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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Monday, November 18, 2019

Yes, we need the Mortymobile!

 The Mortymobile Tour
"The Mortymobile Tour will start in Los Angeles — where fans of the show can book the head-turner for whatever the occasion calls for, whether you’re flexing on Hollywood Boulevard or just grabbing a burrito in Echo Park. The Mortymobile will then head to other cities that we will announce at the Adult Swim Festival, with more to-be-announced cities and dates slated for 2020," 

You've seen the Rickmobile drive around the country with all kinds of special Rick and Morty swag. Now get ready for Adult Swim's latest vehicle inspired by the hit animated series: the Mortymobile.

As part of an exclusive deal with Turo (a car-sharing service), fans will get a chance to drive the Mortymobile, announced at the Adult Swim Festival in Los Angeles Today, and impress their friends.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

I Lost My Body - A Strange Trailer

I LOST MY BODY
I Lost My Body is the feature directorial debut of animator Jeremy Clapin, produced by Marc du Pontavice at esteemed French studio Xilam. Adapted from the novel Happy Hand by Guillaume Laurent (Amelie), the acclaimed film intertwines adventure, young love and childhood memories as a severed hand crosses Paris in search of its owner. Winner of the Annecy Cristal for feature film, the flick was picked up by Netflix following its Critics’ Week Grand Prize win at Cannes, and will arrive in theaters November 15 before streaming worldwide (with some territory exclusions) on Nov. 29.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Harley Quinn - a DC Universe Original Series

HARLEY QUINN - DC Original Series
Harley has finally broken things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. Join DC Universe to watch this action-comedy series featuring Poison Ivy and a whole cast of heroes and villains from the DC Universe. 

Quinn is voiced by Kaley Cuoco aka Penny from Big Bang Theory, with Diedrich Bader returning to the role of Batman (he first played the Caped Crusader in the awesome Batman: The Brave and the Bold). Her ex, the Joker, is voiced by always entertaining Alan Tudyk (you know, Firefly) and her BFF, Poison Ivy, is voiced by Lake Bell, who has been in a ton of silly things like Children's Hospital. The woman in charge is Jennifer Coyle, who created and headed up the first iteration of DC SuperHero Girls. I'll bet she couldn't wait to finally give Harley Quinn a potty mouth.

The war of the criminally insane love birds kicks off November 29, to keep you entertained over the holiday weekend!

Friday, November 15, 2019

GHOST IN THE SHELL – Virtual Reality Diver

Experience a new sensation. The sensation of becoming someone else. Cybernetically hack into the universe of "Ghost in the Shell" and experience new sensations. “GHOST IN THE SHELL: THE MOVIE” immersive VR app now available! 
Enjoy a breathtaking cyberbrain hack in 3D 360° virtual reality on the official Youtube smartphone app. (VR goggles such as Google Cardboard are needed to watch in 3D. More about Google Cardboard: https://www.google.com/intl/en/get/ca... )

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Death Stranding - Game Movie All Cutscenes

D  E  A  T  H     S  T  R  A  N  D  I  N  G
The game is set in an apocalyptic United States, where a cataclysmic event known as the "Death Stranding" caused "BTs"—invisible creatures originating from the "Beach", a land said to be the link to the afterlife—to begin roaming the Earth. BTs cause explosions known as "voidouts" when they consume the dead by necrosis, and produce rains known as "Timefall"—which rapidly age and deteriorate whatever it hits. These events damaged the country's infrastructure, leading its remaining population to confine themselves to remote colonies known as "KNOTs", which form the remaining "United Cities of America".
 
These colonies have since relied on the services of a company known as Bridges, whose porters brave the BTs, bandits, and terrorists to deliver supplies to the cities. Bridges also performs various governmental functions on behalf of the UCA. If they achieve a mental connection to a "Bridge Baby"—a premature child reflecting a state between life and death—it is possible for a person to sense the presence of a BT. Porters carry a bridge baby with them, which is stored in a pod simulating a mother's womb. A condition known as "DOOMs", depending on its severity, also allows a person to naturally sense, see, or even control a BT. There are also individuals designated as "Repatriates", people who can travel back from the Beach upon death, effectively coming back to life, though their deaths will still cause voidouts. 
Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus) is transporting cargo when his progress is interrupted by Timefall and receives assistance from Fragile (Léa Seydoux) in evading a BT. When she leaves, Sam continues his delivery. He arrives at his destination Central Knot City, only to be warned that one of the citizens has committed suicide and their corpse is on the verge of necrosis. Due to being both a Repatriate and having DOOMs, Sam is assigned to transport the corpse to an incinerator to safely dispose of it, but an attack from BTs prevents him from stopping it from becoming a BT and causing a voidout, destroying Central Knot City. He awakes in Capital Knot City and meets Deadman (Guillermo del Toro/Jesse Corti), a doctor from Bridges. Sam is then tasked to deliver morphine for the dying president of the UCA, his mother Bridget Strand (Lindsay Wagner/Emily O'Brien). He also meets Die-Hardman (Tommie Earl Jenkins), the director of Bridges and Sam's former boss before he left the organization. Bridget pleads with Sam to rejoin Bridges and help rebuild America before succumbing to her illness. Sam transports Bridget's body to be incinerated but refuses to incinerate BB-28, a Bridge Baby that has been marked for retirement. With BB-28's assistance, Sam is able to evade a horde of BTs and return to Capitol Knot City. Sam decides to take BB-28 as his own Bridge Baby, nicknaming him Lou. 

Upon his return, Sam is reunited with his sister Amelie Strand (also Wagner/O'Brien). She tells him that over the past three years, she has led an expedition across what is left of the continental United States, making contact with the remaining cities and survivor settlements and setting up terminals that would allow them to connect to the Chiral Network, a system that would allow instantaneous communication across vast distances. However, upon reaching the last city on the West Coast, Edge Knot City, Amelie was captured and is being held hostage by an anti-UCA terrorist group called the Homo Demens to guarantee Edge Knot City's independence. Even though she is a hostage, she is still allowed to freely communicate with Bridges via the Network. She tells Sam that he must follow the path of her expedition and use a special Q-pid key to activate the terminals she left behind. Then he must rescue Amelie and bring her back so she can take Bridget's place as the President of the UCA. Sam reluctantly accepts the mission since it is his only opportunity to find and rescue Amelie. 

Sam then embarks on his mission to connect all of the remaining cities to the Network. Along the way, he delivers valuable cargo, assists other Bridges staff like Mama (Margaret Qualley), Heartman (Nicolas Winding Refn/Darren Jacobs), and Mama's twin sister Lockne (also Qualley) in researching the Death Stranding, and thwarts plots by the Homo Demens and their leader, Higgs Monaghan (Troy Baker). He also views Lou's memories, which show Lou's apparent father, Clifford Unger (Mads Mikkelsen). Clifford himself, now a spectral entity, occasionally attacks Sam in an effort to recover Lou. Sam's journey finally culminates in a direct confrontation against Higgs in Amelie's Beach. Higgs reveals that Amelie is actually an Extinction Entity, a godlike being that can use the Death Stranding to trigger mass extinction events. However, Higgs seeks to trigger more than a mass extinction, but a Last Stranding, which is the complete annihilation of all life on Earth. Sam defeats Higgs, who commits suicide to avoid being trapped on the Beach. Sam is forcefully ejected from the Beach by Amelie. He later discovers that as the Extinction Entity, Amelie and Bridget were both the same being, with Bridget existing in the world of the living while Amelie could only manifest on the Beach. In addition, Amelie was the true leader of the Homo Demens, seeking to trigger the Last Stranding to end the cycle of extinction. Sam confronts Amelie one final time and convinces her to stop, though the only way for her to avert the Last Stranding and delay humanity's extinction is to permanently separate herself and her Beach from the world of the living. 

In the aftermath, Die-Hardman takes Amelie's place as the President of the UCA, with the rest of the Bridges staff dedicated to keeping the UCA safe. Fragile resolves to rebuild her trading company. Sam is told that Lou has died, and is assigned to transport the corpse to the incinerator. He connects with Lou one last time and discovers the memories he has been viewing aren't Lou's, but his own, making him Clifford's son. Clifford died trying to smuggle the infant Sam out of a Bridges lab. Sam was also killed in the incident but was revived by Amelie, establishing their connection and turning him into a Repatriate. Since Sam was no longer suitable to be a Bridge Baby, Bridget instead decided to adopt him and raise him as her own son. Back in the present, Sam decides not to incinerate Lou and manages to resuscitate them. 
In the final scene, Sam refers to Lou as "Louise", revealing that she is, in fact, a girl.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Han Shot First Scene Changed Again for Disney+

GREEDO: "Mcklunky!"
[Source: Gizmodo] Just when fans though a brand new live-action Star Wars TV show would be the biggest headline with the launch of Disney+, a historical change is there to challenge for the title.

Yes, it’s true. The Han shot first scene has been altered. Again. And this time, it’s kind of hilarious.

Yes, Greedo screams something in Rodese—the Rodian language, which itself has similarities to the Huttese spoken by Jabba and other alien characters in the trilogy—that sounds like “Makunke!” or “Maclunky!” before shooting now as if to warn Han what’s about to come. No one ever talked after Han said, “I bet you have” before.

The question you’re asking is “Why?” And we don’t know. What we do know is “How.” According to Vanity Fair, and confirmed by io9 via Lucasfilm, George Lucas himself made this change “at least seven years ago” before Disney acquired the company. In that timeframe, we believe that change was made when the director converted the film to 4K for a planned 3D release which never happened. But, the 4K version remained, with this change, and now that’s the one on Disney+.

Since this was a Lucas change, odds are we’ll never know exactly why he did it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Nostalgia Corner -- "THE DIRTY PAIR"

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.
THE INVISIBLE MAN
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

K L A U S
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
VIEWING SCHEDULE
                    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
ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW

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!
Bwahahahaha!!!

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

NETFLIX presents EDEN
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! 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

HALLOWEEN IN ANIME AND JAPAN!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Did you know that Halloween is a recent celebration in Japan? How did Halloween come to Japan and how does it affect your favorite anime? Lets find out as Robyn explores the history of Halloween and how the Japanese celebrate this spooky time of year!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Trailer for "ANTLERS"

A  N  T  L  E  R  S
In ANTLERS, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.