Born in Japan, GDE student Dat Nguyen has been impacted by anime all his life. In his later years growing up in America, he would find that cartoons were different from anime, but come to love both artforms.
At Cogswell, Nguyen noticed that there was a big following for both anime and cartoons. Students, however, would watch their favorite shows alone in the library or in the den. Realizing that there was potential to form a student group about his passion, Nguyen formed Cogswell’s first Toon Club to unite the cartoon and anime lovers on campus around analyzing shows in depth.
Every week, the club chooses a different show or film to watch, followed by an in-depth discussion and analysis. They trade critical review points on the shows they watch – from animation effects to fighting scenes, story to voice acting and music. “Our goal is to gather more people in our club,” Nguyen tells the Chronicle. “We are all nerds and weeaboos here, after all.”
The club plans to collaborate with other Cogswell clubs, such as the Film Appreciation Club, and to attend conventions like Fanime next year. Cogswell’s first anime and cartoon-centric club in recent history was established last fall, in response to demand from both returning students and incoming freshmen who share Nguyen’s love for the forms.
Toon Club meets every Friday at 4:30 P.M. in Room 112.