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Event #1: Personalized Anime Recommendations
Event #2: Personalized Manga Recommendations

Request an anime/manga recommendation (based on certain criteria) and gift a personalized
anime/manga recommendation to another user!


Event #3: Personalized MAL Images

Request a custom-made/shopped image to use on MAL (profile picture, forum signature, etc.)
and gift a personalized MAL image to another user!



Important Dates

Sign-Up Deadline: Sunday, Dec 8, 23:59 PST
Confirmations by: Tuesday, Dec 10, 23:59 PST
Santas Receive Usernames: Friday, Dec 13
Gift Deadline: Saturday, Dec 21, 23:59 PST
Present Opening: Dec 23 ~ Dec 26
Secret Santa Reveal: Dec 30 ~ Jan 2



HOW TO JOIN?

Use These Sign-Up Threads:

#1: Anime Recommendations
#2: Manga Recommendations
#3: Images


 
 Santa's Workshop Needs Elves is Now Full!

 Nearly all of our elves are otherwise occupied (too much glühwein...)
 and we need volunteers to help:

  ❅ collect all our Secret Santa sign-ups
  ❅ send event PMs to all participants at multiple points during the event
  ❅ poke naughty users who haven't finished their gifts
  ❅ give pointers to stuck Santas
  ❅ idle in our Discord workshop to help with miscellaneous tasks


 To volunteer, please say so in this thread and join MAL's Discord server!
 We'll contact you with more information, depending on the number of participants.



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Exciting stuff! Looking forward to making gifts again this year :D
 
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Finally, the best MAL event is here. Looking forward to it :D
 
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And so the yearly trauma merriness begins again!
 
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Ayy it's finally time for the final event of the year!

I'd like to help out as elf this year. I've got plenty of free time during December and I want to use it and my graphic designing skills to some good use!


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I don't get it. How does it work ?
 
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Yay its back for another year :))
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Yaaayyyy, can't wait! It's gonna get busy. I'm tempted to sign up for all of them again~

Lightlawleit said:
I don't get it. How does it work ?


You have the choice between three events:
  • Event #1: Personalized Anime Recommendations
    You give someone an anime recommendation and you receive one from someone else.
  • Event #2: Personalized Manga Recommendations
    You give someone a manga recommendation and you receive one from someone else.
  • Event #3: Personalized MAL Images
    This one is a bit more tricky because you have to make an avatar, signature, profile picture or about me for someone. Not all at the same time, don't worry. You can sign up for beginner if you're not too confident. Then you also receive one of those in return depending on what you sign up for.


The rest is all written in the first post and the links for all the events are in it too. Make sure to read the info before signing up!

 
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I never joined this kind of event, could be a good idea to try and see if someone can recommend me something great that escaped me.


 
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maybe i should join this year, it seems fun
 
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Heeya everyone!

This event seems really awesome and I'm hoping I can join. I just have few questions about the 3rd, images -section. Are you supposed to edit already exisisting pictures of certain characters? And I know there are beginner, intermediate and advanced but to what extent do people usually wish to edit these things?

I am confident in my drawing abilities and could just draw the character, so could I just do that, or is it really just about the editing? As for my editing skills.. yes I can do editing, but probably not so much experienced that I could add fancy effects like legit sunlight effect or edit multiple characters into one picture and make it work like they all were in there in the same situation.

Thank you already in advance if you can explain these things for me. :)
 
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@Makum

It's mainly about editing, so you're correct about turning existing pictures into your own work. From your description, I assume you know how to edit with graphic design programs like GIMP and Photoshop, just not utilize advance effects. If so, Intermediate would probably be a suitable choice.

The opening post for the Image Edition sign-up thread has some good examples of what kind of work is expected for each level. Use them as a benchmark.
 
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It looks so much fun! I'm really excited to try this event out c:

It feels like it's going to be really busy. I've never participated in this event before, but if you need help and don't mind my lack of knowledge, I'd be happy to join your elves team.
 
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Woo Hoo!! MAL Secret Santa is here!!!!!!
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Nov 24, 1:49 PM

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Cool, I'll try and sign up~
 
Nov 24, 1:59 PM

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I'll join this time again! The last time it was a bit nerve-wrecking for me because of some organization hiccups - but it's understandable with such a big amounts of entries! I am sure it will go more smoothy this time. And it was very fun anyway. I still remember a post from a user who said that their week was abysmal and the recs were the only good event.
 
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I'd love to Volunteer for the event if the the help is wanted.
 
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These seems like it will be a lot of fun! I'd also like to volunteer if their is any help needed.




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Aaaah, it's already that time of the year again...
This is the first event I participated in, and will always be my favorite~~~

I still can't move on with this signature pic I got from last year's event.. •w•


I seriously need to stop watching idol anime... The fact that I can't afford to buy their CDs yet keep making my heart broken..
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I'm gonna do it! I'm gonna participate for the first time this year! ;o;;;

I was going to ask if I could give an anime recommendation but receive a manga recommendation, but I'm just going to be quiet and not try to make anything more complicated than it needs to be for those who have to work the event.;;

Anyway, I'm kinda excited!

Enjoy your anime!
 
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@Swiggy You can't get a manga in exchange for an anime recommendation. If you don't mind having to give two recommendations, you can always sign up for both anime and manga~
 
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@Swiggy You can't get a manga in exchange for an anime recommendation. If you don't mind having to give two recommendations, you can always sign up for both anime and manga~
Thanks for replying to that!
I can't even remember what happens in most of the manga I've read, so I can't see myself recommending them.;; So that's okay, I'll just do an anime rec and ask for manga recs on my own time some day! ouo)b
Thanks for suggesting that I do both though!

Enjoy your anime!
 
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I would like to help as a volunteer for this year secret Santa.
 
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@Swiggy Ah, you could have done that every year except... for this year :'D We split anime and manga as a trial this year because many people would get confused. "I signed up for manga so why I am recing someone anime" etc. If you make a small note of it in your sign-up post, maybe your Santa will be generous ;)

Happy to see many people participating for the first time! We'll get back to those offering to volunteer soon :3


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Ahh, how exciting.. :D
I'd be happy to lend a hand, if it's still needed. :)
 
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I'd be down to help of it's needed!!
 
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I would like to be an Elf for the Image S.S.

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Min-Max length (episodes): Not as long as like Naruto Shippuden or One Piece
Likes (genres, demographics, themes): Adventure or even Thrillers
Dislikes (genres, demographics, themes): Harems, Ecchi
Any sub/stream restrictions? (e.g. must it be available on CR): Nope
Can the recommendation be on your Plan to Watch list? (Yes or No): Sure
Number of Completed entries on your anime list: 616
Does your list include everything you've seen (except childhood anime)?: Yes Everything
Link to anime list: https://myanimelist.net/animelist/Vincesu?status=2
 
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@Kineta Ah shoot. That's understandable though. I'm fine with that sneaky work around though. :^U
Thank you!

Enjoy your anime!
 
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Vincesu said:
Min-Max length (episodes): Not as long as like Naruto Shippuden or One Piece
Likes (genres, demographics, themes): Adventure or even Thrillers
Dislikes (genres, demographics, themes): Harems, Ecchi
Any sub/stream restrictions? (e.g. must it be available on CR): Nope
Can the recommendation be on your Plan to Watch list? (Yes or No): Sure
Number of Completed entries on your anime list: 616
Does your list include everything you've seen (except childhood anime)?: Yes Everything
Link to anime list: https://myanimelist.net/animelist/Vincesu?status=2


Hey there please repost here https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1812367
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I'd love to volunteer with helping out if it's still needed! :D
 
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sounds fun might join in. what is mal discord?
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sounds fun might join in. what is mal discord?


The MAL discord server is just a place to chat! https://discord.gg/E2xC8ZF

Later, we'll also have rooms that you can join to get help for coming up with your gifts.
 
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This should be fun :)
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I'd like to volunteer if it's alright for me to start after Dec. 14!
 
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Great, seems to be a funny event
 
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There is a lack of padoru here
 
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I think I might try this fun event!

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HASHIRE SORI YO KAZE NO YOU NI TSUKIMIHARA WO PADORU PADORU
 
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seems fun :D i may take part in this and this then would be the first these types of things i take part in :D
 
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This is going to be the first event here on this site!
Quite excited
 
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I would like to volunteer, since I have had very good experiences with MAL's Secret Santa and would love to help the admins out with this one!
 
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@Afloo @_Minnie @Daucus @MasukoSenpai @beeamo @awarii @MelissaWolf @Lumeister @ArtiSquared
Hey there, this is the link to the Mal discord: https://discord.gg/E2xC8ZF
Drop a message saying you're interested in volunteering for the event once you join the server to speed the manual verification process along~
We will be opening the chatrooms for secret santa in the server soon :)
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Is there a separate thread for confirmations or...
6 and 7 are good scores
 
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where is download link?
 
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Is there a separate thread for confirmations or...

Confirmations will be sent on December 6 through personal message. You will only need to follow the brief instructions there to confirm your participation.
 
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This will be my first year participating! So exciting!
 
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Finally a way to send someone a recommendation that would broaden their frontiers and develop them as a human being, without them having a right to deny it! Just why am I not getting paid...
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I'd like to be an elf. Hopefully I can be one this year.
 
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@neil if we are already in the discord is there a certain channel you want us the say we're interested in volunteering in? Or did you just want us to say something here again?
 
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