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

Email Sign Ups!

Hey, current and future members of Minna no Anime!

If you are interested in signing up to our email list to receive important club news, please fill out this form. Thanks, and hope to see y'all soon!

- Shawn

2020-2021 T-shirt Survey

Hello MNA!

I hope that all of you have had a wonderful summer so far. The current pandemic may seem like it has no end (or no beginning, to the surprising amount of people ignoring it), but let's set our sights on the future instead of stressing over the present. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of club! In order to have a proper celebration (scheduled for February 6th and 7th, 2021 unless something happens), we've already begun working on preparations. Part of this involves club t-shirts, and there are a few possible ways we can hold them. We would like to hear from you to determine which option works best for club. Please fill out this form as honestly and quickly as you're able to, as we want to have this information ASAP for scheduling purposes.

Thank you!

- Shawn

End of Year Survey

Now that the entire club year is over, the officer team has put together a little survey in order to gauge community interest. Please answer all questions as honestly as possible, as we may use this information when assembling the schedule for next year. To those of you graduating, we thank you for being a part of club during your time here at Cal Poly, and we can't wait to see you again. To those of you who will be continuing your college experience, we look forward to sharing more unforgettable moments together. With that, we hope that every member of our community has a great summer!

- Shawn

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