Next Club Meeting: July 20, 2024, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Anime Viewing Schedule for January 11, 2020

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Fountaindale Public Library
                    11:15 - 12:05   Golden Kamuy 21-22
                    12:05 - 12:55   Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 19-20
                    12:55 - 1:30     Club Meeting / Announcements
                    1:30 - 2:20       Dororo 20-21
                    2:20 - 3:10       The Rising of the Shield Hero 17-18

                    3:10 - 4:40       Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Battle for Unato
"Fight your way to the Next Club Meeting!"

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Board Room on Second Floor

From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Dororo and Golden Kamuy

11:05 - 12:05    Golden Kamuy 21-22
Golden Kamuy
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Saichi Sugimoto, a veteran of the Battle of 203 Hill in the Russo-Japanese War, works as a miner in Hokkaido in order to provide for the widow of his dead comrade. He hears a dubious story about a hidden trove of Ainu gold, the location of which is hidden in the tattoos of a group of convicts who escaped from Abashiri Prison. When he discovers that the story is true, and that multiple other groups are in pursuit of the gold, he decides to search for it along with Asirpa, a young Ainu girl. 

12:05 - 12:55    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 19-20
Demon Slayer
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted, intelligent boy who lives with his family and makes money by selling charcoal. Everything changes when his family is attacked and slaughtered by demons (oni). Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident, though Nezuko is now a demon, but surprisingly still shows signs of human emotion and thought. Tanjiro becomes a demon slayer to help his sister turn human again, and to avenge the loss of his family.

12:55 - 1:30     Club Meeting / Announcements
Happy New Year!
STAR WARS: The Rise of Skywalker Review
Rick and Morty
The Mandalorian
Manga and Comics
New Anime in Winter 2019-2020

1:30 - 2:20    Dororo 20-21
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Dororo revolves around a rōnin named Hyakkimaru (百鬼丸) and young orphan thief named Dororo (どろろ) during the Sengoku period. The rōnin was born malformed, limbless and without facial features or internal organs. This was the result of his birth father daimyō Kagemitsu Daigō forging a pact with 48 sealed demons (12 in the anime) so that he might rule the land and increase its wealth and prosperity. In return, he promised the demons any that they want that belong to him. This enabled them to roam free and commit atrocities along the countryside. After his mother Oku was forced to set him adrift on the river, lest he be killed by his father, the infant was subsequently found and raised by Jukai-sensei, a medicine man who used healing magic and alchemical methods to give the child prostheses crafted from the remains of children who had died in the war. The boy became nearly invincible against any mortal blow as a result of the prostheses and healing magic. Grafted into his left arm was a very special blade that a traveling storyteller presented to Jukai-sensei, believing it was fated to be within his possession given that ever since the boy had been discovered, the doctor had been visited by goblins. As revealed in a short tale about the blade's origin, the blade had been forged out of vengeance to kill goblins as well as other supernatural entities.

2:20 - 3:10    The Rising of the Shield Hero 17-18
The Rising of the Shield Hero
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Naofumi Iwatani was summoned into a parallel world along with three other people to become the world's Heroes. Each of the heroes were respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned. Naofumi happened to receive the Legendary Shield, the sole defensive equipment, while the others received weapons capable of attacking. Unlike the other heroes who are fully supported by the kingdom and gain several strong allies each, Naofumi's luck turns to the worse after his single companion, later revealed to be none other than Princess Myne, betrays him, and leaves him devoid of all assistance and supplies after she falsely accuses him of sexually assaulting her. 

Shunned by everyone from the King to peasants, Naofumi is forced to train as a hero alone while working to make ends meet, until he buys from a slave trader a young raccoon demi-human girl named Raphtalia and an egg that hatches into a bird creature whom he names "Filo", both quickly growing into adulthood and becoming powerful warriors under his care. As they little by little gain the trust and gratitude of the people with their heroic actions, Naofumi and his companions work hard to fulfill their mission as saviors of the world, while unraveling its deepest secrets. 

3:10 - 4:40    Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: Battle for Unato [Movie]
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress:
The Battle for Unato [Movie]
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia]
Episode 1 - The story begins with a retelling of the TV Series focusing on events leading to the Kōtetsujō traveling to the town of Unato. The town is dominated by a hilltop castle which has become a nest of kabane and threatens the population. Ayame and Kurusu with Ikoma hold a meeting with Kuroji Tuan of the Federal Forces, General Mogari of the Echigo-Tora-Ohuki and Unmo representing the Unato population. Kuroji Tuan plans to use the Narukami, an armored hayajiro with giant cannon mounted on board, to blast the castle while Mogari's men and 200 Unato fighters led by Unmo lead a ground assault. However, Ikoma believes that the Kabane in the castle are being controlled in some way and wants to investigate the castle area first. 

Episode 2 - Ikoma prepares to investigate the Unato Kabane, but he has trouble controlling his blood lust and attacks Mumei so he is arrested. Unmo reveals that there are tunnels under the castle made by Kageyuki Komai Tuan, the former owner of the castle. They decide to investigate with Sukari and Mumei and find a separate entrance, apparently used by the Kabane. Meanwhile, the Narukami reaches the main route to Unato early so Tuan Kuroji decides to begin the assault on the castle immediately. Hearing the commotion, Ikoma breaks free from his chains and tries to find Mumei. Meanwhile, Unmo's group are suddenly attacked by Kabane who emerge from the tunnel and attack them, overwhelming the Federal soldiers. Mumei immediately heads into the tunnel, but she finds a series of traps and then encounters a powerful and fast Kazatori. Kuroji Tuan orders the cannon to begin firing, but Kageyuki who is now a Kabaneri, fires bullets filled with blood at the cannon, attracting hoards of Kabane who engulf the Narukami. When Kuroji Tuan orders the cannon fired again, it explodes, destroying itself and the Kabane who overrun the train, killing all the troops, including Kuroji Tuan. In the tunnel, Mumei is wounded and cornered by the kazatori, but at the last minute, Ikoma arrives and kills it. 

Episode 3 - Ikoma saves Mumei and as they embrace, they mysteriously find themselves bathed in a green light and are revived. They are joined by Sukari's crew and advance along the tunnel. Meanwhile, Ayame and Kurusu, assisted by Mogari and his men drive the Kōtetsujō upwards toward the castle. Ikoma's group are fired on by Kageyuki and they see a child encased in a blue light in the Kabane nest. Unmo then tells the group how after Kageyuki became a Kabaneri, his daughter Miyuki was killed trying to save him so he bit her to make her a Kabane and she has since become the core of a "Black Fog". They realize that they must stop Kageyuki before Unato is completely destroyed. Mumei attacks him, but during the fight, Unmo vainly sacrifices himself to stop Kageyuki giving Mumei renewed conviction and she fatally shoots Kageyuki. This releases Miyuki who transforms into a Black Fog, emerging from the mountain, cutting a destructive path towards Unato. Ayame orders the Kōtetsujō to leave after Ikoma and Sukari's group return, but the Black Fog catches the train. Desperately, Yukina drives the train at full speed into a dead-end tunnel and fire the train's cannon at the same time, destroying and dissipating the monster. As snow begins to fall, the Kōtetsujō leaves Unato and the key players share some tender moments together.

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