Next Club Meeting: January 20, 2018, at the Wood Dale 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.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Ralph McQuarrie's Star Wars concept trailer

The Star Wars: Concept Trailer
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away... we might have seen a version of Star Wars that featured a Han Solo with green skin and gills, Stormtroopers with lightsabers, and a female heroine named Luka Starkiller. Many of these anomalies can be seen in concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie's early illustrations of the Star Wars universe. While looking back at these early paintings we can't help but wonder what Star Wars would have been like had it remained loyal to the concept art and early drafts of the script. The DAVE School graduating class of August and October 2017 have answered that question by bringing Ralph McQuarrie's paintings to life in a concept trailer for what might have been... The Star Wars. Find out more about our Visual Effects program at daveschool.com

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Disturbing Animated Feature From Spain

BIRDBOY: The Forgotten Children
There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds.
Winner of Spain's Goya Award for Best Animated Feature (where the director separately won Best Animated Short Film in the same year), Alberto Vázquez's debut feature is a darkly comic, mind-bending fantasy based on his own graphic novel and award-winning short film. Striking graphic imagery brings to life a discordant world populated by adorable (and adorably disturbed) animated critters, searching for hope and love amid the ruin. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Anime Viewing Schedule for December 16, 2017

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Wood Dale Public Library
"MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!"

Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm

10:15 - 11:05    Gamers! 11-12 (End)
11:05 - 11:55    Princess Principal 11-12 (End)
11:55 - 12:45    Saga of Tanya the Evil 9-10
12:45 - 1:35      Made in Abyss 9-10
1:35 - 2:15        Club Meeting / Announcements
2:15 - 2:40        Little Witch Academia (2017 TV series) ep 15
2:40 - 4:40        In This Corner of the World (Movie)

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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Full Trailer for New Jurassic World Movie


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 
In Theaters June 22, 2018
It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. 

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times. 

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. 

 Stars Pratt and Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. They are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles. 

Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the epic action-adventure is written by Jurassic World’s director, Trevorrow, and its co-writer, Derek Connolly. Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again partner with Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the filmmakers for this stunning installment. Belén Atienza joins the team as a producer.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Animated Spider-Man introduces Miles Morales


SPIDER-MAN: Into the Spider-Verse
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Trailer for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL hits the Net

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
[Source: Syfy] James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez are hoping to turn the tide in the field of live-action anime. The full trailer and synopsis for their adaptation of the classic manga Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro was released today, bearing the title Alita: Battle Angel.
 
The film is being directed by Rodriguez (Sin City, Grindhouse), who also wrote the screenplay alongside Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis (Terminator Genisys, Shutter Island). In partnership with longtime collaborator Jon Landau, Cameron will also produce this "action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment," as described in 20th Century Fox's synopsis.

The cast is impressive, beginning with Rosa Salazar (The Maze Runner) in the title role. Starring alongside her will be three Oscar winners — Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, and Mahershala Ali — along with Ed Skrein (Deadpool), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), and Keean Johnson (TV's Nashville).

Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita's true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Birch – Webby award-winning short film


T H E   B I R C H
"He who breaks me shall come undone"
A bullied schoolboy takes drastic measures against his tormenter, summoning an ancient being in the woods using a spellbound book passed down through the generations of his family.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Zelda's "Breath of the Wild" WINS Best Game

'Zelda' Wins Game Of The Year
At The 2017 Game Awards
[Source: Kotaku] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild managed to snatch the 2017 Game Awards GOTY from a crowded field of contenders that included Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and somewhat controversially, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

“I want to take all of the joy and warmth I’m feeling right now receiving this award and put that back into making Zelda games, to continue to try and surprise all of you,”Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma said in his acceptance speech.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Friday, December 8, 2017

Trailer for a new Indie Superhero Movie

JUPITER'S MOON
The director of the critically acclaimed White God employs his uniquely talented eye to create this riveting Palme d’Or nominated supernatural thriller. Adorned with heart-pounding car chases and sensational gunfights that are complemented by beautifully fluid and kinetic camerawork, Kornél Mundruczó brings spectacle that rivals any Hollywood production to tell a timely European story. 

A young refugee called Aryan is shot while illegally trying to cross the Hungarian border to escape his war-torn home. While tending him back to health, a doctor at a refugee camp discovers that Aryan has gained an extraordinary talent – he can levitate at will. But the doctor has his own predicament that he needs to escape from and offers to smuggle Aryan out of the camp if, in return, he helps him make some money by using his new miraculous gift. 

With Jupiter’s Moon, Mundruczó marks himself as one his generation’s most visionary directors by touching on eternally mythic themes and contemporary political issues alike with visually mind-bending aplomb.

Jupiter's Moon opens in cinemas and online January 5 , 2018.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mechas vs Monsters at Tokyo Comic-Con

Pacific Rim: Uprising
Tokyo Comic-Con 2017 Reel
Join Pacific Rim Uprising stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Cailee Spaeny and director Steven S. DeKnight on a journey behind the scenes of this epic global production. Discover an explosive new world of monsters and mechs, and meet the new generation of heroic Jaeger Pilots born into the aftermath of the Kaiju war.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

"I Kill Giants" Comes to the Big Screen

Zoe Saldana’s Fantasy-Drama
I Kill Giants’ Acquired by RLJE Films
{Source: Variety] RLJE Films has acquired the U.S. rights to the fantasy-drama “I Kill Giants,” starring Zoe Saldana, Madison Wolfe, and Imogen Poots, for a 2018 release.

“I Kill Giants,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, is based on the 2008 graphic novel by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura. Anders Walter directed from a screenplay by Kelly. XYZ Films is handling worldwide rights on the movie, which was backed by Ingenious and financed by Umedia with the participation of Having Me Films.

Wolfe portrays a teenage girl who chooses to escape the realities of school and a drab family life by retreating into her magical world of titans and giants. With the help of her new friend Sophia (Sydney Wade) and her school therapist (Saldana), Barbara will learn to battle her giants and face her fears — tackling the bullies at school, her sister (Poots), and her difficult home life.
The producers are Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Kyle Franke, Joe Kelly, Kim Magnusson, Martin Metz, Adrian Politowski, and Nick Spicer. Peter Bevan, Johanna Hogan, Michelle Miller, Susan Mullan, Justin Nappi, Mark Radcliffe, Xinyue Sun, and Wei Zou exec produced the pic.

“We’re thrilled to acquire an amazing film that was so well received at the Toronto International Film Festival,” said Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s chief acquisitions officer.

Saldana was last seen in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and will appear next in “Avengers: Infinity War.” She is filming James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels. Wolfe starred in “The Conjuring 2.”

Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE negotiated the deal with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Teaser for the Jurassic Park Sequel

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and B. D. Wong will reprise their roles from the preceding movie Jurassic World and are joined by newcomers Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, and James Cromwell; additionally, Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm from the original film and its 1997 sequel. Universal Pictures has scheduled the film for release in the United States on June 22, 2018.