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Friday, August 28, 2015

Anime Viewing Schedule for August 29, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Wood Dale Public Library
Convention Coverage of Summer 2015
"The Titans have broken through the walls!"
Attack on Titan (Live-Action Movie)
Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm

10:15 - 10:40    Blood Blockade Battlefront 7-8
11:05 - 11:55    Aldnoah Zero 21-22
11:55 - 12:45    Parasyte the maxim 18-19
12:45 - 1:25      Club Meeting / Announcements
1:25 - 2:15        Death Parade 11-12 (End)
2:15 - 3:05        Gangsta 1-2
3:05 - 4:45        Attack on Titan (Live-Action Movie)
All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Keep watching the exciting new anime series: Aldnoah Zero and Death Parade!

10:15 - 11:05    Blood Blockade Battlefront 7-8
Blood Blockade Battlefront
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] It centers around the crime fighting organization "Libra" and their battles in Jerusalem's Lot, formerly known as New York City. Jerusalem's Lot was created in a single night when a portal to the "Beyond" opened, and now it is a paranormal melting pot of monsters, magic and the everyday mundane city life. It's up to Libra to prevent the horrors of this city from spreading to the outside world.  Leonard Watch is a young man whose special power, the "All Seeing Eyes" catches the attention of Libra.

11:05 - 11:55     Aldnoah Zero (Episodes 21-22)
Aldnoah Zero
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] In 1972, an ancient alien hypergate was discovered on the surface of the moon. Using this technology, humanity began migrating to Mars and settling there. After settlers discovered additional advanced technology, the Vers Empire was founded, which claimed Mars and its secrets for themselves. Later, the Vers Empire declared war on Earth, and in 1999, a battle on the Moon's surface caused the hypergate to explode, shattering the Moon and scattering remnants into a debris belt around the planet. Cut off from Mars, the remnants of the Vers Empire established several massive orbital space stations within the debris belt and a ceasefire was established. 15 years later, in 2014, an attack on the Vers princess during a peace mission causes the Empire to launch a new attack on Earth, this time determined to conquer it once and for all.

11:55 - 12:45    Parasyte - the maxim (Episodes 18-19)
P a R a S y T e
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Parasyte centers around a 17-year-old teen named Shinichi Izumi, who lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo. One night, worm-like aliens called Parasites invade Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasite attempts to crawl into Shinichi's ear while he sleeps, but fails as Shinichi is wearing headphones, and enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead. In the Japanese version, it takes over his right hand and is named Migi, after the Japanese word for 'right'; Tokyopop's version, in which the images are flipped horizontally, has the Parasite take over Shinichi's left hand and it is named Lefty. Because Shinichi was able to prevent Migi from travelling further up into his brain, both beings retain their separate intellect and personality. As the duo encounter other Parasites, they capitalize on their strange situation and gradually form a strong bond, working together to survive. This gives them an edge in battling other Parasites who frequently attack the pair upon realization that Shinichi's human brain is still intact. Shinichi feels compelled to fight other Parasites, who devour humans as food, while enlisting Migi's help.

12:45 - 1:25     Club Meeting / Announcements
Convention Highlights
  • Convention Coverage
  • Animation News from around the world
  • Cosplayers/Skits/Masquerade
  • Anime Music Videos
  • And other weird, interesting stuff...

1:25 - 2:15    Death Parade 11-12 (End)
D E A T H   P A R A D E
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Somewhere there is a mysterious bar known as the Quindecim, where a lone bartender named Decim works. Whenever two people die at the exact time and emerge from the bar's elevators, those two must participate in a Death Game with their lives on the line, the results of which will reveal what secrets led them there and what their fate will be afterwards.

2:15 - 3:05    Gangsta 1-2
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] The series revolves around two "Handymen" who take on jobs for both the mob and the police force that no one else can handle. The two, named Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown, work in the town of Ergastulum, which is full of mafia, hoodlums, prostitutes, and dirty cops. First episode opens with Nic watching as Alex is berated by Barry, her boss, for not earning enough money. Later, while Nic and Worick are dealing with some thugs, they see her being abused by an irate customer. As she walks away, one of them (later revealed to be Nic) tosses her a handkerchief to wipe blood off her face. The two Handymen then meet up with the police officer Chad, who hires them to eliminated Barry's gang, which has been encroaching on mafia turf. Before they leave, Nic asks if they can take a trophy. Worick then meets up with Alex, who asks him to thank Nic for the handkerchief, and Worick tells her that they have been hired to kill her boss. Nic is then seen attacking the gang, and Worick shows up in time to finish off Barry. Alex shows up and takes Worick's gun, firing several shots into Barry's body in a fit of despair as she's relieved to no longer be under his control but is now rudderless. Speaking with Chad afterward, Worick reveals that they have chosen Alex as their trophy. Chad protests, but Nic cows him into acceptance with a display of his superhuman strength. At the end of the episode, Worick asks Alex if she can answer their phone for them while he is out.

3:05 - 4:45    Attack on Titan (Live-Action Movie)
Attack on Titan (Live-Action Movie)
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] The film begins with the narrator explaining how about 100 years ago, the Titans suddenly appeared and decimated most of humanity. To stop their advance, humanity built the Walls and peacefully lived there for another 100 years.

In the Monzen district, Armin Arlert is sent to find his friend, Eren Jaeger, who was fired yet again from his job. Accompanying him is Eren's girlfriend, Mikasa Ackerman. They find Eren in a field standing atop a dud bomb. Eren expresses his desire to leave the Walls and see the outside world, especially after they realize that the ocean does exist. The three attempt to leave the Walls but were caught by the Garrison, who nearly arrest them after being mistaken as renegades, but are saved by Souda, the captain of the Garrison. Souda explains to them that the military is assembling a scouting regiment to explore beyond the walls and attempts to coerce Eren into joining. However, the Wall is suddenly attacked by the Colossal Titan, which tears a large hole into it; allowing the Titans entrance and massacre the Garrison. Armin, Eren and Mikasa go their separate ways in the escape. Eren saves a woman with a baby from being trampled. However, she drops the baby and Mikasa rushes over to save it and Eren and the mother was forced into a church. Despite Eren's attempts to go back for them, he can only catch a glimpse of Mikasa and the child with the Smiling Titan right behind them before he was prevented from opening the doors. He manages to get out of the church just in time before the Titans tear it open and eat everyone inside it. Unable to find Mikasa and thinking her dead, a devastated Eren stumbles along the ruins of the Monzen district.

2 years later, Eren and Armin are reunited as they both volunteer for the Scouting Regiment, along with the farm girl Sasha Blouse, Jean Kirstein, Sannagi; a farmer with siblings waiting for him, the couple; Fukushi and Lil and the single mother, Hiana. The two also find Souda, now a drunkard who volunteers as a medic for the Regiment after losing his wife and daughter to the attack two years ago. The team, led by Military Police Commander, Kubal and Squad Leader, Hange Zoe, move out into one of the towns of the Outer Wall. After Hiana hears a child's cries, Eren accompanies her into exploring, only to find that the child they've been hearing was actually a Titan. The group are attacked by Titans and are forced to run into town. However, before the Titans could eat them, they are saved by Captain Shikishima and Mikasa (whom Sannagi has told them about earlier as the "Goddess" under Shikishima's regiment), who survived the attack from two years ago. The group safely makes it to the town and rest up for the night. After Souda tells them the name of Eren's girlfriend, Jean and Sannagi realize that their Squad Leader and the girl are one and the same. Later on, Eren confronts Mikasa over what happened. Mikasa tells him that the baby she saved was eaten while she survived with nothing but large scar on her left side, leading to her bitterness and apathy. After realizing that Mikasa and Shikishima are most likely together, Eren was once again devastated and comforted by Hiana.

In the middle of the night, the group are attacked, leading to Hiana and Fukushi's deaths in the hands of the Titans. The explosives they've been protecting is stolen by an old man and Lil throws a pot of fire on it before overpowering the thief and driving it straight into the center of the town and the truck explodes with them inside of it. Jean attempts to convince Eren to escape but instead, Eren uses his gear to attack the Titans under Shikishima's tutelage before losing his leg in the process. Armin is captured by a Titan, with the efforts of the group to fell it not working. Eren, however, grabs him from the Titans mouth and throws him out, being eaten in the process. Eren finds Hiana's body inside the Titan who ate him and expresses his desire to kill all the Titans.

Though crushed by Eren's apparent death, Mikasa keeps fighting until she loses gas on her gear and comes face to face with the same Titan that ate Eren. Before it can eat her, however, the Rogue Titan emerges from its stomach and begins to combat the other Titans. The Titans retreat and the Rogue turns on the group. Souda and especially Mikasa realize that the Titan is Eren and Mikasa cuts Eren open from the Rogue's corpse before he is lost. Hange realizes the reason why the nape is the weak spot of the Titans as Eren emerges and Shikishima watches the scene with an amused smile on his face while dramatically eating an apple.

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