Oxford Anime Vision (AnimeSoc)

News and Announcements

End-of-year message

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Sunday, 17th June 2018 @ 9:07pm

Dear all,

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!

All best,

Daniel

Week 7 Social

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Sunday, 3rd June 2018 @ 8:37pm

Dear all,

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 oxanimevision@gmail.com before 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.

All best,

Daniel

Week 6 Notices

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Thursday, 31st May 2018 @ 8:18pm

Dear all,

OAV will be meeting as normal tomorrow in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College at 8 PM. For anyone who's elsewhere and wants to keep track, here is where we are in each show before tomorrow's meeting:

Cowboy Bebop 23
Daily Lives of High School Boys 9
Princess Tutu 23
From the New World 22

Tomorrow we'll be watching one episode of each as normal.

One other notice: Ashleigh's thinking of going to Hyper Japan, a convention/cultural festival in London which will run over 13–15 July. If you're also considering going from Oxford and would like to make a group trip of it, or you're going to be travelling there frome elsewhere but would like to have an OAV meetup while there, talk to her about it at one of our meetings.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Update / Maquia

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Thursday, 24th May 2018 @ 8:01am

Dear all,

OAV will be meeting as normal tomorrow in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College at 8 PM.

One other piece of news: on Wednesday 27 June (that's Wednesday of week 9) the new anime film Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms will be shown around the UK. The film's an original story, and it's the directorial debut of the prolific anime screenwriter Mari Okada, who's written a whole bunch of shows including Anohana and Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

For those who'll be in Oxford after the end of term, it's screening at the George St Odeon and at the leisure centre Vue. You can find links to those showings, and search for screenings near you if you're going to be elsewhere in the UK, here

All best,

Daniel

Week 2 meeting

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Monday, 30th April 2018 @ 12:15am

Dear all,

After our unusual first-week absence, Oxford Anime Vision will be meeting this Friday at 8 PM in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College as usual!

For anyone who's fallen behind and wants to catch up, this is where we got to at the end of last term (i.e., as far as you'll want to have watched to be up to speed for this week's meeting, not the episodes we'll be watching this week!):

Cowboy Bebop 18
Daily Lives of High School Boys 5
Princess Tutu 18
From the New World 17

Best wishes,

Daniel

Trinity Term Schedule

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Tuesday, 24th April 2018 @ 11:38pm

Dear all,

Welcome back from the committee! We’ve had trouble booking a room for this week, and at this point it looks like we won’t have a venue for this Friday. We were also struggling to find a projectionist for this Friday. On the plus side, we have been able to book the Saskatchewan Room as normal for all the other weeks of term.

Consequently, we’ve decided that our best option is to scratch this week’s meeting: we will not be meeting this Friday.

But we will be meeting every Friday for the next seven weeks, weeks 2–8 of Trinity Term, at 8 PM in the Saskatchewan Room, starting with Friday next week (4 May).

To account for the lost time in our schedule we’ll remove Flag—since there was already some discussion of doing that—and show an extra episode at one meeting for each of the other four titles we’re watching (weeks 2–5), leaving us with three meetings at the end of the year in which we can have two randoms (weeks 6–8).

We’re sorry that we couldn’t have a meeting this week!

Best wishes,

Daniel

Week 8

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Wednesday, 7th March 2018 @ 8:15am

Dear all,

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.

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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.

Best wishes for the last few days of term!

Daniel

Week 7 Social

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Monday, 26th February 2018 @ 11:16pm

Dear all,

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.

If you'd like to be included in the booking for this, sign up in the Facebook group by 9 PM on Wednesday or by emailing oxanimevision@gmail.com by 9 PM on Wednesday!

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.

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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.

Best wishes,

Daniel

New shows; randomthon this Saturday

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Thursday, 15th February 2018 @ 10:17am

Dear all,

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.

Best wishes,

Daniel

New shows; film afternoon; randomthon

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Monday, 5th February 2018 @ 8:09am

Dear all,

Lots of news for you this week!

1. New shows

We'll be meeting as normal this Friday at 8 PM in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College. At the end of our last meeting we had watched up to the end of: Cowboy Bebop 13, The Great Passage 11 (end of show!), Princess Tutu 13, From the New World 12.

This Friday we'll have two new shows starting, to fill the slots vacated by The Great Passage and Time of Eve. One of those two shows will be Daily Lives of High School Boys, a raucous comedy. (We're still discussing the other slot, which is why I'm not saying what it is!)

2. Film afternoon, 2–6 PM, 10 February, Saskatchewan Room

This coming Saturday (10 February), we'll have a film screening like the one last term. After various people suggested that the middle of Hilary Term calls for something familiar and comforting, we agreed to show the Studio Ghibli classic Laputa, Castle in the Sky. As something to contrast with that (but keeping up a theme of 'things with "sky" in their titles'), we'll also show Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky. So, on Saturday 10 February, in the Saskatchewan Room:

2.15 PM - Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky - This is a beautifully animated and rather bleak futuristic war story about soldiers setting aside their humanity, set to an inventive soundtrack with a lot of jazz. Although it has 'Gundam' in its title, you don't need to have seen any other Gundam anime to understand its story, which is a stand-alone affair. For those members of OAV who saw Gundam Build Fighters when we showed it last year: think of this as the complete opposite in tone.

3.45 PM - Laputa, Castle in the Sky - This (for those of you who've not seen it) is a charming and uplifting adventure story set in a lightly fantastical world of airships and mysterious lost technology. So you can just come and see this if you want to be cheered up, or just come to see December Sky if you don't want to be cheered up, or come and see both films if you want to be hollowed out and then cheered up.

3. Randomthon, 2–6 PM, 17 February, Saskatchewan Room

On Saturday 17 February (Saturday at the end of 5th week) we'll have the annual OAV Randomthon between 2 and 6 PM in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College. For new members, the Randomthon is a screening at which we blast 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, 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. If we're organised enough we'll circulate a schedule in advance.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Meeting 2nd February

E-mail sent by Member 205eff7, Thursday, 1st February 2018 @ 7:09pm

Hello everyone! 

Hope everyone's had a good week and is looking forward to Friday's meeting (tomorrow)!

We'll be in the same place at the same time as usual: that's the Saskatchewan Room in Exeter College, starting 8pm. 

I look forward to seeing everyone there, and have a great weekend!

Best wishes,
Isabella
 

Correction

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Thursday, 25th January 2018 @ 11:32am

Dear all,

Apologies for doubling up on emails. One correction: the episodes listed in the previous email are where we got to last week. By the end of last week's meeting we had finished watching:

Bebop 10
Great Passage 9
Tutu 10
From the New World 10

This Friday's meeting we'll be watching Bebop 11 and 12, The Great Passage 10, Princess Tutu 11, From the New World 11, and a 'random' sample episode at the end as usual.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Meeting 26th January (Week 2)

E-mail sent by Member 205eff7, Thursday, 25th January 2018 @ 10:13am

Hello all!

Once again, Friday is almost upon us; the meeting this week is in the same place & time as normal (8pm, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College).

Since we doubled up on Princess Tutu last week, for anyone who wants to catch up these are the episodes we will be screening in the meeting:

Cowboy Bebop e10
Princess Tutu e10
The Great Passage e9
From The New World e10

Hope your week's been excellent and I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Best wishes,
Isabella

 

It's that time again... (Meetings for HT18)

E-mail sent by Member 205eff7, Saturday, 13th January 2018 @ 3:23pm

Dear all,

Welcome back to AnimeSoc! We hope your (well-deserved!) break has been excellent. 

Debrief for meetings this term: they start at 8pm and they're all in the Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College. The next meeting is on Friday the 19th January (that's Friday of 1st Week - in about a week from today). 

Thanks very much and have a great and anime-filled term.
Isabella

P.S. Sometimes I make silly mistakes and miss things out of weekly emails. If I miss anything or you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let me know; moreover, if there's anything you're not sure about week to week feel free to refer back to this email for info. Thanks! :)

Michaelmas Term Week 8

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Monday, 27th November 2017 @ 10:16pm

Dear all,

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!

Best wishes,

Daniel

Meeting 24th November & Notices

E-mail sent by Member 205eff7, Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 @ 4:41pm

Hello all! Hope you're having a good week.

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.

NOTICES

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 oxanimevision@gmail.com 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.

Have a great week, and best wishes!
Isabella

Meetings 18th and 19th November

E-mail sent by Member 205eff7, Tuesday, 14th November 2017 @ 11:55pm


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: 

Room Change

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 oxanimevision@gmail.com by Thursday evening to be included in the restaurant booking.

Hopefully see you there on Friday and Saturday!
Isabella
 

This Friday; film afternoon; Fireworks screening

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Wednesday, 8th November 2017 @ 10:45pm

Dear all,

This Friday’s meeting: 8 PM, Saskatchewan Room

Oxford Anime Vision will be in the normal room this Friday: the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College, at 8 PM as usual.

Film Afternoon: Sat 18 Nov, 2–6 PM, Saskatchewan Room

We’ll be screening a couple of anime films on Saturday 18 November (the Saturday at the end of week 6), 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 oxanimevision@gmail.com to be included in the restaurant booking.

Fireworks Screening: 15 November

The Odeon on George St is showing the new anime film Fireworks (or, as its full official title goes, Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?… don't look at me, I don't name these things!) on Wednesday 15 November (Wednesday of week 6), at 7 PM. The screening's Japanese audio with English subtitles. You can buy tickets here, if you’re interested.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Meeting, Room Change and Film Screenings!

E-mail sent by Member 205eff7, Wednesday, 1st November 2017 @ 7:05pm

Dear all,

Room Change: This Friday

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. This is the first time we’ve used this room, so it’s a bit of an experiment—we’ll see how it goes!

We will be back in the normal room at Exeter College next week (10 November), but we’ll probably be back at the Cohen Quad two more times later this term.

Film Afternoon: Saturday 18 November

We’ll be screening a couple of anime films on Saturday 18 November (the Saturday of week 6), roughly from 2 PM to 6 PM in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter; if enough people are interested, we’ll go out for a meal afterwards. We haven’t picked the films yet, but you might want to mark the time in your diary!

Hope everyone's having a good week! 

Isabella
P.S. Sorry about the relative lateness of this week's email; genuinely couldn't be helped. Next week we should be back on schedule once again! 
 

Third AnimeSoc Meeting!

E-mail sent by Member 205eff7, Tuesday, 24th October 2017 @ 7:53pm

Hello everyone! 


First off, I'd like to apologise for not mentioning the time last week's meeting was scheduled to start - many apologies! Meetings usually begin at 8pm, so if I ever slip up again assume it'll start then. 

We're in the Saskatchewan Room in Exeter College again this Friday the 27th Oct; line-up is the usual (Cowboy Bebop, The Great Passage, Princess Tutu, Time of Eve and From the New World, then a random taster episode). 

Afterwards will be the customary G&D's visit on St Aldate's St. 

SPECIAL NOTICE/REMINDER: FILM SCREENING

Satoshi Kon's anime film Perfect Blue will be shown in UK cinemas for one night only this Halloween (which is Tuesday of week 4 in the Oxford term). There will be screenings at three cinemas in Oxford: at the Odeon on George Street at 6:45 PM, at the Phoenix Picturehouse on Walton Street at 8:45 PM and at the Vue at the leisure centre at the Kassam Stadium at 7:30 PM. You can find links to these screenings athttp://perfectbluemovie.co.uk/.

Perfect Blue's a psychological thriller, and it's a good watch, though it's not necessarily an easy watch—it contains violence (sometimes sexual violence) and nudity, and it attempts to undermine your sense of reality; basically, it's being shown on Halloween for a reason! I
 will be going to the 6.45 PM screening at the Odeon, and I'm happy to buy tickets for anyone who wants to come along—get in touch with me by the end of this Saturday (14 October) either by emailing oxanimevision@gmail.com or by commenting on the equivalent post in our Facebook group. But you are of course also very welcome to arrange your own tickets to that screening or to either of the other two!

Best wishes (and have a great weekend),
Isabella


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