President - Andy Ding
Hi, my name is Andy Ding [he/him].
I’m a fourth-year law and commerce student and I’ll be your President for 2022/23.
My earliest encounter with anime was in Year 3 with My Neighbour Totoro. That’s also why I love my Totoro plushie. That and because I am convinced it is what helped me win both Assistant Treasurer last year and President his year.
My love for anime took off in middle school when I watched Ouran Highschool Host Club and Vampire Knight on ABC3. Along with those two, my all-time favourites include FMA Brotherhood, Barakamon, Majoutsukai no Yome, Saga of Tanya the Evil, Fire Force and Gate: Thus the JSDF fought there. More recently I have also found myself reading a fair bit of manga. Including isekai’s like ‘I Was Caught up in a Hero Summoning, but That World Is at Peace’ and romcoms like ‘Please Go Home, Akutsu-san!’.
But tbh, my favourite past-time when it comes to anime is discussing ships and searching for images online. At the moment, my favourite ship has got to be Vi x Caitlyn from Arcane. Feel free to hit me up anytime about ships and we can joke all day about the funny situations we can imagine.
I’m also interested in military tanks and ships. Yes, that does mean that despite me often saying that FMA is my favourite, it’s actually Girls und Panzer. You can also find me playing War Thunder from time to time. I also enjoy a bit of Minecraft, Osu!, as well as cooking and building model tanks.
In terms of music, sadly my tastes are not that good, but I can say that I’ll give everything a try. If you ask me about a band or song name, I probably won’t be able to recognise it, but play me a song and you might get a better chance of me recognising it. Though admittedly I often just play League music when driving to university. If anybody can help me improve my taste in music, please send help.
I’ve made so many friends since joining SAMA and I hope to continue making even more. I hope to help create a place where everybody can be passionate about the things they want to be and find friends to be passionate about those things with. So, feel free to chat with me, or message me on messenger or discord at any time.
I look forward to meeting everyone online or at some fun events!
Vice President - Akash Kariyawawsam
You may recognise me as your former Creative Director now turned Vice Prez.
Well for those who don’t know me. My name is Akash, I’m a second year engineering/commerce student (who even does eng lol). I am a big weeb and an even bigger troll, jk, unless. A little bit about me is that I'm a black belt in Taekwondo, I'm big on gaming (used to play CS and R6 back in the good old days, never said I was good at it). There are also rumours that I'm a diamond in Valorant (who started that hmmm…). I’m into writing and I'm even working on an audio drama of mine right about now. I love art. I made the arduous journey from traditional to digital art only last year. I’m a huge comic book fan, Persona fan (goo chad Narukami!!) and average coding hater. Oh and if you ever saw an “Among Us” crewmate on a previous Aggie, chances are, I probably had something to do with it (I don’t even play “Among Us” any more).
Anyway jokes aside, I take my job very seriously as I have a responsibility to the club, my fellow committee as well as all of you! I look forward to seeing y'all at events and being able to help any way I can. You should look forward to all the wacky and creative events we have dreamed up.
When i’m not helping my Kaichou or dying from eng you can find me at the manga library (where i volunteer), at the artist meetup, general meetup or just around the corner pondering the nature of why we exist and why i’m still in eng.
Join me for a game of Val, a deep discussion about feelings and dealing with life, a random conversation of your choice, to talk about how good One Piece is or just to chill. I am here for all of ya, so don’t hesitate to hit me up on either discord or irl.
So come along and join me for the non-stop, one way experience of a lifetime that is SAMA.
Secretary - Tom Bartholomeusz
Hi Everyone! I’m Tom Bartholomeusz and I am your Secretary for 2022/2023! I’m currently in my third year of my IT software development Major and you can find me posting in most channels in the discord and hovering around the artist space in particular.
I’ve been watching anime and reading manga ever since I was a kid with naruto, one piece, bleach and rave master. I truly got into anime when I was 13 with as much as I regret to say, Fairy Tale. But for everything I dislike about that series in hindsight, it did reinvigorate my love for the medium. Straight after that I watched one of my favourite shounen ever, Soul Eater which cemented my love for shounen even to this day. My favourite anime would probably have to be Monogatari Series: Second Season as it includes some of the best stories in the series. I think my favourite manga deserves special mention because it is a manga that (as much as it makes me cringe to say) changed my life a couple of years ago. And that manga is……BLUE PERIOD!!! If you’ve seen me in the discord you’ll know I shill this all the time and 90% of the time my profile picture is Yakumo Murai. Apart from those you can also see me discussing mecha for hours in the anime channel and also trying to shill kamen rider (watch kamen rider zero-one) as I’ve recently become infatuated with that side of tokusatsu.
Apart from manga and anime, I am an avid fan of music, you can find me having headphones on any time I possibly can on campus. My favourite artists are Kenshi Yonezu, Eve, Ado, DEMONDICE, Sakanaction and Survive Said the Prophet. I also got into Vocaloid a couple of years ago and my favourite producers are Yunosuke, Utsu-P, Giga and harumakigohan.
I also play a lot of games, in particular I play a lot of jrpgs but I am also an ex-league player (cries) and I have been active in the anime fighting game community for about almost 5 years now. My favourite game is Nier Automata and some other notable mentions are Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev2, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Final Fantasy 6 and Disgaea. You can find me these days playing FFXIV religiously and also playing Apex as well.
Feel free to approach me on discord or come up to me in person! I love to talk to new people and discuss the medium or just anything that’s on your mind.
Well that’s about it, time for me to go back into my cave to deal with stressing over venues T_T
Treasurer - Paul Halliday
Hi everyone, I’m Paul and I’ll be serving as your Treasurer for 2022/2023! I’m a second year student studying music performance and I’m new to SAMA this year. I can already see how amazing this club and the people in it are and I look forward to working with you all to make the club as good as possible while making sure we don’t go broke in the process.
I properly fell into anime around 2014 with that era's basic starter pack of Tokyo Ghoul, Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan and from then I was hooked. I’ve been watching anime and reading manga ever since though I assure you, I’m not as normie as I used to be. Recently I’ve been watching and reading more slice of life and romance than anything else (let me know If you have any recommendations).
I’m a JRPG fan though I struggle to get through them now with uni and I love Ace Attorney. I’m also a massive Pokémon fan though if you get me talking about that I’ll probably just start complaining about game design.
While I think I’ve gotten to know most of you by now, if there's anyone I haven’t met properly feel free to send me a message on discord, chat with me at an event or come find me in the Manga Library (I’m there most days).
Thanks for the opportunity to be your Treasure, I’m looking forward to a great year with you all
Assistant Treasurer - Harrison Caroll-Beard
My name’s Harrison, I’m a second-year medical student (only three more years to go!) and I’m your assistant treasurer for the 2022-2023 committee. Fingers crossed I can help ensure that we don’t go bankrupt and our events continue running as smoothly as possible! I’m a nut when it comes to organisation, and I speak passable Japanese (well, enough to have survived living in Japan for three months).
I was a closeted weeb for a while, having been a fan of more basic anime since I was in primary school (think Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokémon and Tetsuwan Atom), but my passion for anime really blossomed later in high school when I was exposed to Nichijou (the definitive slice-of-life anime), and it’s been a downwards spiral ever since. Since then, some of the best shows I’ve seen would be the Monogatari series, Steins;Gate, Psycho-Pass, and the Ufotable Fate adaptations (basically I like things with high MAL ratings).
I play a lot of video games too, and I’m a big fan of JRPGs and shooters, both competitive and co-operative. Some of my favourite games include the Trails franchise, Pokémon (please ask me to play Showdown!), Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Payday 2, Minecraft and Terraria, but I’m more or less interested in most shooters and JRPGs. Hit me up if you ever want to play something - my steam account should be linked to my Discord profile, and I’d love to make more friends!
I unfortunately haven’t gotten around to reading much manga in my time as a weeb - at the moment I’ve only completed Nisekoi (I was satisfied with the ending), JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Chainsaw Man (I’m basic), but feel free to hit me with any recommendations! I’m reading through Berserk, Oyasumi Punpun and One-Punch Man at the moment and thoroughly enjoying them. Maybe one day I might even end up finishing Berserk…
I’m eagerly anticipating meeting you all and learning more about how cultured your taste is! I’m always happy to talk to anyone be it at a meet-up, event or through Discord - I joined SAMA to make more friends, and I don’t intend on stopping any time soon!
Social Representative - Demi Lee
Yahoo! It is I, your new social rep, who doesn’t watch anime or read any manga!!
Of course, it’s just a joke. Maybe I am still a little salty at the fact that I have pulled this prank at a SAMA event and the Manga Library twice and people believed me… rumour has it that some still do. (And you’re right, maybe I should really try watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure or even Attack on Titan).
But yes, greetings to you all, I am Demi! I am a third-ish year (I transferred year 1 sem 2 so this is technically my second-and-a-half year) Arts student majoring in Japanese! I am an aspiring teacher (｡･∀･)ﾉﾞ
I started watching anime, well, because of my brother. Growing up we had things like Gundam and Pre-cure airing after school everyday so it was kinda hard to miss; but my brother played a huge part in me becoming the weeb that I am today by scaring me with xxxHolic and sparking my regrettable interest in Mecha with Gundam SEED. My favourite anime of all time would probably be Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, 3-gatsu no Lion, Futari wa Precure, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Tiger & Bunny and Gintama. And to name a few manga I enjoy, I love Magi, Rozen Maiden and Blue Period.
But of course, if you ask me what I am currently obsessed with… that would be a different story. My current brain-rot are caused by none other than Attack on Titan and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (lol this getting old yet?).
Buff, run-down men are my weakness.
I also absolutely loooovvveeee JRPGs! My favourite franchises are Devil May Cry and the Tales of Series. I am currently playing Tales of Arise (satotaku my beloved). I am also a Danganronpa fan. I reallyyyy loved Fire Emblem, Awakening was my favourite game; but FE in recent years has been a bit meh… for me. I also just enjoy rhythm games like Idolish7 (ainana... my beloved), Ensemble Stars, Project Sekai, Deresute, Bandori, Hypmic… the list goes on. I am in touch with my femininity, I never miss out on my otoges.
Well, when I am not re-watching my current favourite anime, you can find me listening to music! I listen to a lot of different genres, though I just listen to J-Pop and J-Rock on a regular basis. Sekai no Owari, Gesu no Kiwame Otome and Special Favorite Music are a few of my favourite artists. I am also a theatre kid... so if you want to rant about your favourite musical... then you have the right person! (especially if you like Falsettos).
You can find me hanging out in the Manga Library and the artist’s meet-up! I have a passion for art making of many different styles and genres.
I hope you guys enjoy the work I will be doing in SAMA, and I look forward to befriending you all soon! Bye-biiiiiiiiii ヾ(•ω•`)o
Media Manager - Malcolm Garillo
Hi everyone! My name is Malcolm, and I'll once again be your Media Manager for the year ! Watch me speedrun my intro :D
I'm a second year Engineering/Science student who is anime-only and started religiously watching at the start of 2020. Apart from procrastinating something at any point, I love playing rhythm or story-driven games. I usually visit the Manga Library pretty often nowadays, so come say hi :D
Please come to the screenings <3
That's all, hope to have a good year with y'all ahead!!
Creative Director - Ann Yap
Hi. I’m Ann. Some may recognise me as the (former) Human Art Printer on Discord (I was forced to change my name but I’m still the Art Printer at heart hsdhfkjsf). I’m very much looking forward to running some art-y events and getting to know a lot more people in SAMA! You’ll find me at art meetups and events either yelling, being a gremlin, playing the melodica, or all 3, so if you see me, gimme a holler or something, I don’t know, shout “I LOVE KUZUHAAAAA” and that’ll get my attention LOL.
I uhhh, got into anime around Grade 6 or something? I don’t remember what year that was, I am terrible at numbers and maths has left my brain. It was at that time where little ol’ me decided that it would be a good idea to binge 600 episodes of pokemon within the span of 1-2 months. After that it was all over. All throughout my middle school and high school days, I’ve just continued to consume anime and Japanese media like god damn Kirby and I don’t plan on stopping. In terms of anime, I don’t really have a preference for my favourite genre. I love me a good fantasy, action kind of anime but I’m also quite partial to romances that are gonna make me cry like a baby at 4am in the morning (which was exactly what happened when I watched the remake of Fruits Basket. Yuki is best boy fight me I am team Yuki).
If you’ve been on Discord, you may already know that I have an unhealthy obsession with VTubers, specifically Nijisanji VTubers, and specifically ChroNoiR. I kid you not I have a 6.5k word document of me brainrotting all my theories on ChroNoiR lore. It is my personal goal to indoctrinate as many people as possible with ChroNoiR. No one can stop me. As it is, I have surpassed the 4 digit spectrum when it comes to merchandise that I have purchased of these two men…and I’m not going to stop. I am basically a CNR atm at this point in time hahahahsdkjshfs bUT IT’S WORTH IT. If you like Nijisanji VTubers then please come brain rot about them with me, I need more people to talk to and scream with onegaishimasu. Another one of my interests is idol animes yeehaw. Like, I’ve played a shit ton of different idol rhythm games. I’ve played Love Live, IDOLiSH7, Ensemble Stars (my current obsession), Uta no Prince Sama, B-Project, the list goes on…for probably only a little bit more I don’t remember any more that I’ve played off the top of my head. Anyways, I’m probably rambling at this point but yeah. Please. Talk to me if you see me at events!
I do play some games as well. I play League at least once every 5-6 months, a shit ton of mobile rhythm games, I also love the Fire Emblem and Xenoblade series, some of my absolute favs and I will rant about those as well if given the opportunity. If I’m not playing games and I’m not drawing and being a printer, then I’m either playing the piano or listening to music. Some of my favourite artists include Hiroyuki Sawano, Yuki Kajiura, Utaites like Soraru, Mafumafu, Eve, 96Neko, Amatsuki, etc, Kanaria (MY LOVEEEEE AAAAAAA I LOVE KANARIAAAAAAA), Giga, Kira, Yoasobi, okay I’m gonna stop there or the list will literally go on forever. Also as I am writing this, I just realised that I haven’t talked about like--any art related stuff HJFKSDHFS wow I’m a bad Creative Director *sobs*.
Okay oNE MORE PARAGRAPH ABOUT ART SHIT. I typically draw from like. 11pm to 4am in the morning and it is where I am the most productive :’). Usually I draw just. Pretty anime men and women. My criteria for the anime men I draw is just like. If they can catfish someone by putting a wig on then that’s my type AJDKLSDSJAKL--although recently some people have been saying that’s not the case, and I quote one of my friends who said this about a drawing I did “Ann what are you talking about? That’s not a twink that’s a man and a half”. Anyways, now I’m gonna list some of my favourite artists please go check out their Twitters as well mwah mwah I love you all. Arina Tanemura-Sensei (@arinacchi), Lam-Sensei (@ramdayo1122), Kei Mochizuki (@key_999), Miwasiba-Sensei (@miwasiba), Usuke (@u_skeeep), Saine (@sainexxx), AKKE (@akke299) and Nijuu (@nijuunanayo0827). Again, I could go on forever but at this point I’m literally going to write an essay.
Anyways, that’s my way too long intro over with I’m sorry if I’ve bored you to death. I look forward to being your Creative Director this year!!
Sponsorship Officer - Yujie Hu
Hi guys it's Yuj and I'll be your Sponsorship Officer of 2022-23 and I shall speedrun my intro :)))))
I'm a 3rd year IT student major in Cybersecurity and my favourite is the Fate series and Kara no Kyoukai.
You can often find me on the server talking about some random stuff or at the Manga Library not reading manga :33333
Anyways I hope everyone have a wonderful time :DDDDD
(Also I putted myself on the bottom so I'm closer to the sponsors :>>>>>)