Next Club Meeting: July 20, 2024, 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 third 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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Monday, June 24, 2024

Know your enemy…

A R C A N E
Season 2 of Arcane premieres November, only on Netflix.
[Source: MSN.com] Created by Christian Linke and Alex Yee, and featuring the voices of Hailee Steinfeld and Ella Purnell as the iconic sisters Vi and Jinx from the League of Legends video games, Arcane is set to conclude after its highly anticipated second season this November. While the curtains are closing on Netflix's Arcane, co-creator Christian Linke has hinted at more exciting adventures to come in the League of Legends universe.

"Arcane is just the beginning of our larger storytelling journey and partnership with the wonderful animation studio that is Fortiche. From the very beginning, since we started working on this project, we had a very specific ending in mind, which means the story of Arcane wraps up with this second season. But Arcane is just the first of many stories that we want to tell in Runeterra."
- Christian Linke via Variety

For those who aren’t too familiar with Arcane, the series follows siblings Vi and Jinx, who are torn apart and become rivals as their steampunk city, Piltover, clashes with its seedy, criminal underground, Zaun. Season 1 ended with Jinx launching a devastating attack on the Piltover council, setting the stage for a dire escalation of conflict in season 2.
Arcane Final Scene of Season 1 - Jinx's Super Mega Death Rocket

Sunday, June 23, 2024

When Waterworld Meets Attack on Titan...

LEVIATHAN
The world is submerged, and sea monsters rule the earth.
Will Bota and his family ever make it to safety and escape this aquatic hell?
And who in the high-heavens is Kana?!
Leviathan, also known as Deep Sea Water is a completed Korean post-apocalypse manhwa written by Lee Gyuntak and illustrated by Noh Miyoung. It is published by Toomics, which also handles its English release. 
(One of the BEST sci-fi comics ever made and is Highly Recommended!)
Taking place on a post-apocalyptic aquatic earth a century after a calamity rose the sea levels, Leviathan follows the adventures of siblings Bota and Rita after their father, Teon Ma, sacrificed his life to save them from a sea monster. The two are soon taken in by a woman called Kana, an acquaintance of their deceased father.

 
The first appearance of Kana:
No Anime of Leviathan exists... yet. You can read Leviathan online here:
You can also view more of Kana in fighting-mode below:

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Spooky Ghost Stories...

House On The Outlands
Episode 1: Home Sweet Home

The first step into the untamed allure of this mysterious micro-short series, which as you can see now, is all about the weirdness that takes place in literally a House On The Outlands. This is just the beginning !! We're buzzing with spooky-giddy-childish excitement, tinged with a touch of curiosity. All thoughts and comments are SEEN and WANTED! So please share!

Friday, June 21, 2024

A Brand New Donald Duck Cartoon...

"D.I.Y. Duck" - Full Short Film
Donald Duck is back, as the legendary Disney character celebrates 90 years by starring in an all-new animated short, “D.I.Y. Duck,” written and directed by master animator/incoming Disney Legend Mark Henn. It's not WOKE!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Paddington Bear is back!

PADDINGTON IN PERU
PADDINGTON IN PERU brings Paddington's story to Peru as he returns to visit his beloved Aunt Lucy, who now resides at the Home for Retired Bears. With the Brown Family in tow, a thrilling adventure ensues when a mystery plunges them into an unexpected journey through the Amazon rainforest and up to the mountain peaks of Peru.
IN CINEMAS NOVEMBER 8TH

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Anime Viewing Schedule for June 22, 2024...


 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, June 22, 2024
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
          11:15 - 12:05   The Apothecary Diaries 15-16
          12:05 - 12:55   Metallic Rouge 9-10
          12:55 - 1:25     Club Meeting
          1:25 - 2:15       Solo Leveling 11-12 (End)
          2:15 - 3:05       Frieren 7-8
          3:05 - 4:40       My Oni Girl
 

"WE... are going to the Animatrix Anime Club this weekend!"
 
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 
Peggy J. Danhof Board Room
(Second Floor)
 
From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss these exciting anime series: Solo Leveling and Frieren
* ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW *

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

What if Paul Atreides was born a GIRL...?

DUNE: AWAKENING
Based on the Dune literary and cinematic masterpieces, Dune: Awakening envisions a path to a new and war-torn Arrakis.

Rise from survival to dominance on the most dangerous planet in the universe. Dune: Awakening combines the grit and creativity of sandbox survival games with the social interactivity of a large, persistent multiplayer game to create a unique and ambitious Open World Survival MMO.

Awaken The Sleeper
Your journey begins on Arrakis, with its vast deserts and colossal sandworms. Meet characters from the movies and books as you follow your story across Dune. Discover new allies and enemies and exploit your relationships to uncover the mystery that lies just beneath the surface of the sands.

Choose Your Identity

Craft your identity and build your prowess, from deep character creation to skills and abilities taught by specialists like Mentats and Bene Gesserit. Declare your loyalties by what you wear and become known by what you do, whether you are a specialized master or multi-talented adept.
Explore Arrakis Like Never Before 
Dune: Awakening brings the epic landscapes of Arrakis to vivid life. Explore boundless rolling dunes, ancient underground Ecology Labs, and deep canyons pockmarked with caves, where bandits seek easy prey. Wander the bustling villages before braving the lawless and ever-changing deep desert.

An Ever-Changing World

Beyond the Shield Wall, cataclysmic Coriolis storms regularly alter the landscape, uncovering new valuable resources and sweeping away player-built outposts. When the dust settles, the race is on. Scout the fresh new land and uncover the secrets of the sands.

Survive the Deadliest Planet in the Universe
On Arrakis, water is life. Learn where to find it in the world, how to extract it from bodies, and exercise water discipline by maintaining your stillsuit. Choose where to craft and develop your shelter to survive sun and sandstorms. Weigh each step in the open desert against the risk of sandworms.

Monday, June 17, 2024

Next Club Meeting is June 22, 2024...

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
  M O N T H L Y   M E E T I N G

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Peggy J. Danhof Board Room
 (2nd Floor)
Saturday, June 22, 2024
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
 
We will be in the BOARD ROOM on the Second Floor.
 
Hope to see everyone there!

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

(Click below for maps)

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Blood, Guts, and Heroes...

THE BOYS – Season 4
In Season Four, the world is on the brink. Victoria Neuman is closer than ever to the Oval Office and under the muscly thumb of Homelander, who is consolidating his power. Butcher, with only months to live, has lost Becca’s son and his job as The Boys’ leader. The rest of the team are fed up with his lies. With the stakes higher than ever, they have to find a way to work together and save the world before it’s too late. The Boys stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capone, Karen Fukuhara, Colby Minifie, Claudia Doumit, and Cameron Crovetti. Season Four will welcome Susan Heyward, Valorie Curry, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. 
Now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Everything is riding on the success of this movie...

This is Pixar's LAST CHANCE...
Inside Out 2 seems to be Pixar's last chance, according to Pete Docter. If this doesn't work, they have to "radically rethink" their business model. Is Disney putting the pressure on Pixar to perform... or else?

Pixar's future success depends on their ability to create original, universally relatable movies and successful sequels, while avoiding predictable and boring content.

00:00 Pixar's future is at stake with the success of "Inside Out 2" as Disney pressures them to avoid another box office disaster, and doubts linger about whether they have learned from past mistakes.  

02:07 Pixar's latest movie is projected to fall short at the box office, but is doing well in pre-sales and is being compared to Toy Story 4, with reviews saying it's a safe and warm continuation of the first movie, and Pixar needs to deliver what people expect from their films.  

04:59 Pixar must return to its reliable and family-friendly storytelling to avoid rethinking its business model, as recent films like "Turning Red" are not resonating with audiences as well as their more universal tales.  

07:08 Pixar's future success depends on the box office performance of their upcoming movies, as recent disappointments have put them at risk of being sacrificed by Disney.  

09:09 Pixar needs to find new big ideas after getting rid of their successful idea team, and they are strategizing to balance sequels with new movies to attract audiences back to theaters.  

11:56 Pixar's future success hinges on creating original movie ideas that stay true to characters and don't pander to the audience, as their recent spin-off "Lightyear" may be their last chance to redeem themselves.

14:31 Pixar must create universally relatable movies, generate original ideas, and revisit past risks to produce enduring classics.  

17:03 Pixar needs to refocus on universal themes and successful sequels to regain their creativity and appeal to a wider audience, or risk resorting to predictable and boring content.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Brace yourself for something beyond Imagination...

MYTH  OF  MAN
The MYTH OF MAN Teaser Trailer Has Arrived! The new sci-fi fantastical odyssey from visionary filmmaker Jamin Winans (Ink, The Frame), coming in 2024.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Star Wars is Ruined FOREVER...

The Acolyte Episode 3 is the WORST Television Ever
The Acolyte, the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise on Disney+, is a terrible show and episode 3 just took the franchise to an all-time low. There is literally nothing good about this episode in any way. In fact, it was cringe to the MAX.
A Sickening DISGRACE That INFURIATED Me...
"The Acolyte made me sick and furious, but even through my anger, I believe I have seen where they're heading with future episodes, and as God AWFUL as this was, at the end of this video, I predict it's about to get MUCH WORSE. Brace yourselves, have a drink, listen to my reaction and analysis of this atrocity..."                                       - Overlord DVD