Next Club Meeting: October 19, 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, September 30, 2019

Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life

Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life
Music Video
"Mermaid Motel"
Film: Fantasia 2000

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Countdown - Trailer

o C c O t U o N b T e D r O  W 2 N 5
In COUNTDOWN, when a young nurse (Elizabeth Lail) downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and death closing in, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. 
In Theaters October 25, 2019

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Remembering 'Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers'

The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers

Watch the Galaxy Rangers Opening
The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers is an animated Space Western television series created by Robert Mandell and Gaylord Entertainment Company. It was broadcast in syndication between 1986 and 1989. The series combines sci-fi stories with traditional wild west themes. It is one of the first anime-style shows produced mainly in the United States, although the actual animation was done by the Japanese animation studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha. At the time it aired, The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers was considered a revolutionary children's show.

What You Didn't Know About the Galaxy Rangers

Watch All Episodes

Friday, September 27, 2019

'Blade of the Immortal' comingc to Amazon Prime

BLADE of the IMMORTAL
This is the new trailer for the "Blade of the Immortal" anime reboot which will retell the entire series. Starts streaming on Amazon Prime on October 10, 2019. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4L4lQKZNVA

Thursday, September 26, 2019

'Indivisible' Anime by Studio TRIGGER & Titmouse

indivisible
Presenting the FULL animated opening for Indivisible, created by Studio TRIGGER and Titmouse with music by Hiroki Kikuta! We are deeply honored to have these titans of the anime and game music industry be a part of Indivisible.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Extended Final Trailer for FROZEN 2

FROZEN II
From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in cinemas this November.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

J. Michael Mendel Dies at age 54

J. Michael Mendel
(September 24, 1964 - September 22, 2019)
Producer for The Simpsons and Rick and Morty
Dies at age 54
[Source: Deadline] J. Michael Mendel, an Emmy-winning animation producer best known for his work on The Simpsons and Rick and Morty has died. He was 54.

Mendel began working on popular Adult Swim series Rick and Morty when it launched in 2013. The cable network released a statement Monday calling him the “heart” of the show’s production team.

“All of us at Adult Swim are devastated by the untimely passing of Mike Mendel,” the statement began. “Mike was the heart of the Rick and Morty production family, his fantastic talent and wit will be sorely missed.”
Rick and Morty on Adult Swim
“Mike was a universally respected Emmy-winning producer with over 25 years in the industry, who guided and supported a generation of artists, writers and creators and his absence will be felt by the entire community,” the statement continued. “Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Justin Roiland, co-creator of the series, shared a tribute on Twitter.

“My friend, partner, and line producer Mike Mendel passed away,” Roiland tweeted Monday. “I am devastated. My heart breaks for his family. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you by my side Mike. I’m destroyed.”

Mendel won four Emmys for his work on The Simpsons and Rick and Morty.

Monday, September 23, 2019

ACE Comic-Con in Chicago on October 11-13, 2019

https://www.acecomiccon.com/
ACE Comic Con Midwest 2019
Fri, Oct 11 2019 4:00pm - Sun, Oct 13 2019 5:00pm
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018, USA
ACE Comic Con Midwest is coming on October 11-12-13 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL! Meet Marvel’s Avengers: Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), and Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), along with Jake Gyllenhaal (Mysterio), Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Gwendoline Christie (Ser Brienne of Tarth), Walking Dead star Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Rocketman star Taron Egerton, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan Shipka and Ross Lynch, and more! The event will also feature over 75 top comic creators, and 125 vendors and exhibitors. See the celebrity panels live on stage with a General Admission ticket! Get your VIP Packages, Photo Ops, Autographs, and General Admission tickets now at acecomiccon.com.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON Trailer (2020)


IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON
In 1988, Philadelphia police officer Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook), hungry to become a detective, begins tracking a serial killer who mysteriously resurfaces every nine years. But when the killer's crimes begin to defy all scientific explanation, Lock's obsession with finding the truth threatens to destroy his career, his family, and possibly his sanity. Directed by Jim Mickle and also starring Michael C. Hall and Cleopatra Coleman, IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON is a genre-blending psychological thriller that examines the power of time, and how its passing can either bring us together or tear us apart.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

TITANS - Season Two

T I T A N S - Season 2
Check out the full, official trailer for Titans Season 2, coming to DC Universe on September 6. In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans - including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson - learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

Friday, September 20, 2019

"Seis Manos" coming to Netflix

SEIS MANOS DEBUTS WORLDWIDE
ON NETFLIX OCTOBER 3rd
VIZ Media’s First Original Anime Series Delivers Intense Action, Original Storytelling And A Star-Studded Cast

San Francisco, CA, September 12, 2019 – VIZ Media, LLC, Netflix, Inc. and Powerhouse Animation Studios announced that the anime series Seis Manos will launch globally on Netflix on Thursday, October 3rd.

All eight episodes will premiere with English and Spanish audio and multiple subtitled language options. Seis Manos is VIZ Media’s first original animated property and was developed and produced with Powerhouse Animation Studios (Frederator Studios Castlevania).

Set in Mexico in the 1970’s, Seis Manos centers on three orphaned martial arts warriors who join forces with a DEA agent and a Mexican Federale to battle for justice after their beloved mentor is murdered in their tiny border town.

Seis Manos features a notable voice cast highlighted by Aislinn Derbez (La Casa de las Flores) as Isabela, Mike Colter (Luke Cage) as Brister, Jonny Cruz (Overwatch) as Jesus, Angelica Vale (Jane The Virgin) as Garcia, Vic Chao (Mortal Kombat X) as Chiu, and Danny Trejo (Machete) as El Balde.

“Seis Manos offers the very best in storytelling and action, with an incredible voice cast and a unique Latin American storyline rarely seen in animation,” says Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer, VIZ Media. “We’re thrilled to partner with Netflix and Powerhouse to share this incredible new series with fans.”
 
The series is a co-production between Viz Media and Powerhouse, and will stream worldwide exclusively on Netflix. Seis Manos was co-created by Powerhouse Animation Studios CEO Brad Graeber (Supervising Producer, Frederator Studios Castlevania) and writer Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series). Noted screenwriter Daniel Dominguez (Oishi High School Battle, Captain Underpants) is an additional writer on the series, which is directed by Willis Bulliner (Agents of Mayhem).

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Battle at Big Rock - An All-New Short Film

BATTLE at BIG ROCK
BATTLE AT BIG ROCK is an all-new short film directed by Colin Trevorrow, written by Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael. The short takes place one year after the events of the last Jurassic World film in Big Rock National Park, where dinosaurs are now living in our world. The story follows a family of four whose encounter with these wild animals becomes a terrifying fight for survival.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Anime Viewing Schedule for September 21, 2019

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
                    11:15 - 12:05   Golden Kamuy 13-14
                    12:05 - 12:55   Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 11-12
                    12:55 - 1:20     Club Meeting / Announcements
                    1:20 - 2:10       Dororo 12-13
                    2:10 - 2:35       The Rising of the Shield Hero 10
 
                    2:35 - 4:35       Penguin Highway [Feature Presentation]

Netflix Original Series:
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind
the Skeksis' power, they set out on an epic journey to
ignite the fires of rebellion and try to save their world.
- - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - -

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Details Revealed About Avatar 2


The AVATAR Sequels
James Cameron has been promising a series of Avatar sequels for roughly a decade, and audiences are still waiting.

We've already heard quite a few tidbits about what the upcoming films will entail — and we've rounded up all the rumors and spoilers right here.

James Cameron clearly wasn't interested in churning out another Avatar sequel just for the sake of it. Since 2010, he's been dropping hints about what the future of the franchise involves — and it's an increasingly ungainly vision that includes several movie sequels, novels, and much more. Details are often frustratingly vague — heck, even the release dates keep changing.

In fact, trying to pin down exactly when we'll get to see Avatar 2 and its many sequels is something of a fool's errand. Back in 2010, Cameron said the next two films would be coming out in December 2014 and December 2015, respectively. But when January 2015 rolled around with no sign of Avatar 2, he said the sequels had been delayed… but they'd be coming out in 2017 — probably. Later in 2015, Cameron also hinted that there'd be an Avatar 5.

He also claimed that Christmastime would officially be Avatar-time… because Avatar 2 would be coming out on Christmas 2018. Of course, that didn't happen. Then, in April 2017, the timeline shifted again — and Cameron announced we could expect Avatar 2 on December 18th, 2020. Is your head spinning yet? Keep watching the video for more details revealed about Avatar 2!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Next Club Meeting is September 21, 2019

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Hey Rey, got anything to cut this string?

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Board Room (2nd Floor)
 
Saturday, September 21, 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)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Atelier Ryza - Promotional Trailer!

ATELIER RYZA
Not only will aspiring alchemists find a revamped battle system as they set out on their journey with teenage tomboy Ryza and her mischievous group of friends, but they will also be able to obtain special new gathering locations to explore and share.

Throughout their search for adventure, Ryza and her party will discover exotic new locations – including those they have made themselves. In Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout players can obtain special bottles, which can be combined with other items in the game’s synthesis system to create an abundance of new gathering locations overflowing with raw materials. Depending on which ingredients are used in the synthesis process, the environment can drastically change. For example: Plant Essence can create a fantastical forest area; while a Bomb can create a dangerous volcanic field overflowing with lava. Once the environment is created, a unique four-character password is attached to the area, which can then be shown off and shared with friends or across social media - enabling other gamers to explore the exact same area.

Inhabiting these breathtaking locations are creatures and enemies Ryza and her friends will need to fight. Using a newly revamped Real-Time Tactical Battle system, battles will now progress even while character actions are being chosen. In Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, performing skills, critical attacks, or using abilities outside of the player’s turn through the Quick Actions technique will drain the player’s Action Points. These points are shared between all party members, so it is extremely important to use them strategically in battle to gain the upper hand. As the AP gauge is filled, players will also increase their in-battle level known as Tactics Level. The higher the Tactics Level a party gains, the more powerful attacks they can use; also enabling special combos to be performed.

Throughout battle, party members will also be able to give Action Orders to other members of their party. These orders will ask the player to perform specific actions such as “perform a physical attack.” If the order is followed, the character which gave it will perform a follow-up attack with a powerful skill – and this ability does not consume any AP; allowing players to use them at will to deliver strong blows to help defeat even the most ruthless of enemies.

Start your adventure with Atelier Ryza on October 29, 2019
and experience the game on Nintendo Switch/PC Steam/PS4!

Official Site: https://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/ryza/

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sci-Fi Short Film "Life Begins at Rewirement"


Life Begins at Rewirement
"Life Begins at Rewirement" by Trevin Matcek A man struggles with the health care system and his own feelings of guilt when he checks his 100-year-old, estranged mother into Gateway TransCare -- a memory care facility that uploads elderly minds into computer data banks. Set in the near future, LIFE BEGINS AT REWIREMENT follows Simon Ender on the day he checks his 100-year-old mother Jessica, into Gateway TransCare – a memory care facility that stores consciousness in data banks. Simon is a middle-aged, successful businessman grappling with the dif´Čücult decision of what is best for his ailing parent. After suffering a stroke a few years ago, Jessica is wheelchair bound and can only communicate through a text-to-speech synthesizer. She lives alone and is descending rapidly into dementia. The strained relationship of a stubborn, forgetful mother and her uptight son is put to the test. LIFE BEGINS AT REWIREMENT blurs the lines between memory and oblivion, parent and child, human soul and the spirit of technology.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Fox Fires - Animated Short Film


FOX FIRES
Fox Fires is inspired by the Finnish folk tale of the aurora borealis. The film blends 2D and 3D animation together.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal


P R I M A L
Genny Tartakovsky (creator of Samurai Jack) explains shortly what the show, Primal, will be about. It is a dinosaur cartoon style adult show with no dialogue and lots of action and character.
October 7, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

"Marvel" Homecoming Assembly Dance

INFINITY WAR - Homecoming Dance
The PAC Dance Team featuring Advanced Dance from Walden Grove High School (Sahuarita, Arizona) Marvel Theme Homecoming Assembly 

Choreographer/Head Coach: Kristi Lopez (klopez@sahuarita.net) featuring Carlos Quihuiz 
Storyboard: Kayla Brown, Cori Anderson, Charlize DeLeon 
Assistant Coach: Amber Detamore 
Videographer: Alejandro Davalos (jandro@boeandhux.com) 
Shout outs: Carlos Quihuiz, Kathya Quihuiz, Cori Anderson, Keiri Palacios

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

GreedFall - A New RPG Experience

GREEDFALL
Explore uncharted new lands as you set foot on a remote island seeping with magic, and filled with riches, lost secrets, and fantastic creatures. 
Forge this new world’s destiny, as you befriend or betray companions and entire factions. With diplomacy, deception and force, become part of a living, evolving world - influence its course and shape your story.
  • Engage in a core roleplaying experience – achieve quests and complete objectives in a multitude of different ways – through combat, diplomacy, deception, or stealth.
  • Complete freedom in character progression – play as a male or female, customize your appearance, and freely choose your abilities, spells and skills.
  • Delve into a mysterious world of magic – begin a grand journey and uncover ancient secrets protected by supernatural beings, manifestations of the island’s earthly magic.



Monday, September 9, 2019

Robert Axelrod Dies at Age 70

ROBERT AXELROD
(May 29, 1949 - September 7, 2019)
[Source: Syfy.com] Robert Axelrod, the actor best known for providing the voices of Lord Zedd and Finster in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has died at the age of 70. The news was confirmed on Twitter via Axelrod's agent, Kelly, who wrote: "It is with great sadness that I must tell you that Robert passed away yesterday. He was a wonderful soul whose charismatic personality lit up a room. He will be greatly missed."

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Axelrod's entertainment career began in the 1970s when he planned on becoming a musician, spending some time as a guitarist before becoming an actor. From that point forward, he cultivated a successful career that spanned several decades and over 150 different characters.

Lord Zedd is, perhaps, the greatest nemesis the Power Rangers have ever faced. Appearing in over 100 episodes of the Mighty Morphin TV show from the 1990s, the villain imprisoned Rita Repulsa after she proved that she couldn't properly defeat the kaiju-fighting do-gooders. He'd eventually go on to marry Rita (a move that Axelrod vocally disliked), having a son—named Thrax—with her, too. Following Rita's exile in a space dumpster, Finster came under the employ of Zedd, creating monsters that were supposed to finish the Rangers once and for all.

"What I loved about Zedd was that the character had the majority of the show’s dialogue, and I like to work! Zedd had integrity, a word whose dictionary definition is 'wholeness,'" he said of his iconic antagonist in a 2016 interview. "He was wholly evil, intent on destroying 'The Power Twerps' and taking over the world … or at least Angel City. I liked the stately quality of the character, similar to Darth Vader. He wasn’t stupid and always bounced back for more. Power Rangers became the most popular show on TV in the past 20 years in its prime, surpassing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in ratings, toy demand, and whatever else is used to rate the popularity of a show. I’m proud to have been part of that."

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Throne of Eldraine Official Trailer

MAGIC: THE GATHERING

THRONE of ELDRAINE
These fairy tales fight back! Play with new cards NOW in the Eldraine Courtside Brawl event on Magic: The Gathering Arena.
Throne of Eldraine releases fully on MTG Arena September 26. Play in Prerelease September 27–29. Available everywhere October 4.
Read the story of Eldraine today: 
https://amazon.com/dp/B07VP1PQ81/

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Takeshi Miike's FIRST LOVE trailer

F I R S T ❤️ L O V E
The film is the prolific auteur, Takashi Miike, at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.
In Theaters September 27th!  

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Stained Club - Award-winning CG Animation


* The Stained Club *
Finn has stains on his body. One day he meets a group of cool kids with different stains on their bodies and understands that these stains aren't just pretty. 

"The Stained Club" is the multi award-winning graduation animation from students at the renowned French animation school Supinfocom Rubika. Dealing with the effects of abuse both physical and emotional, it is both a stirring tribute to childhood, and a warning to not overlook the inherent vulnerability of kids.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Wizard World Chicago 2019 Cosplay Video


WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO 2019
Here's a showcase of some awesome cosplay at Wizard World Chicago 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm - FULL Minisode


FIRESTORM
From the creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Stingray, Joe 90 and Fireball XL5... Gerry Anderson's Firestorm - filmed in Ultramarionation. After several years of development, Gerry Anderson’s FIRESTORM is finally on its way, starting with this exclusive minisode. Originally created by Gerry Anderson (the man behind Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space:1999 and many other cult TV shows), FIRESTORM is a science fiction adventure series. Filmed in ‘Ultramarionation’, Gerry Anderson’s FIRESTORM will be made using puppets, real sets, miniatures and practical FX - the next step in evolution from the Supermarionation series of the ‘60s.
~~THE STORY~~
The series is set in 2102. Thanks to technological improvements climate change has been brought under control, food and energy are plentiful, and violence has all but disappeared. But just when people are at their most contented, the problems start… Explosions, sabotage, large-scale thefts of military equipment, kidnapping… the only clue as to the perpetrators is a name – BLACK ORCHID. Earth’s environmental protectors – STORM FORCE – are quickly repurposed into a force to fight this mysterious assailant. Their new operation codename... FIRESTORM. As clues are uncovered, Black Orchid seems to be an alien contingent. But what are they up to? As Storm Force discover more - including strange telepathic technology - the alien explanation looks increasingly likely. But when Storm Force come face to face with Black Orchid they discover their true origins...

Find out more at the official Firestorm website: http://www.firestormhq.com

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

GEARS 5 - Story Trailer


G E A R S   5
From one of gaming’s most acclaimed sagas, GEARS is bigger than ever, with five thrilling modes and the deepest campaign yet. With all-out war descending, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself. 
SEPTEMBER 9, 2019


Monday, September 2, 2019

Rambo: Last Blood - Trailer

RAMBO: LAST BLOOD
Almost four decades after he drew first blood, Sylvester Stallone is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time, John Rambo. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. A deadly journey of vengeance, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD marks the last chapter of the legendary series.
In theaters September 20, 2019