Anime of the Year 2020 Results!

Hey, MNA!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the MNA Anime of the Year 2020 event! Without further ado, here are the results:

(Winter = Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
Spring = BNA
Summer = Great Pretender
Fall = Jujutsu Kaisen)
AoTY = Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
Sequel = Kaguya-sama: Love is War 2
Movie = Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul
Protagonist = Midori Asakusa, Sayaka Kanamori, and Tsubame Mizusaki from Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
Antagonist = Bondrewd from Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul
OP Song = DADDY! DADDY! DO! feat. Airi Suzuki from Kaguya-sama: Love is War 2
OP Visuals = G.P. by Yutaka Yamada

And here is the video to go along with it, produced by Wesley.
2020 really wasn't the best of years, but at least we got some cool anime out of it... right?

Winter 2021 Schedule Notices!

Hello MNA!

Winter quarter is finally here, and so are our winter meetings! We will be adopting the same Thursday/Saturday 8-10 PM virtual meeting times as last quarter, with a fresh start on a new show schedule, starting Thursday 1/7 and Saturday 1/9, streaming on here Discord. If you missed our meetings last quarter, this is the perfect time to jump in! We will be starting at episode 1 of the following shows, and watching them weekly through to completion at the end of Spring quarter:

Thursday Shows 8-10PM, Starting 1/7

Tsuki ga Kirei
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun
Megalo Box

Saturday Shows 8-10PM, Starting 1/9

Kyoukai no Kanata
ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Department
Violet Evergarden
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

To complete this full lineup while also ensuring Thursday and Saturday episodes stay exclusive to their respective days, a rather creative schedule had to be put together. We have included it here so you know what to expect. Please note that the pattern is uniform, and that each 1-cour show only skips a meeting every 3 or 5 weeks. ACCA is never skipped for narrative cohesion. Gurren Lagann episode 16 is entirely a recap episode between the first half finale and second half start, so it has been omitted. Movies have yet to be decided, and will be released later. Two OVAs have also been included to fill spots from shorter shows once they end:

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuioku-hen
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: War in the Pocket

Also, per high community demand, we will be implementing a better Drive solution for weekly episodes, where they will all be uploaded ahead of time and not deleted afterwards, allowing members to both download episodes at the time of receiving our email, and access all previous weeks' episodes whenever.

Thank you for your cooperation in these unprecedented times and we hope you find our upcoming meetings and shows enjoyable!

Winter Break Party Info

Hello again, Minna no Anime!

Congrats on getting through Fall Quarter! We hope that everyone has been able to relax despite the current pandemic.

Due to the overwhelming success of our Halloween Party, the officers have decided to host another virtual party during Winter Break. Please see the schedule below for all of the events happening on this Discord server on Tuesday, December 29th. We have chosen this date to allow for sufficient time between Christmas and New Years, as we know that many people are currently with family.

At the beginning of the party, we will have some channels open for people to play Among Us. This is starting to get more popular on our server, so we definitely encourage everyone who is interested to think about participating.

*For the Gaming Tournament, we will be bringing back Skribblio, since it was well-received last time. To sign up for this event, please use this form. You will receive a notification for what round you have been assigned the Sunday before the party.

In order to adapt 20 Questions to a virtual setting, we have made certain alterations. This is an event where one person, which we will refer to as the contestant, is competing against a group. In order to make things fair, we will randomly select the contestants at the time of the event, and they will DM us their item of interest so that the officers in the call are on the same page as them. The guessers will be given the category before the round starts (the topic may be a show, character, or other anime-related thing). There will be a temporary text channel for the event for people to use, and the guessers must work together to find out the contestant’s pick. The singular contestant will win if the group cannot guess the item of interest within 20 questions, but the group wins if they can correctly identify it before then. Depending on people’s interests, the duration of this event may be adjusted.

AMQ, for those who are not aware, is short for Anime Music Quiz. This is a quiz game about anime OSTs hosted on this website. Playing rounds of AMQ is fairly standard within our club, especially during Hangout meetings (gone, but not forgotten). Since we didn’t get to officially reserve any time for it during the Halloween Party, we wanted to dedicate some time towards it during this one. The duration of this event may also be adjusted.

For the rules and Scavenger Hunt list, check out this document. Please DM your submissions to the officers by 6:00 PM on the day of the party so that we can assemble the voting form during dinner. If you have any questions, message an officer for clarification. Since we want this party to be more casual, we will not be offering prizes for events.

We will be taking a break from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for dinner.

At 8:00 PM, we will begin streaming our movie for the night. We have selected Tokyo Godfathers, as it is a topical piece of media for the holiday season. It will last approximately one and a half hours, so take this into account.

That was a lot of information, but please read the whole announcement and fill out the gaming form if you are interested. On that note, please make sure to fill out this End of Quarter survey to give us your feedback.

Also, please send appreciation over to Wesley, as he was a big part of organizing/coordinating this whole thing.

Halloween Party Info

Hello, Minna no Anime!

Here are the details for this year's Halloween Party! Due to the current pandemic, we cannot host our annual in-person party, but we have been able to translate most of our events to a virtual setting. Please see the schedule below for all of the events happening on our Discord server on Saturday, October 31st. Keep in mind that this means the meeting will start at 8:30 PM instead of 8:05 PM.

For those of you who are not aware, Trivia is a Jeopardy-style event where you answer questions based on anime-related topics. Each preliminary round will have 2 boards of questions with 5 categories, and the top 2 winners from each round plus the top 2 highest scoring but non-placing contestants will move on to the finals. While we welcome everyone to attend and watch the event, we will require that all non-participants be muted for the duration of each round. To sign up for Trivia, please use this form.

The game for the Gaming Tournament has not been decided yet. Please submit recommendations for multiplayer video games that are not particularly skill-based that can be streamed on Discord. Also, keep in mind that we need a game that can produce a singular winner. To suggest a game, please use this form. We will release sign-ups once the game has been decided.

For the Cosplay Contest, simply DM your images to an Officer or post your cosplay pics in #original-content on Halloween Day. If you are doing the latter, make it obvious that you are submitting them for the contest. Be aware that submissions are due by 6:30PM and will be put into a Google Form to make voting easier (normally, we would hold a quick in-person vote, but that is clearly impossible given the circumstances). The Scavenger Hunt is a bit unique to the club, so here is a quick description. Like with a normal Scavenger Hunt, you will be tasked with finding items off a list. But instead of actual physical items, we have prepared a list of anime-related concepts for you to take pictures of. You are given creative liberty as long as your submissions are related to the topics. For the rules and Scavenger Hunt list, check out this document. Please DM your submissions to the officers by 6:30 PM on Halloween Day. If you have any questions, message an officer for clarification.

The winners of these events will receive a cash prize of $35, but you will only be eligible to win once. With this said, we encourage everyone to participate without this in mind. This is all for fun, after all.

That's all for now! This was a large announcement, but make sure to read it all and fill out any relevant forms!!

- Shawn

2020-2021 Schedule

Welcome back, MnA!

Before you check the schedule for this year, there are some key points that I would like to bring to your attention, as certain situations have changed the way that we structured club this year. Thank you for bearing with the system as we adjust the club to a virtual environment (for now!).

1. Fall quarter will have a completely different schedule than Winter/Spring.

Due to changes in the academic calendar, some of which have been surprisingly advantageous to our club, we have made it so that we can finish all of our Fall shows before we move on to Winter quarter. In full disclosure, putting the schedule together was no easy task this year due to the current pandemic. We want to start Winter quarter on a blank slate, as there might be the possibility of holding meetings in-person. Even if this does not come to pass, the decision to separate Fall and Winter/Spring actually allowed us to show more anime than we would normally be able to, so we felt it was an appropriate choice to make.

2. No Hangout for Fall quarter, as meetings will be split up across Thursdays and Saturdays.

Now, this may be a controversial change to some of you, but we decided to use both days of the week in order to hold our regular viewing meetings. Fall quarter is primarily online, and many people are living with their families. We assessed our ability to hold viewing meetings only on Saturdays last quarter, and we came to the conclusion that it was unfair and unrealistic to expect members to be available from 5-10pm on Saturdays while they're at home. We also felt that members are active enough in participating in their own VCs and chats on our server, so it seems a little unnecessary to have an official Hangout period.

Therefore, we will be holding our viewing meetings on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8-10pm, on both days. We will be using the same procedure as last quarter: We will distribute the episodes for the week via Google Drive and host a VC on this Discord for people to join in our virtual Silo.

If Winter/Spring is online as well, we may be using this model for those quarters. If not, and we are allowed to hold in-person meetings, we will return to our normal style of proceedings with Hangout on Thursdays and viewing meetings on Saturdays.

Now, without further ado, we present the schedule for this year.

Fall Schedule (NOW):

Fall Thursday Schedule (starting 9/17):

8:05pm: Barakamon
8:35pm: Bungou Stray Dogs
9:05pm: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Fall Saturday Schedule (starting 9/19):

8:05pm: Angel Beats!
8:35pm: Girls Last Tour
9:05pm: Katanagatari

Winter/Spring Schedule (TBA):

Tsuki ga Kirei
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Megalo Box
Kyoukai no Kanata
ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.
Violet Evergarden
Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Also, please give your thanks to the officer team for providing their voices for the reveal trailers, and give a special round of applause to Wesley (the Event Coordinator) for producing all of the videos himself.

Thank you for reading this entire announcement. There was a lot of information for us to share with you, but we are continually humbled by your patience and understanding.

- Shawn

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