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Week 2 anime society notices

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Thursday, 18th October 2018 @ 12:08am

Dear all,

I hope term is treating you well so far. We'll be meeting this week at the same time and in the same place as last week: 8 PM, in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College. (Indeed, we'll be meeting at 8 PM in the Saskatchewan Room in weeks 3–7 of term as well.) Exeter College is right in the middle of Oxford, on Turl Street: the college entrance is the northernmost set of wooden doors on the eastern side of the street. You can find it on Google Maps here.

This week we'll be watching the second episodes of the shows we started last week, and finishing up with a 'taster' / sample first episode from a show we will not otherwise be watching. We're going to experiment with changing the order of the shows around, so we'll be watching an episode from each of our regular titles in this order: Megalo Box, Kamichu [break] Utena, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju [break] Girls' Last Tour.

As per last week's email, we can also be found on Facebook here. One other thing to note: we do have a membership fee (it is £5 for the whole year) but we collect this towards the end of Michaelmas Term—so don't worry about that at present: you have time in the coming weeks to decide whether or not you enjoy what we're showing and want to come for the rest of the year.

Best wishes,

Daniel

First meeting / anime film news

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Wednesday, 10th October 2018 @ 8:13am

Dear all,

A couple of things. First, a reminder that Oxford Anime Vision's first meeting will be this Friday at 8 PM in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College. We'll be in the same room at 8 PM on Friday for the following six weeks as well.

Second, news of two new(ish) anime films which will be getting screenings in the UK.

Mirai, the new film from Mamoru Hosoda (who directed The Girl Who Leapt through Time, Wolf Children, &c) 
will be shown in various cinemas in the UK on 2 November, including in the Odeon in Oxford on George Street. Obviously that clashes with one of our meetings, but I figure you might still want to know about it if you're not coming to our meetings, or if you're a dedicated Hosoda enthusiast! You can find details here.

Two Heroes, the My Hero Academia movie, will be shown in various places in the UK on 4 December. Showtime details haven't been released yet, but if you're a dedicated MHA fan and want to hear when they are, you can sign up for email notification here.

All best,

Daniel

Anime society year-start notices

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Friday, 5th October 2018 @ 11:14pm

Dear all,

Welcome (or, for existing members) welcome back) to Oxford Anime Vision.

We’ll be meeting weekly in each Oxford University term this academic year. Unless otherwise advertised, our meetings will run from 8 PM to 11 PM on Fridays. Each week we’ll watch one episode from each of five anime, so that over the course of the year we’ll get the chance to see each show in full. Meetings will finish with the first episode of a show we’re not watching, as a taster/sample. Some of the shows we’re starting the year off with are: Megalo Box, Girls’ Last Tour, Revolutionary Girl Utena and Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju. After our meetings we socialise further over ice cream at G&D's.

Our first main meeting will be at 8 PM on Friday 12 October, in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College. Exeter College is right in the middle of Oxford, on Turl Street: the college entrance is the northernmost set of wooden doors on the eastern side of the street. You can find it on Google Maps here. We'll station someone at the college entrance to meet you and guide you in. Please don't bring food or drink (other than bottled water) into the Saskatchewan Room—Exeter let us use the room for free, and we'd like to avoid annoying them by leaving it messy.

If you'd like to meet some of us in a more low-key, relaxed setting, we're having an informal social gathering at the pub called The Mitre on the High Street (here) from 7 PM onwards, this Sunday (7 October). We'll be at the back of the ground floor of the pub, and I'll bring a discreet sign saying 'OAV' so you can spot us.

In the coming weeks we'll send round a few more bits of info about film screenings and social events later in the term. OAV does charge a membership fee (£5 per year), but we will collect this towards the end of Michaelmas Term, after everyone has had a chance to decide whether they want to keep attending.

Finally I should note that we have a Facebook group here. Crucial information is always duplicated there and on this mailing list, so there is no need to join the group if you'd rather not, but the Facebook group is a place where more informal things that aren't announcements can be posted, and where you can catch up with other members. 

All best (and, for new members, a very warm welcome to Oxford!),

Daniel

PS: 
You’re receiving this email because you’re on our mailing list, and if you think were added in error or you would like to be removed for any other reason, just get in touch and we'll remove your email address.

Welcome back

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 @ 8:05am

Dear all,

Hello again, and welcome back to those of our student members who have been away from Oxford for the vacation. Another email will probably be sent out later this week once we have people signed up from Freshers’ Fair, but for now here are some notices:

1. Our first main meeting of the year will be at 8 PM on Friday 12 October in the usual place, the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College. We have this room booked for the first seven weeks of Michaelmas Term. Among the anime we will be showing at the start of the year are Megalo Box, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Girls’ Last Tour and Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju.

2. If any of you are planning to be at Freshers' Fair yourselves, we'll have a stall in Room 9 (Stall 567, in fact). So do drop by and say hi if you want to!

3. As we usually do, we’ll be having an informal beginning-of-year gathering at The Mitre on the High Street this coming Sunday evening, from 7 PM onwards. We’ll be at the tables at the back of the ground floor as usual. This is partly a chance for new members to meet us in a relaxed setting, but existing members are very welcome to come: it would be lovely to catch up after the vacation, and the more current members we have present, the more people will be around for new folk to talk to!

4. The new film directed by Mamoru Hosoda (who did The Girl Who Lept through Time, Wolf Children, &c &c), Mirai, will be having screenings in various places in the UK on 2 November. In Oxford we might try to put together a trip to see it, but alumni living elsewhere might also be interested: you can search for screenings near you here.

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Once again, welcome back after the break, and I look forward to seeing many of you in person again soon!

All best,

Daniel

Summer update

E-mail sent by Member 205eff5, Monday, 27th August 2018 @ 9:48pm

Dear all,

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!

All best,

Daniel

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


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