Vannevar BushYes, it’s true. Vannevar Bush, former MIT professor, VP, School of Engineering dean, and Bush Room namesake makes the list of MIT’s appearances in anime as compiled by the student MIT Anime Club. Don’t believe it? Check out the list and discover the Bush connection to anime. The club, which aims to increase awareness of Japanese animation in the MIT community and the general public, is one of the largest and most active anime clubs in New England. It holds free public showings (most with English subtitles), usually on Friday nights. Learn more about the club and viewings.

As the Anime Club’s page notes, MIT is usually used as a “generic non-Japanese source of advanced technology” or “hangout for smart people who didn’t manage to get into Tokyo University.” But given that references to any other American institutions of higher learning are rare, it’s an honor just to be mentioned. One such nod to MIT is shown below. In Hanaukyo Maid Tai, episode 13, the character Shinshei goes to a leading unnamed (yet recognizable) university.

In Hanaukyo Maid Tai, episode 13, the character Shinshei goes to a leading, unnamed (yet recognizable) university.