Next Club Meeting: December 10, 2022, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Anime Viewng Schedule for September 23, 2017

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Wood Dale Public Library
"The last days of Summer are fleeing by us!" 
Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm

10:15 - 11:05    Gamers! 5-6
11:05 - 11:55    Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World 24-25 (End)
11:55 - 12:45    Knight's and Magic 3-4
12:45 - 1:35      Princess Principal 5-6
1:35 - 2:15        Club Meeting / Announcements
2:15 - 2:40        Little Witch Academia (2017 TV series) ep 12
2:40 - 4:40        Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Start watching the exciting anime series: Made in Abyss and Princess Principal!
10:15 - 11:05    Gamers! 5-6
G a M e R s !
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] One day, Keita Amano, a high school boy who has no friends and spends time playing video game, is approached by the beautiful Karen Tendō about joining their school's Game Club. Smitten by Karen's offer, Keita is slightly disappointed that he wasn't the only one Karen asked to join, but ends up having fun playing FPS games with the other members. Ultimately, however, Keita decides against joining the Game Club as he prefers to play games for enjoyment instead of competition. This rejection hits pretty hard with Karen, who runs off in tears.

11:05 - 11:55    Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- eps 24-25 (End)
Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] With Subaru's death, he surprisingly resets back to the strategy meeting on the morning after the White Whale battle. Now aware that the cult can possess others, he formulates a new strategy to take out the fingers first before going after Betelgeuse himself. Wilhelm drops by the mansion to clear up the misunderstanding from the letter and to order the evacuation of the village. Then Subaru, wearing a cloak to mask his presence, arrives to tell Emilia that an attack is imminent and convince her to follow through with the evacuation. Knowing that there are spies among the merchants, Subaru hands out the plan of evacuation that is two hours behind schedule and the spy is apprehended. Subaru approaches Betelgeuse at his hideout offering to go through the ordeal to join the cult and become a new vessel. When Subaru is asked to show his Gospel, he shows the metia he took from the spy to commence the surprise attack. Subaru runs, with Betelgeuse and the remaining fingers in pursuit. Mimi and Tivey arrive to take out the fingers, and Subaru draws Betelgeuse towards the bottom of the cliff which he jumped off in a past timeline. Julius arrives and attacks Betelgeuse, helped by Subaru's ability to see the Unseen Hands. Julius fights Betelgeuse utilizing spirit arts to see the Unseen Hands through Subaru's eyes. Betelgeuse attempts to once more gain control over Subaru's body. This time, however, Subaru speaks out his 'Return by Death' to have Betelgeuse come in contact with the spirit of Satella, and, upon being rejected by the witch, Betelgeuse loses control over Subaru and is finally killed. On returning to the main group, Subaru learns that explosives are stowed in the wagon carrying Emilia and the children. Otto offers to take Subaru and reach Emilia in time to save her. Betelgeuse makes a surprise return, his body held together by the Unseen Hands. Subaru sets Betelgeuse on fire using Julius' spirit La, then writes 'the end' in his Gospel book after which, Betelgeuse finally dies. Reaching Emilia's wagon in time, Subaru finds the explosives under the floor, then carries them on Patrasche to the carcass of the White Whale at the base of the Flugel Tree and throws them inside. He is rendered unconscious from the massive blast when the explosives detonate, but is shielded by his dragon. Hours later, Subaru awakens in Emilia's lap, and explains his feelings and reasons for wanting to save her even as she says she has done nothing for him. When he confesses his love for her, Emilia, crying tears of joy, thanks Subaru for saving her.

11:55 - 12:45    Knight's and Magic eps 3-4
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Knight's and Magic is set in a world where medieval knights use giant robots called Silhouette Knights to fight against demon beasts, magical ravenous animals that devour everything on sight. The protagonist is Tsubasa Kurata, a mecha otaku from Japan who gets killed in a car accident. Tsubasa is reincarnated in this new parallel world as Ernesti "Eru" Echavalier, a boy born into a noble family. Tsubasa's previous otaku memories inspire Ernesti into creating his own Silhouette Knight in order to defend his kingdom.

12:45 - 1:35    Princess Principal eps 5-6
Princess Principal
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Steampunk anime! With the discovery of a mysterious substance called "Cavonite", Albion was able to construct a fleet of airships that made Albion the dominant power in the world. However, after the London Revolution, the country was split between the Kingdom and Commonwealth of Albion. The "spy action" series follows five girls in 19th century London, a city within the Albion Kingdom divided into east and west by a large wall. The girls serve as undercover spies working for the Commonwealth who are enrolled as students at the prestigious Queen's Mayfair school. The girls make use of their individual abilities to remain active in the underground world of disguise, espionage, infiltration, and car chases.

1:35 - 2:15     Club Meeting / Announcements
Wizard World!
New Anime Shows!

Kingsman 2!
Justice League!

2:15 - 2:40    Little Witch Academia (TV series) ep 12
Little Witch Academia (TV Series)
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Luna Nova hosts a welcoming party for the Earl of Hanbridge and his son, Andrew, who is an old acquaintance of Diana's. Meanwhile, as Akko is stuck having to practice her metamorphosis magic after giving herself animal ears, she decides to go and search for the Fountain of Polaris, which she believes can grant her great power. During her search, Akko comes across Andrew, who expresses a strong disinterest in magic, and she inadvertently gives him animal ears and a tail. Arriving at the location of the fountain, Akko and Andrew are chased by and (with the unseen aid of Ursula) evade its guardian, a giant polar bear named Arcas. Upon approaching the fountain, Akko is shown a vision of a young Chariot, who was unable to receive the fountain's power until she proved herself to be a capable witch through her own effort. Helping Akko to realize that acknowledgement is something that must be earned, Ursula encourages Akko to become stronger and restores Andrew, who promises to keep their encounter a secret.

2:40 - 3:30    Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale
Sword Art Online the Movie
"Ordinal Scale"
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] In the year 2026, the Augma is released to the public as an alternative system to the AmuSphere, due to its function to simulate reality while the player is conscious rather than using FullDive. The most prominent combat-based game is Ordinal Scale, in which a player's abilities are ranked by ordinal numbers.

Asuna, Lisbeth and Silica encourage Kirito to play OS upon hearing that Aincrad bosses have appeared. Kirito joins Asuna and Klein in a boss fight where the game's mascot, AI idol singer Yuna, appears and gives players buff effects as she sings. Kirito fails to achieve anything due to lack of physical strength and quickness. Eiji, the number-two player, aides the group in defeating the boss. Before Asuna makes the killing blow, Eiji whispers the word "Switch," a game mechanic from SAO that she recognizes.

The next night, Asuna joins Klein and his group for another boss fight while waiting for their last group member, unaware that he was injured by Eiji the night before. Asuna proceeds to the fight which is again presided over by Yuna. Klein and his group are ambushed and defeated by the sudden appearance of another boss and Eiji. The following morning, as Kirito practices with OS in a park, a girl in a white hood appears and points off into the distance before disappearing. Kirito meets with Asuna, who theorizes that Eiji was a member of the Knights of the Blood Oath named Nautilus, while Yui deduces that the spawn locations of the Aincrad bosses line up with the SAO dungeon maps.

Asuna, Lisbeth and Silica enter another fight where Yuna and Eiji appear again. Asuna is hit by the boss and passes out upon saving Silica who was pushed into the boss' path by Eiji. Asuna realizes her memories of SAO are fading and at a hospital visit with Kirito, learn that the Augma scanned her brain for SAO memories and that it could also happen to other SAO survivors playing OS. Kirito investigates the issue with Sinon during a boss battle, where an SAO player is defeated and a glowing orb floats upward into an OS drone. Yui fails to retrieve it after being locked out by the game. Later, Kirito meets the hooded girl again who repeats her actions from before. Kirito and Yui discover she is pointing towards Touto Technical University.

Kirito goes to the school and meets Professor Tetsuhiro Shigemura who developed Augma, but Shigemura refuses to answer any questions. Before leaving, Kirito notices on Shigemura's desk a picture of a girl who resembles Yuna. Kirito discusses with Kikuoka Seijirou, who informs him that Shigemura's daughter, Yuna, died in SAO. Visiting Asuna's home, Kirito promises Asuna to get her memories back. Kirito encounters the hooded girl again, revealed to be Yuna. When she tells him his rank is too low, Kirito decides to level up, solo-killing as many bosses as he can with aid from Sinon and Leafa.

Days later, the OS players gather at a stadium for Yuna's concert. In the lower levels, Kirito duels with Eiji who claims he has a way to return Asuna's memories. Kirito wins but Eiji reveals that Shigemura has been harvesting memories of SAO players in an attempt to reconstruct his lost daughter's soul and download her as an AI; having all players in the concert would make removing memories easier. Eiji adds that the drones used for harvesting possess enough power to damage the players' brains, killing them like the NerveGear did in SAO.

As a horde of Aincrad bosses raid the arena, Kirito and Yuna join the battle. Yuna tells Kirito that the Augma has a hidden full-dive feature and he can use it to defeat SAO's 100th floor boss to end the battle. Before diving, Kirito gives Asuna an engagement ring. Entering the Ruby Palace of Floor 100, Kirito, Lisbeth, Silica, Agil and Sinon confront the boss. They are easily defeated until Asuna, Leafa, Klein and several others from ALO and GGO come to their aid. Yui restores their saved abilities from SAO, allowing everyone to defeat the boss. The voice of Akihiko Kayaba congratulates them on their victory and gives Kirito an extremely powerful sword as a reward.

The group returns to the arena still in full-dive where Kirito, now OS's top-ranked player, dispatches the bosses with his new sword as Kikuoka finds Shigemura in the server room of Argus (the defunct company that ran SAO) and arrests him. The hooded Yuna restores the survivors' memories and fades out of existence since she was coded from the Floor 100 boss. Afterwards, Kirito and Asuna fulfill their promise they made to each other in Aincrad, to watch a meteor shower together. Asuna returns Kirito's engagement ring so to properly put it on her hand, which he does.

In a post-credits scene, Kikuoka, who was impressed with Shigemura's attempt at AI and soul reconstruction, recruits Shigemura to Rath.

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