The end of term is upon us! Our final meeting this term will be at 8 PM this Friday, in the Fitzhugh Auditorium in the Cohen Quad (here). That's not the usual room at Exeter College, but rather the alternative one.
At this Friday's meeting we'll be collecting the membership fee for the 2017–18 academic year, which will be £5 per person (the money goes towards the cost of hiring a stall and printing leaflets for next year's Freshers' Fair). But don't worry if you don't bring £5 next week, because we'll also be accepting membership fees in meetings at the start of Hilary Term.
A final reminder that on 6 December, in week 9, Masaaki Yuasa's new film Lu Over the Wall is being shown in cinemas in various places in the UK. I imagine many of us will have left Oxford at that point; you can check for screenings near wherever you'll be then on this page. For those of us who will still be in Oxford, there's a screening at 7 PM in the George St Odeon and one at 7.30 PM in the Vue at the Kassam Stadium. Lu Over the Wall is pretty fun and rounds out a year that's been good for cinema releases of anime in the UK!
Our first meeting in 2018 will, room bookings permitting, be on Friday of week 1, which will be 19 January. For anyone who's still in Oxford for some or all of the gap between undergraduate terms, we might organise one or two more informal get-togethers. I will let everyone know about these if they materialise!
This week, AnimeSoc is in the Saskatchewan Room again; the usual line-up will be showing (Cowboy Bebop; The Great Passage; Princess Tutu; From the New World) except Time of Eve, which has now finished! (More on that later.)
The meeting will start at 8pm, and afterwards there will be the customary ice cream and chatter at the St Aldate's G&D's.
•We always have a meal before the main meeting in week 7 of term, i.e. this week. If you’d like to come to that too, sign up on the relevant Facebook post or email firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday afternoon. We haven’t picked a restaurant yet (and to some extent it depends on how many people sign up).
•Now that Time of Eve has ended, we’ll be using that slot to fit in extra episodes from shows we’re watching which have more than 24 episodes (we only have 24 meetings in the year). Another anime will replace Time of Eve after Christmas.
•On 6 December—the Wednesday of the week after the end of term—Masaaki Yuasa’s new anime film Lu Over the Wall is screening in cinemas around the UK. The film’s a family adventure film with a great soundtrack and some wild animation. Those who’ll have left Oxford because term is over can search for screenings near them at http://luoverthewallmovie.co.uk/. In Oxford, it’s showing on 6 December at 7 PM in the George St Odeon at at 7.30 PM at the Vue cinema out at the Kassam Stadium.
Hello all! Hope this finds you well. As you may already know, this week's meetings are on both the Friday (regular scheduled programming) and Saturday (for a super awesome film afternoon!) Worth noting for this week:
Oxford Anime Vision will not be in the normal room this Friday, as we couldn’t book it. Instead, we’ll be meeting in the FitzHugh Auditorium at the Cohen Quad. This is on Walton Street just to the north-west of the city centre, here: https://goo.gl/maps/N9Vpq7sgZY62. It’s a fairly obvious large building on the left side of Walton Street if you’re walking northwards. It’s only about five minutes’ walk from Exeter College where we normally meet.
Please note that the Cohen Quad’s main doors are locked by default. We will make sure we have people at the doors around 8 PM to let you in and show you the way to the auditorium, but it would be wise not to be late.
Film Afternoon: Saturday 18 Nov, 2–6 PM, Saskatchewan Room
We’ll be screening a couple of anime films this Saturday, from 2 PM to 6 PM in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter. The films will be:
1. Angel’s Egg
Angel’s Egg is a startling piece about a girl travelling through a desolate and mysterious environment. It’s high on atmosphere and low on dialogue. It’s an hour long, and it was directed by Mamoru Oshii, who also directed (among other things) the 1995 Ghost in the Shell film and its sequel, Innocence, the first two Patlabor films, and The Sky Crawlers. Oshii collaborated on it with Yoshitaka Amano, an artist known for his work on various classic anime, but also on novels and computer games (you might’ve encountered his work if you’ve ever played a Final Fantasy game…).
2. Patema Inverted
Patema Inverted is a fun adventure/drama film with a sf element: it’s about two groups for whom gravity operates in opposite directions. Patema, a girl who has always lived underground, escapes to the surface, where she befriends Age, a boy who feels out of place in the dictatorial society in power above ground. Patema Inverted was directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, who also directed Time of Eve—so if you’ve been enjoying that in our weekly meetings, come see this! (But maybe don’t watch this if you suffer from really bad vertigo.)
We’ll start Angel’s Egg at about 2.30 PM and Patema Inverted at about 4 PM; do feel free to come and see just one of the two films if you’re only interested in one or if you’re very busy!
Anyone who wants to will be welcome to go for a meal afterwards: sign up on the Facebook post or email email@example.com by Thursday evening to be included in the restaurant booking.
Hopefully see you there on Friday and Saturday!