Next Club Meeting: August 15, 2020, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Superman: Man of Tomorrow - Official Trailer

SUPERMAN: Man of Tomorrow
Daily Planet intern Clark Kent takes learning-on-the-job to new extremes when Lobo and Parasite set their sights on Metropolis in Superman: Man of Tomorrow, available later in summer 2020 on Digital, 4K, Blu-ray & DVD.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Superman: Man of Tomorrow is the 41st film in the popular series of DC Universe Movies.

Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Darren Criss (Glee, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace) and Emmy nominee Zachary Quinto (Star Trek franchise, Heroes) lead a star-studded cast as the voices of Superman/Clark Kent and Lex Luthor, respectively. The cast also includes Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Baywatch, All My Children) as Lois Lane, Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Parasite/Rudy Jones, Ryan Hurst (The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Remember the Titans) as Lobo, Ike Amadi (Mass Effect 3, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge) as Martian Manhunter, Neil Flynn (The Middle, Scrubs) as Jonathan Kent, Bellamy Young (Scandal, Prodigal Son) as Martha Kent, Cristina Milizia (DC Super Hero Girls) as Maya, Petey & Kaylie, Eugene Byrd (Bones, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures) as Ron Troupe, April Stewart (South Park) as Mrs. Ross, and Piotr Michael (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle) as Perry White, as well as Cissy Jones (Firewatch) and David Chen (Gotham).

Chris Palmer (Voltron: Legendary Defender) is the director of Superman: Man of Tomorrow, utilizing a script by Tim Sheridan (The Death of Superman). Supervising Producer is Butch Lukic.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Amphibia Season 2 Trailer

Return to Amphibia!
S E A S O N   T W O
The adventures continue as the Plantars head to Newtopia! New episodes start July 11th on Disney Channel!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Is Kathleen Kennedy's Reign Coming to an END?

Kathleen Kennedy's
Empire Strikes Out
As Big Changes Loom for Lucasfilm
Star Wars under Kathleen Kennedy has been a disappointment for Disney, dividing the fandom and alienating longtime fans, but recent rumors now suggest Disney seeks to start over and bring fans back to the franchise. What does this mean for the management of Lucasfilm? And what will we see at Star Wars Celebration in 2022?

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Being Immortal is Never Easy...

THE OLD GUARD
Forever is harder than it looks.
Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (Kiki Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (LOVE & BASKETBALL, BEYOND THE LIGHTS), THE OLD GUARD is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks. Coming to Netflix on July 10.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Re:ZERO Season 2 Launches!

Prepare for another season in
another world on July 8!
Who is the person above? I guess we'll never know. Or we will have to find out when Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 joins the Crunchyroll Summer 2020 Lineup!

The first episode of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 goes live on Crunchyroll on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30am Pacific Time / 8:30am Mountain Time / 9:30am Central Time / 10:30am Eastern Time.

Here are all the details you need for the Season 2 Premiere:
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2
  • Launch Time: July 8 at 7:30am Pacific Time / 8:30am Mountain Time / 9:30am Central Time / 10:30am Eastern Time
  • Territories: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Check out the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 Series Spotlight for all the trailers, cast, staff and more!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Kipo is an Underdeveloped Masterpiece

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
Season 1 Analysis
Exploring what Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts does right and what it can improve at as of Season 1. (Spoilers)
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is an American animated television series created by Radford Sechrist, adapted from his 2015 webcomic Kipo. The series is produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and animated by South Korean studio Mir. Its first season of ten episodes premiered on Netflix on January 14, 2020.

Kipo Oak, a thirteen-year-old girl, is searching for her father after being forced to flee from her underground city. To do so, she travels through an overgrown post-apocalyptic urban wasteland called "Las Vistas", ruled by sentient mutant animals ("mutes"), together with her new friends Wolf, Mandu, Benson and Dave. Sechrist compared the series to The Wizard of Oz, "but instead of ruby slippers [Kipo] has Converse on".

In the first season, Kipo is separated from her father Lio after their burrow is attacked by a monkey "mega mute". Traversing through the apocalyptic surface world of Las Vistas, she meets and befriends Wolf, a cold and hardened girl who has been surviving on her own after her adoptive wolf family turned on her, the upbeat Benson and his insect companion Dave, and the pig Mandu. Together, they set out to find the burrow Lio and the rest of Kipo's community fled to after their first one was destroyed. As the five travel along they make many mute allies and enemies, including the despot Scarlemagne, who rules over all the mute factions with an iron fist and intends to create a human army with his mind-controlling pheromones. Kipo also starts to experience strange physical mutations that give her mute-like abilities, which she uses to help her friends and herself against the various hostile mutes they encounter.

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Collapse of Star Wars, Star Trek & Doctor Who

How Social Justice and
Woke-ness Have DAMAGED Hollywood and Pop Culture (and they blame YOU)
In the last few years, we have witnessed the implosion of some previously very popular entertainment franchises, franchises that go back decades, and have become institutions in their own right. Institutions like Star Trek. Star Wars. And Doctor Who, the most recent to implode. On February 14th, the BBC, home of Doctor who, put out an article which pointed out the rising influence of fans, all while bemoaning what they call “fan entitlement”. But after fans really the entitled ones? In the aftermath of the destruction of Doctor Who, @AndreEinherjar will go through this article, and give his response to the accusation that fans somehow are the entitled ones.
Yes, but no one asked for this. Dr. Who viewership is at its lowest.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Manga's "Freedom of Expression" With Japan

Manga Artists Fighting
American Censorship

[Source: Crunchyroll] UQ HOLDER and Love Hina manga creator, Ken Akamatsu tweeted on June 29 that he'd recently been summoned by the Japanese National Government to discuss manga and how it can succeed in the next 10 years. Akamatsu has been involved as an informal advisor for the Japanese government in the past on matters relating to manga for a creator's perspective.

The above Tweet reads:

"This month, I was invited to participate in a House of Councillors witness questioning session, but instead, a member of the DIET [Japanese government] asked me, 'What measures are needed for Japanese manga need to survive in the world?' I replied, "First and foremost, freedom of expression. Compared to other countries, Japan's forte is its freedom of creativity. However, with foreign platforms becoming more and more dominant, I would like to avoid a situation where Japanese works are regulated by foreign standards.'"

Akamatsu went on to say that to preserve manga over the next ten years, raw manuscripts of manga series should be stored, exhibited, and monetized at a National Manga Center. According to Akamatsu, all the government members in attendance agreed with the idea.

In the past, Akamatsu spearheaded the "Doujin" mark for the cover of manga volumes, showing that the original creator of the series approved of the series being used for fan-works. The first series to use the mark on the first printing was Akamatsu's own UQ HOLDER.

Source: Ken Akamatsu on Twitter

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Can Star Wars Be Saved from Woke Culture?

Is Disney considering ERASING the STAR WARS Sequel Trilogy from Official Canon?
The finest hour of the Kennedy Faction of Lucasfilm was the release of Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi – but it has since become the focal point of a disagreement within Disney, and to some extent, within Hollywood at large.

In this video, we will explore the significance The Last Jedi holds to many in Hollywood, and how they are in upheaval about the push from a faction within Disney to ERASE it, and the rest of the sequel trilogy with it, from official Star Wars continuity. Then, whether the Disney trilogy is wiped from canon or not, we will explore what the future might hold for the Star Wars brand.
Bring back the Glory Days of the Original STAR WARS and take a stand that says
The Last Jedi is Not Canon"

Friday, July 3, 2020

Don't Miss the Next Block-Puncher Movie!

Truck Flipper v Bus Puncher
Two studio execs battle to have the best movie featuring a hero punching a vehicle and having the vehicle flip over them! Who will win!?

Thursday, July 2, 2020

How to FIX Disney's Damage to Star Wars...


STAR WARS Leaks Reveal How
Sequel Trilogy Will Be ERASED
Can Star Wars be saved? We broke the news about a secret plan to save Star Wars by erasing the Sequel Trilogy, and now we bring you details on how exactly they’re planning to reset the Star Wars universe, and why Kathleen Kennedy HATES it!
Watch the Video
"Nooooooo!! You cannot ERASE me!"
- K. Kennedy

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

From the Creator of "Regular Show"...

CLOSE ENOUGH
From JG Quintel, creator of Regular Show comes Close Enough, a surreal animated comedy about a married couple, their five-year-old daughter, and their two divorced roommates all living together in LA. They’re navigating that transitional time in your 30s when life is about growing up, but not growing old. It’s about juggling work, kids, and pursuing your dreams, while also avoiding stripper clowns and murderous mannequins.
Their life may not be ideal but for now, it's close enough.
Stream Close Enough available on HBO Max, July 9.