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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Anime Viewing Schedule for February 22, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Wood Dale Public Library
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Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
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10:15 - 11:05    Noragami 1-2 [Video]
11:05 - 11:55    Nagi no Asukara 4-5 [Video]
11:55 - 12:45    Kyokai no Kanata 9-10 [Video]
12:45 - 1:35      Kill La Kill 8-9 [Video]
1:35 - 2:15        Club Meeting / Announcements [Video]
2:15 - 3:05        Wizard Barristers 1-2
3:05 - 3:55        Coppelion 8-9 [Video]
3:55 - 4:45        Ghost in the Shell: Arise OVA #2 [Video]


ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW -- Spend the day watching some of the best anime from Japan --

10:15 - 11:05    Noragami 1-2
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Noragami literally means "Stray God." Hiyori Iki was a regular middle school student until she gets hit by a bus in order to save Yato's life. This incident causes her to transform into a half-phantom. Soon after she learns that Yato is a war god, and her life is never the same again.
Episode 1 "A Housecat, a Stray God, and a Tail": Mutsumi is sitting in her classroom, and is being bullied by her classmates, when she sees a "phantom" outside her classroom window. She prays to God to save her. Yato responds by tossing and catching a 5 yen coin, and then destroys the phantom with his Shinki (Divine Weapon), who was in the form of Tomone. When the battle is finished, Yato then reverts Tomone back to her human form and she rudely comments on Yato's behavior and how she "had enough." She tells Yato that she insists on quitting then starts to cry. Yato, unable to stop her crying, agrees to let her go. After which, Tomone's real attitude surfaces and she parts with the least bit of respect for Yato. After writing his cellphone number on a wall in a park, he eventually gets a call about "Milord" being missing. It turns out that this call, was in fact about a missing cat named "Milord." Yato finds the cat in the middle of the road and chases it, where he is pushed out of the way of a bus by Iki Hiyori, resulting in her being hit. After Hiyori awakens in her family's hospital and spends the night, she is awoken by the voices of phantoms, and finds Yato in her bed. She retreats with cat-like reflexes. After telling her that she is the first human to ever save him, Yato introduces himself as a god. The two talk, and Yato leaves via the window. A few days later, Yato uses catnip to find Milord, and is then attacked by a phantom which Milord was teasing. Hiyori then appears and runs away with Yato. After Hiyori attacks the phantom, and the two manage to lose it, Yato ponts behind her (at her "tail") and tells Hiyori that her soul has leaked out. Hiyori collapses back into her body. Yato returns Milord to his home and carries Hiyori. After she wakes up and calls Yato a pervert, he explains about her being stuck in between the Far Shore (in human terms, the afterlife) and the Near Shore (where the living reside). Hiyori asks for his help, seeing as he is a god, and he holds up five fingers and requests money in return. Hiyori mistakes the cost for 50, 000 yen, and 500, 000 yen, but Yato tells her the correct amount, 5 yen.
Episode 2 "Snow-like": Hiyori once again leaves her body, this time while bathing. At school, while changing for a class, she leaves her body again. She then decides to wander the city as she is able to move more swiflty in her 'living phantom' form, and she eventually winds up in a park. Yato gets a call from Hiyori, who doubts his claims that he is a god because he is yet to help her, and he appears next to her suddenly. He then tells her that he cannot do anything without a Shinki. He then gets a call from someone asking for help (it turns out to be cleaning the mould from a bathroom wall) and disappears. Hiyori then takes it upon herself to find a Shinki for him. After Yato gets yet another call from Hiyori, who claims to have found a Shinki, he yet again appears before her only to find that the so-called Shinki she found was a bona-fide phantom. Hiyori then tries to attack it but is stopped by Yato, who pulls on her "tail." Yato is then bitten by the phantom. He injures it, causing the phantom to temporarily retreat. He prevents Hiyori from touching his injury, explaining that his arm has been "blighted," which is a type of defilement that spreads, and that unless it is excorcised or cleansed, it remains and eats away at you. Yato then explains that Hiyori's "tail" is not a tail, but a lifeline that connects her physical and ethereal forms. The phantom reappears and they retreat from the phantom once more. Yato stops dead in his tracks because he found an uncorrupted spirit. He claims it as his Shinki, and it transforms into its weapon form, a katana. Yato then sees a flashback of the spirit's memories and stands still on the top of a powerpole, seemingly in shock, and then starts to collapse. He is then eaten by the phantom, katana in hand. Hiyori screams his name,and he managed to kill the phantom, lands on powerlines, and then falls to the ground. He lays on the ground for a moment, crying. Later, he is seen cleansing his hand with the katana propped up beside him. He tells Hiyori that the katana's name is Yuki, and less formally, Yukine. The katana then reverts to his human form, a teenage boy with blond hair and orange eyes.

11:05 - 11:55     Nagi no Asukara - "A Lull in the Sea" (Episodes 4-5)
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Long ago, human civilization had lived on the oceanfloor. However, there were many humans who wanted to live above the surface and they moved to land creating a fundamental separation between the two. After their school closes down, four middle school students from the sealand have to go to school on the mainland. This is about their lives as they adjust to a new environment and the relationships with each other.
Episode 4 "Because We're Friends": Miuna and her friend Sayu ask Hikari to come up with a plan to break apart Akari and her father Itaru for good but he declines, claiming that he despises underhand schemes. In home economics class, Manaka decides to have some of her classmates taste the dish she made with her friends in an attempt to befriend them too, but they shove her away dropping it on the ground and cause a commotion in class. The boys refuse to apologize and when Hikari learns that someone destroyed the offering, he blames them for it while the real culprit, Sayu confesses that she did it to get back at Hikari for refusing to help them. Remembering Hikari's words Miuna reprimands her friend for it and while returning home, Hikari and Manaka rescue Itaru from drowning after he borrowed some diving gear to see Akari at the village and they discover that Miuna's deceased mother was from Shioshishio. Meanwhile, Akari reveals to Uroko that she was friends with Miuna and her family and after her mother died, she decided to take care of her and her father in her place, but with Miuna's rejection, she decided to give up on it. After learning from Sayu that she was the one who destroyed the offering, Hikari apologizes to the boys that he wrongly accused and Manaka stands up for him, which makes Chisaki sad as once again Manaka helps Hikari while she could do nothing for him. 
Episode 5 "Hey, Sea Slug": Still depressed with what happened, Chisaki does not join her friends on their way to school and when she finally leaves, she meets Tsumugu. Chisaki then confesses to Tsumugu that she likes Hikari unaware that Manaka, who returned to pick her up, was hearing them. Meanwhile, Akari breaks up for good with Itaru, claiming that she would never replace Miuna's mother in her heart. However, Akari learns later that Miuna diappeared and after warning Hikari about it, he and his friends manage to find her. Claiming to his sister that they will take care of her for the night, Hikari and co. have dinner with Miuna and after the others leave home, Miuna confesses to Hikari that she always liked Akari, but rejects her out of fear of one day losing her just like it happened with her mother and Hikari manages to cheer her up. In the next day, a worried Akari finds Hikari and Miuna sleeping peacefully beside each other and reconciles with her.

11:55 - 12:45    Kyokai no Kanata [Beyond the Boundary] (Episodes 9-10)
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] One day high-school student Akihito Kanbara instinctively goes to save his fellow schoolmate, Mirai Kuriyama from committing suicide. Following his pleads however, Mirai suddenly stabs Akihito with a sword formed out of her own blood and is shocked to discover that Akihito is an immortal "half-youmu"—the offspring of a supernatural creature called a youmu and a human. After learning that Mirai is a Spirit World Warrior and the last surviving member of her spirit hunting clan, their lives become intertwined as Akihito seeks to help Mirai gain the confidence to kill youmu so that she may stop attempting to kill him as practice.
Episode 9 "Silver Bamboo": Upon arriving at the Shindō shop, Mirai horrifically discovers Akihito in his youmu form. Meanwhile, as Hiroomi and Mitsuki have their hands full with the giant youmu, Izumi faces off against Miroku who escapes when a fireball distracts Izumi. Afterwards, Izumi returns to the shop and attacks Akihito in front of Mirai before he too manages to escape. At the same time, Hiroomi and Mitsuki manage to defeat the large shadow and later rendezvous at Akihito's apartment with Izumi and Mirai. Here, Mirai relays Ayaka's explanation that the Calm had weakened Akihito's human half more than his youmu half, causing the latter to surface. As they track Akihito into the woods, Izumi suggests that Mirai can now kill Akihito with his immortality nullified by Calm since if it ends, his youmu half would likely gain dominance over his body and become unstoppable. The following day, as Mitsuki and Hiroomi ponder on Izumi's ulterior motive, the latter confronts her using Miroku's rationale of manipulating Mirai and that she deliberately weakened Akihito's human half with her freezing barrier, prompting his youmu emergence. However Izumi instead warns him about the Society. Dissatisfied, Hiroomi tries to get Mirai to change her mind from killing Akihito and later enters the Nase family archives where he discovers the shocking revelation of Akihito's youmu half being the one Beyond the Boundary. Just then, as Miroku manages to steal the Hollow Shadow's stone from the Nase vault, Mirai tracks Akihito's youmu form to a deserted part of the forest under the silver rainclouds and engages him in a furious battle, eventually severely wounding him. Finally, with her heart breaking, Mirai rushes Akihito to deliver the fatal blow.
Episode 10 "White World": A flashback shows Izumi summoning Mirai to Nagatsuki City. In the present, Akihito awakens in his apartment and learns that Mirai had been taking care of him following his youmu transformation. The two later arrive at the Literary Club where Mirai reveals that she exists via a portion of her blood within Akihito and they are simply a part of his dream since he remains unconscious following their last encounter. She goes on to explain that she was sent to Nagatsuki City with the sole purpose of killing the Beyond the Boundary youmu but couldn't bring herself to harm Akihito. Instead, she used her blood during the Calm to draw the youmu out of Akihito and into herself before vanishing. Mirai then kisses Akihito before the dream ends, with the latter awakening in a state of shock. Six months earlier, Izumi summons Mirai to Nagatsuki City and brings her before the Nase family head where they enlist her aid in destroying the Beyond the Boundary youmu within Akihito Kanbara before the Society of the Spirit World Warriors gets to it first. Mirai later transfers to Nagatsuki High and fails to kill Akihito on numerous occasions, instead getting to know him better. However Izumi warns her to emotionally distance herself from Akihito. Failing to do so, Mirai comes to understand Akihito's pain during the Hollow Shadow incident and later makes it known to Izumi during the lantern festival of her choice to not kill Akihito. Izumi then uses her freezing barrier to help the youmu surface from Akihito's body during the Calm and manipulates Mirai into thinking that she can save him by sacrificing herself to the youmu—to which Mirai agrees. Elsewhere, in the snowy white Mirror World, Mirai makes her way towards the Beyond the Boundary's core. 

12:45 - 1:35     Kill la Kill (episodes 8-9)
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Kill la Kill is set at Honnouji Academy (本能字学園 Honnōji Gakuen), a fictional high school in post-apocalyptic Japan that is dominated by its fearsome student council, led by Satsuki Kiryuin. The council members wear special uniforms called Goku Uniforms (極制服 Goku Seifuku) that grant them superhuman abilities, which they use to oppress the rest of the school's students and staff. Ryuko Matoi, a student wielding half a scissor-shaped longsword, transfers to Honnouji Academy in search of the owner of the other half of the scissor blade, the person who killed her father. Defeated by the council after interrogating Satsuki over the killer's identity and whereabouts, Ryuko comes across a sentient sailor uniform she names Senketsu, who puts himself on Ryuko. Using Senketsu's special abilities, Ryuko stands up against Satsuki and her henchmen, the Four Elites, to liberate Honnouji Academy from their iron grip and find out the truth behind her father's murder.
Episode 8  "I Will Wipe My Own Tears": Satsuki announces her new election system in which students must survive a seven-day battle against each other in order to stand out on top and earn Goku Uniforms, sending the entire school into a state of emergency. Meanwhile, Ryuko takes Mako to the ruins of her old house, where she tells her about the circumstances surrounding her father's death. Finding no further clues in the basement where she found Senketsu, Ryuko and Mako head home, only for their scooter to run out of gas. They end up encountering Ira who, having just attained his driving license and is taking the week off, offers to take them to a gas station. During their drive, they are attacked by the automotive and airsoft clubs, who are targeting Ira's Three-Star Goku Uniform, Shackle Regalia. Recalling how he first met Satsuki, Ira unleashes his uniform, which uses the power of masochism to evolve into Scourge Regalia and lay waste to his opponents. After a week passes, Honnouji's strongest assemble for the Sudden Death Runoff Election, with only Ryuko and the Elite Four making their way to the top. There, Satsuki challenges Ryuko to defeat each of the Elite Four in exchange for details concerning her father's death, her first opponent being Ira. 
Episode 9  "A Once in a Lifetime Chance": As Ryuko awaits the time for her battle against Ira, Aikuro asks her to drop out of the match, warning that she is not ready to face the Elite Four, to which she naturally declines. The battle soon begins, with Ira activating his Shackle Regalia, attacking himself in order to provide the power needed to transform into Scourge Regalia. Ryuko finds that the Shackle Regalia also serves as an armor protecting its Life Fibers, and is unable to damage the Shackle Regalia without powering up the Scourge Regalia form. Undeterred, Ryuko keeps on attacking, forcing Ira to bring out Scourge Regalia's full power, attempting to forcefully mold Ryuko into a model student. However, Senketsu sets a plan into motion by pulling Ryuko out of her synchronized mode, allowing her to use Senketsu's fangs to break into Ira's uniform and destroy it from the inside using a new form, Senketsu Senjin, winning the match. With Ira defeated, Ryuko prepares to face up against her next opponent, Houka Inumuta. 

 1:35 - 2:15     Club Meeting / Announcements
  • Convention Coverage
  • Animation News from around the world
  • Cosplayers/Skits/Masquerade
  • Anime Music Videos
  • And other weird, interesting stuff...

2:15 - 3:05    Wizard Barristers 1-2
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] In 2018, humans and wizards live together in Tokyo. Police continue to protect order in society, but wizards (known as Wud) are tried according to magical law via Magic Prohibition Law, in special courts defended by wizard barristers via the Court of Magic. At age seventeen, half Japanese half Canadian Cecile Sudou, has just become the youngest wizard barrister after passing the bar exam at age fifteen, and begins work at the Butterfly Law Offices. While she hasn't realized it yet, she has tremendous magical potential.

3:05 - 3:55    Coppelion (Episode 8-9)
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] In 2016, a catastrophe occurs after a nuclear meltdown from the nearby Odaiba nuclear power plant contaminates Tokyo, forcing the government to order its citizens to evacuate. 20 years later, Tokyo has become a ghost town due to the high levels of radiation which the government has banned entry for anyone. When a distress signal is received from Tokyo, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force dispatches 3 teenage girls from the Dispatch 3 Special Force Coppelion. Due to genetic engineering, the Coppelions are immune to radiation while also possessing special skills. Thus the Coppelions journey to the ruined capital to find survivors.
Episode 8 "Sisters": Shion and Kanon Ozu attacks Ibara's entourage, forcing the rest to hide to safety. As Ibara fights the Ozu sisters, the Taeko and rest learns from Haruto who reveals the origins of the Coppelions and the Ozu twins: the Coppelions are actually clones of humans who have died with immunity to radiation and special abilities added into their DNA and the Ozu sisters sadistic behavior is due to the "mother" they were clone from was an actress who was actually a serial killer. Ibara is captured by the Ozu sisters with the help of the Ghosts, revealing they have decided to ally with the Ghosts in their plans not just because they hate humans but also hate Ibara since their school days. Ibara manages to escape thanks to a noise grenade and she and her entourage commandeering a tank. With the Ozu sisters chasing them on their motorcycle, Ibara tricks Shion into using her super strength to hit a liquid hydrogen shell to trap her, and shoot a cannon shell at both sisters. While Shion gets knocked out, Kanon isn't and uses her powers of electricity to stun Ibara. Kanon reveals her hatred of humans came after eavesdropping a conversation between Haruto and Onihei that the Coppelions will someday die. With humans using them as dolls, Kanon wants them to die so the Coppelions will be the new dominant race. However, Ibara is unswayed and defeats Kanon by using an electric cable to diffuse her powers. As Ibara leaves the Ozu sisters tied up, Mr Nonsense consoles Aoi. Later, Haruto and the rest of the survivors at the Planet learn that due to the Ozu sisters placing barrels of radioactive waste around the city, the radiation is spreading due to an upcoming storm.
Episode 9 "Diversion": With radiation spreading to the Planet in two-three days and preventing the survivors from having any safe passage out, Ibara and Haruto come up with an idea to transport the survivors to safety by fixing and using the city's broken Rail transportation. But knowing the Ozu sisters will come after them once they are free, thanks to Kanon's tacking abilities, Ibara forms two teams; one team led by her will be a diversion for the Ozu Sisters while the others go and fix the power to the railway and escape. With Ibuki experiencing more labor pains, Taeko is afraid of delivering the baby until she is contacted by Granny Ayame by radio who tells her that she will help her deliver Ibuki's baby. As the Coppelions and the survivors prepare to evacuate the Planet for their escape plans, everyone has one last dinner inside the dome where Aoi finally comes out thanks to Mr Nonsense. Before they leave, Ibuki asks the Coppelions to rescue one more survivor, the baby's father, who is revealed to be the 1st Division Soldier who helped Aoi escape. Joined by Aoi and Mr Nonsense, Ibara and Haruto head out to draw out the Ozu sisters while Taeko, Ibuki, Gennai, Oyakata and Gojiro heads to the railway.

3:55 - 4:45    Ghost in the Shell: Arise OVA #2
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Freed of her responsibilities with the 501 Organization, Motoko Kusanagi must now learn how to take orders from Aramaki. Someone hacks the Logicomas, and Batou enlists the help of former army intelligence officer Ishikawa and former air artillery expert Borma. Kusanagi also seeks to enlist ace sniper Saito and undercover cop Paz into the new Public Security Section 9. The two groups rival each other in a case involving a man who receives false memories of a refugee transport operation.

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