Oxford Anime Vision (AnimeSoc)

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Next Year's Line-up

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Thursday, 1st April 2010 @ 5:22pm

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
Classic: Vandread
Comedy/Slice-of-life: Elfen Lied, Demonbane
Sci-fi: Kannazuki no Miko

Encouraging Haste

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Friday, 5th March 2010 @ 12:54pm

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

Birthday Lord Barrett Jacking your Email Tubes!

E-mail sent by Jonathan Barrett, Wednesday, 3rd March 2010 @ 11:03am

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...

And oh....
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!

-Jonathan Barrett,
AKA Nyarlathotep, The Lord of the Black Scarf.
AKA Cptn.PaxtonAstypalaea
AKA, a load of other names and titles...


Preparations for the Sealing Ceremony

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Thursday, 25th February 2010 @ 6:32pm

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.

Calls to Arms! (assorted)

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Monday, 15th February 2010 @ 4:58pm

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.

Moneys, and Ways to Dispose of Them

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Saturday, 30th January 2010 @ 12:43pm

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.

Redirect Link

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Thursday, 28th January 2010 @ 9:13pm

Dear all,

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.

First E-mail of the New Decade

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Thursday, 21st January 2010 @ 11:56pm

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.

Weekly Meeting

  • Friday, 29th January 2010 at 8pm, Friday, 19th February 2010 at 8pm
    Location: Lecture Room B, Worcester College

    Our weekly meeting, where we show episodes of Eden of the East (Weeks 1-4), Boogiepop Phantom…

Weekly Meeting

  • Friday, 22nd January 2010 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 5th February 2010 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 12th February 2010 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 26th February 2010 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 5th March 2010 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 12th March 2010 at 8pm - 11pm
    Location: Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College

    Our weekly meeting, where we show episodes of Eden of the East (Weeks 1-4), Boogiepop Phantom…

Pleasurable Distractions

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Saturday, 28th November 2009 @ 4:09pm

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,
Death Tank,
Smash Bros Brawl,
Turtle In Time,
Smash Bros Brawl."

Incidentally, "I made a game with zombies" is much more awesome than it sounds.

Operation Impending Doom III

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Thursday, 26th November 2009 @ 8:24pm

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.

Questions and Questionability

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Tuesday, 17th November 2009 @ 10:45pm

Greetings, all.

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.

Haruhi Suzumiya Wants You To...

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Tuesday, 17th November 2009 @ 9:51am

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.

Convention Only

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Saturday, 14th November 2009 @ 7:17am

Hail all.

Very quick note: if you're coming to AnimeLeague today, please bring proof of age as apparently it's a venue requirement. A bod card will do.

The rest of you, have a great weekend.


Further Information

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Tuesday, 10th November 2009 @ 2:51pm

Greetings again, Number 13.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to update your phone's GPS, as Juiz is currently on a break and has stated that a request to recall her early will cost 11000000000 Yen. As such, we include the following directions for Friday's meeting:


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 and you'll see a door with coat-hooks to the side. That's Lecture Room B, your target for the night.

Here is a bonus map to reflect Mr. Outside's...err...absolute faith in you: http://i34.tinypic.com/3480fon.jpg

For Seleção Eyes Only

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Monday, 9th November 2009 @ 5:46pm

Greetings, Number 13.

I believe you've received the standard briefing, but, having observed the staggering ineptitude of Number 9, Mr. Outside feels you could do with a couple of pointers on how best to spend your money. As such, two excellent opportunities have been arranged for you.

1) This Friday, Eden of the West (a student organisation more commonly known by its inexplicable acronym of "OAV") will be meeting in Lecture Room B of Worcester College. If you did not take the opportunity to formally join or rejoin last week, spending £8 on the annual membership fee (£7 for returning members) will provide funds for the promotion of anime (and thereby for the salvation of Japan). Please take careful note of the changed meeting place, as your phone's GPS may need updating.

2) Said organisation is also organising a delegation aimed at revitalising the Japanese economy by investing money at an anime convention, namely AnimeLeague Club London (http://www.animeleague.com/london/ for details). If you wish to attend under the guise of an ordinary anime fan, there is still time to pre-book a ticket for £5 on the website (and earn exclusive convention items as well as early entry). The delegation will convene at the train station at 8:45 this Saturday, with the aim of catching the 9am train.

Upcoming Dark Rituals

E-mail sent by Jan, Tuesday, 27th October 2009 @ 7:12pm

Greetings, loyal cultists.

There are three items on the agenda today.

1) As some of the older members may know, years ago the OAV sealed away a terrible evil (the name of which may not be spoken, but rhymes with "Tancred") and every successive president since has sworn a solemn oath never to let it return. Accordingly, whenever the veil grows thin on the night of All Hallows' Eve, we gather in a dark ritual to keep the evil at bay by confronting it with other great horrors. This event is known as the Hallowe'en Horrorthon.

If you are prepared to commit yourself to preventing the end of the world, and watching some of the finest horror anime in the process, please come to our usual meeting place at the Harris Lecture Theatre this Hallowe'en (Saturday 31st) for 1pm. The ritual should conclude by 5pm, assuming no repeat of The Incident.

If you know of good horror anime which you believe should be shown on this momentous occasion, please feel free to suggest it at http://z2.invisionfree.com/Text_Based_Theater/index.php?showtopic=360, or by emailing the dread Committee.

2) On the topic of dark gatherings, AnimeLeague are hosting a convention in London on Saturday 14th of November. The entry fee is £5, and if you pre-order a ticket, you get various neat convention goodies free. Further details are available at http://animeleague.com/ I (Alexei) have already booked mine, so if you want to go together as an OAV group, please let me know.

3) Finally, a message from the leader of an allied sect (edited to remove information intended for inner circle initiates only):

Greetings, [censored]

I'm Publicity Officer for the Doctor Who Society, and I picked up your [censored] at [censored] because we thought that [censored] your members might be interested in one or both of the open events that we will be running this term. We'd appreciate it if you'd [censored] your members, and perhaps think about organising group trips to one or both events. The events are as follows:

*~* Rob Shearman - playwright & author *~*
Thursday 5th week (12 November), 8pm, St John's College MCR
Cost: Free to members of DocSoc, £2 to non-members

Rob Shearman, award-winning author of Doctor Who episode "Dalek", will be visiting to talk, in Q&A format, about writing sci-fi for the BBC and anything else that might interest us. Often described as the "licensed dissenter" of the Russell T Davies era, he is sure to give us some interesting insights.

*~* The Geek Quiz *~*
Thursday 7th week (26 November), 8pm, St John's College LOCATION TBC
Cost: Free to anyone and everyone!

A bit of an Oxford institution, this one; the geek societies of Oxford all getting together to fight for the title of the brainiest of geekdoms. Individuals are invited to bring a short round of questions about anything they like, although rounds should not focus too heavily on a particular team's specialty. Unusual formats (eg picture / audio) are particularly encouraged.

Please feel free to email me if you have any further questions, or to [censored]. And please do forward this to anyone who you think might be interested!

Be excellent to each other,


There you have it. If you *would* be interested in a group trip to either or both of these events, let us at the Committee know.

Please don't worry about bringing your own sacrifices to the rituals - these are being budgeted for out of membership fees (though additional ones are always welcome). And remember: the fate of the world may rest in your hands, so come to the Horrorthon.

All the best,

Alexei Stephenson
OAV President and High Priest of [censored]

Welcome Back

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Wednesday, 14th October 2009 @ 12:36am

Greetings, fellow state alchemists.

This dispatch is primarily intended for existing members, as new members are subscribed here after paying their membership fees. If you signed yourself up, and aren't on the new members' list ("animesoc-announce"), you may have missed the e-mail with basic introductory info. If you let me know, I'll forward it to you (and you'll find it a lot easier to make sense of than the rest of this one). Also, you'll note that the Groupspaces e-mails have a...slightly different tone to them.

That aside, I am delighted to inform you that your next annual inspection is just around the corner, on Friday 16th at our newly reclaimed testing grounds at Oriel College's Harris Lecture Theatre. Directions, for those who need them, are concealed on this very website, and your ability to reach the meeting place in time for our 8pm start will be part of the test. We will be holding all the traditional annual events, including the free anime goods raffle (to test your ability to choose the right prize) and the ritual battle with the projector (to test our combat ability as a group).

Attendance is mandatory. I repeat, mandatory. Failure will be punished with loss of your state alchemist license and, worse, a lack of anime.

Examinees are advised to revise the following topics:

- Turning gold into digital credit (see "Eden of the East,  building an")
- Elixirs for maintaining sanity during long hours in the library (cf. Honey and Clover)
- Human to cyborg transmutation and its side effects (e.g. Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex)
- Transmuting beastmen/chimeras for fun and profit (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann method)
- Dangers of alchemical workplace relationships (see Seto no Hanayome vs. Roy Mustang, 1172)

There will also be an unseen, random, section.

Weekly Meeting

  • Friday, 23rd October 2009 at 9pm - 12am Saturday, 24th October, Friday, 30th October 2009 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 6th November 2009 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 20th November 2009 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 27th November 2009 at 8pm - 11pm, Friday, 4th December 2009 at 8pm - 11pm
    Location: Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College

    Our weekly meeting. We show an episode each of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Honey & Clover,…

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