Next Club Meeting: December 22, 2018, at the Wood Dale Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Anime Viewing Schedule for July 19, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Wood Dale Public Library

Can't be late for my own show!
Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal @ 3:05 pm
Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
(Click on links to view Video Previews)

10:15 - 11:05    Noragami 11-12 (end) [Video]
11:05 - 11:55    Nagi no Asukara 10-11 [Video]
11:55 - 12:45    Captain Earth 7-8 [Video]
12:45 - 1:35      Nisekoi 9-10 [Video]
1:35 - 2:15        Club Meeting / Announcements [Video]
2:15 - 3:05        Knights of Sidonia 1-2
[Video]
3:05 - 3:30        Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal 1 [Video]
3:30 - 4:30        Ghost in the Shell: Arise OVA 3 [Video]

 

ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW -- See the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal and watch the dramatic space opera Knights of Sidonia! Feature Presentation is Ghost in the Shell Arise OVA 3 --

10:15 - 11:05    Noragami 11-12
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 11 "Abandoned God": As Yato and Yukine try to figure out how to restore Hiyori's memories, they are confronted by Nora, who reveals she had stolen Hiyori's memory of Yato and has become Furuhime, regalia of Rabo, who attacks Yato in an attempt to awaken some repressed memories. As Yato finds himself unable to beat Rabo and Furuhime, the two take their leave, with Furuhime stating she will return Hiyori's memory if Yato can defeat Rabo. It is revealed that Rabo is a calamity god, a god who answers malicious wishes to kill people, phantoms, and gods, who once worked alongside Yato, who was also a calamity god himself. As Yato becomes conflicted over whether restoring Hiyori's memory is the right thing to do, Yukine shows Hiyori a picture book detailing the times they have spent together. Meanwhile, Furuhime reveals that Hiyori's memory is further waning, shown when she loses her memory of Yukine, and will leave her as an empty vessel if nothing is done. Despite knowing the risks involved, Yato and Yukine resolve to restore Hiyori's memory.
Episode 12 "Scrap of a Memory": Yato and Yukine warp over to Rabo's shrine, mistakenly dragging Hiyori along with them. Yato immediately engages Rabo and Furuhime, only to be easily fended off and taken prisoner by a spell of Rabo's which enshrouds the victim in a sphere of water. Hiyori manages to pull Yato out, allowing the fight to resume. Unsatisfied with Yato's performance, Rabo decides to destroy the jewel-like sphere containing Hiyori's stolen memories, causing her to fall unconscious. Angered by this, Yato appears to awaken to his former self as a god of calamity, and easily kicks Rabo into the stone cliff surrounding the site. Having seen that Yato had returned to his old self, Rabo absorbs the storm which had been raging from above, thus merging with its phantoms. An exchange between the two causes boulders to loosen, one of which heads directly for Hiyori. Yato saves her just in time, and holds her tightly to his body in a protective gesture. Hiyori's memories are awakened by his scent, and she returns to consciousness. Realizing he has to get rid of Hiyori, Rabo takes hold of her, but is finished off by Yato and Yukine with a move used for cleansing phantoms. As the three make their way back home, Hiyori tells Yato and Yukine that she never wants to sever her ties with them. 

11:05 - 11:55     Nagi no Asukara - "A Lull in the Sea" (Episodes 10-11)
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 10 "The Saltflake Snow Falls and Falls": Hikari is informed that according to Uroko, the Sea God's power is weakening and thus the saltflake snow will keep falling and cooling the world until it freezes, possibly killing all humans in the surface in the process until his powers renew and the world is restored to its former self. To avoid this fate, the people undersea will enter into hibernation and the villagers will gather for a banquet on friday, entering into a fasting period after that until the hibernation begins. Believing that the only way to please the Sea God and prevent this catastrophe is to perform the Ofunehiki, Hikari convinces Uroko to let him and his friends go to school until the time for their hibernation and they revew their effort to make it happen. During the banquet, Manaka is distraught upon the current situation and when she finally finds a sea slug with a red belly, she makes a wish for it. In the next day, Kaname approaches Chisaki and confesses his feelings for her.
Episode 11 "The Changing Times": After Kaname's confession, he and Chisaki accompany their friends to school as if nothing had happened. After their fast begins, the people of Shioshishio's Ena gets thicker in preparation for their hibernation, thus the children need to ressuply it with water more frequently while on surface. Fearing that they might never see their friends again after their sleep begins, Hikari and the others start eating again to delay the process. Meanwhile, Akari and Itaru make plans for their marriage while the fishermen asks Hikari to help them perform the Ofunehiki to please the Sea God and stop the cold. However, Iroko claims that their efforts at that point are futile but Hikari insists that they must do something. Assisted by the rest of the city, the children make their preparations for the ritual, but apparently it will happen in the same day the sea dwellers will start their hibernation. However, Akari asks the others to have her replace the offering, claiming that after pleasing the sea god she will return to marry Itaru with his blessing. After the others agree with her request, Chisaki, following Kaname's example decides to confess her feelings for Hikari as well.

11:55 - 12:45    Captain Earth (Episodes 7-8)
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] High-school student Daichi Manatsu works for the Globe (グローブ Gurōbu) organization to pilot a giant robot called the Earth Engine Impacter (アースエンジンインパクター Āsu Enjin Inpakutā) to protect the Earth from the invading alien force known as the "Kill-T-Gang" (キルトガング Kirutogangu). from the planet Uranus.

12:45 - 1:35     Nisekoi (Episodes 9-10)
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia
Nisekoi follows high school student Raku Ichijo, the son of a leader in the yakuza faction Shuei-Gumi, and Chitoge Kirisaki, the daughter of a boss in a rival gang known as Beehive. They unexpectedly meet when Chitoge hops a wall and knees Raku in the face. After she runs off, Raku realizes he has lost his locket which was given to him by his childhood sweetheart with whom he made a secret promise. After discovering Chitoge is a new transfer student in his class, he forces her to help him look for the locket. During the search, they begin to dislike each other. Upon returning home, Raku learns that the Shuei-Gumi and Beehive gangs have agreed to settle their feud by pairing their leaders' children. Raku learns that his girlfriend-to-be is none other than Chitoge. For the next three years, they must pretend to be in a relationship to maintain peace between the gangs. This turns out to be quite a challenging task, not only because of their hatred for one another, but also because Raku has a crush on another schoolmate, Kosaki Onodera, whom he secretly wishes was the girl who bears the key to his locket. Various developments complicate the situation, including Chitoge's over-protective bodyguard, a female hitman, a girl who claims to be Raku's fiancée, and the existence of multiple keys.

 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    Knights of Sidonia
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] The story is set in a distant future, a thousand years after humans flee from Earth, after it was destroyed by shapeshifting gigantic alien monsters called Gauna, aboard massive spaceships created from the remains of the planet. One of said ships is Sidonia, which has developed its own human culture closely based on that of Japan where human cloning, asexual reproduction, human engineering such as human photosynthesis are commonplace. With a population of over 500,000 people, Sidonia is arguably the last human settlement remaining as the fates of the other ships are unknown. Little is known about the true nature of the Gauna or their reasons to attack mankind. Each Gauna has its core protected by a huge mass of an almost impregnable material known as the "placenta", most commonly called "Ena," and once the placenta is shed away and the core is wounded beyond repair, the Gauna's body disintegrates. Sidonia is defended by large mechanized weapons called Gardes whose weaponry and mobility is powered by "Heiges particles", armed with a high output cannon for long range assaults and a special spear known as "Kabizashi" for close combat, which is made of an elusive material that can easily destroy a Gauna's core. Later the Guardians are also equipped with firearms whose ammo have the same material of the Kabizashi after a means to artificially mass-produce it is discovered. Most people in the surviving human population are screened and drafted as Guardian pilots at a young age, if they are shown to be capable of piloting them.

3:05 - 3:30    Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal 1 
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Directed by Munehisa Sakai, Crystal serves as a reboot of the series, as opposed to a remake of the previous anime series since the final episode in 1997, aiming to become a more faithful adaptation of the original manga. The story focuses on Usagi Tsukino, a young girl who is granted the power to become the titular protagonist and is joined by fellow Sailor Guardians in search of a Legendary Silver Crystal.
Episode 1 "Usagi -Sailor Moon-": On her way to school, 14-year-old Usagi Tsukino briefly encounters a cat with a crescent-shaped bald patch on its forehead. Elsewhere, a shadowy man creates a woman out of clay, tasking it with obtaining a "Legendary Silver Crystal". Meanwhile, after Usagi hears from her friends about the masked vigilante, Sailor V, who recently thwarted a robbery, she and her friend Naru Osaka to visit her mother's jewelry store, which is undergoing a sudden sale for some reason. After a brief encounter with a man wearing a tuxedo, Usagi is once again approached by the cat, who reveals that her name is Luna and that she has the ability to speak. Luna gives Usagi a brooch, allowing her to transform into a Sailor Guardian. After transforming, Usagi hears a plea from Naru, whose mother had been replaced by a monster named Morga who was using the discounted jewelry to drain energy from those who bought them. Calling herself "Sailor Moon," Usagi confronts Morga but the monster orders the possessed girls who had bought jewelry from her to attack her. The Sailor Guardian's cries of anguish turn into ultrasonic waves and render the possessed girls unconscious. With encouragement from the tuxedo-wearing stranger, Usagi kills Morga using her Moon Tiara Boomerang. As Usagi sees off the stranger, who introduces himself as Tuxedo Mask, the shadowy man watches over her actions.

3:30 - 4:30    Ghost in the Shell: Arise OVA 3 [Ghost Tears]
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Motoko and Batou work to try to stop a terrorist organization whose symbol is the Scylla. Meanwhile, Togusa investigates a murder of a man who possessed a prosthetic leg manufactured by the Mermaid's Leg corporation.

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