Sorry to trouble your inboxes in the depths of the vacation! Enough bits and pieces of news about film screenings have accumulated that I judged it worth letting everyone know about them.
1. The Cowboy Bebop film will be screened in various Showcase Cinemas around the UK starting on Wednesday 19 September. You can find the current details about screenings here, if you're going to be in the UK at the time and want to see whether there's a screening near you.
2. The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival might be of interest to anyone based in Wales: it's happening in Cardiff (28–30 September) and Aberystwyth (20–21 October). The Cardiff leg includes screenings of ten anime films, including Lu Over the Wall, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Arrietty, Maquia and When Marnie Was There.
3. As usual, the Scotland Loves Animation film festival will be happening this year over 12–14 October in Glasgow and 15–21 October in Edinburgh. Obviously those dates are awkward for current students (it is possible to race up there and catch SLA from Oxford—I've done it, once—but it's tiring!), but alumni who're in Scotland now might want to keep an eye out for this year's lineup announcement.
4. During Michaelmas Term, on 2 November, there will be screenings of the new anime film Mirai in various places (including Oxford, so we'll probably see if we can get together a group to go). This is the latest family film from the director Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt through Time, &c &c). You can find the details about that here.
I hope the rest of the summer goes well for everyone!
Last Friday's meeting was the last meeting of Oxford Anime Vision for the 2017–18 academic year. Thank you to everyone who came to our events, whether you made it to just one, all of them, or some number in between—I hope everyone enjoyed the year! It has, as always, been a privilege and a pleasure to help run the society.
Oxford Anime Vision turned twenty years old last autumn (we were founded in October 1997) and by (genuinely unplanned) coincidence, we showed one title this year which is almost exactly the same age as OAV: Cowboy Bebop first aired in the spring of 1998.
We might manage to organise a few meet-ups for those of us who're still around over the summer but, assuming things go to plan, our first main meeting for the next academic year will be on Friday 12 October. Have a great summer, and especially good luck to our members who are leaving Oxford for good—do feel free to join us again if you're ever visiting the city in future!
We'll be meeting as normal at 8 PM this Friday in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College. This coming week is the seventh of Trinity Term's eight weeks, so we only have two meetings left this academic year—and we have just two episodes left of everything we're watching.
And, since it's week 7, we'll be having a meal before the main meeting on Friday. If you would like to come to the meal as well as the meeting, please sign up in the Facebook group here or email email@example.com 6 PM this Wednesday. Where exactly we go and when the booking is on Friday evening will both depend how many people sign up—I will let everyone know.