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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Anime Viewing Schedule for March 30, 2019

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Wood Dale Public Library
We've got the cure for GLITCHING. Watch ANIME!

Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
10:15 - 11:05   Planet With 11-12 (end)
11:05 - 11:55   Karakuri Circus 9-10
11:55 - 12:45   Golden Kamuy 1-2
12:45 - 1:15     Club Meeting / Announcements
1:15 - 2:05       Dororo 1-2
2:05 - 2:55       S.S.S.S. Gridman 8-9
2:55 - 4:35       Godzilla: Planet Eater (Feature Presentation)

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

10:15 - 11:05    Planet With 11-12 (end)
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 9-10
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    Golden Kamuy 1-2
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.

12:45 - 1:15     Club Meeting / Announcements
STAR WARS Celebration
Manga and Comics
New Anime in 2019

1:15 - 2:05    Dororo 1-2
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.

2:05 - 2:55    S.S.S.S. Gridman 8-9
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 - 4:35    Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (Feature Presentation)
Godzilla: The Planet Eater
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Following the destruction of Mechagodzilla City, the remaining Bilusaludo on the Aratrum demand justice for Haruo destroying what they saw as necessary to defeat Godzilla. But the humans disagree, believing Haruo exposed the Bilusaludos' true intentions of assimilating Earth. The Bilusaludos revolt and shut down the Aratrum's engine room, forcing the ship to run on secondary batteries for the next two days. On Earth, Haruo learns from Dr. Martin that Yuko is rendered brain-dead with the Nanometal in her body keeping her alive. He also learned that those treated by the Houtua survived the nanometal's attempt to absorb them, with Methphies deceiving the survivors into believing their survival was divine intervention. Dr. Martin advises Haruo to hide until tensions ease. 

When confronted by Haruo over him converting the remaining humans, Methphies reveals his plan to bring the Exifs' god to Earth and needs Haruo's help to make it possible. Haruo is taken to a remote area by Miana, explaining her people have no concept of hatred and that their concept of life revolves around "winning" (surviving and making life) or "losing" (dying and disappearing). She tells Haruo that he is "losing", and offers to sleep with him before he turns her down in her attempt to undress him. While Haruo assumed Miana was the one who treated his wounds, he learns it was actually her twin sister Maina and ends up sleeping with her. Meanwhile, Miana discovers Metphies telepathically communicating with Endurph, the Exif briefly reveals his plans before capturing her as she telepathically contacts Haruo and Maina. 

Metphies later conducts a ritual with his followers in conjunction with Endurph to summon their god, Ghidorah, to defeat Godzilla. Ghidorah manifests as a shadow on Earth and partially through singularities, devouring Metphies's followers and destroying the Aratrum. Ghidorah then proceeds to attack Godzilla, who is helpless against the intangible monster as its heads bite Godzilla and drain his energy. Dr. Martin concludes that Ghidorah's true form exists in another plane of existence and is being guided by someone in their universe, Haruo finding it to be Metphies who had replaced his right eye with the amulet he repaired with the nanometal. Metphies proceeds to reveal that his people devoted themselves to Ghidorah since learning the absolute truth that their universe is finite and fated to destruction, having worked to offer the monster planets to feed on. Proceeding to telepathically assault Haruo, Metphies explains that the human's hatred towards Godzilla made him an ideal offering and tells Haruo that he must submit himself to Ghidorah as its witness to enable its full manifestation.

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