AniNews | 25-12-2018


Welcome to the third installment of the University of Edinburgh Anime and Animation Society newsletter. The year has absolutely flown by but before we launch into 2019, we’re bringing you a special holiday edition of AniNews to fill the void of AASOC this month (we know you miss us). So let’s get right into it!

AASOC is getting ready for the new year!

After a whopping 236 suggestions for anime in semester 2, the responses were collated into a spreadsheet and the committee went through them one by one, assessing their suitability for screening in the society. Our main criteria is a good diversity of genres, animation & music styles and how well the shows pair together for the optimal viewing experience (so we’re not sat watching hot-blooded action for three hours straight).

Head on over to the Semester 2 Anime Voting Form to read more about how we made the sets and to vote for your favourite set!

If you didn’t know, we also have a Semester 1 Feedback Form where you can leave us any suggestions and improvements you would like to see happen in the society! So far, there is a popular demand for a reprise of board games/karaoke, movie nights and smaller socials where everyone can get to know each other more, so we’ll definitely be putting these into action in Semester 2!

If you need a bit of recap on the highlights of semester 1, our best moments are all uploaded in the photo albums on the Facebook Group.

Screenings and Events

Edinburgh Filmhouse is always showing their appreciation for good animation and on January 2nd, they’re screening The Illusionist! Directed by Sylvian Chomet, the film follows the adventures of a travelling magician from Paris to our very beloved Edinburgh. If you’re up for some beautifully crafted animation (that isn’t from Japan!), check it out here!


Over the festive period, Film4 is also going to be showing a series of Studio Ghibli’s films, including Porco Rosso, Spirited Away, From Up On Poppy Hill and many more. Check out the full lineup here!

Artist Spotlight


Princess Mononoke by Lärienne

December’s featured is Lärienne, an illustrator and concept artist who works with a wide range of media including pencil, ink, watercolours, markers, and digital art. She has done fan art for series such as Final Fantasy, Boku no Hero Academia, Sailor Moon, Overwatch, Pokémon and Studio Ghibli. She also does original art and has two drawing series, “Eye Tales” and “Surreal Girls”. Her anime-inspired style often utilizes bright colors and soft lighting to vividly depict her subjects, but her ink drawings show that she is also skilled at rendering details in black and white.

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Cosplay Spotlight


Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess by Li Kovacs

This month, we’re turning to Li Kovacs, formerly known as PikminLink. She has been cosplaying for almost 20 years, finished over 100 costumes and competed in and judged several costume contests. A self-taught seamstress who sews her own costumes, she is also a skilled wig stylist and prop maker. She is most well-known for her Nintendo costumes, especially her Legend of Zelda ones, but she occasionally cosplays from other series too. She has also been hired by Nintendo and Blizzard to make and model costumes for them at E3, the Legend of Zelda orchestra concerts, and BlizzCon.

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Music Spotlight

With the Miku Expo having just passed on December 8th, we’re paying Vocaloids a special homage, along with some covers by Utaites (singers) for those of you who might not enjoy Vocaloid voices!

Gradually getting faster – Miku

If you’re looking , check out Kagerou Project / Mekakushi City Actors. While the anime may be confusing, the music blends a lot of different styles together and the lyrics have a lot of meaning behind them! Check out some awesome playlists below: 

Kagerou Project Playlist (Vocaloid)

Kagerou Project Playlist (Utaite)

Finally, in the spirit of the holidays, make sure to enjoy your Eggnog with a classic Christmas Anime song!

Toradora! – Holy Night

YouTube Spotlight

What better way to usher in Christmas than a search for the best holiday anime movies and episodes on offer (obviously none will be as good as our Christmas screening!)

My mother’s basement takes a good long look with a critical eye for feel good holiday fun with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.


Quentin Tarantino is an acclaimed director of films such as Pulp Fiction and The Hateful Eight. He also is a big fan of Anime and is reportedly an otaku at heart. He is a fan of anime such as Ghost in the Shell and Blood: The Last Vampire. He is such a big fan that he personally requested that Production I.G., the animation studio behind both of the aforementioned shows, create the animated sequences in Tarantino’s Kill Bill.


Thanks for reading this month’s newsletter! We hope everyone is having a very happy (and restful) holidays. We’re looking forward to another successful, fun-filled semester so make sure you check back on our social media to keep up to date with future events. You can also let us know what you think of the newsletter through these channels or just talk to us in person!

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AniNews | 05-10-2018


Welcome to the first University of Edinburgh Anime and Animation Society newsletter. The committee has worked really hard to bring together anime news and spotlights for this newsletter and we would really like feedback on the format and content. If you have suggestions come and talk to us or contact us via our email. We hope you enjoy!


AASOC in October

This month we are looking forward to Halloween and have two themed events planned.

If you like horrifically awful anime then you will love our upcoming Bad Anime Night on October 14th! We are taking suggestions so make sure to tell us about the worst anime out there.

We also have our main event, our Halloween party, happening on October 28th. Make sure to follow our social media for the latest updates on our events and screenings!

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The Fall Season Begins

The fall anime season begins this month. We will be seeing all of the new anime that studios have been working on and maybe even new seasons of your favourite shows!

JoJo fans finally get an anime adaptation of Part 5, Attack on Titan fans are excited about the long anticipated Season 3 and Magical Index fans also have Season 3 to look forward to.

No sure what to watch? Unsure when your favourite new show airs? Have a look at the Livechat Fall 2018 Anime Chart for a full list of shows and air times!


Screenings and Events

Image result for rai con winterThere are plenty of events on this month in and around Edinburgh.
Scotland Loves Anime is an annual anime film festival, screening films this year such as My Hero Academia: The Two Heroes and Fate/Stay Night – Heavens feel. They return to Edinburgh Filmhouse between the 15th and 21st.

Glasgow Rai Con, an anime and manga convention, will be on 3rd November. We had great fun at Rai Con last year and look forward to organising a group to go again.


Artist Spotlight


Todoroki by Sakimi-chan

This months featured artist is Sakimi-chan from Canada. Sakimi-chan is a digital artist specialising in a realistic style of art. She draws characters from games, movies, manga and anime and even has a kickstarter for the first volume of her very own art book! Make sure to check out her social media for more.

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Cosplay Spotlight


Bahamut by Wirru

This months featured cosplayer is AmenoKitarou aka Wirru from Australia. Wirru is known for his incredible craftmanship. He constructs his own cosplays and is often very ambitious. Not only that but he also takes the time to provide tutorials to the cosplay community for his works. You can check his cosplays out on his social media.


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Music Spotlight

This months spotlight music artist is one of Marcus’s (our AniSong secretary) all time favourites, Kobasolo! His works mainly consist of arranging covers while collaborating with other vocalists/musicians though he doesn’t shy away from the mic himself.

While most of his works are not original, his musical style and polish make his covers really enjoyable and are something for any musician to aspire to. Don’t take our word for it, listen to his cover of Iindesuka? by RADWIMPS above!


YouTube Spotlight

This month’s YouTube video spotlight is a recent one from one of the anime YouTube giants. Gigguk covers why sports anime feel so damn good and how emotional weight can be attached to sometimes mundane actions like hitting a single tennis shot.

A solid analysis of the whole genre and a fun watch as well as plenty of recommendations for someone new to the genre. You can check out Gigguk through any of his social media or his YouTube channel.

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Games Spotlight

Announced at E3 earlier this year, Jump Force is a 3-on-3 tag team fighting game set to be released in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shōnen Jump. The game is set to include characters from an array of Shōnen Jump series. Recently announced characters include Killua from Hunter x Hunter, Yugi Moto from Yu-Gi-Oh! and Goku’s Super Saiyan Blue Form from Dragon Ball.



We hope you enjoyed our first newsletter. We are always looking for ways to improve it and your feedback would be really appreciated to help that happen. You can contact us in person, through our email or any of our social media accounts.

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