Next Club Meeting: June 22, 2024, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Animatrix Network is an anime & manga fan club located in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We usually meet on the third 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, August 31, 2019

JOKER - Final Trailer

* J * O * K * E * R *
Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study. 

Three-time Oscar nominee Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line,” “Gladiator”) stars in the titular role alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “The Godfather: Part II”) as Franklin.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Awesome Anime Dance-Off

Dragon Ball vs Sailor Moon
Video by Edandales
Summer Tecno Dance composed by Riccardo Balsamo

Thursday, August 29, 2019

You Can Get Disney+ for $4 a Month

$4 a month offer ends September 2, 2019
There are still two and a half months before Disney launches its new streaming service, but if you are ready to commit to the platform, and Disney’s fan club, then you can get Disney+ for cheaper than Netflix and Hulu.
Must be a D23 Member to qualify
When Disney+ launches on November 12, it will cost $6.99 a month. For comparison, Netflix’s plans go for $9 to 16, and Hulu’s offerings cost between $6 and $12 each month.
Must sign up for a 3-year commitment
But Disney is offering an opportunity to get the service for less, so long as you join its fan club, D23. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A Totally Abominable Trailer

- A B O M I N A B L E -
DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.

When teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him “Everest” and embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.

But the trio of friends will have to stay one-step ahead of Burnish (Eddie Izzard), a wealthy man intent on capturing a Yeti, and zoologist Dr. Zara (Sarah Paulson) to help Everest get home.

Abominable is written and directed by Jill Culton (Open Season, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 2) and is produced by Suzanne Buirgy (Kung Fu Panda 2, Home). Peilin Chou of Pearl Studio also produces. The film is executive produced by Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Home, ANTZ) and is co-directed by Todd Wilderman (Trolls, The Croods).

Abominable will be released by Universal Pictures worldwide beginning September 27, 2019. In China, the film will be distributed by Pearl.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

New Teaser for "Rise of Skywalker"

Teaser Trailer for "Rise of Skywalker"
The force was very present at the Disney Studios panel at the D23 Expo, where Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and director J.J. Abrams unleashed a new poster and teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) are back in action, dueling for the fates once more.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Mandalorian - Official Trailer

T H E   M A N D A L O R I A N
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. “The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Ascendance of a Bookworm | OFFICIAL TRAILER

Ascendance of a Bookworm
When she woke up, she was in a parallel world...
Avid bookworm and college student Motosu Urano ends up dying in an unforeseen accident. This came right after the news that she would finally be able to work as a librarian like she had always dreamed of.
Where Magic exists to those who could read...
When she regained consciousness, she was reborn as Myne, the five-year-old daughter of a poor soldier. She was in the town of Ehrenfest, a town that existed in a parallel world and had a harsh class system where the magic-wielding nobles ruled supreme. But Myne doesn't really let that get to her. After all, as long as she had books, she didn't really need anything else.
And books are rare, especially to the poor...
However, this world had a very low literacy rate and no real way of printing books, so books were scarce and belonged only to the nobles. They were completely out of reach for the daughter of some poor soldier. But that doesn't stop Myne from wanting to read books, so she makes a decision...
"If there aren't any books, I'll just create some."
Myne might not have energy or money, but she has an endless amount of knowledge from all the books she read in her previous life. Will Myne actually be able to make some books? Myne's adventure to create books starts now.

Friday, August 23, 2019


Living in a ninja residence tucked away in a corner of a futuristic city is Rikka, the eldest daughter of a Ninja clan, who looks up to her father—a researcher—very much. Carrying on with her life normally, Rikka's home came suddenly under attack one day. Driven into a corner, what would she do to overcome this crisis? Rip darkness to pieces and become "BLACK"!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mortal Kombat Janitors

Mortal Kombat Janitors 
Inspired by MK11, a day in the real life of Mortal Kombat janitors. Somebody's gotta clean up the mess after fights...

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

His Dark Materials: Season 1 Trailer

HBO and BBC present His Dark Materials, a new original series based on the global bestsellers, premiering this fall.

His Dark Materials stars Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the first season follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

"Underwater" - Trailer

U  N  D  E  R  W  A  T  E  R
Kristen Stewart has fought vampires, evil queens and government agents, but in the 2020 action-thriller Underwater, the acclaimed actress takes a dunk and goes up against a deep sea monster. The first trailer for Underwater has arrived so dive in and check it out below.

The first thing that the Underwater trailer establishes is that this crew of underwater researchers is going to the very deepest parts of the ocean. The trailer doesn’t let us in on the specifics of their objectives or what they are studying, but all we need to know is that these characters are about as far as a person could possibly be on this planet from the nearest help or hope of rescue. That sets the stage for what’s to follow.

Something shakes the entire subterranean research laboratory and Kristen Stewart’s character Norah sees what has to be the most terrifying thing you could see in a place that deep underwater: a leak. The whole thing begins to flood and when the crew regroups, that’s when we get the first idea of what exactly might be going on. It seems that like the Dwarves in the mines of Moria, they “delved too greedily and dug too deep” and freed or awoke…something.

When the crew has to walk across the bottom of the ocean to survival, they must contend with the deep sea creature or creatures that are now awake. Unlike last year’s The Meg, and despite having comedian T.J. Miller as part of the cast, Underwater seems like it will largely eschew campiness. Instead it goes for a true sci-fi horror vibe and it was hard not to think of Ridley Scott’s original Alien while watching the trailer.

Monday, August 19, 2019

PROMARE - Exclusive Official Trailer

P  R  O  M  A  R  E
An original anime of Imaishi Hiroyuki and Nakashima Kazuki, famous for Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill, title that was revealed by Studio Trigger at Anime Expo. This anime was described as a mix of Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann. 

Galo and the Burning Rescue Fire Department face off against BURNISH, a group of mutants who are able to control and wield flames, and the fire disaster they have unleashed on Earth.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Final Season for Star Wars Resistance

STAR WARS: Resistance
The Emmy Award-nominated series Star Wars Resistance returns for its second and final season beginning Sunday, October 6 at 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and in DisneyNOW, with subsequent airings on Disney XD. The concluding season takes place during the events of "The Last Jedi" leading up to "The Rise of Skywalker," as Kaz and the team continue to fight against the threat of the First Order, culminating in an epic series finale.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Act like you own the place - PARASITE

In US Theaters October 11.
Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale. 

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. 

By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Addams Family Trailer

An animated version of Charles Addams' series of cartoons about
a peculiar, ghoulish family. 
In theaters October 11, 2019
Starring: Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Oscar Isaac
Directed By: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Put DreamWorks Larrikins Back Into Production

DreamWorks Larrikins is a cancelled animated musical film that’s supposed to be about a bilby who gets kicked out of his sheltered life of his family burrow and he ventures out and finds himself launched on a musical adventure across the mystical Australian outback. But sadly in 2017 this film got shut down by Dreamworks and we were really sad and disappointed to hear about it, especially the director of the movie Tim Minchin, after he heard about the cancellation of the movie he was furious and saddened that his four years of hard work on this film got shut down by Dreamworks. This could’ve been a really great and beautiful movie. But don’t worry with this petition, we can raise our voices, we can make Dreamworks put this movie back into production and bring it to theaters so we can make Tim Minchin’s dream come true! And we will really be appreciated if you people spread the word! So please sign this petition, thank you for reading!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Trailer for BEASTARS

B  E  A  S  T  A  R  S
Beastars is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. The series has won multiple awards, including being the first Akita Shoten title to take home the Manga Taishō Award. An anime television series adaptation by Orange will premiere in October 2019 on Fuji TV's +Ultra programming block.

The story takes place in a world of civilized anthropomorphic animals with a cultural divide between the carnivores and herbivores. The series takes its name from the in-universe rank of Beastar, an individual of great talent, service, and notoriety. Legoshi, a large gray wolf, is a timid and quiet student of Cherryton Academy where he lives in a dorm with several other carnivorous students including his outgoing Labrador friend, Jack. As a member of the school's drama club, Legoshi works as a stagehand and supports the actors of the club headed by the star pupil Louis, a red deer. Out of nowhere, Tem the alpaca is brutally murdered and devoured in the night setting a wave of unease and distrust between the herbivore and carnivore students. At the same time, Legoshi has a fateful encounter with Haru, a small dwarf rabbit, and begins developing complex feelings for her.

Monday, August 12, 2019

UNDONE Trailer (2019) Animated Series

AMAZON Original Series: UNDONE
Are we stuck in a loop or is there more to life? Undone, a genre-bending animated series starring Rosa Salazar and Bob Odenkirk. Undone premieres September 13, 2019.

UNDONE is a half-hour, genre-bending, animated series that explores the elastic nature of reality through its central character Alma, a twenty-eight-year-old living in San Antonio, Texas. After getting into a car accident and nearly dying, Alma finds she has a new relationship to time. She develops this new ability in order to find out the truth about her father’s death.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines - Official Trailer

In Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor and return him to his home in America - setting in motion one of Wonder Woman's most captivating chapters. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as protector, Diana soon earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of Earth. Equally strong in body, heart and will, she makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal members have their sights set on invading Themyscira, Diana's paradise home.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Award Winning Short Film: "Green Light"

"Green Light" by Seongmin Kim
"With the ecosystem destroyed after a nuclear war, Mari, a survivor, does all she can to rebuild. When she stumbles upon a robot soldier in an abandoned city, everything changes."

Green Light Animated Short Film is a story about a girl and a robot soldier thrown into the worst situation brought up by the misuse of highly-advanced science technology, trying to restore the land it used to be. I tried to show the fellowship of Mari, a girl trying to make a better future without giving up hope in the tragic situation where everything was destroyed and a robot which started a new life because of her, and how they make a new world.

Friday, August 9, 2019

“MAD Magazine” Leaving Newsstands This Fall

MAD comes to an END
[Source: animesuperhero] The Hollywood Reporter reports that MAD Magazine will no longer publish new content after 67 years of satirizing anything from entertainment to politics. According to DC Comics, the magazine will no longer be on newsstands after issue 9 appears in August. Issue 10 will be the last issue to feature new content, with future issues reprinting previous content and getting sold in comic book shops and mailed to subscribers.

MAD Magazine was originally published in 1952 by William M. Gaines for EC Comics, best known for publishing edgy comics like Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror. It later became a magazine in 1955. The magazine launched the careers numerous cartoonists, including Dick DeBartolo, Don Martin, and Sergio Aragones. The magazine also gained renown for regular features like “Spy Vs. Spy,” and the classic fold-ins. It also inspired the late-night show MAD TV and the animated MAD cartoon series.

In 1955, their most iconic character Alfred E. Neuman was featured on the cover, ultimately appearing in more than 500 covers.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Season 2 Sneak Peek! | DuckTales

DUCKTALES Season Two-woo!
What will happen to Donald? Did Louie turn into a cat? Will Glomgold join up with the Beagle Boys? Is Magica back? Will Earth survive a Moon invasion? And is that... Darkwing Duck!? 

Watch DuckTales on Disney Channel and in DisneyNOW! 

Strap in for high-flying adventures with Duckburg’s most famous trillionaire, Scrooge McDuck, and his mischief-making triplet grandnephews; Huey, Dewey and Louie. After a long overdue family reunion reunites Scrooge with his nephew Donald Duck, grandnephews and epic past, the family of ducks dive into a life more exciting than they could have ever imagined. Intrigued by the wonder of McDuck Manor, the triplets along with Mrs. Beakley’s granddaughter, Webby, learn of long-kept family secrets from Scrooge’s epic past, sending the family on daring escapades around the world!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Monday, August 5, 2019

Trailer for Carnival Row

C A R N I V A L   R O W
Different is dangerous. Watch Season 1 on August 30
Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in Carnival Row, a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythological immigrant creatures. Feared by humans, they are forbidden to live, love, or fly with freedom. But even in darkness, hope lives, as a human detective and a faerie rekindle a dangerous affair. The city’s uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals a monster no one could imagine.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

A Gorgeous Undersea Anime Adventure

Young Ruka and her supernaturally gifted friends go on a magical adventure under the sea, in this gorgeous anime adaptation of Daisuke Igarashi’s manga of the same name. 
When Ruka is suspended from her school handball team, she decides to visit her father, who works at an aquarium. She soon meets and befriends Umi, a boy who seems at one with the ocean and has the ability to communicate with sea creatures. She also meets his older brother, the sickly and haughty Sora. Together they notice a song of the sea that's luring all types of sea creatures away from their natural habitats. And Ruka discovers that her affinity with the sea is far greater than she imagined. Director Ayumu Watanabe (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Dinosaur) has crafted a film of great beauty, depicting a magical seascape setting for this fantastic adventure. Selected for the Contrechamp Competition at the prestigious Annecy Festival.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Streaming Services Are Doubling Down on Anime

Netflix Counting on the Popularity of Anime
[Source: Yahoo!] Misa from “Death Note,” Saitama from “One-Punch Man,” and Code:002 from “Darling in the Franxx” walk into a convention center. It’s the set-up to what could be a pretty good joke. Like the rabbi, priest, and monk, these are religious figures in their own right—anime heroes, favorite deities of a subcultural movement known as cosplay.

By many metrics—not simply the more-than 100,000 attendees to Anime Expo in Downtown Los Angeles this month—cosplay, and its guiding form of media, anime, have been undergoing a resurgence in the past few years. Consumed in the 1990s and early 2000s mainly by Japanese teens, and their worldwide counterparts known colloquially as weebs, anime is now a significant programming genre for streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, not to mention the anime-only services Crunchyroll, Viewster, and Funimation.
Crunchyroll, which has been around since 2006, and is a subsidiary of Warner Bros., announced in November that it had surpassed 2 million paid subscribers (and 50 million registered users) in a time when niche streamers—the recently shuttered cinephile film service FilmStruck, for instance—have been struggling.

But it’s not just licensing deals and niche platforms. In 2014, Netflix—which, per its recent second-quarter earnings report, boasts 152 million subscribers—began to invest in original anime content, teaming up with Polygon Pictures, a 3DCG production house in Tokyo behind several anime films and series, to make shows like “Knights of Sidonia” (a beloved space opera about genetically engineered refugees who escape from a destroyed earth to a spaceship named Sidonia) and “Ajin: Demi-Human.” Amazon would follow suit with series like “Kamen Rider Amazons” and “Tokyo Vampire Hotel” in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

With more than 300 anime conventions catering to fans in the U.S., the anime market is robust. Netflix had the added benefit of understanding their audience’s desire for anime via their old business model.

“We’d been distributing anime for many many years from the DVD days,” says John Derderian, Netflix’s director of content – Japan & Anime. “When we went streaming, it’s just such a core fanbase, we saw a lot of engagement when we put up something very old and non-exclusive. So that led us to, about five or six years ago, to start co-producing anime, where we would come in as a pre-buyer or early investor in the show, and get global rights.”

Netflix launched approximately 30 original anime in the United States and other parts of the world last year, according to Derderian, who says it’s simple economics.

“We take the resources we can from the money from our members, and allocate it towards what they want, and what we see that they want is more anime,” he says. “The numbers we can’t share with you specifically, but we’ve seen a significant growth year over year for the years we’ve been investing more into anime. So the more we have a compelling proposition in anime, we see more and more fans come to [the platform]. And we’re not seeing a peak in any way; we’re seeing growth.”

Derderian even alludes to the fact that Neflix is aware of a subsection of users who are either coming to the platform specifically for anime, or are using the platform primarily for anime.

“We do look at data to see—obviously, these people are all anonymized to us, so we have no idea who they are—but what we look at is, ‘Oh this subscriber watches a certain percentage of anime,’ or, ‘This subscriber, when they entered Netflix, watched a lot of anime immediately,’” he says. “So we can start to understand how the behaviors are around anime on Netflix, and we can match our investment and engagement with that category appropriately to their interests.”

New fans are found through the algorithm, he says. And it shows on the platform, anecdotally. If you’re even vaguely interested in sci-fi or American animated series or films, it’s hard to not get suggested anime titles.

“We use the power of personalization and the algorithm to discover new fans of anime,” Derderian says. “Streaming overall has created a new wave of accessibility and discover-ability for anime. Traditionally anime didn’t have great distribution real estate, because oftentimes it was too small to secure meaningful distribution, and what having a global streaming service allows us to do is find the fandoms.”

The reach of anime goes way beyond Japan and the U.S. Google Trends shows that anime is searched most in Japan, followed by the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, El Salvador, and Peru at two through five. The site, a resource for Filipino otaku (the Japanese word for geek), lists over 70 anime or cosplay conventions in 2019 in the Philippines alone. And Saudi Arabia has held a few anime conventions since 2017, despite protestations by religious Saudis.

Derderian points to “Ultraman,” a new anime series produced by Netflix based on the classic live-action sci-fi series from the 1960s, which had a strong showing in Brazil, France, Turkey, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Anime’s expansion has the added benefit of it being a complex medium with not just sci-fi series, but a whole panoply of subgenres. Already, Neflix has begun streaming series like the comedy “Saiki K.,” the youth-oriented stop-motion series “Rilakkuma and Kaoru,” and the romantic comedy “Ouran High School Host Club.”

“If you look at the catalog in the U.S., it’s pretty heavy on sci-fi, fantasy, shonen (aimed at teenage boys), and seinen (aimed at adult men), but our community, we see anime as a medium, so over time, there should be more shoujo (aimed at women), there should be more slice of life and sports anime, great romance shows,” Derderian says. “We had great success recently with our rom-com films.”

It adds up to a market for streaming services that has the potential to not only grow up within the streaming services, but to help those services grow their subscription bases.

That’s how Joellen Ferrer sees it. Ferrer is the head of communications at Otter Media, the San Francisco-based Warner Bros. subsidiary that runs Crunchyroll. She says that the growth of anime has been palpable at the company, where they boast over 1,000 different programs equating to approximately 30,000 episodes of anime. Crunchyroll also does their own anime convention, Crunchyroll Expo, as well as the industry-wide Anime Awards. Ferrer says that, while they feel the competition rising from other streaming platforms, there’s a rising-tide-lifts-all-boats sentiment.

“It’s the year of anime,” Ferrer says. “We’ve hit that point where there is the increased competition, but it also forces all of us to be that much more creative and innovative and find the ways that best serve anime fans however they’re looking to consume anime.”

Ferrer suggests that where anime once had a nerdy stigma attached to it, there’s a broader acceptance in the U.S. that has attracted previously untapped audiences.

“What’s been really great to see, especially in the last two years, is this continued movement of mainstreaming of anime,” says Ferrer. “Entertainers or celebrities or athletes are big anime fans. There are number of different athletes that are like, ‘I grew up watching Naruto.'”

For Derderian, it’s simple math. He points out that that streaming services like Netflix and Crunchyroll are simply catering to their subscribers needs in order to keep them on the respective platforms.

Friday, August 2, 2019


A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland 2: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.
In theaters October 18

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Justice League gone bad vs. THE BOYS

-- T H E   B O Y S --
Supes have been committing atrocities, which keep getting swept under the rug because they are revered by the adoring public. Billy Butcher recruits The Boys who have all been wronged by The Seven, the world’s most notorious superheroes, to bring them down and stop the corruption. Based on the best-selling comics by Garth Ennis, The Boys is a revenge story where the nobodies take on the somebodies.

The Boys is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It's the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about "The Seven", and their formidable Vought backing.