Next Club Meeting: July 16, 2022, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

One of the Greatest Viking Tales Continues...

VINLAND SAGA: SEASON 2
On May 5, 2022, it was announced that MAPPA will be taking over for the second season of the series. On June 8, 2022, it was announced that the second season will premiere in January 2023 on Tokyo MX and BS11. The season will run for 24 episodes.
While Askeladd receives his reward for saving Prince Canute, he daringly questions King Sweyn's order to subjugate his own homeland of Wales. Askeladd justifies his statement by saying that the poor mountainous country of Wales is not worth the cost to conquer, and offers to broker a peace instead. Surprisingly, Sweyn accepts Askeladd's counsel, but then forces him to choose between Wales or Canute – if he chooses Wales, he must deliver the head of Canute. Meanwhile, Leif Erikson almost convinces the badly beaten Thorfinn to sail away with him, but the youth returns to the Imperial Council. Sweyn's offer proves too much for Askeladd who openly insults the king and denounces him. He reveals that his real name is Lucius Artorius Castus, and claims to be the legitimate heir to rule Britannia. Floki tries to save the king, but Askeladd beheads Sweyn before anyone can move and then fights alone against the Danish soldiers. Canute realizes that Askeladd is acting to protect him, but Thorkell reminds the prince that Askeladd is his man, so Canute steps forward and kills Askeladd with a stab to the heart. Thorfinn arrives only to have Askeladd die in his arms. Angry at missing his last chance to duel with Askeladd, Thorfinn attacks and cuts Canute in distress and despair, but Canute takes charge and claims command of the Viking army and the rule of England. Thorfinn is dragged away, and as he drops his knife in the chaos, his erstwhile journey flashes in the blade's reflection. Season One ends with scenes of upcoming people and events. Thorfinn's story has just begun...

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Touch - Stan Bush (HD Restoration)

TRANSFORMERS
Optimus Prime rolling into Autobot City to turn the tide has to be one of the greatest heroic moments in Transformers and cinema history.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

A Perfect Pop Culture Crossover?

The Crazy Story of Daicon III & Daicon IV
The Daicon III and IV Opening Animations are two 8mm film anime short films that were produced for the 1981 Daicon III and 1983 Daicon IV Nihon SF Taikai conventions as a way to introduce the conventions and celebrate every character and vehicle and robot in pop culture at the time.
They were produced by a group of amateur animators known as Daicon Film, who would later go on to form the animation studio Gainax.
Notably Hideaki Anno who went on to create Neon Genesis Evangelion and direct such films as Shin Godzilla worked on both films.
The Daicon III and IV Opening Animations are also known for their unusually high production values for amateur works and for including numerous references to otaku culture, as well as the unauthorized appropriations of the Playboy Bunny costume.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Saints and Sinners Serving Up Fast Food Fun!

The Devil is a Part-Timer!! Season 2
The Demon Lord Satan seeks to conquer the world of Ente Isla by annexing its four continents with the help of his demon generals Alciel, Lucifer, Malacoda, and Adramelech. After being confronted by the hero Emilia and her companions, after they had killed Malacoda and Adramelech, Satan and Alciel escape the world of Ente Isla through a gate to modern Tokyo, Japan. However, due to the lack of magic in the modern contemporary world, both Satan and Alciel change into forms representing what they would look like if they were human. In order to survive, Satan takes a part-time job in a fast food restaurant named MgRonald's, while Alciel serves as his houseman. One day, Satan, who now goes by Sadao Maō, meets a girl who is actually Emilia in the form of Emi Yusa. The story then unfolds and explores the personalities of each of the characters and their moral values. More characters show up from Ente Isla and they too face the new world dilemmas, often comically.
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The highly anticipated second season of the anime The Devil is a Part-Timer! will release in July 2022, according to a new trailer for the series. 

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Combine Ecchi Anime & Heavy Metal and you get...

B A S T A R D !!
Babes, Blades, and Blood
The new original net anime of Kazushi Hagiwara's Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy action manga will be debuted on June 30. Furthermore, this anime take set in the kingdom of Metallicana, which is under attack from the Four Lords of Havoc. This party of villains—ninja master Gara, deadly thunder empress Nei Arshes, cold and calculating Kall-Su, and enigmatic dark priest Abigail—will stop at nothing to get what they want, even if it leaves utter destruction in their wake.
High Priest Geo is desperate to help save the kingdom and its people. He unleashes the mighty wizard Dark Schneider, a man who used to be an ally of the villains. Unfortunately, Dark Schneider has his own plans in mind. Will he stop the Four Lords of Havoc or join them in their conquest of the world?

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Holy hand-grenade! She's back!

WARRIR NUN: Season 2
[Source: Collider] Netflix has a lot of popular shows returning in the second half of 2022. One of the shows finally coming back for its second season is Warrior Nun. The series, which is based on the popular comic series by Ben Dunn, left fans on a cliffhanger for the last two years. Now, as part of Netflix's Geeked Week, the streamer has released the first teaser for Season 2, revealing Ava’s battle will continue this winter.
The teaser catches up on the story so far with Ava (Alba Baptista) narrating the events that transpired in Season 1. How she died, came back to life with the power of a magical Halo, got superhuman abilities from that Halo, and joined The Order of the Cruciform Sword (OCS) to defend the world from demons. Ava also refers to the massive cliffhanger that Season 1 left us dangling on, which she admits she’s still trying to figure out what happened. The cliffhanger in the last episode saw Ava about to enter battle against Adriel’s army, after Adriel tried to trick Ava into thinking he was an angel earlier in the finale when in fact he was a demon who manipulated the Catholic Church for centuries.

Friday, June 24, 2022

To Infinite Mystery... and BEYOND!

Disney's STRANGE WORLD
Check out the teaser trailer from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Strange World.” Jake Gyllenhaal (“The Guilty,” “Spider-Man: Far from Home”) lends his voice to Searcher Clade, the son of a steadfast explorer. The original action-adventure journeys deep into an uncharted and treacherous land where fantastical creatures await the legendary Clades, a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest—and by far— most crucial mission. Helmed by Don Hall (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Raya and the Last Dragon”) and co-director/writer Qui Nguyen (co-writer “Raya and the Last Dragon”), and produced by Roy Conli (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Tangled”), “Strange World” releases November 23, 2022.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Season 4 of Dragon Prince is Coming!

THE DRAGON PRINCE: Mystery of Aaravos
The next phase of The Dragon Prince saga has begun.
Many questions remain following The Battle of the Storm Spire, but only one continues to haunt the very heart of Xadia: “Who is Aaravos?” Where did this enigmatic Startouch elf come from? What does he want? And what price will our heroes have to pay to stop him? Unveil the “Mystery of Aaravos” and more in SEASON 4–coming to Netflix in 2022!

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

She Sells Seashells By the Seashore...

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On: A Tiny Hero
Marcel is an adorable, 1-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother, Connie, and their pet lint, Alan. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. However, when a documentary filmmaker discovers them, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope of finding his long-lost family.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A film by the world's best stop-motion animator...

MAD GOD
From the imaginative mind of Phil Tippett, the world's pre-eminent stop motion animator...

The film opens with a tall figure shrouded in a jacket and gas mask known only as The Assassin descending into a ruined, hellish world via a diving bell. In his possession the Assassin has a map of the world and a suitcase with a bomb which he has been tasked with detonating behind enemy lines within the desolate world; however, the map slowly deteriorates along the way.

Continuing his trek through the ruins, traveling through mutant lands, The Assassin encounters captive electronic torture victims and other horrors. Eventually he comes to find a city behind enemy lines, which is home to an army of nameless, faceless drones ruled by a baby-babbling monstrosity with filthy teeth and seared flesh. The Assassin halts for a moment here, pondering whether or not to take an ally, before he decides to escape while he can and descends into the bowels of the city, leaving a drone to be killed for walking away from the others. The Assassin discovers a mountain of suitcases just like his own, beneath the city bowels. These contain bombs, which his own bomb will detonate. As the Assassin primes his bomb and prepares to set it off, sitting down to await his death along with presumably every other mutant and person behind enemy lines, the Assassin fails to notice the creeping presence of a mutant of technological design. The mutant then pounces on The Assassin, capturing him and dragging him away as the bomb fails to detonate.
The Assassin is put on public display, where he is stripped and tortured in front of a mass of spectators. Shackled to a table, The Assassin lies there for what appears to be many days and weeks. His bandages, which cover his entire body, are yellowed with age, and his one exposed eye is red with dryness, having not blinked for quite a while. The Surgeon, or the Torturer, appears with a Nurse, who both begin a sadistic medical procedure upon the weakened Assassin. Systematically, and painfully, and ultimately fatally for the Assassin, the Surgeon cracks open The Assassin's chest, and begins rummaging through his chest cavity. Jewelry, and books, metaphors for useful secrets of war, are pulled and strewn about and read through - a particularly interesting book catches the Surgeon's eye, and he investigates, before throwing it away. Eventually, after a long period of rummaging and bloody searching, the Surgeon finds his goal; a precious, screaming child. The Surgeon hands it to the Nurse.

In the world above, the Last Man gives a map forged by witches to another Assassin and sends him down in another diving bell. Driving a motorcycle and then a jeep, the New Assassin follows the map through a munitions depot, a graveyard, and a war zone before descending down a spiral roadway. The nurse brings the baby to a floating creature who escorts the child to an alchemist’s lair. The alchemist grinds the baby into liquid, smelts the liquid into metal, and crushes the metal into crystals that he hands back to the creature.

The creature scatters the crystals into a fiery portal. A new universe forms that rapidly decays into another ruined world.

Monday, June 20, 2022

So This is Basically Genshin Impact...

What's it like playing this game?
"This video took us so long to make because it took 90 wishes before we hit pity and pulled it. Oops."

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Now, THIS is Star Trek!

STAR TREK: Voyager
The Animated Series
What if Filmation had made episodes of Voyager?
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