slice of life manga, and a video of a j-rock band I’d highly recommend to see live in concert. :)

Best wishes,
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary



JMAC SQ Week 9: Socializing and the General Meeting

Greetings JMACers,

T’was the night before ACen, when all thro’ campus, not a student was stirring, waiting for a con so stupendous~
okay, but what even rhymes with “campus” in this context, gimmie a break…

The JMAC Photoshoot at ACen

The third largest anime convention in the U.S. begins tomorrow: Anime Central (aka ACen). JMAC will hold a casual meet-up/photoshoot on the first day of the convention: Friday, May 19th at 4:30pm (group photo at 4:45pm) (click here for the photoshoot locations). A badge is not necessary to attend the photoshoot, so we hope to see you there!

The JMAC Auction

On Friday, May 26th from 12-5pm in Arts and Letters room 103, JMAC will have its yearly fundraiser: the JMAC Auction. This event features generously donated anime-related swag to bid on and to keep as your own! All funds from this event go directly toward club events (e.g. voice actor, masquerade prizes) for the coming year.

If you have items you’d like to donate for the auction, please email us at dpujmac-at-gmail-dot-com with your donations and starting bid (preferably before the day of the auction).

Next Week’s Meeting: Spring Quarter Week 9

Join us for the final JMAC meeting of the academic year this Monday, May 22nd from 4-9pm in room 314B of the Lincoln Park Student Center. For this final meeting of the year, the social hour will be casual socializing~

Instead of a weekly showing, JMAC will have a general meeting. This is the time of the quarter where you, the members, tell us about how we’re doing as a club through compliments and constructive criticisms. (Lowkey, this is also when we decide the upcoming social hours, weekly showings and running series for the fall quarter, so please do bring your suggestions!)
And finally, join us for the conclusion of our running series for the spring quarter, Nichijou.

Last Week’s Powerpoint (Week 8)

Check out last week’s powerpoint, themed with pictures of adorable pets in cosplay!

Also view the slides to know the fantasy manga for the month of May and to see a music video of a song that was used as the opening theme for Atom: The Beginning.

Have a superb weekend!
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary, ACen attendee


JMAC SQ Week 8: Japan Night, ACen Panel and Gunsmith Cats

S’up JMACers,

How are you holding up on this Thursday evening? With almost a quarter of the spring quarter remaining, let’s hope the coming weeks will flow smoothly~

Japan Night? Tomorrow Night!

The Japanese Studies/Language department is hosting an event about all things Japan! Included in this event is an information session (studying abroad, language classes), an aikido presentation, cosplay contest, karaoke contest, and trivia session! Japan Night is scheduled for tomorrow, May 12th from 5:30-9:00pm in SAC room 154.

JMAC will host the cosplay contest of Japan Night. This portion of the event will take place at 6:45pm. Though entries for the contest are now closed, we are looking forward to seeing participants in their awesome cosplays!

The JMAC Photoshoot at ACen

T-minus 8 days until the third largest U.S. anime convention begins: Anime Central (aka ACen). JMAC will be holding a casual meet-up/photoshoot on the first day of the convention: Friday, May 19th at 4:30pm (and group photo at 4:45pm) (see the powerpoint for the meetup location). An ACen badge isn’t necessary to attend the photoshoot~

Next Meeting: Spring Quarter Week 8

The next (second to last) JMAC meeting will take place this Monday, May 15th from 4-9pm in room 314A of the Lincoln Park Student Center. The social hour for next week will be a panel about ACen, explaining what to expect and how to prepare for Chicago’s anime convention. **Please note: the weekly powerpoint might take place at a slightly later time to accommodate for this presentation.

The showing for next week will be Gunsmith Cats. This OVA follows Irene “Rally” Vincent, who illegally runs the Gunsmith Cats gun shop, and housemate “Minnie” May Hopkins, an explosives expert. Together, they work as bounty hunters and get involved in missions to fight crime in Chicago.

And as always, join us afterwards to watch more episodes of our running series Nichijou.

Last Week’s Powerpoint (Week 7)

The slides to last week’s powerpoint are available online~ In honor of the upcoming holiday, the slides are themed with exceptional anime moms for Mother’s Day.

Also check out the slides to see the fantasy manga for the month of May and a music video from an indie rock band who calls their fans “Funky Party People” (FFP).

Sara S.
JMAC Secretary


JMAC SQ Week 7: Sengoku Jidai and Yojimbo

Hello JMACers,

Happy Friday, all! May this first weekend of May be filled with joy, good food, lovely company, and/or relaxation. :)

Japan Night~

Join the DePaul Japanese Studies and Language department for a night about all things Japanese culture! This evening will include information about studying abroad in Japan, an akido presentation, karaoke contest, and cosplay contest. Japan Night will take place on Friday, May 12th from 5:30-9:00pm in Schmitt Academic Center room 154. (more info on the official flyer!)

JMAC will be hosting a Cosplay Contest at Japan Night! The grand prize for the winner of the contest is a $50 gift card. If interested in participating, submit your entry by Monday, May 8th via email with the following info:
– your name
– your character
– type of presentation: walk-on, skit, dance performance, etc.

Next Week’s Meeting: Spring Quarter Week 7

The next JMAC meeting will be on Monday, May 8th from 4-9pm in room 314A in the Lincoln Park Student Center. The social hour will be a panel about Sengoku Jidai (“The Age of Warring States”).

Next week’s showing will be Yojimbo. This live action film follows a ronin (masterless samurai) in a small village in feudal Japan, where two rival businessmen struggle to take control of local trade. The ronin convinces the two men to hire him as a personal bodyguard, setting off a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious, unscrupulous men.

And lastly, we will continue to watch the comedic series Nichijou, our running series for the remainder of the quarter.

Last Week’s PowerPoint (Week 6)

The latest JMAC news and more is included in the weekly powerpoint. In honor of Children’s Day in Japan, these slides are themed with children from various anime series.

The slides also feature a NEW manga for the month of May and a music video of the musical guests of honor at this year’s Anime Central.

Stay serene, JMACers,
Sara S.
JMAC Secretary