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

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Anime Viewing Schedule for January 20, 2024

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, January 20, 2024
Fountaindale Public Library
          11:15 - 12:05   The Apothecary Diaries 5-6
          12:05 - 12:55   Undead Girl Murder Farce ep 12-13 [End]
          12:55 - 1:35     Club Meeting
          1:35 - 2:25       Frieren 1-2
          2:25 - 3:15       Solo Leveling 1-2
          3:15 - 4:40       Attack on Titan: THE FINAL CHAPTER
It's the beginning of a new year, and one of the greatest
anime series ever made is finally coming to a glorious end!
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 
Peggy J. Danhof Board Room
(Second Floor)
From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss these exciting anime series: Solo Leveling and Frieren
11:15 - 12:05   The Apothecary Diaries 5-6
The Apothecary Diaries
Plot Summary: The series is set in a fictional country modelled after Ming-era China. Maomao, a young girl who works as an apothecary in the red-light district, is kidnapped and sold to the Imperial Palace as a servant. However, she still retains her curious and eccentric personality and plans to work there until her years of servitude are over, without drawing the attention of anyone. One day, after hearing the rumors that the emperor's children are critically ill, she begins to investigate the cause, using her experience as a pharmacist, and successfully solves the mystery of their illness. Even though she intends to remain anonymous, her actions eventually catch the attention of an influential eunuch, and soon finds herself solving various mysteries in the royal court.
12:05 - 12:55   Undead Girl Murder Farce 12-13 [End]
Undead Girl Murder Farce
Plot Summary: Taking place between the late 19th century and early 20th century in a world filled with supernatural and magical creatures, Tsugaru Shinuchi, a half-demon, alongside servant Shizuku Hasei, leave Japan and embark on a journey across Europe to retrieve the body of Aya Rindo, who was decapitated by an unknown villain prior to the start of the series with only Aya's head as the living evidence for the journey.

12:55 - 1:35     Club Announcements
"Fight to the bitter end!" 
Doctor Who
Video Games

1:35 - 2:25   Frieren 1-2
Plot Summary: The story follows elven mage Frieren, a former member of the party of adventurers who defeated the Demon King and restored harmony to the world after a ten-year quest. In the past, the heroic group included Frieren, human hero Himmel, dwarven warrior Eisen and human priest Heiter. Before they part, they observe the Era Meteors together, a meteor shower that occurs once in fifty years. Frieren agrees to see them again and offers them a better view the next time the celestial event occurs. Frieren then departs and travels the world in pursuit of magical knowledge. Frieren returns to the capital fifty years later; however, humanity has changed, and her former companions have distinctly aged. After one last adventure to see the meteor shower, Himmel dies of old age. During the funeral, Frieren expressed guilt for not attempting to learn more about him. Frieren then pays a visit to her other former comrades. She accepts an offer to teach and care for Fern, an orphaned child adopted by Heiter. She also receives an invitation to travel far north, to the resting place of souls, and see Himmel again to bid the hero a fitting farewell and express her feelings. To fulfill those requests, Frieren embarks on a journey together with Fern while still pursuing her passion for learning magic. Frieren's elven nature grants her an extremely long lifespan, causing her to view periods of years or decades as ephemeral (this perception of time makes her consider the ten-year adventure with Himmel's party a fleeting experience). The story thus takes place across a long time, with periodic flashbacks accompanied by the physical and mental development of characters apart from Frieren herself. 
2:25 - 3:15    Solo Leveling 1-2
Plot Summary:  In a world where hunters — human warriors who possess supernatural abilities — must battle deadly monsters to protect mankind from certain annihilation, a notoriously weak hunter named Sung Jinwoo finds himself in a seemingly endless struggle for survival. One day, after narrowly surviving an overwhelmingly powerful double dungeon that nearly wipes out his entire party, a mysterious program called the System chooses him as its sole player and in turn, gives him the extremely rare ability to level up in strength and turn anyone he kills into a loyal minion called a shadow. Jinwoo then sets out on a journey as he fights against all kinds of enemies, both man and monster, to discover the secrets of the dungeons and the true source of his powers.
3:15 - 4:40    Attack on Titan: THE FINAL CHAPTER
ATTACK ON TITAN: The Final Chapter
Plot Summary:  The Scouts and Warriors lands on Eren's rib cage and incapacitate the Beast Titan before realizing that it is simply an empty shell with Zeke nowhere to be found. Before Armin has a chance to transform, he is captured inside a Titan's mouth. Suddenly, countless iterations of the former Nine Titans appear on Eren's back, created by Ymir Fritz as a way to defend him from the group's assault. While the Scouts try to rescue Armin, Pieck attempts to decapitate Eren's Titan with explosives, only to have her Cart Titan impaled and lifted away by the War Hammer Titan's replica before she is able to pull the trigger. Bertholdt's Colossal Titan replica appears above the battlefield and bites the head of Reiner's Armored Titan off before hurling the body down at the Founder's ribcage. The Scouts are scattered by the resulting impact, with most of them falling off the spines and forced to hang onto the ribcage so they don't fall. Just as the team is nearly defeated, Annie and Gabi appear on the back of Falco's new flying Jaw Titan and carries most of the team out from harm's way. Levi divides the group into two teams to rescue Armin and to attack Eren's nape. The sight of Falco's Titan inspires the Marleyan military at Fort Salta to keep fighting, but they are soon distracted by the arrival of the Eldian refugees from Liberio. Jean and Reiner head for the Founding Titan's nape, joining up with Pieck in an attempt to blow off the head with the same explosives she tried to detonate earlier. On the other end of the Eren's Titan, Mikasa, Conny, and Annie attempt to chase down the Titan that captured Armin, but are stopped by the Colossal Titan. Armin discovers Zeke inside the Paths, who explains to him that Eren understood what Ymir could not let go of even after 2,000 years and that is why she sided with him. Zeke does not believe escaping the Paths is possible or worth pursuing given that everything simply dies in the end, but Armin convinces Zeke that even the smallest things in life have meaning. Suddenly, Zeke remembers the time he spent playing ball with Xaver. Realizing he still cherishes those memories, he helps bridge the gap between the previous inheritors of the Titans, allowing Xaver, Grisha, Kruger, the Galliard brothers and Ymir's Titan replicas to break free of the Founder's control to help their comrades battle the remaining replicas. Zeke emerges from one of the Founding Titan's spines and calls out to Falco and those riding on his back, particularly Levi. While marveling about how nice the day looks, Zeke allows Levi to decapitate him, which severs Eren's ability to continue the Rumbling. Jean gets to the detonator and sets off the explosives around the Founding Titan's neck, decapitating it. However, a glowing centipedal creature emerges from its neck in an attempt to reconnect the head. After being rescued, Armin attempts to use the explosive power of his Colossal Titan's transformation to kill it, but he fails and it runs off towards Fort Salta. Meanwhile, Falco flies down to the Liberio refugees, but the reunion between the Warriors and their families is cut short when the centipede creature turns the nearby Eldians, including Jean, Connie and Gabi, into Titans to help defend it. Reiner, Annie, and Pieck engage the Titans and the centipede creature to prevent it from reconnecting with Eren while he transforms into a Colossal form of the Founding Titan to fight Armin's Colossal Titan, leaving Mikasa and Levi as the only ones left who can kill Eren. Jumping off Falco's back mid-flight, Levi uses a thunder spear to destroy the Founding Titan's mouth exposing Eren's real head within. Mikasa immediately enters the Titan's mouth to behead Eren and permanently end the Rumbling. As a result of Eren's death, Ymir is freed from the Paths which allows her to pass on. The centipedal creature responsible for the source of the Titan's powers vanishes and all surviving Eldians turn back into humans. Armin suddenly remembers a conversation with Eren that the latter intentionally wiped from his memory.


  1. Just watched the first two episodes of Solo Leveling and I already think this anime is going to rock. :) (Way better than Blue-eyed Samurai, at least). Also yay for Frieren, highly loving that series.

  2. Hopefully y'all can play the new Maboroshi film on Netflix for the next meeting! Been hearing great things about it