Minna’s 25 Years as an Anime Club Deserves a Catbus Cake

21 Apr

CatbusCake1By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Reality TV isn’t my thing but for a time I gave it a chance when I watched the TLC program Cake Boss. It’s a series about an Italian-American family run bakery called Carlo’s Bake Shop. Founded in 1910, the shop operates in Hoboken, New Jersey. I didn’t watch the show for the stories or even for the personalities, I watched the show for the astounding cake art that was produced. And one has to admit, if there was any reason to tune in to each episode, it was for the cake creations Buddy Valastro and his team were responsible for. For a time I was cake crazy. And as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t find cake art that was even remotely decent in my small city of Victoria, British Columbia.

Fortunately for the Minna no Anime California Polytechnic Anime Club, living in California has its advantages, like being able to order a really nice cake. And this anime club out of San Luis Obispo recently celebrated their 25th anniversary on February 6th and 7th of this year. To commemorate the occasion a celebratory buffet lunch was had at Goshi Japanese Restaurant and Minna held fun activities for all. For this event The club decided to have a chocolate cake made in the form of the Catbus from the Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro. And the end result as produced by Cassie’s Custom Cakes Bakery and Cafe in Atascadero was astounding. Notice the route sign on the Catbus reads “MNA25” meaning Minna 25 in honour of the anime club’s 25th year.

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One wonders if the cake was all for show. Was it any good? Minna member Michael Whipp was able to confirm “…yes, it was every bit as delicious as it looks!”

Source(s): Michael Whipp, Minna no Anime Cal Poly Anime Club, and the Vintage Anime Fans Facebook group.

Photo Source(s): Michael Whipp.

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