There's a reason that the weekly anime screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse have endured for years as a Houston staple: Coordinator Rommel Salandanan has a knack for getting the best A-List anime titles and sleeper hits. This week he's got Guilty Crown, a 2011 series that follows high school student Shu Ouma after he mysteriously develops the power to extract psychic weapons from people's souls. (We'll wait a minute if you need to read that again. Anime story lines can be so hard to follow.) A chance encounter with a young pop star who's secretly involved with a resistance movement prompts Shu to use this ability to help restore Japan's independence after a United Nations force declares tyrannical sovereignty following a devastating plague. What makes Guilty Crown such a not-miss series? ''I would probably say the stunning graphics of this 22-episode series, along with an intriguing budding romance and how the characters have to make constrained decisions due to their dilemma,'' Salandanan tells us by e-mail.
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7:30 p.m. 531 South Mason. For information, call 281-492-6900 or visit drafthouse.com. Free.
Tue., Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m., 2013