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April 10th Meeting

It's only April, but for some of us, summer can't get here fast enough! Those who don't want to wait can follow Kenji's adventures in Summer Wars. Rivalry heats up Tactics and Mini-Goddess, a solar flare threatens Hachimaki in Planetes, and Eva pulls some smokin' magic in Tweeny Witches. Even if the weather hasn't caught up yet, this will be one hot afternoon!

Showings are presented in Japanese language audio with English subtitles and are suggested for ages 13 and over unless otherwise specified. Starting times are approximate: Come early! No-Name Anime meetings are presented in and co-sponsored by the Santa Clara City Central Park Library. Many thanks to the library for hosting our meetings! This month, we're in the Redwood Room. Just follow the signs!

12:30 The Twelve Kingdoms #23
(Subtitled, Fantasy)
"Great Distance in The Wind, The Sky at Dawn - Chapter 1" - Youko Nakajima was a high school student from Japan that crossed into a fantasy world and became the Queen of Kei. However, Youko (royal name Sekishi) isn't the only person from Japan or the only royalty in the Twelve Kingdoms. This episode introduces Suzu Ooki (Sen-nin name Mokurin) and Gyokuyou (born Sonshou, Sen-nin name Shoukei).
— Subtitled by Anime Works

12:55 Tweeny Witches #13 (aka 25-26)
(Subtitled, Fantasy Action Comedy)
"Suspicion" and "Splintered Hearts" - Human girl Arusu and pirate Lenon are staying with apprentice witches Sheila and Eva in the Witch Realm. Lenon has the True Book of Spells that everybody has been seeking, but is the pirate friend or foe? Given their past history with the male named Sigma, maybe the Magical Girl Squad needs to be more suspicious.
— Subtitled by Anime Works

13:25 Planetes #16
(Subtitled, Science Fiction)
"Ignition" - In the year 2075, space garbage endangers interstellar travel, but Half Section is on the job. Working in space has its perks: members of Half Section get their first look at the tandem mirror nuclear fusion engine that will power the first manned voyage to Jupiter. The job also has its problems, and a solar flare threatens Hachimaki while he is collecting debris.
— Subtitled by Bandai Entertainment

13:50 Tactics #18
(Subtitled, Folklore and Fantasy)
"The Paranormal Research Society" - Kantaro Ichinomiya is a folklore researcher and a spiritualist. However, his rival researcher, Kasumi, founded The Paranormal Research Society and uses science to prove that spirits don't exist. In this episode, a fan of Kantaro's scary stories joins the investigation while Kantaro tries to overcome Kasumi's skepticism.
— Subtitled by Manga Entertainment

14:20 Bottle Fairy #13
(Subtitled, Sugar and Spice Silliness)
"And Then..." - It's the final episode! After having studied all year, our four little fairies (Kururu, Chiriri, Sarara, Hororo) have finally become human – ONE human! Oops! Is the rest of the world ready to deal with her?
— Subtitled by Geneon Animation

14:35 Abunai! Break time!
Even though it's not summer, spring break is also a great time to kick back with some movies and books from the library. National Library Week is April 11-17, and to celebrate, the Santa Clara City Library has some special programs, including "NASA Missions" on Monday and "Yan Can Cook" on Tuesday. Visit the Events calendar at for details.

15:25 Summer Wars
(Subtitled, Cyber-Comedy)
From the director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars is the winner of the 2010 Japanese Academy Award for Animation of the Year. Eleventh grader Kenji Koiso was expecting an uneventful summer working a menial computer job at virtual world Oz, when popular senior Natsuki Shinohara offers him a summer job of her own. The social challenge of dealing with Natsuki's large extended family is only the start of an adventure that extends beyond the real world and crosses into Oz.
— Fansubbed

17:20 The Adventures of Mini-Goddess #34
(Subtitled, Parody and Comedy in a Convenient Mini Size)
"Give Me Some Servants" - The demon Marla and her servants scheme to end the goddesses by creating a Diamond of Fear.
— Subtitled by Geneon Animation

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