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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

  • Convention Coverage
  • Animation News from around the world
  • Cosplayers/Skits/Masquerade
  • Anime Music Videos
  • And other weird, interesting stuff...

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.

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