We'll be meeting as normal on Friday in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College at 8 PM. For those of us who aren't students living on the university term: this will be the last meeting this term. Assuming things go to plan, our first meeting next term will be on Friday 27 April.
A few notes on coming anime film screenings in the UK.
There are some new films coming out made by compiling together bits of Code Geass and adding a few new bits of animation. The first one's being screened in various places, including Oxford, on Wednesday 21 March, and you can search for screenings here (though it looks like you might not be able actually to book tickets yet). Compilation films like these can vary a lot in quality and accessibility, but if you liked the show this might be a nice nostalgia trip.
If you're in Oxford over the Easter break, the Phoenix Picturehouse is running a short series of screenings of Ghibli films, details here.
Finally, as I noted in last week's message, the newish film Mary and the Witch's Flower is being screened in various places, including Oxford, on Tuesday 10 April and from 4 May onwards; you can search for screenings near you here.
This being week 7, we'll have our termly social, a meal before the main meeting, on Friday. A couple of people have suggested Sushimania, the new place on Park End Street. They have an all-you-can-eat deal and a la carte options. Provisionally, I'm going to aim to make the booking for 6 or 6.15 to give us time to eat relaxedly.
We'll have a normal meeting at 8 PM on Friday as usual after the meal, so do come along to that even if you can't make the meal.
Also, advance notice of anime in the cinema later this year: the new(ish) anime film Mary and the Witch's Flower is being screened in various places in the UK on April 10, and then from May 4 onward. The film's directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (who directed Arrietty and When Marnie Was There) and is a family-friendly adventure story in the Ghibli vein. You can search for screenings near wherever you'll be on April 10 (which is outside term time) here. For those of us who'll be in Oxford on April 10, it's showing at the Curzon in the Westgate, and at the Vue at the Kassam Stadium.
We'll be meeting as normal this Friday evening at 8 PM in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College. Last Friday we started two new shows, Flag and Daily Lives of High School Boys, so we’ll be continuing on with those and with Cowboy Bebop, Princess Tutu and From the New World.
This coming Saturday (17 Feb) we'll have our annual randomthon from 2 to 6 PM in the Saskatchewan Room. We don't have a full schedule ready but we're planning to show Show Genroku Rakugo Shinju's first episode (which is double-length) in the first block.
The randomthon is a screening at which we watch through a bunch of first episodes of anime which we're considering showing in full next year or in some future year. It's a chance for the committee to canvass members' opinions about the next year. I'll be bringing a list of some of the other things we're considering putting on next year and we can talk about those too. And it's also just a chance to sample a lot of anime very quickly. So please come along if you're free and interested; you don't have to come to the whole thing if you'd rather dip in and out. Like a normal meeting, we show the episodes in a cycle of blocks of two with ten minute breaks in between them.