Oxford Anime Vision (AnimeSoc)

News and Announcements

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.

Alexei

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,

Emma


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,…

First Week Meeting!

  • Friday, 16th October 2009 at 9pm - 12am Saturday, 17th October
    Location: Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College

    The first of Oxford Anime Vision's weekly meetings! We'll be showing the first episodes of this…

Freshers' Fair

E-mail sent by Alexei Stephenson, Wednesday, 9th September 2009 @ 1:34pm

Greetings, loyal soldiers of the Britannian Empire!

This is your commander, writing from a covert mission deep behind enemy lines in Area 11 (or Japan as the loyalists would have you call it). Preparations for our invasion are proceeding exactly according to plan (you can see a link to the advance reports in the forum), but before we can invade, we must first fortify our position here at the Oxford Headquarters and recruit as many new soldiers as possible for the coming war.

To that end, this is a call to arms for those ready to serve Emperor Charles at the front lines of the Freshers' Fair. The dates are Wednesday 7th of October (9.00 - 16.30), Thursday 8th and Friday 9th (both 9.00 - 16.00). Those who are willing to commit to 2 or 2.5 hour slots during any of these days will be honoured above all others, and will be posthumously awarded a military rank equivalent to that of major (as well as full compensation to their families) should they fall in battle. Survivors will be awarded custom-made T-shirts of Glory (details soon to come on the forum; volunteers should post their size there, or mail one of the War Committee).

The End of the Year As We Know It

E-mail sent by Jan, Thursday, 18th June 2009 @ 1:04pm

So this is it: 8th Week of Trinity. We hope you're all coping well with post-exam celebrations, last-minute exam revision, the final essay crises of term, or just general end-of-year mayhem.

This Friday brings you an end to the Claymore boss fights; an alternate universe episode of Clannad, for those of you who think that Tomoya shouldn't have gone for the dating sim's Nagisa Ending; probably minimal resolution for Genshiken and SZS (they both have second seasons! That's your homework for the summer.), and the epic conclusion of Trigun.

Here's a sneak preview of next year:
- The great and glorious Freshers' Fair in 0th Week, for which the OAV Needs You!
- An OAV contingent for the London MCM Expo, 24-25 October! (That's at the end of 2nd Week.)

And finally, a word from our sponsors:

***
Ladies and Gentlemen, there is a time in everyone's life where he must make a choice. Sleep or Catch the Midnight showing of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at the George Street Odeon on Thursday/Friday(it's listed as on Thursday, but 00.01 would technically be Friday).

That's right people, there is a new Transformers Movie out Friday, and there's a Midnight Showing. It includes a Guy who may or may not be on Fire, but is connected to the Pyramids, so there's a 82.4% chance of Ancient Egyptian Lasers! Though only an 8.3% chance of Card games, and even then they're unlikely to be important. There IS 100% chance of Giant Robots who chance into other things, and 100% chance of big explosions, and a high chance of there even being a combination of the two.

So, who is with me? My seat is pretty much smack damn in the centre, in seat K 9. I don't want to watch this movie alone, but I will do so if I have to. Then give spoilers about it at the Anime Soc Session. So you have a choice, watch it at Midnight before I can spoil it for you, or Forever have it spoiled by me. Or you could kill me, OR DIE TRYING!

Bwahahahahahahaha!

-Jonathan Barrett ( shadow_mask_sm@hotmail.com )
***

Thanks for all your support this year, and we hope you had a great time with the OAV. May your summer be fruitful and full of anime -- we look forward to seeing you again in Michaelmas!

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

Edamame Wants You!

E-mail sent by Jan, Monday, 8th June 2009 @ 10:21am

Or perhaps you want Edamame. Either way, the penultimate week of term is upon us, and one thing is foremost in our minds: the OAV's termly social! Ignore your revision, essay crises, or other minor details of Oxford life; turn up this Friday for excellent Japanese food, the company of other anime fans, and post-dinner ice-cream.

As usual, we'll be meeting outside Edamame at 5:45 pm. Email us if you'd like to ensure that we wait for you, or just turn up on time sans prior notification.

Where: Edamame, 15 Holywell Street (opposite New College)
When: Friday 12 June, 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
Secretary
divisionbyzero@gmail.com / janice.heng@bnc.ox.ac.uk

EMERGENCY: Volunteers needed for this term's Geek Quiz!

E-mail sent by Jan, Monday, 25th May 2009 @ 8:28pm

This is desperately late, but: this term's Geek Quiz is happening THIS THURSDAY! Forget your finals, prelims, or regularly scheduled essay crises -- the OAV needs YOU to lead it to victory!

The Geek Quiz
Where: North Lecture Room, Staircase 4, St John's College
When: Thursday, 5th Week (28 May), 8pm

Directions: Take the left exit of St John's main quad, under the clock. Walk through this passage to the next quad, which should have a 'massive tree' in it. Head to the far left corner of this quad and go into staircase 4. The lecture room is the first door on your right.

If you'd like to be part of the team, drop us an email at divisionbyzero@gmail.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
Secretary
divisionbyzero@gmail.com / janice.heng@bnc.ox.ac.uk

London Calling

E-mail sent by Jan, Wednesday, 20th May 2009 @ 2:25pm

One way you can tell that the OAV isn't *quite* at Genshiken-level (yet) is that we don't attend conventions. However, here's a chance to change that! This weekend, 23rd to 24th May, is the London MCM EXPO: two days of all-out geekery, including media, games, comics, cosplay, and of course, anime and manga.

London MCM Expo
23-24 May 2009
Excel London, E16 1XL

Tickets are £13 per day, available on the day. For more details, check out their website: http://www.londonexpo.com/

Our illustrious President Emeritus, Alexei, will be attending on Saturday. If you'd like to meet up with him rather than braving the EXPO alone, you can contact him (preferably well in advance) at alexei.stephenson@gmail.com.

...

Finally, just a reminder that the Caption Competition [http://groupspaces.com/oav/pages/] deadline is this Sunday, 24 May. Competition has been intense -- but there's always room for more entries!

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Caption Competition: http://groupspaces.com/oav/pages [Deadline: 24 May]
forum: http://z2.invisionfree.com/Text_Based_Theater/index.php?act=SC&c=11

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

The Randomthon Approacheth

E-mail sent by Jan, Monday, 4th May 2009 @ 3:12pm

You know the drill: Friday evening meetings in Worcester's Lecture Room B, blank DVDs to Janice Heng at Brasenose College, cosplay suggestions on the OAV forums, etc. But here's a break from the pattern:

OAV RANDOMTHON

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

We'll be screening the first episodes from candidates for next year's line-up! So if you want a hand in determining the future of the OAV, be sure to turn up -- and bring some episodes of your own, if you'd like. (But try to drop us an email beforehand, so we have an idea of what we'll be screening.)

...

In longer-term news, the Caption Competition [http://groupspaces.com/oav/pages/] lives! Answers on a postcard (or forum post) by Sunday, 24th May, i.e. the end of 4th Week. Don't let a handful of members monopolise the OAV stock of wit: get your entry in today!

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Caption Competition: http://groupspaces.com/oav/pages [Deadline: 24 May]
forum: http://z2.invisionfree.com/Text_Based_Theater/index.php?act=SC&c=11

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


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