Christopher Macdonald, Editor-In-Chief
A former network engineer and administrator by trade, Christopher Macdonald lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with his wife and four cats. His first real exposure to anime (or japanimation as he knew it then) was Bubblegum Crisis which he saw in the summer of 1989. In 2001 he submitted a guest editorial to Anime News Network, and soon became co-editor-in-chief, along with George Phillips. Originally the site was a hobby for both of them, however in 2003 Chris left his networking job in order to focus exclusively on ANN and in 2004 Phillips stepped down from his position as co-editor-in-chief. For several years, Chris wrote all of ANN's news and personally edited every article on ANN, however as the site and its staff grew he had to focus on "managing" the site and now leaves most of the editorial work in the capable hands of ANN's editors and contributors. Despite his managerial duties, Chris enjoys writing and editing and continues to contribute several news articles to the site every week, and edits the occasional feature and column. His major editorial focus is on planning new content and contributing to the editorial "direction" of the website.
Aside from anime, he has many other interests, for which he has little time. Those that he does make some time for include motorsport, traveling, skiing and cycling. He is also the publisher and a part of the editorial board for Anime News Network's Protoculture Addicts.
(a.k.a. Dan42), Encyclopedist & Tokyo Correspondent
Dan42's love for animation started at an early age with old classics like Astroboy, Captain Harlock and the Mysterious Cities of Gold. Years later he was (re)introduced to anime with nothing less than Perfect Blue. This started an inescapable process of otakufication, accelerated by masterpieces like Jin-Roh and Millennium Actress. In 2001 he agreed to give ANN a hand by making a CMS for the reviews and one thing led to another, culminating in the monster that is the Encyclopedia. After a 2-year stint in the wireless internet industry more-or-less away from ANN, Daniel came back in 2006. He is currently living in Tokyo.
, Executive Editor
Zac Bertschy has been a professional anime journalist for nine years. He started writing in 1998, and came on with Anime News Network in 1999 writing reviews and the Answerman column, which lead to a freelance career writing for anime magazines. In 2004 he became the Associate Editor of Wizard’s Anime Insider magazine, and returned to ANN in the summer of 2005. His other hobbies include being a modern art snob, a film connoisseur and an HBO addict. Zac lives in sunny Orange County, California.
, New Media Director
Highly active in the Anime community for many years, Justin Sevakis founded Anime News Network in 1998 and operated the website until late 1999 when he passed it on to Isaac Alexander. After leaving Anime News Network Justin wrote the the "Digital Otaku" column on DVDfile.com and then went on to work at Central Park Media for several years. He spent nearly four years at ImaginAsianTV, developing the fledging network's technical infrastructure, anime programming and home video divisions. He was overjoyed to return to ANN in fall 2007.
, Managing Editor
Bamboo (yes, it's her real name) graduated from Brown University in '06 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and is currently attending UC Irvine in pursuit of a PhD in molecular biology. This displaced Coloradoan was first drawn to anime from the fluffy world of shoujo, but now also enjoys shows that are laced in blood and violence. Her guilty pleasure is listening to shonen harem music, embracing everything from Kotoko to Lia to Under_17. Her other hobbies include playing the piano, violin, and guitar, and rooting for the Colorado Avalanche. In between schoolwork and writing Shelf Life, Bamboo enjoys snowboarding and playing ice hockey, ultimate frisbee, and squash. She adores the idea of TV on DVD, and is not ashamed to admit that she cosplays.
Egan Loo, Seniors News Editor
Egan Loo has been a veteran of the industry for over a decade, with contributions to Anime Insider, Anime UK, EX, and Newtype magazines. In addition to contributing feature articles, he served as the news editor of Animerica magazine. He also translated or assisted in the English adaptation of the Escaflowne television series and film, the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, the Ghost Hunt manga, the Macross television series, and Wolf's Rain manga.
Jonathan Mays, Associate Editor, News Editor
Jonathan yearns to leave Missouri, his home of seven years, for a land of higher population and lower humidity. Since there's nothing else to do in Columbia, he writes a lot of stuff, namely the weekly music column. When he's not writing, running, playing viola, or watching the Padres, Jonathan keeps tabs on Saikano, Kare Kano, and Yoko Kanno.
Jonathan Carrera, Video Director and Producer
Jonathan is a freelance video producer, cinematographer and editor. In early 2007 he was hired by ANN to spearhead the creation of a video production department. He is ashamed to admit that before joining ANN he didn't even know what otaku meant, but since then, he's been in grave danger of suffering deep vein thrombosis from trying to watch all the anime in his Netflix queue. Jonathan spends his spare time watching foreign art films and nerding out on books about philosophy and global economics.
Jonathan graduated from School of Visual Arts in New York City with a concentration in cinematography and directing.
Carlo Santos (a.k.a. Patachu), reviewer
Carlo just got his master's degree in Engineering Sciences at UC San Diego, which of course is the perfect program of study for someone into comics and animation. When Powerpuff Girls first came out, it sparked an interest in Japanese-influenced character designs that soon led to straight-out anime. He's into Eva, Bebop and FLCL just like everyone else, but he also likes cutesy stuff like Kimagure Orange Road, Marmalade Boy, Mahou Tsukai Tai, and Bottle Fairy. This is why you should never take his reviews too seriously. When not occupied by anime and manga, he also enjoys other non-superhero comics, drawing, mahjong, and classical music. He is currently teaching himself the mandolin.
Evan Miller, Translator (Jariten)
Evan is a freelance translator who currently splits his time between Minnesota, Colorado, and California. He was first introduced to Anime in 1995, which helped inspire him to study Japanese. Since then, he’s worked for the government of Akita Prefecture, volunteered for way too many clubs and conventions on both sides of the Pacific, translated more documents than he cares to recall and even got to be in an amateur sentai robot film for the Kwansei Gakuin University Manga Doukoukai (he denies that last one though). His hobbies include cycling, train travel, writing, music, and spending more money on Japanese import CDs than he really should. Evan plans to go back to school this fall to pursue a Ph.D. in Japanese Language and Pedagogy in the hopes of becoming a professor in the future.
(a.k.a. Cookie), Translator, Advisor
George is now a 23-year old computer-guru, animation otaku, and catgirl-addict currently residing in State College, PA. He graduated Penn State University with a double-major in Japanese and East Asian Studies, and a minor in Linguistics to boot. He first found anime on television in the form of Voltron and Robotech, but didn't make the connection until Akira's arrival in the States in '89. In 1996, George began collecting anything associated with anime, and his hunger for the "perfect collection" hasn't diminished since.
George's hobbies include reading fantasy novels, playing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, grooving along to Dance Dance Revolution, and translating Japanese novels into English. George stepped down as co-Editor-in-Chief on March 1st, 2004, but is staying around to assist the site.
Mikhail Koulikov, Events Correspondent, Assistant News Editor.
Mikhail uses his position with ANN to combine two passions: anime and travel. He attended his first anime convention in the summer of 1999 and within a day, became addicted to the scene. In anime, his taste is split oddly between more cerebral titles like Legend of Galactic Heroes, Tehxnolyze, and all things Gainax, and fluffy shoujo and romance series such as Gravitation, Fancy Lala, and Hana Yori Dango. The remainder of his free time is spent on reading (favorite authors include Douglas Coupland and Cordwainer Smith) and videogames. After working in the financial publishing industry, Mikhail is currently pursuing a master's degree in library science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He also holds an undergraduate degree in international affairs from George Washington University, and is a graduate of New York City's Stuyvesant High School.
Theron Martin (aka Key), Reviewer
Theron is a mid-30s high school math teacher living in Indianapolis. He first discovered anime as "anime" (Battle of the Planets in the early '80s doesn't really count, does it?) upon seeing Akira at a convention around 1990. After several years of being a casual fan, he graduated to being a serious one in the late '90s when he began his ever-expanding library of anime DVDs, with his own crude anime website eventually to follow. Primary hobbies outside of anime include comic books, fantasy football, board games, and role-playing games. In addition to writing reviews for this site and Protoculture Addicts, he has also authored several Classic and Living campaign scenarios for the Role Playing Gamers Association, most recently scenarios for the RPGA's Living Greyhawk system.
It should also be stated, for the record, that Theron is primarily a "dub" person, though he does watch subs, too.
Brian Hanson, Columnist
Carl Kimlinger, Reviewer
Carl lives in the Willamette Valley, where any socialist tendencies he contracted while in college are promptly crushed underfoot by the stampeding consumerism engendered by an incurable anime habit.
Alexandra Macdonald (a.k.a. phoenix), Encyclopedia Staff
Chih-Chieh Chang (a.k.a. dormcat), Encyclopedia Staff
Chih-Chieh (known by most of his Westerner friends as "Albert") was born and raised in Taiwan and started watching anime since 2 and reading manga since 5. However those two forms of entertainment were not yet parts of his life before his sophomore year in college, when a manga rental opened within his campus. He started graduate studies in the US after finishing his undergraduate studies and mandatory military service. To his surprise, the North American anime and manga market has increased multiple times since his last visit four years ago, enabling him to pick up this hobby he once thought having to kiss goodbye. Currently he is trying to strike a balance between ACG and benchwork.
Colin Stanhill (a.k.a. Shinigami-sama), Encyclopedia staff
Colin Stanhill is a high school junior in Minnesota. Aside from working as much as possible on as many things as possible for ANN, he is the founder and current president (two years running) of his high school's anime club. He reads as many books and manga as he can without developing astigmatism, he watches all the anime he can afford (and some that he cannot), and he listens to music and plays drums in a band called Rusted Lung. And despite Jonathan Mays' record for having processed 156 error reports in six hours, Colin Stanhill has processed 117 error reports in two and a half hours.
Jeremy Lapus (a.k.a. areaseven), Encyclopedia staff
Originally from the Philippines, Jeremy has grown up with anime during his entire life. However, it wasn't until 1993 that he became a serious otaku when he first watched Akira. His all-time favorites include Macross Plus (where he got his username from), Cowboy Bebop, Gunbuster, RahXephon, Heat Guy J, Azumanga Daioh and Figure 17.
While the resident Californian may not hold as many records as Miagi, A7 is the current record-holder for most Encyclopedia entries - 35,000 and still counting.
Aside from anime, A7 collects DVD movies and diecast model cars. And whenever he gets a chance, he works on his own anime homepage.
Peter Rasmussen (a.k.a. abunai), Encyclopedia Staff
Danish historian and father of three. Living proof that older does not equal wiser.
Michi, Encyclopedia Staff
Michi is a 21 year old part-time gamer, part-time anime fan. She is currently studying abroad in Japan at Tokyo International University. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has lived for most of her life. She discovered anime during the summer of 1997 via the internet, and from there the interest eventually spread to include a love for manga, Japanese music, and cosplay. On the gaming side, well, she's been doing that for as long as she can remember. She also has a pipe dream to become an actress, either for voice recording or the stage.
Jonathan Beltz (a.k.a. Akemi_Idaku), Encyclopedia Staff
Jonathan's fascination with anime started around 2000 with Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, and Gundam Wing on Toonami. He quickly found interest in manga starting with Love Hina. Since then he has grown to love just about everything Japan has to offer. He usually obsess over Japanese dramas, TV shows, and commercials. In addition, he loves most Asian films and most East Asian things in general. He also likes to spend his time surfing through various Japanese language websites, reading obscure and controversial literature, and studying foreign languages.
Jonathan is currently majoring in International Studies and minoring in Japanese at UNC Charlotte and pondering a double major with Sociology. In addition to all this, he tries to stay active and love playing tennis and table tennis and going out driving around town and spending time with his friends.
Scott Riley (a.k.a. PantsGoblin), Encyclopedia Editor
A seiyuu-obsessed moé enthusiast and bishoujo fanboy. Scott was first exposed to the anime world via the Pokemon craze of the late 1990s. He later went on to watch Excel Saga, which he thought was hilarious, thus becoming hooked on anime. Although he enjoys watching a wide variety of anime, his favorites would include Galaxy Angel, Nurse Witch Komugi, When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koroni), Welcome to the NHK!, Genshiken, and Rumbling Hearts (Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien). Currently, he enjoys observing various internet cultures such as 4chan, playing video games (mainly RPGs), listening to J-pop and anime music with extremely high pitched voices, and helping out with as much as he can in the Encyclopedia in between his (other) job.
Lavinia Cham (a.k.a. j1m0ne), Encyclopedia Staff
Lavinia is a Malaysian born third-year Economics and Finance student at the University of Southampton, UK. She grew up watching dubbed anime on TV but didn't get into it seriously until a bout of boredom caused by living in boarding school without an Internet connection was cured by a diet of Card Captor Sakura, Cowboy Bebop and Lain.
She is a music enthusiast, with a penchant for badly named Japanese indie bands; plays as many RPGs as she has time for, and also likes to collect fluffy soft toys.
Robert Berry, Encyclopedia Staff
Robert is a Winthrop University freshman in Rock Hill, South Carolina where he majors in history with a minor in education. He is a regular member and operator of ANN's own IRC channel (as Shin-Sensei), which in fact is how he ended up working on the encyclopedia. While he has no outstanding encyclopedia records, he does complain of "always working with H."
Samuel Wolfs (a.k.a. Woelfie), Encyclopedia Staff
He calls himself a perfectionist, but most people say he's a maniac. His wife calls him a freak but she's obviously biased. He started watching anime in the late seventies with Goldorak (UFO Robot Grendizer), Heidi of the Alps and Remi (Ie Naki Ko). However, at age 5, he didn't understood a word of French, so don't ask him for content. Now French is no problem anymore, but his other hobbies like manga, European comics strips and computer games are taking too much of his time to pick up anime on a regular base. To compensate for his seating job and hobbies, cycling keeps him a bit healthy.
Kumi Kaoru (Family name first), Japanese Correspondent
Kaoru is too busy to actually write up a description for this page :-). Kumi has been providing ANN with important news items originating in the Land of the Rising Sun as well as translating the occasional webpage.
Tony Khamvongsouk (a.k.a. Tony K.), Forum Moderator
Born in 1983 in Tifton, Georgia and of Lao descent, Tony grew up in Irving, Texas (since the age of 3 months) and became an anime fan around the age of 10 watching the likes of Akira and Vampire Hunter D.
Eventually, he became a big follower of the shounen genre in the mid 90s with the North American introduction of Dragonball Z. He is a particularly avid fan of the Rurouni Kenshin franchise, and enjoys shounen series for their seemingly simplistic and straightforward characters/plotlines.
As a kid, he often watched classic American cartoons and is still a fan of titles such as Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, and the occassional Disney movie.
In addition, Tony is also a fan of the Star Trek franchise (post-Shatner) and reveres Star Trek: First Contact as his favorite, all-time movie. He also enjoys various live-action movies from both Hollywood and Asia.
On days he doesn't immerse himself in anime, Tony also likes to watch pro sports (Football, Basketball, and Baseball, in that order) or anything on ESPN. He also likes to play the occassional video game and likes to think he is particularly adept at Capcom vs. SNK 2 on PS2...
Tony enjoys manga as well, but usually prefers anime with the exception of filler-plagued titles.
Currently, Tony is attending the University of North Texas and majoring in Marketing (with a minor in Psychology).
Paul Fargo (a.k.a. Nagisa), Forum Moderator
Paul is a Twenty-year old student of the Art Institute of Atlanta, where he currently majors in Media Arts & Animation. His first exposure to anime came when he was about twelve or thirteen, and happened to catch the first Galaxy Express 999 movie on Sci-Fi Channel in the wee hours of the morning. After a brief dry spell (during which time he reluctantly admits to being a DBZ fan), he branched out to other titles like Evangelion and Gunsmith Cats, and it all snowballed from there. He currently enjoys a wide variety of anime, favorites including Full Metal Panic!, Haibane Renmei, Boogiepop Phantom, Azumanga Daioh, Gundam SEED, and Maria-sama ga Miteru. Other hobbies are gaming, hanging around a few regular online haunts, various musical fancies, South Park (among other American animated programs), and some other lesser hobbies that are too numerous and boring to mention.