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Penguindrum (“Mawaru Penguindrum”)

Penguindrum, known in Japan as Mawaru Penguidnrum is an anime series produced by Brain’s Base in 2011. Co-written and directed by Kunihiko Ikuahara, and licensed by Sentai Filmworks for North American release. Penguindrum revolves around the tasks given to two brothers in exchange for extending their sister’s life. Himari Takakura is a terminally ill girl who was saved from death by a spirit residing in a penguin-shaped hat.  In exchange for this, the spirit orders Himari’s brothers, Kanba and Shouma to seek out the item known as the Penguin Drum. Mangako: Anime Club will be viewing this title on June 20th in the Gallery!

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Durarara! (“DRRR!”)

DRRR! Is an anime adaptation of a light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita. The novels have been ongoing since 2004 with the anime adaptation taking place in 2010 with 26 episodes. The story follows newcomer Mikado Ryugamine after he moves to Ikebukoro, the commercial and entertainment district in Toshima, Tokyo, Japan. He moved by invitation of his childhood buddy, Masaomi Kida, to attend Raira Academy. Once there, Mikado encounters a violent and superhumanly strong man, Shizuo Heiwajima and an information broker, Izaya Orihara, both of which he was warned to steer clear from! In a town riddled with street gangs and rumors, the “Black Rider” Celty Sturluson searches for her head. Celty is an Irish dullahan or “headless rider” who has spent quite some time searching for her stolen head. “The Dollars” is a new gang that’s rising in popularity and no one has ever even seen the boss! Keep an eye out for the crazy events going down in Ikebukuro!

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No. 6

Based on the nine-volume novel series written by Atsuko Asano, No. 6 takes place in the utopia known as No. 6.  On his 12th birthday, Shion, a boy raised in the elite and privileged environment of his home, gives shelter to another boy named Nezumi. The next day, Nezumi disappears without a trace and Shion is notified that the boy was a government facility runaway. When he doesn’t report his knowledge, Shion and his mother are stripped of their privileged status and moves to the common areas of the city. Four years pass by when Shion discovers a series of deaths caused by an infection spread via parasitic wasps. The infection causes the victims to age rapidly and then decompose completely soon afterwards. Shion is then arrested on suspicion of insubordination to the city, but instead of being taken to the courthouse, or a police bureau, he is taken to a correctional institute. On the way to the Correctional Institute, Nezumi reappears and rescues Shion from the government workers. It was after this moment that Shion starts to learn about the hidden, dark truths behind No. 6 and about the world outside.

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Wolf’s Rain

According to an old legend, when the end of the world comes, Paradise will appear and the only ones who know how to find it are the wolves.  Hard to believe when wolves are said to have been hunted into extinction nearly two hundred years prior. Following the scent of the Lunar Flower, Kiba, an injured white wolf, enters Freeze City. He meets up with three other wolves that also followed the scent to find the key to Paradise.  Cheza is the flower maiden, and she is the key to paradise. In this world, the wolves are not safe, and life is nowhere close to easy. All they have to look forward to is Paradise, and so, they go on their perilous journey in search for Cheza.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion (“Shin Seiki Evangerion” literally translated as “Gospel of a New Century”)

Evangelion is an apocalyptic anime in the mecha genre from 1995. The series spawned off several movies, video games and adaptations. When the Angels start attacking the planet Earth in the year 2015, only a handful of 14-year-old EVA pilots are able to stop them. The weak-minded Shinji Ikari suddenly finds himself forced to pilot EVA-01, a giant organic mecha designed and constructed by NERV, which is the only thing that can stop the Angels. You won’t see the end coming!

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