Next Club Meeting: May 25, 2019, at the Wood Dale Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Animatrix Network is an anime & manga fan club located in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We usually meet on the fourth Saturday of each month (except when holidays or conventions coincide). The meetings are free and open to the public. Join us for a day filled with anime.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Trailer

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Superman With a GoPro

Superman wants to return a GoPro digital camera to its owner and uses it to take some astounding aerial shots along the way. This fan-made video is simply amazing!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jupiter Ascending - Full HD Traile

Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in "Jupiter Ascending," an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix).
Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Friday, March 28, 2014

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES - Trailer

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.

Release Date: August 8, 2014
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Screenwriter: Josh Appelbaum, Andrew Nemec, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, John Fusco
Starring: Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner
Genre: Action, Adventure

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Awesome Cut Scene from 'The Raid 2'

Just how badass is 'The Raid 2'? They had to cut out this scene from the movie. It almost works as a short film in and of  itself. Ultra-violence galore! The movie hits theaters this Friday. Please note: NSFW.
"This is one of a few deleted scenes taken from the film. Reasons to cut were entirely down to pacing issues. This was probably the hardest for me to cut due to the fact that the production on this scene lasted around 6 days of shooting, it cost us a fuck load to make and it served to escalate the gang war out onto the streets involving people outside of the closed off inter-gang politics. At the end of the day though, after discussing its worth it took us away from the central theme for a little too long with characters that would only exist in this scene alone. Whenever I edit a film - every scene feels like a precious moment. "No fucking way can I cut this" is a regular phrase I utter at Aram (one of the producers at XYZ Films who patiently worked with me to get the film to it's final cut) but his patience was always a virtue and it's when you make a cut and no longer miss it from the bigger picture a few days down the line that you realise it was the right decision to make. But I still want you guys to see the chaos and the mayhem we had in store, and so with the release of the film coming in a few days time - here's a sample of one of the action scenes that simply didn't make it.
Enjoy."
- Gareth Evans

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past - Full Length Trailer

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New 'Attack on Titan' Trailer

An extreme assault of anime awesomeness...
FUNimation brings the Titans this summer!
[Source: Syfy.com] Attack on Titan has a voracious following in Asia, with over 31 million copies of the hit Japanese manga series in circulation since its inception in 2009.  Back home in the U.S., we're just getting warmed up to its epic essences.  Here's a new season-one trailer launched in advance of a summer animated series release, dubbed in English, with colossal beings trying to topple the last vestiges of humanity.   Check it out and hope you're still hungry after the horror ...
Here's the official synopsis:
When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal-sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren Jaeger watches helplessly as one of the creatures devours his mother.  He vows to kill every Titan walking the earth.  Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there's more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity's last hope against extinction. From the director of Death Note and High School of the Dead comes the series Anime News Network calls "an intense, visceral, and graphic thrill ride." The Titans have come to feast. Anything can happen. No one is safe.
Attack on Titan thunders into stores on June 6,, on Blu-ray and DVD Combo.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Disney Conspiracy Theories...

The Secret 'Frozen'-'Tangled'-'Mermaid'
Connection and Other
Disney Conspiracy Theories
Rapunzel meets Elsa in 'Frozen,' left; and Ariel may be connected, too.
WARNING: SPOILERS. 

[Source: Yahoo!Movies] We've heard of Easter eggs, but this is ridiculous... and a whole lot of fun.

The wonderful worlds of Disney and Pixar have ardent fans, and then there are these guys. Immersed in the Magic Kingdom, the web is crawling with super sleuths who dig deep into the nitty-gritty storytelling, finding secret, hidden links between the characters and plotlines, in search of some over-arching master plan lurking beneath the pastel surface.

Here are some of the best Disney- and Pixar-related theories currently being discussed and debated:

1. "Frozen," "Tangled," and "The Little Mermaid" take place in one reality.

As we pointed out back in December, there's a moment in "Frozen" where you can see Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene, the protagonists of "Tangled," arriving for Elsa's coronation.

Geographically, this isn't too hard to justify. "Tangled" arguably takes place in Germany (the story of Rapunzel is originally a German fairy tale) and "Frozen" seems to take place in Norway (based on various architectural/cultural nods throughout as well as the Scandinavian setting of its origin fable, Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen").

But why are Rapunzel and Flynn at the party? This is where it gets fun, via a theory presented by Beautiful Syn that captured many a Facebook feed this week.

The theory posits that Elsa and Anna's parents from "Frozen" were en route to Rapunzel's return celebration when their ship sank. As the boat sailed from Norway to Germany, it would've passed near Denmark, which is where it sank.

How do we know this? Because you can see the wreckage in "The Little Mermaid," which arguably takes place around Denmark (it's another Andersen tale, set in his native land).

Consider us sold.

2. Andy's mom is Jessie's original owner in "Toy Story."

Pixar's Toy Story
We like this one, too, and there's really no evidence to the contrary, so we vote to put this into official Pixar canon as soon as possible.

Jessie, the rootin', tootin' Yodeling Cowgirl from the "Toy Story" movies, is one of Woody's best friends and Buzz Lightyear's eventual ladylove. Jessie is haunted by the memory of Emily, her former owner who one day inexplicably left her in a charity box, a traumatic experience that has caused Jessie to suffer from claustrophobia and an intense fear of being put into storage.

This "Emily" might very well be Andy's mom, who's referred to only as Ms. Davis throughout the "Toy Story" trilogy.

Jessie's cowgirl hat has a rather distinctive design with its white band and white lace... in fact, it very much looks like the hat that Andy himself is seen wearing from time to time.

It's also the same hat we've seen in a flashback sequence — on Emily's bed!

There's more evidence provided in Jon Negroni's theory, which you can read and see illustrated at Slate.com. It certainly makes for an interesting post-script to Negroni's gonzo Pixar theory masterpiece ...

3. The grand unification Pixar theory.

Pixar Animation
This one will really get your head spinning. Jon Negroni weaved together the very fabric of the Pixar universe last summer when he proposed several unifying connections between every single Pixar film, from "Toy Story" (1995) to "Monsters University" (2013).

For the record, that's the following titles:

"Toy Story" (1995)
"A Bug's Life" (1998)
"Toy Story 2" (1999)
"Monsters Inc." (2001)
"Finding Nemo" (2003)
"The Incredibles" (2004)
"Cars" (2006)
"Ratatouille" (2007)
"Wall-E" (2008)
"Up" (2009)
"Toy Story 3" (2010)
"Cars 2" (2011)
"Brave" (2012)
"Monsters University" (2013)

Negroni proposes that the entire Pixar filmography is actually a multi-tiered tale of an epic struggle between humans, animals, and sentient machines. The origin of this struggle can be traced back to the Witch in "Brave," which is the first story on the chronological timeline (it takes place in the Dark Ages).

Here are some of the highlights of this theory:

— "Brave" features a bear who acts like a human (Merida's mother). This is the beginning of Pixar's chronicle of animals with human characteristics and intelligence.

— The Witch's magical doors actually serve as time portals, which means she's visited the future realities of later Pixar films. This is evidenced by her drawing of Sully from "Monsters Inc." and her wooden carving of the Pizza Planet truck (a vehicle that appears in some form in almost every Pixar film), both on display in her shop if you look closely.

— It is possible that Charles Muntz, the antagonist from "Up," heard rumor of an 'intelligent rat' in "Ratatouille," which inspired him to create the translator collar to harness the thoughts of animals, particularly his dogs.

— In support of the above observation, we know that the events of "Ratatouille" take place before the events of "Up," as evidenced by the postcard from Carl and Ellie (from "Up") on Andy's wall in "Toy Story 3." As the third "Toy Story" takes place in 2010, we can assume the events of "Up" take place sometime later.

— In "Up," Carl is forced to give up his house to a corporation that's expanding the city. This is very likely Buy N Large, aka BNL, the corporation responsible for junking the entire planet in "WALL-E." BNL is foreshadowed in "Toy Story 3" as well, as a pair of Triple A batteries sport the BNL logo.

— BNL's ability to create advanced artificial intelligence like WALL-E probably comes from harnessing and adapting the technology honed by Syndrome in the creation of the Omnidroid in "The Incredibles." Director Brad Bird has confirmed that "The Incredibles" takes place in "an alternate 1960s," which means it's a prequel to several Pixar films.

There's more, a lot more, including the idea that the reason why no humans show up in "A Bug's Life" is because it takes place after the postapocalyptic events of "WALL-E." Read Negroni's entire Pixar Theory (sometimes far-fetched, always pretty awesome) for the really big Pixar picture.

4. The grand unification Disney theory.
'Snow White' (Walt Disney Studios)

Josh Butler's follow-up to Jon Negroni's exhaustive Pixar Theory attempts to link 30 of Disney's animated features into a single timeline, mostly via the many Easter eggs that have appeared throughout almost every film (some of which are mentioned in the first section of this post).

Butler's approach is a bit more fanciful than Negroni's and sometimes requires more of a stretch of the imagination, but it's no less impressive as it spans over 70 years worth of Disney movies, from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" (1937) to "Tangled" (2010).

Some of the more outrageous (and very amusing) elements of Butler's theory are as follows:

- The concept — and practice — of magic is key to discovering the single timeline. One of the main players in this is Genie from "Aladdin" (1992), whose near-madness not only comes from being trapped inside a lamp for centuries but also from his ability to "perceive events outside of the linear timeline." Genie's ability to access different times and places is illustrated by his cameo appearance in "Pocahontas" (1995) ... and by his lamp's appearance in "The Princess and the Frog" (2009).

- One of Disney's most beloved and tragic characters, Bambi's mom, makes postmortem appearances in "The Jungle Book" (1967), "The Rescuers" (1977) and "Beauty and the Beast" (1992). This ability to time travel (and, uh, still be alive) comes from being one of the genetic experiments seen in the direct-to-video sequel, "Leroy & Stitch" (2006). This, of course, also explains the various cameo appearances throughout the Disney universe of "The Lion King" scene-stealers Timon and Pumbaa.

Hey, why not? You can read all of Butler's massive theory (with plenty of visual aids) here.

5. "Aladdin" actually takes place in the future. 
Aladdin
Who'da thought that a rapid-fire throwaway Robin Williams joke would spawn such a massive conspiracy theory?

If you remember, in "Aladdin" (1992), the hyperactive, near-mad Genie dismisses Aladdin's clothes as "so third century." But if the Genie has been trapped in the lamp for over 10,000 years, how does he know about third century fashion trends? And, come to think of it, how is he able to do impersonations of such 20th century personalities as Jack Nicholson and Groucho Marx? 

That's because, per a concept laid out on silentcommentaryarchive.tumblr.com, "Aladdin" actually takes place in the future — at least 10,300 A.D. It's "a post-apocalyptic world where only Arabic (and some Greek) culture [has] survived" and where "the name 'Arabia' has been corrupted to 'Agrabah.'"

The theory also semi-explains the changes over the centuries that have affected the Islamic religion and the presence of "technological marvels" like flying carpets and genetically engineered parrots that sound like Gilbert Gottfried.

To quote Iago himself, "What the HE--?"

Meanwhile, "Frozen" is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download, and all that good stuff.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sailor Moon Returns!

Worldwide simulcast coming this July!
New Sailor Moon retells the story of Usagi and her friends with new designs and animation!
Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess.

Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold….

Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

'Gotham' promises "super villains and vigilantes"

This prequel to 'Batman' follows the early years of
Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie)...
On Set: Detective Gordon (Ben McKenzie) in pursuit of a suspect.
Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?
On Set: Detective Gordon takes aim.
"Gotham" is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), "Gotham" follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

Growing up in Gotham City's surrounding suburbs, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards, Open Grave, “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.

Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city's highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes' hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, Bruce (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy's profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.
Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot, on the gritty streets of Gotham.
As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith, The Matrix films, “HawthoRNe,” Collateral), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction's most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” Another Earth).
On set with Robin Lord Taylor’s Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin.
Although the crime drama will follow Gordon's turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, Alfred (Sean Pertwee, "Camelot," “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he's destined to be.
Camren Bicondova as SelinaKyle (Catwoman)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Anime Viewing Schedule for March 22, 2014

Saturday, March 22, 2014
Wood Dale Public Library
Hold on Tight!
Evangelion Returns!
Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
(Click on links to view Video Previews)

10:15 - 11:05    Noragami 3-4 [Video]
11:05 - 11:55    Nagi no Asukara 4-5 [Video]
11:55 - 12:45    Kyokai no Kanata 11-12 (end) [Video]
12:45 - 1:35      Kill La Kill 8-9 [Video]
1:35 - 2:10        Club Meeting / Announcements [Video]
2:10 - 3:00        Wizard Barristers 3-4
[Video]
3:00 - 4:45        Rebuild of Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo [Video]

 

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

10:15 - 11:05    Noragami 3-4
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 3 "Bidden Calamity": As Yukine tries to adjust to his role as Yato's Regalia, he is scolded by Yato over allegedly having dirty thoughts about Hiyori, explaining that they share the same mind and body. Later, the three are summoned by the God of Learning, Lord Tenjin, who has taken on Tomone, now named Mayu, as one of his new Regalia. Tenjin commissions Yato to take care of some phantoms that have appeared near a railway track. Whilst fighting the phantoms, the three encounter a 'storm', which Yato and Yukine manage to destroy before it compels a schoolboy to walk into the path of a train.
Episode 4 "Where Happiness Lies": Yato takes Hiyori and Yukine to meet a fellow god named Kofuku, and her Regalia, Daikoku. In the middle of their talk, Yato is summoned by a suicidal office worker named Usuke Urasawa, whom he accidentally knocks off the top of a building in the process. On the way down, Usuke explains how his luck and fortune went downhill in pursuit of love for a girl, who turns out to be Kofuku, revealed to be a Binbougami (God of Poverty) who causes bad luck and misfortune to those around her. Yato manages to use Yukine to sever Usuke's ties and memories to Kofuku, before ensuring he lands safely. After Yato collects his payment, Kofuku tells Hiyori that Yato had once killed before. Later, as Yato tells Hiyori to go to Kofuku and Daikoku should anything happen to him, Yukine encounters a strange woman, who is revealed to be Nora--Yato's former Regalia.

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 11-12)
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 11 "Black World": Following his three month coma, Akihito learns from Hiroomi and Mitsuki that his separation from the Beyond the Boundary apparently cost Mirai her life and robbed him of his immortality. Akihito later demands to speak with Izumi out of frustration although Hiroomi tries explaining its futility. As if on cue though Izumi shows up and explains the nature of the Beyond the Boundary and her use of Mirai's cursed blood to defeat it. However, when Mirai refused to kill Akihito she was forced to reveal a way that would save him to which Mirai unhesitatingly accepted. That evening Akihito opens his last email from Mirai where she explains that meeting him allowed her to gain self-acceptance. Meanwhile, Miroku deduces that the weakened Beyond the Boundary simply retreated into another dimension to battle Mirai whilst simultaneously absorbing the supernatural energy from the real world. Miroku then uses the spear to inject a massive amount of energy into the Beyond the Boundary and exposes the black sphere hovering above the city which proceeds to attract and absorb all of the city's youmu. Amidst the chaos, Akihito and co. are also summoned to the Literary Club where Yayoi informs them of Mirai's survival and battle against the Beyond the Boundary. She then gives Akihito the shard of the Beyond the Boundary's stone, allowing him to regain a portion of his powers, while explaining that it emerged when he was possessed by the Hollow Shadow. Finally, despite Izumi's warning, Akihito manages to pass into the black sphere by merging with Mirai's puppet version of himself and catches Mirai during her destructive battle with the Beyond the Boundary.
Episode 12 "Grey World": As Mirai and Akihito reunite, Izumi demands that Yayoi tell her exactly what a half-youmu is. However Yayoi makes a quick escape after warning them of the Society's movement. At the same time Akihito uses his youmu powers to defend from the Beyond the Boundary's attacks before he and Mirai make their way to its core. Elsewhere, Shizuku, Sakura, Hiroomi, Mitsuki and Izumi confront Miroku, however he seals himself and Izumi inside a barrier to prevent outside interference. Back in the Mirror World, Mirai and Akihito just narrowly reach the Beyond the Boundary's core where Mirai manages to impale it with her sword. Meanwhile, Hiroomi enters Miroku's barrier and learns that both Miroku and Izumi harbor youmu within their bodies in addition that Izumi isn't the person she claims to be. Izumi then impales Miroku with her spear who seemingly self destructs. Meanwhile, Akihito and Mirai face and overcome their dark memories inside the Beyond the Boundary's core and find themselves in a ferocious battle against an army of youmu. Finally, as the Beyond the Boundary emerges, Akihito beats it into submission and reabsorbs it back into his body. With the Beyond the Boundary gone, the Mirror World and Mirai begin disappearing and Mirai and Akihito share a tender moment before she disappears. Sometime later the world returns to normal, with the Beyond the Boundary incident being covered up and Hiroomi taking over the Nase clan. As Akihito laments on a life without Mirai, he suddenly runs toward the school roof when her ring disappears and reunites with her. After declaring his feelings for her in his own way, Akihito returns Mirai's red rimmed glasses.

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 - 2:10     Club Meeting / Announcements

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2:10 - 3:00    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.

3:00 - 4:45    Rebuild of Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo [Movie]
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Asuka Langley Shikinami and Mari Illustrious Makinami are sent in Evangelions Unit-02 and Unit-08 into Earth orbit to retrieve a container in which Unit-01 and Shinji Ikari are sealed. After Asuka grabs the container, it releases SEELE-built Evangelion Mark.04 drones. Mari cannot provide support due to her premature reentry, leaving Asuka to battle the drones alone. As she cries for Shinji to do something, Unit-01 awakens and destroys the drones before deactivating and descending back to Earth with Asuka. On Earth, Kaworu Nagisa watches and says he has been waiting for Shinji.

Shinji is salvaged from Unit-01 and fitted with an explosive choker by WILLE, an organization formed to destroy NERV and its Evangelions, led by Misato Katsuragi and Ritsuko Akagi. He is given a physical examination, but otherwise treated coldly by almost everyone, including Asuka and Misato. Shinji demands an explanation, but before he can get it, more of SEELE's drones attack. WILLE manages to launch the flying battleship Wunder and destroy the drones.

After the battle, Shinji is told that Unit-01 is now the energy source of the Wunder and he is forbidden from piloting an Evangelion again, lest they detonate the choker. Ritsuko tells him that his fellow occupant of Unit-01, Rei Ayanami, was not found inside it. Asuka also reveals that he had been sealed away for fourteen years and that none of the EVA pilots have aged during that time. Evangelion Mark.09, seemingly piloted by Rei, then intercepts the Wunder and retrieves Shinji. Ritsuko urges Misato to detonate the choker. However, Misato hesitates until they are out of range.

Rei brings Shinji to what remains of NERV Headquarters, where his father Gendo informs him that he is to pilot a new Evangelion, Unit-13, with Kaworu. While at NERV, Shinji bonds with Kaworu as they practice piano duets together, though he finds that Rei has no memories from before and only follows orders. When Shinji asks Kaworu what happened to people he knew, Kaworu takes him to the ruins of the Geofront and Tokyo-3, explaining that Shinji's awakening of Unit-01 caused Third Impact and further decimated the world. He also reveals the aim of the ongoing Human Instrumentality Project: to kill all life on Earth, allowing for the creation of beings that bear the Fruit of Life.

Fuyutsuki invites Shinji to play shogi with him and reveals that Shinji's mother, Yui Ayanami, is inside Unit-01 as the control system and Rei belongs to a series of her clones; the Rei which rescued him from the Wunder is only the latest clone and exhibits none of the personality traits of the original. The revelation causes Shinji's mental breakdown. On the day of the operation, Shinji is unsure whether to follow Gendo's orders or Misato's plea to not pilot an Evangelion again, so Kaworu takes the choker off Shinji and wears it as a sign of trust.

Shinji and Kaworu pilot Unit-13 into Terminal Dogma on their mission to use the Spears of Cassius and Longinus to undo Third Impact; Rei follows in Mark.09. When Unit-13 reaches Lilith's corpse, Kaworu realizes that both spears are the same type, not two different types as first expected. He pleads with Shinji to not remove them, but to no avail. Asuka and Mari arrive in their EVAs to stop Shinji. Nevertheless, Shinji removes the spears, causing Lilith to explode into LCL. By Gendo's order, Mark.09 decapitates Mark.06 to release the Twelfth Angel, which is absorbed by Unit-13.

The awakened Unit-13 flies out of the Geofront and rises into the sky, starting Fourth Impact. Kaworu reveals he is the First Angel, now "cast down" to the Thirteenth. The choker detects Unit-13's awakening and activates. Rei loses control of Mark.09, which boards Wunder on its own in an attempt to take control of the ship. Rei ejects from her EVA, and Asuka self-destructs Unit-02 to destroy Mark.09. To halt Fourth Impact, Kaworu allows the choker to kill him before Shinji's eyes. Mari then ejects Shinji's cockpit from Unit-13. WILLE recovers Unit-02 and Unit-08, then retreats. Asuka recovers an unresponsive Shinji and drags him through the remains of Tokyo 3, with Rei following.