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.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Sad News Breaks from Japan

Arson Attack at Kyoto Animation Studio
Source: sfgate] TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans.

Thirty-six others were injured, some of them critically, in a blaze that sent people scrambling up the stairs toward the roof in a desperate — and futile — attempt to escape what proved to be Japan's deadliest fire in nearly two decades. Others emerged bleeding, blackened and barefoot.

The suspect, identified only a 41-year-old man who did not work for the studio, was injured and taken to a hospital. Police gave no details on the motive, but a witness told Japanese TV that the attacker angrily complained that something of his had been stolen, possibly by the company.

Most of the victims were employees of Kyoto Animation, which does work on movies and TV productions but is best known for its mega-hit stories featuring high school girls. The tales are so popular that fans make pilgrimages to some of the places depicted.

Residents of the densely populated Fushimi Ward neighborhood, responding to the terrified screams and pleas for help, assisted in the rescue of victims, many of whom emerged singed, shoe-less and bleeding -- some leaving bloody footprints on the sidewalk.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his condolences to the victims of the blaze in a tweet, calling it an "arson murder spree." 

"I'm speechless," Abe said. "I pray for the souls of those who have passed away. I would like to express my condolences to all of the injured and wish them a speedy recovery."

Work to recover the dead and wounded from the building was slowed by the instability of the badly damaged structure.

The suspect was burned on his feet, hands and chest, and collapsed nearby while attempting to flee, officials said. As he was treated for the non-life-threatening injuries, police said he confessed would remain in custody. Police said multiple knives were also discovered at the scene.

Police did not give a motive, but a witness told Japanese TV that the attacker complained that something of his had been stolen, possibly by the company, the Associated Press reported.

"He sounded he had a grudge against the society, and he was talking angrily to the policemen, too, though he was struggling with pain," she told Kyodo News. "He also sounded he had a grudge against Kyoto Animation." 

A total of 67 employees were on duty, police said. Of those, 10 were discovered in a state of cardiac arrest on the second floor. One victim was quickly declared dead and ten others sustained serious injuries, while 26 others escaped with light injuries. 

The incident occurred around 10:35 a.m. local time, at Kyoto Animation's No. 1 studio. An expert interviewed by CBS News partner network TBS TV said the compactness of the approximately 7,500-sq. foot structure and the fact that there was only one exit made it especially vulnerable to an attack on the building's entrance. The perpetrator apparently went to great lengths to plan the crime and obtain gasoline, the sale of which is tightly controlled in Japan; it is not sold in containers.

Fans from around the world took to Twitter to urge donations and to express disbelief, horror and sadness. "Kyoto Animation are a rarity in the anime business," wrote Twitter user Mike Toole. "They treat their people well, they strive to own part of their works, and their creations are constantly excellent, at the very least on a technical level."

A user named AalalasesPen said, "To think it was only a few nights ago that my friends and I gathered…to watch A Silent Voice. I'm at a loss for words."

Devin Howard wrote simply, "Why the hell would somebody do this???"

Some speculated that the suspect might be a disgruntled "otaku," a Japanese word referring to socially awkward "nerds" who obsess over anime and manga comic books. In recent years, reclusive obsessives have been blamed for committing sensational crimes -- a charge anime fans say unfairly and inaccurately characterizes both those who enjoy cartoons, and the estimated 1 million or so "hikkikomori," or social recluses.

"It's not 'otaku commits crime,' but the criminal happened to be a consumer of anime," a 20-something female anime fan was quoted as saying in the Business Journal publication. Anime and manga are so pervasive throughout Japanese society, she said, that it is unfair to accuse the pop culture of fostering criminal minds.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Anime Viewing Schedule for July 20, 2019

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Fountaindale Public Library

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

From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM
11:15 - 12:05   Golden Kamuy 9-10
12:05 - 12:55   Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 7-8
12:55 - 1:20     Club Meeting / Announcements
1:20 - 2:10       Dororo 8-9
2:10 - 3:00       The Rising of the Shield Hero 7-8
3:00 - 3:50       Cop Craft 1-2
3:50 - 4:40       Fire Force 1-2

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

50th Anniversary of the US Moon Landing

50 Years Ago, We Landed on the Moon...
National Geographic teamed up with "World News Tonight" to share some rare images of that momentous event.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Call Of Duty – Operation Apocalypse Z Trailer

Operation Apocalypse Z
Zombies and the apocalypse go together like peanut butter and jelly. Play as The Reaper [with some updated Blackout maps] in the new “Call of Duty Black Ops 4 – Operation Apocalypse Z”…

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Next Club Meeting is Saturday, July 20, 2019

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Don't miss the next portal to the anime club meeting!

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Board Room (2nd Floor)
Saturday, July 20, 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)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

LUPIN III THE FIRST (2019) Trailer

LUPIN the 3RD goes 3D
[Source: AnimeSuperhero] What is the world’s sneakiest thief, Lupin the 3rd, up to now? And how will Inspector Zenigata catch him now that he has a Z-axis?

A new Lupin the 3rd movie was just announced by Toho Animation, called Lupin III: The First. For the first time, it renders Lupin and his allies / frenemies in CGI, and though that might make you apprehensive at first, they’ve actually made it work. The transition between dimensions was pretty seamless here; everyone looks and moves as they should.

Gunman Jigen, swordsman Goemon, flirtatious Fujiko Mine, and the man himself all appear in the minute’s worth of clips we get; there is plenty of action, death-defying leaps, frustration and/or humiliation on the part of Zenigata, and Lupin’s iconic yellow car.

Lupin’s movie career has been an exercise in extremes. Nothing could truly top Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, the first feature from animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.

Lupin III: The First will be out December 6 in Japan; a US release has not been announced yet. Lupin’s creator, Kazuhiko Kato aka “Monkey Punch,” died last April.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Disney's Live-Action 'MULAN'

Disney's   M  U  L  A  N
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. “Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Best Moment on 'Stranger Things' Season 3...

Haven't seen Stranger Things Season 3 yet? Look away now. Spoilers ahead!
♪♫♬ Neverending Story! ♪♫♬
Still here? Good. In episode 8, just when all seems lost, and everyone is about to die, the Mind Flayer is chasing the kids, while Joyce, Hopper, and Bald Eagle are trying to stop the Russians in their secret lair, this crazy moment happens...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Build your own Lightsaber at Galaxy's Edge

Inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, you can build your own custom lightsaber for $200 at Savi's Workshop. Is it worth the money? You'll have to watch to find out!

Here’s how to give yourself the best shot at getting the BLACK KYBER CRYSTAL at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge! 100% works. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

How Animators Created the Spider-Verse

Danny Dimian, Visual Effects Supervisor, and Josh Beveridge, Head of Character Animation, for "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," share exclusive breakdowns and talk about their inspiration and the techniques they used to create a new visual language for their Academy Award-winning film.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The History of Robotech

Stands as One of the Greatest
Anime Series of All Time
Robotech (1985) is an original story adapted with edited content and revised dialogue from the animation of three different mecha anime series:
  1. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (1982–1983)
  2. Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (1984)
  3. Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (1983–1984)
Harmony Gold's cited reasoning for combining these unrelated series was its decision to market Macross for American weekday syndication television, which required a minimum of 65 episodes at the time (thirteen weeks at five episodes per week). Macross and the two other series each had fewer episodes than required, since they originally aired in Japan as weekly series. On some television stations, the syndicated run was preceded by the broadcast premiere of Codename: Robotech, a feature-length pilot. 

This combination resulted in a storyline that spans three generations, as mankind must fight three destructive 'Robotech Wars' in succession with various invading forces, each of which is motivated in one way or another by a desire for a powerful energy source called 'protoculture'. While each of the three animated series used for its footage informs its content, the Robotech storyline is distinct and separate from each of them.
  • The First Robotech War (The Macross Saga) concerns humanity's discovery of a crashed alien ship and subsequent battle against a race of giant warriors called the Zentraedi, who have been sent to retrieve the ship for reasons unknown. In the course of this chapter, Earth is nearly annihilated, the Zentraedi are defeated, and humans gain knowledge of the energy source called protoculture. Humanity also learns of the Robotech Masters whose galactic empire the Zentraedi protected and patrolled.
  • The Second Robotech War (The Masters) focuses on the arrival in Earth orbit of the Robotech Masters, who have come seeking what turns out to be the sole means in the universe of producing protoculture. Through a combination of mistrust and arrogance, their attempts at retrieving this meet with opposition from the humans and unleash a war that leaves the Masters defeated and Earth awash in the spores of a plant called the Flower of Life—the source of protoculture and a beacon to the mysterious Invid who scour the galaxy for its presence.
  • The Third Robotech War (The New Generation) begins with the arrival on Earth of the Invid, who are lured by the Flower of Life and rapidly conquer the planet. References in the previous two chapters explain to viewers that many of the heroes of the First Robotech War had left Earth to seek out the Robotech Masters on a preemptive mission, and it is this Robotech Expeditionary Force that sends missions back from across the galaxy to attempt a liberation of their homeworld. The storyline follows one group of freedom fighters as they work their way towards the final battle with the Invid.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

Return to Jumanji

JUMANJI: The Next Level
In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.
Only in theaters this Christmas!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Fourth of July with Stranger Things

The new season of Stranger Things is dropping today! Check out the best moments of Eleven and Mike’s relationship!

The Stranger Things cast and Jimmy Fallon pose as their characters' wax statues at Madame Tussauds in Times Square, shocking unsuspecting fans while they take photos.

Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp and Sadie Sink dish on bonding over disobedience while filming Stranger Things, and they summarize Season 3 in one word.

Everyone knows that the upside down spits bars. Take a look back at the adventures of Eleven, Will, Steve, Jonathan, Lucas, Dustin, Mike, as their battle against the Mind Flayer takes musical form.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

'Midway' Trailer

M  I  D  W  A  Y
In theaters November 8, 2019
Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Kleintank, Jun Kunimura, Darren Criss, Keean Johnson, Alexander Ludwig, with Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Emotional and Historical Drama of "FUNAN"

F  U  N  A  N
Cambodia, April 1975. Chou is a young woman whose everyday world is suddenly upended by the arrival of the Khmer Rouge regime. During the chaos of the forced exile from their home, Chou and her husband are separated from their 4-year-old son, who has been sent to an unknown location. As she navigates her new reality, working in the fields day and night under the careful watch of soldiers, and surviving the small indignities and harrowing realities of the increasingly grim work camps, Chou remains steadfast in her determination to reunite her family – even if it means risking everything. Winner of the top prizes at the Annecy Animation Festival and the Animation is Film Festival, Funan is a searing and remarkable debut from filmmaker Denis Do, who uses his own family history as inspiration for a thrilling story of love, loss and enduring hope in the most trying of times. Featuring the voices of Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Louis Garrel (The Dreamers).

Monday, July 1, 2019

Elizabeth Banks' CHARLIE'S ANGELS

Don’t judge a girl by her cover.
In Banks’ bold vision, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world’s smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere. The screenplay is by Elizabeth Banks from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn.

In theaters November 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Early pic of the new Spider-verse Sequel

Last year's Best Movie, animated or otherwise, was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. And like every great movie, there are calls for more just like that! The producers have gotten the wheels in motion for another adventure into the weird alternate realities of the Spider-verse. And they released the above pic just to get fans more excited... Beware Venom!
Prepare yourselves for July 2021

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Eddie Izzard's "Death Star Canteen" sketch

Last weekend, I cracked a joke about the "Death Star Canteen" — an iconic geeky bit by the British comedian Eddie Izzard — to my 17-year-old son, and he stared at me blankly. Then I asked if he'd heard any of Izzard's jokes. Again, all he did was blink at me.

Then, when I did the math, I realized he was probably five years old when the "Death Star Canteen" went viral in the early days of YouTube. And, he was even younger when Eddie Izzard did the sketch in the first place.

I looked it up and showed him the LEGO version and I have to say, it still slays. So we end this week with a blast from the past, Eddie Izzard's "Death Star Canteen" sketch.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Sad Emotional Moments in Cartoons

Those Awkward Emotional
Moments in Cartoons
A majority of us watch cartoons to laugh and enjoy the show -- but sometimes these animations pull a huge swerve on us and leave us bawling while the end credits rolls. Cartoons on channels like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney all have the ability to not only allow viewers to connect to the characters, but also make us feel strongly during tough times. While a majority of shows like The Loud House, Gravity Falls, or Phineas and Ferb are full of fun and zaniness, there are many episodes which left us reaching for the tissue box. Join us as we relive these moments and showcase some of the SADDEST things ever animated on TV. This includes animal deaths on shows like Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys, a crazy story involving Woody Woodpecker, and a sad future by watching Phineas and Ferb. Go ahead and relive these sad and impactful moments from your childhood or discover them for the first time. After you’ve watched the clips, go back and watch the episodes in their entirety to see how everything builds up and creates a ton of emotional moments. Even quirky shows like Adventure Time have the ability to make viewers cry. Shows like Recess tackle the ideas of growing up, getting older, and accepting change. We often find ourselves bawling at episode where we get deep within characters like Helga from “Hey, Arnold”. Watch all of the clips and try not to cry when you see them one after another -- bringing all the feels in these epic moments!

Thursday, June 27, 2019


Here's a bunch of posters and featurettes for the upcoming Spider-Man movie: Far From Home.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures

STAR WARS: Galaxy of Adventures
[Source: Syfy] Whether you've just returned from the Black Spire Outpost at Disneyland's Star Wars Land, are reading the latest Marvel Star Wars comic, or are just dreaming of December's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, take a pause in your day to ingest this latest pair of Galaxy of Adventures animated shorts starring your favorite bounty hunter and smuggler, Boba Fett and Han Solo. These bite-sized Star Wars treats delivered fresh out of the Disney/Lucasfilm oven via the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel are aimed at a slightly younger Star Wars audience but are certainly entertaining to fans of all ages.

The first half-dozen Galaxy of Adventures toons debuted last fall and are crafted using remixed animated interpretations of classic Star Wars Saga sequences blended with authentic sound effects and screen dialogue by director Barry Kelly and Titmouse Animation. Weekly offerings are sprinkled across the online site and the official webpage at and include Fun Facts clips educating us on the billion-dollar franchise's broad range of aliens, monsters, spaceships, and droids.

That notorious jet-packed bounty hunter Boba Fett starts us out in the first of two new animated amusements. Witness how this fierce Mandalorian warrior becomes the most feared assassin in the galaxy, blasting deadly missiles from his back, zooming in for the kill, encasing Han in carbonite, and piloting his wicked starship, the Slave I.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Guide to Evangelion on Netflix

Neon Genesis Evangelion
[Source: Syfy] Neon Genesis Evangelion, an anime created by Hideaki Anno, first aired on TV Tokyo from 1995 to 1996 and quickly became a sensation. But while it has influenced countless anime series since, the show has been largely inaccessible for American audiences over the last decade, save for some old DVD box sets and bootlegs, and its absence has been a painful one for fans. Now the show is finally streaming on Netflix, making for a landmark occasion that has a lot of viewers excited — and maybe a little bit confused. That's where we come in.

Monday, June 24, 2019

New Trailer for Stranger Things 3

It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.   

All eight episodes of Stranger Things 3 stream on Netflix on July 4th, 2019.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Pennyworth (EPIX 2019 Series) Trailer

The DC Origin Story of Alfred Pennyworth
From Warner Horizon Scripted Television, DC origin story Pennyworth is a ten-episode, one-hour drama series based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. It follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), Bruce’s billionaire father, in 1960’s London. Starring Jack Bannon, Paloma Faith, Ben Aldridge, Hainsley Lloyd Bennett, Ryan Fletcher, Jason Flemyng and Polly Walker.
Pennyworth – Coming Summer 2019 only on EPIX
Watch on EPIX. Get the channel or get the app:

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Fire Force - New Anime Series

F I R E   F O R C E
Year 198 of the Solar Era in Tokyo, special fire brigades are fighting against a phenomenon called spontaneous human combustion where humans beings are turned into living infernos called "Infernals" (焰ビト Homura Bito). While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, later generations possess the ability to manipulate flames while retaining human form. Shinra Kusakabe, a youth who gained the nickname Devil's Footprints for his ability to ignite his feet at will, joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 which is composed of other flames users as they work to extinguish any Infernals they encounter. As a faction that is creating Infernals appears, Shinra begins to find out the cause of a mysterious fire that killed his family 12 years earlier. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Best VR Games Of E3 2019

Here are the best VR games announced at E3 2019 or coming soon to Virtual Reality platforms. This is a mix of PCVR, Oculus Quest and PSVR titles from E3 2019 and more...

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Anime Viewing Schedule for June 22, 2019

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, June 22, 2018
Fountaindale Public Library
"Run! Our worst nightmare! Disco Spider-man!"

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

Board Room on Second Floor

From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM
11:15 - 12:05   Golden Kamuy 7-8
12:05 - 12:55   Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 5-6
12:55 - 1:25     Club Meeting / Announcements
1:25 - 2:15       Dororo 6-7
2:15 - 3:05       The Rising of the Shield Hero 5-6
3:05 - 4:45       MIRAI (Feature Presentation)

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Do you remember the Banana Splits?

The beloved children's show is back... with a vengeance, a horrible, bloody vengeance.
The Original Banana Splits - childhood icons
The new evil version that's definitely not kid-friendly
Starring Dani Kind, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, and Romeo Carere. Coming to Blu-Ray/DVD this Summer and premiering on SYFY later this year. 
A boy named Harley and his family (brother Austin, mother Beth, and father Mitch) attends a taping of The Banana Splits TV show, which is supposed to be a fun-filled birthday for young Harley and business as usual for Rebecca, the producer of the series. But things take an unexpected turn -- and the body count quickly rises. Can Harley, his mom, and their new pals safely escape?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Next Club Meeting is June 22, 2019

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Things have changed. We'll be meeting at Fountaindale Library
in Bolingbrook. Strap in for a bumpy ride!

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Board Room (2nd Floor)
Saturday, June 22, 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)