President: Kellen Dobson

president@minnanoanime.org

Favorite Anime: Monogatari, Ping Pong, March Comes in Like a Lion, Katanagatari, Tatami Galaxy, Gurren Lagann, Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop, Hunter x Hunter, Eureka 7

Favorite Anime Movie: Liz and the Blue Bird, Night is Short Walk on Girl, Wolf Children, Millennium Actress, In this Corner of the World, Redline, Promare, Kara no Kyoukai Movie 5, One Piece Movie 6, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Favorite Manga: Medaka Box, Real, Girls Last Tour, Yotsuba to!, Berserk, Oyasumi Pun Pun, Blue Period, Vagabond, One Piece, Spirit Circle

Anime List: MAL

Hello everyone, I'm Kellen Dobson, and I will be the President for club this year. I am a fourth-year business administration major with a concentration in Information Systems, and this will be my fourth year in club. I started really watching anime my junior year in high school, so the medium has held me captive in its unwavering clutches for 4 long years now. Upon entering this medium, time and space distorted. This anomaly in the world’s timeline has allowed for me to conquer many shows. If you wish to see the spoils of my conquest you can check-out my MAL above. At this point I can only describe my tastes as being everything, regardless of genre. I only ask that the show be “good”, whatever that means. However, there are some factors that can get me to 100% watch something with no questions asked. Those being if it is written by Nisio Isin, or directed by any of the following: Yamada Naoko, Masaaki Yuasa, Imaishi Hiroyuki, Shinichiro Watanabe, or Mamoru Hosoda. Outside of anime, I love essentially all types of video games and basketball. Upon entering my second year in college when Super Smash Bros Ultimate was released I began competing in tournaments, and now my Bowser is sick. If you find the need to be able to spot me in a crowd; I will be the large man most likely sporting a beard that for some odd reason is perpetually clinging on to my Irish roots, sprouting red in a landscape of golden brown. With that said, if you spot me and wish to chat, just come right on over.

Vice President: Jonathan Skelly

vice-president@minnanoanime.org

Favorite Anime: Cowboy Bebop, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mob Psycho 100 2, Tatami Galaxy

Favorite Anime Movie: Millennium Actress, End of Evangelion, Princess Mononoke

Favorite Manga: Oops! All Anime

Anime List: MAL

It is I, Jonathan (Jon, Skelly, whatever you want), and I am your Vice President this year. I am a fourth year Electrical Engineering major, emphasis in electronics. This is my third-and-a-half year in club, and really my third-and-a-half year in the anime community. I really was never into anime before my freshman year here at college, when a lack of satellite TV prompted me to explore the medium through streaming. Despite my growing interest, I had avoided Minna no Anime until my first spring quarter under the assumption that anime clubs would be antisocial and cringey. However, frustration at the school’s lack of a general noncompetitive gaming club pushed me to cautiously infiltrate MNA in search of like minds, figuring anime and gaming to encompass similar groups of people. And just look at me now.

As a little bit about myself, I’ve always loved to play soccer, and I join an intramural team here at Poly every quarter. I’m from the small town of Sonora up by Yosemite, so I naturally like to hike, camp, and ski. As touched upon in my history lesson, I’m into retro gaming and collect/play a wide variety of games. I enjoy most anything offered by Japanese developers like Nintendo, Capcom, and Square Enix, with some of my favorites being Zelda, Mega Man, Dragon Quest, and Xenoblade. I’m relatively new to anime myself, so if you feel overwhelmed or need someone to talk non-anime stuff with, come find me (I’ll probably come say hi either way). Hope to see you!

Treasurer: Kaela Getz

treasurer@minnanoanime.org

Favorite Anime: My Hero Academia, Princess Tutu, Nanbaka, Any Miyazaki Movie but especially Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds

Favorite Manga: One Piece, Otoyomegatari, Naruto, XXXHolic, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, Cardcaptor Sakura, Blue Exorcist

Anime List: N/A

Hi guys, my name is Kaela and I'm your treasurer for this year. I'm a third year Bio major. I'm from Berkeley, California and I've been reading manga and watching anime since I found it in the library after school in seventh grade, so about seven years now. I haven't seen a lot of different things because I'm a little bit of a workaholic and because I tend to just rewatch things I already know I like. I don't have a MAL, but if you want to talk to me about anime or anything else, feel free to come up and talk to me! The best way to identify me is by my glasses, which are clear with red veins and dark blue-gray arms. I'm super excited for this year and to share some new shows with all of you!

Secretary: Natalie Lusk

secretary@minnanoanime.org

Favorite Anime: Ancient Magus Bride, Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mushishi, Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior, Code Geass, Darker than Black, Another, Princess Jellyfish, Food Wars

Favorite Manga: The ones above plus The Girl from the Other Side

Anime List: MAL

Hello! I’m Natalie (Nat) and I’m a 5th year Electrical Engineering Major with a Physics Minor. My parents moved a lot so I have lived in a few different places, including California, Oregon, Texas, and now Tennessee. I started watching anime in 8th grade with Ouran Highschool Host Club and never told anyone until my Junior year of high school. I joined Minna no Anime here at Cal Poly as a freshman but felt like I hadn’t seen enough anime to actually discuss anything with others, and was worried I wasn’t “weeby” enough. Because of this, I would only show up every now and then and hide in the back. However, after studying abroad in Switzerland my Sophomore year, I decided to try the club again when I got back for my Junior year. I engaged more with the other members and was finally able to find my place (these weebs are my best friends). I’m looking forward to meeting you and hope we too can become great friends!

Cool things about me:

I play both the Saxophone and Piano.

I was a Varsity Cheerleader.

I make stained glass art.

Webmaster: Shawn Budwal

webmaster@minnanoanime.org

Favorite Anime: I have too many to list, so I’ll try to keep it short and stick to my top favorites: Nichijou, Mononoke, Haikyuu!!, Land of the Lustrous, Baccano!, Katanagatari, Monogatari Series, March Comes in like a Lion, Konosuba, Death Parade, My Hero Academia, the four Kunihiko Ikuhara works, and many more

Favorite Anime Movie: In This Corner of the World, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Kiki’s Delivery Service, All Satoshi Kon films, Kizumonogatari, Night is Short Walk on Girl, Koe no Katachi

Favorite Manga: Land of the Lustrous, Noragami, and My Hero Academia are the only ones I keep up with, and I don’t actually read much manga besides Junji Ito works (feel free to give me suggestions)

Anime List: MAL

Heyo! What’s up? How’s it going? I’m Shawn, the glasses-wielding Webmaster of Minna no Anime from the Sacramento area. This is actually my fourth year on the job, as my position is appointed rather than elected. I’m currently a fourth-year Biology major (originally went into Animal Science, but changed my major during my second year). You may be wondering why I stepped up as Webmaster when I’m not studying anything close to computer science. To be honest, I wanted to help out with the club and I was interested in the subject since I had done html coding before. And at last, I am here. Even now I’m still learning the ropes, so please forgive any technical difficulties that may occur in the future (this is just an obligatory liability statement). Questions/feedback about my job and how the website used to look before I took over are very much appreciated!!

To summarize my main character traits, I’m like a himbo but not attractive, so I'm just dumb and loud. You’ll be able to tell who I am by the excessive amount of noise that I produce. During a conversation, I often make bizarre or confusing references using meme culture, and I have some admittedly peculiar dialogue patterns. While my eccentricities might be a bit much, I don’t want to scare anyone away from club, as I think it's important to give everyone else the same opportunity I had to make close friends.

I first encountered manga and anime at my middle school library, where I binged all of Fruits Basket and most of Naruto. However, I don’t really count this as when I got into the medium, as I didn’t touch another series (besides Ghibli movies) until my second/third year of high school. So I’ve really only been in "the anime community" for about 5 years. I typically watch all kinds of anime, although I tend to enjoy slice of life least. In terms of video games, I’m a big fan of Danganronpa, Persona, Fire Emblem, and Nier: Automata, and I mainly use my PS4 (I play all genres besides first person shooters). To be honest, I no longer watch live-action TV since I discovered anime, but I did grow up on Doctor Who! Outside of these indoor activities, I like being in nature and love to hike and camp. I also like mythology/folklore, horoscopes, and tarot cards. I don’t believe in them, but I think they're a lot of fun to think about. That's all for now, but stay tuned!

Club Scribe: Conrad Kinsey

Favorite Anime: My Hero Academia, Kyoukai no Kanata, Violet Evergarden, Re:Zero Starting Life in Another World, Erased, Made in Abyss, Youjo Senki, Kekkai Sensen, Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken, Mob Psycho

Favorite Anime Movie: Koe no Katachi, Spirited Away, Kimi no Na wa, Kizumonogatari

Favorite Manga: My Hero Academia, Enen no Shouboutai, Komi-san, The Promised Neverland, Black Clover, the 50+ isekai manga I read

Anime List: MAL

Hello everyone, my name is Conrad Kinsey and I’ll be your club scribe for the year. I’m a third-year Electrical Engineering major with this being my third year in club. I come from the strange northern land known as the Sacramento area (Antelope to be more precise) and got into anime around the eighth grade. Now when I say got into anime, I mostly mean got into Naruto. I got introduced to what my friends liked to call “real anime” roughly a year later. So I have been watching anime for seven years now. I love stuff about fantasy, so most of my favorite shows are fantasy or have fantasy elements. It’s also the reason why I’ve basically become an Isekai fanatic. Know an isekai manga with a half-decent plot and more than ten chapters? Chances are I’ve read it. Besides anime and manga, I spend a fair chunk of my time reading novels (light novels, web novels, wuxia, whatever book I got my hands on) or playing video games. I mostly play multiplayer stuff like Rocket League, Terraria, and Minecraft (modded ofc) so feel free to see if I’m available to play. In terms of what I look like, my most distinguishing features are my large height and unchanging sense of fashion. I wear jeans and a T-shirt nearly every day of the year. Chances are high that I’ll be wearing a flannel over the T-shirt if it’s cold out. I look forward to seeing you at club.

Event Coordinator: Wesley Deffenbaugh

events-coordinator@minnanoanime.org

Favorite Anime: The Tatami Galaxy, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Kaiji, Akagi, Monogatari Series, Hibike! Euphonium, Ergo Proxy, Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Favorite Anime Movie: A Silent Voice, Paprika, The End of Evangelion, Porco Rosso, Bleach Movie 3: Fade to Black, Liz and The Blue Bird

Favorite Manga: Kokou no Hito, Berserk, Fukumoto works, Junji Ito works, Route End, Oregairu LNs, Horizon Series

Anime List: MAL

Hey everyone! My name’s Wesley, and I’m a third year Business Administration major from San Jose. I’ve been watching anime for as long as I can remember. I started watching on my own when I was around 10, and I’ve been watching seasonally since late 2014. Needless to say, I’ve definitely ingested more anime than is probably healthy. After watching so much, it’s hard for me to hate an anime. However, if I was to say if I preferred one sort of anime, it would have to be those that present meaning in a simple, yet profound way. I also enjoy works made by Kyoto Animation, which is my favorite studio. Lastly, I take great delight in watching old anime OVAs from the 80s, as they vary so much in quality.

Anime aside, my hobbies include playing Dance Dance Revolution and running. If you ever have the need to play some DDR, just let me know! If you want to talk to me for any other reason, I’ll be present at both the Thursday and Saturday meetings. I will either be sitting in the middle of the room amongst the chaos, or sitting in the front working the computer. You can easily identify me by my slightly long hair and a battered Cal Poly hat. I can’t wait to see you this year!