- Date - February 11th, 2022
- Attendees - Tomas, Ana, Koh, Conran, Damian, Alex D, Seb, Alex M
- Rough subject matter: Exec onboarding, brief social planning, main series choices and voting
Beginning of meeting
Quick Outline of Responsibilities
Tomas goes through what is expected of all of us as new exec to begin the meeting:
- Exec choices are quickly talked about, including the order of where event coord falls in the hierarchy.
- We will each have 3 exec choices each across the year.
- Poor Alex has to stay for AV-ing at karaoke :(
- Term 3 will work differently with following along with things, and people get to pick things and show up. Member’s choice also comes into play.
- A 13 hour karaoke will be planned - codename “BFK”.
- A joint collaboration with compsoc is planned, and perhaps a movie night.
We also talked about some moderation stuff and how seriously we need to take our moderating duties, both in-person and online.
Conran brought Viennese whirls too. Can’t go wrong there.
- We briefly discussed some collab events, paintball, and a free slot we have this Saturday.
- Alex had the idea of adding a Manga/LN social on Week 6 Saturday, to help solidify our vision of bringing the Manga side of anisoc to the fore as exec. The others agreed.
- We mentioned a few more details regarding our Meal Social schedules and more free slots… “stay tuned” was the main conclusion from this discussion.
Main Series Decisions
We decided to implement a round system, like a main series battle round. We look through shows and vote them out accordingly in matchup rounds, until one is left. In this meeting, we had around 20 shows to discuss…
- We also discussed how cooldown works, ensuring no one has to see the same main series twice (unless you’re a 4 year course student, sorry)
- We mentioned that some shows from too recently might become mutually exclusive in later rounds, so seasonal watchers don’t get bored.
- We then began OP watching and voting…
- We began strong with 91 Days, proposed by Koh. We followed this up with Bungou, with the entire group jamming out to the GRANRODEO opening.
- Death Parade was up next - with yet another banger OP. We had a very long discussion about rewatching and popularity here, but also talked about how masterful it is in the context of recent anime.
- Moving swiftly on to Gakkou Gurashi. Can’t spoil it much here but we had a much needed slice of life break. After this we moved to Dragon Pilot, with a stunning art style and OST.
- Conran: “The main character, Masotan - what a good boy”
- The next big discussion was our first 2020 anime on the list; ID: Invaded! We also had a tangential discussion about the Zero Escape series of VNs relating to this - play it. Now.
We took a brief break for Alex to cry about Boogiepop.
- We had to rule out Kanata no Astra (a.k.a. Among Us the Anime, sorry Conran) due to its 40 minute long 1st episode, so we had to move to Eizouken - in which I tried to do the opening dance and failed. However, it’s a very creative anime indeed and Alex pitched it as best as he could. We’re turning into YuasaSoc.
- Then Alex simped for Kino. That is all.
- Now we moved to Kyoukai no Kanata… possibly the most divisive show on our list. I have it as a 10/10 whilst Tomas was quite literally at the other extreme. But we queued the ED nonetheless and gave it a fair chance, with Koh passionately pitching the aesthetics of it (stunning by the way).
- Next was the first of Tomas’ picks - Kyousougiga. The visuals were absolutely stunning, and it was fitting that we followed this with Nami yo Kiitekure; Damian and Tomas explained how the sound and character designs brought out the essence of the show.
- Following on from bright colour palettes, the exec were then hit with the whiplash of Paranoia Agent, in classic Satoshi Kon style. We had a tangential discussion regarding Flip Flappers - go and laugh at the name and artist of the ending theme.
- Then Gridman!! Nothing more need be said except Tomas and I passionately pitched it to the other exec. Justice for Mecha shows :>
- The weirdness of Sarazanmai followed, but god the Kappas are cute.
- Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei WAS an exec choice recently, but we went through it nonetheless. Alex insisted on pitching it despite us all having seen it, and we went through content stuff and jammed out to the OP nonetheless.
- Tokyo Magnitude broke me a little but the opening left everyone speechless. We discussed the show’s realism and how catastrophic events really affect people. As a relatively underwatched anime, we decided to give it a good chance in our runnings.
- After an interlude of Sarazanmai clips, we got onto Zankyou no Terror - yet another divisive show in our rankings. We decided to forgo Yuri!! On Ice after some discussion, and we then talked about Devil May Cry (the Animation) at Seb’s suggestion, with some intense opinions about the game series.
Moving on from here, we got to voting.
- With Alex’s banger anisoc playlist blaring through the room , we each voted on 9 shows from our list, whittling down the total count by about half. From there, we attempted to halve our list once again, but we encountered a hurdle when only two shows were eliminated, with the rest being rather close.
- Sarazanmai, however, was winning by a landslide - every exec voted for it in both rounds thus far, giving it a ticket to our shortlist of 4.
- Then began some more eliminations. Here are a few pictures of the incredibly messy whiteboard:
By the end of the meeting, we had 4 choices, which became our main series options. These are:
- 91 Days
- Dragon Pilot
- Kino’s Journey
Since everyone was tired by now after several hours, we brought the meeting to a close, and took a very wholesome group photo. I even brought some thematic ping pong merch for some photos, but we’ll keep those hidden forever.
End of meeting