Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Ninth Kolkata Anime Club meet.

Location: Chayan's place, Behala.
Date: 17th December, 2011.

(Chayan Chakrabarty, at the front- who was our host)


The September Meet of KAC had been the first meet where we had over 15 people attending. The next major meet was kept on 17th December, and Chayan had generously agreed to host the meet at his home. The initial timing was decided to be from 11:30 AM till 5PM. On the due date, most of us reached Tollygunj Metro station between 11 and noon, and then we took autos to reach Behala. Kritika and Ajitabh joined us there. Eighteen of us were already present and we all somehow managed to fit into the living room.

(From left- Sourajit, Hindol & Riddhidev)
After the customary introductions by members, we began with the anime screening (which was done on laptops since there wasn’t a bigger screen). A medley consisting of Fate/Zero’s summoning scene, Rider’s noble phantasm and Saber vs Archer was shown. Dream Port – Sand Dream was played and Sprinter- Kalafina was the other anime shown.


(During the screening - 1)
(During the anime screening - 2)

Aditi had made a really amazing video for this meet, encompassing the journey of KAC right from its inception till now. It was a massive hit with the members, and it also gave the new members an idea of what KAC had been up to all this time.

(KAC recap video)

All that good anime had made us hungry (and it was conveniently lunchtime). Sayantan, Nia & Shriya went out to search for food which was a bit of a hassle as there were no food stalls nearby. Anyhow, a food-stall was found and their joint bargaining and negotiating skills ensured that our stomachs were sated before we continued. It was around that time that Promit, Ayush, Deepraj, Kashyap and Kaushik arrived. With 23 people present, The meet had officially become the one with the highest number of attendees so far!

(From left: Hindol, Chayan, Shriya, Ayanti, Sayanee, Aditi, Bibhas, Ayush) 
Next on our agenda was the drawing contest. Members had brought along (or sent, in some cases) their artwork on which all the others voted to select the best entry. Abhyam and Roopkatha ended up taking first and second prizes, respectively. (More details regarding the Contest here).

(The drawing contest entries)

All then important work done, everyone got to the most important part of the day – the photo shoot. We had our usual share of fun, crazy posing and all that. As the meet came to our end, we behaved like responsible otakus and cleaned up the mess we had made over the last few hours before heading back to our homes, glad to be part of the best and most awesome KAC meet so far.

(From left: Chayan, Riddhiman, Ajitabh, Roopkatha, Aesha, Sourajit)

(From Left: Ayush, Deepraj, Kashyap, Kritika, Ayanti, Aditi, 
Abhishek, Sunny, Shriya, Kaushik, Sayanee)
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Highlights:
• The entire event was delayed by an hour, as some of the members took quite a while to gather at the decided spot.
• 23 people attended in total, a new high. There were members dropping out at the last moment, and members dropping in unexpectedly.
• Kritika Gupta, Ajitabh Chowdhury, Roopkatha and Riddhidev Banerjee, Sourajit Karmakar, Ayush Gupta were the new members we had the pleasure of meeting.
• Nia, Sunny and Shriya managed the food requirements, leaving ADG and Sayanee to control quite a wild group.
• The members were escorted home by the mods and admins. Casualties: 0.

video
9th Meet Special Video(Yet again, made by Aditi!) 

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Attendees:
Abhishek Dasgupta, Nia Dutta, Sayantan Bhattacharjee, Sayanee Das, Aesha Dey, Shriya Banerjee, Promit Nath Chatterjee, Bibhas C Debnath, Suplab Debnath, Xavier Das, Chayan Chakrabarty, Roopkatha & Riddhidev Banerjee, Hindol Dey, Sourajit Karmakar, Deepraj, Kashyap, Pari, Kaushik, Kritika, Aditi & Ayanti Mullick, Ajitabh Chaudhuri and Ayush Gupta.
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Special mention:
• Reetam Majumdar for getting us the manga.
• Aditi Mullick for her tear jerking AMV depicting KAC's meets spanning from the first to the eighth. Brilliant would be an understatement for something that got us all emotional in public, though I'm not sure if that was in general or just me.
• The admins and the mods for managing the event.

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