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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Anime Viewing Schedule for July 27, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013
Wood Dale Public Library
Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
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10:15 - 11:30    Accel World 22-24 (end)
11:30 - 11:55    Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! OVA

11:55 - 12:45    Red Data Girl 7-8
12:45 - 2:05      Club Meeting / Announcements
2:05 - 2:30        Sword Art Online 17-18
2:30 - 3:45        Attack on Titan 10-12
3:45 - 4:45        Ghost in the Shell ARISE 1 (Ghost Pain)



10:15 - 11:05    Accel World 22-24 (end)
Plot Summary: [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 22 "Determination": Blood Leopard explains to Silver Crow, the risk of overusing the Incarnate System since the power that it draws out, comes at a high price of causing a Burst Linker to lose their sense of self and give rise to a Chrome Disaster. Despite this, Crow decides to believe in the good of Brain Burst. Leopard then uses Silver Crow as bait to draw out Rust Taker into a duel, where they quickly beat him and return to the real world to hopefully spot his real body. Haruyuki catches a glimpse of him while making a strange swiping gesture but quickly loses him. Later Haruyuki and Takumu plan their next moves with the latter grasping the basic concept of incarnation from Yuniko. The next day, Haruyuki decides to talk to Chiyuri, who begins participating in battles with Dusk Taker, and although he doesn't understand her train of thought, swears to take back what Seiji stole from him. Later, Haruyuki analyzes all the data he has on Seiji (Dusk Taker). Based on the swiping gesture Rust Jigsaw made whilst not wearing a Neuro-Linker Haruyuki deduces that their faction is using illegal Brain Implant Chips which they connect to networks with and only use their Neuro-Linkers just as they enter a duel thus masking them from the matching list. The next day, Haruyuki confronts Seiji with his discovery and they agree on an ultimatum: settling their score with a final duel in the Unlimited Field where the winner claims all of the losers Burst Points. Haruyuki, with Takumu supporting him, determines to end their plight before Kuroyukihime returns.
Episode 23 "Consolidation": As the day of the duel arrives, Chiyuri asks to join Haruyuki and Takumu in the Unlimited Field. Choosing to believe in her, they comply. Silver Crow, Cyan Pile and Lime Bell approach the battle ground, the school's sporting field, where they encounter Dusk Taker and begin the duel using a Sudden Death Duel Card. As the battle begins, a new Burst Linker, Black Vice ambushes them and immobilizes Silver Crow. Taker explains that Vice possess a Deceleration ability via his Brain Implant Chip. Taker then battles Cyan Pile who manifests his incarnation ability, Cyan Blade, and overcomes Taker's Demonic Possession due to Taker already having too many abilities, and slices off an arm. Dusk Taker explains that he was bullied by his older brother who was also his Brain Burst parent, forcing him to obtain points for him. This drove him taking revenge on his brother by repeatedly killing him within the Unlimited Field and stripping him of Brain Burst. Taker then takes Lime Bell hostage and tortures her, explaining that the bonds they have are illusions. This proves too much for Cyan Pile, causing him to lose focus, giving Taker an advantage and cuts off both his arms. As Haruyuki laments on the hopelessness of the situation, he loses the will to fight. But he eventually regains his resolve from his avatar (Silver Crow) and his memory of Kuroyukihime. He manages to overpower Black Vice, at the cost of his metallic armor, and surprises Dusk Taker but instead falls to the ground. Just as all hope seems to truly be lost, Dusk Taker is stopped from finishing off Cyan Pile by Black Lotus, who appears on a level 15 Enemy using the reins obtained from Crimson Kingbolt. As Taker is taken aback by her arrival, Black Vice introduces themselves officially, as being a part of the Acceleration Research Society (which Sulfur Pot was also a part of). Black Lotus then deems them her enemies for trampling on her Legion members and fiercely attacks Black Vice while encouraging Silver Crow to stand and face Dusk Taker once and for all.
Episode 24 "Reincarnation": As they make their way to meet up with Yuniko, Haruyuki explains to Takumu how Seiji had set him up, and dragging Chiyuri along. After hearing about their situation, Yuniko agrees to teach Haruyuki and Takumu about the Incarnate System, explaining the different skills that can be performed with them. Silver Crow demonstrates the ability he achieved via his training with Sky Raker, with Scarlet Rain suggesting he give it a name so he can have easier access to it, thus he dubs it Laser Sword. As the type of skills an avatar can learn depends on the user's personal traumas, Takumu explains how he was bullied in elementary school, which gave rise Cyan Pile's combat ability. As Scarlet Rain begins training Cyan Pile, Haruyuki logs out to learn more about how Seiji masks himself from the matching list. He is then joined by Yuniko's ally, Blood Leopard, who takes him to Akihabara to begin the investigation. They arrive and enter Akihabara's virtual world and proceed to the Akihabara Battle Grounds, a neutral fighting arena for Burst Linkers which is also being plagued by another unlisted Burst Linker called Rust Jigsaw who enters the Dive Cafe where Haruyuki and Blood Leopard's real bodies are.

11:30 - 11:55     Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! OVA Special
Plot Summary: [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 11 "Glimmering... Slapstick Noel": Some time after Rikka returns to the school, the gang has a Christmas party at Sanae's mansion. As usual, Rikka tries to take the opportunity to improve her relationship with Yūta, while Makoto tries to get closer to Kumin with no success and Shinka keeps arguing with Sanae. However, the situation gets even more hectic when Rikka and Sanae get drunk upon eating some liquor cake. After Rikka gets asleep, Yūta takes her home with him, but before returning to their apartment, they end up taking a special boat ride where they have some quality time until the rest of the gang also appears there, much to their surprise. The still drunk Sanae then causes a commotion about how Rikka keeps talking about Yūta, almost dropping Rikka from the boat, but Yūta manages to catch her in time, while Sanae falls over Shinka, kissing her up by accident. Finally back home, Yūta is visited by Rikka, wearing a black Santa dress to bid him Merry Christmas.

11:55 - 12:45    Red Data Girl 7-8
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] The story revolves around Izumiko Suzuhara, a 15-year old girl who has been raised at Tamakura Shrine, part of the Kumano Shrines World Heritage Site. She destroys any electrical device that she comes into contact with. Despite being shy, she wants to try living in the city. Her guardian Yukimasa Sagara recommends that she enroll at Hōjō High School in Tokyo, accompanied by his son and Izumiko's childhood friend Miyuki Sagara. While in Tokyo, an entity named "Himegami" appears. Izumiko learns that she is a yorishiro, a vessel for a shinto spirit known as a kami, while Miyuki learns that he is a yamabushi, a warrior tasked with protecting her.
Episode 7 "My First Time Getting Lost": Sagara starts to fight some ghosts that appeared from the bushes. His only concern is Izumiko's safety and asks Mayura to stop this game, but Mayura says that she will protect her. Because Izumiko got really scared, she immediately tells Sagara about Masumi who's all this time beside him as Manatsu. When said it, the surroundings suddenly return to normal but Izumiko gets left in the layer of Togakushi where the fight happened and feels lost and alone. When they notice it, they immediately looks for her. Back in the layer, Masumi talks to her and tells her that she got left and say he will lead her back to her friends. On the way back, Manatsu gets a call telling him that Tabi (their first horse) is sick and he needs to get there as soon as possible as the owner. After spending days alone Manatsu has yet to come back, they get worried and Izumiko and Sagara to go see what is happening. They find out that Tabi has died and Manatsu is extremely depressed about it. The truck they passed coming to the ranch was the carrying Tabi's body from the farm, He had died that day.
Episode 8 "My First Wish": Sagara and Izumiko save Manatsu from Masumi's spiritual plane but unleash a strong god Sagara saves Izumiko from an attack and is revealed to have black wings but in the end The Goddess comes and talks the god in to sleeping again Izumiko askes the goddess if its possible for them to live apart she tells her to ask her mother.

12:45 - 2:05     Club Meeting / Announcements

San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Highlights
  • Convention Coverage
  • Animation News from around the world
  • Cosplayers/Skits/Masquerade
  • Anime Music Videos
  • And other weird, interesting stuff...


2:05 - 2:30    Sword Art Online 17
Plot Summary: [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 17 "Captive Queen": Leafa thanks Kirito for saving her and teaches him how to fly properly. They then travel to the Sylph Territory (Sylvein) where they meet one of Leafa's party members, Recon. Leafa and Kirito go to an inn and have a conversation about how he can get to the top of the World Tree. Seeing Kirito's determination to reach the top of the tree, Leafa decides to help him and asks him to meet her at the inn the next day. When Leafa logs out, it is revealed she is actually Suguha. Meanwhile, Asuna is seen in a gigantic bird cage at the World Tree, held by the game master, Oberon the Fairy King. She recognizes Oberon as Sugou, who insists on calling her "Titania". He reveals to Asuna how he captured the minds of 300 players before they were logged out from SAO including her own, as part of his research on memory control. He threatens to alter Asuna's memories if she does not cooperate with him and then departs, leaving Asuna in despair and quietly begging for Kirito to save her. 

2:30 - 3:45    Attack on Titan 10-12
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] In an alternative, middle-ages setup, the human population is dwindling in numbers. With the advent of Titans, giant humanoid creatures that attack and devour any human on sight, what remains of civilization is protected by three concentric walls, hundreds of kilometers long and around fifty meters tall, called Wall Maria (the outermost wall), Wall Rose and Wall Sina (the innermost wall housing the capital). All efforts to expand the human territory beyond the walls have failed so far, but the citizens inside remained safe for a hundred years, until two unusual Titans, a colossal one, sixty meter tall and another one, covered with a hardened shell, break through Wall Maria, bringing the other Titans inside, forcing mankind to once again face its greatest threat to ensure its survival. The series follows the story of Eren Jeager, a young boy whose father disappears after his mother is killed during the fall of Wall Maria. Years later he enlists into the army, accompanied by his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and their childhood friend Armin Arlelt. When the Titans threaten to break further through Wall Rose, Eren discovers that he possesses the ability to temporarily transform himself into a Titan. Seen as a threat by some, and a ray of hope by others, Eren joins his companions in a war to protect what still remains of mankind, making use of his newfound power while looking for answers to the mysteries surrounding the Titans, the walls, and his own existence.
Episode 10 "Answer: Battle of Trost District, Part 6": After partially transforming himself into a Titan to protect Armin and Mikasa, Eren climbs out from the Titan to talk with Mikasa and Armin regarding the basement in his former house and how he believes that the secret to mankind's preservation and the key to destroying the Titans is located. Commander Kitz is still afraid and once again orders the cannon to be loaded. Eren comes up with two plans of escape: the first is for him to transform into a Titan and run away on his own, forever criminalizing himself in the eyes of humanity; The second is to have Armin convince to Kitz that Eren is an asset, not a danger. Armin has several flashbacks and comes to the realization that even if he is a coward physically, he can still defend his friends mentally and decides to help talk their way out of being executed. Armin tentatively convinces Kitz, only to have him overcome by fear and give the order to fire once more. But the order is halted when Commander Pixis and his men intervene, sparing their lives. In return, Pixis asks Eren if he will transform himself and help block gap in the wall to prevent further Titan invasions. He agrees, regardless of whether or not he is able to control his Titan form.
Episode 11  "Icon: Battle of Trost District, Part 7": As Armin helps Pixis' subordinates coordinate a plan, morale among the troops begin to fade as some of them want to desert and be with their families. Pixis calms everyone by reminding them if they abandon this one chance to finally stop the Titans, their families will be killed by the Titans which convinces the troops to stay. Claiming that Eren is the result of a secret project to turn humans into Titans, Pixis plans to have most of the troops gather at a far corner of Trost to lure most of the Titans away while Eren in Titan form carries the giant boulder needed to seal the hole. Along with Mikasa, Eren will be guarded during this mission by three of the best elites of the Garrison, Ian Dietrich, Rico Brzenska and Mitabi Jarnach. As they head toward the giant boulder, Rico reminds Eren that many lives are at stake for the sake of this mission. Finally reaching the boulder, Eren transforms himself into a Titan, but suddenly attacks Mikasa.
Episode 12  "Wound: Battle of Trost District, Part 8": Mikasa tries to reason with Eren's Titan, but to no avail. Eren's Titan continues his attack and accidentally incapacitates himself, slumping to the ground. The elites protecting Eren sends up a red flare to signal that the plan has failed, much to the dismay of the troops observing from the wall. As Armin heads toward Eren to investigate, the elite squadron argues and eventually agrees to protect Eren, recognizing him as a valuable military asset. During the operation, Jean gets separated from Connie and Annie after his Maneuver Gear malfunctions, forcing him to hide from two Titans in a building. Armin reaches Eren's unconscious Titan, but Mikasa calls to him, warning that the Rogue Titan is dangerous. Armin plunges his sword off to the side of the Titan's neck, which briefly awakens Eren. As Armin talks of the outside world and Eren's promise to kill all the Titans, Eren leaves his dreamlike-state and regains consciousness.

3:45 - 4:45    Ghost in the Shell ARISE 1 (Ghost Pain)
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Set in the year 2027, a year following the end of the non-nuclear World War IV. A bomb has gone off in Newport City, killing a major arms dealer who may have ties with the mysterious 501 Organization. Public Security official Daisuke Aramaki hires full-body cyber prosthesis user and hacker extraordinaire Motoko Kusanagi to investigate, but on the case with her are "Sleepless Eye" Batou who believes Kusanagi is a criminal, Niihama Prefecture Detective Togusa who is investigating a series of prostitute murders he believes are related to the incident, and Lieutenant Colonel Kurtz of the 501 Organization who also wishes to keep an eye on Kusanagi. A recurring part of the episodes will be the mysterious Fire Starter (ファイア・スターター Faia Sutātā) computer virus, as well as looking into the lives of Batou and Togusa before the formation of Public Security Section 9.

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