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May 8th Meeting

May 8th happens to be the birthday of Hiromu Arakawa (荒川 弘), the Japanese manga artist who created Fullmetal Alchemist. To celebrate, we're watching an episode of the Fullmetal Alchemist TV anime and a Fullmetal Alchemist short animation called "Kids".

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 Cedar Room. Just follow the signs!

12:30 The Twelve Kingdoms #24-25
(Subtitled, Fantasy)
"Great Distance in The Wind, The Sky at Dawn - Chapter 2 & 3" - Youko Nakajima, previously a high school student from modern Japan, has become the Queen of Kei and is having difficulties with her rule. In Sai, Suzu Ooki from feudal Japan indentured herself to a cruel mistress. In Hou, Shoukei took the name Gyokuyou and is now in an orphanage after losing her position as a princess. Suzu and Shoukei hear that the Queen of Kei is their age and react very differently.
— Subtitled by Anime Works

13:25 Tweeny Witches #14 (aka 27-28)
(Subtitled, Fantasy Action Comedy)
"Destruction Foreshadowed" and "Full-scale Attack" - Human girl Arusu and the pirate Lennon are living in Witch Realm with apprentice witches Sheila and Eva and the True Book of Spells. Eva is upset that she isn't getting enough attention because Sheila is on patrol and Arusu is paying attention to Lennon, so she turns her energy to learning magic instead. Witches are getting sick, warlocks are on the move, and the magical world is coming to an end.
— Subtitled by Anime Works

13:55 Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok #8
(Subtitled, Mythical Mystery)
"Onward, Yamino Detective Agency?!" - Mythical exile Loki runs a detective agency with sidekick Yamino and mystery fan Mayura. However, Loki is kidnapped by a pair of escaping muggers, and it's up to Yamino and Mayura to rescue him. In this episode, we learn what Loki thinks about cars and snakes and also about Yamino's history.
— Subtitled by ADV Films

14:20 Abunai! Break time!
FanimeCon is May 28 - May 31, 2010 at the San Jose Convention Center. Online reservations are open until May 19th. After that, memberships may only be purchased at the event itself. Guests of Honor for this year include Guity Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari, BlazBlue creator Toshimichi Mori, illustrator Mamoru Yokota, and electrock band LM.C. Many favorites from previous years are also returning, such as GAINAX executive Hiroyuki Yamaga, Japanese pop idol Halko Momoi, and Avatar stunt double Reuben Langdon.

Also, FanimeCon is opening Gilles Poitras's "Anime for Parents" panel to the public. Author and librarian Gilles Poitras wrote Anime Essentials, the book on "Every Thing a Fan Needs to Know" about Japanese popular culture. His influential panels have introduced anime to people at Pixar, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and the Smithsonian. The free panel, "Anime for Parents", will take place Friday, May 29, 7PM - 8PM in the Salon III room of the San Jose Marriott, and it addresses questions and concerns parents have about what their children may be watching.

15:10 Planetes #17
(Subtitled, Science Fiction)
"His Reasons" - In the year 2075, space garbage endangers interstellar travel, but Half Section is on the job. In this episode, Security Chief Gigalt helps hide a colleague from his Martian pioneering days, and we meet Dr. Werner Locksmith, director of the project to send the first manned space ship to Mars.
— Subtitled by Bandai Entertainment

15:35 Samurai Champloo #9 (16+)
(Subtitled, Samurai Mayhem)
"Beatbox Bandits" - On their way to find the samurai who smells of sunflowers, Mugen, Jin, and Fuu try to cross the infamously strict and difficult Hakone Checkpoint.
— Subtitled by Geneon Animation

16:05 Tactics #19
(Subtitled, Folklore and Fantasy)
"Maple-Colored Love" - Kantaro Ichinomiya is a folklore researcher and a spiritualist who lives with demon-eating goblin Haruka and kitsune Yoko. A fabric store gets a new owner, and white snakes start appearing. The owner, a hansome young man, takes an interest in Yoko.
— Subtitled by Manga Entertainment

16:30 Fullmetal Alchemist TV #10 (followed by OAV "Kids")
(Subtitled, Action and Adventure)
"The Phantom Thief" - Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric are searching for the Philosophers Stone to restore the body parts they lost in a forbidden act of alchemy. In this episode, they take a break from their normal assignments and visit the tourist town of Aquroya.
— Subtitled by FUNimation Entertainment

17:10 Otoboku #7
(Subtitled, Cute Cross-Dressing Comedy with Frivolous Fan Service)
"Little Kana and a Big Ribbon" - Mizuho Miyanokouji is a young boy who dresses up as a girl to attend Seio Academy for Girls, as stipulated in his grandfather's will. It's now October, time to change uniforms. Enforcement is strict, and student body president Takako decides to make a fuss over the size of the ribbon worn by little Kana from Mizuho's dorm.
— Subtitled by Anime Works

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