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Friday, February 22, 2013

Anime Viewing Schedule for February 23, 2013

Wood Dale Public Library
Large Meeting Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
"Don't let love pass you by!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
10:15 - 11:05    Accel World 12-13
11:05 - 11:30    Rinne no Lagrange 10
11:30 - 12:20  
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! 3-4
12:20 - 1:10    
Kokoro Connect 14-15
1:10 - 1:50      
Club Meeting / Announcements 
1:50 - 2:40       Sword Art Online 8-9
2:40 - 3:30       Space Battleship Yamato 2199 eps 7-8
3:30 - 4:45       Berserk Movie 1: "The High King's Egg"

10:15 - 11:05   Accel World 12-13
"Begin Combat!"
Accel World
[Source: Wikipedia] In the year 2046, Neuro-synchronization, a technology system that allows humans to manipulate their five senses, has become widespread where people can access the internet and enter virtual worlds. Haruyuki "Haru" Arita is a short, fat boy who due to constant bullying has low-self esteem. To escape the torment of real life, he logs-in to the school's virtual world network where he plays squash alone and always gets the highest score. One day Haru attracts the attention of the Student Council Vice-President Kuroyukihime who offers him Brain Burst, a secret program which allows a person to make time appear to stand still in their surroundings by "accelerating" their brainwaves in the real world. Unfortunately, there is a limit to how many times a person can accelerate due to Brain Burst points and the primary way to get more points is to fight and defeat other Brain Burst users in the program's virtual reality massive multiplayer online (VRMMO) fighting game. However, if a user loses all of his/her points the Brain Burst program will uninstall itself and block all re-installation attempts, thus permanently removing the user's ability to accelerate. Kuroyukihime wants Haru's help as she wishes to reach Level 10 and meet the creator of Brain Burst to learn its true purpose. But in order to do that, she must defeat five other Level 9 users who just so happen to be "The Six Kings of Pure Color", the leaders of the six most powerful factions in the Brain Burst world. For helping him, Haru agrees to help Kuroyukihime not only to repay her but to overcome his weaknesses.
Episode 12 "Absolution": As Yellow Radio retreats, Black Lotus and Silver Crow face off against Chrome Disaster. However Scarlet Rain attacks Chrome Disaster even though Black Lotus is within range, incapacitating her. Despite Rain's supposed betrayal, Black Lotus assures Silver Crow that she is simply scared of having bonds within Brain Burst. As Chrome Disaster attempts to escape the Unlimited Field, Silver Crow manages to counterstrike by using the wires that he uses for aerial maneuvering against him, defeating him in the process. Scarlet Rain then delivers the Judgement Blow, removing him from Brain Burst. Afterwards, Scarlet Rain laments how, after Cherry Rook had introduced her to Brain Burst, she became ignorant to his problems after achieving level 9, but Silver Crow is able to assure her that they could still be friends even outside of the Accelerated World. After checking that the Armor of Destruction was completely destroyed the group turns to log out. Silver Crow hears a faint echo but logs out, unaware that a fragment of the armor lynched onto his back. Later, Haruyuki once again finds Yuniko at his apartment where she explains the reason Cherry Rook was so desperate to become stronger, because he was about to move in the real world and didn't want their bond in Brain Burst to be severed. However, in the end, thanks to Haruyuki's assurance she realizes that there are more VR games that they could play together.
Episode 13 "Violation": Chiyuri gets Takumu to transfer the Brain Burst program to her and both Takumu and Haruyuki are shocked to learn that it successfully installs. The next day as a new school year begins Haruyuki, Chiyuri and Takumu are transferred to the same class. During assembly Haruyuki notices some odd behavior from Kuroyukihime, believing there may be another Burst Linker among the new students. While checking to see if any new Burst Linkers are around, with no such luck, Haruyuki and Takumu help Chiyuri get a grasp of dueling within Brain Burst, learning that she gained the Duel Avatar: Lime Bell, with healing abilities. Haruyuki reports this to Kuroyukihime, who explains that Chiyuri is likely to be sought after since her ability is so rare that only one other healer exists within Brain Burst, one of the Six Kings of Color, whom she doesn't name. Kuroyukihime then reveals she is going on a school trip to Okinawa, tasking Haruyuki and the others with defending Nega Nebulus' territory while she is away. Later, as Takumu participates in a kendo tournament, Haruyuki suspects that his opponent, a freshman named Seiji Nomi, is using some sort of acceleration power, but he doesn't appear to be a Burst Linker upon inspection.

11:05 - 11:30   Rinne no Lagrange 10
"Flying a robot is like riding a bucking bronco... sort of."
Rinne no Lagrange
[Source: Wikipedia] Madoka Kyouno, a schoolgirl from Kamogawa, is the sole member of the Jersey Club and always ready to help others out. One day, she is approached by an alien named Lan who asks her to pilot a robotic aircraft to defend mankind against an evil force.
Episode 10 "Goodbye Kamogawa": On the day of the cultural festival, Lan and Muginami have to keep a mission given to them a secret from Madoka. While looking around the stalls they helped with, the girls come across Asteria who has Madoka escort her around the festival. As Madoka starts to become depressed at the thought of Lan and Muginami making new friends, she learns from Asteria about the assault Lan and Muginami are making and decides to go after them.

11:30 - 12:20     Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! 3-4
"I am the Heretic -- Twintail! Beware my power!"
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
[Source: Wikipedia] Yūta Togashi is a boy who, during junior high school, had 'adolescent delusions' (中二病 chūnibyō, lit. "junior high school second grade illness"), believing that he possesses supernatural powers and dubbing himself the 'Dark Flame Master,' therefore alienating himself from his classmates. Finding his past embarrassing, Yūta attempts to start off high school where he does not know anyone, free from his old delusions. This proves to be difficult, however, as a delusional girl in his class, Rikka Takanashi, learns of Yūta's past and becomes interested in him. As the plot progreses Rikka becomes more attached to Yūta, who despite finding her delusions irritating and embarrassing, accepts her. He helps Rikka with a number of things, including founding and maintaining her club and tutoring her. When he joins her on her summer vacation, Yūta learns that when Rikka was very young her father, whom she was very close to, died unexpectedly due to a terminal illness, causing her to fall into her delusions. After Yūta agrees to help Rikka search for the 'Ethereal Horizon' (不可視境界線 Fukashi Kyōkaisen), which she believes will lead her to her father, she becomes romantically interested in him and vice versa.
Episode 3 "The Heretic... Twintail": As Yūta becomes curious about what club to join, Rikka decides she wants to start her own 'Far Eastern Magic Society' club, roping both Yūta and Kumin to join. After trying out a few other clubs, Rikka calls on her similarly delusional friend from the school's middle school department, Sanae Dekomori, to join as well. Despite lacking a fifth member, the teacher offers them a provisional clubroom on the condition that they clean it up and recommends them as a circle. As Yūta denies wanting to join the club himself, his resolve soon falters when Shinka also decides to join the group.
Episode 4 "Remorseful... Mabinogion": As Yūta becomes curious about why Shinka would want to join the hobby group, she asks to go to his home on Sunday. Yūta attempts to get Rikka out of the way on that day by sending her and Sanae off on a wild goose chase. As Shinka arrives at Yūta's home, she frantically ravishes his room searching for a book of Sanae's that Yūta had in his room. Yūta soon discovers this 'Mabinogion' is in fact Shinka's journal from her chūnibyō phase, when she called herself Mori Summer, which she wanted to destroy before anyone found out about her embarrassing past. As she burns the book, revealing her true nature that she only joined the club to get rid of it, she is shocked to learn Sanae has multiple copies. With Sanae unwilling to listen to her as she doesn't believe her to be the true Mori Summer, Yuta suggests she appeal to her delusions, but ultimately cracks under the pressure. Shinka reluctantly decides to stay in the group until she can finally destroy all of the evidence.

12:20 - 1:10   Kokoro Connect 14-15
"It'll be our little secret."
Kokoro Connect
[Source: Wikipedia] The story involves five high school students, Taichi, Iori, Himeko, Yoshifumi and Yui, who are all members of the Cultural Research Club. One day, they begin experiencing a phenomenon in which they randomly swap bodies amongst themselves. As these five friends face many different phenomena at the whims of a mysterious being known as Balloon Vine, their friendship is put to the ultimate test.
Episode 14 "The Days Fall Apart": As Heartseed puts the gang through another phenomenom, in which their true emotions will be randomly transmitted to each other, Iori turns Taichi down when he asks to start dating her. As Valentine's Day comes and Maiko suggests Taichi turn his attention towards Himeko, the gang grow concerned when they learn Goto will only be able to be an advisor for one club, meaning they will have to outdo the Jazz Club in a presentation in order to keep him. As the discussion turns to Valentine's Day, both Himeko's feelings for Taichi and Taichi's rejection by Iori gets transmitted to the others. As Himeko tries to get Iori to speak her reasons, Iori's selfish thoughts end up getting transmitted to everyone, which in turn leads Iori to hear everyone's concerned thoughts about her, including a harsh one from Himeko. As Himeko asks Iori about it privately, she responds that the experiences with Heartseed has affected her decision making, making her uncertain about if she actually loves Taichi or not. Afterwards, Taichi and Himeko have a talk, listing the things he likes about Himeko, although still pointing out he is in love with Iori. As the gang decide what to do for their presentation, Yoshifumi hears Iori's thoughts about how everyone has their own idea of her personality. Later, as Yoshifumi is approached by Heartseed, who claims he is useless, he strengthens his resolve with thoughts of Yui, who also hears his thoughts.
Episode 15 "You Don't See it, You Don't Get It": As Iori struggles with her identity, she ends up being cold and distancing herself from everyone around her. When Taichi hears Himeko thinking about disbanding the Cultural Research Club, she explains it as a possible method to stop Heartseed from interfering with them, though Taichi easily tells she doesn't want it to come to that. Concerned about Iori, Yui tries to reason with her, but she just responds that her changing personality means she can no longer be friends with her. As Yui is approached by Heartseed that evening, she resolves to stop relying on others so much, later giving Taichi some encouragement to help save Iori. The next day, as Himeko tries to get Iori to say what she truly feels, she responds by saying it is Himeko's selfishness concerning Taichi that is to blame.

1:10 - 1:50     Club Meeting / Announcements

Now that's a catchy tune!
-  Convention Announcements
-  Animation News from around the world
-  Cosplayers/Skits/Masquerade
-  Anime Music Videos
-  And other weird, interesting stuff...

1:50 - 2:40    Sword Art Online 8-9
"Kirito must beat the game in order to save himself and his friends,
but he must first harden his emotions even to those he loves."
 Sword Art Online
[Source: Wikipedia] In the year 2022, the Virtual reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) Sword Art Online (SAO) is released. With the Nerve Gear, a virtual reality Helmet that stimulates the user's five senses via their brain, players can experience and control their in-game characters with their minds. On November 6, 2022, all the players log in for the first time, and discover that they are unable to log out. They are then teleported to a place where Kayaba Akihiko, the creator of SAO, issues them a challenge; if they wish to be free and log out of the game, they must reach the 100th floor of the game's tower and defeat the final boss. However, if their avatars die in game, their bodies will also die in the real world. The story follows Kirito, a skilled player who is determined to beat the game. As the game progresses Kirito eventually befriends a female player called Asuna who becomes his partner and lover. After the duo discovers the identity of Kayaba's avatar in SAO, the couple confronts and defeats him, freeing themselves and the other players from the game. Upon returning to the real world, Kirito learns that Asuna is trapped along a small group of SAO players against their will in another VRMMORPG called Alfheim Online (ALO) as a part of a plan devised by Nobuyuki Sugō with the intention of brainwashing Asuna and marry her in an attempt to take over her family's company. Helped by old friends from his time in SAO along new allies, Kirito manages to thwart Nobuyuki's plans and finally reunite with Asuna in the real world. Soon after, Kirito embarks in another VRMMORPG called Gun Gale Online (GGO) to investigate the mysterious connection between the game and deaths ocurring in the real world. He eventually discovers that the cuplrits behind the deaths include former members of a murderous guild he has previously confronted in SAO. After solving the murders in GGO, Kirito is recruited to assist in the development of a state-of-the-art game interface far more realistic and complex than those of the games he had previously played, but he eventually gets trapped in a game called UnderWorld (UW) where the flow of time is thousands of times faster than in the real world and is currently finding a way back to reality.
Episode 8 "Black and White Sword Dance": After adventuring on the 74th floor, Kirito finds a Ragout Rabbit, a rare animal with top grade meat. Since he cannot cook well, Kirito decides to sell it to Agil, but he changes his mind when Asuna arrives and tells them she has mastered her cooking skills. Instead, Kirito requests her to cook it in exchange for a share of the meal. However, Kuradeel, Asuna's escort sent by the Knights of Blood, is against Asuna inviting Kirito to her home as he is a Beater, but Asuna ignores him. At her home in Selmburg on the 61st floor, Asuna cooks the rabbit meat for dinner. Over the meal, Asuna and Kirito discuss the two years that have passed since they were trapped in the game and how so many players have gotten accustomed to living in Aincard, with fewer than five hundred players clearing the floors. Both agree to party up and explore the dungeons in the 74th floor, and meet up the following day. However, Kuradeel appears and attempts to stop them. Kuradeel challenges Kirito to a duel, promising to leave them alone if Kirito wins. Kirito defeats Kuradeel by breaking his sword. However, Kuradeel refuses to give up, until Asuna relieves him of his duties and orders him to return to Knights of the Blood Oath headquarters. As Kirito and Asuna explore the 74th floor dungeons, they discover the boss room and its boss, Gleam Eyes.
Episode 9 "Blue-Eyed Demon": Kirito and Asuna flee from the boss room to another part of the dungeon, where they stop for a meal and encounter Klein and the Furinkazan guild. The Aincrad Liberation Force guild, known as "The Army", also appears, visibly exhausted from exploring the floor. As the soldiers rest, their leader Corbatz demands Kirito to give them the map he made of the floor. Despite Asuna and Klein's protests, Kirito complies with his request. Kirito, Asuna, Klein and his guild later check up on Corbatz and his men, only to learn that they are battling Gleam Eyes by themselves, despite Kirito's earlier warnings. To make matters worse, the teleport crystals do not work in the boss room. As the members of the Army are killed off one by one, Asuna, Kirito and Klein charge at the boss to protect the survivors. Not wanting to see more people die, Kirito is forced to use a unique skill, Dual Blades, he has been keeping secret that allows him to fight with two swords. Using both Elucidator and Dark Repulsor, Kirito performs Star-burst Stream, a barrage of deadly slashes to defeat Gleam Eyes, before falling unconscious as his health hits red. Upon awakening, Kirito is greeted by the sight of a distraught Asuna, who announces her intentions to take a break from her guild and continue partying with Kirito. Shortly after the boss battle, Kirito's unique skill becomes the talk of Aincard, which gets him the attention of Heathcliff, the Commander of the Knights of Blood. Not wishing to see his vice-commander leave his guild, Heathcliff challenges Kirito to a duel. If Kirito wins, Asuna is allowed to leave the guild and join his side, but if he loses, Kirito must join the Knights of Blood. Kirito agrees to the terms and accepts Heathcliff's challenge.

2:40 - 3:30    Space Battleship Yamato 2199 eps 7-8
"Leaving all we love behind... who knows what dangers we'll find!"
Space Battleship Yamato 2199
[Source: Wikipedia] The year is 2199. The once blue and green planet Earth has been reduced to a radioactive desert wasteland by constant attacks from a hostile aliens from the planet Gamilas which force the remaining population underground. However, a friendly alien race from the planet Iscandar contacts the humans and gives them the blueprints to build a powerful space battleship capable of retrieving a device to clean the planet before humanity disappears. The name of the ship: Space Battleship Yamato.

3:30 - 4:45    Berserk Movie 1: "The High King's Egg"
"He trusts nothing but his own sword."
 Berserk Movie 1: "The High King's Egg"
[Source:] He has no place to call home. The lone mercenary Guts travels a land ravaged by a hundred-year war. Moving from battlefield to battlefield, his skill and ferocity eventually attract the attention of Griffith, the leader of a group of mercenaries called The Band of the Hawk. Desiring Guts's power to help him achieve his goals, Griffith succeeds in recruiting the distrustful Guts by challenging him to a duel and defeating him. As the Band of the Hawk fight together and their bond as a unit grows stronger, Griffith and Guts's bond deepens as well. With their continued success on the battlefield, Griffith achieves the first step toward his lofty goals: his band of mercenaries becomes recognised as a full-fledged army within the Midland Kingdom. Despite all their success, Guts begins to question his reasons for fighting for Griffith's dream, which, unbeknownst to Guts, is destined to bestow a monstrous fate on them both.

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