Next Club Meeting: October 21, 2017, at the Glen Ellyn Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Animatrix Network is an anime & manga fan club located in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We usually meet on the fourth Saturday of each month (except when holidays or conventions coincide). The meetings are free and open to the public. Join us for a day filled with anime.

This site provides news, reviews, commentaries, and previews of the world of anime and everything it inspires, such as live-action films, comics, music, art, and other weird things to enjoy and contemplate.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Anime Viewing Schedule for October 21, 2017

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Glen Ellyn Public Library
"Stranger Things are happening in October!" 
New Location This Month!
Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm

10:15 - 11:05    Gamers! 7-8
11:05 - 11:55    Knight's and Magic5-6
11:55 - 12:45    Princess Principal 7-8
12:45 - 1:35      Saga of Tanya the Evil 5-6
1:35 - 2:15        Club Meeting / Announcements
2:15 - 2:40        Little Witch Academia (2017 TV series) ep 13 
2:40 - 3:30        Made in Abyss 5-6

3:30 - 4:40        The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star (OVA's 1-3)

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
 
Start watching the exciting anime series: Made in Abyss and Princess Principal!
ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DC Marvel Get Ready to Rumble!


MARVEL vs DC Epic Dance Battles
Here we are! Epic dance battles between The Avengers and Justice League! Who won?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

And the title of the new Han Solo Movie is....

SOLO: A Star Wars Story
[Source: TheVerge] Up to this point, we’ve been forced to call Disney’s next standalone Star Wars film the cumbersome “as-of-yet-untitled Han Solo film.” Well, no longer. Today, director Ron Howard announced that the film had finally wrapped production, and that it would simply be called Solo: A Star Wars Story

There have been rumors for a couple of months, after Making Star Wars got their hands on a picture of a crew T-shirt. The production’s working title was Red Cup, which now makes sense given that the real-world Solo company produces, well, red cups. The movie is said to follow the early days of Han Solo, well before he met up with Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a pair of droids in A New Hope. We don’t know much about what that story will entail, although Howard has alluded to locations like Corellia (Solo’s home planet) and Kessel (where he made the infamous Kessel run). The film will also include Tag and Bink, a pair of characters familiar to hardcore fans of Star Wars comics. 

The film follows the mold of 2016’s Rogue One in that it’s a standalone installment of the franchise that tells a self-contained story, rather than tying directly into the larger Skywalker saga. Unlike its predecessor, however, Solo is all about a group of characters who audiences are already well familiar with. 

Solo has hit some significant bumps in the road thus far. In June, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired due to “creative differences” five months into the film’s production. Howard replaced them soon after.
 
Solo: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on May 25th, 2018.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Official Black Panther Trailer

HERO. LEGEND. KING.
B L A C K   P A N T H E R
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to Wakanda. He soon finds his sovereignty challenged by factions within his own country. When two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, T’Challa must team up, as the Black Panther, with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje—Wakanda's special forces—to prevent a world war.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hela Unleashes Her Fury


THOR: RAGNAROK
[Source: Syfy] TV spots and clips for Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok have been falling like a furious meteor storm, providing anxious fans with a multitude of peeks at this riotous retro superhero spectacle. 

It's the marketing campaign trying to balance its battle of secrecy vs. overexposure, and it seems like Marvel is tossing caution to the cosmic winds and opening the floodgates to allow everyone to participate in the pre-release revelry. Let's just say subtlety does not seem part of the studio's final ad push.

This latest TV spot, titled "Destiny," has the Sorcerer Supreme warning of a dire destiny that awaits the God of Thunder, Hela whipping out twin death daggers, and Valkyrie performing a gravity-defying hitchhiking trick with a passing hovercraft ship.

“We do a lot to this character in this film. You know, a lot of people have been wanting to see this idea of Ragnarok. A lot of people are excited by the idea of what Ragnarok means,” Waititi told Comic Book. “To me, it means stripping down the establishment of what’s already there and then building it up in a new way. [It] is almost like this cyclic idea of Ragnarok.”

Take a peek at the bits of fresh footage and tell us if you'll be assembling in the long lines when Thor: Ragnarok is unchained in theaters on November 3.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Things get really Strange this October 27


The final trailer for Stranger Things 2 is here. The world turns Upside Down on October 27.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Next Club Meeting is October 21, 2017

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Don't go into conniptions! We're only meeting in a different place!

DIFFERENT LOCATION! 
Just for this month!
 
Glen Ellyn Public Library
400 Duane St.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Meeting Room B
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
 

Our next club meeting will be at the Glen Ellyn Public Library
Main Meeting Room (on your far right as you enter the front doors), 
from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM 
(until the library closes).

There is public transportation available. 
A Metra train-stop is located within walking distance. 

 
A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.
 
Hope to see you all there!

(Click below for maps)

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Peace of Pooh

Goodbye Christopher Robin
[Source: TIME] Everyone has a soft spot for Winnie-the-Pooh. Everyone, that is, except Domhnall Gleeson, who had never read a Pooh book until he was cast as the beloved bear’s creator, A.A. Milne, and picked one up for research. “I was happy to find that they were good,” he says cheerfully, sipping a soft drink in a plush London hotel in late September. “Some things are inexplicably popular, but Pooh is not. You really understand why people love it so much.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pacific Rim2 - Official Trailer

PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING
It has been ten years since the Battle of the Breach and the oceans are still, but restless. Vindicated by the victory at the Breach, the Jaeger program has evolved into the most powerful global defense force in human history. The PPDC now calls upon the best and brightest to rise up and become the next generation of heroes when the Kaiju threat returns. Thrust into this is ex-jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost, son of the late Stacker Pentecost, who is given a chance by his adopted sister, Mako Mori, to unite with the world and fellow Jaeger pilots to prevent humanity's extinction.

New VR Experience from Lucasfilm

STAR WARS: Secrets of the Empire
A galaxy far, far away needs your help. In teams of four, be transported with family and friends in a brand new hyper-reality experience from Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB and The VOID.

Under the orders of the budding rebellion, your team will travel to the molten planet of Mustafar. Your mission is to recover Imperial intelligence vital to the rebellion’s survival. Alongside the pragmatic droid K-2S0, your team must navigate through an enemy facility walking into danger at every turn. Disguised as stormtroopers, grab your blaster, solve puzzles, and fight giant lava monsters in an effort to fulfill your team's orders. 

Pushing the boundaries of location-based virtual reality, The VOID and ILMxLAB bring the Star Wars universe to life through a multi-sensory, untethered story. 

See Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire only on location at Disney Springs in Orlando, FL, and Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA - coming this winter. 

Get ticket information and more at TheVoid.com.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Best Cosplay at New York Comic-Con 2017


[Source: Syfy] Let's be honest: everyone's favorite part of conventions is the cosplay. The celebs, the presentations, the parties, the screenings, and the activations are all fun, but people lose their minds over cosplay. We are no different. 
 
While at New York Comic Con this year, we spied a ton of great costumes, and had a hard time narrowing it all down to 'the best.' Enjoy some of our favorite cosplayers from this year, including Predator, Rick (from Rick & Morty), Mr. Nancy (from American Gods), Pennywise the dancing clown, and more.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Abandoned Classic Animated! - Shada Teaser


Dr. Who's "Shada" gets animated
[Source: Syfy] Long-lost Doctor Who story “Shada” is finally coming in its entirety thanks to BBC Worldwide, and we have a first look at the animated version of the classic Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) adventure.
 
Originally meant to close the 17th season of Doctor Who in 1979, the serial, written by legendary author Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency), was never finished thanks to a strike at the BBC.

Nearly four decades later, the story has finally been completed by the team behind the animation of that other lost Doctor Who episode, “The Power of the Daleks,” by using original and remastered footage (they had access to almost seven hours of raw footage), as well as color animation to fill in the gaps. Said animation will also feature the newly recorded voices of original stars Baker and Lalla Ward (Romana), reading from the original script.

“'Shada' was one of my favourite Doctor Who stories,” Tom Baker said in a statement. “I have many fond memories of shooting the location scenes in Cambridge, and it was disappointing not to finish the story in studio. I’m so glad that BBC Worldwide have found a way to bring fans a complete visual version.”

“Shada” was previously adapted as a novel titled Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by author Gareth Roberts, and as a Big Finish radio play starring Eighth Doctor Paul McGann.

The story sees the Doctor (Baker) working with his companion Romana (Ward) and retired Time Lord Professor Chronotis (Denis Carey) to defeat an evil alien named Skagra (Christopher Neame), a genius hailing from the planet Dronoid who is planning to steal the secrets of the planet Shada, on which the Time Lords have built a high-security prison.

Fans will be able to get their hands on “Shada” when the complete adventure is released via digital download on Nov. 24, and on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 4.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Last Jedi Trailer is Finally Here!


STAR WARS: The Last Jedi
The teaser trailer forStar Wars: The Last Jedi landed with a wallop back in April, blending tantalizing imagery from the upcoming sequel with Luke Skywalker’s ominous pronouncement, “It’s time for the Jedi to end” — a line that launched a thousand speculative blog posts and left members of the cast genuinely stunned.

“I can’t wait to show you more,” director Rian Johnson told Yahoo moments after that first clip premiered. Six months later, on Monday night, he finally delivered on his word, releasing a 2-minute, 24-second preview that ups the stakes and seemingly upends alliances.

Unlike the teaser, which opened with Rey (Daisy Ridley) being trained by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the trailer immediately goes to the dark side, featuring a voiceover by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) as emo villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) perfects his million-mile stare.