We had 14 patrons at last night's anime screening of Kenichi, the Mightiest Disciple. There are many people who work at the Library who help contribute to our regular programs. One of them is Je-Andy, an audio-visual page who helps set up Anime Night every month at Mid-Manhattan Library. I sat down with Je-Andy and asked him some questions.
What is your name and your age?
My name is Je-Andy and I'm 21 years old.
What was tonight’s anime? Did you like it?
Kenichi. It was okay. I didn't get a chance to watch much of it.
How many Anime Nights at Mid-Manhattan Library have you set up for?
I've set up for Anime Nights at Mid-Manhattan Library for about five months now.
Do you like anime? What about it do you like?
I love anime, especially the old school ones. And I like more than the fantasy they bring — it's the fact that they make you feel connected by having other products, i.e. playing cards, etc.
What are a few of your favorite anime titles?
Yu-gi-oh! and Pokemon remain my top favorites, no matter what, because I still own their trading cards.
Do you think anime is more for boys, girls, or a combination? Why do you think so?
I don't think anime is either better for boys or girls. It's a true combination of the two, because the stories are sometimes so phenomenal that it has to be shared with other generations. Guys often watch the manly ones, while the girls watch or read Magical Girl. It's just amazing to see how we all can get together [at] night here at Mid-Manhattan Library and watch anime and get a few laughs.
Any closing thoughts?
I sure love the NYPL @ Night programs, especially the Anime Nights, and I hope it never ends, because Ryan does a terrific job and I hope he keeps it up.