Oxford Anime Vision (AnimeSoc)

News and Announcements

Trinity Term Begins!

E-mail sent by Jan, Monday, 27th April 2009 @ 6:50pm

Welcome back for Trinity Term: two months of sunshine, punting, the wearing of shorts, and exam-related panic. Academic distractions aside, we hope that Oxford Anime Vision will remain a fixture of your Friday nights.

------------1. THE FIRST MEETING

Where: Lecture Room B, Worcester College
When: Friday 1 May, 8 pm - 11 pm

Same time and place as last term, hurrah. Turn up for the exciting continuation of the series we're showing; stay for ice-cream and the chance to find out what everyone else has been watching over the Easter break. (Yours truly recommends -- in an entirely unofficial capacity -- RideBack, the tale of an ex-ballerina and her motorcycle mecha.)

------------1.5 CATCHING UP

If you missed the last session(s) of Trinity, just pidge a blank DVD-R to Janice Heng at Brasenose College; indicate your full name, college, and which week(s) you need a catch-up for; and wait for said CD-R or DVD-R to be returned with the relevant past episodes on it.

------------2. OAV RANDOMTHON

Where: Lecture Room B, Worcester College
When: Saturday 9 May, 1 pm - 5pm

In 2nd Week, it'll be time for the OAV's yearly Randomthon! Catch the first episodes of some contenders for next year's line-up, and have your say. Suggestions are also welcome -- drop us an email, or bring them up during meetings. Remember, only you (and okay, maybe the OAV Committee, too) can prevent us from falling into the trap of Bad Anime.

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Janice Heng
divisionbyzero@gmail.com / janice.heng@bnc.ox.ac.uk

Termly Social!

E-mail sent by Jan, Monday, 2nd March 2009 @ 1:48pm

Yes, it's time once more for our termly social. If you turned up last term, you'll know how excellent the experience is; and if you didn't, well, give it a try this time! All you have to do to enjoy Japanese food and good company is turn up at 5:45 pm this Friday, outside Edamame. There's no need to inform us of your presence beforehand, though if you'd like to do so (to ensure that we'll wait for you), then just drop us an email. There may even be ice-cream between dinner and the actual OAV meeting.

Where: Edamame, 15 Holywell Street (opposite New College)
When: Friday 6 March, 5:45 pm - 8 pm

A handy map: http://www.edamame.freeserve.co.uk/map.html
The menu: http://www.edamame.freeserve.co.uk/evening.html

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Janice Heng
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Shopping Trip corrections, and reminder. And Ninja Stars!

E-mail sent by Jonathan Barrett, Wednesday, 25th February 2009 @ 1:08pm

First of all, Another correction. I meant the 28th of Feb, not the 27th, that's a Friday, we tend to do our shopping trips on Saturdays. So The correct Date is the Saturday, 28th. Sorry for the confusion. Other details will be identical to the email sent out prior to the last time we thought we were going to have the trip... If we have it this weekend that is.

Well so far Only one person has responded (Thank You Yinan Wang). Which either means, you're all rather lazy, or no one is actually interested. At all. If no one else has responded by this Friday, and there's little positive response during a vote at the session, I'll probably cancel the shopping trip this year entirely, due to lack of interest. I can't set this up entirely by myself, else it will turn into just an expensive shopping trip by myself up to London. Which doesn't help anyone.

If you have Emailed me, and are confused that I haven't received your email... then try again, or email another committee member, or find me on Facebook (I'm currently using an image which is my face pastered onto Sagat from SF IV).

So if you're at ALL interested, email me. Current Plan is this Saturday, which is the 28th.

Sorry for the lack of Funny in this email. In a Hurry. Etc etc.

So anyway, see you all later, and good luck, etc...

And Let's do try to have the Shopping trip this year, and also before next term....

_Jonathan Barrett: Disgruntled Mascot.

Jonathon Correction...

E-mail sent by Jonathan Barrett, Friday, 20th February 2009 @ 1:26pm

I made a slight, leaving something out of my previous email.

When I said the Jonathon was this weekend, I meant Saturday, not Sunday...

Sorry for not being clear on this.

As an apology, here's my theory on where Alexei gets his Anime Watching schedule from.
TV Tropes.

I think we can all agree that the term Widget Series could also be defined as "One that Alexei will expose us to".

I will try to be more careful in Future.

-Jonathan Barrett

Now for a random quote

Michael: Jodie, how's my schedule look for today?
Jodie: You've got a conference and dinner party at the Japanese Embassy regarding wildlife protection.
Michael: Oh, yeah...sorry, but I'll have to cancel that. I'm heading out to save America!

That is all.

All Your Email-OVA Shopping Trip & Jona-thon

E-mail sent by Jonathan Barrett, Friday, 20th February 2009 @ 1:57am

Barrett:How are you Ladies and Gentlemen,

I control the vertical, the horizontal, the contrast, the gamma, the hue, the number of sheep on the screen at any one time, the volume, your every move, etc etc.

For this email at least.


That's right, this email is belong to me, and now I will stop making AYB references before a Committee member stones me to death and steals my Tablet PC.


First of all, the Shopping Trip. Yep, we're still trying to plan this.


Voting during Weekly Meets... ended in failure.

Trying to use the forums... ended in failure. Well mostly.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I ask the following. eMail Me if you are
interested (shadow_mask_sm@hotmail.com), even if only slightly.
All I ask is that you put "Can I has OAV Shopping Trip?" in the Email
title. ... If you are feeling up to it, please also give dates you
can't make, and dates you would prefer (please say which is which if
you do that), but I don't mind if you miss them out. Basically, You
email me, and then I'll send an email to Everyone who emailed me, and
people can use REPLY ALL to give their views on the shopping trip

I will give another provisional date though. Feb The 27th. The Weekend
before my Birthday (3rd of the 3rd, in case you were wondering... Hint

If you don't email me, then you can still come along to the shopping
trip (we'll announce it like usual), but you will have no right to
complain when it turns out to be on a day you can't make. NO RIGHT!
If committee members and old members (who want to come/meet up during
it)could also email me, I would be most grateful.

Now takes my Damn Ninja Stars!
(Frances: They're Starfish!)


Next up, I am planning to host a Jon-A-Thon this weekend. Sorry for the late notice, but the main reason I'm having one is for my Friend Keith's Auction, since he leaves Oxford next Thursday, and wishes to get rid of a few things. Remember, he's donating it to Charity(Oxfam).

The Jon-A-Thon will be a marathon of... the cornier side of Anime. Mostly I want to have so bad it's good Anime. Got a suggestion, bring it along. I'll try and dig out as much as I can, and when I run out, I'll probably just load up the games consoles, but the more input from everyone else, the better (for lazy old me).

The Place will be my Flat (Flat 2 Folly Bridge Court, it's the block of flats opposite the Head of the River Pub, My Number is 01865 723416 if you get lost).

The Time will be... 3pm till 6, or later if we have enough material. Yeah, a Late start time. It's the weekend. I sleep in, plus I'm going to need to do a little shopping. We're probably have the auction after the first hour, or when is best for Keith/when most people are around.

As a small preview, I'll warn you people I'm planning on showing those who turn up some Samurai Pizza Cats, and some of the Japanese Transformer series. You may want to miss them But I will Not Allow it! Bwahahahaha!


And now for another message from an Outside Source. My Network of spies have delivered to me important Info.

The After the successes of Going Postal and Mort at the OFS Studio Theatre and the excellent reprise of Mort at the Edinburgh Fringe, Parabox Productions brings you The Truth, turning Terry Pratchett's 25th novel into a comedy-come-mystery for all ages, Discworld fan or not.


Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th March, 7.30pm (2.30pm Saturday Matinee)
OFS Studio Theatre, George Street, Oxford
Tickets £9/£7 (conc.)

SPECIAL DEAL! Buy 4 tickets, get one free for the Wednesday night
showing (March
4th). Perfect for societies thinking of attending as a group.



Though I'd have to admit to wanting to go to the first showing on the 3rd. That's my Birthday, see. Who would like to join me?


And oh... Boarders seem to be doing 3 manga for the price of 2, did you know?

I now return you to your usual email writer people worm baby things.


Who are smarter, prettier, more handsome, more coherent, and generally better.


-Jonathan Barrett, OAV Mascot.

And now a word from... um, other people.

E-mail sent by Jan, Tuesday, 17th February 2009 @ 3:17pm

Just passing on word of two events, held by other societies, which you might be interested in:

Oxford University Japan Society is having their Matsuri weekend this week, and they suggested this particular talk as being relevant to our members:

Akemi Solloway
"Kimono and tea ceremony, modern and traditional culture including Manga and Anime"
When: Sunday 22nd February
Time: 2pm
Venue: Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College

The talk is free for both members and non-members of Japan Society.

Matsuri Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=80645972176


A bit further afield, there's the Japanese Art Festival: two days of art, cultural activities and fun, including the Manga & Anime Art Exhibition. Entry is free.

Venue: Richmond Adult Community College (yes, that's in the London borough of Richmond)
Date: Saturday 28th February - Sunday 1st March 2009
Time: 12pm-11pm (Saturday) 11am-5pm (Sunday)

Akemi Solloway, the main organiser of the Japanese Art Festival (and the speaker at the above OUJS event, come to that), is a lecturer of Japanese culture and daughter of an old samurai family. It is her aim to present authentic Japanese culture in an accessible and enjoyable manner. In addition to Akemi, the core supporters of this festival are AJAMCA, the Anglo-Japanese Anime, Manga and Culture Association, and the School of Japanese Language and Culture.

On the same site, there is a café, which will be the venue for meet-up activities by a number of Japan Societies and other groups. Members of various Japan societies as well as people who have been to Japan on one of Akemi's Study Tours, including the new Study Manga and Anime at School in Japan Tour, will be able to meet up in the café during the two-day event to catch up, reminisce and enjoy Japanese drinks, snacks, obento and sushi.


Finally, a reminder that the Geek Quiz is on this Thursday at 8 pm. If you'd like to fight for the glory of the OAV, email our President at silverstar1809@googlemail.com.

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Janice Heng
divisionbyzero@gmail.com / janice.heng@bnc.ox.ac.uk

Rallying the Troops -- this term's Geek Quiz!

E-mail sent by Jan, Wednesday, 11th February 2009 @ 9:37am

As mentioned last Friday, the Doctor Who Society is hosting this term's Geek Quiz. The OAV put up a valiant struggle last term, but didn't quite reach victory -- so of course we've got to try again!

The Geek Quiz
Where: North Lecture Room, St John's College
When: Thursday, 5th Week (19 February), 8pm

Directions: St. John's College is on St. Giles. The main entrance is the first large, dark, wooden door you reach walking north. Go through this and into the quad. Take the left exit of the quad, under the clock. Walk through this passage to the next quad. Head to the far left corner of this quad and go into staircase 4. The lecture room is the first door on your right.

Our President herself will be leading us in this sure-to-be-epic battle! If you're interested in being part of the team, just send her an email at silverstar1809@googlemail.com. The OAV has to write its own round of about 10 questions: "music, pictures, puppets, etc. are encouraged", apparently.

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Janice Heng
divisionbyzero@gmail.com / janice.heng@bnc.ox.ac.uk

Invading London

E-mail sent by Jan, Tuesday, 3rd February 2009 @ 2:12pm

Hello again to all; hope you enjoyed yesterday's snow. Some among you may recall a certain London Trip of Awesome, ostensibly planned for last Saturday. Unfortunately, scheduling problems sort of... got in the way. So we're giving this another shot. If you're interested in going to London (anime! manga! games! tasty Japanese meals! Pocky!), please, please, please join the forum topic so we can work out which Saturday is best for everyone.

Forum topic: http://z2.invisionfree.com/Text_Based_Theater/index.php?showtopic=265

That aside, some among you may wish to invade London for social rather than economic reasons. Our sources reveal that the London Anime Socs are planning a event of epic proportions THIS SATURDAY. Also, it's free. Yep. Free. Here are the specifics, shamelessly stolen from their Facebook event:

"UCLU Animesoc are hosting an Inter-Uni Animesoc Quiz and Gaming event on Saturday 7th February. We are collaborating with a number of university anime societies throughout London to hold this.

Saturday 7th February
11:30am - 4pm @ Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Bloomsbury Building"

The great and glorious Jonathan has spoken to the VP of one of the societies, and OAV members are welcome to attend for the gaming and socialising, though not the quiz. Games available include:
PS2: Guitar Hero (w/ custom anime songs), Street Fighter, ParaPara, Taiko no Tatsujin...
Wii: Super Smash Bros Brawl, Tatsunoko vs Capcom...
PC: DDR (StepMania), Touhou...

The OAV doesn't have membership cards, but show your Bod card at the door and you should be able to get in.

More details on the OAV forum: http://z2.invisionfree.com/Text_Based_Theater/index.php?showtopic=323
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118647665595

Finally, a note that our Caption Competition deadline is apparently TOMORROW. Yes. TOMORROW, 4 FEB, WEDNESDAY. Quick! Post while you still can!

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Caption Competition: http://groupspaces.com/oav/pages/ [Deadline: 4 Feb]
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Janice Heng
divisionbyzero@gmail.com / janice.heng@bnc.ox.ac.uk

Please accept this email!

E-mail sent by Frances L. Weightman, Saturday, 31st January 2009 @ 12:43am

Dear OAV Members,

Frances-chan is very sad that everyone forgot about Frances-chan's starfish last week, and so no-one is coming to Frances-chan's society's shopping trip. Frances-chan and Jonathan-kun have had to cancel the trip this weekend, but we will not give up!

Frances-chan thinks Frances-chan should put off the shopping trip to another time, when people will remember Frances-chan's starfish and not be so busy. Frances-chan will do her best this time to find the perfect date for everyone!

If you please, accept this email!

~President Frances-chan

This email brought to you by Clannad and SS-Eclipse Fansubs.

The London Trip Of Awesome

E-mail sent by Jan, Wednesday, 28th January 2009 @ 8:59am

Hello again, loyal anime watchers. We hope you had a good start to term (made better by OAV meetings, obviously). You've no doubt spotted a pattern by now: unless otherwise noted, all subsequent meetings will indeed be in Worcester College, Lecture Room B, 8 pm to 11 pm on Fridays. And if you need a catch-up, you can pidge a DVD-R to me; the Caption Competition continues to run; etc. etc.

Right. Now, details of the London Trip Of Awesome:

--------------GETTING THERE

We're meeting:
- at Gloucester Green Bus Station
- this Saturday, 31 January
- at 10:45 am
...to catch either the Oxford Tube or the Oxford Espress into London. A student return is £13 on either service.

In case you plan to leave early from London, here are maps of the return trip stops:
Oxford Tube stops in London: http://www.oxfordtube.com/londontube.php
Oxford Espress stops in London: http://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/main.php?page_id=60


10:45 Meet at Gloucester Green bus station
11:00 Depart Oxford by bus (disembarking at Marble Arch stop)
13:00 Tottenham Court Road shops: Forbidden Planet, Gosh! Comics, Orbital
14:00 Lunch at Abeno
15:00 Piccadilly Circus shops and the Japan Centre
17:30 Catch the bus back to Oxford


***Near Tottenham Court Road Tube Station***

Forbidden Planet
A shop devoted to science-fiction and fantasy goods of all types. They carry a large selection of comics and graphic novels, including manga (with lots of heavily discounted titles), as well as every UK anime DVD there is (but no imports). A good place for anime toys, figurines and bric-a-brac such as Gundam models and Macross t-shirts.
Map: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?pc=WC2H8JR
Web: http://www.forbiddenplanet.com/

Gosh! Comics
Just around the corner from Forbidden Planet, opposite the British Museum. Very good at getting English language manga translations quickly but don't have the largest of stocks. Downstairs has (probably) the UK's best collection of political cartoons.
Map: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?pc=WC1B3PH&scale=10000
Web: http://goshlondon.blogspot.com/

Orbital Comics and Orbital Manga
Two shops near Tottenham Court tube station, the latter being more relevant.
Map: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?pc=WC2H0LB
Web: http://www.orbitalcomics.com/

A specialist okonomiyaki restaurant. Okonomiyaki is a speciality of Osaka, resembling a cross between an omelette, a pizza and a pancake. Cooked on special hotplates built into the tables of the restaurant, the fruit sauce you get with them is a particular treat.
Map: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?pc=WC1A1LY&scale=10000
Web: http://www.abeno.co.uk/

***Near Piccadilly Circus***

Mitsukoshi and JP Books
A Japanese department store in London, relevant mainly for the bookstore in the basement: JP Books, which carries a good selection of Japanese novels, manga, and magazines. Has a good display of art books as well as the Japanese Ghibli DVDs.
Map: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?pc=SW1Y4PH%20&scale=10000
Web: http://www.mitsukoshi.co.jp/

Japan Centre
Japanese magazines, books, stationery, food, travel centre and video hire. On the ground floor is a Japanese supermarket where you can buy various exciting Japanese foods -- including Pocky, Calpis or sake -- and in the basement a Japanese bookstore. Next door is a restaurant, with a sake and sushi shop in the basement. Note to those who've seen Ouran: they have affordable ootoro sushi.
Map: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?pc=W1J9HG%20&scale=10000
Web: http://www.japancentre.com/

Kitchoan London
Japanese confectioners selling gorgeous, tasty and horribly expensive Japanese desserts and sweets. Worth a look even if you can't afford to buy.
Map: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?pc=W1J0DS&scale=10000
Web: http://www.kitchoan.com/

Tower Records
In the basement, in the games section, they stock a selection of Japanese game and anime music - mostly Final Fantasy soundtracks and the like.
Map: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?pc=W1J0TR&scale=10000
Web: http://uk.towerrecords.com

Rice Wine
Apparently a good place to get lots of Japanese sweets cheap. And probably sake as well, given the name.
Map: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?pc=W1F9UA&scale=10000

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Caption Competition: http://groupspaces.com/oav/pages/ [Deadline: 4 Feb]
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Janice Heng
divisionbyzero@gmail.com / janice.heng@bnc.ox.ac.uk

Read, Then Buy: London Shopping Trip Preliminaries

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Wednesday, 21st January 2009 @ 11:07am

Greetings, loyal fans of Sumiregawa Nenene and her paper-wielding bodyguards.

As you are doubtless aware, it is the time-honoured tradition of the Sumiregawa Fan Club that, once a year, we descend upon London to purchase Sensei's latest work, as well as any interesting-looking manga and anime that are still around from the January sales. This year, due to the late start of term, we are likely to have missed any signing/attempted assasination events, but we still have two possible slots left open to us.

Either, with sadly short notice, we depart this Saturday the 24th, or next week on the 31st (more time to prepare, and payday for our graduate members, but the sales will be nearly over).

The final decision will be made at this Friday's Sumiregawa prose reading, so please find out by then which date(s) you will be able to make. It would be even more helpful if you were to also make these known in the relevant forum thread at z2.invisionfree.com/Text_Based_Theater/index.php

Welcome Back!

E-mail sent by Jan, Saturday, 17th January 2009 @ 4:39pm

Happy New Year (and term) to all! We hope you had a lovely festive season, anime-watching optional. Oxford Anime Vision is meeting the new year with various shiny new things, including a swank new location and two upcoming series -- details below, of course.

------------1. THE FIRST MEETING

MARVEL! at the plush environs of the OAV's new home
DISCUSS! our upcoming epic journey to London [see 2.]
THRILL! at the continued adventures of various hapless and not-so-hapless protagonists
REVEL! in the ice-cream-filled post-screening G&D's meeting

Where: Lecture Room B, Worcester College
When: Friday 23 January, 8 pm - 11 pm

Worcester College is just northeast of Gloucester Green bus station. Here's a map:

Upon entering Worcester College, you'll be facing the main quad. The second staircase along the right side of the quad is Staircase 5, which has a brown plaque helpfully reading 'Lecture Room B'. Go straight *down* the stairs -- do not turn off at the first landing -- and you'll see a door with coat-hooks to the side. That's Lecture Room B, our base of operations for this entire term. Hurrah!

------------1.5 CATCHING UP

If you missed the last session of Michaelmas, just pidge a blank CD-R or DVD-R to Janice Heng at Brasenose College; indicate your full name, college, and which week you need a catch-up for (i.e. Week 8); and wait for said CD-R or DVD-R to be returned with the relevant past episodes on it.


In ye olde OAV tradition, we're planning an anime and manga shopping trip to London, provisionally scheduled for 31 January, Saturday. Details to be discussed during the first session of term, so be sure to turn up and get your opinions in!


The Caption Competition [http://groupspaces.com/oav/pages/] is still very much alive -- the current deadline is 4 Feb, Wednesday.

------------4. COMING SOON

Midway through Hilary Term, we'll come to the end of Baccano! and Crest of the Stars, as well as the start of two new series: Genshiken and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. The former chronicles life in an anime club which in no way resembles this one; the latter is a comedy series about negativity, cynicism and despair. No, really.


Our migration to the Groupspaces mailing list heralds the decline of staid, point-by-point emails such as this one. Eagle-eyed readers will already have noticed December's Caption Competition announcement, made by none other than the OAV President Emeritus. Be prepared for much more in that vein...

Weekly Meeting

  • Friday, 16th January 2009 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 23rd January 2009 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 30th January 2009 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 6th February 2009 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 13th February 2009 at 8pm - 11pm
    Location: Lecture Room B, Worcester College

    The OAV's weekly meeting, at which we show episodes from this term's series (Claymore, Clannad,…

Capture Competition III

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Saturday, 6th December 2008 @ 6:06pm

Attention, junior officers of the Bernardelli Insurance Society.

It has come to our attention that Vash the Stampede is still at large in spite of weekly efforts to track him down. All members are therefore required to reinforce their impending doom recognition skills by participating in the latest round of Bernardelli Insurance Society's Vash Capture Competition.  Please study the sample image of Impending Doom found here, and post your interpretations by Sunday 4th February.

The most accurate assessment, as judged by the Board of Directors, will receive the usual prize, as well as eternal glory and their very own Predatory-Looking Black Cat(tm), subject to Terms and Conditions.

Termly Social tonight!

E-mail sent by Jan, Friday, 28th November 2008 @ 4:02pm

A last-minute reminder, for those who aren't on the old animesoc-announce list --

The highlight of the OAV's calendar is upon us: our termly social at Edamame, Oxford's premier Japanese restaurant. In grand 7th Week tradition, we'll be meeting before this week's anime screening for an excellent dinner at student-friendly prices.

Where: Edamame, 15 Holywell Street (opposite New College)
When: Friday 28 November -- TONIGHT -- from 5:45 pm to 8 pm

A handy map: http://www.edamame.freeserve.co.uk/map.html
The menu: http://www.edamame.freeserve.co.uk/evening.html

Sorry for the incredibly late notification!

Termly Social @ Edamame

  • Friday, 28th November 2008 at 5:45pm - 8pm
    Location: Edamame, 15 Holywell Street (opposite New College)

    The highlight of the OAV's calendar: our termly social at Edamame, Oxford's premier Japanese…

Weekly Meeting

  • Friday, 21st November 2008 at 8pm - 11pm
    Location: Platnauer Room, Brasenose College

    The OAV's weekly meeting, at which we show episodes from this term's five series (Claymore,…

Weekly Meeting

  • Friday, 14th November 2008 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 28th November 2008 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 5th December 2008 at 8pm - 11pm
    Location: Lecture Room XI, Brasenose College

    The OAV's weekly meeting, at which we show episodes from this term's five series (Claymore,…

First Session! Friday! 8:00! Platnauer Room, Brasenose College!

E-mail sent by Jonathan Barrett, Thursday, 16th October 2008 @ 2:01am

Sorry those of you just on this list for the late email, though there probably isn't very many of you.
And sorry if you already got this email Via the Announce List. But hey, this is the Special Edition!

Welcome to Oxford for the First time.
Welcome Back to Oxford.
And Hey again if you're always in Oxford.

I am Jonathan Barrett, OAV Mascot (Curse you, Alexei!), also known as Lord Of the Black Scarf!

A New University Term Has Begun, and With it, another Term of Anime Soc Sessions!

This will mostly be a direct copy of the email sent out on the Announce List. But it is is the GroupSpace Special Edition, With Extras Including Secret Links, and Behind the Scenes Features on Fresher's Fair, so you don't mind getting it twice.

First about our first meeting of term and other stuff that was in the first email, as was written by Janice... mostly (I've made a couple alterations...).
If you've already read this, you'll probably want to scroll past it...


Greetings to new members, existing members, and people who now regret signing up for all those societies during Freshers' Fair. (Those of you in the last group can scroll down to section 5. But that would be a bit cruel of you.)

Welcome to Oxford Anime Vision, otherwise known as the Anime Society or AnimeSoc. This email reads in decreasing order of importance, allowing you to flee whenever convenient.

------------1. IN (VERY) BRIEF

The society: Holds weekly screenings of episodes from five anime series, in running order, as well as one Random Episode each meeting.
Anime: Japanese animation. A medium, not a genre. Includes everything from the Japanese equivalent of Saturday morning cartoons and romantic comedies to gritty Noir thrillers and supernatural epics. We try to show a mix of stuff; see section 3.

------------2. THE FIRST MEETING

Where: Platnauer Room, Brasenose College
When: Friday 17 October, 8 pm - 11 pm

Brasenose College faces the Radcliffe Camera, which is that domed building tourists like to photograph.
Here is a map:
The Platnauer Room is located up Staircase XI in the New Quad. Turn left after the lodge, go through the archway and around the garden beyond it, and you should find yourself in New Quad. Taking that position as the lower-right corner, Staircase XI is along the 'top' side.

Failing which, you can simply loiter in Brasenose lodge just before 8 pm. We'll have people waiting there to lead you to the room; you may recognise them from (a) having seen them at the Freshers' Fair Stall, (b) their OAV T-Shirts of Awesome (c) By the Black Long Scarf of Super Special Awesome (possibly, though there is a good chance I will be late... :( ).

We'll be holding the traditional First Meeting raffle, with chances to win anime-related prizes such as DVDs, figurines, Figures and manga volumes. And Even DeathNotes and a Giant OAV Poster! Membership fees won't be collected this week. There is post-screening ice-cream and chat at G&D's. And if all that isn't enough to entice you, check out our line-up below.

[------------2.5 THE NEXT MEETING
The Platnauer Room is unfortunately on the small side, but Week 2's meeting will be held in the much more accommodating Lecture Room XI of Brasenose College. Just so you know.]

------------3. THIS TERM'S SERIES

In a world filled with shape-shifting demons known as Yoma, a shady organisation has created Claymores -- half-human, half-Yoma hybrids -- to protect the human race. This is the story of one such Claymore, Clare, and the village boy who joins her as she battles against Yoma, conspiracies, and her own demonic side.

The heart-warming tale of a disaffected high school boy and the sweet, quiet girl who changes his life. Romance, drama, comedy, cherry blossoms, and enough supporting characters to suit everyone's tastes in fictional teenage girls.

Vash the Stampede is an outlaw with a trail of destruction behind him, a sixty-billion-dollar bounty on his head, and a strange dislike for actually killing people. Meryl and Milly are two insurance agents sent to track him down. Nicholas D. Wolfwood is a bad-ass gunslinging preacher. It's a Western. In space. Need we say more?

It's 1930, and rival mafia gangs are painting Prohibition-era New York a sinister shade of red. But this isn't your run-of-the-mill mafia anime: there's alchemy, kidnappings, a pair of 'idiot thieves', a trainful of shady agendas, and more narrative threads than you'd expect, all set to a jazz soundtrack. Think Pulp Fiction with a touch of the supernatural.

An elegant space opera based on a series of popular sci-fi Japanese novels. Set in an extremely detailed futuristic universe, it follows the adventures of Jinto and Lafiel, who are caught up in the beginnings of a great war. Despite the space war settings, this series is better known for its gritty character development, and isn't one for the action junkies. (Action junkies: see Claymore and Baccano!)

------------4. OTHER THINGS

Besides the weekly meetings, the OAV also holds termly socials at legendary Japanese restaurant Edamame; shopping trips to London; day-long marathons; and possibly Other Stuff, so do speak up if you have ideas.

http://groupspaces.com/oav/ is where you will find all relevant info, including upcoming events and our now-running Caption Competition, to which our OAV Mascot makes the following suggestion as a entry: "Izuru Kira Confesses his Secret Shame. He Once Appeared in an Episode of Dragon Ball Z".

And then there is the untamed wilderness of our forum, which we hope you will help to populate:

The committee:
Frances 'F' Weightman, OAV President and force for justice [silverstar1809@yahoo.co.uk]
Duncan Lugton, Treasurer [freedmind@gmail.com]
Janice Heng, Secretary [divisionbyzero@gmail.com]
Alexei Stephenson, President Emeritus
Jonathan Barrett, OAV Mascot, forum admin, and owner of much of our Freshers' Fair stall And General Lord of Awesome.[shadow_mask_sm@hotmail.com]
Kajia Wei, Vice Treasurer (note the absent hyphen) Court Jester, or Shadow Councillor, depending whom you ask

Now for Behinds the Scenes at Fresher's Fair.

As with last year, and as stated above, most of the stuff on the stall belonged to me again.
We tried to tone it down a bit, and this time there was not a giant Optimus Prime (Though I did include a Deluxe Class Animated Soundwave, but for the obvious reason shown below)(alright, so I also smuggled in a Tiny Ghost of Starscream...).
We had two table this year, so one was taken up by books, including many Art Books, Manga (including some of this year's prizes) and our Death Note for Sign Up. Oh yes, the Death Note once again was used, and took many victums again this year.
In fact, this year, we had a Shinigami on the stall... two even! We had good old Ryuk pestering Mikuru in toy form, we had a Lifesize one too on the first day! That's right, we had Chaos Cosplaying as a God of Death. Only from the wrong series. Oh well, close enough.
Here's some glimpses of what the stall looked like...
The Toy End Part one.
The Toy End Part two.
Our Mecha Fanservice Girl. (well My Mecha Fanservice Girl...)
Animted Soundwave and Eva Unit 00 play Guitar Heroes.
One of our Talented Staff. He's Single Girls... and you can probably tell why...
And another sneaky photo of me... This and the previous one were taken by our neighbours, the Photography Soc. They were using my Camera though (with the Macro Lense, so very shallow focus depth).
And a look at our other tab-AGHHH! UnHoly Mother of Cthulhu!

Ahhhhh Much Better....

However, due to some.... Postal issues (Curse you Parcel Force, Curse you Customs!), the stall was actually missing some things I intended to have in time and set up. Indeed, even Itsuki(and his Background set up) in the pictures of the stall was only there on the last Afternoon!
Here is some of the... Deleted Content that didn't make the deadline.
The Full SOS Brigade Dance Squad,
Who Do You Think We Are?
We're the Oxford Anime Soc!
Seriously, that Gundam Action Base is awesome...

Alas, I only got them Friday Morning.... and only had time to open Itsuki before my afternoon shift.

Also, extra! Dragon Half Manga!

Well see you friday.... Tomorrow even.... And remember...

You Don't Stand...

Yeah, we'll still be making Abridged Series References...

-Jonathan Barrett,
      OAV Mascot, and Mask of Nyarlathotep

And now for one last extra thing... A TF Wiki Link!
Movie Devastator!

Weekly Meeting

  • Friday, 31st October 2008 at 8pm - 11pm
    Location: Platnauer Room, Brasenose College

    The OAV's weekly meeting, at which we show episodes from this term's five series (Claymore,…

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