Next Club Meeting: May 25, 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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Monday, April 30, 2018

Villain Pub - The Dead Pool (Infinity War)


The Villain Pub places bets in a Dead Pool before Thanos goes to Infinity War.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Infinity War Cast Sings "The Marvel Bunch"


"The Marvel Bunch"
The cast of Avengers: Infinity War sing their own version of "The Brady Bunch" theme song, "The Marvel Bunch."

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Bob Dorough dies at age 94

Bob Dorough 
(December 12, 1923 – April 23, 2018)
'Schoolhouse Rock' composer and musician
An American bebop and cool jazz vocalist, pianist, composer, songwriter, arranger and producer. He was perhaps best known as the composer and performer of songs from Schoolhouse Rock!, a series of TV cartoons that appeared on Saturday mornings in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Robert Dorough was born in Cherry Hill, Polk County, Arkansas and grew up in Plainview, Texas. During World War II, he participated in Army bands as pianist, clarinetist, saxophonist, and arranger. After that, he attended North Texas State University, where he studied composition and piano.

His son, Chris, says 94-year-old Bob Dorough died of natural causes Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.

According to his biography, the jazz musician "set the multiplication tables to music" as musical director for the educational cartoon series between 1973 and 1985. It was revived from 1993 to 1999.

He also wrote the song "Devil May Care," which jazz great Miles Davis recorded as an instrumental version.

Friday, April 27, 2018

We... are Venom!

V E N O M
One of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

When Superman Dies, Will DC Universe Rise?

The Death of Superman
The DC Animated Movie Universe has officially confirmed it will be releasing the Death of Superman animated movie later this year. The news was dropped by a 6-minute featurette with commentary from the creative team, which includes footage from the upcoming feature. Superman’s death has been covered numerous time already, as we’ve previously seen in the animated Superman: Doomsday, as well as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and his resurrection in Justice League last year. In all honesty, these installments didn’t do justice to the subject matter (no pun intended), and DC has promised to bring a whole lot more meaning and emotion to the upcoming animated film. The creative team has stated that it will “include many of the fan-favourite moments from the story that were left out of Doomsday.” That’s a pretty bold promise but leaves us with a lot of optimism for the upcoming animated film. The teaser also does a lot to how much of it will be handled, including the all-star cast and “better” story-line.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Anime Viewing Schedule for April 28, 2018

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Wood Dale Public Library
"Get your Gauntlet on and shake it!"
It's Infinity Weekend!

Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
10:15 - 11:05   Houseki no Kuni 5-6
11:05 - 11:55   A Place Further Than the Universe 3-4
11:55 - 12:45   Violet Evergarden 5-6
12:45 - 1:35     Inuyashiki 5-6
1:35 - 2:15       Club Meeting / Announcements
2:15 - 3:05       B - the Beginning 3-4
3:05 - 4:45       Big Fish and Begonia [Movie]

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
 
Don't miss the exciting anime series: B - The Beginning and Inuyashiki!
ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cosplay Heroes of C2E2


This is by far one of my favorite conventions that I've been to! Many thanks to all the cosplayers of C2E2! You are all heroes!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Next Club Meeting is April 28, 2018

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Let's get everyone's attention... with rockets!

Wood Dale Public Library
520 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL  60191
Main Meeting Room
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Bleach Live Action Movie Full Trailer

B  L  E  A  C  H
An upcoming Japanese film produced by Warner Bros, based on the manga series of the same name by Tite Kubo, and directed by Shinsuke Sato. The film will star Sota Fukushi, best known for portraying the protagonist of Kamen Rider Fourze, as the main protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki. It is set to be released in Japan on July 20, 2018.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gunsmith Cats are back!

Gunsmith Cats Explosive Edition
The famous manga by Sonoda Ken'ichi comes to life in this action-packed Anime mini-series, available for the first time in stunning HD!
Go to Kickstarter for more info!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The works of Masaaki Yuasa


Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅 政明) Directed Sakuga MAD
A compilation of some favorite animation from works directed by Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅 政明).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Welcome to a Hotel for Criminals...

H O T E L   A R T E M I S
Behold, the trailer for HOTEL ARTEMIS, written and directed by Drew Pearce (MARVEL ONE SHOT: ALL HAIL THE KING) and starring Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum, Sofia Boutella, Kenneth Choi, Charlie Day, Brian Tyree Henry, Evan Jones, Jenny Slate, and Zachary Quinto.

After a heist gone bad in a near-future L.A., three armed robbers (Brown, Henry, and Choi) run to The Nurse (Foster) at the Hotel Artemis for medical attention, where membership is required and rules of conduct are strictly enforced. After arriving, they discover that a seemingly low-value fountain pen stolen in the course of the robbery turns out to be worth many times what was taken in the heist—and is, of course, uninsured criminal property. Now, the patience of the hotel management is tested as killers convene to get back the pen and kill the trio.

Monday, April 16, 2018

C2E2 2018 Cosplay Video


C2E2 2018 Cosplay!
C2E2 was incredible! Here are some of the amazing cosplayers last weekend!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

If Adventure Time Were Made in China...


The Legend of Lucky Pie
Episode One: "Who Makes That Voice?"
This is the first episode of our animation series, was released in Jan 2015. We are a small team from China, there are two full-time and one part-time. We love animation, especially the American style. We hope that we can make some story fun, humorous and full of Chinese philosophy. We sincerely hope that you will like the animation and the adventure story of Lucky and Pie. We also hope that you will follow us although the update is very slowly. Hahahaha..

Saturday, April 14, 2018

"Pleased to EAT you!"

T  H  E    M  E  G
A deep-sea submersible, part of an international undersea observation program, has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.

Slated for release on August 10, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"True love may fly into your heart!"

The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow
GKIDS proudly presents SATELLITE GIRL AND MILK COW, an action-comedy like you have never seen before. 

An out of commission satellite picks up a lovelorn ballad on her radio antenna and descends to Earth to find the source of such sincere emotions. But on the way she is caught in the crossfire of a raging magical battle and is transformed into Satellite Girl, complete with Astro Boy-like rocket shoes and weapon-firing limbs. Meanwhile, the balladeer in question - a loser 20 something at a café open mic - meets the fate that befalls all broken-hearted lovers: he is turned into a farm animal. But love knows no bounds, and aided by the wise and powerful Merlin - a wizard who has been turned into a roll of toilet paper - our duo must evade the all-consuming incinerator monster, the wily pig witch, and other nefarious adversaries in an attempt to be together. From the brilliant and slightly twisted mind of writer/director Chang Hyung-yun, SATELLITE GIRL AND MILK COW is a heartfelt and wildly entertaining commentary on the possibility for human connection in the crazy, mixed-up, post-modern world we live in.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Samurai in the Sky!


Japan invents fully functional jetpacks, which now has Samurai fights in mid-air!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Mermaid Anime Movie in theaters May 11

"Lu Over the Wall"
GKIDS proudly presents Lu Over the Wall

From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa, comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame. Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. His only joy is uploading songs he writes to the internet. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their practice sessions bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance – whether they want to or not. 

As Kai spends more time with Lu, he finds he is able to tell her what he is really thinking, and a bond begins to form. But since ancient times, the people in the village have believed that mermaids bring disaster and soon there is trouble between Lu and the townspeople, putting the town in grave danger. Winner of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival, and premiering in English as an official selection of Sundance 2018, Lu Over the Wall is a toe-tapping, feel-good demonstration of Yuasa’s genre-mixing mastery that will leave you humming long after you leave the theater.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Ghibli Co-Founder Isao Takahata Dies at age 82

Isao Takahata
(October 29, 1935 - April 5, 2018)
Director of Grave of the Fireflies and Princess Kaguya
Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli
[Source: AnimeNewsNetwork) Anime director and Studio-Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata passed away in a Tokyo hospital on Thursday. He was 82. 
 
The Japanese websites Sanspo and NTV News 24 reported the news, and both cited unnamed related parties who said that Takahata had been in declining health since last summer. 

Takahata joined Toei Douga (now Toei Animation) in 1959 after graduating from the University of Tokyo. He had a long career directing such classics as Little Norse Prince Valiant (Taiyō no Ōji - Hols no Daibōken), Alps no Shōjo Heidi, Anne of Green Gables, and Panda! Go, Panda! before he co-founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki. He went on to create the feature films Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko, and My Neighbors the Yamadas

Takahata's final film as director was The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which debuted in 2013. Takahata told entertainment news website Variety in 2016, "I have several projects that I still have in mind that I am currently working on to get closer to realizing. Whether those will be finalized as films is something that no one, myself included, can know."



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Steven Universe so far...


S T E V E N   U N I V E R S E
Steven Universe fills you in on everything you need to know about Rose Quartz, the Crystal Gems, and the Diamond Authority before you dive in to new episodes! And there might just be a sneak peek of what’s to come...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Anime Trailer for 'Hisone & Masotan'

Hisone and Masotan
Hisone Amakasu is a rookie in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, where she is situated at their Gifu base. She decided to join the force to distance herself from other people, as she was finding it difficult to acknowledge that her innocent words were hurting them, despite that not being her intention. Amakasu's decision led to her life being changed when the concealed "OTF" dragon inside the base chose her to be his pilot, where she discovered her destined role as a dragon pilot during their ascension in the skies together. According to legend, dragons are thought to possess a key to unlocking the future of the world.

Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 Anime Awards Winners


Anime Awards Winners
Presented by Crunchyroll. Compilation of every winner.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

HAPPY EASTER!

"I am the God of your ancestors..."

"I shall send them a Messenger..."

"I shall send them... You."