CUAMS: Cambridge University Anime and Manga Society



CUAMS News

Freshers’ Squash!
10th October 2016

We have our Freshers’ Squash approaching imminently! It will be in the Bowett Room, Queen’s college at 7:00pm - 10:00pm, 15th October. (Here's a handy Map )

This year we shall be showing Kizuna Ichigeki and the Cowboy Bebop movie.

Attendance at the squash is free, with bountiful snacks provided. You will also have the opportunity to join CUAMS during the squash. It costs £4 per term, or £10 for the whole year.

Joining CUAMS at the squash also enters you in our raffle, with chances of winning a variety of anime/manga related goodies!

Freshers’ Fair!
28th September 2016

It’s a fresh new year of Cambridge life, which can only mean many distinct and/or interacting things. One such thing is the Freshers’ Fair!

Everyone, from life-long otaku to curious new folk, is welcome come see us in the Kelsey Kerridge Sports Hall (row 3, stall 14) on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th October.

Stay tuned for news on our Freshers’ Squash and the first social of this academic year!

New Academic Year
5th October 2015

A new academic year has started at Cambridge, and with it comes a new year of anime!

Freshers and old members alike, come see us at the Freshers’ Fair in the marquee on Parker’s Piece (row 14, stall 4) on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Our first meeting will be the traditional Freshers’ Squash on a not-so-traditional day, the Monday of 12 October, in the Bateman Auditorium in Gonville and Caius College.

Finally, we welcome our new Secretary, Vijay! Vijay is studying medicine, so he may be stuck with this job for a few years.

Tuesday Room Change
9th March 2015

Once again, the meeting tomorrow, on Tuesday, 10 March, will be in the Auditorium Lounge, Robinson College. To get there, go through the main entrance and straight across the courtyard, enter the door in front of you and immediately turn left. On the college plan the Auditorium Lounge is marked 2, although the door is nearer to the digit 3.

Tuesday Room Change
9th February 2015

Tomorrow’s meeting will be in the Auditorium Lounge, Robinson College. To get there, go through the main entrance and straight across the courtyard, enter the door in front of you and immediately turn left. On the college plan the Auditorium Lounge is marked 2, although the door is nearer to the digit 3.

We will also move into the Auditorium Lounge for the Tuesday meeting one month from now, on Tuesday, 10 February. We will remind everyone closer to that date.

Lent
15th January 2015

It is now Lent term, and CUAMS is starting a new repertoire of anime! This is the perfect opportunity to join us if you couldn’t come last term. Only two shows are continuing, both of which are very episodic, so you can dive right in even if you haven’t seen them before. Students and non-students alike are welcome!

We have two independent sets of meetings: Main meetings (on Tuesdays this term) and Sunday meetings. Feel free to come to one or the other or both. See the meeting (to be updated) and schedule pages for more details on what we’re showing when. We always have snacks and drinks, and you’re free to discuss the anime (or anything else) in the breaks between episodes and after the meeting.

The first meeting this term is at 4:00 pm on Sunday, 18 January in Umney Lounge, Robinson College. To get there, go through the main entrance to Robinson (on the corner of Grange Road and Herschel Road, see map), immediately turn right and walk down the passage all the way down through two sets of glass doors. At this point you will see a sign saying Umney Theatre diagonally forward and left; the door next to the sign is the entrance to the Umney Lounge. There is also a college plan available.

In addition to anime, we’ll also be showing a Korean game show called The Genius as an optional bonus on Sundays. If you want to see it, come earlier for a start at 2:30 pm. This will be the third season of The Genius, but no knowledge of previous seasons is necessary.

The first Main meeting is at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, 20 January in Bowett Room, Queens’ College. To get there, follow the directions on this map. When you are inside the building circled on the map, go up the stairs on your right.

We’re looking forward to seeing you. Let’s have a good term together!

Thursday Cancelled, Sunday Room Change
26th November 2014

Sadly, the meeting on Thursday, 27 November is cancelled due to a lack of room in which to hold the meeting. The next Thursday meeting will see the end of the current series, and there will be no bonus Thursday this term.

The meeting on Sunday, 30 November will still occur but in an unusual place: the Music Practice Room, Robinson College. As you enter the college, turn right and walk along the Long Court as you would to reach the Umney Lounge, but instead of entering through the doors next to the stairs at the end of the Long Court, go up the stairs. Go right across the High Court and through the doors at the very end.

New Academic Year
13th October 2014

Thanks to everyone who visited us at the Societies’ Fair, and welcome to the new academic year!

Our first meeting is the freshers’ squash on Thursday, 16 October, from 7 pm to 10 pm, in the Bowett Room, Queens’ College. Come along (even if you weren’t at the fair or aren’t a student) to see some anime, get some snacks and drinks, sign up for membership and maybe even win a prize!

To get to the Bowett Room, follow the directions on this map. When you are inside the building circled on the map, go up the stairs on your right.

Most of our Thursday meetings this term will be in the same place. On Sundays, we will meet in Teaching Room 7 of Robinson College; see the Sunday meeting page for directions.

Old members, be careful! This year our main day of week is Thursday.

Room Change
17th June 2014

As has been long shown on the the schedule page, today, on Tuesday, 17 June, we are in the Linnett Room, Robinson College.

Room Changes
9th May 2014

On Tuesday, 13 May, we will be in the Umney Lounge, Robinson College.

On Sunday, 18 May, we will be in the Music Practice Room, Robinson College. As you enter the college, turn right and walk along the Long Court as you would to reach the Umney Lounge, but instead of entering through the doors next to the stairs at the end of the Long Court, go up the stairs. Go right across the High Court and through the doors at the very end.

AGM
19th February 2014

Another year is behind us, marked by another AGM. Only one person stepped up to fill any of the open positions. Really? If you can do catering or master the Web, contact anyone who seems involved in the organisation of meetings!

On a brighter note, we thank Oli for his great job as Secretary for the last half year and welcome on board his successor: Max!

The Missing Room
5th February 2014

On Sunday, 16 February, we will be in the Erasmus Room, Queens’ College.

More Room Changes
20th January 2014

We were unable to book Queens’ this term. Nobody else stepped up to book a room in their college, and Robinson’s Auditorium Lounge has other events scheduled on some days, so we will be meeting in the Umney Lounge, Robinson College for all meetings, on both Tuesdays and Sundays.

There is one exception: no rooms were available on Sunday, 16 February. We have not yet found a substitute place for that meeting. If your college has an available room of suitable size (this being a Sunday, we will probably only have about a dozen people) that we can use, please get in touch with a committee member! For that matter, also get in touch if your college has a suitable room for Tuesdays.

Room Changes
4th November 2013

The nearest two Tuesday meetings will take place in unusual rooms due to booking conflicts.

5 November is in the Erasmus Room, Queens’ College. To get there, go through the porters’ lodge, turn right, cross the river and then follow the directions you see on signs. The room is on the first floor. On the college plan it is marked 18.

12 November is in the Auditorium Lounge, Robinson College. Go through the main entrance and straight across the courtyard, enter the door in front of you and immediately turn left. On the college plan the Auditorium Lounge is marked 2, although the door is nearer to digit 3.

Sunday meetings, as well as further Tuesday meetings, will happen as usual.

First Regular Meetings
19th October 2013

Regular meetings start next week. The first main meeting is in the Bowett Room of Queens’ College at 7 pm on 22 October, and the first Sunday meeting is in the Umney Lounge of Robinson College at 4 pm on 27 October. Hope to see you there!

Note that there is no Sunday meeting on the Sunday of 20 October.

Freshers’ Squash
9th October 2013

The first meeting of the year is our freshers’ squash next Tuesday, on 15 October, from 7 pm to 10 pm. Everyone is welcome, and we’ll show two great anime films, Little Witch Academia and Paprika, as well as provide snacks and drinks. We will even have prizes up for grabs for those who sign up and pay their membership fees (£10/year or £4/term, which cover the snacks we have at every meeting!) during the night.

The squash will be held in the Bowett Room of Queens’ College, and to get there, you need to follow the directions on this map. When you are inside the building circled on the map, simply go up the stairs that you’ll have on your right. This is the place where we’ll have almost all of our Tuesday meetings this term. Our Sunday meetings are held in the Umney Lounge of Robinson College; see the Sunday meeting page for directions.

Societies’ Fair
7th October 2013

Meet us at the Societies’ Fair this Tuesday and Wednesday! We’ll be at MF04 in the marquee on Parker’s Piece.

Secretary Change
12th September 2013

Unfortunately, Florence, our Secretary, cannot rejoin us in the coming year. Her seat will not be vacant though, as Oli has stepped forward to replace her on the committee. Let’s thank Florence for the work she has done and welcome Oli on board!

Bonus Meetings
28th May 2013

With exams looming upon us, CUAMS is switching to bonus meetings for the rest of the Easter term. We will be showing the same three new series on both Tuesdays and Sundays, but the series are carefully chosen so that each meeting is relatively independent of the others and can be easily missed.

If you haven't been following us from the start of last term, now is a great time to join. As a reminder, we have meetings on Tuesdays from 7 pm to 10 pm in the Auditorium Lounge and on Sundays from 4 pm to 7 pm in the Umney Lounge, all in Robinson College. For directions, see the main/Sunday meeting pages or the news entries below.

Moving Back to Robinson
17th April 2013

After moving main meetings from Robinson to the more central Queens’ for Lent, we are now forced to move them back for Easter as Queens’ has quiet periods covering almost the entire term. While farther from the town centre, Robinson has always been very kind to us, and once again it welcomes us in the Auditorium Lounge every Tuesday.

Please note also that the first Sunday meeting of Easter will take place not in the Umney Lounge as usual but rather in Teaching Room 7. To get there, enter the door just opposite the porters’ lodge and go all the way up the stairs.

AGM
20th February 2013

Our AGM took place yesterday, but one could be forgiven for not noticing it: all committee positions other than President and Treasurer have been retained by their previous holders. Yes, you read that right: Xanth has finally succeeded in stepping down after eight years of benevolent reign. Our new Supreme Leader is former Treasurer Alex, while the Treasurer position is taken up by Eduard.

One Tuesday Meeting Moved
6th February 2013

For the next Tuesday meeting only, namely the one on 12 February, we will move from the Bowett Room to the Erasmus Room at Queens’ College. To get there, go through the porters’ lodge, turn right, cross the river and then follow the directions you see on signs. The room is on the first floor.

Freshers’ Squash 2012
2nd October 2012

In the beginning of every academic year, CUAMS holds the Freshers’ Squash, where two movies are shown, membership fees are collected and anime discs are raffled off. This year is no exception, and the Freshers’ Squash will be held on Tuesday, 9 October, from 7 pm to 10 pm, when we will see Macross Frontier the Movie: The False Songstress and another movie.

For a lack of other options, the location is the Auditorium Lounge at Robinson College. Getting to the Auditorium Lounge from the main entrance is very simple: just keep walking forward in a straight line until you hit a glass door. When inside, you should hear and see us, but if not, you want the door on your far left. As ever, a college plan is available if you do not feel confident in these instructions.

All Meetings Moved
11th June 2012

Due to :reasons:, all four of the remaining meetings are moved to the Umney Lounge at Robinson College. To get to the Umney Lounge, go through the main entrance to Robinson (on the corner of Grange Road and Herschel Road), immediately turn right and walk down the passage all the way down through two sets of glass doors. At this point you will see a sign saying Umney Theatre diagonally forward and left; the door next to the sign is the entrance to the Umney Lounge. There is also a college plan available if you prefer graphics to words.

Meeting times are unchanged.

Main Meetings Moved
17th May 2012

This is just a reminder that all further main meetings will be taking place in the R-Block Common Room in Sidney Sussex College. All times remain the same. The R-Block Common Room is where our Sunday meetings are held, and directions are available on the Sunday meeting page.

Golden Festival & CamCon
4th May 2012

Right now the Cambridge Union Society is hosting the Golden Festival, five days devoted to Japanese culture. Free talks, saké tasting and a party are promised among other things. The festival dates are 2–6 May. While late news is late, email non-readers can easily solve this problem by using a phone microwave (name subject to change). Phone microwaves (name subject to change) sold separately.

Next week, on 12 May (from 10 am to 1 am—that’s right) at The Junction, takes place Cambridge’s own comic, anime, gaming, sci-fi and alternative fashion convention CamCon. Too many events are planned to list them here, but follow that link and you will land on the CamCon’s official website. Alternatively, feel free to contact Kai, who is involved with both events.

AGM
22th February 2012

Yet another year has passed, and yet another AGM has taken place. Another absent attempt to seize presidential power failed to be prevented, while each of the other committee positions as ever had exactly one candidate running for it. With the evil RON soundly defeated by the vote, the glorious new committee consists of Xanth the President, Florence the Secretary, Alex the Treasurer, Lech the Catering Officer and Oleg the Webmaster. Kai is staying as Internal Officer for the time being; however, he is graduating this year, so we will need someone, preferably a member of King’s College, to replace him by Michaelmas.

While we were at it, we also approved some minor changes in the constitution of the society, mainly to bring theory up to date with practice.

Change of Times Next Term
30th November 2011

Due to some events at King's, two of our main meetings are going to have to move from Tuesday to Wednesday. Those meetings are 31/01 -> 01/02 and 28/02 -> 29/02. The meetings will still be from 7 - 10pm in the Chetwynd Room. We'll be reminding everyone by email before the meeting.

Masa-kun Violin Recital
8th November 2011

The Cambridge University Anglo-Japanese and Anime & Manga Societies are proud to present Masa-kun!

Masa-kun comes from London to give his debut performance in Cambridge. In demand by Japanese organisations and anime conventions alike, he'll entertain with a variety of Japanese songs, ranging from Hikaru Utada to Final Fantasy tunes. His philosophy is to entertain with his music, breaking away from the notion of the violin as a "classical" instrument. Masa-kun's performances can be seen on his YouTube channel. He will be accompanied by Hibiki Ichikawa, a professional shamisen player, who is also currently touring the UK.

AJS will be running a raffle during the intermission, with several bottles of umeshu up for grabs!

Michaelmas Series
18th October 2011

The synopses for the series starting in Michaelmas are up on the Main and Sunday meetings pages. We'll also shortly be announcing an exciting joint event with the CU Anglo-Japanese Society.

Societies' Fair & Freshers' Squash 2011
30th September 2011

It's almost the start of a new year, and CUAMS will once again be recruiting new members at the CUSU Societies' Fair. You can come sign up to our mailing list on either Tuesday 4th or Wednesday 5th.

The Freshers' Squash will be on Tuesday 11th in the Chetwynd Room, King's College (directions can be found on the Main Meetings page), where we'll be showing The Time of Eve and a surprise movie. You can sign up for a 1 year membership for £10, and everyone who signs up will be entered into a prize draw to win anime goodies! After a long (some would say traditional) run of good luck by old members, last year saw a significant amount of freshers win prizes too.

The year's schedule is almost finalised and can be seen on the relevant page - synopsis pages will be up shortly~

Garden Party
16th June 2011

The CUAMS Garden Party will be taking place on Friday 17th June, starting at noon on Queen's backs, and eventually ending up in Dojo's for a meal. Please bring along food and drink to share!

Bonus Meetings
31st May 2011

From this Thursday onwards, main meetings and Sunday meetings are replaced by bonus meetings during the exam period. The schedule is Soredemo Machi Wa Mawatteiru, Kino's Travels and GA ~Geijutsuka Art Design Class~. Timings are as always, and the episodes in these series are fairly standalone so feel free to come to any meetings you can attend.

Easter Term
30th April 2011

Welcome back everyone to the last term of this Cambridge year. CUAMS, unlike most other societies, is still going strong with the programme. Main meetings are back on Thursdays, but will be taking place in the Munby Room (see the main meetings page for directions). Also please note that Sunday meetings are taking place from 3-6pm, and not 4-7pm. Series from last term will be continuing in their respective meetings, until June where both Thursdays and Sundays will become bonus meetings (see schedule for more details).

AGM
30th April 2011

Once again in true CUAMS style, this year's elections were a shining example of democracy. The ever-present threat of RON fazed none of the contenders, with Xanth continuing his presidency for his seventh year (prophecies foretell an eight year of his benevolent endless reign). Katherine, Tom and Lech have also retained their positions as, respectively, secretary, internal officer and catering officer. Alex was elected as the new treasurer, with Kai assuming the position of webmaster, and Tom (a different one) practically bullied into becoming an eventual catering officer for a short period of time. Thanks to the outgoing treasurer Yingke and webmaster James for their hard work over the last year!

Changes to the Schedule
16th February 2011

Firstly, we apologise for the disruption to last week's Thursday meeting. We have checked with King's, and the very noisy group who was in Keynes Hall last week will not be there again for the next couple of weeks, so meeetings will continue to be in the Chetwynd Room until further notice. If you missed our move up to the Mumby Room, you'll probably want to get caught up as soon as possible. To do so, get in contact with a committee member or come on to IRC.

The other change to the schedule is that Sunday meetings will now be from 3pm to 6pm rather than the usual 4pm to 7pm. This is because someone has booked the room from 6:30pm, and we want to give ourselves a bit of extra time to get packed up at the end so there isn't quite such a rush. Hopefully this doesn't inconvenience anyone too much.

Lent Term
18th January 2011

Welcome back to Cambridge; hopefully everyone's well rested from the Christmas break. The first main change to CUAMS this term is that main meetings are now on Fridays, not Thursdays. Unfortunately this is due to room-booking circumstances outside of our control, and we apologise if it clashes with any other Friday commitments people might have. The first main meeting of term is on Friday, 28th January, and remains in the Chetwynd Room. Sunday meetings start on Sunday, 23rd January, and are in every respect the same as they were last term. More complete information can be found on the schedule page.

For anyone who wasn't able to attend meetings last term, but is thinking about coming along this term, we're watching several new series, especially on Sundays, where we'll be starting Kimi ni Todoke and Shiki. Now is therefore a great time to come along and see if you like us, with no commitment to pay any membership fees until you've been to a few meetings. If you do feel like catching up with any of the continuing series, you can get in contact with a member of the committee who will be able to sort you out.

One of the important events this term is the AGM, which happens in the fifth week, and the only really important bit of that is the committee changeover. Xanth will still be around (although as always, he wouldn't mind getting rid of the president position that has been his for about eight years now), but our webmaster and treasurer are both graduating, and there's a significant possibility that we'll also lose our catering manager and secretary, as well as most of the people who currently carry equipment to and from meetings. We would therefore be very grateful if anyone interested in doing any of the committee positions or just helping out generally by carrying things would get in contact with Xanth, as it is quite important for the society that we fill our committee positions.

Meetings
25th November 2010

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the series that CUAMS has been showing, some of which will continue into next term. As we near the end of the first term, there are a couple of changes to the norm worth noting. Firstly, this week's main meeting is on Friday, 26th November rather than the usual Thursday. Secondly, this week's Sunday meeting is starting at 3pm rather than the usual 4pm. We've also got some end-of-term bonus meetings coming up - more info on those nearer the time.

(As I imagine everyone noticed, the previous meeting was also on Friday, so this information should really have been up much sooner - sorry for forgetting to update.)

Sunday Meetings
23rd October 2010

If there's anyone who can't make it to our Thursday meetings, or for whom three hours of CUAMS per week just isn't enough, we also have Sunday meetings, the first of which is tomorrow (that's Sunday, 24th October), running from 4pm to 7pm. They take place in Sidney Sussex college, R-Block Common Room, which for old members is the same place as last year. The route there is a bit complicated, so for new members, we'll have people waiting just inside the main entrance to Sidney Sussex to take you to the room where our meetings are held. Our room for Sunday meetings is smaller than the room for Thursday meetings, so if you're only planning on coming to one meeting per week and it is otherwise an arbitrary decision, we recommend Thursdays.

This term on Sundays, we're following Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu, The Tatami Galaxy and Ookiku Furikabutte. Note that at the first meeting, however, we'll be showing the first episode of Denpa Teki no Kanojo instead of Ookiku Furikabutte - this is to resolve scheduling issues with differences in the numbers of episodes of the series we're watching. Ookiku Furikabutte will instead be starting at the following Sunday meeting.

Weekly Meetings
16th October 2010

Hopefully everyone enjoyed our squash (and especially the amazing Summer Wars). Our main meetings are on Thursdays, with the first one at 7pm on Thursday, 21st October. Thursday meetings this term (and probably all through this year) will take place in the same place as the squash i.e. the Chetwynd Room, King's College.

We're following three series through this term - Working!!, Trapeze and Cross Game, and usually watching two episodes of each per week, with breaks for drink and snack consumption. Some details are currently up on the Main Meetings page, and synopses will be up there shortly (for now, you can follow the ANN links for brief synopses).

Members from last year, note that there is no Sunday meeting this week. Sunday meetings will start next week - full details will be in the e-mail and on the next news post.

Squash
10th October 2010

Thanks to everyone who visited our stall and signed up for the mailing list at the Freshers' Fair. We can now confirm that our Squash will be held in the Chetwynd Room, King's College, from 7pm to 10pm on Thusday, 14th October. The Chetwynd Room is where all our main meetings will be this term, and directions can be found at the top of our Main Meetings page.

At the squash, we will be showing two (excellent) standalone films. For everyone who joins CUAMS on the evening, we will also be holding a raffle with a spectacular array of prizes courtesy of our friends at Beez. Membership is £4 for a term and £10 for the year, which pays for the food and drink we have at meetings. With the number of anime DVDs and box sets we have to give away this year, there's a good chance of making your money back straight away, so it's well worth signing up.

Finally, note that the schedule is now up on the schedule page in near-complete form. It's still subject to minor change, but gives a pretty good picture of how we'll be spending the year.

Freshers' Fair 2010
29th September 2010

Another new year begins at Cambridge. Welcome and welcome back to students new and old. As always, there are still a few finishing touches to be put to the schedule (current members can view it in its near-completed state on the wiki). We have, however, been allocated a stall at the Freshers' Fair. The fair takes place at Kelsey Kerridge on the 5th October between 11am and 6:30pm and on the 6th October between 10am and 3pm. We'll be at stall D12 (a map of the stall locations can be found here) - come along to ask any questions you might have, and to sign up to our mailing list.