Next Club Meeting: January 22, 2022, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Anime Viewing Schedule for April 30, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Wood Dale Public Library
Tuesday was ALIEN Day!
"Here, we remember when Xenomorphs didn't have
a name and were actually terrifying."
Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm

10:15 - 11:05    One Punch Man 11-12 (End)
11:05 - 11:30    Flying Witch ep 1
11:30 - 11:40    Space Patrol Luluco 1
11:40 - 12:30    Noragami Aragoto 6-7
12:30 - 1:05      Club Meeting / Announcements
1:05 - 1:55        Lupin the Third (2015) eps 8-9
1:55 - 2:45        Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress 1-2
2:45 - 4:45        The Boy and the Beast (Movie)
All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Start watching the exciting new anime series: Noragami Aragoto and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress!
10:15 - 11:05    One Punch Man 9-10
One Punch Man
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] The story takes place in the fictional Japanese metropolis of City Z. The world is full of strange monsters that mysteriously appear and cause disasters. Saitama, the protagonist, is an exceptionally powerful hero who easily defeats the monsters or other villains with a single punch. However, due to his overwhelming strength, Saitama has become bored with his powers and is constantly trying to find stronger opponents who can fight him. On his adventures, he meets new friends, enemies, and his own disciple, the cyborg Genos, and joins the Heroes Association in order to gain fame for all of his efforts to defeat evil. Despite defeating many strong monsters that even the Heroes Association’s top members are unable to defeat, Saitama struggles to gain respect. Most people look down on him due to his plain physical appearance, and some accuse him of being a counterfeit hero. Only a small number of individuals recognize his incredible talent and humility towards others.

11:05 - 11:30    Flying Witch 1
F L Y I N G   W I T C H
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] The story is about Makoto, a young witch from Yokohama, that moves to Aomori to live with some relatives as part of her training. What follows is Makoto's daily life as she gets used to her new environment and her relatives and the new friends she makes there are introduced to the customs and peculiarities of witchcraft. A rookie witch named Makoto Kowata goes to live with her relatives in Aomori. Her younger cousin Chinatsu thinks Makoto is a weirdo for talking to her cat all the time, but is quickly won over by a trip to a shopping mall, where Makoto demonstrates flying on a broomstick with her. The next day, Makoto attends a normal high school with her older cousin Kei and his friend Nao. After letting slip some details of what witches do, Makoto walks back home with Nao at the end of the day. She stumbles upon a wild mandrake root and pulls it out of the ground, offering it as a present to Nao, but Nao declines.

11:30 - 11:40    Space Patrol Luluco 1
S P A C E   P A T R O L   L U L U C O
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Luluco is a thirteen year old girl who lives in the the solar system frontier space colonization zone Ogikubo, together with her father, who works for the respective Space Patrol. Despite being a part of this wondrous district full of alien immigrants, who were accepted into the system 20 years prior to the story, Luluco manages to live the life of a normal school girl. However, when her father accidentally freezes himself, Luluco is given no other choice but to bring him to his work place, where she is appointed to become a member of the Space Patrol by the head of the division, Over Justice. From then on, Luluco's previously normal life faces a drastic change, as she is sent on daily missions to protect Ogikubo from space criminals, together with her assigned partner and new classmate AΩ Nova.
11:40 - 12:30    Noragami Aragoto 5
Noragami Aragoto
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Hiyori Iki was a regular high junior school student until she was hit by a bus while trying to save the life of a track-suit-wearing person named Yato. This incident causes her to transform into a half-phantom. Soon after, she learns that Yato is a god and she ends up being dragged into the world of Gods while having to attempt staying in the realm of the living. This is Season Two of the popular series.

12:30 - 1:05     Club Meeting / Announcements
Behold! Convention Cosplay Pics are Here!
Convention News!
Cosplay Pics!
New Sci-fi Shows!
Batman v Superman
Star Wars News!

1:05 - 1:55    Lupin the Third (2015) eps 8-9
L U P I N  the  T H I R D
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Zenigata is assigned to protect Elena Gotti, the famous wife of a recently deceased billionaire, Roberto Gotti. In fact it's said that she's the only one to know where Roberdo hid all his money, so her life is continuously threatened by many robbers, included Lupin. Elena was a poor girl forced into prostitution by her own father, until she met Roberto which saved her; but when he found out that she had a lover he spread the false news about her knowing about his caveau's hideout before he died, in order to make her life a living hell. Zenigata manages to protect her from Lupin, but it's later revealed that she was really aware of the caveau's hideout: however, after having known Zenigata, she decides to use it for the good of Italy.

1:55 - 2:45    Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress 1-2
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] A monster appears during the industrial revolution and infects humans with its bite, turning them into Kabane. Kabane are aggressive, undead creatures that cannot be defeated unless the glowing heart, which is protected by a layer of iron, is pierced. Unfortunately, most melee weapons and the steam presssure guns used by the Bushi are not very effective against them. On the island Hinomoto, people have built fortress-like stations to shelter themselves from these creatures. People access the stations and transport wares between them with the help of Hayajiro, armored locomotives running on steam. One day a Hayajiro under the control of the Kabane crashes into Aragane station and they attack the city. A young engineer called Ikoma uses the opportunity to test with success his anti-Kabane weapon, the piercing gun (ツラヌキ筒 tsuranuki zutsu), but is infected in the process, although he manages to resist the virus and become a Kabaneri, a human-Kabane hybrid. Assisted by Mumei, another Kabaneri who appears to help them, Ikoma and the other survivors of the station board the Hayajiro Kotetsujyo (甲鉄城 Kōtetsujō, Iron Fortress) and depart to seek shelter elsewhere, fighting the hordes of Kabane along the way.

2:45 - 4:45    The Boy and the Beast (Feature Presentation)
T H E   B O Y   and   T H E   B E A S T
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Nine-year-old Ren has recently lost his mother, whom he has lived with since his parents divorced. With no news of his father and refusing to live with his legal guardians, Ren flees into the streets of Shibuya resenting humanity.

In the Beast Kingdom (渋天街, jūtengai), the lord has decided he will retire in order to reincarnate as a deity and names two potential successors: the popular Iôzen, who is also the father of two children, and the powerful Kumatetsu, who is also lonely and lazy. The Beast Lord (バケモノ, bakemono) suggests that Kumatetsu find a disciple in hopes of inspiring him to succeed him. While wandering the streets of Tokyo with his makeshift companion, Tatara, Kumatetsu meets Ren and suggests that the boy becomes his disciple. Though Ren is fiercely opposed, he follows Kumatetsu back to the Beast Kingdom out of curiosity but is unable to go back to the human world. As he watches a battle between Iôzen and Kumatetsu, Ren is impressed with Kumatetsu's persistence despite the lack of support from onlookers. When Ren cheers for him, Kumatetsu is easily defeated. However, the Beast Lord declares actual duel of succession has not come yet.

Taking Ren as a disciple, Kumatetsu gives him a new name, Kyûta in relation to his age. Their initial training sessions go poorly as Kumatetsu does not know how to teach, but Kyûta realizes that he can learn from Kumatetsu by imitating him as he performs household tasks. The boy gradually finds that he can predict his master's movements to improve his fighting skills and they soon begin in training together.

Eight years later, Kyûta has become a distinguished kendo practitioner and hopes to make his master proud. Through his relationship with Kyûta, Kumatetsu gained his own following of supporters, including the younger son of Iôzen, and receives a number of requests from young beasts wishing to be trained. By chance, Kyûta finds his way back the human world, where he befriends Kaede, a young student who helps Kyûta catch up with his studies. In the process, Kyûta discovers that his father is hoping to meet him and catch up on their lost years apart. Torn by his double life, he is unable to reconcile the resentment he had as Ren and the lack of connections he has as Kyûta. When he rejects both his father and Kumatetsu, he discovers a powerful void within himself that nearly overwhelms him until Kaede calms him down and gives him a bracelet that has helped her when she becomes anxious.

On the day of the succession duel, Kumatetsu loses confidence without Kyûta's encouragement and is quickly subdued by Iôzen. However, Kyûta has been secretly watching and reveals himself, helping Kumatetsu defeat Iôzen. When Kumatetsu is declared the winner and the new lord, Iôzen's elder son Ichirôhiko is revealed to be a human who had been found on the streets of Tokyo and adopted by Iôzen. Having developed a vacuum in his heart like Kyûta, Ichirôhiko manifests telekinetic powers and seriously injures Kumatetsu. Kyûta is nearly overtaken by his own emptiness and tries to kill Ichirôhiko, but regains his senses with Kaede's bracelet as Ichirôhiko is consumed by darkness and disappears.

Kyûta decides to leave for the human world to fight Ichirôhiko. When Kaede stubbornly refuses to leave him, they are attacked by Ichirôhiko, who pursues them in the form of a destructive whale. Unable to hold his own against Ichirôhiko, the young man decides to use the vacuum within himself to absorb his opponent's negative energy and then kill himself, saving everyone else. Before he can follow through with this self sacrifice Kumatetsu uses his new privilege as the lord and reincarnates as a deity, taking the form of a sword "to be handled with the heart" in reference to their first training session together. He merges with his pupil's form, filling his empty void within him, and guides him into defeating his enemy without killing him.

In the aftermath, Ren celebrates his victory with Kaede in the Beast Kingdom and returns to the human world. After reconciling with his father and himself, he attends the local university and keeps Kumatetsu within his heart. Meanwhile, Ichirôhiko wakes up surrounded by his adoptive family, understanding that he is, like Ren, a human raised by beasts, and accepts it as well.

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