The Anime Club of Michigan is back with three days of anime worth watching.

When talking to younger anime fans, it is surprising how little is known of the older anime shows, (anything before 1992). As such, we try not to limit our coverage to just the newest and brightest. The history of anime in America goes back another 20 years. True “Old School” can be pegged at those titles before 1985. Why `86? That is when Robotech hit the American scene.

This time around we’re screening more of the titles licensed in the past year.

Subject Matter: Granted, most of the anime presented is of a sci-fi or fantasy nature, but anime also depicts “real life”. This doesn’t mean that anime is free from modern expressions or real life situations. As such, “Real Language” (adult and adult situations) may be found in anime. As such, we try to keep ahead of the situation and give warning. Individual shows are annotated as such, any questions, just ask.

 

Schedule is tentative at this time and the scheduled times below are subject to change.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Friday’s Anime

 12:30  Armored Fleet Dairugger XV- (You remember Robotech? Robotech wasn’t the only title to be manufactured from several anime series. The back half of Voltron came from Dairugger 15. The first series was Go-Lion.) In the year 2200 AD, mankind searches for intelligent life in the sea of stars. Aki, Walter and Keats lead the three Rugger Teams from their base on the military flagship Rugger Guard. Using their specialized space vehicles, they uncover the ruins of space-faring civilizations and explore uncharted planets. When they cross over into the territory of the brutal Galbeston Empire, they’re forced to defend themselves by merging their machines into the powerful Dairugger XV!

 1:45    Fairy Tail – Lucy Heartfelt has the talent of a celestial mage but to make money with her talents she needs to join a Guild. But in her journey to Magnolia, to check out Guilds, she runs across another magician named Natsu, who just happens to know a guild always looking for new members.

 2:40    Majestic Prince – In the latter half of 21st century, humans leave the Earth and begin to live in space. In order to adapt to the environment in space and deal with the hostile aliens in Jupiter, genetically engineered children called “Princes” are artificially raised and trained to be pilots of armed robots “AHSMB (Advanced High Standard Multipurpose Battle Device). This is a story about one of the teenage “Princes”, Hitachi O Izuru, who studies in an academic city Grandzehle.

3:35    Gargantia: The Vertious Planet – In the distant future, Ledo, a young soldier from space wakes up and finds himself marooned on an ocean planet. Growing up in space, and knowing nothing but battle, he is a stranger in a strange land, full of odd customs and a foreign language, but he’s not alone. Starting a new journey on this venturous planet, Ledo must find a way to survive.

 4:30    Bakuman – Top student Akito is willing to do anything to become a hit writer in the Japanese comics industry, including manipulating his unsure classmate Mashiro into becoming his illustrator. Before long, the pair have their backs up against the wall, fighting for a chance to get noticed in the intense world of manga publishing. But then, an unlikely series of events puts them face-to-face with what real comic artists have to give up: love, health, and maybe even their futures.

 5:25    Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic (TV14) Alibaba is a young carrier who dreams of gaining enough money to buy a whole country. To achieve this goal he must venture into a mysterious ruin called a “Dungeon,” which is said to hold secret treasures deep within its labyrinth. Unfortunately Alibaba lacks the courage to carry out his plan and remains a worker. Until… One day Alibaba meets a mysterious boy named Aladdin, who can summon a mighty blue spirit from a flute and travels across the continent in search of Djinn Metal Vessels. Hoping to harness Aladdin’s magical power, Alibaba invites Aladdin to join him on his dungeon-capturing expedition. Along the way, through numerous encounters and farewells, both of them will come to learn the truth about their destiny!

This will start our late night programming block…

 6:20    Ghost in the Shell – (MA) In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as “The Puppetmaster” begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster. The pursuit will call into question what makes a human and what is the Puppetmaster in a world where the distinction between human and machine is increasingly blurry.

 7:50    Darker Than Black – (MA) In Tokyo, an impenetrable field known as “Hell’s Gate” appeared ten years ago. At the same time, psychics who wield paranormal powers at the cost of their conscience also emerged. Hei is one of the most powerful of these psychic agents, and along with his blind associate, Yin, works for one of the many rival agencies vying to unlock the mysteries of Hell’s Gate.

9:15    Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine – (MA) Many people are falling prey to a suspicious new religion. Lupin III infiltrates this group, hoping to steal the treasure their leader keeps hidden. There he lays eyes on the beautiful, bewitching woman who has the leader enthralled. This is the story of how fashionable female thief Fujiko Mine first met Lupin III, the greatest thief of his generation.

 

 Saturday’s Anime

 10:30  Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross – By the year 2120, humans have successfully colonized other planets following the near devastation of Earth from the last great world war. However, on Gloire, one such colony are surprised and unprepared at the arrival of The Zor, a group of beings whom were the original inhabitants of the planet and left following similar near fatal events. Coming to reclaim their former home world, a relentless war erupts between both races that ultimately leads to a cataclysmic showdown and into a no-win scenario for either.

 11:00  Tiger & Bunny – The Rising The heroes of TIGER & BUNNY are back in an all-new feature-length film! Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, a.k.a. Wild Tiger, and Barnaby Brooks Jr.’s partnership comes to a sudden end when Apollon Media’s new owner Mark Schneider fires Kotetsu and moves Barnaby back into the First League, pairing him up with Golden Ryan, a new hero with awesome powers and a huge ego to match. When the heroes are sent to investigate a string of strange incidents tied closely to the city’s Goddess Legend, they discover three superpowered NEXTs plotting to bring terror and destruction to Stern City.   [94Min]

 12:30  Gargantia: The Vertious Planet – In the distant future, Ledo, a young soldier from space wakes up and finds himself marooned on an ocean planet. He thought to be alone from his people, only to find his commander had found his way here also.

 1:25    Majestic Prince – In the latter half of 21st century, humans leave the Earth and begin to live in space. In order to adapt to the environment in space and deal with the hostile aliens in Jupiter, genetically engineered children called “Princes” are artificially raised and trained to be pilots of armed robots “AHSMB (Advanced High Standard Multipurpose Battle Device). This is a story about one of the teenage “Princes”, Hitachi O Izuru, who studies in an academic city Grandzehle.

 2: 15   Soul Hunter – Thousands of years ago, it was a time of witchcraft and dark magic. An evil sorceress has bewitched the emperor of the mighty dynasty and he has become a mindless puppet. The country is in shambles and evil spirits lurk everywhere. The human world is on the verge of utter destruction. A bold mission is planned by the Confederation of the Immortal Masters. They send a young master wizard to hung down the villains and evil warlocks in the devastated lands.

3:05    Fairy Tail – For seven years the more powerful guild members were missing. They surfaced (literally) from the ocean depth. To regain their former status, they battle other guilds in a competition of magic.

4:30    Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic   (TV14) Alibaba is a young carrier who dreams of gaining enough money to buy a whole country. To achieve this goal he must venture into a mysterious ruin called a “Dungeon,” which is said to hold secret treasures deep within its labyrinth. Aladin and Alibaba are separated leaving the dungeon. Alibaba awakes to find a nomadic tribe menaced by an expanding empire.

This will start our late night programming block…

5:25    My Bride is a Mermaid – A young boy gets saved from drowning by a mermaid but, according to mermaid law, if a human sees a mermaid’s true form, both have to be killed. The only solution to the problem is for him to marry her.

 6:15    The Devil is a Part Timer – In another dimension the Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to flee to a different world: aka – modern-day Tokyo. As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses – and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation – he must work at any job he can find to pay for his living expenses.

7:05    To Be Announced

8:30    Attack on Titan – (MA) Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by enclosing themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.

10:00  Michiko & Hatchin – (MA) After escaping from prison, the sexy criminal Michiko rescues an abused girl known as Hatchin. On the run from the police, their fates become intertwined through the connection of a man from their pasts they are both searching for.

 11:00  Space Adventure Cobra – With the Pirate Space Guild after Cobra, events were getting a bit hot. So he had his appearance changed, and personality altered. When his altered personality starts craving the old adventures, he visits a virtual vacation spa, and stats remembering his past. (Shades of Total Recall or as some remember it as “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”, but the anime was done in 1982, with the manga even earlier.)

 

Sunday’s Anime

 10:30  Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic – Something special for this early morning!

11:30  Lupin the 3rd: Napoleon’s Dictionary – The secret of the Lupin family treasure is out: its location is written inside a dictionary once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte himself! When the dictionary turns up as the prize for a historic motor car race, the notorious Lupin the Third and his criminal cadre race the world’s superpowers to win – or steal – the Dictionary and unearth his grandfather’s legacy of riches!

1:00    Fairy Tail – Lucy Heartfelt has the talent of a celestial mage but to make money with her talents she needs to join a Guild. But in her journey to Magnolia, to check out Guilds, she runs across another magician named Natsu, who just happens to know a guild always looking for new members. (Also something special from the series)

 1:50    Soul Hunter – Thousands of years ago, it was a time of witchcraft and dark magic. An evil sorceress has bewitched the emperor of the mighty dynasty and he has become a mindless puppet. The country is in shambles and evil spirits lurk everywhere. The human world is on the verge of utter destruction. A bold mission is planned by the Confederation of the Immortal Masters. They send a young master wizard to hung down the villains and evil warlocks in the devastated lands.

 2:40    The Devil is a Part Timer – In another dimension the Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to flee to a different world: aka – modern-day Tokyo. As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses – and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation – he must work at any job he can find to pay for his living expenses.

 3:30    Gargantia: The Vertious Planet – Chander sacrificed itself so that Ledo could live on. But that isn’t the end of the story…

 4:??     Staff pick – Yeah, it’s a cop-out. (After all the years we have been putting on this program, we’ve still have to have some sort of a surprise ending)