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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Davy Jones Dies at age 66

"A piece of our childhood just passed away..."
Davy Jones
(1945 - 2012)
 
Davy Jones was born in Lancashire, England, on 30 December 1945. At the age of 11, he began his acting career and appeared on the British television soap opera Coronation Street, which was produced at Granada Studios by Granada Television in Manchester. In 1961 Jones played Ena Sharples' grandson, Colin Lomax, the year Coronation Street was first broadcast. He also appeared in the BBC police series Z-Cars. However, after the death of his mother from emphysema when he was 14 years old, he left acting and trained as a jockey with Basil Foster.

Foster was approached by a friend who worked in a theatre in the West End of London during casting for the musical Oliver!. Foster replied, "I've got the kid." Jones was cast and appeared to great acclaim as the Artful Dodger. He played the role in London and then on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award. On 9 February 1964, he appeared with the Broadway cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show, the same episode on which The Beatles made their first appearance. Jones said of that night, "I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that." 
 
Following his Ed Sullivan appearance, Ward Sylvester of Screen Gems (then the television division of Columbia Pictures) signed Jones to a contract. A pair of American television appearances followed, as Jones received screen time in episodes of Ben Casey and The Farmer's Daughter. He also recorded a single and album for Colpix Records, which charted but were not huge hits.

Then from 1965 to 1971, Jones was a member of The Monkees, a pop-rock group formed expressly for a television show of the same name. With Screen Gems producing the series, Jones was shortlisted for auditions, as he was the only Monkee who was signed to a deal with the studio, but still had to meet producers Bob Rafelson's and Bert Schneider's standards. Jones sang lead vocals on many of the Monkees' recordings, including "I Wanna Be Free" and "Daydream Believer".

After the television series went off the air, The Monkees disbanded. However, Jones continued to perform solo, while later joining with fellow Monkee Micky Dolenz and songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart as a short-lived group called
Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart. He also toured throughout the years with other members as various incarnations of the Monkees. In February 2011, Jones mentioned rumours of another Monkees reunion. "There's even talk of putting the Monkees back together again in the next year or so for a U.S. and UK tour," he told Disney's Backstage Pass newsletter. "You're always hearing all those great songs on the radio, in commercials, movies, almost everywhere." The tour came to fruition entitled, "An Evening with The Monkees: The 45th Anniversary Tour."

On the morning of February 29, 2012, the Martin County Sheriff's Office stated that Jones had complained of breathing difficulties, in Indiantown, Florida, and had been transported to Martin Memorial South Hospital in Stuart, where he was pronounced dead. Jones is survived by his wife, Jessica, and four daughters.
 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Slave Leia PSA

Starring Kaley Cuoco
In this new Nerd PSA, actress Kaley Cuoco addresses an important issue affecting cosplay girls across the globe: Slave Leia fatigue. With so many choices available to women who cosplay, there's no reason everyone needs to be Slave Leia. By acting now, we can save Slave Leia for when we really need her

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Man or a Muppet

Jason Segel, Walter, The Muppets...

and Sheldon!
 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mass Effect 3

Special Forces Trailer
The war for Earth has begun, decide how it ends.
Not everyone will survive. An ancient alien race, known only as "Reapers", has launched an all-out invasion leaving nothing but a trail of destruction in their wake. Earth has been taken, the galaxy is on the verge of total annihilation, and you are the only one who can stop them. The price of failure is extinction. You are Commander Shepard, a character that you can forge in your own image. You determine how events will play out, which planets to explore, and whom to form alliances with as you rally a force to eliminate the Reaper threat once and for all. How you wage this war is completely up to you: go into combat with guns blazing or use cover to plan a more tactical assault. Utilize your squad to full effect or take a lone wolf approach. Rain death from a distance or go toe--to-toe with enemies using devastating melee attacks. Mass Effect 3 will react to each decision you make as you play through a truly unique experience of your own creation.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Yamato 2199

A Look at the Upcoming 
Space Battleship Yamato Remake...
The next big Yamoto project, the first since the 2010 death of the franchise's driving force, Yoshinobu Nishizaki, is Space Battleship Yamato 2199, a remake from director Yutaka Izubuchi (RahXephon) with character design by obuteru Yuki (Escaflowne, Record of Lodoss War), an opening by Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno, and animation from XEBEC and AIC.
The first two episodes will screen in Japanese theaters April 7, 2012 before the series commences on TV later that month. 

  Cast includes
Susumu Kodai (20) Voice actor: Daisuke Ono (Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya)
Shima Daisuke (20) Voice actor: Kenichi Suzumara (Gundam SEED Destiny)
Yuki Mori (19) Voice actor: Houko Kuwashima (InuYasha)

Captain Juuzo Okita (57) Voice actor: Takayuki Sugo (Birdy the Mighty: Decode)


A four minute preview can be seen
here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Star Wars 3D Parody

Hyper-Space!
3D Glasses Required!
Hyper-Space is a French pilot ( science fiction ).
It's a mix between comedy and space action.
Inspired by
Star Wars 

  (View 2D Version below) 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Preview of Pixar's "La Luna"

Animated Short to Appear in Front of BRAVE
This is a short preview of La Luna, Pixar's next short film which can be seen in UK cinemas from August 17, 2012 before Brave.

The short film is directed by Enrico Casarosa and produced by Kevin Reher.

La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family's most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions?

Director Enrico Casarosa joined Pixar Animation Studios in January 2002. He began working as a story artist on "Cars" and the Academy AwardÒ-winning feature "Ratatouille." Casarosa's next project was as story artist on Disney•Pixar's Academy Award®-winning feature film, "Up." Most recently, Casarosa made his directing debut with the short film, "La Luna." Currently, Casarosa is working as head of story on an upcoming Pixar film. As a story artist, Casarosa creates visual sequences from the script. Story artists also generate new ideas and gags, and provide feedback regarding the plot, characters and overall story of the film. With help from story artists, the film's director finds the story they want to tell and the best cinematographic way to tell it. Casarosa found early influences in Hayao Miyazaki's work and grew up watching Miyazaki's television series in Italy. Born and raised in Genoa, Casarosa moved to New York City in his twenties, to study animation at the School of Visual Arts and Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Before coming to Pixar, Casarosa worked as a storyboard artist at Blue Sky Studios on "Ice Age" and "Robots." He also worked as a background designer and storyboard artist for a number of Disney Channel Television Series' including "101 Dalmatians" and "PB&J Otters."

Brave opens in UK cinemas August 17 2012.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

Now Showing at Select Theaters
Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos movie is having a limited run at these theaters. In Chicago, two midnight showings at Music Box Theater on the 17th and 18th.

After a mysterious prisoner with only a few weeks left on his sentence breaks out of prison in Central City, the Elric brothers attempt to track him down. The search leads them to Table City in the southwestern country of Creta, where Alphonse rescues a young alchemist named Julia from the very man they are trying to capture. In the thick of the fight, they literally tumble into Julia's home turf, the slums of Milos Valley, and are embroiled in the grassroots rebellion of her people.
 

The Secret World of Arrietty

Official Trailer
In theaters February 17, 2012
Plot Summary: Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. From the legendary Studio Ghibli ("Spirited Away," "Ponyo") comes "The Secret World of Arrietty," an animated adventure based on Mary Norton's acclaimed children's book series "The Borrowers." 
Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to "borrow" scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty's family from the home and straight into danger. The English language version of "The Secret World of Arrietty" was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom.
 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Anime Viewing Schedule for Saturday, February 18

Building K, Room 131, Noon to 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Noon - 12:50   Ben-To 1-2
12:50 - 1:40    Ano Hana 7-8
1:40 - 2:30     
Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) 7-8
2:30 - 3:20      Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing 5-6
3:20 - 3:45      Fate/Zero 3
3:45 - 4:45      Club Meeting / Announcements
4:45 - 5:35      Gosick 20-21
5:35 - 6:25      Kamisama no Memo-chou 6-7       
6:25 - 8:00      Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail OVA 1-3

Noon - 12:50   Ben-To 1-2
[Source: Wikipedia] While innocently reaching for some half-priced bento, Yō Satō finds himself beaten up on the floor of a supermarket. He soon learns that getting half-priced bento is an all-out brawl between customers. Yō is invited to the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club by one of the top fighters, Sen Yarizui, in order to train to compete in these battles.
Episode 1 "Sticky Natto Okra Rice with Cheese Topping Bento 440kcal": Yō Satō finds himself beaten up on the supermarket floor, the last thing he remembers is going to get some half-priced bento. The next day, he encounters a silver haired girl who warns him not to go to the store again. He goes anyways alongside another student, Hana Oshiroi, and finds himself beaten up again upon reaching for the half price bento. The next day, he decides to act more strategically and witnesses an all-out battle for all the bento that gets marked half-price, which is dominated by the silver haired girl, Sen Yarizui. After the battle ends in total defeat for Yō, Sen tells him to join the Half-Priced Food Lovers club, which is all about finding and fighting for the best discounted bento deals in town.
Episode 2 "Mackerel Boiled in Miso Bento 674kcal": Sen gets Yō and Hana to join the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club and starts training them in the ways of Bento Brawling. During one of the supermarket visits, they encounter the 'boar', a fat woman who raids all the half-priced bentos before a battle starts. The next day, Yō meets Yū 'Wizard' Kaneshiro, who encourages Yō to stand up to the boar so that the bento battle can properly take place. Yō comes to understand the pride of the 'wolves' and comes out with his first victory, obtaining a bento with an honor seal from the 'God of Discounts'. Yō then returns to the clubroom, where Sen congratulates him on his first victory and shows him a scrapbook showing the victories Yū managed to obtain.

12:50 - 1:40  Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai 7-8
[Source: Wikipedia] A group of six childhood friends drift apart after one of them, Meiko "Menma" Honma, dies in an accident. Several years after the incident, the leader of the group, Jinta Yadomi, has withdrawn from society and lives as a recluse. One summer day, the ghost of an older looking Menma appears before him and asks to have a wish granted, reasoning that she cannot pass on into the afterlife until it is fulfilled. Since Menma does not remember what her wish is, Jinta gathers his estranged friends together once again, believing that they are the key to resolving this problem. However, hidden feelings, internal conflicts, and lingering feelings of bitterness from Menma's parents result in complications for the group as they struggle to help not only Menma move on, but more importantly, themselves as well.  
Episode 07 "The Real Wish": Jinta, Naruko and Tetsudō look inside Menma's diary, where they find an entry about how the group wanted to make a firework to send a letter to God to help Jinta's mother, though modern laws prevent them from making one themselves. As Chiriko asks Atsumu why he didn't bring up that Menma called the others on that fateful day, he points out it was something that was to be kept secret from Jinta. Jinta's father points him towards a friend of his that can make fireworks, but it's revealed one would cost 200,000 yen to make. Jinta takes up a part time job in order to help raise the money needed to buy a firework, working at Naruko's game store one day and Tetsudō's construction site the next. When Menma hears of this, she overhears Naruko talking about the firework and sees the work Jinta is doing for her. However, the next day the gang learn that the firework maker is no longer able to make a firework for them, under orders from one of Menma's parents.
Episode 08  "I Wonder": Jinta and the others visit Menma's mother to ask about the fireworks, but she refuses, showing anger and sadness towards them about how they were able to grow up instead of Menma. Afterwards, Atsumu accuses Jinta of forcing his pain onto others, so Jinta decides to try to solve Menma's wish himself. As Jinta's multiple jobs begin to have a negative effect on his health, Naruko urges him to stop. She reveals that she felt happy when Jinta badmouthed Menma back then because she had a crush on him, later saying that if he were to grant Menma's wish, she would just disappear again. The next day, as Jinta goes with his father to visit his mother's grave, the others receive silent calls from Jinta's house phone. Jinta is later visited by Menma's brother, Satoshi, who tells him about his memories of Menma. As the others confront Jinta at the secret base about the silent calls they had received, Menma arrives and makes her presence known by writing a brand new entry in her diary and dropping it on the floor.

1:40 - 2:30    Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) 7-8
[Source: Wikipedia] Yukiteru "Yuki" Amano is a loner who never really interacts with people and prefers writing a diary on his cell phone with his only companion being an imaginary friend named Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is real when he makes Yuki participate in a battle royal with eleven other people. Within this "Diary Game", the contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future, with each diary having unique features that gives them both advantages and disadvantages. Within the next 90 days, the contestants must try to kill each other and survive until there is only one person standing, the winner becoming the new God of Time and Space. In order to survive, Yuki tries to find allies, with one of them being another diary user named Yuno Gasai, a girl who is madly in love with him. As the game continues, Yuki soon learns that not everyone can be trusted, not even Yuno, whose obsession to keep both of them alive no matter the cost terrifies him. Yet despite her faults, Yuki continues to trust Yuno since he manages to survive the game thanks to her. Originally, Yuki had no desire to win the game and stoop as low as the other contestants who either cheat, lie, manipulate or kill in order to win. However, that all changes when late in the game, Yuki's parents are killed. Yuki suffers a breakdown over his parents death until Yuno seduces and convinces him that if he becomes the new God of Time and Space, he can bring his parents back to life. Now having a reason to win, Yuki becomes a ruthless, backstabbing, and manipulative terrorist who causes the deaths of thousands of civilians and destruction throughout the city in order to kill the other contestants. Yuki's actions shock his friends, in particular Aru Akise, who had suspicions about Yuno and her motives. By the time Yuno and Yuki becomes the last contestants, Aru and the rest of Yuki's friends chastis him on how he has become just as bad as the other contestants. Aru tries to warn Yuki that Yuno is manipulating him and that she has an ulterior motive. Refusing to accept the truth and wishing to bring his parents back, Yuki kills them until Aru manages to stop him and gives Yuki a clue over Yuno's true identity before he is killed by Yuno herself. Eventually, Yuki learns that the Yuno he known is actually an "impostor" as this "Yuno" is actually from a parallel universe who won the Diary Game. In that universe, Yuno and Yuki were the last contestants and Yuki committed suicide so that Yuno will be the new God and resurrect him. But Yuno became distraught and more insane when she learns that while she can resurrect the dead, she cannot bring back their souls. With the help of Muru Muru, Deus' assistant and now Yuno's after she won the Diary game, both of them travel back in time to Yuki's universe and manipulated it where she killed the Yuno of Yuki's universe and took her place so she could play the game again and find a way to bring back "her" Yuki. As Yuno is about to kill him, Yuki is saved by Minene Uryu, one of his allies and another Diary user who he believed died in the game but was saved by Deus, who had suspicions that the Muru Muru in his universe is not the one he knows but the one from the parallel universe working with Yuno, and gave Minene some of his powers before his death. Their plans foiled, Yuno and Muru Muru travel to another universe to start over again but are followed by Yuki and Minene who are trying to stop them. Finally, Yuno and Muru Muru are stopped when the former learns in this new universe, all the terrible things that happen to everyone in the previous universes never happen including one where her parents were never abusive and lead to her insanity. With Yuno's Muru Muru stopped by Yuki's universe's Muru Muru and the help of the new universe's Diary users, Yuki convinces Yuno to come to her senses and surrender as he loves her. Realizing her mistakes, Yuno instead kills herself, believing this is the best for him and making Yuki the new God of his universe. In the end, despite becoming the new God of Time and Space, Yuki refuses to rule his universe as he has lost everything that he ever loved and cared; his friends, parents and Yuno. But in an unexpected Deus ex machina, the Yuno of the new universe arrives and invites Yuki to her universe as Yuki's Muru Muru had given Yuno and the others of the new universe their other universes memories which convinced that universe's Deus not to hold the Diary game and instead make Yuki and Yuno his new heirs. The series ends with Yuki reuniting with Yuno, his friends, parents and the Diary users in a new, happier universe.
Episode 07  "Away Message": Reisuke tries several times to kill Yuki and Yuno, but the two of them thwart his attempts, soon realizing he is a diary owner. Yuki starts searching for Reisuke's diary in vain, while Yuno insists killing him would be faster. While chasing Reisuke with a hammer, Yuno ends up injuring Yuki's mother instead. Yuno figures out that Reisuke has posted his diary to himself in order to hide it and has Yuki intercept the delivery, but he falls prey to a poison gas trap hidden in the envelope. Reisuke challenges Yuno to a hide-and-seek game inside the poison gas filled house, promising the antidote if she manages to capture him. Although Yuno evades numerous traps set by Reisuke, she eventually finds herself at his mercy. However, Yuki intervenes, injuring Reisuke with a dart and giving Yuno the resolve and opportunity to finish him off. Yuno and Yuki collapse before managing to use the antidote, but Uryu, who has been informed about the situation from Keigo, appears and saves them. Before leaving, Uryu tells Yuki not to trust Yuno.
Episode 08  "New Model": Deus calls a meeting of the eight surviving diary holders, one of whom requests to transfer his diary's ownership. Two weeks after Reisuke's disappearance, Yuki and Yuno transfer to a new school, while a series of brutal murders has been terrorizing the area. After school, Yuki and Yuno sneak in one of the crime scenes with Yuki's classmates Hinata, Mao and Kousaka. When Hinata wanders off, Yuki's diary predicts her being attacked. Yuki rushes everyone to the scene, where they find Hinata's body before a pack of vicious dogs. A strange boy called Aru Akise appears and leads everyone to a nearby building. Aru explains that he's one of Yuki's classmates and that he has been investigating the strange events in which Yuki keeps getting involved. Despite Yuno's mistrust in everyone, Yuki decides to reveal the existence of his diary in order to defend the group against the pack's attacks. After the dogs suddenly retreat, Mao takes Yuki's diary at knifepoint and hands it to Hinata, who is alive and well. Hinata reveals she is the holder of the Breeder Diary and that her real target is Aru, whom she reveals as another diary owner.

2:30 - 3:20    Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing 5-6
[Source: Wikipedia] Taking place two years after the events of Last Exile, Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing is set on Earth, the original home world of the colonists of Prester. The new story focuses on Fam Fan Fan and Giselle Collette, two vespa pilots who work as Sky Pirates where they capture and sell battleships for a living. Fam and Giselle get into an adventure when they and the Sky Pirates rescue the Princesses of the Turan Kingdom, Liliana il Grazioso Merlo Turan and her younger sister, Millia Il Velch Cutrettola Turan, from the clutches of mighty Ades Federation. Led by Empress Sārā Augusta and Premier Luscinia Hāfez, the Ades Federation is on an all out war against the nations who are descendants of immigrants who came back to Earth by Exile ships. As Ades was the only nation to stay on Earth when the planet was in state of chaos and ruined, Luscinia believes the immigrants of Exile have no right to return to Earth since their ancestors abandoned Earth when it was in chaos only to return when Earth was viable to live on again and force the original inhabitants of Earth off their lands to form their own nations. To return these lands to their original inhabitants, Luscinia leads the Ades Federation to conquer the immigrant nations and destroy their armies with Turan being one of them. After Luscinia kidnaps Liliana, who has the ability to control an Exile, Luscinia summons an Exile to destroy the capital of Turan, killing its soldiers and the King of Turan, leading to Turan surrendering to Ades. With everything she cared for lost, Millia is given refuge by the Sky Pirates where Fam promises to help Millia regain her kingdom.
Episode 05  "Positional play": Alex Row takes the unconscious Al into custody and leaves with the Silvana. Not wanting to leave Al alone, Claus quickly repairs his damaged vanship and drains fuel from the downed fighter, but Lavie is hesitant about the decision. While in pursuit, they discover that the fuel composition was more pure than what they have used before and suspect that the fighter belongs to the Guild. When Al awakens, the Silvana's executive officer, Sophia Forrester, greets her as Alvis Hamilton. Claus and Lavie catch up to the Silvana, but it opens fire on their vanship as they attempt to board. Short on fuel, Claus is forced to make an emergency landing on the lower deck of the ship as it stops firing. Claus and Lavie make their way to the hangar and find the red vanship they encountered at Minagith. They get into a fight with the flight deck crew, but are stopped by Tatiana Wisla, the vanship's pilot.
Episode 06  "Arbiter attack": Guild members Dio Eraclea and Lucciola discover the downed fighter and its dead pilot in the temple ruins. When reviewing the fighter's video records, Dio takes an interest in Claus. At the Anatoray capital, Tatiana reports to the Emperor that Alvis has been safely delivered. Aboard the Silvana, Alvis is reunited with Claus and Lavie. Claus is taken to meet Alex, who asks him why he wants to protect Alvis and why he flies as a pilot. Before Claus can answer, they are interrupted by approaching Guild fighters. The Silvana, unable to effectively defend itself, is boarded by several fighters. Lavie questions the Silvana's reputation as the safest place in the world. Unable to escape on their damaged vanship, Claus asks that he and Lavie be allowed to join the fight on a spare fighter vanship.

3:20 - 3:45   Fate/Zero 3
[Source: Wikipedia] Fate/zero takes place 10 years prior to the events of Fate/stay night, detailing the events of the 4th Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City.[1] The War of the Holy Grail is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete to obtain the power of the "Holy Grail," which grants a miracle. After three inconclusive wars for the elusive Holy Grail, the Fourth War commences. Founded by the Einzbern, Matō, and Tōsaka families centuries ago, the Einzbern family is determined to achieve success after three successive failures, no matter the cost. As a result, they have elected to bring the hated magus killer, Kiritsugu Emiya, into their ranks, despite his methods and reputation as a skilled mercenary and a hitman who employs whatever he can use to accomplish his goals. Though Kiritsugu had once wanted to become a hero who could save everyone, he has long since abandoned this ideal upon realizing that saving one person comes at the cost of another's life. For the sake of humanity, he will ruthlessly destroy anything and anyone who threatens the peace of others. However, Kiritsugu finds himself deeply torn between the love he has found for his new family - his wife Irisviel and their daughter Illya - and what he must do to obtain the Holy Grail. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu's greatest opponent appears in the form of Kirei Kotomine, a priest who cannot find any sense of fulfillment in his life and sets his sights on Kiritsugu as the possible answer to the emptiness he feels.
Episode 03  "Land of Fuyuki": Tokiomi's servant Archer, Gilgamesh, shows dissatisfaction of killing Assassin as it is later revealed at Risei's church where Kirei announces his resignation from the war and granted asylum, that the attack was a ruse to fool the other participants as "Assassin" is not one but several dozen people so that Kirei can secretly send the Assassins to scout the others without suspicion. Waver informs Rider of Assassin's demise but the latter is only interested of defeating President Clinton, acquiring his country's military weapons and having a good time. Saber and Iri arrive at Fuyuki City to meet up with Kiritsugu but decides to tour the city after Iri reveals to Saber that this the first time she has ever been abroad. Meanwhile, Kiritsugu meets up with his assistant Maiya Hisau, who informs him the other Masters believe Iri is Saber's master and she has smuggled in the guns they need for the war including his Contender pistol. Kiritsugu fears that he has become too soft due to his daughter but Maiya tells him to focus on their mission and kisses him. As Iri has good time at the beach, Saber detects another servant where they both face the servant at the harbor. The servant Lancer introduces himself and ask for a duel with Saber which both him and Saber prepare themselves.

3:45 - 4:45    Club Meeting and Announcements
-  Preview of New Anime this Season
-  Animation News from around the world
-  Cosplayers/Skits/Masquerade
-  Anime Music Videos
-  And other weird, interesting stuff...

4:45 - 5:35    Gosick 20-21
[Source: Wikipedia] Gosick takes place in 1924 in a small, French-speaking fictional European country of Sauville. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, the third son of a Japanese Imperial soldier, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorique, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire content of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives can't solve. The series mostly focuses on Kazuya and Victorique getting involved in different mystery cases and their struggle to solve them, at the same time forming important bonds with different people. 
Episode 20  "Guided by the Phantom's Ghost": Finding out that Victorique has been summoned yet again by her father, Kujo races to catch up with her, only for her to disappear again. The Inspector reveals to Kujo that Victorique might not be able to leave, unless she figures the real truth about Coco Rose's death, and thus he starts searching the city for more clues regarding the case.
Episode 21  "The Bells of Christmas Eve Toll at the Heels of Time": Upon investigating the grave of a woman with a striking resemblance to Queen Coco Rose, Victorique manages to put together the truth behind her mysterious demise. The truth of the Coco Rose case and the disappearance of Nicole Lulu is made clear, and Albert frees Victorique when she is unable to conclusively identify the murderer. On the way home to the Academy, Victorique and Kujo encounter a seemingly ordinary couple who are actually the still-living Coco Rose and her son fathered by Leviathan. Cordelia watches over them as they arrive home, and is soon joined by Brian who is revealed not to be one single person, but a pair of identical twins.

5:35 - 6:25    Kamisama no Memo-chou 6-7
[Source: Wikipedia] Narumi Fujishima is an ordinary high school boy who remains isolated from his fellow classmates. One afternoon fellow classmate Ayaka Shinozaki invites Narumi to join the gardening club and introduces him to a reclusive detective named Alice. Alice hires Narumi as an assistant and puts him to work solving the strange mysteries of Angel fix, an illegal drug. Little does he know it could put him and Ayaka in serious trouble. Alice is a mysterious girl who lives on the third floor over Hanamaru ramen shop. Her age is unknown, but looks like a 12 or 13 years-old girl. She is short, pale white and has long black hair. She calls herself Alice (a mixed reading of the kanji for Yūko) and a "NEET Detective". She is a hikikomori and a cracking genius. Her diet is based practically only on Dr Pepper and she suffers a severe insomnia. She always wears bear patterned pajamas and she is always surrounded by a pile of teddy bears. She is the brain of the NEET Detective Team and gathers information to solve the cases with her laptop without stepping out of her bedroom.
Episode 6  "It Seems Like I'll Lose" and Episode 7  "Everything I Can Do": During summer vacations Yondaime is organizing an event and Narumi helps with the promotion of the band. But the other founder of Hirasaka-gumi, the man who gave it its name, has returned to Tokyo. It seems something had happened between Hirasaka and Yondaime. Hirasaka acts friendly towards Narumi but then mobilizes a group to impersonate Hirasaka-gumi and blacken its name, endangering the realization of the event.


FEATURE PRESENTATION:
6:25 - 8:00    Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail OVA 1-3
Roberta's Blood Trail
[Source: Wikipedia] Roberta's employer, Diego Lovelace, was killed, apparently as part of a war between the CIA and the NSA. She vows to punish those responsible no matter what it takes. Fabiola (her understudy), Black Lagoon and Mr. Chang get drawn into the conflict. Rock accepts the offer to find Roberta before she declares war on the US troops. He tries to solve the puzzle of Roberta's whereabouts, by collecting partial information from everywhere. At the same time, the City Ring (Hong Kong Triad, Hotel Moscow, Italian Mafia, and Colombian Cartel) gather to decide upon what they should do next. The decision is kept secret, but we see Mr. Chang goes to the Church of Violence and is filled in by a CIA member (Eda) about the recent movements of NSA commandos (Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie companies). Rock and Revy finally get enough information to find Roberta. They drive to the place where they think Roberta will start the war. Meanwhile, Revy calls Shenhua (the Taiwanese assassin), and asks for backup in return of money. They reach the war zone a bit late, since Roberta has already started the war. Rock gives a letter to Garcia, and asks him to "open it when you can't figure out what to do next." Roberta, as well as Revy, Shenhua, Sawyer, and Lotton the Wizard kill enemies one after another. Meanwhile, Rock receives a phone call from Mr. Chang, asking him to close up the fight before it's too late. He says that Garcia and the maid are pawns on a chessboard, whose sacrifice is necessary for a checkmate. Rock refuses to do so, and Chang hangs up. In a confrontation, Garcia gets separated from the others, and takes cover behind some crates. Roberta passes by, and drops something, which is picked up by Garcia. It is revealed that Roberta is under the influence of some "central nervous system stimulant," given to her by Doctor Hartland. The bottle says it's Ritalin. Roberta continues killing by various martial-art kicks and punches, but she is beaten severely by a commander of the Cuban Special Naval Missions Formation, who admits to "know every single move she knows." He reveals that he does not want to kill Roberta; instead, he wants to employ her to his advantage. Roberta deceives and kills him by shooting and punching his face, while Garcia is watching him. Garcia shouts and asks her to stop, and then collapses. Roberta comes to her senses for a moment, and tries to help Garcia. However, being under drug influence, she suddenly feels that Garcia is just an illusion, and tries to kill this illusion by shooting it. A shot is heard, followed by repeated gunshots. At first, it seems that Roberta has shot Garcia, but Burrows (a member of the US Army) radios and reveals that "Sergeant Major Horner secured a boy."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

We Are in Love!
From the Looney Tunes Show: Episode 11: Peel of Fortune
Lola explains how much in love she and Bugs are...
NOT!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Conventions This Weekend

Plan an Adventure this Weekend
Check out a convention near you.

Anime-SPARK!

February 16-19, 2012
Clarion Hotel & Convention Center
Cedar Rapids, IA

Anime Milwaukee

February 17-19, 2012
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee / Frontier Airline Center
Milwaukee, WI

Con Nooga

February 17-19, 2012
Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
Chattanooga, TN

GATOCon

February 17-19, 2012
Texas A&M University Kingsville
Kingsville, TX

Katsucon

February 17-19, 2012
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD

MegaCon

February 17-19, 2012
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

Tsukino-Con

February 17-19, 2012
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC

Visioncon

February 17-19, 2012
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
Springfield, MO

Mini A-Kon

February 18, 2012
Denton Public Library North Branch
Denton, TX

Queen City Kamikaze

February 18, 2012
Manchester Memorial High School
Manchester, NH

Animation On Display

February 18-19, 2012
Hotel Kabuki
San Francisco, CA

Kung Fu Love

Stunning Animation

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Justice League: Doom

Official Movie Trailer 
Coming to DVD on February 28, 2012
The Justice League consists of Earth's finest super heroes and protectors of humanity. But in the mind of The Dark Knight, it contains potentially the most dangerous people on the planet. Batman has compiled top-secret contingency plans should any of them go rogue. When these files are stolen by the Legion of Doom, a rising group of super villains, the Justice League embark on a collision course that will test the very fabric of its alliance.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

"Infection"

CG Animation Short
As owner of an isolated gas station, Walter signs up for a self-defense contest, baited by the first prize. This contest consists of protecting oneself and one's possessions against self-defense company employees' assaults, using paint-ball guns. Slow to react, Walter keeps failing. Discouraged, he accepts the help of his young employee, Tim...

Friday, February 10, 2012

February Club Meeting is Next Week!

 February 18, Building K, Room 131, from Noon - 8pm
ANIMATRIX NETWORK
When: Saturday, February 18, 2012, from Noon to 8:00 pm
Where: College of DuPage, Building K, Room 131
Futurama as Anime!? Now that's just wrong!
(Located near the Intersection of S. Lambert Road and Fawell Blvd)
Click for Regional Map and Local Map for Directions.

A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Capricon - Sc-Fi/Fantasy Convention

Starts today! February 9-12, 2012
 Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, IL

Evolutionaries

New Sci-Fi Cartoon
Long ago on Planet Earth lived the Human Race. For a thousand generations they reigned over this world, then one day the humans disappeared, and Earth fell silent...but not for long!

Robots - servants of man - maintain the planet in the belief that one day the humans will return home. Elsewhere Animals have evolved into civilizations and cultures of their own. But Earth is a fragile place and warriors, both Animal and Robot, seek to dominate the other and take control of the planet once and for all.

Now four heroes must unite. Pan the Simian; Non the Robot; Tyton the Owl and Asad the mighty Lion. Their mission: Find the humans, and bring peace to Planet Earth!
 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"The Girl and the Fox" Trailer

From the people who brought you "Duck Heart Teslacoil" comes a brand new, hand drawn animated short film called "The Girl and the Fox." Over 18 months in the making, this film is a heartfelt story about revenge, forgiveness and salvation. Now showing at select film festivals.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Bone the Animation

Fan-made short film
andrewkful: "The finished version of the previous video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc386TlJWSE ! I may add shading to the characters to make them more believable when I have the time, but for now, it can be posted. And BOY did this take long! I did this without any tweening anyway- yes, the animation is produced in Flash. BGs are painted in Photoshop.

As you may have heard, Warner Bros. has hired AnimalLogic to animate his story BONE in CG- this video shows my take on how it would look if it were going to be produced in 2D. Sound is taken from the soundtrack of TellTale Games' video game of the series.

Reflecting on this, even though the movie will be in CG, I REALLY think they should have a little 2D in it! Like, maybe in the opening and/or closing credits... or maybe in a short sequence in the body of the film!! It worked marvelously for Kung Fu Panda, and Cloudy... and I see a growing emergence of traditionally-animated credit sequences nowadays!!! Someone should suggest this to him!

Here's to you, Jeff. BONE was the first graphic novel I ever read, and the first I religiously followed. I hope the movie is the best it can be!"

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mia and the Migoo

Coming to DVD and Blu-ray on March 27, 2012
FROM THE DISTRIBUTORS OF THE OSCAR®-NOMINATED
THE SECRET OF KELLS AND ENTERTAINMENT ONE COMES AN UNFORGETTABLE AND BREATHTAKING ANIMATED ADVENTURE!

Mia and the Migoo

Street Date: March 27, 2012
Blu-ray/DVD SRP: $29.98/$24.98 
 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
From the distributors of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells, comes MIA AND THE MIGOO, the gorgeous second feature from renowned French animator Jacques-Rémy Girerd. A fable-like journey of a young girl who must overcome her fears on a quest to find her father and save the world from destruction, MIA AND THE MIGOO was created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation. A stunning work of art, breathtaking to behold, with backgrounds that invoke Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne, it also features the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, James Woods and Wallace Shawn. And on March 27, Entertainment One will release this highly--acclaimed, magical eco-fable to both blu-ray and DVD just in time for Earth Day!

Following a premonition, Mia sets out on a cross continental journey, though mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a construction site on a remote tropical lake. In the middle of the lake stands the ancient Tree of Life, watched over by innocent, bumbling forest spirits called the Migoo, who grow and change shape as they please, morphing from small childlike beings to petulant giants. The Migoo have been disrupting the construction to protect this sacred site – and now together with Mia they join in a fight to find Mia's father and save the Tree, with the future of life on Earth hanging in the balance.

CAST
John DiMaggio (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Little Fockers, Bee Movie)
Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, For Colored Girls, Sister Act)
Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Married to the Mob, Cutthroat Island)
Wallace Shawn (Toys Story 1, 2, 3, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc.)
James Woods (Once Upon a Time in America, The Virgin Suicides, Casino )BONUS FEATURES

“Making of” Featurette
Interview with the DirectorPROGRAM INFORMATION

Type: Blu-ray/DVD
Catalog #: (BD) EOE-BD-7084/(DVD) EOE-DV-7081
Running Time: 91 mins. + extras
Genre: Animation
Rated: PG
Aspect Ratio: (BD) 1080pHD/1.78:1/(DVD) 16 x 9/1.78:1
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Language: English w/English SDH Subtitles
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