Next Club Meeting: July 20, 2024, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Anime Viewing Schedule for August 28, 2021

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Fountaindale Public Library
          11:15 - 12:05   Jujutsu Kaisen 11-12
          12:05 - 12:30   Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 11
          12:30 - 12:55   Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles 1
          12:55 - 1:30     Club Meeting
          1:30 - 2:20       Kemono Jihen 9-10
          2:20 - 4:50       Evangelion 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time

"Start the Meeting! I'm on my way!"
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Meeting Room A, First Floor 
In accordance with the CDC and state of Illinois
guidance, if you are fully vaccinated,
face coverings are optional. 

From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Kemono Jihen and Mushoku Tensei
11:05 - 12:05    Jujutsu Kaisen 11-12
Jujutsu Kaisen
Plot Summary:  Idly indulging in baseless paranormal activities with the Occult Club, high schooler Yuuji Itadori spends his days at either the clubroom or the hospital, where he visits his bedridden grandfather. However, this leisurely lifestyle soon takes a turn for the strange when he unknowingly encounters a cursed item. Triggering a chain of supernatural occurrences, Yuuji finds himself suddenly thrust into the world of Curses—dreadful beings formed from human malice and negativity—after swallowing the said item, revealed to be a finger belonging to the demon Sukuna Ryoumen, the "King of Curses." Yuuji experiences first-hand the threat these Curses pose to society as he discovers his own newfound powers. Introduced to the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School, he begins to walk down a path from which he cannot return—the path of a Jujutsu sorcerer.

12:05 - 12:30    Mushoku Tensei  11
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 
Plot Summary: Despite being bullied, scorned, and oppressed all of his life, a thirty-four-year-old shut-in still found the resolve to attempt something heroic—only for it to end in a tragic accident. But in a twist of fate, he awakens in another world as Rudeus Greyrat, starting life again as a baby born to two loving parents. Preserving his memories and knowledge from his previous life, Rudeus quickly adapts to his new environment. With the mind of a grown adult, he starts to display magical talent that exceeds all expectations, honing his skill with the help of a mage named Roxy Migurdia. Rudeus learns swordplay from his father, Paul, and meets Sylphiette, a girl his age who quickly becomes his closest friend. As Rudeus' second chance at life begins, he tries to make the most of his new opportunity while conquering his traumatic past. And perhaps, one day, he may find the one thing he could not find in his old world—love.

12:30 - 12:55    Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles 1
Seirei Gensouki
: Spirit Chronicles
Plot Summary: Amakawa Haruto is a young man who died before reuniting with his childhood friend who disappeared five years ago. Rio is a boy living in the slums who wants revenge for his mother, who was murdered in front of him when he was five years old. Earth and another world. Two people with completely different backgrounds and values. For some reason, Haruto, who should have died, is resurrected in Rio's body with his own memories and personality. As the two are confused over their memories and personalities fusing together, Rio (Haruto) decides to live in this new world. Along with Haruto's memories, Rio awakens an unknown “special power," and it seems that if he uses it well, he can live a better life. But before that, Rio encounters a kidnapping that turns out to involve two princesses of the Bertram Kingdom, in which he lives.

12:55 - 1:35     Club Announcements

Stargirl Returns
New Masters of the Universe
What If...?
Spider-Man: No Way Home
New Anime in 2021

1:35 - 2:25    Kemono Jihen 9-10
Kemono Jihen
Plot Summary: Kohachi Inugami, a detective who specializes in the occult, arrives at a remote village in the Japanese countryside, tasked by a hostess at a local inn to investigate a string of incidents involving rotting and mutilated livestock corpses that have been appearing for seemingly no reason. While surveying, Inugami notices a peculiar young boy working in the fields. Evaded by his peers and called "Dorotabou" for his stench, the young farmhand is surprised that anybody would take an interest in him. Inugami, piqued with curiosity, enlists Dorotabou in helping him with the investigation, despite scorned looks from the villagers. Unbeknownst to Dorotabou, this investigation will reveal a strange new world to him—one of the beast-like entities known as Kemono existing in tandem with humans—along with breathing new purpose into his previously empty life.

2:25 - 4:40    Evangelion 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time [Movie]
Evangelion: 3.0+1.01
Thrice Upon a Time
Plot Summary: In Paris, a team from the Wille organization, led by Maya Ibuki, works on a system designed to restore the city to its previous state. Upon being attacked by Nerv forces, they are defended by the Wunder fleet and Mari Illustrious Makinami in Unit-08. Mari defeats the attackers, and the Wille team restores Paris.

Asuka Shikinami Langley, Rei Ayanami and Shinji Ikari, still despondent, are walking across the outskirts of Tokyo-3. They arrive at a settlement of survivors, and encounter Toji Suzuhara, Hikari Horaki and Kensuke Aida, now adults. Toji is a doctor and has a child with Hikari, while Kensuke is a technician, and all are friendly to Shinji. Asuka expresses frustration with Shinji, force-feeding him. As Shinji slowly recovers, Rei explores the village and settles down, working as a farmer. Shinji meets Ryoji Kaji, the son of Misato Katsuragi and the late Ryoji Kaji, who died averting Third Impact. Rei requires constant exposure to LCL and cannot maintain herself, decomposing in Shinji's presence.

Wunder arrives to pick up Asuka, and Shinji decides to go with her, despite protests from the crew. Shinji is placed in isolation. Meanwhile, Kozo Fuyutsuki, distressed over Shinji's treatment by Gendo Ikari in forcing him to experience the same loss as him, helps Gendo restart Unit-13. In response, Wunder heads to Antarctica. Before the mission, Asuka admits her feelings for Shinji, recognizing he is growing up.

Wunder is attacked by three Nerv ships and a swarm of EVA units. Asuka and Mari sortie and move to destroy Unit-13 before it can reactivate. However, Unit-02 refuses to attack Unit-13, forcing Asuka to remove her eyepatch, revealing the Ninth Angel contained within, converting Unit-02 into an Angel. Unit-13 overpowers and absorbs Unit-02 according to Gendo's plan. Moments before being absorbed, Asuka is approached by her "original", revealing she is a clone of the Shikinami series. Meanwhile, the Wunder is attacked by a new EVA, Unit-09A.

In the Nerv vessel restraining the Wunder, Misato and Ritsuko Akagi confront Gendo. Ritsuko shoots him to no effect as Gendo has used the Key of Nebuchadnezzar to transcend humanity. Gendo reveals that the purpose of the Shikinami and Ayanami clones is to enact the Human Instrumentality Project, and enters Unit-13. A determined Shinji asks Misato to let him pilot Unit-01. Sakura and Midori Kitakami try to stop Shinji, but Misato protects him and is shot in the process. Misato apologizes to Shinji, saying that she was wrong to blame him and will take responsibility for his actions. Mari takes Unit-08 and merges it with Units 09A through 12. Inside Unit-01, the original Ayanami clone appears before Shinji, apologizing for not being able to spare him from having to get into an EVA, but Shinji says it is alright.

Gendo and Shinji fight in a surreal "Anti Universe", and Gendo shows Shinji an "imaginary Evangelion", a "Black Lilith". Shinji meets Gendo, seeing a vision of his past experiences, including how Yui's loss traumatized him. As a result, Gendo wanted to initiate an "Additional Impact" for a chance to reunite with Yui. Meanwhile, Misato evacuates the crew of the Wunder and sacrifices herself and the ship to create the "Lance of Gaius", which gives Shinji the power to rewrite the world. Shinji talks with and provides closure to Gendo; to Asuka, returning her feelings; and to Kaworu Nagisa, revealing the existence of a cycle the cast is trapped in. Kaworu also talks with the elder Kaji, who helps him understand that his own happiness should not be tied to Shinji's.

Shinji says a final farewell to Rei, and he decides to completely reset the world... a world without Evangelions.

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