Next Club Meeting: October 21, 2023, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Anime Viewing Schedule for October 20, 2018

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Wood Dale Public Library
Follow Hilda onto the next "woff" you see
and fly to Week's End for the Club Meeting!

Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
10:15 - 11:05   Planet With 3-4
11:05 - 11:55   Goblin Slayer 1-2
11:55 - 12:45   Hinamatsuri 5-6
12:45 - 1:15     Club Meeting / Announcements
1:15 - 2:05       Megalo Box 6-7
2:05 - 2:55       S.S.S.S. Gridman 1-2
2:55 - 4:40       Bleach (Live-Action Movie)

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Goblin Slayer and S.S.S.S. Gridman

10:15 - 11:05    Planet With 3-4
Planet With
Plot Summary: [Source: MyAnimeList] Kuroi Souya is a high schooler living a peaceful life despite having no memories of his past. One day, however, his town is attacked by one of the mysterious Nebula Weapons. Together with the cat-like "Sensei" and the gothic lolita Ginko, Souya gets dragged into a battle against... seven superheroes who protect the town! What is Souya's reason to fight? The answer lies in his memories.

11:05 - 11:55    Goblin Slayer 1-2
Plot Summary: [Source: MyAnimeList] In a world of fantasy, adventurers come far and wide to join the Guild, in order to complete contracts for whatever jobs are available. An inexperienced priestess joins her first adventuring party, but comes into danger after her first adventurer contract involving goblins goes wrong. After the rest of her party is wiped out, she is saved by a man known as Goblin Slayer, an adventurer whose only purpose is the eradication of goblins with extreme prejudice.

11:55 - 12:45    Hinamatsuri 5-6
Plot Summary: [Source: myanimelist] One night, a strange object falls on the head of Nitta, a member of the yakuza. Inside the box is a strange young girl named Hina. She has tremendous supernatural powers, and Nitta finds himself reluctantly taking her in. Her powers can come in handy for his yakuza business, but he also runs the risk of her using them on him! Not to mention, if she doesn't use her powers, she will eventually go berserk and destroy everything around her. Nitta and Hina's strange life together is just beginning...

12:45 - 1:15     Club Meeting / Announcements
New York Comic-Con
New Anime Season
Manga and Comics

1:15 - 2:05    Megalo Box 6-7
Plot Summary: [Source: myanimelist] "To be quiet and do as you're told, that's the cowardly choice." These are the words of Junk Dog, an underground fighter of Megalo Box, an evolution of boxing that utilizes mechanical limbs known as Gear to enhance the speed and power of its users. Despite the young man's brimming potential as a boxer, the illegal nature of his participation forces him to make a living off of throwing matches as dictated by his boss Gansaku Nanbu. However, this all changes when the Megalo Box champion Yuuri enters his shabby ring under the guise of just another challenger. Taken out in a single round, Junk Dog is left with a challenge: "If you're serious about fighting me again, then fight your way up to me and my ring." Filled with overwhelming excitement and backed by the criminal syndicate responsible for his thrown matches, Junk Dog enters Megalonia: a world-spanning tournament that will decide the strongest Megalo Boxer of them all. Having no name of his own, he takes on the moniker of "Joe" as he begins his climb from the very bottom of the ranked list of fighters. With only three months left to qualify, Joe must face off against opponents the likes of which he has never fought in order to meet the challenge of his rival.

2:05 - 2:55    S.S.S.S. Gridman 1-2
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad Gridman is about three computer-savvy kids, Naoto, Yuka and Ippei create their own videogame super-hero, but then discover it's possessed by an inter-dimensional police officer Gridman. Pursuing an evil program called Kahn Digifer, he merges with Naoto and fights Kahn Digifer's digitized monsters (created by social misfit Takeshi) in order to prevent the computerized demon from wreaking havoc on the town of Sakuragaoka and the entire Human World.

2:55 - 4:40    BLEACH (Live-Action Movie)
B  L  E  A  C  H
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Ichigo Kurosaki is a teenager who lives in Karakura Town with his father, Isshin, and younger twin sisters, Karin and Yuzu. He has the ability to see ghosts, a talent that brings him to the attention of a katana-wielding young woman, Rukia Kuchiki. Rukia explains that she is a Soul Reaper, whose duty is to guide dead souls to an afterlife called Soul Society. Those who die in anger are transformed into monstrous beings called Hollows and it is also a Reaper's duty to purify them with their weapon, Zanpakutō. When Rukia struggles to contain a Hollow, Fishbone D, from attacking the Kurosaki residence, she decides to transfer her Reaper power, Reiryoku, to Ichigo, transforming him into a Reaper. He proceeds to purify the Hollow. The next day, Ichigo learns that Rukia is posing as a new transfer student to his high school. Rukia says that she had expended all her Reiryoku to Ichigo during the emergency transfer and cannot return to Soul Society. Therefore, he has to fight Hollows in her stead until he accumulates enough Reiryoku to do a transfer. 

Ichigo constantly refuses the exercise Rukia subjects him to to shape him up, much to her irritation. Meanwhile, Rukia's older brother, Byakuya (Rukia had been adopted by Kuchiki family as a child), sends her childhood friend, Renji Abarai, to fetch her. He has a brief altercation with Ichigo that ends when someone threatens him with arrows, forcing him to flee. The person turns out to be Ichigo's classmate, Uryū Ishida. Uryū is a Quincy, humans who are spiritually aware and can dispatch Hollows with bow and arrows. He hates Reapers for having massacred his kind a long time ago and challenges Ichigo, whom he identified as a Reaper, to fight Hollows by deliberately summoning them. 

While Ichigo and Rukia are fighting a Hollow, Hexapodus, they are confronted by Renji and Byakuya. After Renji defeats Ichigo, Byakuya scolds Rukia for having broken the rule not to transfer Reiryoku to a human and gives her an ultimatum: either she forcibly extracts her Reiryoku from Ichigo, thus killing him, or returns to Soul Society as a convict and receives the capital punishment. Not wanting to endanger him, Rukia prepares to give herself up for punishment. However, Ichigo stops her at the last minute and makes a deal with Byakuya: he will purify a greater Hollow called Grand Fisher to gain enough Reiryoku for a non-fatal transfer. 

Ichigo vigorously trains for the confrontation, piquing the interest of his classmates, Yasutora Sado and Orihime Inoue, who has a crush on him. He learns that Grand Fisher was the being who appeared to him and his late mother, Masaki, when he was young; Masaki was killed defending Ichigo from its attack. It continues to hunt him since. During a visit to Masaki's grave, Karin and Yuzu are attacked by Grand Fisher. Ichigo is able to free them, before luring it away. Aided by Uryū, he is able to purify the Hollow. Shortly afterward, Renji appears, wounds Uryū, then duels Ichigo. Ichigo manages to defeat him. However, he is unable to land even a single hit at Byakuya and gravely injures himself while trying. To protect him, Rukia reconfirms her vow as a Reaper and does the Reiryoku transfer herself, bidding Ichigo goodbye before returning to Soul Society. 

The next day, everyone in Karakura Town have forgotten Rukia. Nevertheless, the film leaves it open to the possibility that Ichigo still remembers her.

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