Next Club Meeting: February 16, 2019, 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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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Trailer for "Okko's Inn"

From Kitaro Kosaka and , in theaters for 2 nights only:
April 22 and 23
After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko starts living with her grandmother in the countryside who runs a hot-spring ryokan - traditional Japanese inn. There, the young girl can somehow see friendly ghosts who help her get used to the ryokan life, and she becomes the apprentice as its future proprietress after her grandmother.

Friday, February 15, 2019

This Might Be China's Biggest Blockbuster Ever!

The Wandering Earth is a 2019 Chinese science fiction film directed by Frant Gwo. It is based on the novella of the same name by the Locus Award and Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin, and was released on February 5, 2019 (Chinese New Year's Day).
流  浪  地  球
In the near future, the Sun ages and is about to turn into a red giant, pushing the nations of the world to consolidate into the United Earth Government, a world government, and initiate a project to move Earth out of the Solar System to the Alpha Centauri system, in order to preserve human civilization. Huge thrusters running on fusion power are built across the planet to propel it. Human population is reduced severely due to catastrophic tides that occur after the planetary engines stop Earth's rotation, and later as the planet moves away from the Sun, much of the surface is frozen due to lowered temperatures, forcing humans to live in vast underground cities built adjacent to the engines.

At the beginning of the film, Liu Peiqiang (Wu Jing), a Chinese astronaut, promises to his son Liu Qi (Qu Chuxiao) of his eventual return before his mission to a space station that helps Earth navigate as it moves out of the Solar system, and hands guardianship of his son over to his father-in-law Han Zi'ang (Ng Man-tat).

Several years later, Liu Peiqiang's mission is about to end and he will soon return to Earth. To celebrate Chinese New Year, an adult Liu Qi brings adopted sister Han Duoduo (Zhao Jinmai) on a trip to the surface in a truck they steal using Han Zi'ang's clearance as a trucker. They are arrested, and meet Tim (Mike Sui) as well as Han Zi'ang who unsuccessfully tries to get them released.

As Earth passes by Jupiter, it is captured by Jupiter's gravity, causing devastating earthquakes that disable many thrusters across the globe. The four escape amidst the chaos and attempt to make their way out using the stolen truck, but the truck is requisitioned for a rescue mission by the military; they are to transport an engine component to the damaged thruster in Hangzhou, supervised by soldiers led by Wang Lei (Li Guangjie). In the remnants of Shanghai, they lose their vehicle, and while transporting the component up the ruins of a skyscraper Han Zi'ang is killed. With news that the Hangzhou thruster was fully compromised and the city was completely destroyed, the group temporarily despair. They however find a new vehicle where the on-board engineer, Li Yiyi (Zhang Yichi), convinces them to transport an engine component to repair a larger planetary engine in Sulawesi.

In space, Liu Peiqiang discovers that MOSS, the artificial intelligence commanding the space station, has directed it to escape rather than to assist the humans on Earth. He breaks out of forced hibernation and attempts to stop the spacecraft along with Russian cosmonaut Makarov, who is killed by the spacecraft's automated security measures. Liu Peiqiang arrives in the control room, but his clearances were revoked due to his undisciplinary acts and he can do little to override the escape process.

Liu Qi's group arrive at Sulawesi to find that the engine was already fully restored. Globally, most of the planetary thrusters have been repaired as well. However, Earth has moved past Jupiter's Roche limit and will be destroyed anyway, with the restored thrust unable to propel it away. The group despairs on learning this, but Liu Qi, inspired by recollection of his father's explanation of the thrusters' mechanics as a child, proposes to ignite Jupiter's hydrogen-abundant atmosphere to blow Earth away. Li Yiyi proposes to concentrate the Sulawesi engine's power to fire a beam high enough to ignite Jupiter. The group overcome various challenges, such as renewed aftershock tremors that injure several members, and are able to mostly reconfigure the engine to carry out the plan, however they are not able to push the firing pin of the engine to ignite it.

Liu Peiqiang, learning of this, is able to persuade the United Earth Goverment to use its communication channels to call assistance for the party at Sulawesi, even though MOSS reveals that the solution being attempted has no chance of success based on probability calculations. Other rescue and repair parties arrive and the engine is fired up, but it falls short of being able to ignite the hydrogen. Liu Peiqiang decides to use the space station's engine itself to ignite Jupiter's hydrogen; after disabling MOSS using a fire started with vodka that Makarov smuggled on-board, he pilots the spacecraft into the cloud between Jupiter and Earth, sacrificing himself as the ignition succeeds. Earth is saved from destruction, and continues to move towards the destination star system.

As the film ends, Liu Qi recounts and envisions the stages of Earth's migration, a process to take 2,500 years and still bound with uncertainty, in a hopeful tone.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Get Frozen Again!

FROZEN 2 - Official Teaser Trailer
From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on November 22, 2019.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Gunnm: Battle Angel Alita OVA 1993

Gunnm: Battle Angel Alita
Watch the original 1993 anime of Battle Angel ALITA before you see the live-action film premiering this weekend!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Anime Viewing Schedule for February 16, 2019

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Wood Dale Public Library
Is this Comic-Con?

Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
10:15 - 11:05   Planet With 9-10
11:05 - 11:55   Karakuri Circus 7-8
11:55 - 12:45   Hinamatsuri 11-12 (end)
12:45 - 1:15     Club Meeting / Announcements
1:15 - 2:05       Megalo Box 12-13 (end)
2:05 - 2:55       S.S.S.S. Gridman 7-8
2:55 - 4:35       Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (Feature Presentation)

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Karakuri Circus and S.S.S.S. Gridman

Monday, February 11, 2019

Gods' School: The Olympian Gods Episode 1

High School of the Gods
The first episode of Gods' School is finally here!
Gods' School is an independent animated series project, an adaptation of Greek mythological beings in high school.

On Mount Olympus, in the peaceful sanctuary of the gods, created for the descendants of Titans, among shining goddesses, nymphs, and other mythical creatures, Eris is a dark spot! She is an unpopular and rebellious teen goddess who unwillingly provokes discord, and has a horrible reputation. Blasé and forced to study on Olympus, Eris stays away from the other gods. But her cosmos suddenly turns upside down when a young mortal arrives on Mount Olympus: Paris of Troy!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Taiko Swing

A Fantastic Combination of Taiko Drums and Jazz
From Swingposium, a 2017 immersive theater program with Epic Immersive and the Wesley Jazz Ensemble. "Singing in the Present" is a mash-up of our signature song, "Gendai ni Ikiru (Living in the Present)" and Benny Goodman's swing classic, "Sing Sing Sing."

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Next Club Meeting is February 16, 2019

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Let's celebrate our FIRST official meeting of the year next Saturday!

Wood Dale Public Library
520 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL  60191
Main Meeting Room
Saturday, February 16, 2019
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

Friday, February 8, 2019

Trailer for 'Ruben Brandt, Collector'

Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist, is forced to steal 13 paintings from the world's renowned museums and private collections to prevent his suffering from terrible nightmares he has as a result of subliminal messaging he received as a child. Accompanied by his four patients, he and his band of thieves strike regularly and with great success: The Louvre, Tate, Uffizi, Hermitage, the Museum of Modern Art. "The Collector" quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world. Gangsters and headhunters chase him around the world while the reward for his capture keeps rising, approaching a hundred million dollars. A cartel of insurance companies entrusts Mike Kowalski, a private detective and leading expert on art theft, to solve the "Collector Case."
In theaters February 15, 2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Bruce Timm's Justice League Returns!

[Source: Syfy] This DC animated movie finds the Earth's future hanging in the balance when the Justice League faces a powerful new threat - the Fatal Five. But the Justice League discovers an ally from another time in the peculiar Star Boy - brimming with volatile power, could he be the key to thwarting the Fatal Five?

Fans of the Justice League series starring Kevin Conroy (Batman), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), and George Newbern (Superman) will be thoroughly excited to hear their old friends are back in action, with some new members to boot. The League has to face a new time-traveling Fatal Five that is hunting the up-and-coming Green Lantern, Jessica Cruz, voiced by Diane Guerrero.

Cruz was first introduced during DC Comics' New 52 relaunch in 2014. It’s a shame Phil LaMarr didn’t reprise his role as the original series Green Lantern, John Stewart, but the new blood is a welcome change.

The rest of the voice cast is made up of Elyes Gabel (Thomas Kallor/Star Boy), Peter Jessop (Thorak), Tom Kenny (Bloodsport), Matthew Yang King (The Persuader), Sumalee Montano (Emerald Empress), Philip Anthony-Rodriguez (Mano), Daniela Bobadilla (Miss Martian), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Terrific), Noel Fisher (Brainiac 5 ), and Tara Strong (Saturn Girl).

The trailer, which comes via IGN, didn’t spell out exactly when we can expect to see this bombastic crossover, but Justice League vs. The Fatal Five is likely to drop later in 2019 on Digital, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

'Motorball Stadium Fight' clip from ALITA

ALITA: Battle Angel
Motorball Stadium Fight Scene
When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past - she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she's grown to love.

In theaters February 14, 2019

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

'The Dragon Prince' Season 2 Trailer

[Source: Anime Superhero] Wonderstorm and Netflix have released the trailer for season 2 of The Dragon Prince, set to premiere on Netflix on February 15, 2019.


Season one premiered on September 14, 2018, and immediately topped popularity lists across Google, Rotten Tomatoes, and Tumblr. Lauded for the diversity of its characters and deeply layered storytelling, the show was renewed for a second season less than a month after its debut. The series’ mix of action, adventure, and humor attracted genre fans, families, teens, and animation fans of all ages.

This season, expect new characters, new adventures and new challenges for our young heroes as they race to stop a centuries-old conflict that even kings and queens have failed to resolve. 

The nine-episode second season follows Rayla, Callum and Ezran as they continue their adventure to Xadia. But the journey won’t be easy: every step of the way, they’ll be challenged by new foes and old friends alike. They’ll struggle with trust and betrayal, face down vicious dragons, and be tempted by the lure of dark magic, all while protecting the newly-hatched Dragon Prince, Zym. 

The series is produced by Wonderstorm and led by co-creators Aaron Ehasz (head writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Justin Richmond (game director of Uncharted 3).

Last season: the magical lands of Xadia and the Human Kingdoms are on the brink of war. A group of elven assassins sets out to kill the human leader, King Harrow, to avenge the destruction of the egg of the Dragon Prince. But when the youngest assassin, Rayla, meets up with the king’s sons, princes Callum and Ezran, they learn that the egg was stolen, not destroyed. The unlikely trio embarks on an epic journey to return the egg to the Dragon Queen and restore peace to both their lands.