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June 12th Meeting

Happy Graduation! Summer is around the corner, so we're starting a new series for the new season: Bamboo Blade. School is over for Queen Youko from the Twelve Kingdoms, but that doesn't stop her from learning. Mayura studies for her test so she can continue hanging out with Mythical Detective Loki, while Mugen and Yukari test their physical prowess in Samurai Champloo and Otoboku. Politics heat up for Arusu of Tweeny Witches and the Half Section in Planetes, and interest in Haruka heats up Tactics. Come kick off a great summer with these shows!

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 #26-27
(Subtitled, Fantasy)
"Great Distance in The Wind, The Sky at Dawn - Chapters 4-5" - Youko left her normal life and high school friends to become the Queen of Kei. She is struggling to keep her ministers in line when one tries to assassinate her. In the kingdom of Sai, Suzu angers her harsh mistress and is sent on a life-threatening mission. In the kingdom of Hou, ex-princess Shoukei reveals her blood line to a population still angry about her father's oppressive tyranny. How do the three girls deal with their predicaments?
— Subtitled by Anime Works

13:25 Tweeny Witches #15 (aka 29-30)
(Subtitled, Fantasy Action Comedy)
"The True Book of Spells" and "Lennon's True Identity" - The witches and warlocks are in the middle of a huge battle over the True Book of Spells. When people get hurt, human girl Arusu gets upset and grabs the book, drawing everybody's attention.
— Subtitled by Anime Works

13:55 Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok #9
(Subtitled, Mythical Mystery)
"Mayura's Surefire Way to Pass Tests?!" - Loki runs Enjaku Detective Agency, and mystery-loving Mayura likes to help out. Now, Mayura needs a high score on her next test to avoid a month of after-school classes that would keep her away from the agency. Meanwhile, Frey loses a red gem that isn't just a pretty thing to look at.
— Subtitled by ADV Films

14:20 Abunai! Break time!
On June 12, 1967, in the landmark case of Loving vs. Virginia, the United States Supreme Court declared that laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional. "Loving Day" created by Ken Tanabe, who accidentally discovered the Loving case while searching for something else. Being of interracial, intercultural, and international heritage himself, he was shocked that no one ever taught him about the case and that no one else his age seemed to know about it either. Today, Loving Day is a global network of celebrations that help build multicultural awareness, understanding, acceptance, and identity.

15:10 Planetes #18
(Subtitled, Science Fiction)
"Debris Section's Last Day" - In last month's episode, the tandem mirror engine for the Jupiter-bound ship, Von Braun, exploded while undergoing testing on the moon. Half Section's company, the Technora Corporation, decides to distance itself from the project. Director Dolf is assigned to head the shell company, leaving the vengeful Director Norman in charge. Half Section must now deal with company politics and a particularly dangerous piece of debris.
— Subtitled by Bandai Entertainment

15:35 Samurai Champloo #10 (16+)
(Subtitled, Samurai Mayhem)
"Lethal Lunacy" - Ever short of money on their way to find the samurai who smells of sunflowers, Mugen, Jin, and Fuu work for a begging monk to get room and board. At the same time, a killer is loose, and he has a large bounty on his head.
— Subtitled by Geneon Animation

16:05 Tactics #20
(Subtitled, Folklore and Fantasy)
"Female Minstrel: The Teller of Demonic Tales" - After witnessing performances by a popular minstrel, audience members become possessed by spirits. When the apprentice minstrel shows interest in Haruka, folklore researcher Kantaro makes his demon-eating goblin help with the investigation.
— Subtitled by Manga Entertainment

16:30 Bamboo Blade #1
(Subtitled, Action and Adventure)
"A Bamboo Broom and a Champion of Justice" - Kojiro is the kendo instructor at Muroe Private High School. Kirino Chiba is the captain and the only student on the kendo team so far, but the tournaments require five. Can Muroe's kendo team come up to speed in time for Kojiro to win all-you-can-eat sushi?
— Subtitled by FUNimation Entertainment

17:00 Otoboku #8
(Subtitled, Cute Cross-Dressing Comedy with Frivolous Fan Service)
"Time That Won't Shrink" - 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. In this episode, Mizuho's dormmate Yukari is on the track team, but she's struggling with her times.
— Subtitled by Anime Works

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