Greetings, Black Knight candidates.
Thank you for offering to participate in the reclamation of Area 11. Happily, we have an opportunity for you to prove your valour ready and waiting. I quote the letter of challenge sent by Britannian spy Emma Lewis:
Fifth Week brings with it that termly fixture - Oxford's
Inter-Geek-Society Quiz. The FanFic society have written poetry about
it, there's a FaceBook group for people who think it's the social
highlight of their term - and now it's your chance to show that your
geekdom is better than everybody else's geekdom.
We meet on Thursday 27 May, at 8pm, in St John's North Quad Lecture
Room. Please publicise this event to your society - and maybe think
about organising a team?
Individuals are encouraged to bring their own rounds of around ten
questions - we particularly encourage rounds with themes and gimmicks
but you shouldn't focus *too* heavily on esoteric aspects of your own
geekdom - we want it to be comprehensible to the rest of us! However,
you don't have to bring a round, or even think of yourself as a geek,
to have a good time at one of these events.
Hoping to see you all there,
Dear Section 9 informants,
Your information delivery skills are needed once again, this time as part of two investigations connected with the Nissan Institute of Oxford, UK.
Firstly, Yu Nagai of the MSc in Modern Japanese Studies is conducting research on reasons behind British people's interest in Japan. Those of you who have spent most of your lives in Britain, and have had an interest in Japan for at least one year since 2000, are strongly encouraged to co-operate with the investigation by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org and arranging a 30-60 minute interview (which can take place before or after exams). Yu is a very friendly and generally cool person, and the information you provide him with could be valuable for building stronger diplomatic ties, thus allowing easier Section 9 work abroad in the future.
Secondly, those of you who are studying Japanese at the moment, and kanji specifically, can further the cause of accelerative learning by describing your study techniques to Yuko Hashimoto of email@example.com, who is based at the Institute of Education in London but can travel to Oxford for interviews. Yuko, also, is a very comfortable person to be interviewed by, and anything you tell her can greatly aid in the development of cyberbrain enhancement software (to say nothing of long-term improvements in kanji teaching techniques which will benefit fellow informants worldwide).
Greetings, dearest patrons.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that, this Friday only, our services may be enjoyed at the Saskatchewan Lecture Theatre of Exeter College.
In addition, Akemi Solloway, a dedicated promoter of Japanese culture, wishes us to pass on the details of another event, naturally less fabulous but perhaps larger in scale. The 2010 Japanese Art Festival will be taking place in Richmond, London, on the 21st and 22nd of August. If it is anything like its predecessors, it will be well worth visiting, with delicious food, live performances of various elements of Japanese culture (such as music and martial arts), as well as shopping opportunities and many fan-made materials up for sale. The website is http://www.japaneseartfestival.com/, though you may wish to wait until they've updated it for this year.
Greetings, dearest patrons.
I am delighted to announce that the OAV Host Club remains ready to fulfil your desires, with one insignificant alteration that may be worthy of mention. Due to our usual location being currently cursed by Beelzenef (who feels that insufficient respect was paid him at the new Committee announcement), we will be spending Friday 14th of May at the Saskatchewan Lecture Theatre of Exeter College. The time and schedule remain unchanged, as does our commitment to the finest service delivered in the most elegant fashion. Directions follow below:
"Enter the college, walk around the front quad to the top left corner & turn left into the back quad. Go down the flight of stairs on the right hand side (behind the bike rack). Once inside, the Saskatchewan Room is straight ahead."
Greetings, loyal subjects.
I am writing to affirm two key points. First, royalist meetings will be held at our usual location at the Harris Lecture Theatre at 8-11pm on Fridays starting 1st Week.
Second, all are invited to attend the coronation of His Majesty Akira I, King of Eden, at 3-6pm at the HLT on Saturday 1st of May (Saturday of 1st Week). The momentous event will be preceded by a historical film narrating the history of His Majesty's ascension (continuing from the well-known narrative of Eden of the East).
Please note that any assassination attempts must be conducted strictly according to Guild protocol and violators will be violated.
Esteemed members of the OAV,
Thank you all for participating in the poll on the official OAV Forum. The results of your votes have been submitted to the Committee for consideration, and we have finalised next year's line-up accordingly.
We will be showing:
Action: Seikon no Qwaser
Shojo: He Is My Master
Comedy/Slice-of-life: Elfen Lied, Demonbane
Sci-fi: Kannazuki no Miko
To all those attending the Termly Social tonight (5:30pm, Edamame):
Please be extremely (super ultra) punctual, as the Edamame staff are not happy with having to seat extra people at existing tables, and if you're late you may have to wait for other latecomers to form a separate group before you can enter the restaurant.
See you there!
OAV Exemplar of Punctuality
Greetings Foo's from The BIRTHDAY LORD of this day (The Third Of The Third). It is my Birthday!
I'm hyjacking your email tubes to bring you a message about what you should be doing tonight.
And tonight, starting from 6:30/7:00 ish, I'm having a Gaming Night at my flat.
There will be Cake.
There will be Xbox Young and Old.
There will be PS 2,3, and P.
There will be Wii.
I could even probably get the Saturn running.
Might even try some board games.
Though we all know it will desend into non-sop brawling before the night is over.
As a starter game, try to work out what this is...
Answers on a postcard to Santa Claus, as by the time a post card would get to me, you'd have seen it in full.
My flat is Flat 2 Folly Bridge Court. That's opposite the Head of the River Pub down St Aldates. Email me and I'll give you my flat number to ring if you get lost nearby...
Er, I should probably mention there's the termly social this Friday, before the session, at 5:30 about or something, at Edamame.
And we're also doing some form of Marathon where we show random anime shows in an attempt to choose a series for next year. I think we call it "Ye Olde Anime Soc Showing different shows Fun Time Night!"...?
It will be on Saturday...
HLT is booked for 2pm to 6pm on Saturday the 6th, according to a certain Source....
... oh great, I have to wake up at one or something then...
We encourage people to bring their own suggestions, though we do try to avoid animes shown in recent years.
I think that's all. It isn't like this is my job, This is a Pirate Email, yo!
Peace Out or something, see some of you Foo's tonight!
AKA Nyarlathotep, The Lord of the Black Scarf.
AKA.... THE BIRTHDAY LORD!
AKA, a load of other names and titles...
Greetings, fellow investigators.
As you are doubtless aware, we are running out of time to renew the Elder Seal on the Series Which Shall Not Be Named. The ritual, known to initiates as the Randomthon, has officially been scheduled for Saturday 6th of March. We will need your finest anime to be given in sacrifice, especially series worthy of being shown next year. If you have any, please submit them in the discussion thread of our Facebook group. The ritual will begin at 2pm at the HLT at Oriel, and will last until the last participant loses their remaining sanity or until we get kicked out by the porters at 6pm, whichever comes first.
Additionally, since it is entirely possible none of us will make it through the ritual alive, we are having a final termly social the day before, on Friday 5th of March at Edamame. The provisional start time is 5:30pm.
Finally, a reminder for investigators newly released from Arkham Asylum: we are back at our usual headquarters in Oriel College for the rest of term.
Greetings, SEES members.
As you are doubtless already aware, the coming week presents many challenges. In the first place, due to [classified], the Harris Lecture Theatre now turns into a vast tower filled with Shadows every night between 8 and 11pm. Until we can get to the top and vanquish the Speakers Avatar, we will therefore be meeting at Worcester College's Lecture Room B. Assuming no plot twists, expect normal service to be restored by next week.
Meanwhile, however, we also face external threats, in the form of a mysterious society that does not want the HLT restored to its former self. Since we're not sure which society this is, we have no choice but to crush them all...at the Geek Quiz on Thursday the 18th. All members are requested, if able, to attend at the North Quad Lecture Room of St John's at 8pm.
Additionally, in order to have the most up-to-date equipment for the final battle, the London Shopping Trip has officially been scheduled for Saturday 20th. We will meet at 9.30am at Gloucester Green.
Greetings, fans of erratic title capitalisation.
Our humble request to you today is for those who are interested in the shopping trip, and did not write their preferences on The List, please e-mail us and let us know which dates this term you are able to make.
Also, Alun, your response was apparently censored by the Laughing Man. Please re-submit. Unless you are the Laughing Man, in which case please don't hack my computer or brain.
This is an untimely reminder that tomorrow's meeting will be at Worcester College, Lecture Room B, and not at our usual location in Oriel. If any of you don't know where that is, and your Google Maps Fu is too weak, please get in touch ASAP for directions.
Additionally, due to scheduling conflicts with the OAV Global Domination Plan (Phase III), we may have to reschedule the shopping trip. This will be discussed further at the meeting, so please come having checked your schedules for the next few weeks if you're interested in going.
Greetings, loyal ninja of the Hidden Village of the OAV.
Welcome back. I hope you all enjoyed your various winter missions.
Meetings this term continue to be at our usual location in Oriel's HLT, except for 2nd Week (29th Jan) and 5th Week (19th Feb) when we are scheduled to raid a rival clan, and will therefore take them by surprise at Worcester College's Lecture Room B.
Greetings, loyal members of the OAV.
I would like to remind you that tomorrow night, from about 8pm, Mascot-cha-aaargh! The pain, the pain! No, not the face! Why would you even be carrying a spork?! Aagh, my spleen!
Ahem. Tomorrow night, from about 8pm, the highly esteemed Jonathan Barrett, Lord of the Black Scarf and Master of All He Surveys, will be hosting a gaming night at his flat (Flat 2 Folly Bridge Court, right opposite the Head of the River Pub, phone number 01865 723416). Any and all are welcome, and ideally let Jonathan know in advance that you're coming.
The games line-up includes, and I quote:
"I made a game with zombies,
Smash Bros Brawl,
New Super Mario Bros. Wii,
Smash Bros Brawl,
Smash Bros Brawl,
Turtle In Time,
Smash Bros Brawl."
Incidentally, "I made a game with zombies" is much more awesome than it sounds.
Greetings, loyal minions of the Irken Empire.
In preparation for the long-awaited conquest of Planet Earth, we would like to remind you that an advance celebratory feast is being served tomorrow, Friday 27th. We will be meeting at a base cunningly disguised as Edamame, Oxford's premier Japanese restaurant, on Holywell Street at 5:45pm.
You can obtain detailed information and directions for your SIR unit at http://www.edamame.co.uk/. Please be sure to wear your human disguise, and remember that seating is on a first-come-first-served basis as Edamame is quite small (so don't be late!).
After the meal, the invasion will be conducted in accordance with the drills you have been practicing for the last six Friday nights, so if you can't make it to the feast (and aren't afraid of the wrath of the Almighty Tallest) please come to the Oriel staging area at the usual time.
Tonight we have a very special message from Jonathan Barrett, whom some of you will know as Mascot-chan. Though not out loud unless you really want to suffer a slow and painful death.
Jonathan is spending the month of November growing a "Dastardly Villain Moustache" in the name of raising awareness of prostate cancer (no, don't ask me for the logic behind this; ask him instead). If you approve of this ambition, you can find his donation page at http://uk.movember.com/mospace/119809.
Furthermore, we would like to remind you that Thursday of 7th Week sees the Geek Quiz, an epic battle between Oxford's geekiest societies. We are calling for volunteers willing to put their lives at stake to defend the honour of the OAV. If you would like to earn a place at Miyazaki's side in the afterlife, let us know.
Greetings, fellow members of the SOS Brigade.
I would like to remind you that Haruhi Suzumiya wants you to attend the rest of the term's meetings at our usual meeting place in Oriel. As a special bonus, we will have a guest speaker this week: the time traveller John Barberio, who comes from the distant past to tell the tale of the founding of the society, and of anime in the pre-torrent era.
Furthermore, Haruhi will be very disappointed if you do not turn up to the termly social, to be held at Edamame, Oxford's premier Japanese restaurant, on Friday of 7th Week. The provisional start time is 6pm, but if you're not there by 5:45, you may find that your seat has been stolen for use in a complicated and improbable alien-baiting scheme. The start time may be confirmed or altered in accordance with Haruhi's last-minute whim.
Finally, because we have become aware that anyone who willingly joins the group must be nuts, a third-year psychology student has been invited to the 7th and 8th Week meetings, and will be conducting a survey on sense of humour and personality traits. Due to legal constraints, participation is entirely optional, but if you have any strong feelings about this either way, please let us know in advance.