Ideas for an Anime Party

Written by amy mcnulty
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The devotees of Japanese animation -- or "anime" as it's more commonly called -- are so widespread, particularly in the teenage and young adult community, that the Associated Press caught wind of the growing anime fan base in 2006, citing young women as an increasingly growing segment of the fan community. These same young women -- or anyone who loves anime, for that matter -- are likely to throw anime parties for special occasions or just because.

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Themed Anime Marathon

A no-brainer at an anime party may be the anime marathon, but just tossing on a few assorted DVDs or Blu-rays won't catch your anime party guests' attentions. Decide on a theme beforehand and set a schedule for the evening's showings. You can show all romance anime for Valentine's Day, for example, or horror anime for Halloween. If you're throwing a party for no special reason, consider showing anime appropriate for the season. Play summer party episodes during the summer and winter episodes when it's cold outside.

Cosplay, Photos and Masquerade

An anime party is a lot more fun when you and your guests attend in cosplay, which is the Japanese term for "costume play." You can either participate in what Anime News Network calls "basic cosplay," which just involves dressing up as your favourite characters and taking a few pictures, or in "masquerade cosplay." Masquerade cosplay involves acting out favourite scenes from anime series or even acting out original scripts. If acting out scripts, have your guests vote to see which script they found the most amusing or the most true to a character. Award an anime prize to the winner.

Anime Song Karaoke

Any anime fan knows that karaoke is an ingrained part of Japanese culture; the fact that the general vernacular word "karaoke" comes from the Japanese words for "empty" and "orchestra" is proof enough, but many anime series feature scenes of the characters meeting up at a karaoke parlour for fun. Get a microphone and set up a computer for anime song karaoke at your anime party. You can play anime on your computer and sing along with the Japanese lyrics.

Serve Japanese Snacks and Appetizers

Japanese snacks like Pocky, which are chocolate-covered cookie sticks, have almost a cult following among anime fans. Keep your anime party guests from going hungry by having boxes of Japanese snacks available. If you're hoping to serve appetizers, consider making some simple Japanese finger foods. Sushi and takoyaki (octopus dough balls) are perfect for appetizers. If you're having your anime party during the summer, consider serving cold soba noodles with Japanese dipping sauce.

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