Next Club Meeting: July 21, 2018, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 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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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Attack on Titan Season 3 SimulDub Trailer

ATTACK on TITAN Season 3
Coming to FunimationNow on August 2018! Binge-watch all of Season 1 and 2 on FunimationNow today!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Next Club Meeting is July 21, 2018

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Can't wait for the next club meeting!

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Board Room (2nd Floor)
 
Saturday, July 21, 2018
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
 

Our next club meeting will be at the Fountaindale Public Library
Board Room (Second Floor), 
from 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM.

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

(Click below for maps

Monday, July 16, 2018

Sneak Peek: Indivisible

I N D I V I S I B L E
Animated Opening by Studio TRIGGER and Titmouse
Take a look at the first ~30 seconds of Indivisible's gorgeous animated opening by Studio TRIGGER and Titmouse!


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tales of Vesperia Remastered - Anime Expo Trailer


TALES OF VESPERIA: DEFINITIVE EDITION
Did you miss the Anime Expo Tales of Vesperia trailer? We've got your back with the replay!

Friday, July 13, 2018

ANIME EXPO 2018 Cosplay Highlights

Anime Expo 2018 took place in Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, USA

Thursday, July 12, 2018

First Look at 'The Dragon Prince'

THE DRAGON PRINCE
[Source: Syfy] Fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender are posting their best reaction gifs following Netflix’s official Twitter announcement today that Airbender head writer Aaron Ehasz has signed on to bring an all-new animated fantasy series to the streaming giant. 

Netflix announced the new project, titled The Dragon Prince, in a tweet describing the show as “a new animated series about two human princes who forge an unlikely bond with the elfin assassin sent to kill them, embarking on an epic quest to bring peace to their warring lands.”

Animator Giancarlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) also shared the news of the “secret show” he’d been working on via Twitter, after getting the official go-ahead from Netflix. He also promised more information about the project when the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel goes live on July 21.

Though it’s been off the airwaves a full decade since its three-season run ended at Nickelodeon in 2008, Avatar: The Last Airbender spawned an ardent fanbase that continued to gobble up the vividly animated story of a world in which a few telekinetically gifted heroes could “bend” one of the classic elements — earth, water, air, and fire — to their will.

The network followed up with the similarly successful sequel series The Legend of Korra in 2012, in which the titular hero became the successor to Aang, Airbender’s protagonist: the one hero who could manipulate all four elements.

While there’s not much more to go on than the information Netflix revealed in its Twitter announcement, the art style for The Dragon Prince looks right in line with what we’ve seen from Airbender and Korra. The SDCC panel is sure to bring additional details to light, just in time for the show to land at Netflix; included in The Dragon Prince’s official panel announcement is the news that the show will be premiering on the streaming service sometime this September.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Behind the Scenes of "MORTAL ENGINES"

M O R T A L   E N G I N E S
London welcomes you. An exclusive look inside Mortal Engines.
Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future. 
Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay. The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.

In theaters December 14, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cosplay Photos from Anime Midwest 2018

ANIME MIDWEST
July 6-8, 2018
Anime Midwest took place this past weekend, July 6-8, 2018 in Chicago drawing an estimated 15,000 plus people to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare & Convention Center.

One of the great things about this con was the amount of cosplay going on. There was everything from the first time cosplayer in attendance to those who put a ton of time and money into their outfits. Every one of them were amazing for the enthusiasm they had for the characters they represented.
 
Here are some photos we took over the weekend.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko Dies

STEVE DITKO
(November 2, 1927 – c. June 29, 2018)
[Source: Syfy] Steve Ditko, the visionary comics artist and writer who co-created, with Stan Lee, the characters of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has reportedly died at the age of 90.
 
Reports of Ditko's death began surfacing Friday night (June 29) on social media, and now the New York Police Department confirms (per The Hollywood Reporter) that Ditko was found dead in his apartment that day, and that he was believed to have died two days prior (June 27). Ditko leaves behind no known survivors. 

The extremely reclusive artist, who was still said to work in a midtown Manhattan studio as of 2016, did not give an interview or make a public appearance in more than five decades. His contributions to comics and pop culture, however, cannot be understated. Launching his career in 1953, Ditko got a job two years later at Marvel Comics precursor Atlas. In 1962, editor Stan Lee began developing a teen superhero and, after initially working with Jack Kirby, turned to Ditko.

Spider-Man debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), with Lee and Ditko's initial 38-issue run setting Peter Parker on the path to become one of the world's three most popular superheroes (alongside Batman and Superman). A year later, in Strange Tales #110 (July 1963), they introduced Doctor Strange, the master of the mystic arts. 

Ditko continued to work at Marvel, DC, Charlton, and other publishers before leaving mainstream comics in 1998, creating or co-creating characters like Squirrel Girl, the Question, the Creeper, and many more. While remaining on the fringes of the industry until his passing, Ditko and his sumptuous, instantly recognizable artwork influenced it in ways that will never be forgotten.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

A Live-Action Gundam Movie is Coming!

Mobile Suit Gundam 
One of the most influential giant robot sagas of all time, is heading to the big screen.
[Source: io9] Legendary has just announced a new collaboration with Sunrise at Anime Expo 2018 that will see Gundam get its first ever live-action movie. Details are scarce and a provided press release by the studio stresses no story details are being revealed right now. However, it does include a brief synopsis for the premise of the original beloved anime series and its setting in the “Universal Century,” the main timeline that many of the dozens of Gundam anime, mangas, and video games have been set in:
The original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy, and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character, but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted.
It technically won’t be Gundam’s first foray in Hollywood—there’s long been attempts to bring the franchise to the big screen before, and technically the RX-78-2, the first and perhaps most recognizable Gundam mecha, made its big screen debut in Ready Player One this year. But it’s a big step for a beloved series like this—and given Legendary has already had success with giant robot movies in the form of Pacific Rim and its sequel, it’s got the experience needed to bring the most beloved giant robots of all to the big screen.