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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Anime Viewing Schedule for December 3, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Wood Dale Public Library
"Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"
Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm

10:15 - 11:05    Macross Delta 13-14
11:30 - 11:55    Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World 8-9
11:55 - 12:45    91 Days 1-2
12:45 - 1:35      Izetta: The Last Witch 5-6
1:35 - 2:05        Club Meeting / Announcements
2:05 - 2:30        Flip Flappers 4
2:304:40        Rurouni Kenshin (Live-Action Movie)

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
 
Start watching the exciting new anime series: Macross Delta and Flip Flappers!
ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW
10:15 - 11:05    Macross Delta 13-14
M A C R O S S   D E L T A
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Macross Delta is set in the year 2067, 8 years after the events of Macross Frontier in a remote part of the galaxy called the Brisingr Globular Cluster (ブリージンガル球状星団 Burīshingaru Kyūjō Seidan), which is plagued by the Var Syndrome (ヴァールシンドローム Vāru Shindorōmu), a mysterious phenomena that turns people berserk without any apparent cause. A team of talented idols, the Walküre, uses the power of their songs to calm down the infected by the Var Syndrome, assisted by the Delta Squadron, a team of experienced Valkyrie pilots, while facing the interference from the mysterious Aerial Knights Valkyrie fighter team of the Windermere Kingdom (Kingdom of the Wind), which found a way to exploit the infection on their favor as part of their plan to resume war against the New United Government for control of the Cluster.


11:05 - 11:55    Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- eps 8-9
Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Subaru Natsuki is surprisingly summoned to another world. With no sign of who summoned him he soon befriends a silver-haired half-elf girl. When he and the girl are mysteriously killed, Subaru awakens and discovers that he has the ability "Return by Death" enabling him to reverse time by dying, though only he remembers the events of the previous timeline. On the way home from the convenience store, Subaru finds himself in another world. As he scrambles around trying to figure out where he is, he converses with a food vendor, and then gets attacked by three hoodlums in an alley. Subaru is saved by a fairy girl, who introduces herself as "Satella", and her accompany, Puck; and he decides to return the favor by getting her insignia back that was stolen by Felt. Subaru and "Satella" travel to the loot house Felt lives in only to find out that she was killed, and shortly after entering the house they are killed. Subaru's special ability then activates to rewind time and he finds himself back at the moment he was speaking with the vendor. He decides to head out to the loot house; he meets Felt and Rom, and negotiates with them for the insignia. The person who killed Subaru in the first timeline, Elsa, arrives and the two submit their offers for the insignia. Subaru offers his cell phone whose camera feature is perceived to be more valuable than the money Elsa has and Felt and Rom accepts his offer. However, Elsa kills everybody again when Subaru states his intention to give the insignia back to its original owner. Subaru revives back to the moment he was speaking with the vendor again. He sees "Satella" and greets her, but she questions why he addresses her with the name of the "Jealous Witch".


11:55 - 12:45    91 Days 1-2
9 1   D A Y S
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] The story is set in the town of Lawless, Illinois during Prohibition, where brewed liquor dominates the black market. Angelo Lagusa, a young man whose family was murdered in a mafia dispute, seeks revenge against the Vanetti Family, particularly its don, Vincent Vanetti. After seven years in hiding following the night of the murder, Angelo receives an anonymous letter from a friend of his father's, prompting him to return to Lawless and exact his revenge. Under the name of Avilio Bruno, he begins to infiltrate the Vanetti Family by slowly befriending the don's son, Nero. However, in this dramatic 91-day story, revenge breeds revenge, and killing may yield drastic consequences. How will Angelo Lagusa and Nero Vanetti fare, in this tragic harvest field that they have only begun to sow?


11:55 - 12:45    Izetta: The Last Witch 5-6
Izetta: The Last Witch
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Set in an alternate Earth on the eve of the 2nd World War, the story follows Izetta, the last surviving member of a clan of witches that possesses the ability to magically manipulate any object that they touch. Izetta pledges to help protect Princess Finé and the tiny Alpine country of Eylstadt from invasion by the imperialistic forces of Germania. In the neutral country of Westernia during a time of war, Ortfiné "Finé" Fredericka von Eylstadt, the princess of the small country of Eylstadt, is being pursued by Germanian soldiers on a train. While hiding in one of the carriages, Finé finds a mysterious capsule, opening a few of the locks before she and her escorts are forced to jump from the train. Later, Finé meets up with Britannian Lord Redford to try gain his country's support and accept Prince Henry of Britannia's offer of marriage. Unfortunately they receive news that Germanian forces have begun invading Eylstadt and she is captured by Germanian soldiers. While Finé is escorted by plane towards the capital, Neu Berlin, the capsule from earlier opens up, revealing a witch named Izetta, who Finé remembers from her childhood. Using her abilities, Izetta destroys the plane before using a rifle as a makeshift broomstick to fly Finé to safety. Izetta tries to get Finé to safety to treat injuries she received during the struggle on the plane and she is forced to use some of her magic to destroy some pursuing Germanian fighter planes. After Izetta runs low on magic, Finé uses the rifle they are riding to drive off the remaining plane before they both fall into the forest below. They continue on foot, where they come across a group of Elystadtian soldiers who lost Fort Schweizen to the Germanians. While the medic treats Finé's injuries, Izetta recalls how she first met Finé, who befriended her despite knowing she was a witch; the last of her kind. Recalling how Finé once saved her life, Izetta declines Finé’s request to flee to safety and instead offers to help protect her country.


1:35 - 2:05     Club Meeting / Announcements
More Cosplay Pics!
Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Season's Greeting! Happy Holidays!...
Convention News!
New Sci-fi Shows!
Fantastic Beasts!

Walking Dead!
Rogue One!



2:05 - 2:30    Flip Flappers 4
Flip Flappers
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Cocona's everyday life is changed when she encounters a peculiar girl named Papika, who comes from an organization known as FlipFlap. Their job is to explore alternate worlds known as Pure Illusion and recover fragments of a stone that is said to grant wishes. Cocona, an ordinary school girl uncertain about her future career, meets a peculiar girl named Papika. Along with a robot named TT-392, the two girls fall into a tunnel and wind up in snow-laden world known as Pure Illusion. Just as Papika informs Cocona that she is searching for a treasure somewhere in Pure Illusion, the girls suddenly come up against giant snow-covered beasts, with Cocona losing her glasses in the process. As Papika tries to get the glasses back, falling into the ocean in the process, Cocona suddenly awakens a power inside of her and rescues her. Afterwards, the two manage to return to the real world, with Cocona now in possession of a mysterious blue fragment, before the two girls are suddenly captured. Having managed to escape from whoever captured her, Papika, who is unable to go through the tunnel again without Cocona, transfers into her school, much to the annoyance of Cocona's childhood friend, Yayaka. On top of dealing with Papika, Cocona also has to deal with her pet rabbit, Uexkull, coming to school with her. Upon following Uexkull after he gets sucked up by a strange device, Cocona and Papika end up in yet another Pure Illusion, where they happen to grow rabbit ears and start to develop a desire to nibble things. While retrieving another fragment, Papika inadvertently activates a device with Cocona and an anthropomorphic Uexkull trapped inside of it. Just as Cocona and Uexkull are about to be dipped in lava, Papika awakens her own power and rescues them, helping them escape back to the real world. Afterwards, Papika takes Cocona to her organization, FlipFlap, where the leader, Salt, sends them to another Pure Illusion world. 


2:30 - 4:40    Rurouni Kenshin (Feature Presentation)
RUROUNI KENSHIN
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] As the Imperialist forces celebrate their victory in the Battle of Toba-Fushimi, the participant Hitokiri Battōsai walks away from the battlefield, abandoning his sword. But, the Battōsai's old katana is not left alone. It is claimed by one of the fallen, Udo Jin-e.

A decade later, Saitō Hajime and his fellow policemen investigate the murder of an undercover cop supposedly by the hands of the Battōsai. But Saitō is not convinced and suspects Takeda Kanryū, a wealthy, but cruel businessman.

Meanwhile, the former Hitokiri Battōsai (now calling himself Himura Kenshin) arrives in Tokyo. While roaming its streets, he meets Kamiya Kaoru, the owner of her late father's Kendo school. With her dojo's name smeared by one bearing the name of Battōsai, she attacks him believing him to be the famed killer, but is proven wrong when Kenshin reveals he only carries a sakabatō (逆刃刀?, "reverse-blade sword").

Elsewhere, Takani Megumi, a woman forced to make opium for Takeda Kanryū, escapes and turns to the police for a safe haven after witnessing the deaths of the other opium makers. However, Udō Jin-e, under the service of Kanryū, hunts her down, slaying everyone in the police station. Luckily, she escapes in the ensuing chaos.

Kaoru crosses paths with Jin-e, the actual perpetrator killing under her dojo's style of swordsmanship. Utterly no match for him, she is injured in the fight, but Kenshin appears out of nowhere and saves her. Jin-e immediately realizes Kenshin's hidden identity as the true Battōsai, before a swarm of policemen rush onto the scene, giving Kenshin and Kaoru a chance to flee. Kaoru leads Kenshin to her dojo where they will be safe.

Next, a group of thugs under Takeda Kanryū attempt to take over the dojo. After revealing his identity as the former Battōsai, Kenshin beats down the entire gang without killing a single one before the police arrive. Kenshin takes the blame for the incident and gets himself arrested in order to help avoid Kaoru's dojo being blamed for the violence. Soon, Saitō recognizes him and releases him. After his release, he is greeted by Kaoru who knows Kenshin is not the Battōsai who had defamed her dojo and takes him back to the dojo. Kenshin afterward moves in with Kaoru and her only student, the boy Myōjin Yahiko.

Still running on the streets for her life, Megumi runs into Yahiko who helps hide her and brings her to the dojo where she is introduced to everyone. Kaoru treats everyone to a sukiyaki dinner at the Akabeko restaurant, only to have the occasion spoiled by Kanryū coming and offering to hire Kenshin, who humbly declines. Here, he is challenged by Sagara Sanosuke for the job and they leave the establishment to fight.

Later that evening, Jin-e goes on a killing spree leaving many corpses for the police to find the following day. Kenshin witnesses the horror, as well as a woman mourning the death of her lover. This evokes a memory for Kenshin from his years as an assassin when he witnessed a woman mourning a man that he had killed, a sword fight that left a scar on his face. Later that night, a masked man working for Kanryū warns Megumi of coming dangers.

The next day the people around the dojo fall ill from rat poison contaminating the community wells. Megumi suspects it is Kanryū's doing and helps by providing medication for the victims. Angry at Kanryū, Megumi attempts to kill him, but fails and is instead held hostage by the wealthy drug-dealer. Besting all his men, Kenshin and Sanosuke attack Kanryū's mansion in hopes of rescuing Megumi. Saitō assists them to subdue Kanryū, who is armed with a Gatling gun. They rescue Megumi, but discover that Jin-e, the fake Battōsai and Kanryū's man, has kidnapped Kaoru.

Kenshin pursues Jin-e. To further provoke Kenshin, Jin-e uses a special technique that paralyzes Kaoru's lungs and can only be undone with his death. After an intense battle, Kenshin critically injures Jin-e by shattering his elbow with his scabbard. Before Kenshin could land the killing blow, Kaoru overcomes the paralysis and stops Kenshin from killing Jin-e. Jin-e commits suicide, telling Kenshin before his last breath that he who lives by the sword must die by the sword, a re-occurring theme, counter to Kenshin's vow never to kill again.

Kenshin, tired and wounded, carries the unconscious Kaoru back to the dojo. They rest, in the care of Megumi and Yahiko. Upon waking up, Kaoru does not see Kenshin and goes in search for him. She finds him carrying back some vegetables, and is relieved of her fear that he may have left permanently.

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