Next Club Meeting: August 13, 2022, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Anime Viewing Schedule for November 3, 2018

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Wood Dale Public Library
Just don't miss the club meeting this weekend!

Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
10:15 - 11:05   Planet With 5-6
11:05 - 11:55   Karakuri Circus 3-4
11:55 - 12:45   Hinamatsuri 7-8
12:45 - 1:05     Club Meeting / Announcements
1:05 - 1:55       Megalo Box 8-9
1:55 - 2:45       S.S.S.S. Gridman 3-4
2:45 - 4:40       MAQUIA (Feature Presentation)

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

10:15 - 11:05    Planet With 5-6
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    Karakuri Circus 3-4
Karakuri Circus
Plot Summary: [Source: MyAnimeList] The story centers around three main characters, Masaru Saiga (才賀 勝 Saiga Masaru), Narumi Kato (加藤 鳴海 Katō Narumi), and Shirogane (Eleanor) (しろがね (エレオノール)) and combines the settings of a circus, alchemy, and karakuri puppets into one story filled with mystery and action. The story starts when Masaru's father dies and leaves 18 billion yen of inheritance solely to him. His siblings (all from different mothers) and his uncle set out to either kill or abduct Masaru to make all the money their own. By coincidence, Narumi ends up rescuing Masaru with the help from Shirogane. As each episode progresses, a 200-year-old tragedy is uncovered and the mystery of the origin of the Shirogane, Automatons, and the Zonapha syndrome unfolds. Each of the main characters are tied in reincarnation cycle that is the result of the tragedy of 200 years ago. After the third volume of manga, the story splits into two separate but related arcs. Narumi Kato joins the other Shirogane to battle against Automatons (auto-mannequins) to cure the world of Zonapha syndrome. Meanwhile, Eleanor and Masaru Saiga join the circus and attempt to live a normal life but their fate are still heavily linked to their pre-determined destiny. The events triggered by either Narumi Kato or Eleanor side of the story were mentioned on each other's story, sometimes directly affect one another. After a while, during the climax of the story, the two paths came to a cross. Every member of the Shirogane group and Karakuri Circus has to save the world from Z.O.N.A.P.H.A syndrome and its utter destruction. More importantly, bring the 200 years cycle of tragedy and hatred to an end.

11:55 - 12:45    Hinamatsuri 7-8
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 Anime Season
Manga and Comics

1:15 - 2:05    Megalo Box 8-9
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 3-4
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    MAQUIA (Feature Presentation)
M  A  Q  U  I  A
When the Promised Flower Blooms
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] The Iorph people live far removed from the world of men, spending their days weaving Hibiol, a special cloth which serves as a written chronicle of the passing of time. They age much more slowly than men, and have the capacity to live for hundreds of years. They are legendary to outsiders, who have dubbed them "the Clan of the Separated". 

Maquia, a young, orphaned Iorph girl, serves as an assistant to the clan's chief, Racine, who warns her about creating emotional attachments to outsiders, positing that she will know what true loneliness is if she does. Soon afterward, the neighboring kingdom of Mezarte sends armed soldiers on the backs of flying dragons called Renato to the Iorph village. Unable to find the secret to their longevity, the army attacks, killing most of the Iorph and taking a friend of Maquia's, Leilia, as a prisoner. One of the Renato succumbs to the "Red Eye" disease and goes berserk during the attack; tangled in Hibiol, it flees the village, dragging Maquia, who is also tangled in the fabric along with it, eventually crashing and dying in a forest. After awakening, Maquia happens upon an ambushed caravan and a drunk half-Iorph merchant, where she finds a newborn baby boy, held tightly in the arms of his deceased mother. Unwilling to let it die, she pulls him from the dead woman's arms and decides to take him in as her son. She travels to the village of Helm, where a woman, Mido, takes them in, raising them alongside her two sons, Lang and Deol. Maquia names her adopted son Ariel. 

Time passes and Ariel has grown from a baby into a child. The Kingdom of Mezarte had once built their strength and reputation on their ownership of the ancient Renato, but the Renato have started to succumb to the "Red Eye" disease, leaving them with less than ten as they begin to die out. Fearing the inevitable loss of power and influence, the king of Mezarte tries to claim ownership of another ancient and legendary power, the Iorph's longevity, leading to his attempt to introduce Iorph into the royal bloodline. Through a message woven into a Hibiol she finds in a shop, Maquia discovers that Leilia has been forced into an arranged marriage with the prince of Mezarte, and travels on a ship with Ariel to try to free her. On the ship, she meets Krim, an old friend of hers from their homeland who was Leilia's former boyfriend and Maquia's secret crush, who is also seeking to free Leilia. Once in the capital of Mezarte, the two and a number of other Iorph ambush a royal parade, and Maquia briefly frees Leilia, only to find that Leilia is pregnant with the prince's child. Maquia flees on Leilia's orders and avoids being captured with the aid of the half-Iorph merchant; Krim, undeterred, resolves to continue trying to free Leilia and leaves Maquia behind. 

More time passes. Maquia and Ariel have moved to the iron-forge city of Dorail, where Maquia works as a waiter in a restaurant and a teenage Ariel, becoming more and more alienated from Maquia by the ever-increasing difference in their apparent ages, is a forge worker. Leilia, still in the palace, is a prisoner of the royals, who have cast her aside because her daughter, Medmel, shows no sign of being an Iorph, and hasn't been able to meet her ever since her birth, leaving her in despair. One day, Ariel and Maquia happen to reunite with Lang, now a soldier in Mezarte's army; their meeting pushes Ariel and Maquia farther apart, driving Ariel to enlist in the army as well. Moments after he leaves, Maquia is kidnapped from her home by Krim. 

Approximately ten years later, Ariel has moved back toward the capital and married Dita, a girl he knew in Helm; she is pregnant with their first child. Meanwhile, Krim has gathered the support of the surrounding nations to invade and overthrow Mezarte, and he takes a still-captive Maquia with him, trying to reach the palace in the battle. They are separated in a forest outside the capital, and after a brief encounter with Ariel, Maquia happens upon Ariel and Dita's home, where she finds Dita in labor. She helps deliver the baby as Ariel continues to fight and is wounded in the battle. Maquia searches for Ariel and finds him, offering him an emotional goodbye before making her way to the palace. After finally finding Leilia in the palace, and being rejected in favor of Medmel, Krim tries to kill both her and himself, but is shot by her guard, Izor, and dies. As the battle ends with Mezarte's loss, Ariel arrives back in his home to meet his newborn daughter. Maquia takes the last living Renato and flies away with Leilia, who is finally able to reunite briefly with Medmel before departing. 

Many years later, Maquia returns to the village of Helm once again with the half-Iorph merchant, finding Ariel as an aged man on his deathbed, and holds his hand as he dies. Leaving their home, she shoulders the pain of his loss, crying as she remembers the moments of her life she spent with him. She then rejoins the merchant and continues on the road, remarking to herself, despite the profound pain of loss, that loving her son brought her happiness. A post-credit image shows the Iorph village being reinhabited once again by the surviving Iorph and their descendants, including Maquia, Leilia and the last Renato.

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