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Saturday, April 9, 2011

CODCON Gaming Convention, April 15 - 17, 2011

"A Taste of Gaming"
CODCON is the annual gaming convention and fundraiser to the College of DuPage Sci-fi/Fantasy Club. This will be the club's 16th convention. The convention will be held at the Turner Conference Center, SRC 2800, starting on April 15th 2011 at 6 PM and ending on April 17th 2011 at 6 PM. We are excited to bring gamers a great time! 

The theme for this year is: "A Taste For Gaming". 

Go to the CODCON website for more info: http://2011.codcon.com/

The Animatrix Network Anime Fan Club will be running the Anime Room at CODCON. We will also be having a MASQUERADE on Saturday, April 16, at 8 pm. All cosplayers are welcome to attend!

Come join us for a weekend of gaming and anime! 
 
CODCON  ANIME  SCREENING  SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011
7:00 pm - 8:40 pm       Escaflowne [Movie]  
8:40 pm - 10:25 pm     Fullmetal Alchemist: 
                                     Conqueror of Shambala [Movie]

SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2011
10:00 am - 11:00 am   Darker Than Black ep. 1-2
11:00 am - 1:00 pm     Rahxephon [Movie]
1:00 pm - 2:55 pm       Summer Wars [Movie] 
2:55 pm - 3:45 pm       Dragonaut ep. 1-2
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm       Black Lagoon [Vampire Twin eps.]
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm       Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ep. 1
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm       Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ep. 2
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm       Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne ep. 1
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm       Masquerade
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm     Queen's Blade 1-2

SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011
10:00 am - 11:00 am    Love Hina 1-2
11:00 am - Noon          Project Blue Earth SOS ep 1
Noon - 1:40 pm            The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
1:40 pm - 3:20 pm        Lupin III: Farwell to Nostradamus [Movie]
3:20 pm - 3:45 pm        Aquarion ep. 1
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm        Black Lagoon [Terminator Maid eps.] 

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011
7:00 pm - 8:40 pm     Escaflowne [Movie]  
Hitomi Kanzaki is always sleepy and has some strange dreams. She feels depressed and wants to disappear. After letting away her only friend, she is transported inside the Dragon Armour to a new and mysterious world, Gaea. Once there she is called the Winged Goddess, but can't understand anything. After some time she will know that there is a battle for the Black Dragons dynasty between Prince Van and his brother Lord Folken, in which she is called to play an important role. Escaflowne (エスカフローネ Esukafurōne?) is an anime film produced by Sunrise and animated by Studio BONES. Directed by Kazuki Akane, the film is a re-telling of the twenty-six episode anime television series The Vision of Escaflowne. While the plot of the film has some similar elements to the original television series, the characters differ in varying degrees from the television counterparts, with many completely redesigned and bearing little resemblance to their original counterparts. The world of Gaea has a more Asian design than the heavily European influenced television series.


8:40 pm - 10:25 pm     Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shambala [Movie]
Two years have passed since Edward Elric was dragged from his homeworld through the Gate of Alchemy to the parallel world of Earth in the year 1923, which is fundamentally governed by the laws of modern science instead of alchemy. Stripped of his alchemical powers and his newly restored arm and leg, Edward researches rocketry in Munich, Germany with his friend Alfons Heiderich, a young man who resembles his brother Alphonse, in the hopes of returning to his world. One day, Edward rescues a troubled, persecuted gypsy woman named Noah from being sold. Noah is taken in by Edward to live with him and Heiderich, and begins having visions concerning Edward's life in his world. The next day, Edward meets Fritz Lang, a Jewish film director resembling King Bradley, who persuades Edward into helping him hunt down a "dragon" he has been seeking out for inspiration for his next film. The dragon, which turns out to be homunculus Envy, attacks Edward until he is weakened and captured by members of the Thule Society. The Thule Society, led by Karl Haushofer and Dietlinde Eckhart, use Envy and Edward's kidnapped father Hohenheim as catalysts to open a portal to Ed's world, believing it to be the utopia Shamballa. A number of armored soldiers are sent through the portal, only to emerge on the other side in the city of Liore as mutated zombie-like creatures. Alphonse, who had come to visit Liore, fights off the armored soldiers and merges a part of his soul to one of their suits in the hopes of finding Edward on the other side. In the real world, Edward breaks into the Thule Society headquarters and accidentally reopens the portal, returning the dead armored soldiers to Earth and allowing Alphonse's armored form to briefly reunite with his brother before his soul returns to his body, increasing Edward's determination to return to his world. Alphonse is guided by the homunculus Wrath to the underground city beneath Amestris's Central City to reopen the Gate of Alchemy. There they are attacked by the homunculus Gluttony, who brutally fights and mortally wounds Wrath. At Wrath's insistence, Alphonse transmutes and sacrifices the two homunculi to use as material to open the Gate. Meanwhile, in Munich, the Thule Society persuades Noah into guiding them on how to correctly open the Gate based on what she had learned from reading Edward's mind. Edward learns that the Thule Society plans to use the weapons from his world in order to help Adolf Hitler in his attempt to start a revolution, and heads to stop them. Hohenheim and Envy are both transmuted at the same time that Alphonse transmutes Gluttony and Wrath. With the Gate opened, Eckhart successfully leads a fleet into the other world, where she gains the ability to use alchemy. However, she begins to go mad with power and fear of her new surroundings and launches an attack on Central City. Heiderich launches Edward in a rocket-powered plane to return to his world before being gunned down. Edward appears in his world and is reunited with Alphonse and his friend Winry Rockbell, who fits Edward with new automail limbs. The military manages to stop most of Eckhart's soldiers with the help of Roy Mustang. Edward battles Eckhart before Alphonse transmutes parts of his soul to a group of armors, which attack her and force her to retreat. Upon reappearing to the real world, Eckhart is covered by shadow creatures from the Gate and killed by an officer out of alarm of her new, monstrous appearance. Knowing the danger the connection between the two worlds poses, Edward returns to Earth to seal the Gate on that side, knowing he will be trapped on Earth forever. Instead of sealing the Gate on the other world's side as per Edward's request, however, Alphonse has Mustang seal the Gate and secretly follows Edward to remain with his brother. Following Heiderich's funeral, the Elric brothers leave Munich with Noah with the intention of destroying the weapons meant to be used in Hitler's attack and enjoy their new lives together on Earth.


SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2011
10:00 am - 11:00 am     Darker Than Black ep. 1-2 
Ten years ago, an inscrutable and abnormal territory known as Hell's Gate appeared in Tokyo, altering the sky and wreaking havoc on the landscape. The real stars disappeared, replaced by false stars. During this time, people possessing various special abilities emerged, each capable of different supernatural feats - these are known as Contractors. Each fake star has a corresponding Contractor, which reacts to their activities. As such, Contractors are usually identified by their star's Messier catalogue number. Kept secret from the masses, these individuals are known to murder in cold blood, smothering unnecessary emotions with logic and rationale. Their incredible abilities, however, are gained at the cost of their humanity - Contractors are thus named because of an involuntary compulsion to "pay the price" each time their power is used, which can range from eating particular foods and completing meaningless tasks, to self-harm and having their bodies change in peculiar ways. Various nations and organizations around the world train and utilize Contractors as spies and assassins, resulting in violent battles for valuable objects and information. Following the disastrous Heaven's War, the United States lost its dominant position as a superpower to a mysterious organization named the Syndicate. The story revolves around a Chinese contractor codenamed Hei as he undertakes various espionage and assassination missions in Tokyo under the direction of the aforementioned Syndicate.

11:00 am - 1:00 pm     Rahxephon [Movie] 
A television movie version of RahXephon called Pluralitas Concentio was directed by Tomoki Kyoda, who had directed three episodes of the TV series and acted as assistant director with Soichi Masui. Izubuchi acted as Chief Director on this movie, but was not heavily involved in its production. Most of the staff members involved with the TV series worked on the movie, and it was distributed by Shochiku. The producers were Masahiko Minami, Shiro Sasaki, Maki Horiuchi, Kenji Shimizu, and Tatsuji Yamazaki. The movie quickly reveals mysteries that were developed slowly in the TV series[7] and makes changes to the plot. It begins with a prologue showing previously unseen events, followed by a couple of expository scenes. The final 30 minutes contain the most plot changes and new scenes, ending with a new epilogue. The rest of the movie consists mainly of abridged scenes from the original series, sometimes with characters replaced or with different motivations and dialogue. The link between the Kamina and Mishima families and other storylines that were prominent in the original TV series were reduced or removed. One prominent distributor promoted the movie as an "encore" — an extra performance at the end of the series, rather than as a replacement.

1:00 pm - 2:55 pm     Summer Wars [Movie] 
Kenji Koiso (Ryunosuke Kamiki/Michael Sinterniklaas) is a young high school student with a gift in mathematics working as a part-time moderator in the massive computer-simulated virtual reality world OZ, along with his friend Takashi Sakuma (Takahiro Yokokawa/Todd Haberkorn). When Kenji's friend Natsuki Shinohara (Nanami Sakuraba/Brina Palencia) offers him the chance to participate in celebrating the 90th birthday of her great-grandmother, Sakae Jinnouchi (Sumiko Fuji/Pam Dougherty), Natsuki takes him to the grandmother's estate in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, and introduces Kenji as her fiancé. Kenji meets several of Natsuki's relatives and Wabisuke Jinnouchi (Ayumu Saitō/J. Michael Tatum), Natsuki's uncle and a Carnegie Mellon University professor who has been living in America for ten years. He receives a mysterious e-mail with a mathematical code which he cracks. Love Machine, an artificial intelligence running in the OZ mainframe, uses Kenji's account and his avatar to hack into the mainframe, causing widespread damage. Kenji, Natsuki's cousin Kazuma Ikezawa (Mitsuki Tanimura/Maxey Whitehead) and Sakuma try to stop Love Machine. Kazuma's avatar, King Kazma, is defeated as Love Machine continues to steal accounts and create catastrophic traffic congestion, as well as disabling electrical devices. Government worker Rika Jinnouchi (Sakiko Tamagawa/Cynthia Cranz) and policeman Shota Jinnouchi (Yutaka Sasaki/Mike McFarland) reveal Kenji's identity. Shota arrests Kenji, but they later return to the house due to the ensuing chaos. Recognizing the situation as akin to war Sakae calls her various associates, in important positions in Japan's society, and her family who work in various emergency services. She encourages them to work their hardest to reduce the potential chaos and damage that could have occurred. Kenji eventually hacks into the mainframe using his math skills and returns control of OZ to the moderators and engineers. Wabisuke reveals that he actually created Love Machine and sold it to the United States Armed Forces, angering Sakae. After a brief argument Wabisuke leaves the estate. Sakae encourages Kenji to take care of Natsuki during a Hanafuda match. Kenji and the Jinnouchi family run to Sakae's bedside the next morning to find that she has died; Love Machine made her heart monitoring system fail. Kenji, Sakuma, and half of the Jinnouchi family initiate a plan to destroy Love Machine using a supercomputer, while Natsuki and the others prepare a funeral for Sakae. As Kenji, Sakuma and the Jinnouchi family trap Love Machine the supercomputer overheats. Love Machine assimilates more accounts and grows into an immense botnet. It grievously wounds King Kazma and redirects the Arawashi, an orbiting satellite, on to a collision course with a nuclear power plant. Meanwhile Natsuki discovers a will left by Sakae and the family regroups with Kenji. Natsuki has Wabisuke return home before reading Sakae's will, revealing that the family is asked to bring Wabisuke back to their lives. Kenji surmises that the Love Machine sees everything as a game and has the Jinnouchi family play Hanafuda with Love Machine in OZ's casino world. They wager their accounts in a desperate effort to stop Love Machine and Natsuki initially wins several rounds, but gets distracted and nearly loses her "winnings". At this point people from all over the world, who witness her Hanafuda duel against Love Machine, enter their own accounts into the wager on her side. Natsuki eventually wins the Hanafuda duel and severely damages Love Machine, causing a massive explosion that destroys most of his body. Love Machine redirects the Arawashi towards a collision on the Jinnouchi family's estate and Kenji tries to hack into the satellite's GPS directly. Love Machine continues to block Kenji's attempts, but Wabisuke disables Love Machine's defenses. King Kazma is revived and assisted by several Jinnouchi family avatars and destroys Love Machine. Kenji eventually activates the GPS code and redirects the satellite away from the estate. The Arawashi hits close to the residence, causing a shockwave that destroys the entrance, the front part of the house and causes a geyser to erupt. Sometime later the Jinnouchi family celebrate their victory as well as Sakae's birthday, rather than a funeral, and Natsuki kisses Kenji on the cheek after both express their love for one another before Natsuki's family.

2:55 pm - 3:45 pm     Dragonaut: The Resonance ep. 1-2 
Twenty years prior to the story's beginning, an asteroid headed for Earth destroys Pluto. Due to Pluto's destruction, the asteroid, which is dubbed Thanatos, becomes temporarily stagnant in Pluto's orbit. Now, in order to avoid Earth's impending destruction, the International Solarsystem Development Agency (ISDA) works on the "D-Project", and secretly creates weapons called "Dragons" after finding a dragon egg under the ocean. However, they soon find out that the asteroid is not their only threat, as powerful, destructive dragons from Thanatos appear on Earth. After witnessing what looks like a murder by a strange creature, Jin Kamishina, a lonely 18-year-old boy who lost his family in a shuttle accident two years ago, gets involved with the ISDA and their efforts to battle the dragons from Thanatos. Helping him is Toa, a mysterious girl who saves him from falling to his death after the creature attacks him. As they delve deeper into the mysteries of the dragons, they encounter new friends and enemies, and also develop a closer relationship.

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm     Black Lagoon [Vampire Twin eps.] 
Due to a spree of killings aimed at Hotel Moscow, Chang organizes a meeting between the major crime lords of Roanapur: himself, Balalaika, Abrego, a Colombian cartel boss, and Verrocchio, the leader of the Roanapur branch of the Italian mafia. Balalaika spurns Chang's attempts to foster cooperation, and insists that Hotel Moscow will find and eliminate the assassins. The following morning, two of Balalaika's subordinates are killed, and Watsap reveals that the assassins are a pair of twin children. A large bounty is placed on the twins, and as the city begins to fill with bounty hunters, Eda, a member of the Church of Violence, suggests to Revy that they join the hunt as well. At the twins' hideout, their sponsors are disgusted to find that the twins are brutally torturing one of Balalaika's subordinates. Meanwhile, Balalaika asks Rock for information concerning the twins' speaking mannerisms, and Rock realizes that they are related to vampires. Rock determines that the twins are from Romania, and Balalaika asks Rowan, the owner of a strip club, for all the Romanian snuff and pornographic films he has. Balalaika organizes a meeting with Chang, and she reveals that the twins are orphans from Nicolae Ceauşescu's regime named Hansel and Gretel that were sold on the black market and forced to participate in paedophilic snuff films. Chang agrees to form an alliance with Balalaika to eliminate the twins, and Balalaika mobilizes her Visotoniki, the former soldiers that fought with her in Afghanistan. Chang realizes that the twins are working for Verrocchio, and arrives at Verrocchio's headquarters. He finds the twins killing Verrocchio, and the twins escape. To distract the bounty hunters looking for them, the twins set up a decoy car, but are confronted by the Visotoniki and ultimately cornered by Eda and Revy. Eda and Revy begin a gunfight with the twins, but the Visotoniki arrive, putting an end to their fight. Hansel and Gretel decide to separate and Revy returns home. Gretel corners Eda, and while holding her as a hostage, requests that she find a getaway boat for herself and her brother. Meanwhile, the Visotoniki engage Hansel and despite his best efforts, suffer no casualties while attacking him for an entire night. Hansel eventually encounters Balalaika in a park, but is sniped by her men. Elsewhere, Gretel hires the Lagoon Company to transport her, and Rock listens to her recount her past. Sickened at the situation she had to endure due to Ceauşescu's regime and black marketeers, he vents his anger at Benny, who asserts that Rock cannot prevent all the injustice in the world. When the Black Lagoon reaches the getaway point, Gretel is killed by a hired gun from Hotel Moscow, but Rock notes that she died peacefully staring at the sky.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm     Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ep. 1 
A Neo Zeon remnant group called the "Sleeves" travels to Side 4's Industrial 7 colony, so that its captain, Zinnerman, can receive a "key" to something known as "Laplace's Box" from Vist Foundation leader Cardeas Vist. The item is said to be capable of either restoring the future or destroying the world. Audrey Burns seeks to meet Vist first and convince him not to turn over Laplace's Box, believing the Sleeves will use it to start another war. Along the way, she is rescued by 16-year-old student Banagher Links, who agrees to take her to Vist. Meanwhile, a battle breaks out between the Federation's Londo Bell taskforce and the Sleeves. As the collateral damage rises, the colony is evacuated. Amidst the chaos, Banagher discovers the fatally-wounded Cardeas Vist in the cockpit of the Unicorn Gundam. Before his death, Vist entrusts the Gundam to Banagher, who realizes that Vist is his father. Banagher then launches in the Unicorn and confronts the Sleeves' elite pilot, Marida Cruz, who is piloting the Kshatriya.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm     Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ep. 2 
The transformed Unicorn Gundam overpowers the Kshatriya and Marida is ordered to retreat. The Unicorn is picked up by the Londo Bell ship Nahel Argama. Banagher is questioned by Daguza Mackle about how he came to possess the Unicorn Gundam but is interrupted by the Sleeves' surprise attack. Full Frontal, the leader of Neo Zeon, demands that the Nahel Argama hand over any items related to Laplace's Box, including the Unicorn. Daguza tries to ensure safe passage by holding Audrey, revealed to be Zeon Princess Mineva Lao Zabi, hostage, but Frontal refuses to accept they have the real Mineva. With no other choice, Banagher sorties in the Unicorn against the Sinanju; he fights well, but is captured when blindsided by the Kshatriya. Banagher is taken to meet Frontal at the Sleeves asteroid base of Palau. After discussing the nature of Zeon with Marida, who is placed in charge of watching over Banagher, a crew member from Nahel Argama disguised as a bum bumps into Banagher and passes him a map and a transmitter, telling him to get to the 14th space gate or risk being killed in the coming battle. Banagher laments over how the colony will become a battlefield soon.

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm     Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne ep. 1 
The episode opens with Rin being chased to the rooftop by a female assassin named Laura. Severely wounded, Rin falls down to her death. In the next scene, she wakes up unscathed in her apartment and returns to work, looking for a stray cat she was hired to find. Circumstances lead her to run into a man named Kōki Maeno in a quiet street. After knocking out several agents pursuing Kōki, Rin takes him to her office where he tells her and her partner Mimi that although he is not amnesiac, he feels that his memory is fake and he would like to know why he is pursued. Through Rin's links, they find out that Kōki is connected to the Aoyama Pharmaceutical company. With Mimi's help, they infiltrate its labs but are captured. Rin is tortured to death by the sadistic chief researcher Sayara Yamanobe, while Kōki is revealed to be a runaway cloning test subject. Miraculously, Rin survives, completely healed of her injuries, and confronts Yamanobe, leaving her in the hands of other delirious test subjects. As the compromised facility is demolished by Aoyama Pharmaceutical, Rin escapes with Kōki and hands him a gun, for him to decide what he wants to do with his life. After he seemingly commits suicide, Rin leaves the scene. The next day he appears in her office, wounded on the head and with the missing cat in his hands, and asks to become her business partner.

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm     Masquerade

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm     Queen's Blade 1-2 
Leina is walking outside of town when she encounters Melona, and tells her she is going to defeat her for attacking travellers. Melona taunts Leina for being such a weak fighter, and says she only wants to fight decent warriors as she is a participant in the Queen's Blade, a tournament held every four years to decide who is going to be the next Queen. Risty is watching the battle from the sidelines, and just as Melona is about to kill Leina, Risty intervenes and saves her life. Risty tends to Leina until she recovers and takes her as a prisoner back to Vance Castle to recover the bounty on her head. When Risty arrives at the castle, Claudette appears and arrests Risty for being a thief and imprisons her in the castle's dungeon. However, Risty escapes and steals the Vance Family's heirloom breastplate. She hides in Leina's room and gives Leina the armor, then leaves, encountering Claudette outside and they fight. Meanwhile, Melona appears at Leina's window. They fight, and Leina defeats Melona by stopping her from shooting acid from her breasts, causing her to explode.  Tomoe, a Warrior Priestess, and Shizuka, a Kouma Ninja who has defected, are meditating in the shrine they tend to in Hinomoto. Tomoe decides she is going to travel to the mainland to compete in the Queen's Blade tournament. During the night, the Kouma Ninja attack the temple. As the battle is being waged, one Kouma Ninja sets off a bomb, destroying much of the temple the priestesses occupy. Trapped in the burning buildings, Tomoe and the other priestesses attempt to escape. However, the Kouma Ninja transform into a giant toad which starts killing the priestesses. Eventually, Tomoe gathers her inner strength and defeats the giant toad. She is then saddened by the loss of her friends, and declares she will avenge them and win the Queen's Blade tournament for them. The next morning, Tomoe and Shizuka set off across the sea for the mainland.


SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011
10:00 am - 11:00 am     Love Hina 1-2 
The story is a shōnen comedy that takes place in the Kanagawa Prefecture, and centers on Keitaro Urashima and his attempts to fulfill a childhood promise that he made with a girl to enter Tokyo University together. However, he has forgotten the name of the girl he made the promise to and hopes to be accepted into Tokyo University in order to find her. Despite failing the entrance exam twice, he becomes manager of the family-owned girls' dorm Hinata House (日向荘 Hinata Sō?, also known as Hinata Apartments) and must balance his new responsibilities with his attempts to pass the university entrance exam. At Hinata House, Keitaro meets Naru Narusegawa, who is also studying to enter Tokyo University. Naru ranked first in the whole of Japan on the practice exams, and Keitaro convinces her to help him study. Keitaro accidentally reads a small section of Naru's diary and as the two grow closer through their studies, Keitaro becomes increasingly convinced that Naru may be the girl he made the promise with. On the second day of the Tokyo University exam, Keitaro asks Naru about the promise and is stunned when she tells him he is mistaken. Despite their studying, and Naru's mock exam results, they both fail the exams. The pair then have an argument and independently run off to Kyoto to clear their heads. While on their trip they settle their differences and meet Mutsumi Otohime, who lives in Okinawa and is also studying for the Tokyo University exams. After returning from Kyoto, Keitaro and Naru eventually decide to retake the exams. After a while, Mutsumi moves to Tokyo, and the three begin to study together. During this period, Naru becomes convinced that Mutsumi is Keitaro's promised girl, but Mutsumi states that she made a childhood promise with Naru, not Keitaro. During the Tokyo University exams, Keitaro believes he has failed them once again and runs away before finding out his results. After learning of this, Naru chases after him without checking her exam results, and is eventually followed by the rest of the residents of Hinata House who announce that Keitaro and Naru both passed the exams along with Mutsumi. However, at the Tokyo University opening ceremony, Keitaro has an accident and is unable to attend the University for three months. After recovering from his injuries, Keitaro decides to study overseas with Noriyasu Seta. As Keitaro leaves, Naru finally confesses her true feelings to him at the airport and decides to wait for him to return. When Keitaro returns, he and Naru finally begin to express their feelings for each other. After they deal with new obstacles, Grandma Hina returns to Hinata House and reveals Naru is the girl of Keitaro's promise. Three years later, a wedding ceremony is held at Hinata House for Naru and Keitaro as they finally fulfill their childhood promise to each other.

11:00 am - Noon     Project Blue Earth SOS ep 1 
The entire series takes place in a version of the nineties redone into Retro-futurism, being behind in current technologies, and far ahead in others. On January 1, 1995, a G-Reactive fighter plane was being tested, while it was hit by a mysterious rainbow light and disappeared. 5 years later, two boys, Billy Kimura and Penny Carter, meet at a train station where a new bullet train utilizing G-Reactive was being launched. However, to their shock, the train was hit by a rainbow beam of light, and disappeared. After a series of events and acquaintances, the two boys discover that aliens were beginning to invade Earth. Fortunately, scientists developed the Sky Knight, a fighter plane capable of defending the world. As the extraterrestrials begin to invade, Billy, Penny, and their comrades begin their attempt to save the human race from the alien menace.

Noon - 1:40 pm     The Girl Who Leapt Through Time 
Makoto Konno (Riisa Naka/Emily Hirst) is a teenage girl living in the Shitamachi area of Tokyo. While attending high school, she discovers a message written on a blackboard and faints after she picks up a mysterious object. Later, Makoto hits a railroad crossing bar at a local shopping arcade and is killed by a train, but, in the process, is transported a few minutes back. Makoto learns from her aunt Kazuko Yoshihara (Sachie Hara/Saffron Henderson) that she has the power to transport back in time and alter history, called a "time-leap". At first, Makoto uses her power extravagantly to avoid being late and to get perfect grades on tests, and even relive a single karaoke session for several hours until she loses her voice. However, Makoto discovers how her actions can adversely affect others. Makoto ends up using up more of her leaps to recklessly prevent undesirable situations from happening, including an awkward confession of love from her best friend Chiaki Mamiya (Takuya Ishida/Andrew Francis). Eventually, she discovers a numbered tattoo on her arm which counts down with each leap. She determines that the tattoo indicates that she can only leap through time a limited number of times. With only a few time leaps left, she attempts to make things right for everyone, but impulsively uses her final leap to prevent a phone call from Chiaki asking if she knows about time-leaping. As a result, she is unable to prevent her friend Kōsuke Tsuda (Mitsutaka Itakura/Alex Zahara) and his new girlfriend, Kaho Fujitani (Mitsuki Tanimura/Natalie Walters), from being killed in another train accident (Technically the very same train accident which originally killed her though now in a different temporal dimension). However, time freezes and Chiaki confesses that he is from the future and leapt through time to see a painting being restored by Kazuko, as it has been destroyed in the future. While walking in the frozen city, Chiaki hints that his original era occurs after a worldwide catastrophe destroys mankind. He reveals that he has used his final leap to prevent Kōsuke's accident and has stopped time only to explain to Makoto what the consequences will be. Having revealed his origins and the source of the item that allowed Makoto to leap through time, and being unable to return to his time period, Chiaki must disappear. Makoto realizes too late that she loves him as well. True to his words, Chiaki disappears when time begins again and Makoto is upset. As she tries to come to terms with losing him, she discovers that Chiaki's time-leap had inadvertently restored one time-leap to her: Chiaki had leapt back to before Makoto used her last leap. Makoto leaps back safely to the moment when she gained her powers, at which point Chiaki still has one remaining time-leap. She reveals everything that he told her in the future concerning who he is, the ability to leap through time, and his reasons for extending his stay in her time frame. Makoto promises to make sure the painting stays safe so Chiaki can see it in his time. As Chiaki leaves, he tells Makoto he will be waiting for her in the future, which Makoto responds that she will run towards it.

1:40 pm - 3:20 pm     Lupin III: Farwell to Nostradamus [Movie] 
A simple diamond heist leads Lupin into the machinations of a bizarre cult. The cult is based around the prophecies of Nostradamus, and they kidnap Julia, the daughter of Douglas, a wealthy American who is seeking the presidency, along with Lupin's diamond. At stake is the lost book of prophecy Douglas holds in the vault at the top of his skyscraper. Can Lupin rescue Julia, find a way into the vault, and discover the connection between the cult and the kidnapping? And what about his diamond?

3:20 pm - 3:45 pm     Aquarion ep. 1 
Eleven years before the start of the series, a disaster only referred to as the "Great Catastrophe" destroyed/devastated significant parts of the world and killed off many of its inhabitants. Along with the disaster came the appearance of the Shadow Angels (堕天翅 Datenshi?), winged beings with unexplainable powers and do not die of old age. They have been in slumber for twelve thousand years in their city of Atlandia (アトランディア Atorandia?) and have technology so advanced, it may be defined as very nearly magic. The Shadow Angels begin invading human cites on Earth to harvest human beings, dubbing them as "the wingless ones", like cattle. The Shadow Angels extract the prana (プラーナ purāna?, life force) from the harvested humans to serve as energy and nutrition to them, but also to feed the legendary Tree of Life (生命の樹 Seimei no Ki?). The Shadow Angels facilitate their harvesting via giant, floating harvesting machines called harvest beasts (収穫獣 shūkakujū?) which are guarded by giant mecha called Cherubim Soldiers (ケルビム兵 Kerubimu Hei?). They are sentient, yet there are times when they are piloted by Shadow Angels. Ordinary weapons prove ineffective against the Cherubim, but a human expedition under the leadership of Gen Fudou eventually excavates three very technologically advanced fighter planes. Gen Fudou disappears, but an organization called DEAVA (ディーバ Dība?, Division of Earth Vitalization Advancement) takes over the research of these machines, called Vectors (ベクター Bekutā?), trying to find out how to use them. The three Vectors are colored mostly in white and are the green Vector Luna (ベクタールナ Bekutā Runa?), the blue Vector Mars (ベクターマーズ Bekutā Māzu?), and the red Vector Sol (ベクターソル Bekutā Soru?). DEAVA discovers only people with special powers called Elements (エレメント Eremento?) can control the Vectors and, ultimately, unite the three to form a giant fighting robot with three transformations that is capable of beating the Cherubim. This machine and its forms are called Aquarion (アクエリオン Akuerion?). During the first sortie to fight a Cherubim by uniting the Vectors into a transformation of Aquarion, DEAVA encounters 15 year-old Apollo, who seems to be the reincarnation of a Shadow Angel named Apollonius, also known as the "Solar Wing", who betrayed his Shadow Angel brethren for his love of the human warrior Seliane: They become convinced of this when he single-handedly unites the Vectors into Solar Aquarion and defeats the Cherubim.

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm     Black Lagoon [Terminator Maid eps.] 
The Lagoon Company is contracted by a Colombian cartel to deliver a hostage, and Dutch assigns Rock to watch the boy while they are in transit. Rock learns that the boy is Garcia Lovelace, the heir to one of the wealthiest families in South America, and that the cartel had abducted Garcia after his father refused to allow the cartel to intimidate him. Concerned with the circumstances surrounding Garcia's abduction, Dutch contacts Balalaika for information on the Lovelace family and the cartel. As they enter Roanapur, Garcia is confident that he will be saved by Roberta, the Lovelace family maid. Meanwhile, Roberta is traveling through Roanapur looking for Garcia, and is confronted by members of the cartel in a bar. As the members of the Lagoon Company and Garcia enter the same bar, Roberta begins a firefight with the cartel members. Roberta dispatches the majority of the cartel members, and Garcia is shocked at her combat prowess. Revy inadvertenly reveals the Lagoon Company's presence during the firefight, and is knocked unconscious when Roberta fires a 40 mm grenade at her. Garcia asks the Lagoon Company to take him with them, and they manage to escape. One of the cartel members identifies Roberta as a former FARC guerrilla with a large bounty on her head. Roberta destroys the bar with grenades and steals a car to pursue the Lagoon Company. Having determined Roberta's identity, Balalaika mobilizes soldiers to aid the Lagoon Company. When Roberta catches up to the Lagoon Company, Dutch manages to destroy the engine of her car before almost being pulled out of the car by her and Benny begins driving into alleys and side-streets. As they turn back onto the main road, however, Roberta drives another car into them and latches onto the back of their car with a trench knife. Roberta forces Benny to crash the car in the port, but awakens Revy in the process. The two begin a firefight, evenly matched against one another. Balalaika arrives with a full complement of soldiers, and forces the two to stop fighting. She explains Roberta's background to Garcia, noting that she is a famed FARC guerrilla wanted around the globe for numerous assassinations, bombings, and related terrorist activity. Despite this, Garcia claims that Roberta is an accepted member of the Lovelace family. To finish their duel, Roberta and Revy begin a fistfight, with the onlookers making bets on the winner. The two knock each other out, and Garcia leaves for home with Roberta. Afterwards, Rock asks Benny about the background of Balalaika and her soldiers, and Benny reveals that they are former Soviet special forces that distinguished themselves in the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

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