How well do Fanshawe students know anime?

On May 4, Interrobang went down to Fanshawe's London Downtown campus to interview some Fanshawe students about how much they know about anime.

On May 4, I went down to Fanshawe’s London Downtown campus to interview some Fanshawe students about how much they know about anime.

For a lot of people involved in anime and nerd culture, it’s hard to find many fellow enthusiasts. But as I walked around the campus, I ended up finding a lot of people who like anime. Most people that I interviewed fell into three main categories: people who are really enjoying anime, people who have some interest in the medium but haven’t really dived into it that deep and people who know anime but are not super into it. There were only a few people I interviewed who didn't know what it was.

For those who don’t know, anime is defined as “a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children” (Oxford Languages Dictionary), and it has been growing in mainstream popularity in North America over the past several years with shows like Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer and My Hero Academia becoming culturally significant here in Canada and internationally.

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If you're thinking of getting into anime this summer, streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Crunchyroll have access to a large library of anime. There are tons of great shows this summer to explore: some are getting new seasons this summer such as Overlord and The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Some are gaining popularity like Spy x Family, and some popular shows have recently wrapped up their latest seasons this past spring such as Attack on Titan, and Kaguya-sama: Love is War.

There are a couple of events to visit this summer here in Canada if you’re interested in anime or general geek culture. The Forest City Comicon convention is happening at Centennial Hall right here in London on June 25 and then there’s Canada’s biggest anime convention, Anime North, happening at the Toronto Congress Centre from July 15-17.