Next Club Meeting: July 20, 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.

This site provides news, reviews, commentaries, and previews of the world of anime and everything it inspires, such as live-action films, comics, music, art, and other weird things to enjoy and contemplate.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Toys "R" Us closes its doors

Today is the Last Day of Toys R Us
With Toys “R” Us officially going out of business, a picture of the iconic toystore’s mascot bidding children and adults all over the nation goodbye is ringing waves of sadness throughout the internet.

Captured by an employee earlier this week, Geoffrey the Giraffe is seen standing in an empty aisle with a suitcase in hand preparing to leave for a “very long vacation.” Shared over 300,000 thousand times, the photo along with an official statement from Toys “R” Us marks the very end of the go-to location for kids to get the newest toys that opened its doors 70 years ago. Earlier this year Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy and despite valiant efforts, the company revealed that it would be closing all of its North American outlets at the end of June.
So long Old Friend...
Hope We Meet Again Someday


Friday, June 29, 2018

Batman Dance Party

Batman Dance-Off and Other Disturbing Bat Secrets
[Source: i09] You can sit here all you want and tell me that the Adam West-era Batman theme song isn’t fantastic, but you’d be lying. Lying, I say. The very good people at Monster Truck Ninja know this to be true, and have given all of Gotham’s best (and worst) the chance to boogie to the iconic music in an excellent CG video that encapsulates what makes classic stop-motion animation so great.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sdorica -Sunset- Anime Opening Trailer


Sdorica -Sunset-  a Mobile Puzzle RPG
[Source: ConsoleGeneration] Sdorica is a puzzle-based RPG by Taiwanese developer Rayark Games. You might know Rayark from their popular mobile rhythm games — Voez, Cytus, and Deemo. Rayark’s prior work has shown an incredibly keen eye for striking aesthetics. Featuring rich, anime-styled character designs transposed into a storybook setting, the result is incredibly fresh.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Death Stranding | E3 2018 Trailer | PS4

D  E  A  T  H    S  T  R  A  N  D  I  N  G
From legendary game creator Hideo Kojima comes an all new, genre defining experience for the PlayStation®4. Besieged by death's tide at every turn, Sam Bridges must brave a world utterly transformed by the Death Stranding. Carrying the stranded remnants of the future in his hands,

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cyberpunk 2077 – official E3 2018 trailer


Cyberpunk 2077
E3 trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 — the role-playing game of the dark future from CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Monday, June 25, 2018

"Issue 188" | Full Episode | Big Hero 6 The Series


BIG HERO 6 THE SERIES
Go Go and Fred dive deep into comic book mythology to try to find a way to defeat High Voltage, a mother-daughter duo who use electricity and the art of dance in their crimes. 

The adventure continues for 14-year-old tech genius Hiro and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax. If dealing with the academic pressure of being the new kid at the prestigious San Fransokyo Institute of Technology weren't enough, it’s off campus where things really get tricky. Hiro and Baymax, along with their friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred, unite to form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6, protecting their city from a colorful array of scientifically-enhanced villains intent on creating chaos and mayhem!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Twilight Sparkle & Fluttershy in Ducktales


The "Murder Ponies" of DuckTales
Ok, it's not really them, but Tara Strong (Twilight) and Andrea Libman (Fluttershy) did make a guest appearance in the 11th episode of Disney's Ducktales reboot as Kelpies tempting Scrooge and company to hop a ride with them to a watery grave.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Medusa in Still Shots


M E D U S A   G O R G O N A
These beautiful still pictures tell the story of "Medusa" in what really should be an animated film someday.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Subway Surfers The Animated Series


Subway Surfers
Episode 1 - "Buried"
While Tricky practices an important message to her mom, Jake and Fresh play a game of “SKATE” for lunch money. But their attention turns to Yutani when her metal detector discovers a buried object that could forever change Subway City.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Skull & Bones - Official Trailer | Ubisoft E3 2018

Skull & Bones
Take a look at the official E3 2018 trailer for Skull & Bones shown during the Ubisoft Press Conference. For release on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2019. The game revolves around piracy and naval warfare.
 
Skull & Bones is set in an open world environment and played from a third-person perspective. Players take control of a customizable pirate captain, and may choose to sail the Indian Ocean by themselves and set off on a single-player campaign, or accumulate up to five other players to ally or engage in combat with in Disputed Waters.

Wind positioning can be assessed to gain an advantage in battle. Players may collect additional ships throughout the game, such as sloops-of-war, frigates and brigantines, whose weapons include mortars, broadside cannons, and rockets. Ships can be charged into with brute force and boarded. The rate of inflicted damage is gauged by the health bar. A core component is the multiplayer mode Loot Hunt, where two groups of players are challenged in treasure hunting to further accumulate their riches. Each given ship's crow's nest is scalable for use as a lookout point, and spyglasses can be availed of as well. Microtransactions will be an added feature.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Anime Viewing Schedule for June 23, 2018

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Fountaindale Public Library
"Let's go to that Dinosaur Park. I heard it's to die for...
And it's perfectly safe for kids!"

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440





2nd Floor Board Room, 11:15 am to 5:00 pm
11:15 - 12:05   Houseki no Kuni 9-10
12:05 - 12:55   A Place Further Than the Universe 7-8
12:55 - 1:45     Violet Evergarden 9-10
1:45 - 2:20       Club Meeting / Announcements
2:20 - 3:10       B - the Beginning 7-8
3:10 - 4:50       A.I.C.O. Incarnation 1-4

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
 
Don't miss the exciting anime series: B - The Beginning and Houseki no Kuni
ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Next Club Meeting is June 23, 2018

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Suit-up! Race over at Incredible speed to the next club meeting!

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Board Room (2nd Floor)
 
Saturday, June 23, 2018
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

Monday, June 18, 2018

Ghost of Tsushima - E3 2018 Gameplay Debut PS4

Ghost of Tsushima
In 1274, the fearsome Mongol Empire invades the Japanese island of Tsushima and slaughters its legendary samurai defenders. Jin Sakai is one of the last survivors of a noble samurai clan. To combat his overwhelming foes, he must pioneer deadly new fighting techniques--the Way of The Ghost--and wage an unconventional war for the people of Japan.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

"The Elephant in the Room" Animated Short


The Elephant in the Room
A 3D animated graduation short film from RUBIKA SUPINFOCOM, DSKIC. The film is about James and his best friend Phil and what happens when James' girlfriend Cindy, decides to move in.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Shio Launch Trailer is like a Dream


-  S  H  I  O  -
"Shio” is a challenging platformer game in which you navigate a deep and moving story by jumping from lantern to lantern.

Friday, June 15, 2018

BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2 Official Trailer


BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2
An upcoming action-adventure video game in development by Ubisoft Montpellier and published by Ubisoft. It is a prequel to Beyond Good & Evil released in 2003.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

'Dumbo' Teaser Trailer

D  U  M  B  O
Holt, a former circus star, finds his life turned upside-down when he returns from the War. Circus owner Max Medici enlists him to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughing stock in an already struggling circus. But when Holt's children, Milly and Joe, discover that Dumbo can fly, persuasive entrepreneur V. A. Vandemere and aerial artist Colette Marchant swoop in to make the peculiar pachyderm a star.

March 29th, 2019

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New Trailers for Live-Action "BLEACH"

- B  L  E  A  C  H -
The new trailer, which has both a full version and a 60-second version, is the first to show the characters Kisuke Urahara, Orihime Inoue, Yasutora "Chad" Sado, and Ichigo's parents Masaki Kurosaki and Isshin Kurosaki. The video also previews the theme song "Mosquito Bite" by [ALEXANDROS].

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sea of Solitude: Official Teaser Trailer

Sea of Solitude
When humans get too lonely, they turn into monsters. That’s what happened to Kay. But she’s not alone – this ocean is full of creatures just like her. Finding them may be the key to changing her back.

Monday, June 11, 2018

John Lasseter to leave Disney at year-end

Disney animation chief John Lasseter steps down
[Source: AnimeNewsNetwork] The Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday that John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is leaving the company at the end of this year, until which time he will serve a new consulting role with the company. 
 
In a statement, Lasseter said that he has "decided the end of this year is the right time to begin focusing on new creative challenges." 

Lasseter announced a six-month leave of absence in November following various news outlets' reports of Lasseter's alleged sexual misconduct within the company. Lasseter's memo to the staff regarding his leave of absense acknowledged "difficult conversations" and "missteps." 

Lasseter directed Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Cars, and has also overseen and is credited as producer or executive producer for all of Pixar's films. Lasseter is a noted friend of Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki, and Lasseter directed the English dub or executive-produced the English releases of several Ghibli films, including Spirited Away, Porco Rosso, and Ponyo.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ralph Breaks the Internet - New Trailer


Wreck-It Ralph 2
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Six years after the events of the first film, the story centers on Ralph's adventures in the Internet data space when a Wi-Fi router gets plugged into the arcade by Mr. Litwak as he must find a replacement part to fix Sugar Rush. Along the way, Ralph and his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz encounter new customs, worlds, and characters, such as trendy algorithms and the Disney Princess lineup

Saturday, June 9, 2018

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3 Trailer

How to Train Your Dragon
T H E   H I D D E N   W O R L D
As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless' discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the dragon away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.

Friday, June 8, 2018

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - Trailer

SPIDER-MAN: Into the Spider-Verse
What makes you different is what makes you Spider-Man. 
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.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

STAR WARS CELEBRATION 2019 in Chicago!


Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019
Finally, Star Wars Celebration is coming to Chicago, April 11-15, 2019, in McCormick Place! The official Star Wars convention, Star Wars Celebration features appearances by actors and creators from across the saga, panel discussions, family activities, and exclusive reveals. Buckle up for the year's biggest Star Wars party!

Buy your tickets now at http://www.starwarscelebration.com/

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A New MORTAL ENGINES Trailer


MORTAL ENGINES
Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A Message About Service Animals on Planes...


Just because it’s a Velociraptor with knives for teeth doesn’t mean it’s not my best friend.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Star Wars Toon Disney Doesn't Want You To See!


Something wrong in the Force with this one...
Think you've seen every animated version of Star Wars? How about the one series Star Wars shelved? Hector has a really good feeling as he explores the short-lived series Star Wars Detours on this week's Animation Investigation!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

First Look at art for 'DC Super Hero Girls' series

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS
Art for Lauren Faust-Produced “DC Super Hero Girls”
DC Super Hero Girls is an all-new animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation and based on characters from DC Entertainment. Featuring fresh character designs and storytelling from Emmy® Award–winning producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), DC Super Hero Girls will be coming soon to Cartoon Network.

The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated.

Sure, gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a fist to punch with, but what happens when Diana and her favorite study buddy and fencing partner, Tatsu, can’t agree on how to dole out justice as Wonder Woman and Katana? Or when Barbara finds out her Gotham-Con bestie is teen-fiend Harley Quinn? Along with all their friends, foes and frenemies, this squad of super teens navigates the unique growing pains that come when you’re a teenager trying to fight the battles of the world and the battles of growing up at the same time.
The new series is a global initiative with Cartoon Network and builds on the successful DC Super Hero Girls global franchise, including direct-to-video movies as well as digital webisodes launched in 2015 and viewed by millions of fans on the DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel, as well as the DC Super Hero Girls mobile app.

Lauren Faust is executive producer with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) also serving as executive producer.

About “DC Super Hero Girls” Global Franchise (Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment)
DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting global franchise centered on super heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Featuring DC’s most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, the DC Super Hero Girls universe offers immersive experiences in multiple formats including animation, books, toys, apparel, games and more.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Viz Media Announces New Acquisition

Accel World: Infinite Burst
[Source: ToonZone] What is Viz Media planning on releasing later this year? What are the two properties they announced today for American consumption this fall?

First off, Viz will be bringing the Accel World: Infinite Burst feature film to the US. The movie is a continuation of the Accel World animated series, which was released in 2012.

In ACCEL WORLD: INFINITE BURST, Haruyuki and his friends are playing the online fighting game Brain Burst, locked in a territory battle with a rival group as usual. But things take an unexpected turn when a mysterious black cloud kicks them out of the game and prevents them from reentering. The seemingly impossible phenomenon isn’t just an isolated incident—it’s spreading and preventing all Burst Linkers from accelerating. Haruyuki and the others soon learn that to protect the bond that connects them, they must confront a powerful ancient being that has been sealed away since the dawn of the “Accelerated World”!

Look for Accel World: Infinite Burst to come to Blu-Ray and DVD this fall — it will include exclusive special extras like the two OVAs “Reverberation” and “Vacation.”