The Team


From a small AniDB Mylist program to a full blown client-server architecture program. These are the people that made it happen and continue to improve it.

Click on a team member for more information on them.


  • Shoko Server Web UI
  • Shoko Desktop 2
  • Long time user who started out by improving the old russian translation and somehow ended up with making Web UI for the server and leading the development of Shoko Desktop 2.


  • Shoko Server
  • Shoko Desktop
  • Advanced user, part time dev when he feels the problem is easy enough. Famous for creating lots of edge cases and loves to drive da3dsoul or cazzar crazy with them.

    BigRetroMike

    GitHub Profile

  • Nakamori
  • Creator of Nakamori who helped with the original concept for the Web UI.


  • Shoko Server
  • Shoko Metadata
  • Create of Shoko Metadata, started working on making Shoko better and found himself as one of the core devs leading various refactoring projects.


  • Shoko Server
  • Shoko Desktop
  • Nakamori
  • Wanted a better anime experience on Kodi, accidentally became one of the core devs and now is stuck in an never ending cycle of making Shoko even better.

    ElementalCrisis

    GitHub Profile

  • Shoko Server Web UI
  • Shoko Desktop 2
  • Current Shoko project leader responsible in charge of UI and UX design and development so feel free to blame someone else if things aren't working.

    JMediaManager

    GitHub Profile

  • Shoko Server
  • Shoko Desktop
  • My Anime 3
  • The original creator of JMM and My Anime 3, he is the reason we're all here and while he is no longer active, he does pop in once in awhile to make sure we're not slacking off.


  • Shoko Server
  • Shoko Desktop
  • My Anime 3
  • Shoko On Plex (Discontinued)
  • Author of the original Plex channel plugin, a black magic wizard responsible for many of the advancements made to Shoko. Due to time restrictions he mainly provides technical support to the team.


  • Shoko Server Web UI
  • Shokofin
  • Shoko Metadata
  • Stumbled upon Shoko in mid-2020 and joined the team initially helping with Shoko Server Web UI. Now helps out with Shoko Metadata and created Shokofin.


  • Shoko Server
  • Shokofin
  • Was looking for an efficient way to organize his ever-growing anime library and found Shoko in late 2020. Later on he joined the team to work on Shokofin and sometimes Shoko Server.

    Avael

    Avael

    2015 - Present Long time user who started out by improving the old russian translation and somehow ended up with making Web UI for the server and leading the development of Shoko Desktop 2.
    Baine

    Baine

    2013 - Present Advanced user, part time dev when he feels the problem is easy enough. Famous for creating lots of edge cases and loves to drive da3dsoul or cazzar crazy with them.
    BigRetroMike

    BigRetroMike

    2015 - Present Creator of Nakamori who helped with the original concept for the Web UI.
    Cazzar

    Cazzar

    2016 - Present Create of Shoko Metadata, started working on making Shoko better and found himself as one of the core devs leading various refactoring projects.
    Da3dsoul

    Da3dsoul

    2015 - Present Wanted a better anime experience on Kodi, accidentally became one of the core devs and now is stuck in an never ending cycle of making Shoko even better.
    ElementalCrisis

    ElementalCrisis

    2015 - Present Current Shoko project leader responsible in charge of UI and UX design and development so feel free to blame someone else if things aren't working.
    JMediaManager

    JMediaManager

    2006-2014 The original creator of JMM and My Anime 3, he is the reason we're all here and while he is no longer active, he does pop in once in awhile to make sure we're not slacking off.
    MaxPiva

    MaxPiva

    2009 - Present Author of the original Plex channel plugin, a black magic wizard responsible for many of the advancements made to Shoko. Due to time restrictions he mainly provides technical support to the team.
    Mohan226

    Mohan226

    2020 - Present Stumbled upon Shoko in mid-2020 and joined the team initially helping with Shoko Server Web UI. Now helps out with Shoko Metadata and created Shokofin.
    Revam

    Revam

    2020 - Present Was looking for an efficient way to organize his ever-growing anime library and found Shoko in late 2020. Later on he joined the team to work on Shokofin and sometimes Shoko Server.

    The Early Years

    2006 - 2009
  • Initial Concept
  • AniDB Monitor
  • My Anime 2
  • In July of 2006, lwerndly publicly released his personal AniDB client, AniDB Monitor giving AniDB members the ability to automatically hash their files for comparison, add them to their AniDB Mylist and allowed users to update their episode watched states with ease. Development on predecessor however halted shortly after AniDB Monitor’s initial release having reached the initial goals of the program. Development on AniDB Monitor would remain dormant until 2008 when a user on the MediaPortal forums announced they had begun working on an anime plugin simply known as My Anime. Demand for such a plugin to allow users to view and watch their anime collection was high and many users followed development on the plugin, however for unknown reasons the original developer abandoned the project to the dismay of many and once again the MediaPortal community was left without a suitable anime plugin. lwerndly, who had also been following the development of the plugin announced he was going to develop his own plugin and using AniDB Monitor as a base was able to quickly produce a release. On February 13th, 2008 the MediaPortal plugin My Anime was released to the public, this also signified the start of what would later become the JMM Suite.

    The plugin quickly become popular and with feature requests and bug reports coming in. Development continued forward with various parts being updated or rewritten as time went on eventually leading to the release of My Anime 2on June 2nd, 2009 containing a lot of improvements and additions over it’s predecessor. Like usual development continued on and as My Anime 2’s popularity continued to grow it slowly started to outgrow being just a MediaPortal plugin and the idea of My Anime becoming something more started to transition to reality.

    The JMM Suite

    2009 - 2016
  • JMM Server
  • JMM Desktop
  • My Anime 3
  • JMM On Plex
  • As development continued on My Anime 2 and the plugin became more and more popular, the focus started to shift from a collection manager to a content consumer. Additionally, the ability to have access to a user’s anime collection outside of MediaPortal was becoming more requested as users wanted a database that didn’t rely on MediaPortal. At the time, there was no centralized database so developing a plugin for another program or even a standalone program would require it’s own database and a way to share data between the two. To avoid this and to allow any program or plugin access to the database, it was decided that all server functionality would be moved out of My Anime 3 and into it’s own then unnamed program. However with the project now growing, a new name to encompass the current My Anime 2 plugin and the then unnamed server program was needed, the name Otaku Media Manager was selected and development on the standalone server program pressed forward.

    With My Anime 3’s release on April 19th, 2012, users were introduced to early builds of what would later become Shoko Server and Shoko Desktop. As development continued on the three items and with the addition of a Plex plugin, a new name was decided on that better reflected the programs new direction, Japanese Media Manager. Development continued on with new features being added and new members joining the team culminating in a Kodi plugin being developed and the start of some of the heavier tasks on the ever growing to-do list.

    Shoko

    2016 - Present
  • Shoko Server
  • Shoko Server Web UI
  • Shoko Desktop
  • Shoko Desktop 2
  • ShokoMetadata
  • Shokofin
  • Due to personal reasons, lwerndly had decided to take less active role with the project and gave leadership to MaxPiva and Elemental Crisis. With a revitalized effort, the still JMM team added new members and began working on some of the bigger issues such as SQLite speed and more importantly Linux Support. It was also decided that a new name was needed as the original name was causing confusion on what exactly JMM did and did not do. The common misconception was that because of the name, users assumed JMM supported other types of Japanese media such as Manga and/or J-Drama which was never the original intended goal. In fact, originally name of the program was Anime Media Manager but was only changed to Japanese Media Manager when one of the original staff members wanted to include support for manga. Due to personal circumstances, that staff member was never able to add support for it. After a long discussion on name choices, da3dsoul suggested the name Shoko which ended up being the only name the entire staff was able to agree on.