What is Anime University? For that matter, what is Anime? I’ll answer the second question first. Anime is short for Japanese Animation. Anime is a genre of cartoons that are targeted for all ages, unlike American animation that is generally targeted for children. For those of you that are wondering, Daigaku means “school” or “college”. We have chosen to use it as “University”, which is close enough. Throughout this manual, we will refer to Anime Daigaku as AniDai, for short.
Now, the first question. Anime University is a game based on a story concept (“crack fiend idea”) created by three men. In the story of Anime University, these three people were drawn into a world of Anime, where all the characters of every show they ever watched were going to college together at one self-contained campus. They were able to interact with their idols and be a part of that fascinating world at the same time.
In the actual RPG (Role Playing Game) of Anime University, you will create your own individual anime character. Background and description of your character, along with any skills they might have when they come, are entirely up to you – although you will have to follow a few guidelines as to specifics.
Your character will interact with other students as well as teachers, roommates, and Dean Molesalot, Kocho (“headmaster”) of the college. The Kocho is an 8-foot tall Moleman who lives on the top floor of the main co-ed dorm on campus, Greenwood, occupying the largest and most luxurious suite supplied by the school. From time to time, he may supply the underclassmen in his charge with items and information that will help them to complete their courses as well as take care of any external conflicts. It’s a wide universe out there, and just about anything can (and will) happen at a college as extraordinary as AniDai.
The students’ education and graduation takes, in general, an elapsed four years to complete (some majors may take longer). At this point, the character can either choose to become a professor at the college, or leave to continue his life. In either case, the character can no longer participate as an active member of the school. In order for the player to continue participating, he/she must design a new character – meaning that the new character might be taking a class taught by the old one!