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"This video took me almost a year to make! I wanted to release the video last year, however there were many complications involved (lost footage, broken hard drives, footage not good enough etc) and I wanted this video to be perfect! Some of the footage was filmed from up to 4 years ago, if you are wondering why I look so different in some of the footages haha. Really hope you guys enjoy this video, it took me hundreds of hours to film/edit so I hope it was useful!!" - Kim
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Reversing matter, also called "retro-metabolism", enables the Mysterons to re-create people and objects as facsimiles that they can control. This ability is used to wage a "war of nerves" against Earth whereby the Mysterons issue threats against specific targets (from world leaders and military installations to cities and continents) and then destroy and reconstruct whatever instruments are needed (be they human or object) to carry out their plans. The presence of the Mysterons is indicated by two circles of green light that trail scenes of destruction and reconstruction. Although the Mysterons are able to influence events from Mars, their actions on Earth are usually performed by their replicated intermediaries.
Zero-X mission leader Captain Black becomes the aliens' primary agent when they seize control of his mind. Prior to the events of the series, Black was an officer of Spectrum, a worldwide security organisation that mobilises its personnel, vehicles and other resources to counter the Mysteron threat. Spectrum's most senior agents hold military ranks and colour codenames and are posted to the organisation's headquarters, Cloudbase – an airborne aircraft carrier stationed 40,000 feet (7.6 mi; 12 km) above the Earth's surface – where they answer to its commander-in-chief, Colonel White. Cloudbase is defended by Angel Interceptor fighters flown by a squadron of five female pilots codenamed Destiny (squadron leader), Harmony, Melody, Rhapsody, and Symphony. Spectrum also incorporates a fleet of armoured Spectrum Pursuit Vehicles (SPV), which are hidden in secret locations around the world, as well as patrol cars, hovercraft and machine-gun equipped helicopters.
Captain Scarlet becomes Spectrum's main asset in its fight against the Mysterons after the events of the first episode, in which the Mysterons attempt to assassinate Earth's World President as their first act of retaliation. The original Scarlet is killed in a road accident engineered by the Mysterons and replaced with a double under their control. However, after the reconstruction is shot by Spectrum's Captain Blue and falls to his death from a tower, he returns to life with the consciousness of the original Scarlet restored and is thereafter free of the Mysteron influence. Scarlet's new body possesses two extraordinary abilities: he is able to sense other Mysteron reconstructions nearby and, if injured or killed, returns to full health through retro-metabolism. Now able to use suicidally reckless tactics to thwart Mysteron plots, Scarlet repeatedly sacrifices himself in the knowledge that whatever his injuries he will return to face the Mysterons again.
Over the course of the series, it is discovered that Mysteron reconstructions are particularly vulnerable to electricity and can be detected by X-rays, to which they are resistant. Consequently, Spectrum develops two anti-Mysteron devices: the "Mysteron Gun" and "Mysteron Detector". A three-episode story arc focuses on the discovery of a Mysteron base on the Moon, its destruction by Spectrum, and Spectrum's efforts to negotiate with the Mysterons after converting the base's salvaged power source into an interplanetary communication device. A failed attempt to survey Mars, aborted military conferences and the sabotaged construction of a new Earth space fleet hinder Spectrum's progress in taking the fight to the Mysterons, and the organisation twice fails to capture Captain Black. In the penultimate episode, the Mysterons destroy Cloudbase with a fleet of spacecraft, but this is revealed to be a nightmare dreamt by a shot-down Symphony Angel. The final episode is a clip show that ends the series inconclusively with regard to the war between Earth and Mars.
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In 2016 the show won Best Children's TV Program by the Paris Radio and Television Club.
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12:05 - 12:55 Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! 3-4
12:55 - 1:30 Club Meeting / Announcements
1:30 - 1:55 Re:ZERO - Starting Life in
1:55 - 2:45 Vinland Saga 2-3
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Monday, September 14, 2020
Honkai Impact 3rd is set in an alternate version of Earth, plagued by catastrophes resulting from "Honkai" (in Chinese translates as "Chaos", while in Japanese, it is said "Houkai".). Honkai is largely viewed as a malevolent force with a will of its own, able to corrupt humans into undead creatures, manifest itself in the form of various monsters, and select various individuals known as "Herrschers" to imbue with god-like powers able to trigger apocalyptic events. The Honkai is a cyclic phenomenon, returning to end civilization on Earth each time it gets too advanced - the Previous Era ended 50,000 years prior to the game's start, after the 14th Herrscher defeated humanity.
In the present day, various global factions exist to combat or take advantage of the power of Honkai. These include "Schicksal", a European-based peace keeping organization that deploys human warriors known as Valkyries to combat the Honkai; "Anti-Entropy", formerly the North American branch of Schicksal that objected to the use of human soldiers in favor of mechanized robots; and "World Serpent", a shadow organization manipulating events since the end of the Previous Era.
Prior to the story's start, three Herrscher awakenings (or
"Impacts") have occurred in the Current Era: the Herrscher of Reason who
became the leader of Anti-Entropy instead of fighting humanity, the
Herrscher of the Void who was sealed away by Schicksal under mysterious
circumstances, and the Herrscher of Lightning who was prevented from
fully awakening and sent to train her powers as a Valkyrie at
Schicksal's St.Freya school.
The game's story starts with three Valkyries-in-training (Kiana Kaslana, Mei Raiden, and Bronya Zaychik) boarding the Selene, a hostile flying battleship. The three take control of the battleship, then subdue Bronya when she is abruptly controlled malevolently. Following the successful mission, the girls take a graduation exam, during which a mysterious voice contacts Kiana and informs her of her lost parents, Siegfried Kaslana and Cecilia Schariac.
The Valkyries then dispatch to Schicksal's Oceania Branch to recover the Gem of Desire following a local Honkai Eruption that decimated the area. The trio discovers Wendy, who was implanted with the Gem of Desire, and learn that Wendy triggered the Honkai Eruption due to a hatred of Schicksal, which had crippled Wendy. Bronya is controlled again and attacks, causing Wendy to transform into a Herrscher. Although Mei and Kiana are able to subdue both girls, Anti-Entropy forces appear and Bronya kidnaps Wendy and Mei. The Valkyries subsequently track Anti-Entropy to the hijacked ME Corp with Bronya's assistance. There, Bronya destroys the biochip in her brain to free herself from Cocolia's control and enable the Valkyries to escape, but leaving Wendy behind.
Searching for a way to revive Bronya, Theresa Apocalypse creates a
virtual datascape to find data on the biochip. Kiana is transported to a
recreation of Siberia during the year 2000 in the midst of the 2nd
Honkai War. Kiana meets virtual recreations of her parents, Siegfried
and Cecilia, and while Siegfried is badly injured, Kiana and Cecilia
team up and successfully defeat a recreation of 2nd Herrscher, Sirin.
Upon Sirin's defeat, it is revealed that the events that Kiana
experienced were a hallucination created from Kiana's desires by Sirin.
Fu Hua captures Kiana and takes her to Schicksal HQ.
Four months after Sirin's attack, Mei, Theresa, and Bronya
attempt to meet with an intel dealer named Gray Serpent in Arc City who
claims to have seen the Herrscher of the Void, unaware that Otto
Apocalypse had dispatched Rita to obtain his information as well. Rita
seems to kill Gray Serpent and steals his cybernetic implants, leading
the Valkyries to capture a cyborg girl called the Ningyo. Before they
can extract the Ningyo's information, Rita intercepts the Valkyries,
steals the data, and formats the Ningyo's memory. While Einstein and
Tesla attempt to retrieve the Ningyo's lost memories, the team is
contacted by Cocolia, who convinces them to help find the Gem of Desire.
Gray Serpent, seeking payment for the Valkyrie's theft of the Ningyo,
hacks into the Selene. When Bronya follows Gray Serpent into
virtual space, he traps Bronya in a data labyrinth formed from her
memories to deter her. Bronya is able to escape, though she witnesses a
record of the 1st Herrscher, Welt Young, and Einstein battling the World
Serpent, who is sealed within the Sea of Quanta.
After clearing some honkai beasts and being separated, Seele and Bronya reunite and try to escape the labyrinth. The two girls reach the edge of the Quanta but are caught by tentacles. Bronya makes a sacrifice and cuts the tentacles binding Seele, succumbing to the tentacles herself. However, Seele dislikes her powerlessness and the Dark Seele (Velonia) finally agrees to lend her power to Seele, and they use their combined power to rescue Bronya.
Back to Kiana; after recapturing control of her body, she has
been living in exile alone in the Arc City in order not to hurt others
with the Herrscher personality. One night, she is fighting with Honkai
beasts when Sirin seeks the opportunity to torment and brainwash Kiana,
attempting to reawake the Herrscher. Fortunately, Fu Hua reaches Kiana's
mind and drive Sirin away. Kiana holds hatred towards Fu Hua at first,
but Fu Hua tells Kiana that their spirits are combined forever due to
the power of Key of Deity, and that Kiana must learn to control the
Herrscher power by herself. Under Fu Hua's training, Kiana finally
succeeds, and returns to fighting against Honkai in Arc City.