Next Club Meeting: September 23, 2017, at the Wood Dale Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Celebrating 100 Years of Anime

Los Angeles Anime Film Festival
Celebrates 100 Years of Anime
[Source: ToonZone] Did you know anime is now 100 years old? Don’t you think that sounds like a good excuse to throw as many landmark anime films on the big screen at the same time?

Then you’re way ahead of the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF), which features a blockbuster lineup of anime hits, one after another, starting tomorrow. The LA-AFF takes place September 15th through the 17th and all programs will be showcased at the Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

The festival begins with the North American debut of No Game No Life Zero and wraps up with Akira, and is sandwiched in the middle with My Neighbor Totoro, Summer Wars, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie and more. Here’s the full schedule and lineup:

Opening Gala Screening – Friday, September 15 No Game No Life Zero, dir. Atsuko Ishizuka, Japan, 2017
*North American Premiere
Namakura Gatana (Special Presentation)
Closing Film – Sunday, September 17 Akira, dir. Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan, 1988
Festival Lineup 009 Re:Cyborg 3D, dir. Kenji Kamiyama, Japan, 2012 Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, dir. Tatsuyuki Nagai, Japan 2013 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, dir. Shinichirō Watanabe, Hiroyuki Okiura, Yoshiyuki Takei, Japan, 2001 Ghost in the Shell, dir. Mamoru Oshii, Japan, 1995 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, dir. Mamoru Oshii, Japan, 2004 (35mm) Kiki’s Delivery Service, dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1989 King of Prism by PrettyRhythm dir. Masakazu Hishida, Japan, 2016
*North American Premiere
Love Live! The School Idol Movie, dir. Takahiko Kyogoku, Japan, 2015 Metropolis, dir. Rintaro, Japan, 2001 Miss Hokusai, dir. Keiichi Hara, Japan, 2015 My Neighbor Totoro, dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1988 Paprika, dir. Satoshi Kon, Japan, 2006 (35mm) Pigtails, dir. Yoshimi Itazu, Japan, 2015 Porco Rosso, dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1992 Red Turtle, dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit, France/Belgium/Japan, 2016 Summer Wars, dir. Mamoru Hosoda, Japan, 2009
Tickets for each individual screening are now available at http://la-aff.eventbrite.com.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tales of Alethrion proloque


T H E   F I R S T   H E R O
The Tales of Alethrion proloque "The First Hero" is about Alethrion, whom the land is named after, and a lovely backpacker girl called Amerath. They are the original creators of the map which we see later in The Reward, carried by Vito and Wilhelm. It is the first tale that takes place long before many of the other episodes in the series which we hope to get funded through Kickstarter.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Watch the first episode of DuckTales!


DuckTales! Woo-oo!
Watch the first full episode here!
Donald Duck takes Huey, Dewey and Louie to Scrooge McDuck's mansion where they uncover family secrets, leading to an epic road trip to the Lost City of Atlantis.

Based on the Emmy Award-winning series treasured by a generation of viewers, Disney XD's animated comedy-adventure series "DuckTales" chronicles the high-flying adventures of Duckburg's most famous trillionaire Scrooge McDuck, his mischief-making triplet grandnephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, temperamental nephew Donald Duck and the trusted McDuck Manor team: big-hearted, fearless chauffer/pilot Launchpad McQuack, no-nonsense housekeeper Mrs. Beakley and Mrs. Beakley's granddaughter, Webby Vanderquack, resident adventurer and the triplet's newfound fierce friend.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Dolby Presents: Silent, a Short Film


S I L E N T
"Silent" is an animated short film created by Academy Award® winning Moonbot Studios (http://moonbotstudios.com). It celebrates how storytellers, inventors, and technology work together to create cinema magic.

The story follows two street performers who dream of bringing their "Picture and Sound Show" to life. When they discover a magical contraption inside an old theatre, they embark on a cinematic adventure of sight and sound to find the audience they always wanted.

The sound was created by Oscar® nominated sound designer Steve Boeddeker (http://www.skysound.com/bio/steve_boe...).

"Silent" debuted at the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards on February 15, 2014.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Marvel knows how to have fun!


GUARDIANS' INFERNO
Dust off those far out platforms and enjoy this blast from the past! Get the “Inferno” music video + more bonus features when you bring home "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" to Digital Aug 8, Blu-ray Aug 22 & new to 4K UHD.

Friday, August 11, 2017

EW reveals images of THE LAST JEDI

Entertainment Weekly has released a ton of exclusive pictures for
T H E   L A S T   J E D I
EW has two different covers
Rose and Finn journey to a crazy casino on a planet called Canto Bight.
Chewie with a Porg, a cute penguin-like creature from Ahch-To
Finn's piloting one of those red dust ship things from the trailer
These "Force-nuns" are caretakers of Ahch-To
The Praetorian Guard are back
Rey training on Ahch-To
"Just a scratch"
Kylo gets a new starfighter
Poe and BB-8 are sticking with Leia
"For the last time, I don't want yer Jedi Scout cookies!"
Rian directing Carrie Fisher
Rian Johnson and producers, Ram Bergman and Kathleen Kennedy
Finn and Rose

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mysticons take flight later this month

Nickelodeon and Nelvana’s CG Fantasy Series “Mysticons” Premieres August 28
[Source: ToonZone] A mythic quest to save the world unfolds in Nickelodeon’s newest animated series, Mysticons, premiering Monday, August 28, at 4 p.m. (ET/PT). Produced by Corus Entertainment’s premier animation company Nelvana, the half-hour action series rich in story and mythology follows four girls who transform into legendary warriors, Mysticons, who band together to save their realm from evil. The series airs at 4:00 p.m. (ET/PT) through Friday, Sept. 1, and continues with premieres in its regular timeslot of Sundays at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Beginning August 30, fans can watch encore episodes Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nicktoons.

Created and executive produced by Sean Jara (Johnny Test), Mysticons is a contemporary urban fantasy series about four girls from different walks of life who are transformed into the legendary Mysticons. Arkayna, Zarya, Emerald, and Piper are drawn together by a prophecy to battle evil and protect the realm as unexpected heroes who work together to become epic warriors and ultimately, the closest of friends. The heroes team up as the stakes are raised when the evil Queen Necrafa is released from her prison and embarks on a mission to destroy them and their home, Drake City.

In the series premiere, “Sisters in Arms,” the legendary Dragon Disk brings together the four girls and bestows upon them magical powers.

The Mysticons voice cast includes: Alyson Court (The Big Comfy Couch) as “Arkayna Goodfey,” Drake City’s princess who is desperate to be a regular teen, while balancing being Mysticon Dragon Mage; Nicki Burke (Barbie: The Pearl Princess) as “Zarya Moonwolf,” a tough and fiercely protective street kid with roguish charm, known as Mysticon Ranger; Evany Rosen (Hotel Transylvania: The Series) as “Emerald Goldenbraid,” an innovative engineer and Arkayna’s best friend, known as Mysticon Knight; and Ana Sani (Mia and Me) as “Piper Willowbrook,” an optimistic and fun-loving street kid who doubles as Mysticon Striker.

Visit Nick.com, the Nick App, Mysticons.com, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more about Mysticons. A sneak peek full-length episode is also currently available on Nick.com and the Nick App, along with platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox, PlayStation and Nick On Demand.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Anime Viewing Schedule for August 12, 2017

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Wood Dale Public Library
"Time to Destroy Stuff!" 
Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm

10:15 - 11:05    Gamers! 3-4
11:05 - 11:55    Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World 22-23
11:55 - 12:45    Knight's and Magic 1-2
12:45 - 1:35      Princess Principal 3-4
1:35 - 2:15        Club Meeting / Announcements
2:15 - 2:40        Little Witch Academia (2017 TV series) ep 11
2:40 - 3:30        Saga of Tanya the Evil 3-4
3:30 - 3:55        Restaurant to Another World 2
3:55 - 4:45        Made in Abyss 3-4

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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dolby Presents: Escape, an animated short


E  S  C  A  P  E
A cinematic poem about the world-changing power of invention, the short film Escape is the latest example of animated storytelling that showcases state-of-the-art Dolby technologies. Combining techniques such as miniatures and animation with the spectacular imaging of Dolby Vision and the moving audio of Dolby Atmos, Escape invites the audience to imagine and experience a joyous vision of the future. It is a story of persistence and passion that is intended to inspire individuals to never give up on their hopes and dreams.

After crash-landing on a desolate planet, a lone space explorer must find a way to make her new home habitable. The teenage heroine is an older version of the central character in our Emmy award–winning film, Silent, known there as “the Kid.” This intrepid character displays courage, passion, determination, and curiosity as she transforms the barren landscape she has found into a beautiful planet.

Singer Imogen Heap developed an original soundtrack that wraps the audience in Dolby Atmos sound, unveiling the lead character’s changing emotions as she faces the challenges of a dark, disturbed landscape and persists to transform it into a place of joy and delight.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The ANIMATRIX Store!

What a wonderful surprise! If you're ever down in Harlingen, Texas, stop by the Valle Vista Mall and check out the ANIMATRIX Store! That even looks like our original font.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Next club meeting is August 12, 2017

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Unlike Comic-Con, there's no need to be
waiting in line for our next club event!

Wood Dale Public Library
520 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL  60191
Main Meeting Room
Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:15 AM - 5:00 PM
 

Our next club meeting will be at the Wood Dale Public Library
Main Meeting Room (on your far right as you enter the front doors), 
from 10:15 AM to 5:00 PM 
(until the library closes).

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

Please note: If you are driving, please park your car 
on the south side of the building (not the front) in order to 
make room for other library patrons.
 
A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.
 
Hope to see you all there!

(Click below for maps