Next Club Meeting: December 21, 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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Thursday, December 31, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE

FAREWELL TO 2015!
*R I N G   I N   2 0 1 6*
"Happy New Year, Everyone!"
END OF THE YEAR REVIEW

Here are some of memorable posts during a very eventful year.


Scarlett Johansson Confirmed as Major Kusanagi
 Mad Max Fury Road Pics
Ultron Trailer
 Ant-Man Trailer
 New 'Ghost in the Shell' anime announced
 Star vs The Forces of Evil
 Leonard Nimoy Passes Away
 Miyazaki Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Congratulations to the Academy Award Winners!
 Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak
 KUNG FURY
 Thunderbirds Are Go!
 RWBY Creator/Director Monty Oum Passes Away
 Official Trailer for 007's "SPECTRE"
 Attack on Titan Live-Action Footage
Wonder Woman's brand new costume
First Star Wars spinoff film coming December 2016
 ew Tomorrowland Trailer
Katee Sackhoff in gritty Power/Rangers short
 Co-Stars React to Harrison Ford Plane Crash
EX MACHINA Trailer
SW Rebels reveals return of fan-favorite character...
 Trailers for CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III
 Cosplayers at C2E2 2015
 Jared Leto's JOKER
First Pic of Jared Leto as The Joker
 Star Wars Bunnies
 Attack on Titan Live-Action Film's New Trailer
 New Fantastic Four Trailer
 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser #2
 Kingsman's Sofia Boutella nabs Lead In Star Trek 3...
 BB-8 Cosplay!
 Hideaki Anno warns about the decline of anime
 Boruto: Naruto the Movie
 Anime Central 2015 - Masquerade
 The Muppets Coming to ABC TV
 Black Angel (1980 short film)
 'Duet' - Short Film by Glen Keane


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

STAR WARS FAN FILM - THE EMPIRE FALLS


T H E   E M P I R E   F A L L S
WARNING - This fan film features violence of a graphic nature, and is intended for a mature audience.

DISCLAIMER: The Empire Falls is a non-profit film for private use only, and is not for sale or resale. It is strictly for the promotional use of the filmmaker. It is in NO way endorsed by Disney or Lucasfilm nor is it intended to undermine or compete with any existing or forthcoming material. The Empire Falls is created for fun and should not be sold, rented or used for anything of the sort. The Filmmakers make no claim to any of the characters, locations, storyline, props, costume designs, logos, names or situations that are trademarked, copyrighted or otherwise protected by the federal, state, international or other intellectual property law. This film is produced solely for the personal enjoyment of the cast, crew and any other Star Wars fans.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Batman v Superman Cartoon-Style Trailer

This fan-made trailer uses scenes from the 1990's Superman/Batman/Justice League animated series to recreate the Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice trailer.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Sci-Fi Short Film: "LONE" - by Timothy Plain


L   O   N   E
Enjoy this CGI Animated short about an astronaut who embarks on a deep-space mission to find life on another planet. This film was painstakingly pieced together by a small team of artists working for Goodby Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco. This same team also worked together on Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary commercial which won three prizes at Cannes and was nominated for an Emmy in 2015. Credits: "Lone" is a short film written and directed by Timothy Plain, starring Tod Puckett and animated by Conrad McLeod, Chris Kelly, Colin Trentor, Nathan Shipley, Chris Carmichael, Mike Landry and Justin Steele. Music by Vincent Pedulla. Sound Design by Dave Baker.
 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Deathly Presents


Christmas Short Horror Film
It might drop down your chimney, it might mysteriously fill your stockings, it may even slip itself under your tree, but be sure... This Christmas… EVIL IS BACK. Bloody Cuts return with a frightful Christmas cracker of festive catastrophe, as Oliver Ebsworth, Sian Breckin and Jonah Russell deliver to you Episode 9: “Deathly Presents”. This year we’ve cooked up a Christmas pudding of pleasurable pain in association with RØDE Microphones, marking a reiginiton of the Bloody Cuts series.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

STAR WARS: A Bad Lip Reading

Vader keeps texting Leia, while Ben continues his quest for the Pickaxe of Cortez. Jack Black, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader guest.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Fan-made animated trailer for X-Men Apocalypse

A YouTube user named Phillysteak decided to cut a new trailer in which he or she uses the audio track from the live-action one, only fusing it to scenes from the animated show:

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Syfy Channel's "The Expanse"


T H E   E X P A N S E
The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. The episodes are available at Syfy.com, as well as on demand cable, satellite and telco platforms. The early release episodes are scheduled to air December 22 and 29. Said Sara Moscowitz, Senior Vice President, Brand and Strategic Marketing, Syfy:  “By giving viewers the opportunity to watch Episodes 3 and 4 early, we’re not only providing a little holiday gift for the series’ existing fans, but we’re also allowing new viewers who’ve heard about THE EXPANSE to catch up on the series,” Sara Moscowitz, Senior Vice President, Brand and Strategic Marketing at Syfy, said. “With the potential to hook a broad audience over the holidays, we hope to debut Episode 5 to a committed, passionate fan base on January 5.” The Expanse airs regularly on Syfy on Tuesday nights.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Anime Viewing Schedule for December 19, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Wood Dale Public Library
The Wait is Finally Over...
"It's true, all of it... except for Episodes 1-3.
That was all a pile of binks."

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

10:15 - 11:05    One Punch Man 3-4
11:05 - 11:55    Charlotte 6-7
11:55 - 12:20    Noragami Aragoto 1
12:20 - 12:55    Club Meeting / Announcements
12:55 - 1:45      Beautiful Bones 3-4
1:45 - 2:35        Gangsta 5-6
2:35 - 4:00        KUIBA
4:00 - 4:30        Santa Company
All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
 
Keep watching the exciting new anime series: Beautiful Bones and Gangsta!
ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW

10:15 - 11:05    One Punch Man 3-4
One Punch Man
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] The story takes place in the fictional Japanese metropolis of City Z. The world is full of strange monsters that mysteriously appear and cause disasters. Saitama, the protagonist, is an exceptionally powerful hero who easily defeats the monsters or other villains with a single punch. However, due to his overwhelming strength, Saitama has become bored with his powers and is constantly trying to find stronger opponents who can fight him. On his adventures, he meets new friends, enemies, and his own disciple, the cyborg Genos, and joins the Heroes Association in order to gain fame for all of his efforts to defeat evil. Despite defeating many strong monsters that even the Heroes Association’s top members are unable to defeat, Saitama struggles to gain respect. Most people look down on him due to his plain physical appearance, and some accuse him of being a counterfeit hero. Only a small number of individuals recognize his incredible talent and humility towards others.

11:05 - 11:55    Charlotte 6-7
C H A R L O T T E
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] In an alternate world, a small percentage of children are able to manifest superpowers upon reaching puberty. Yuu Otosaka, a boy who awakens the ability to temporarily possess others, hopes to use his power to live an easy going high school life. However, he is caught red-handed by the mysterious Nao Tomori and is forced to transfer to Hoshinoumi Academy (星ノ海学園 Hoshinoumi Gakuen?, "Star Ocean Academy"), where he and the other student council members must help students with abilities.

11:55 - 12:20    Noragami Aragoto 1
Noragami Aragoto
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Hiyori Iki was a regular high junior school student until she was hit by a bus while trying to save the life of a track-suit-wearing person named Yato. This incident causes her to transform into a half-phantom. Soon after, she learns that Yato is a god and she ends up being dragged into the world of Gods while having to attempt staying in the realm of the living. This is Season Two of the popular series.

12:20 - 12:55     Club Meeting / Announcements
The Year in Review!
  • Convention Coverage
  • Animation News from around the world
  • Cosplayers/Skits/Masquerade
  • Anime Music Videos
  • And other weird, interesting stuff...



12:55 - 1:45    Beautiful Bones 3-4
BEAUTIFUL BONES: Sakurako's Investigation
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] Sakurako Kujō is a genius beauty in her mid-twenties whose life is centered around one thing and one thing only: bones. With little tolerance for others, she would be completely isolated in her study full of skeletons if it weren’t for high school boy Shotaro—her new assistant and constant companion. Why exactly she has taken a shine to him remains a mystery, but one thing is clear: Whenever the two go out together, the chances are high that they will come across a human corpse.

1:45 - 2:35    Gangsta 5-6
G A N G S T A
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] The series revolves around two "Handymen" who take on jobs for both the mob and the police force that no one else can handle. The two, named Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown, work in the town of Ergastulum, which is full of mafia, hoodlums, prostitutes, and dirty cops.

2:35 - 4:00    KUIBA
K U I B A
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] In this mystifying world, a secretive and horrible creature is reborn every 333 years. This creature is Kuiba. The creature is an exploitation of a loophole in the Universe. It brings disaster to all each time it appears. Even the deities are at its mercy. To keep Kuiba from returning, deities and people from the entire world team up and destroy the creature every 333 years, which is known as "The Revival of Kuiba". In the year 1664, Kuiba's rebirth, the extermination of Kuiba failed, as Kuiba was able to fall into the body of Manji. Manji, a young boy, as no idea of Kuiba being inside of him. Due to the failed extermination, the people of earth recruit for an army to defeat Kuiba. Manji and his Master are eager to prove themselves to be top notch warriors, so they enlist in the army to fight Kuiba. As they prepare for battle against Kuiba, Manji and Master man not only encounter a variety of dynamic characters, but also encounter a beast which will prove if they are ready for the challenges ahead that lay ahead.

4:00 - 4:30    Santa Company
S A N T A   C O M P A N Y
Plot Summary: [Source: Wikipedia] The story revolves around Noel, a young girl who works at the North Pole as an apprentice Tonttu, which here is an assistance role helping wrap and prepare presents for delivery. After an incident the previous year, she has until dawn of Christmas Day to become a full-fledged Tonttu, but if she screws up she will lose her job and have to leave her friends behind. Unfortunately, no one can tell her how one graduates from apprenticeship, except that she needs to be able to "pass the exam" and be able to say just what the most important task of the Santas is. Late on Christmas Eve, a single request is received, but it is too late to deliver the gift. Desperate to be sure that child's present is delivered, Noel pulls her friends together for a desperate mission, taking the last remaining sleigh with her friends, at risk of her job and her whole life at the Pole.