Webcomic / The Anime Club

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We assure you, they're only this terrifying 30% of the time.note 

A web comic that was, originally, just a recurring cast in KC Green's Gunshow. It stars the four members of a high school Anime Club: Mort, Mark, Dave, and the newest member, Clyde.

One day, Mort brings pornography...err, ''hentai'' to the library for them to watch. Unfortunately, the disc gives Dave's computer a virus, and this sparks a fight between the incensed Mark and the always-furious Mort.

To make matters worse, The Anime Club is booted from the public library for the fight (and for watching hentai,) leading them to search for a new location to conduct their club, as well as a refund for the corrupted data.

A five part web-comic (not including the original strips, a very short Part 2.5, and a non canon Part Six,) it's a short but highly recommended read. It can be found here. A Fan Vid series has started by the people who did the Hiimdaisy Persona 4 fandub, and is probably even more hilarious.


This webcomic provides examples of:

  • April Fools' Day: Part 6.
  • Batman Gambit: Dave's revenge on Tony turns out to be one of these.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: "Smegma Princess". It's mostly shown offscreen, but both Mort and Clyde seemed to have enjoyed watching it...
  • Berserk Button: Mort's berserk button is whenever someone denounces his taste in anime (Smegma Princess being a prime example) while Dave's is whenever someone messes with his computer. Tony's is probably Mort, especially due to the damage done to his car.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Dave is a sulky force to be reckoned with.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Done with three forces at hand here:
    • The title Anime Club's only greater sins are that Mort is ill tempered and has a short fuse, which can potentially lead into fights with Mark. Topping all of this, Mort is the leader, and tends to impose his repertoire of anime onto the group. On the other hand, the club is generally the most sane portrayed group of the rest, are shown to be sympathetic and redeemable, and even Mort cares for the group, going as far as apologizing to his enemies to help salvage the club at its worst time. His fuming passionate anger, though on the surface imposing and scary, turns into genuine love, implying he only wishes to share the magic of the moment he has felt out of the shows he has seen with his friends. Even if the anime they watch is sometimes highly questionable and at times is hentai, they are at least going the far distance of knowing the full spectrum of what anime is about.
    • The Japanese Animation Club, lead by Amy, tend to get along well and do not stir up much of a fuss, allowing them to hold the school as a stable meeting ground. However, the group is managed much like a hivemind, are encouraged to act like unimpressionable cringe inducing dorks, do things by mob rule to uphold their "happy" atmosphere, are implied to follow trends to a fault, and they have been shown to keep around people worse than Mort in terms of personality and social integrity.
    • Tony's group isn't shown much on screen, but much can be inferred with his overall appearance and impressions. Running the local comic book shop, he is the oldest anime fan on the strip, and knows much. On the other hand, Tony is shown to be a self centered bigheaded arrogant nerd who looks down on anyone who doesn't have tastes like him, uses his store to shortchange customers with bootlegs, merchandise, and other schemes like movie events simply for a quick buck, and anyone he doesn't find meshing with him gets him to act like a cruel dick.
  • Black Comedy: Part 6 of the comic and the Suicide Club comics that were derived from it. Mainly Suicide as Comedy.
  • Breakout Character: The Anime Club started as a one-off joke and grew into a rather large story.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Clyde's reaction to what was presented to him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Tony dislikes the tastes of the Anime Club, especially Mort. His solution? To give Dave's computer a powerful virus.
    • Dave's revenge on Tony for this is an even better example. Not only does he pop all of Tony's tires and break his windshield and car hood, he gives Tony's computer the very same virus Tony gave to his.
      • Not just that, but he gave the virus to Tony's computer right before he was about to broadcast a new Naruto movie that he had sold tickets for. So, in addition to the money Tony lost on the car he likely also lost several hundred dollars in refunds to the people who came to see the movie.
      • Not to mention the collateral damage inflicted upon the Japanese Animation Club, who at least never went out of their way to harm the Anime Club, by ruining the Naruto screening.
  • Driven to Suicide: Part 6. There are a few other strips where there are identical strangers known as the Suicide Club.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The initial Anime Club strips now look a bit odd. Clyde's design looked different and Mort would yell at anyone. In the later comics, Mort seems to get along fine with Dave and Clyde although he still fights constantly with Mark.
  • Fan Boy: All of the Anime Club, but Mort especially.
  • Fat Bastard: Mort, but Tony moreso.
  • Flipping the Bird: Seems to happen at least Once an Episode.
  • Foil: Mark is this to Mort.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Mort to the rest of the Anime Club.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The hentai is mostly shown off-screen, or in the case of the fandub, depicted through silly voices and even sillier sound effects. The reason this isn't a Sexy Discretion Shot is fairly obvious.
  • Humiliation Conga: Mort starts on one in Anime Club part 5 before Dave intervenes.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Mort chews out the Japanese Animation club for their poor taste, despite lauding a show about a Princess's weird interests.
  • Identical Stranger: Mort and Porky.
  • It's Not Porn, It's Art: Mort tries to defend a Hentai anime (involving bestiality, no less) with this. It doesn't work well.
  • Jerk Ass: Mort most prominently, but Tony is not much better.
    • Hell even Mark has his moments, judging by part 4.
    • Amy and the rest of the Japanese Animation club also qualify.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Mort thinks he's a brilliant connoisseur of anime whose opinions are infallible. In reality...not so much.
    • Tony is much the same way.
  • Tempting Fate: In the first part when Mort tries to convince the rest of the club that nothing will come of them watching the hentai, he says that "we're not gonna get kicked out of here."
  • The Quiet One: Dave.
  • Say My Name:
    Tony: MMMMOOOOOOOOORRRRRRTTTTT!
  • Shout-Out: To several animes, most prominently Haruhi Suzumiya and Naruto.
  • Super Title 64 Advance:
    Mort: "This is Super Bullshit 64!''
  • Trapped in a Sinking Car: Parodied using black comedy in part 6 when the boys have decided to drown themselves by driving a car into the ocean.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mort and Mark stand out since they have fought verbally and physically most of the time. Despite this, they hang out because they look out for the well being of their club and its members.
  • The Watson: Clyde.

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