Next Club Meeting: August 15, 2020, 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 fourth Saturday of each month (except when holidays or conventions coincide). The meetings are free and open to the public. Join us for a day filled with anime.

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

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Superman: Man of Tomorrow - Official Trailer

SUPERMAN: Man of Tomorrow
Daily Planet intern Clark Kent takes learning-on-the-job to new extremes when Lobo and Parasite set their sights on Metropolis in Superman: Man of Tomorrow, available later in summer 2020 on Digital, 4K, Blu-ray & DVD.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Superman: Man of Tomorrow is the 41st film in the popular series of DC Universe Movies.

Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Darren Criss (Glee, American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace) and Emmy nominee Zachary Quinto (Star Trek franchise, Heroes) lead a star-studded cast as the voices of Superman/Clark Kent and Lex Luthor, respectively. The cast also includes Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Baywatch, All My Children) as Lois Lane, Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Parasite/Rudy Jones, Ryan Hurst (The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Remember the Titans) as Lobo, Ike Amadi (Mass Effect 3, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge) as Martian Manhunter, Neil Flynn (The Middle, Scrubs) as Jonathan Kent, Bellamy Young (Scandal, Prodigal Son) as Martha Kent, Cristina Milizia (DC Super Hero Girls) as Maya, Petey & Kaylie, Eugene Byrd (Bones, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures) as Ron Troupe, April Stewart (South Park) as Mrs. Ross, and Piotr Michael (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle) as Perry White, as well as Cissy Jones (Firewatch) and David Chen (Gotham).

Chris Palmer (Voltron: Legendary Defender) is the director of Superman: Man of Tomorrow, utilizing a script by Tim Sheridan (The Death of Superman). Supervising Producer is Butch Lukic.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Amphibia Season 2 Trailer

Return to Amphibia!
S E A S O N   T W O
The adventures continue as the Plantars head to Newtopia! New episodes start July 11th on Disney Channel!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Is Kathleen Kennedy's Reign Coming to an END?

Kathleen Kennedy's
Empire Strikes Out
As Big Changes Loom for Lucasfilm
Star Wars under Kathleen Kennedy has been a disappointment for Disney, dividing the fandom and alienating longtime fans, but recent rumors now suggest Disney seeks to start over and bring fans back to the franchise. What does this mean for the management of Lucasfilm? And what will we see at Star Wars Celebration in 2022?

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Being Immortal is Never Easy...

THE OLD GUARD
Forever is harder than it looks.
Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (Kiki Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (LOVE & BASKETBALL, BEYOND THE LIGHTS), THE OLD GUARD is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks. Coming to Netflix on July 10.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Re:ZERO Season 2 Launches!

Prepare for another season in
another world on July 8!
Who is the person above? I guess we'll never know. Or we will have to find out when Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 joins the Crunchyroll Summer 2020 Lineup!

The first episode of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 goes live on Crunchyroll on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30am Pacific Time / 8:30am Mountain Time / 9:30am Central Time / 10:30am Eastern Time.

Here are all the details you need for the Season 2 Premiere:
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2
  • Launch Time: July 8 at 7:30am Pacific Time / 8:30am Mountain Time / 9:30am Central Time / 10:30am Eastern Time
  • Territories: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS

Check out the Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 Series Spotlight for all the trailers, cast, staff and more!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Kipo is an Underdeveloped Masterpiece

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
Season 1 Analysis
Exploring what Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts does right and what it can improve at as of Season 1. (Spoilers)
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is an American animated television series created by Radford Sechrist, adapted from his 2015 webcomic Kipo. The series is produced by DreamWorks Animation Television and animated by South Korean studio Mir. Its first season of ten episodes premiered on Netflix on January 14, 2020.

Kipo Oak, a thirteen-year-old girl, is searching for her father after being forced to flee from her underground city. To do so, she travels through an overgrown post-apocalyptic urban wasteland called "Las Vistas", ruled by sentient mutant animals ("mutes"), together with her new friends Wolf, Mandu, Benson and Dave. Sechrist compared the series to The Wizard of Oz, "but instead of ruby slippers [Kipo] has Converse on".

In the first season, Kipo is separated from her father Lio after their burrow is attacked by a monkey "mega mute". Traversing through the apocalyptic surface world of Las Vistas, she meets and befriends Wolf, a cold and hardened girl who has been surviving on her own after her adoptive wolf family turned on her, the upbeat Benson and his insect companion Dave, and the pig Mandu. Together, they set out to find the burrow Lio and the rest of Kipo's community fled to after their first one was destroyed. As the five travel along they make many mute allies and enemies, including the despot Scarlemagne, who rules over all the mute factions with an iron fist and intends to create a human army with his mind-controlling pheromones. Kipo also starts to experience strange physical mutations that give her mute-like abilities, which she uses to help her friends and herself against the various hostile mutes they encounter.

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Collapse of Star Wars, Star Trek & Doctor Who

How Social Justice and
Woke-ness Have DAMAGED Hollywood and Pop Culture (and they blame YOU)
In the last few years, we have witnessed the implosion of some previously very popular entertainment franchises, franchises that go back decades, and have become institutions in their own right. Institutions like Star Trek. Star Wars. And Doctor Who, the most recent to implode. On February 14th, the BBC, home of Doctor who, put out an article which pointed out the rising influence of fans, all while bemoaning what they call “fan entitlement”. But after fans really the entitled ones? In the aftermath of the destruction of Doctor Who, @AndreEinherjar will go through this article, and give his response to the accusation that fans somehow are the entitled ones.
Yes, but no one asked for this. Dr. Who viewership is at its lowest.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Manga's "Freedom of Expression" With Japan

Manga Artists Fighting
American Censorship

[Source: Crunchyroll] UQ HOLDER and Love Hina manga creator, Ken Akamatsu tweeted on June 29 that he'd recently been summoned by the Japanese National Government to discuss manga and how it can succeed in the next 10 years. Akamatsu has been involved as an informal advisor for the Japanese government in the past on matters relating to manga for a creator's perspective.

The above Tweet reads:

"This month, I was invited to participate in a House of Councillors witness questioning session, but instead, a member of the DIET [Japanese government] asked me, 'What measures are needed for Japanese manga need to survive in the world?' I replied, "First and foremost, freedom of expression. Compared to other countries, Japan's forte is its freedom of creativity. However, with foreign platforms becoming more and more dominant, I would like to avoid a situation where Japanese works are regulated by foreign standards.'"

Akamatsu went on to say that to preserve manga over the next ten years, raw manuscripts of manga series should be stored, exhibited, and monetized at a National Manga Center. According to Akamatsu, all the government members in attendance agreed with the idea.

In the past, Akamatsu spearheaded the "Doujin" mark for the cover of manga volumes, showing that the original creator of the series approved of the series being used for fan-works. The first series to use the mark on the first printing was Akamatsu's own UQ HOLDER.

Source: Ken Akamatsu on Twitter

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Can Star Wars Be Saved from Woke Culture?

Is Disney considering ERASING the STAR WARS Sequel Trilogy from Official Canon?
The finest hour of the Kennedy Faction of Lucasfilm was the release of Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi – but it has since become the focal point of a disagreement within Disney, and to some extent, within Hollywood at large.

In this video, we will explore the significance The Last Jedi holds to many in Hollywood, and how they are in upheaval about the push from a faction within Disney to ERASE it, and the rest of the sequel trilogy with it, from official Star Wars continuity. Then, whether the Disney trilogy is wiped from canon or not, we will explore what the future might hold for the Star Wars brand.
Bring back the Glory Days of the Original STAR WARS and take a stand that says
The Last Jedi is Not Canon"

Friday, July 3, 2020

Don't Miss the Next Block-Puncher Movie!

Truck Flipper v Bus Puncher
Two studio execs battle to have the best movie featuring a hero punching a vehicle and having the vehicle flip over them! Who will win!?

Thursday, July 2, 2020

How to FIX Disney's Damage to Star Wars...


STAR WARS Leaks Reveal How
Sequel Trilogy Will Be ERASED
Can Star Wars be saved? We broke the news about a secret plan to save Star Wars by erasing the Sequel Trilogy, and now we bring you details on how exactly they’re planning to reset the Star Wars universe, and why Kathleen Kennedy HATES it!
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"Nooooooo!! You cannot ERASE me!"
- K. Kennedy

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

From the Creator of "Regular Show"...

CLOSE ENOUGH
From JG Quintel, creator of Regular Show comes Close Enough, a surreal animated comedy about a married couple, their five-year-old daughter, and their two divorced roommates all living together in LA. They’re navigating that transitional time in your 30s when life is about growing up, but not growing old. It’s about juggling work, kids, and pursuing your dreams, while also avoiding stripper clowns and murderous mannequins.
Their life may not be ideal but for now, it's close enough.
Stream Close Enough available on HBO Max, July 9.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

How Woke Culture Has DESTROYED Star Wars...

THE LAST JEDI director Rian Johnson DISRESPECTS
STAR WARS creator George Lucas
[Source: Midnight's Edge] On June 28th, a challenge of sorts was put up on Twitter: Say a genuinely nice thing about the Star Wars prequels. You wouldn’t think something as innocent as this could spiral out of control, but Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, found a way. In this editorial @AndreEinherhar will look into Johnson’s compliment that was so backhanded it actually trashes Lucas, and what might be his reason for tweeting such snide remarks at the expense of the creator of Star Wars in the first place.
"Kill the Past. Destroy Star Wars! Remake it into our Woke image" - R. Johnson
Interview clips taken from here:
Special thanks to Dave T Geek for assembling them.

Monday, June 29, 2020

THE BOYS Season 2 First Look

THE BOYS
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 formiddable Vought backing.
Meet Stormfront
The Boys (2019) is the new action movie starring Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue and Erin Moriarty.
First 3 Minutes Opening Scene

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Thunderbirds Are Go: Voyage to Mars

T H U N D E R B I R D S
A R E    G O
V O Y A G E  to  M A R S

In 2065, the first manned mission to Mars is launched from Glenn Field in the form of the spacecraft Zero-X. Unknown to Captain Travers and his four-man crew, master criminal the Hood has stowed away on board to photograph Zero-X's wing mechanism. Shortly after lift-off, the Hood inadvertently traps his foot in the craft's hydraulics, jamming them and causing Zero-X to go out of control. As the astronauts eject in the escape pod, the Hood extracts his crushed foot and parachutes to safety from the undercarriage. Zero-X crashes into the ocean and explodes.

In 2067, the Inquiry Board of the Space Exploration Center concludes that Zero-X was sabotaged. Meanwhile, a second Zero-X has been built and another mission to Mars planned. International Rescue agrees to provide security at the launch given the possibility of further sabotage. Jeff Tracy dispatches Scott to Glenn Field in Thunderbird 1 to monitor the situation from the ground, while Virgil and Alan are assigned to escort Zero-X through the atmosphere in Thunderbirds 2 in 3. Posing as a reporter at the pre-launch press conference, Lady Penelope arranges for each member of the crew to wear a St Christopher brooch with a concealed homing device. On launch day, Dr Grant's device is no longer registering, even though Grant is on board Zero-X awaiting lift-off. Scott unmasks "Grant" as the Hood in disguise. The Hood flees Glenn Field in a car, pursued by Penelope and Parker in FAB 1. Reaching the coast, he transfers to a speedboat and then a helicopter. Parker shoots down the helicopter with FAB 1's machine gun. Meanwhile, the kidnapped Grant is found and returned to Zero-X and the spacecraft is launched without further incident.

Mission complete, Penelope invites Scott and Virgil to join her at popular nightclub The Swinging Star. Returning to Tracy Island, Alan feels unappreciated when Jeff insists that he stay at base while the others spend the night partying. Asleep in bed, Alan has a surreal dream in which he and Penelope travel to another Swinging Star located in space. Appearing at the nightclub are Cliff Richard Jr and The Shadows, who perform a song called "Shooting Star" and an instrumental called "Lady Penelope". The dream ends when Alan falls out of The Swinging Star and back to Earth, waking to discover that he has merely fallen out of bed.

After a six-week flight, Zero-X reaches Mars on 22 July and all of the astronauts except Space Navigator Newman touch down the planet in their lander, the Martian Exploration Vehicle. Investigating the surface, the men are puzzled to find strange, coil-like rock formations. Space Captain Martin destroys one of the structures with the MEV's gun and Dr Pierce prepares to go outside to collect samples. The other structures come to life, revealing themselves to be one-eyed rock snakes. The aliens bombard the MEV with fireballs from their mouths, forcing the astronauts to take off prematurely. Docking with Newman in orbit, they start back to Earth.

As Zero-X re-enters Earth's atmosphere on 2 September, a lifting body fails to connect with the spacecraft and damages various systems, including flight control and the escape pod circuit. With the astronauts unable to eject and Zero-X set to impact Craigsville, Florida, Jeff launches Scott and Brains in Thunderbird 1 and Virgil, Alan and Gordon in Thunderbird 2. Craigsville is evacuated. Lifted into Zero-X's undercarriage, Alan repairs the escape circuit under Brains' guidance. Seconds before impact, Alan completes his task and jumps out as the astronauts eject. The empty Zero-X crashes into Craigsville. Picked up by Penelope and Parker in FAB1, Alan is driven to the real Swinging Star where Penelope, joined by the Tracy family, Brains and Tin-Tin, toast Alan as a hero.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Tribute to Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano
"I'm not the one who is going to kill them."
The tragic story of the Clone Wars comes to an end.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Next Club Meeting will be August 15, 2020

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Hooray! The lockdown is almost over!
The Anime Embargo is coming to an End! Rejoice! Rejoice!
M O N T H L Y   M E E T I N G

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Meeting Room A (1st Floor)
 
Saturday, August 15, 2020
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM

PLEASE READ

After more than FIVE MONTHS, we are finally returning
to our normal operating schedule, with, of course,
social distancing rules. At this time, masks will be required.
There can be only one person per desk (in order to
keep that 6 foot distance from each other).

We will be meeting in a DIFFERENT ROOM than usual.
Instead of Upstairs in the Board Room, we will be in the
large MEETING ROOM A on the First Floor. The maximum
number of people allowed in the room is FIFTEEN, so
please arrive early to claim your seat.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again!

So what's your REACTION to this good news?

Mine TOO!

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)

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Isaac Asimov's FOUNDATION comes to Apple TV

F  O  U  N  D  A  T  I  O  N
The future begins in 2021
Based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, Foundation chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire: https://apple.co/_Foundation
Foundation stars SAG Award-winner and Emmy-nominee Jared Harris as Hari Seldon; Lee Pace as Brother Day; Lou Llobell as Gaal; Leah Harvey as Salvor; Laura Birn as Demerzel; Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk; and Cassian Bilton as play Brother Dawn.

Foundation is executive produced by Robyn Asimov, David S. Goyer, Josh Friedman, Cameron Welsh, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross. The series is produced for Apple by Skydance Television.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Be the X-wing Pilot You'vee Always Wanted To Be

STAR WARS: Squadrons
Pre-order STAR WARS™: Squadrons to get the New Republic Recruit and Imperial Ace cosmetic items! Feel the adrenaline of first-person multiplayer space dogfights alongside your squadron, and buckle up in a thrilling STAR WARS™ campaign.
Coming October 2, 2020
Master the art of starfighter combat in the authentic piloting experience Star Wars™: Squadrons. Buckle up and feel the adrenaline of first-person multiplayer space dogfights alongside your squadron. Pilots who enlist will step into the cockpits of starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets and fight in strategic 5 vs. 5 space battles. Modify your starfighter and adjust the composition of your squadron to suit varying playstyles and crush the opposition. Pilots will triumph as a team and complete tactical objectives across known and never-before-seen battlefields, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.

Take control of starfighters such as the X-wing and TIE fighter. Customize loadouts and cosmetics, divert power between weapons, shields, and engines, while immersing yourself in the cockpit. In addition, players will have the option to play the entirety of the game in virtual reality (VR) on PC!
Learn what it means to be a pilot in a thrilling Star Wars single-player story set after the events of Return of the Jedi. Seen from alternating perspectives between two factions, iconic and emerging leaders on both sides are battling for the galaxy. The New Republic fights for freedom. The Empire demands order. We need you to join the galaxy’s finest.
KEY FEATURES
  • All Wings Report In – Plan skirmishes with your squadron in the briefing room before taking off to the evolving battlefields across the galaxy. Compete in intense 5 vs. 5 multiplayer dogfights or unite with your squadron to tip the scales in monumental fleet battles. Together, you’re the galaxy’s finest.
  • Master Legendary Starfighters – Take control of different classes of starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets – including the agile A-wing and the devastating TIE bomber. Modify your ship, divert the power between its systems, and destroy your opponents in strategic space dogfights.
  • Live Your Star Wars Pilot Fantasy – The cockpit is your home. Use its dashboards to your advantage and – with just a thin hull of metal and glass between you and the perils of space – feel the intensity of combat from a first-person perspective. Take off in thrilling multiplayer modes and a unique single-player Star Wars story, which covers a key campaign near the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War. Immerse yourself in the pilot’s seat completely with the option to play the entirety of Star Wars: Squadrons in VR.
  • The Mission is Clear – Star Wars: Squadrons is a fully self-contained experience from day one, where you earn rewards through play. Climb the ranks and unlock new components like weapons, hulls, engines, shields, and cosmetic items in a clear path for progression that keeps gameplay fresh and engaging.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay: The Ultimate Preview



Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming role-playing video game developed and published by CD Projekt. It is scheduled to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 19, 2020, and Stadia at the end of the year. Adapted from the Cyberpunk franchise, it takes place in dystopian Night City, an open world with six distinct regions. Players assume the role of V, a customizable mercenary, in a first-person perspective, acquiring skills in hacking and machinery, an arsenal of ranged weapons, and options for melee combat. Both lethal and non-lethal play-throughs are possible.
Cyberpunk 2077 is being developed using the REDengine 4 by a team of 500, exceeding the number that worked on the studio's previous game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. CD Projekt launched a new division in Wrocław, Poland and partnered with Digital Scapes, Nvidia, and QLOC to assist with production. Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith is a consultant, and actor Keanu Reeves has a starring role. The soundtrack features music by Marcin Przybyłowicz, P. T. Adamczyk, Paul Leonard-Morgan, and numerous pop artists.

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Cyberpunk 2077 is played in a first-person perspective as V, a mercenary whose voice, face, hairstyles, body type and modifications, background, and clothing are customizable. Stat categories—Body, Intelligence, Reflexes, Technical, and Cool—are influenced by the character classes that players assume, which are NetRunner (hacking), Techie (machinery), and Solo (combat). The perk tree branches into melee, blades, handguns, shotguns, rifles, sniper rifles, hacking, two-handed combat, assassination, "cold blood", engineering, and athletics. V must consult a "ripperdoc" to upgrade and purchase cyber-ware implants; black markets offer military-grade abilities.
The rarity of any given equipment is shown by a colored tier system. V can take cover, aim, run on the ground and walls, jump, double jump, and slide. With arm blades, V may climb walls and, like with other close-combat weapons, deal melee strikes. There are three types of ranged weapons, all of which can be customized and modified—Power (standard), Tech (which penetrate walls and enemies), and Smart (with homing bullets). Ranged weapons are equipped to ricochet bullets in a target's direction and slow them down in bullet time. Four types of damage can be inflicted and resisted—Physical, Thermal, EMP, and Chemical. Weapon use increases accuracy and reloading speed, which are manifested in character animations. Gunsmiths repair and upgrade weapons. The game can be completed without taking a life, with non-lethal options for weapons and cyber-ware.
The open world metropolis Night City, California consists of six regions—the corporate City Center, immigrant-inhabited Watson, luxurious Westbrook, suburban Heywood, gang-infested Pacifica, and industrial Santo Domingo. Its surrounding area, the Badlands, can also be explored. V navigates these locations on foot and in vehicles, which are customizable and subject to either a first or third-person view. In autonomous cars, V can more easily engage in gunplay. Pedestrians are vulnerable to vehicular collisions. Depending on the location, law enforcement may be alerted if V commits a crime. Radio stations are available to listen to. The full day-night cycle and dynamic weather affect the way non-player characters (NPCs) behave. V owns an apartment—in which to fetch weapons, get dressed, use a computer, bring NPCs for sexual activity—and a garage.
Night City features non-English-speaking characters, whose languages can be translated with special implants. "Braindance" is a device that allows V to undergo other people's experiences. Branching dialogues enable interaction with NPCs and actions in quests. Experience points are obtained from main quests and fuel the stats, while side quests yield "street cred", unlocking skills, vendors, places, and additional quests. Quests are acquired from characters known as Fixers. Throughout the game, V is aided by various companions. Consumables, like soft drinks, are used for healing, and objects can be inspected in V's inventory. Minigames include hacking, boxing, auto racing, martial arts, and shooting ranges. "Game over" messages only appear at the point of death; if a quest is failed, the game moves on all the same. Player choice leads to different endings.