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June 13th Meeting

According to Bottle Fairy, June is an auspicious month for weddings! So, what do we get when we marry Maximilien Robespierre from Le Chevalier D'Eon, Haruka from Tactics, and Guiche from Zero no Tsukaima? We get the dreamy voice of Takahiro Sakurai, who turns 35 (according to Wikipedia) on the same day as our June 2009 meeting! Happy Birthday, Takahiro Sakurai! We finished D'Eon and Fate/Stay Night last month, but we're picking up Kara no Kyoukai, which was created by TYPE-MOON, the team that did Fate/Stay Night. Marrying TYPE-MOON back with Sakurai-san gives us Lunar Legend Tsukihime: TYPE-MOON created it, and Sakurai-san provided his voice for a bit part. (Please note that Tsukihime is labeled 16up. We apologize for the earlier version which incorrectly said 13up.) Of course, we're still continuing Twelve Kingdoms, Tweeny Witches, Planetes, Code-E, and Rumiko Takahashi Anthology.

As always, many thanks to the Santa Clara City Library for hosting our meetings. This month, we're in the Cedar room.

12:30 The Twelve Kingdoms #3 (13 up)
(Subtitled, Fantasy)
"Shadow of the Moon, the Sea of Shadow, Chapter 3" - High school students Youko Nakajima, Yuka Sugimoto, and Ikuya Asano have been whisked away to another world by Keiki, a strange man with long silver hair. They just escaped from villagers who persecuted them for being "Kaikyaku", foreigners who are blamed for the country's misfortunes, but monsters have now picked up their scent.
— Subtitled by Anime Works

13:00 Kara no Kyoukai - The Garden of Sinners #1 (unrated)
(Subtitled, Fantasy)
Kara no Kyoukai (lit. The Boundary of Emptiness) was originally a novel series created in 1998 by Nasu Kinoko and Takeuchi Takashi, who later went on to form TYPE-MOON, creators of Tsukihime and Fate/Stay Night. The first five chapters were released on their doujin website, and the final two chapters were released in August 1999 at Comiket 56. The series was picked up by Kodansha for commercial publication in 2004, and this year (2009) will see the series released on the international market courtesy of Del Rey Manga. In "Overlooking View", the first movie, Shiki senses something more sinister in a string of seemingly random suicides, especially when her friend falls mysteriously ill. Will she uncover the mystery, or will she become the next victim?
— Fansubbed

13:50 Tactics #8 (13 up)
(Subtitled, Folklore and Fantasy)
"A Foxy Lady" - Kantaro Ichinomiya is a struggling author and folklore researcher who helps people by exorcising spirits and monsters. He'd be lost without his own spirits, such as the demon-eating goblin named Haruka and the kitsune (fox spirit) named Yoko. Yoko obeys Kantaro because he named her, but she has her own ideas of what she would do if she were free.
— Subtitled by Manga Entertainment

14:15 Bottle Fairy #3 (7 up)
(Subtitled, Sugar and Spice Comedy Edutainment)
"June" - Four little fairies (Kururu, Chiriri, Sarara, Hororo) and the elementary school child next door (Tama-chan) speculate about the strange culture around them. June is the month for wind, rain, and brides.
— Subtitled by Geneon Animation

14:30 Abunai! Break time!
Did you know that The Twelve Kingdoms was a novel series before it was an anime? According to the online catalog, the Santa Clara City Library has three copies of the first novel! Maybe check them out during break.

15:25 Rumiko Takahashi Anthology #10 (7 up)
(Subtitled, Slice of Life Comic Drama)
"House of Tossing" - What can Hirooka-san do when people treat the front of her house as a trash pickup point, especially when one of those people is her husband's boss?
— Subtitled by Geneon Animation

15:55 Tweeny Witches #3 (13 up)
(Subtitled, Fantasy Comedy)
"The Book Of Spells" and "The Gryphon's Feather" - Arusu was a normal human until she landed in a magical realm and released many fairies from the witches' hold. Apprentice witches Sheila and Eva were punished for Arusu's mistake, and they can't grow up until they recapture the fairies. Now, bad witches are also on the fairy task, and Arusu just lost her magic book rescuing Sheila.
— Subtitled by Anime Works

16:20 Lunar Legend Tsukihime #1 (16 up)
(Subtitled, Fantasy)
"Inverted Impulses" - In this anime, Shiki is a male high school student who moves in with his strict sister, but strange things start happening to him. Sakurai-san plays the part of Arihiko Inui, Shiki's friend.
— Subtitled by Geneon Animation

16:50 Planetes #6 (13 up)
(Subtitled, Science Fiction and Ninjas!)
"The Lunar Flying Squirrels" - After arriving on the moon, Hachimaki must go to a meeting at a fancy hotel. But enough about Hachimaki, for this episode has ninjas. Yes, ninjas!
— Subtitled by Bandai Entertainment

17:15 Code-E #11 (unrated)
(Subtitled, Romantic Sci-Fi Comedy)
"About Summer School and Conspiracy" - Chinami Ebihara is a normal high school girl. Really! She lost her power and is just a normal high school girl. She has normal high school drama with normal boy troubles, and she is going on a normal summer field trip with her normal high school friends -- without any spies, science projects, or EM pulses.
— Fansubbed

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