Greetings again people,
You'll all either be coming back to Oxford soon, or already here, so Welcome Back. Let's make this the best year Yet! But first, some pre-term matters to discuss...
Now before I begin, I would just like to point out my T-Shirt states quite plainly, I am in no way a Villain, so please do not worry about a thing. I am not trying to end the world. And despite the fact I own three Deathnotes, I am Not Kira.
Now that's out of the way, I'll continue. About a week ago, I asked for volunteers to help with Fresher's Fair. Basically, as some of you may remember from last year, or even the year before that, every Zero Week, the OAV, that is Oxford Anime Vision, also known as the Oxford Anime Soc, has a stall at Fresher's Fair (and also Re-Fresher's Fair). Fresher's Fair is of course where all the Uni clubs try to attract new members from those starting at Our great University that year. It is on the last three days of the week (Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, Friday 19th), with stalls being set up on the Tuesday. The times of the fair are 9:30 to 16:30 on Wednesday, and 9:00 to 16:00 on the last two days.
Having the same person on the stall for those long hours without a lunch break will probably leave us with some very poor stall holders, who will scare away any who might otherwise dare put their names in the Deathnote. Thus it is that we would like as many volunteers as possible, so volunteers can enjoy short shifts, and keep bright and smiling to welcome potential new members. All people would need to do is stand/sit behind the table, explain what we do (meet every week, watch a load of anime, go eat Ice Cream [Ice Cream bit V. Important, don't forget it!], and probably mention we have Marathons and a yearly shopping trip up to London to visit the Comic Book shops, which strangely enough also tend to stock Manga, etc etc), explain how our Deathnote works (be sure to point out it Doesn't cause death, that's a very important detail!) for our signing up, give out fliers, and answers any other questions asked to the best of your ability. I'll probably try to send a lot of time on the stall myself to help out (I've been helping out with it for a few years now, I kinda know what I'm doing).
Also, I won't exactly be asking you to do this for free...
Those Freshers who saw the stall last year, may remember the people working on it wore Special T-Shirts (or Awesome Cosplay, but that was only part of the time). Don't remember them? Then...
....Refresh Your Memories.
And here's an Unused design.
That's right, you get your choice of T-Shirt if you help out by keeping the stall warm for a bit. The only catch is that you have to wear the T-Shirt while at the stall (unless you're going to Cosplay). But don't choose your design quite yet, as this year, they are joined by EIGHT new designs. Also included below are the quote I intend to print on the back. Enjoy:-
I'm Definitely Not A.....
"But that Doesn't mean I'm Not Evil."
I'm Definitely Not Kira
"And I definitely Don't have a Death Note."
[and possibly "What's a Death Note?" under that]
We're Definitely Not Like...
"Our President's a Girl."
This is Not a Magic Missile...
"But with less Tactics, More Explodey."
My Other Mecha's A...
"This One's a Samurai."
My Other Mecha' An...
[With an image of a chibi SD Eva on the back]
[And finally last year's President's pick of my new bunch]
Smile And Nod...
"...And then Run Like Hell!"
I'm here to Kick Butt and Chew Bubble Gum
"Thanks, er Revy, you can do the rest..."
[Also considering a version with Only the text at the top on the front, and the text at the bottom
is put on the back of the T-Shirt]
A Black T-Shirt featuring one of these awesome designs could be your's, if you just help us out a bit and take a small shift of looking after the stall. I won't lie to you. These will just be Iron on transfers, which do not last Forever. But they are free, so no complaining. Also I'm the on who irons them on, so don't expect that to be perfect neither. (though if you volunteer early, I may be able to get my Mum to iron them on for me when she visits this weekend, so Act Now!). Be sure to tell me what shirt size you'll need (Small? Medium? Large? X-Large?), else your free shirt won't fit you very well.
We could also probably do with some more Raffle prizes, and of course some help setting up on Tuesday.
Emailing me directly is probably best, specially if you want a T-Shirt, or contact another committee member to offer your help, with such detail as what day you can help, what times you can do, and how long you are willing to help us for, along with what design you want and shirt size.
I hope to hear from some of your soon. And welcome back to Oxford.
-Jonathan Barrett, OAV Mascot.
Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is I, Nyarlathotep, Lord of the Black Scarf, better known to you people as.... Jonathan Barrett(or that guy who has that Really Long Black Scarf when it isn't too warm). As the New Term approaches, there is much preparation to be done, and stuff to announce etc. It has fallen to me, the OAV Mascot, to inform everyone, and send out the call to arms.... What terrible times we have fallen on. What Chance Do We Have?
Before talk of next term and fresher's fair, something a little sooner. Those of you who have checked the forums will have noticed we had a newcomer, who will be hoping to join us this year, introduce themselves on the forums, and were not scared off by us, even though a Certain Someone, who shall be unnamed, tried their best, by, >gasp< posing as our beloved President. They will be arriving in Oxford on, well today(Thursday)(in fact, they're probably already here, among us!), and members of the committee, myself included, are thinking of greeting them, by having a meal at Edamame on Friday, at 5:30, we hope at least. I apologise in advance if it turns out they can't make tomorrow now, but some of us will still be meeting to discuss other things, other OAV things, such as Fresher's Fair Preparation, and this year's T-Shirt designs (see Below). Can We Do Less? Any other OAV members in Oxford already are free to join us, and join in the discussions, and make your opinions ignored.... I mean known.
After this Dinner, the next main things for the OAV are the Fresher's Fair and the First Session. Both of which, You can help with.
As tradition in the first session of term, we have a raffle, and give away prizes. We already have a pretty damn good selection, however any donations of old manga or anime that you no longer want, are very welcome. Or anything else Anime related you think would make a cool prize for that matter. At the moment, I am the holder of the Prizes (and the DeathNote, which means, since a couple of the prizes Are Also Deathnotes, I have Three Death Notes.... Mwahahahahahaha!), so email me, or another committee member, if you have anything, or bring it on Friday (Edamame or even the first session of term itself). Who knows, maybe we'll have some Surplus To Requirements...
Next is the thing we really need help with. As you should all remember, at Fresher's Fair we have a stall, which had some people on it (sporting Super Special Awesome T-Shirts), trying to get you to join the OAV. This year will be no different. It may surprise you to find this out, but those people were all Members of the Anime Soc, including a couple old ones. You TOO can help out in this way! Also, if you help out, you Too get an Awesome T-shirt. Last Year's Designs will be returning (links below), along with some new designs, which I will be asking opinions on which images to use at Edamame. Freshers, and Refreshers fair will be on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of October, Which is the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of ZERO week, between 9:30 and 4:30 on the first day, and 9:00 and 4:00 on the second two. There will also be a set up day on the Tuesday, and help then is also welcome. We're not expecting one person to man it for an entire day, of course, we tend to have two people on the stall all day, but they swap with other in shifts. Also some of you may also remember we had a Cosplayer this year. IF anyone who can man the stall for a while Does Cosplay, or knows someone who can help us out, them it will be very welcome as the Cosplayer was a big draw last year. So What Are You Playing At, email me for more details and your offers to help!
And remember, T-Shirts.
And there will be new ones for this year too. So don't go choosing the one you want straight away. As the New Ones will Give You the Worst Case of Indigestion You've Ever Had!(Wait, that made even less sense than the other ones).
Well hope to see some of you Friday- I mean tomorrow, and even more of you at the first session of term. Like Some Predatory Bird.
Farewell for now. It's Over-- Finished!
P.S. I'm definitely not a Villain.
It Never Ends...
Greetings, fellow victims of the Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai.
In an effort to help you endure this agonisingly OAV-less summer, I offer an e-mail from Akemi Solloway, who organised a very fun tea ceremony demonstration for JapanSoc last year.
Attention, remaining OAV members.
The end of the world is upon us, and as we all know, there is only one way to greet it - with wild partying. Thus, we assemble at Jonathan's flat (Flat 2, Folly Bridge Court, Shirelake Close, right opposite the Head of the River pub, also just down the road from G&D's) in order to watch School Rumble OVAs, the Utena movie (allegedly twice as confusing and freaky as the TV series) and other random junk tangentially related to this year's series (including, if we have time, a preview of School Rumble Second Semester).
The year is 2008. The date is today. The time is 7:45pm.
See you soon, and I look forward to standing alongside you in the afterlife, flanked by the ghosts of Gin-san, Dios, Harima's love life and Sagara Sousuke.
Attention, OAV members.
The next OAV President, presently codenamed F, is coming for a surprise inspection of the Society. All members are required to attend a special debriefing session at Edamame (the Japanese restaurant on Holywell Street) at 5:45pm on Friday 6 June. Bribes may, but are not guaranteed to, help you pass the loyalty testing phase of the session.
Survivors will be permitted to attend the subsequent OAV meeting, which will take place as normal.
Afterwards, there will be cake.
Greetings, loyal mangaphiles.
A message from loyal AnimeSoc member (who never turns up) Alex Paynter:
Greetings, fellow mourners.
I'm sure you are by now all aware of the death of one of OAV's most beloved characters. He was a staunch supporter of the good fight, a seeker of justice who was prepared to lay down his life to stop Kira, and who was ultimately defeated by a supernatural force he could not anticipate or counter. This Saturday, we gather to mourn that hero of Death Note.
That's right. This Saturday, between 1pm and 5pm at the Harris Lecture Theatre of Oriel College, we will convene to hold a funeral service for Shiroba Ito, the brave motorcycle policeman who fell in the attempt to prevent Higuchi from breaking traffic laws.
To commemorate his sacrifice, we will be showing the second arc of Death Note in its entirety. Attend, and find out once and for all whether Shiroba Ito's sacrifice was in vain, and who shall be the ruler of this new world.
Dear OAV Members,
The previous e-mail was a hoax designed to capture a suspected mole who was feeding information to the Rei Ayanami Wannabe Cult.
The operation was a success. We are pleased to announce that the real location of next week's meeting is the Platnauer Room in Brasenose College, and the earlier mention of the HLT was merely a ruse to catch the suspect out.
Dear Members of the elite Vandread Prevention Squad,
I would like to open by reminding you of the utmost secrecy of our operation. The VPS and other branch groups of the OAV Secret Police cannot function effectively unless we avoid public scrutiny. Therefore, please do not share the information in these e-mails with anyone, and above all do not forward it to the Groupspaces mailing list or any other OAV comms system.
Greetings, applicant wishing to join the Kira Task Force.
Your application form is below. Please fill it in clearly and return to our temporary headquarters at the Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College, no later than 8pm on Friday 9th May.
Attention, fellow part-time employees of the Ichihara Yuuko wish-granting shop.
We would like to remind you that an employee skills seminar will take place this Friday at 8pm at the Platnauer Room of Brasenose College. Topics will include
- "Identity theft: keeping your true name secret" (host: Ryuuzaki)
- Complicated love triangles as a motivator for superior performance, or "please don't hold me back a year!" (host: Harima Kenji)
- Changing careers in the private sector (host: Okajima Rokuro)
And a special presentation on dealing with conflict in the workplace by Kiryuu Nanami and her charming assistant Chu-Chu. Audience members in the front rows are reminded that they may get wet, and should take advantage of our bloodstain-removal deal after the seminar's conclusion.
Greetings, fellow vampire hunters and/or vampires.
I hope that you enjoyed your mandatory death-and-resurrection-celebration-related vacation, and are ready for a new term of anime goodness.
Greetings, assorted victims.
Thank you, all those who took part in the voting on our forum. The poll is now closed, and the results are as follows:
Attention, loyal worshippers of the God of Fanservice who has recently annexed Utena into his domain.
This coming Friday, we will be gathering in a memorial service to Vandread, recently departed high priest of Fanservice. At 5:30, we shall assemble at Edamame, the Japanese restaurant on Holywell Street, and commemorate the passing of Vandread with a solemn meal together. Anyone arriving after 5:45 may be unable to get a seat due to the sheer number of Vandread fans in attendance, so come early.
After thus mourning, we shall hold the wake at G&Ds, eating ice-cream as colourful as the hairstyles of the Vandread characters, and thence depart unto our usual meeting.
Greetings, fellow Denizens of the Crimson Realm.
Attention, loyal worshippers of YALORT.
You are in terrible danger. Depending on your actions, for the rest of the year you could be stuck with a series about:
- An army sergeant with a furry fetish
- Gory and violent battles between characters from games you probably haven't played
- Cthulhu versus mecha, chosen by the owner of Vandread and described by some as "Vandread squared"
- a distant future where all proper nouns (names etc.) are in an incomprehensible alien language whose spelling and pronunciation are unrelated
The deadline is midnight this Thursday. Before that time, go to the forum and place your vote to choose the lesser of these four evils to replace Vandread. There's no time to lose.
Attention, fellow cultists of the Big Rock.