Next Club Meeting: June 22, 2024, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Anime Viewing Schedule for December 21, 2019

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Fountaindale Public Library
                    11:15 - 12:05   Golden Kamuy 19-20
                    12:05 - 12:55   Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 17-18
                    12:55 - 1:20     Club Meeting / Announcements
                    1:20 - 2:10       Dororo 18-19
                    2:10 - 3:00       The Rising of the Shield Hero 15-16

                    3:00 - 4:35       Black Fox [TV Premiere]
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Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Board Room on Second Floor

From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM

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

11:05 - 12:05    Golden Kamuy 19-20
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. 

12:05 - 12:55    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 17-18
Demon Slayer
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted, intelligent boy who lives with his family and makes money by selling charcoal. Everything changes when his family is attacked and slaughtered by demons (oni). Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident, though Nezuko is now a demon, but surprisingly still shows signs of human emotion and thought. Tanjiro becomes a demon slayer to help his sister turn human again, and to avenge the loss of his family.

12:55 - 1:20     Club Meeting / Announcements
Merry Christmas!
STAR WARS: The Rise of Skywalker Review
Rick and Morty
The Mandalorian
Manga and Comics
New Anime in Winter 2019

1:20 - 2:10    Dororo 18-19
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.

2:10 - 3:00    The Rising of the Shield Hero 15-16
The Rising of the Shield Hero
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Naofumi Iwatani was summoned into a parallel world along with three other people to become the world's Heroes. Each of the heroes were respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned. Naofumi happened to receive the Legendary Shield, the sole defensive equipment, while the others received weapons capable of attacking. Unlike the other heroes who are fully supported by the kingdom and gain several strong allies each, Naofumi's luck turns to the worse after his single companion, later revealed to be none other than Princess Myne, betrays him, and leaves him devoid of all assistance and supplies after she falsely accuses him of sexually assaulting her. 

Shunned by everyone from the King to peasants, Naofumi is forced to train as a hero alone while working to make ends meet, until he buys from a slave trader a young raccoon demi-human girl named Raphtalia and an egg that hatches into a bird creature whom he names "Filo", both quickly growing into adulthood and becoming powerful warriors under his care. As they little by little gain the trust and gratitude of the people with their heroic actions, Naofumi and his companions work hard to fulfill their mission as saviors of the world, while unraveling its deepest secrets. 

3:00 - 4:45    Black Fox [TV Premiere]
Black Fox [TV Premiere]
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Rikka Isuragi is a young girl living at her family home at the edge of Brad City. She is the descendant of ninjas and is expected to follow in the steps of her grandfather, Hyoei Isurugi, However she wants to be like her father, Allen Isurugi, a renowned robot scientist. One day, Rikka returns home from school for her birthday to find it being attacked by a hit squad led by her father's former colleague, Lauren, intent on obtaining his research, including three AI robotic animal drones: Kasumi the eagle, Oboro the dog and Madara the flying squirrel. Hyoei tries to fight back, only to be restrained and mortally wounded by Lauren’s daughter, an esper who is under his control through an electronic collar. Allen is shot and dies, but the drones take Rikka to safety, where she vows to avenge her family. 

Six months later, Rikka is now going under the alias "Lily" and is living in a small apartment with her roommate, Melissa. She works as a detective-in-training for Harold Berkeley and uses the animal drones to find information about her family's murderers which are linked to the Gradsheim company. Lily observes one of their facilities, but is caught by security. She is fortunately helped out by a girl named Mia, who vouches for her, and the two become fast friends. That night, Lily infiltrates the facility to retrieve her father's research, but is caught by Lauren and the esper. During the ensuing battle, Lily and Mia’s identities are revealed, but Lauren orders Mia to kill Lily. Mia resists, which causes her to destroy the facility. 

The animal drones prevent Lily from killing Mia, and she takes Mia to her apartment where Melissa helps her recuperate. Lauren sends a military drone created using Allen's AI research to kill Lily, but together Lily and Mia lure the drone to Lily’s home, where they disable it using the house's ninja traps. Lauren then attacks them and destroys the house using esper powers gained from his research on Mia. Mia fights him but is defeated, while Lily finds a recording of her father and grandfather, wishing her a happy birthday and giving her a present: a "Black Fox" ninja suit with cybernetic enhancements. Once again embracing her true identity as "Rikka," she dons the suit and defeats Lauren. However, he then puts the electronic control collar on Mia and transfers his powers to her, killing himself in the process, causing her to attack Rikka. In the end, with the help of the animal drones, Rikka manages to destroy the collar and free Mia. 

Later, the president of Gradsheim, Brad Ingram, holds a press conference where he denies any involvement in the incident with the military drone, but Rikka recognizes Brad as the mastermind behind the attack on her family. Rikka, now going by the codename "Black Fox", with the aid of Mia, Melissa, and the animal drones, plans to go after him.

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