Next Club Meeting: November 9, 2019, 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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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Nostalgia Corner -- "THE DIRTY PAIR"

THE DIRTY PAIR is a series of sci-fi comedy light novels written by Haruka Takachiho and illustrated by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko that was later adapted into anime and manga versions. The franchise has bounced across multiple formats and production companies, resulting in (so far) eight novels and a few shorter stories, a television series, two OVA series, two OVA features, a feature film, a number of graphic novels, and two short Japanese radio series. The 1985 television series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize for that year.
The stories take place in the years 2138-43, by which time humanity has spread across some few thousand star systems. A corporation called the World Welfare Works Association (WWWA or 3WA) helps member systems of the United Galactica (UG) federation deal with various planetary-scale problems, for profit, by sending agents called "trouble consultants". The series focuses on a team of trouble consultants in that section, named Kei and Yuri, who have a reputation for leaving a trail of destruction behind them, for which they are known publicly as the "Dirty Pair".
Kei and Yuri are the two members of Trouble Consultant team 234, code named "Lovely Angels". Almost every mission they are involved with ends up in disaster, but not failure (they'll catch the crook, but a city may be destroyed in the process), and thus they are more generally known as the "Dirty Pair", a nickname they absolutely hate.
They are always cleared of any wrongdoing by the 3WA's Central Computer because the extreme collateral damage is never actually their fault (though their mere presence has been known to make things worse). In some but not all continuities, they have joint ESP powers, usually limited to precognition. This talent was the reason they were recruited in the first place.
Kei is a hot-headed tomboy with red hair and tanned skin who wears a silver-white uniform. She favors large weaponry and prefers to "shoot first, ask questions later". The more aggressive of the two, she is also the bustier of the pair and is attracted to manly, muscular men. 
Yuri is of Japanese ethnicity, and wears a golden-yellow uniform. She often uses non-gun weaponry such as energy whips or throwing cards. While the more feminine of the two, she is known to become very violent when crossed. She is the more bottom-heavy of the team and is also a coy flirt who prefers cultured, refined men. Her most recognized weapon is the Bloody Card, a technologically enhanced throwing card that can be used to take down several people at once.

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Invisible Man Trailer

What you can’t see... can hurt you.
Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (Us, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character. Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. Jason Blum, our current-day master of the horror genre, produces The Invisible Man for his Blumhouse Productions. The Invisible Man is written, directed and executive produced by Leigh Whannell, one of the original conceivers of the Saw franchise who most recently directed Upgrade and Insidious: Chapter 3.
▶ Watch the Trailer

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Dragon Prince Season 3 Trailer

The Dragon Prince Season 3
As Callum and Rayla cross into the magical realm of Xadia, Ezran returns to Katolis as king and faces pressure from all sides. Season 3 of The Dragon Prince arrives November 22nd, only on Netflix. 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

AI Card Game “ZENONZARD” anime series begins

☆☆☆ Download AI CARDDASS “ZEONZARD” ☆☆☆
The year 20XX. Humans called <Concodes> and ultra-high-performance AI called <Codeman> team up as buddies to compete in the card battle game ZENOZARD. People are going wild with excitement at the world championships, THE ZENON. 
One day, Sota Azuma, an average high school student, is challenged to a battle by a mysterious woman, Eilietta Lash. She reveals that she’s a Codeman and that her intent is to team up with Sota and participate in THE ZENON. Sota reluctantly agrees. Sota and Eilietta’s first opponent turns out to be the super-famous player Shion Saionji, who attends Sota’s school, and her buddy, Ash Claude.
☆☆☆ Download “ZENONZARD” phone app ☆☆☆

Friday, November 8, 2019

Klaus - Official Trailer - from Netflix

This holiday season, discover the unlikely friendship that launched a legend. Watch Klaus on Netflix November 15th, 2019.
When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), and discovers Klaus (Oscar® winner J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. 

These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care. An animated holiday comedy directed by Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos, KLAUS co-stars Joan Cusack, Will Sasso and Norm Macdonald.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

George Lucas Reacts to Rise of Skywalker Trailer

Salty George Lucas Reacts to
The Rise of Skywalker Final Trailer

Legendary producer George Lucas (Howard the Duck) reacts to and reviews the final trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. The film completes Lucas’ epic saga without any of his creative input or consultation. Watch as Lucas complains about the latest iteration of Disney’s version of the space battle, starring Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver as pale imitations of George’s beloved creations. The Rise of Skywalker opens nationwide against George Lucas’ wishes on December 20th. Starring Josh Robert Thompson as a Deepfake version of “George”.
George Lucas Reacts to
The Mandalorian Final Trailer

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure - Must Watch Series

Cassandra Crosses the Line and Betrays Rapunzel

Cassandra's betrayal of Rapunzel is captured in musical form in a way only Disney can make it.

Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure
So far, 3 Seasons... and a Total of 52 Episodes!
Since being freed from Mother Gothel and reunited with her birth parents, King Frederic and Queen Arianna of Corona, Princess Rapunzel adjusts to life as their daughter and continues to have different misadventures with her boyfriend Eugene Fitzherbert, Pascal the chameleon, Maximus the horse, and her new handmaiden Cassandra, to uncover the mystery of her 70-foot long blonde hair's return and its new mystical abilities. 
The second season centers around Rapunzel, Eugene and Cassandra's journey accompanied by Lance, Hook Foot, and Shorty to solve the mystery of the black rock spikes and unveil Rapunzel's connection to them. They are also aided by the mysterious sword-wielding Adira who hails from the Dark Kingdom, From where the mystical rock spikes originated. As her journey progresses, the barefoot princess learns that the outside world isn't all fun and games. 

In the third season, Rapunzel and the group return to Corona where Rapunzel assumes the role of temporary queen and must find the strength inside herself to protect her home and loved ones as she and her friends face new challenges that threaten the kingdom. However, Rapunzel must also come to terms with Cassandra's recent betrayal and live with the fact that her closest friend and confidante has now become one of her most dangerous of enemies and prepare herself for whatever she has planned for the future. 

Cassandra discovers that she can create red rock spikes which induce pure fright and fear into those nearest to them. Corona suddenly finds itself covered in them and when people give in, they turn red and freeze up. Varian, who fears to lose his father again and being viewed as a traitor to the whole kingdom, teams up with Princess Rapunzel to use his solution of the amber, the same one that had fully encased his father a year ago, to use on the red rocks in the Chamber of the Demanitus Device (from "Queen for a Day"). Meanwhile, Eugene and Lance decide to throw on a talent show to distract everyone, with Lance overcoming his fear of singing in public to invigorate the crowd. Rapunzel and Varian realize that the solution does not work on the red rocks, only the black rocks. Princess Rapunzel, who has been hiding her fear, reveals that she is afraid of losing Cassandra as a friend forever and her destroying Corona. Varian overcomes his fear to deliver the solution, all of Corona is saved and people begin to respect Varian again. The Enchanted Girl tells Cassandra that Rapunzel is out to get her and take all her newfound power, and convinces Cassandra to kill her former friend and destroy Corona. Rapunzel, who sensed Cassandra's fear through the rocks, tells Eugene that they can still save her.
Season Four is Coming!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Anime Viewing Schedule for November 9, 2019

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Fountaindale Public Library
                    11:15 - 12:05   Golden Kamuy 17-18
                    12:05 - 12:55   Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 15-16
                    12:55 - 1:20     Club Meeting / Announcements
                    1:20 - 2:10       Dororo 16-17
                    2:10 - 3:00       The Rising of the Shield Hero 13-14

                    3:00 - 4:38       Saga of Tanya the Evil [Movie]
Awesome! We're back for another season!

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Board Room on Second Floor

From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Dororo and Golden Kamuy

Monday, November 4, 2019

Lady and the Tramp - Live-Action Movie

LADY and the TRAMP
In Disney+’s “Lady and the Tramp,” a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, a pampered house dog and a tough but lovable stray embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Cinematic Trailer for Diablo IV

DIABLO IV is Coming!
Diablo IV is the newest incarnation of the genre-defining ARPG players have come to know and love. Hellish new features, brutal challenges, and an indisputable return to darkness lie at the core of our hard work. Take a glimpse into the terror that awaits...

Diablo IV takes place many years after the events of Diablo III, after millions have been slaughtered by the actions of the High Heavens and Burning Hells alike. In the vacuum of power, a legendary name resurfaces.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Next Club Meeting is November 9, 2019

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Choose. Go to the club meeting... or stay here with me!

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Board Room (2nd Floor)
Saturday, November 9, 2019
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)

Friday, November 1, 2019

EDEN - Teaser from Netflix

Thousands of years into the future, there are no more humans. Only robots live in the mechanical metropolis, "Eden 3". Or so they thought... 
One day, two farming robots find a young human girl in the city. The decision they make will change everything...
Eden, the first Netflix Japanese Original Anime, presented by director Yasuhiro Irie (Fullmetal Alchemist), and concept designer Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop).
Coming globally in 2020, only on Netflix!