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School clubs are often portrayed as an after school event when a group of students get together to engage in an extracurricular activity. Common school clubs includes sports club, drama club, reading club, chess club, and cultural clubs. However, throughout the anime industry, we have been exposed to a variety of strange school clubs, which function as the setting of the most peculiar situations and characters’ interactions.
These here are not your boring after school clubs. From awesome clubs such as eating delicious sweets while playing rock music, going after the paranormal, to weird club activities like solving people issues and mysteries alike, let’s count 10 of the Weirdest/Coolest school clubs in anime.
10. The Going Home Club from Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2013 - Oct 2013
When Natsuki was asked by her classmate, Karin on which of the school clubs she would like to join, she replied that she was going to join the going-home club. Much to her amazement and bewilderment, such a club actually exists. To further add to the bafflement of the situation, the club members are all eccentric and weird. How will Natsuki ever survive being a member of this club?
The Going Home Club - probably one of the clubs that will make you go 'what.....?' if you ever heard of its existence. See, the main point is that joining the going home club usually means that somebody does not wish to partake in such activities, and would rather do what the name suggests - go home! However, it turns out to be a club where most of the time the members will engage in totally random weird events, such as wrestling bears. Quite an interesting club in our opinion, but definitely one of the weirdest, in a good way!
9. The Survival Game Club from Sabagebu!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2014 - Sep 2014
While seemingly minding her own business one day in school, Momoka was trapped and knocked out. When she wakes up, she found herself handcuffed to a chair. Her captors? Her soon to be club members from the Survival Game Club. Life is about to get very entertaining for Momoka...
The Survival Game Club is basically a gathering of military otaku. They love weapons and war tactics. While it may appear to be normal and that the club is simply an interest focus group, they take their love to the next level by conducting simulated battle games whereby they run around with their model guns. If you take away the animation, that's just 5 girls running around going pew-pew-pew...
8. Amusement Club from Yuru Yuri
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2011 - Sep 2011
Yuru Yuri focuses on the daily lives of 4 middle school girls, Akari, Yui, Kyouko and Chinatsu. Taking over the now defunct Tea Club. These 4 girls established a new club called the Amusement Club - a club dedicated to the provision of entertainment for its members. Join these girls as they spend their time away in their own Amusement Club!
Similarly to the Neighbour's Club, the Amusement Club is just a club where a bunch of friends get together and decide what they want to do, instead of doing a specific task. Read manga? Watch a video? Just talk? Anything that entertains you is welcomed in the Amusement Club!
7. The Game Creation Club from D-Frag
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 2014 to Mar 2014
Kazama Kenji is a delinquent and he chooses to see himself that way. That will soon change when he meets Shibasaki Roka, a diminutive girl who happens to be the head of the Game Creation Club. After being bound and blinded by her 'power of darkness', he was coerced into joining the club. This eccentric club is where Kenji will spend his after school time from now on.
The Game Creation Club does not sort of create games. More often than not, it’s Kenji screaming and retorting at the ridiculous stuff the rest of the members does, such as make believe role play, and manipulating the elements. This makes the Game Creation Club a pretty weird club that does weird otaku stuff, with Kenji as the comic relief with his pragmatism.
6. The Light Music Club from K-On!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2009 - Jun 2009
Hirasawa Yui is truly a carefree individual. She has little worries, and often spends her time in the clouds. While entering high school, she happens to chance upon an advertisement for the Light Music Club despite not knowing how to play a musical instrument. This is a simple anime on daily club activities and just hanging out!
The Light Music Club is quite a relaxed club. Club activities include playing musical instruments and spending quality time with club members drinking tea and eating sweets, this is what makes this club weird and cool at the same time, it's not only about music but sharing moments together while they eat all those amazingly delicious sweets. The lack of members also suggests a quiet club that you can unwind in after a tiring day at school. Best of all, you can even pick up a new musical instrument without pressure; this is the Light Music Club after all! Now if only most schools will offer such a club...
5. The Neighbours Club from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2011 to Dec 2011
A chance encounter led two outcasts - Hasegawa Kodaka and Mikazuki Yozora to create a new club in their school known only as the Neighbours Club. The aim of the club is to include people who don't have many friends. With each having their own individual quirks, there are more chances of them falling out than getting along together. Will the members of this unique club eventually get together?
While it may sound depressing to be in a club that termed itself as - 'a club for people with no friends', the Neighbour's Club is actually a very entertaining club for individuals to pursue their own hobbies. Think of an after school lounge where you can hang out and talk, and that is the Neighbour's Club in general. Ironically, for a club that brands it as an outcast club, the members in the club are actually all great friends which lead us to believe that this may just be the coolest club after all!
4. The Classics Club from Hyouka
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Apr 2012 to Sep 2012
Due to his sister's pressure on him, Houtarou Oreki joins the Classics Club unwillingly. There, he meets Eru Chitanda, an ever curious girl who is just about mystified about every single mystery. Since Oreki is by nature, a minimalist who prefers to conserve his energy, he is often dragged around by the active Chitanda to solve mysteries. This series highlights just how the small mysteries in life can be so enjoyable.
No actual literature, or anything remotely related to literature, is done in the Classics Club. If anything, with what the characters are doing most of the time, it should be called the Mystery Club. Since life is always filled with small mysteries, the Classics Club will prove to be quite a pleasant club to be in. Imagine having the answer to your question on everyday life answered, from missing wallets to urban legends revealed!
3. Service Club from Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Apr 2013 to Jun 2013
Hachiman Hikigaya is a jaded teenager almost to the point of becoming a nihilist. Rejecting happiness, he sees it as an illusion for an individual to escape reality as a defence mechanism. One day, because of an essay that is 'too honest' his teacher punished him by making him join the Service Club in the hopes that it would improve his views on life. There he meets Yukino Yukinoshita, a beautiful high school girl that is dubbed 'the Ice Queen'. How will Hikigaya cope with the sarcastic and snarky Yukino in this school comedy anime?
Listening to other people's problems and then solving them, that's the purpose of the Service Club. However, with the few members that the club has, and their own sets of issues, the members themselves have more problems than the person who requests for help. With Hikigaya and his jaded views, it can be cumbersome to help, and even awkward at times.
It will most probably be pretty weird to have someone like Hikigaya around you the whole time, with his pessimistic attitude. However, throughout the show, it has been shown that he uses that same attitude to resolve issues and conflicts, and that is a very interesting situation to be in!
2. Teiko Junior High Basketball Club from Kuroko no Basuke
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr 2012 to Sep 2012
Teiko Junior High holds the strongest basketball team, the Generation of Miracles (GoM), - 5 strong players whose talents are said to be seen once in every 10 years. Beneath the glory lies a Phantom Sixth Man - Kuroko whose skill is synonymous with his lack of presence. Taiga Kagami joins Seirin High School in an effort to beat each of the 5 players from the GoM, and it’s at Seirin that he meets the mysterious Phantom of the GoM.
This is not an ordinary Sports Club, being in Teiko Junior High basketball team assures you the right of being amongst the very best. The reputation of the GoM represents the strongest player in Teiko, but the club itself is reputed to be the best and holds several championship titles. Why is this cool? Once you are in this club, you are already regarded to be a player in the strongest club in Japan.
1. The SOS Brigade from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
- Episodes: 14
- Aired: Apr 2006 to Jul 2006
Aliens, time travellers and espers, are amongst some of the interests of the SOS Brigade. Originally formed by the titular character - Haruhi, she takes a very strong stance in investigating just about anything paranormal much to the exasperation of Kyon. Alongside the ever quiet Yuki Nagato, the timid Mikuru Asahina and the enigmatic Itsuki Koizumi, the SOS Brigade follows the misadventures of these members and their investigation into just about anything abnormal.
Whereby most of your days are spent investigating random paranormal activities at the behest of your whimsical leader, the days that you will live in this club will almost certainly never be boring. This has got to be the weirdest club in our opinion, but yet, there is this appeal factor that really makes you want to join such a cool club. From making movies to investigating a murder, there is much deviation from standard club activities such that every day is full of surprises!
Amongst these School Clubs in anime, be it cool, weird, or weird/cool, which one will you choose to be a part of? Weird has its advantage of being unique and different such that it makes it all the more cool and awesome.
Share with us if you also have any clubs you would like to join if they ever exist in your school!