This year's Anime Programming is brought to you by Youmacon. Japanese animation, or Anime has slowly made it's way over the last 20 years from being something that fans watched in friends' basements or a university into the mainstream. Anime has had to deal with scrutiny for some time as “just cartoons” despite it's wide range of scope. While there are plenty of titles that are for children, there are even more shows out there that are aimed for young adults and mature audiences. Come check out what we have to offer in the Anime Room. We'll have titles that should appeal to the Geeks, Fen, and Otaku alike.
Warning You may get hooked on the titles being shown.
(Fen) - programming aimed for Sci-Fi/Fantasy fans.
(Geek) - Programming aimed for Linux/Computer attendees.
(Geek/Fen) - programming geared for both styles of attendees.
(Graphic) - programming aimed for mature audiences. ID required.
7-8pm: Into to Anime Panel
8pm-1am: Stellvia of the Universe
5:30am-8am: Rockman EXE
8am-10am: Gun X Sword
1pm-4pm: Battle Programmer Shirase
4pm-6:30pm: Fafner in the Blue Azure
6:30pm-9pm: Twin Spica
9pm-11:30pm: Futakoi Alternative
11:30pm-12:30am: Hellsing Ultimate
12:30am-2:30am: Clubbed-to-Death Angel Dokuro-chan
2:30am-8am: Full Metal Panic - The Second Raid
8am-10:30am: Sousei no Aquarion
10:30am-2pm: Kamen Rider Kabuto
2pm-3pm: Initial D - Battle Stage
Bleach (eps 1-5)(Fen): Kurosaki Ichigo is a 15 year old boy that has an ability to see ghosts/spirits. Because of his ability, he is able to meet a female death god (a.k.a Shinigami) named Kuchiki Rukia. To save his family and friends from unwanted soul-eating spirits (Hollows), Rukia transfers her Shinigami powers to Ichigo.
Stellvia of the Universe (eps 1-12)(Geek/Fen): The year is 2356 A.D. - 189 years after a distant supernova caused a global catastrophe that wiped out 99% of the world population. To keep track on all space activities, mankind has built colossal space stations called “foundations” all over the Solar System. After passing the Space Academy entrance exams, Shima Katase embarks to the Earth-based foundation Stellvia to fulfill her dream of seeing the galaxy and to prevent another interstellar catastrophe from destroying Earth.
GANTZ (eps 1-11)(Graphic): Kei Kurono is a typical high school student in a selfish world, not caring about anyone other than himself. However when, by chance, he was forced to help out his childhood friend, Katou Masaru, rescue a drunkard who fell into subway tracks, both he and Katou were killed… Or not. After being run over by the train, they were suddenly teleported to an enclosed apartment with others who recently died. And now their lives are controlled by a mysterious black ball inside the apartment called GANTZ, and they are forced to participate in a “game” of unprecedented danger and horror.
Rockman EXE (eps 1-6)(Geek): The year is 200X, and everything electronic is connected by internet. In this world, there is no one, rich or poor, who does not own a PET (PErsonal Terminal), and there is not one PET that does not house a NetNavi, an AI Unit that has the power to delete Viruses and the like. Net Battles (where Operators battle their NetNavis) are popular in this era. That is where Operator Hikari Netto and his NetNavi and best friend, Rockman come in. Striving to become the best NetBattlers, they fight Net Crime and protect the net and real world alike from the likes of the evil World 3.
Gun X Sword (eps 1-5)(Fen): Armed with a metal sash that straightens into a sword, lanky swordsman Van is traveling through the desert, searching for the mysterious clawed man who killed his bride. Along the way he picks up a fellow traveler: Wendy, a young girl whose town he saves from bandits by summoning a mecha with his sword. Wendy is searching for her missing older brother, whose engraved gun she carries on her back. In their mutual quest they run afoul of more bandits and villains, a mysterious woman named Carmen99, and more mecha battles a la Wild West.
GaoGaiGar (eps 1-8)(Geek/Fen): In the year 2005, a race of alien monsters called Zonders emerge from Underground and launch a series of attacks on the city of Tokyo. The only defense against these creatures is the secret agency known as the Gutsy Geoid Guard (or 3G) and their ultimate weapon, the awesome giant robot GaoGaiGar. He is aided by a team of transforming robots and by a young boy named Mamoru, who has the power to purify the Zonders' cores, and seems to be connected to the mysterious mechanical lion, Galeon.
Battle Programmer Shirase (eps 1-15)(Geek): Battle Programmer Shirase, also known as BPS, is a free programmer with super hacking abilities who doesn't work for money. What he does work for is certainly something that only people like him would appreciate. But, his demeanor certainly doesn't suit the jobs he is hired for. With the evil King of America causing trouble via the internet, Shirase is nothing but busy as each new adventure brings even more interesting people into the picture. Notice Highly recommended for computer fans.
Fafner in the Blue Azure (eps 1-6)(Geek/Fen): Tatsumiyajima is the central island in the middle of a small cluster of islands, in a sleepy backwater of the Japanese isles. Not much happens there, and the island's young people go to school knowing that their lives are likely to remain peaceful and undisturbed. Or so they have been taught… but the truth is different. The fate of mankind is on the line, and Tatsumiyajima is the last line of defense against a hostile and incomprehensible enemy. At the center of it all, fighting for Humanity's continued existence, is the giant robot Fafner, the dragon that guards this final treasure of mankind.
Twin Spica (eps 1-6)(Geek): When Kamogawa Asumi was just a baby, her mother was grievously injured when a rocket crashed to the ground. Five years later, having been in a coma all the time, Asumi's mother finally dies, and the little girl struggles to come to terms with the death of a mother she barely remembers. In the midst of her turmoil, she meets “Lion-san”, a strange figure wearing a lion mask and claiming to be a ghost. Lion-san helps Asumi to bury her mother's ashes, and finally, Asumi reaches her own decision: “When I grow up, I'm going to be a rocket pilot.”
Futakoi Alternative (eps 1-6)(Geek): The Futaba Detective Agency, being run by Rentarou, who has taken over the family business after his father's death 3 weeks ago. Along w/ Sara & Souju, his live-in identical twin assistants, he ends up running afoul of the local Yakuza. Warning Extremely Funny.
Hellsing Ultimate (1 OAV)(Graphic): Vampires exist. It is the duty of Hellsing, an organization sponsored by the British government, to hide that frightening fact and protect the blissfully unaware populace. Alucard, an incredibly powerful vampire, has been controlled by Hellsing for years. Seras is a fledgling vampire and a former police woman. Integra Hellsing, the current leader, is usually fully capable of fulfilling her duty, but lately, vampire activity has been on the rise.
Clubbed-to-Death Angel Dokuro-chan (eps 1-4)(Graphic): In the future, a man named Sakura is destined to create the technology for eternal life, which (due to Sakura's lolicon tendencies) freezes all women's aging once they turn twelve. God refuses to allow this, so he sends his angels to the past to kill Sakura before he can do this. But one angel, Dokuro-chan, decides to try to change the future without killing him. Problem is, Dokuro is very temperamental, and is constantly killing Sakura (and lots of other people too) in incredibly bloody ways with her giant spiked club. Good thing she can bring people back to life - if only to grusomely kill them again the next time she loses her temper. Warning This is the show your folks warned you about. Very funny/jaded.
Full Metal Panic - The Second Raid (eps 1-13)(Fen): The 3rd installment of the series: This series is set about two months after the events ocurred in the Tuatha de Danaan at the end of the original series. Mithril becomes aware of a secret organization that has technology able to counter the ECS (Electronic Cloaking System) mode. This organization, known as Amalgam, also has “Black Technology”, obtained from “Whispered” like Kaname Chidori, and like the other intelligency agencies, they intend to obtain more. However, when Sousuke's mission to protect Chidori is terminated by Mithril, all seems to be in place for Amalgam's plans…
Sousei no Aquarion (eps 1-6)(Fen): In a distant future, humanity once again is facing the threat of the “Shadow Angels”. Mystical creatures who returned after 12.000 years of absence. They attack human cities and kidnap their inhabitants in order to drain their “prana” (vital energy). To fight against them, youngsters with special powers from arround the world were gathered and trained to pilot the “vector machines”, three ancient ships that together form mankind's ultimate weapon, “Aquarion”.
Kamen(Masked) Rider Kabuto (eps 1-8)(Fen): In order to counter the threat of the mysterious kaijin group, WORM, an organization called ZECT was formed. However their main source of resistance, the Zect Troopers, were no match for the special powered Worm. ZECT then developed the MASKED RIDER SYSTEM, a belt that transforms the wearer into a mechanical beetle being, with enough powers to go against Worm. And it seems that the belt has other hidden abilities…The story revolves around the youth, Tendou Souji, who gets chosen to become Kamen Rider Kabuto, but not by ZECT.
Initial D-Battle Stage (1 OAV)(Geek): High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father's tofu shop during late nights. Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father's modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina's highway. Because of this, racing groups from all over the Gunma prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend. This has the highlights of Stages 1-3 with all new music.