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The Spring 2014 Roundtable is done. I have a new idea for Anime Vice: Vicers in Cons Across the World. I would make a map of all Vicers. It sounds cool, but I don't how to execute that. Time to work on wiki! Pm me if you need me.
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The publisher of the Zero no Tsukaima light novel series, MF Bunko J has confirmed in an obituary dedicated to him and posted earlier this morning in Japan that the author, Noboru Yamaguchi had died from his 2 year long battle with cancer on April 4th. He was 41 years old. A private ceremony was held on April 10th in Japan.

Yamaguchi had long planned to write the final volumes of the long-running fantasy light novel before falling ill to cancer, receiving successful surgery to remove it in 2011 and telling fans that he would write and finish the main novel series once he recuperated. However, he continued to struggle with his health, even enduring another hospital stay in late 2011, but not before contributing directly to the final season of the anime adaptation aired in Winter of last year. Below. the obituary translated in full:

The writer, Noboru Yamaguchi has fallen to the battle against his sickness at the young age of 41 years old on April 4th, 2013. Yamaguchi first made his name in writing for video games, then made his professional novelist debut through the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko label in the year 2000.
In 2004, his "Zero No Tsukaima" novel was first published by the MF Bunko J label and it quickly became a hit, fascinating many fans and resulting in 20 volumes and 5 spin-off novels while contributing to 4 seasons worth of anime. MF Bunko J and Media Factory feel sincerely indebted to Yamaguchi Noboru sensei and his "Zero No Tsukaima" series. He was indeed, our benefactor.
Just like his work, Yamaguchi sensei had a bright and cheerful personality and was loved by many of his friends, editors and anyone who had met him. He was always comfortable in his own skin and full of courage and humor, which have not changed from the first time I have met him to the very end, even during the hardships that he endured mentally and physically.
April 11th, 2013
Media Factory Inc.
Editor in Chief, MF Bunko J

Yasuji Misaka

Source: Crunchyroll

Yamaguchi had confirmed in 2011 that he had advanced-stage cancer that was originally considered inoperable. However, during an unrelated gallstone surgery, the cancerous growth was confirmed to have shrunk in size. Yamaguchi then learned that there was surgery that he could have that might cure the cancer. He reported later that year that this surgery ended without incident, although he returned to the hospital at the end of 2011.

Source: ANN (Took the 2nd paragraph)

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Funimation has posted a trailer for the Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail without a release date yet. The OVA will be released in a DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack.

Plot

Brace yourself for a barrage of hot lead and shorts short in the gun-blazing follow up to the critically-acclaimed Black Lagoon. This tour de violence was inspired by the masters of mayhem John Woo and Quentin Tarantino -- and brought to you by the studio behind Hellsing Ultimate!

The cutthroat crew of Black Lagoon faces their stiffest challenge yet when a Venezuelan assassination sparks a killing spree that spans the globe. Roberta was a reformed assassin until a clandestine clash between politically backed acronyms claimed the life of her master. In flash of a muzzle, she goes from maid to murderer on a pill-popping, crimson stained quest for vengeance. When Revy and the gang are hired to stop Roberta's killing spree, they quickly find themselves in the middle of an international shootout starring everyone from the KGB to the CIA. The bullets are flying, the bodies are piling up in the street, and Roberta's painting the town red -- with blood.

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FUNimation's North American release of Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children is still hitting film festivals rather than a wider theatrical or home video release, but it's getting to many corners of the country this month.

Dallas International Film Festival (link)

April 8 - 10PM

Angelika 6

5321 East Mockingbird Lane

Suite 230

Dallas , TX 75206

April 13 - 12PM noon

Magnolia 5

3699 McKinney Avenue

Suite 100

Dallas, TX 75204

Boston International Children’s Film Festival (link)

April 16 - 12:45PM

April 17 – 3PM

Remis Auditorium, 161

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Avenue of the Arts

465 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase (link)

April 20 - 3:45 pm

April 21 - 1:00 pm

Digiplex Mission Valley

7510 Hazard Center Drive

San Diego, CA 92108

American Cinematheque (link)

April 27 - 7:30PM

Aero Theater

1328 Montana Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90403

Newport Beach Film Festival (link)

April 27, 2013 - 12:15pm

The Triangle Theater

1870 Harbor BlvdCosta Mesa , CA 92627

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Welcome everyone! Here are the cast that Aniplex has assembled for Sword Art Online:

For those who are new to Sword Art Online, here is a summary:

The players of a virtual reality MMORPG, Aincrad Online, are trapped and fighting for their very lives. After it is announced that the only way to leave the game is by beating it, Kirito—a very powerful swordsman—and his friends take on a quest to free all the minds trapped in Aincrad.

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Welcome everyone! This is an update on the Robotics;Notes wiki project that Acura Max and I worked on.

Around the week of March 29, 2013, my teammate, Acura Max, and I finished the episode summaries. We both took turns on doing plot summaries: Acura Max did the even episodes while I did the odd episodes. The main struggle in the wiki project was time because we're busy with school, work, and family. On top of that, we had taken a task to encourage discussion of Robotics;Notes through the Robotics;Notes Discussion and informing the community any Robotics;Notes news.

For character wiki pages, we manage to fill the recurring characters.

Character Updates

Thank you for reading this and please check out the Robotics;Notes Roundtable.

Episode Works

Episode 1: Because GUNVARREL is Waiting
The Robot Research Club is in dire straits - there are only two members and the future of the club is in jeopardy. Despite this, the club's leader, Akiho, is intent on building a life-sized robot...
Episode 2: Because of Dreams, Hopes, and Passion
Akiho and Kaito attempt to fix an old robot to use for the competition, but they run into financial problems when they need to order new parts.
Episode 3: Tanegashi Accel Impact
At last, the Robot Research Club enters the ROBO-ONE tournament! The revolutionary KILL-BALLAD control scheme makes Kaito a force to be reckoned with, but will it be enough to win the tournament and save the club?
Episode 4: Let's Build a Giant Robot of Justice Together
Subaru seeks Kaito's help for the upcoming ROBO-ONE World Championship in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Akiho struggles to keep the club funded while Kaito reflects on a life-changing incident.
Episode 5: May I Call You "Big Brother?"
Kaito and Junna set out to investigate the strange "ghost" that Kaito caught a glimpse of... but only succeed in discovering more mysteries.
Episode 6: It'd Be Sad to Have a Dream End
Subaru and Kaito start practicing for the upcoming ROBO-ONE world tournament in Las Vegas. During his off-time, Kaito stumbles upon a mysterious room inside the abandoned folk museum.
Episode 7: Thank You Berry Much
While Kaito and friends encounter more mysterious phenomena, another solar storm suddenly hits the Earth. Meanwhile, Akiho gets the GunBuild-1 project funded and rolling full-steam ahead!
Episode 8: I'm Nae Tennouji. Nice to Meet You!
Akiho is elated when a grown-up Nae Tennoji offers to help the Robot Research Club build a giant robot. Meanwhile, Kaito is caught in a typhoon while searching for the elusive Kimijima Report No. 2.
Episode 9: Because It's the Product of Our Blood, Sweat, and Tears
At long last, the Robot Research Club completes its giant GunBuild-1 robot! And, as people from all over the island watch, the robot takes its historic first step!
Episode 10: A Robot Only We Can Build
After the outcome of the GunBuild-1 start-up test, Subaru tries to convince Akiho to build a new robot from scratch. Meanwhile, Kai unexpectedly makes the discovery of the century...
Episode 11: The Flag Has Been Cleared
Kaito and Frau team up to locate Kimijima Report NO. 3, but it won't be any easier than last time. Meanwhile, the final, unaired episode of GUNVARREL is leaked online...
Episode 12: Until You Like At Least One Thing
The Robot Research Club is shokced to hear that not only Doc has been rushed to the hospital, but he's also considering closing his shop. Junna tries to encourage him to keep the shop open, but...
Episode 13: What a Crazy World
Experiments with the magnetic monopole get underway, and more information from the Kimijima Reports comes to light. Details about an impending solar starom are revealed... along with a warning of a ...
Episode 14: Just for a Little Bit...
After a solar storm knocks out power all over Tokyo, robots throughout the city run berserk and attack! Now it's up to Kaito to shut down the robots and save the entire Tokyo metropolitan area somehow...
Episode 15: I'll Show You a Dream
Airi finds her existence threatened when major maintenance is scheduled for the IRUO server. While Airi clings to the hope of a snowy miracle, Kaito learns more about her past.
Episode 16: I Love Giant Robots
The Robot Research Club's newest giant robot, GunBuild-2, is finally complete! Meanwhile, both Exoskeleton Co. and Mizuka catch wind of Kaito's activities surrounding Kou Kimijima.
Episode 17: As of Today, The Robotics Club is Disbanded!
The Robot Research Club's newest giant robot, GunBuild-2, is finally complete! Meanwhile, both Exoskeleton Co. and Mizuka catch wind of Kaito's activities surrounding Kou Kimijima.
Episode 18: The Real GUNVARREL is Standing Right There
At last, the big robot expo in Tokyo gets underway! The diminished Robot Research Club finally gets to show off its robot, and Akiho finally gets the chance to see her sister again.
Episode 19: I Should Never Have Had a Dream
Chaos erupts at the Robot Expo as Misaki starts destroying robots left and right. Meanwhile, slowly, but surely, Kaito begins to learn the truth behind everything.
Episode 20: Does She Still Like Robots?
With five billion lives at stake, Akiho declares that she WILL defeat Kou Kimijima! The question is... how?
Episode 21: Gunvarrel Takeoff!
Working through the night, the Robot Research Club members and the throngs of volunteers finish modifying GunBuild-1 before the Black Hole Bomb can be launched. The club members also devise a number of strategies for the upcoming final battle.
Episode 22: Now It's Time for OUR Game
Kaito and Misaki face off in a final showdown with only minutes left until the BHB rocket is launched.
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