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Hilary Term Notices

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Thursday, 14th January 2016 @ 4:31pm

Dear all,

Happy New Year! OAV will return on Friday 22 January, Friday next week. We will be in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College at 8 PM as usual, and, pleasingly, we have been able to book this room for all eight meetings this term. For anyone who is keeping track or wants to catch up, we will be starting this term with the ninth episode of each of the shows we're watching (Rage of Bahamut, Shirobako, Last Exile, Paradise Kiss and Gankutsuou).

While nothing apart from the regular meetings has definitely been arranged for this term yet, Hillary Term is normally when we have the annual 'Randomthon', an attempt to sample and evaluate some of the titles we might watch next year, and we will probably have some kind of meal in week 7 as usual. There may be other events too, so watch this space!

Best wishes,

Daniel

Week 8: Different Room

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Wednesday, 2nd December 2015 @ 9:43pm

Dear all,

This week's OAV meeting will not be in the usual place, but rather in Lecture Room A at Queen's College. Queen's is on the north side of the High Street, here, it has a pillared dome right above its front gate, if that's any help spotting it. Veteran members will remember that this is the room we used sometimes last year too. We will be starting at 8 PM on Friday as usual.

This will be the last meeting of this term. The first of our weekly meetings next year will probably be on Friday 22 January. Many thanks to everyone who's come along this term, whether you were at just one of our events or all of them or somewhere in between!

Best wishes,

Daniel

Week 7 notices

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Tuesday, 24th November 2015 @ 7:39pm

Dear all,

The end of term is nearly upon us, with just two more of the normal Friday meetings to go.

Social -- this Friday

We normally have a meal before the Friday meeting in week 7 of each term, which is this week. This time the plan is to try Thaikhun, the Thai restaurant on George Street, at 6:30 PM. If you want to be included in the booking, email oxanimevision@gmail.com or comment on the relevant post on the Facebook group.

Mardock Scramble marathon -- this Saturday

This coming Saturday there will be a marathon showing of all three Mardock Scramble films, in Lecture Room A at Queen's College, starting at 10.30 AM. Contact our member Piotr Nosalik (piotr.nosalik@some.ox.ac.uk) for more details. Mardock Scramble is a futuristic action series about a vengeful cyborg. I understand that it contains a considerable amount of violence, some sex and some grotesque imagery, so it's a little outside the run of what we'd show in a normal meeting and viewer discretion is advised, or whatever it is they say in these circumstances.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Week 6 Notices

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Tuesday, 17th November 2015 @ 8:03pm

Dear all,

I hope everyone is well. A few notices:

Membership Fees

This week's main meeting will be happening as normal at 8 PM in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College. This week we will begin collecting membership fees and sign-ups. The fee will be £5 for the whole year. We will do this for several weeks so don't worry if you forget to bring the money this week. Each year's fees are used to pay for the cost of booking space and printing flyers for the Fresher's Fair for the next year; if there is a surplus we will see what we can do for the club with it.

Film Night II

On Sunday we will have this term's second film night, at 6 PM in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter. We will be watching the Cowboy Bebop film, a very cool action-thriller about the effort to stop a terrorist in a battered, rather run-down version of the future, with lovely animation and a fine jazzy soundtrack. Don't worry if you're not familiar with Cowboy Bebop, as the film works fine on its own (and I can say this with confidence as it was the first Cowboy Bebop thing I saw). Note that this is on Sunday, not Saturday like our previous film night.

Mardock Scramble Marathon

On Saturday 28 November—at the end of week 7—there will be a marathon showing of all three Mardock Scramble films, in Lecture Room A at Queen's College, starting at 10.30 AM. Contact our member Piotr Nosalik (piotr.nosalik@some.ox.ac.uk) for more details. Mardock Scramble is a futuristic action series about a vengeful cyborg. I understand that it contains a considerable amount of violence, some sex and some grotesque imagery, so it's a little outside the run of what we'd show in a normal meeting and viewer discretion is advised, or whatever it is they say in these circumstances.
 

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Other notes:

  • We will probably have a meal before the meeting in week 7 (on 27 November), restaurant and time TBA.
  • Remember that the final meeting this term, in week 8 (on Friday 4 December) will be in Lecture Room A at Queen's College, not at Exeter College.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Notices

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Tuesday, 10th November 2015 @ 6:01pm

Dear all,

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

On the following day, this Saturday, we will run our first film night this term, at 6 PM in the same place. We'll be showing Magnetic Rose and the 2010 Black Rock Shooter one-shot. Everyone's welcome, even if you haven't been able to make our normal meetings.

Then, about a week later, on Sunday 22 November, we'll be meeting again at 6 PM in the same place for our second film night, watching the Cowboy Bebop film.

Longer-term notices:

  • We will probably begin collecting membership fees in week 6's meeting (Friday 20 November), once people have had more time to work out whether they're enjoying what we're showing. The membership fee will be £5 for the whole year.
  • We will probably arrange an OAV meal together before the meeting in week 7 (Friday 27 November).
  • Our final meeting this term, in week 8 (Friday 4 December) will be at Queen's College, in Lecture Room A, because the Saskatchewan Room will be busy.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Film Nights & Notices

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Wednesday, 4th November 2015 @ 10:55pm

Dear all,

I'm pleased to announce that we will have a couple of film nights this term. These will be a chance for us to show stuff that wouldn't fit our regular meetings.

1. Saturday 14 November, in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College, 6 PM onwards

This evening we will be watching two medium-length things: Magnetic Rose, a mind-bending story about a small group of astronauts who discover the gothic, musical remnants of a past obsession (originally from the anthology film Memories); and the 2010 Black Rock Shooter action-drama one-shot, which plays a real-world friendship and a mysterious otherworldly battle off against each other.

2. Sunday 22 November, in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College, 6 PM onwards

This evening we will watch the Cowboy Bebop film Knockin' on Heaven's Door, which is a very cool action piece about the effort to stop a terrorist in a battered, rather run-down version of the future. Don't worry if you're not familiar with Cowboy Bebop, as the film works fine on its own (and I can say this with confidence as it was the first Cowboy Bebop thing I saw). We might throw on a few interesting really short films beforehand too, to warm up.

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We will be meeting in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter this coming Friday as usual. A few notes looking further ahead:

  • We will probably begin collecting membership fees in week 6's meeting (Friday 20 November), once people have had more time to work out whether they're enjoying what we're showing. The membership fee will be £5 for the whole year.
  • We will probably arrange an OAV meal together before the meeting in week 7 (Friday 27 November).
  • Felix Zhou and Piotr Nosalik are organising another movie marathon like the ones they ran last year. Provisionally the plan is to hold it on Saturday 28 November and to watch the Mardock Scramble films. I will let everyone know when it is finalised.
  • Our final meeting this term, in week 8 (Friday 4 December) will be at Queen's College, in Lecture Room A, because the Saskatchewan Room will be busy.

Best wishes,

Daniel
 

Week 2 Notices

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Monday, 19th October 2015 @ 10:03pm

Dear all,

Here are this week's notices for Oxford Anime Vision:

1. This week's meeting will be at 8 PM in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College, just like last week.

2. Cai Jauncey is looking to gauge interest in setting up an Oxford University cosplaying group. Any students who might be up for that are encouraged to contact her at caitlin.jauncey@some.ox.ac.uk.

3. A couple of us are planning a day trip to London to catch these film screenings: http://cinema.alltheanime.com — they're showing Miss Hokusai, Gundam The Origin I and II, the Love Live film and Empire of Corpses — (although I'm not sure I will be staying to see Empire of Corpses myself — and note that Gundam The Origin is a prequel to something, while the Love Live film is the sequel to something else!). If you want to join us, grab a ticket (note that this event is separate from the MCM expo, so a ticket for that won't count) and let me know if you'd like to catch the train down with us.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Oxford Anime Vision Start-of-Year Notices

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Saturday, 10th October 2015 @ 9:19pm

Dear all,

If you signed up to Oxford Anime Vision at Freshers' Fair, welcome to the mailing list! Welcome back to pre-existing members!

A few notices. First, a reminder: we are having an informal get-together at The Mitre, the pub on the High Street, from 7:30 PM onwards tomorrow evening. Everyone is welcome, old and new members alike. For new people, this is a good chance to meet some of the committee and ask any questions you have, or just to relax and talk about anime.

Second, we now know where and when most of our regular weekly meetings will be this term. For the first seven weeks of term we will meet every week on Friday at 8 PM, in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College. This means that the first regular meeting will be there next Friday, 16 October. Exeter College's entrance is the northernmost door on the east side of Turl Street, the street in the city centre running between Broad Street and the High Street. We will try to have people stationed at the college door to guide newcomers in.

Third, for new members, about the format of meetings: a normal weekly meeting usually lasts from 8 PM to 11 PM and consists of six episodes of anime and two breaks. We normally watch one episode each from five different regular anime and then finish with one episode from an anime that we are not watching regularly, as a taster (or sometimes purely for entertainment's sake). We show everything with Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. The opening lineup of regular anime this year consists of Rage of Bahamut, Shirobako, Last Exile, Paradise Kiss and Gankutsuou. If you're not sure whether you would like any of these, or you don't know them, come along to the first meeting and see what you make of their first episodes!

Fourth, a few people asked about membership fees: we do charge a membership fee of £5 for membership for the whole year, but we only collect this later in Michaelmas Term, once people have had a chance to decide whether or not they enjoy our meetings. 

Fifth, I should remind you that we have a Facebook group here which you are very welcome to join if you want—informal stuff and minor notices tend to appear there—but any important notices will be sent round this mailing list.

Thank you for your patience—future emails are likely to be much shorter notices as we sort out extra one-off events such as meals and film nights, or reminders of the location and time of weekly meetings. (If you think you were added to this mailing list by mistake, or if you would like to be removed, get in touch.)

Best wishes,

Daniel
OAV Secretary





 

Hello / Welcome Back!

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Tuesday, 6th October 2015 @ 7:06pm

Dear all,

Welcome back to our returning members, and for any new people keen enough that they have already signed up to the mailing list, hello and well done! I hope everyone had a good summer. A few Oxford Anime Vision notices:

(1) For anyone coming to Freshers' Fair, we have table 553 in Room 9—a spot near the door out of the room. Come and say hi!

(2) some of us will be gathering to celebrate the beginning of the new OAV year at The Mitre (the pub/restaurant where Turl Street meets High Street, right in the city centre) from 7:30 PM onwards on Sunday night. We've booked the big round table at the back and I will have some kind of notice saying 'OAV' on the table. Existing members are very welcome—the more the merrier—and it should also be a good chance for freshers to get to know people, ask questions &c.

(3) as a reminder, the five shows with which we'll be starting the year are Rage of Bahamut, Shirobako, Paradise Kiss, Last Exile and Gankutsuou. We are, as usual, still working on room bookings, but it is highly likely that our first meeting will be at 8 PM on Friday 16 October.

(If you no longer want to be on this mailing list or are on it by mistake, let me know and I will remove your address!)

Best wishes,

Daniel

[OAV]

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Saturday, 20th June 2015 @ 3:34pm

Dear all,

We've now held the last OAV meeting of this academic year, marking the end of Trinity Term and bringing everything we have been watching to a conclusion. Thank you to everyone who came along, whether that was for just one meeting, all of them, or somewhere in between!

OAV will return in Michaelmas Term, and it's very likely that our first standard meeting will be on Friday 16th October.

One last notice about external stuff: for folk who like events and are generally interested in Japan, I believe Hyper Japan is happening in London on July 10th–12th.

Goodbye and good luck to those members who are graduating this year! For everyone else, have a great summer and we hope to see you again in the autumn.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Meal Notice

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Monday, 8th June 2015 @ 4:37pm

Dear all,

The end of Trinity term is nearly here. As this week is week 7 we will be having a meal before the meeting: provisionally, this will be at 6pm this Friday at Bangkok House, the Thai restaurant on Hythe Bridge Street. If you would like to be included in the booking please let me know either by emailing me (oavdes@gmail.com) or by commenting on the announcement on the Facebook group, in both cases before Wednesday evening.

For anyone who's keeping track of our schedule, we're now two episodes from the end of everything we're watching, and Friday 19 June, Friday of week 8, will be our last meeting this year.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Week 1 Notices

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Friday, 24th April 2015 @ 12:33pm

Dear all,

Trinity Term begins next week, and so Oxford Anime Vision will be returning next Friday, Friday 1 May. We will be in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College from 8 PM to 11 PM as usual. Indeed, pleasingly, we've been able to book the Saskatchewan Room at at the usual time for all eight weeks of the term.

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For anyone keeping track, or anyone who wants to catch up, here are the last episodes that we watched at the end of the previous term:

Tiger & Bunny 16
Eccentric Family 4
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 18
Silver Spoon 3
Shiki 16

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Remember that the second and final marathon session of the Kara no Kyoukai film series, the follow-up to the marathon held last term, is scheduled for Saturday 9 May, at 10 AM in the Cockpit at Holywell Manor. Contact Piotr Nosalik or Felix Zhou for more details.

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Also, the best of luck to those of us who have exams or other assessment this term. Remember to work hard, but not too hard, and to make room for discrete, defined time off (like coming to OAV!).

Best wishes,

Daniel
OAV Secretary

Wk 7 Meeting and Social

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Monday, 2nd March 2015 @ 7:16pm

Dear all,

This coming Friday we will be at Queen's College in Lecture Room B, not at Exeter. For those of us not keyed into the Oxford academic year: this will be the second-to-last meeting of term (we'll be back at Exeter for the last one).

Also, since this is week 7, it's time for the termly social meal, which will provisionally be at 6pm on Friday, before the main meeting. This time we're thinking of going to SoJo, the Chinese place just across the bridge on the way to the railway station. If you'd like to come to the meal please let me know by emailing by Wednesday evening, or by commenting in the Facebook group, so I can make a booking.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Randomthon update: still on

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Saturday, 21st February 2015 @ 12:57pm

Dear all,

I apologise for adding an extra email to your inbox. As some of you know we had some issues with the projector in the Saskatchewan Room last night, which put the Randomthon in doubt. We've just tested it today and it seems to be working, so the Randomthon is still on. (So we'll be in the Saskatchewan Room from 2 PM to 6 PM today, though come and go as you please if you have other stuff on!)

Best wishes,

Daniel

Wk 5; final Randomthon notice

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Tuesday, 17th February 2015 @ 11:15pm

Dear all,

This week's meeting will be in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter on Friday evening at 8 PM as usual.
 

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A final reminder that the annual OAV Randomthon is happening this coming Saturday from 2 PM to 6 PM in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College. We'll be sampling the first episodes of some titles which we think we might show next year but would like to get opinions on. So hopefully it will be useful for the society as a whole and also just a fun event and a chance to see some interesting stuff. Provisionally the list of titles we're planning to trial is as follows:

Casshern Sins
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
Shirobako
Michiko to Hatchin
Angel Beats
Baccano
...and a couple more to be decided

These certainly aren't the only things we're thinking about—there are successful randoms from the normal meetings, and titles which have been shown successfully before at OAV in the distant past—and if I remember to bring the list on the day we can have a chat about other possibilities. Please feel free to come and go as your schedule fits while we're running. Some of us will probably go for a meal afterwards, probably to Opium Den again. If you want to come to the meal let me know by Thursday evening, either by emailing oxanimevision@gmail.com or by commenting on the Facebook post.

Best wishes,

Daniel

PS: the termcard, with this event and the Kara no Kyoukai marathon in week 6 on it, can be found here.
 

Updated Termcard

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Wednesday, 11th February 2015 @ 12:04am

Dear all,

Here is an updated version of the OAV termcard, including the Randomthon on Saturday 21 February and the Kara no Kyoukai marathon on Saturday 28 February.

This week we will be in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter as usual, at the usual time. Princess Jellyfish has ended (sob) and the show which will replace it, the first season of Silver Spoon, is also only 11 episodes long, so we have a couple of weeks with a spare slot. We'll be using that extra slot to double up on episodes of titles we're watching which have more than 24 episodes while still having a random episode at the end of the meeting.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Wk 3 meeting @ Exeter ; Randomthon 21 Feb ; Kara no Kyoukai 'thon 28 Feb

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Wednesday, 4th February 2015 @ 2:39pm

Dear all,

I hope everyone is well. I have temporarily lost my hearing, which is exactly the sort of thing I expect to happen in week 3 of Hilary Term.

This week's meeting will be a return to the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College on Friday at 8 PM as usual. In fact, all meetings until week 7 will be the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter.

We have also booked the Saskatchewan Room between 2 PM and 6 PM on Saturday 21 February (the Saturday at the end of week 5) for the annual Randomthon. For those unfamiliar with it, this is an event where we show eight first episodes in a row in an attempt to sample some things we're considering showing next year. (Though when we come to decide what to watch next year we'll also be considering things we've tried as normal week-by-week randoms, plus things which have been shown in the past successfully.) We hope this will be entertaining for its own sake as well as a useful chance to collect opinions on potential titles for 2015–16. Everyone is welcome -- please feel free to come even if you can't make the weekly Friday evening meeting -- and also please feel free to come if you can only make part of it. Nearer the time we will try to circulate a list of what titles we will be showing when during the event.

After the success of the Evangelion marathon, there is going to be an OAV marathon of the first five Kara no Kyoukai films (a series of cunningly-constructed, mind-bending paranormal thrillers). This will be on Saturday 28 February (the Saturday at the end of week 6), starting at 10 AM, at Holywell Manor. The fifth film is a convenient point in the series of films to pause; the plan is to have a second session in Trinity to finish the series off. See the Facebook event or contact piotr.nosalik@some.ox.ac.uk for more details.

Best wishes,

Daniel
OAV Secretary

Week 2 meeting @ Queens

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Tuesday, 27th January 2015 @ 11:06am

Dear all,

This week's meeting of OAV will be at 8 PM on Friday as usual, but not at Exeter -- instead we will meet in Lecture Room B at Queen's College.

Those who were around at the beginning of last term will remember this room, but we will make sure we have people at the college front door to gather and guide in anyone who doesn't know the way. Queen's is on the north side of the High Street, and it's the neoclassical college with a sculpture under a dome above its main entrance.

Best wishes,

Daniel

Eva movie marathon notice (& 1st meeting reminder)

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Wednesday, 21st January 2015 @ 12:02pm

Dear all,

A quick reminder that our first regular meeting of this term will be on this Friday, at 8 PM, in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College as normal.

Two of our members, Felix and Piotr, are organising a marathon viewing of the three recent 'Rebuild' Neon Genesis Evangelion films this Sunday (25 Jan):

Time: 10.00 - 18.00 (probably going for lunch around noon)
Venue: The Cockpit, Holywell Manor (Balliol MCR), OX1 3UH (sofas provided)

Everyone is welcome and people should feel free to only come for one or two of the films if they want. Apparently there might also be some shorter things interspersed to offer some variety. Comment on their post in the Facebook group or contact piotr.nosalik@some.ox.ac.uk or felix.zhou@ludwig.ox.ac.uk if you have more questions!

Best wishes,

Daniel
OAV Secretary
 

Hilary Term '15

E-mail sent by Daniel Sawyer, Thursday, 15th January 2015 @ 4:35pm

Dear all,

Hello again -- I hope everyone had a good break! OAV will resume regular meetings this term on Fridays at 8 PM, as normal. Our first meeting will be on the Friday of week 1, Friday 23 January. We will be in our usual venue, the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College, every Friday except for the Fridays of weeks 2 and 7 (Friday 30 January and Friday 6 March). On these dates we will be in Lecture Room B at Queen's College, the place we used at the beginning of last term.

I attach a brief initial termcard. The committee are putting together the 'Randomthon', our annual attempt to sample and gather opinions on some titles which we might show next year, and there are a couple of other possible events which we might announce in due course -- so watch this space -- plus we will have a social meal before the meeting in week 7.

So, on Friday next week (not tomorrow!) we'll be in the Saskatchewan Room at Exeter College at 8. See you there!

Best wishes,

Daniel
OAV Secretary
 


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