Anime Club Profile

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The Penn State Anime Organization was recently profiled in an article on the U-Wire.
Currently comprised of about 30 members, PSAO offers an outlet for fans of the genre and also hopes to introduce other to anime. President Shawn Handyside (junior-integrative arts), who was inspired to start PSAO from a foreign film club he was in, said with a few dedicated people, the organization could help expose students to a different, sophisticated type of animation.

"Anime takes animation to many different ends that aren't achieved in America," Handyside said. "The graphics are amazing and the plots are thought provoking. I think that's why it's so popular."

Upcoming events for PSAO include showcasing anime on campus. The first show will be during the first week of March. Their Web site ( will also feature the club's schedule, movie reviews and anime products.

"Ultimately, we'd like to build an anime community here at Penn State," Handyside said.

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