Next Club Meeting: November 21, 2020, CANCELLED 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.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing You a Safe and Healthy
Holiday Season with Family and Friends
"Why is Woodstock eating another bird?"
"There’s not a day in all the year
But holds some hidden pleasure,
And looking back, joys oft appear
To brim the past’s wide measure.
But blessings are like friends, I hold,
Who love and labor near us.
We ought to raise our notes of praise
While living hearts can hear us."
- "Thanksgiving"                   
From All of Us at the

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Relive the Beautiful Songs of the Tangled TV series!

Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure
With the wind in your hair, check out all the best music from Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure!
Songs Included: 
Life After Happily Ever After 
Wind in My Hair 
Next Stop Anywhere 
Waiting in the Wings 
Waiting in the Wings Reprise 
Crossing the Line

Catch all of the greatest musical hits from Rapunzel's Tangled Adventures here:

After being on the road for months, Rapunzel returns to Corona where she assumes the role of temporary queen, and must deal with the looming threat of her friend-turned-enemy, Cassandra.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Onmyoji Demonic Feast

While crowds gather and celebrate at a lively festival a demonic feast for numerous demons and spirits is about to commence! The Demonship once again rises from the sea mist, the Lord of the sea Suzuka Gozen joins the feast held by the Demon King as the ultimate guest. As dark clouds shroud the moon's luminescence Ungaikyo uses his power to shape the future. What fate will Ungaikyo reveal? 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Tales of Alethrion - "The Reward"

Tales of Alethrion - "The Reward"
In the small village of Tohan, the young boy Wilhelm is wasting his life on everyday business. Suddenly a glorious hero rides by him. As the boy watches the knight in total admiration the hero accidentally drops a treasure map. Wilhelm picks it up, but sees that another boy, Vito, has also claimed the map. They rip the map into two pieces by accident and end up with one part each. With a half each, they are forced to travel after the treasure on an epic quest together, in hope of becoming as glorious as the hero...

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Steven Universe - End of an Era

Why Steven Universe's Ending Was
RUSHED By Cartoon Network
If you felt the ending of the original Steven Universe was fast-paced, it was. They were only giving 6 episodes to wrap up things. That's the story we're going to unpack.
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The conclusion of Steven Universe proper with the Era 3 arc and Change Your Mind has left a lot of mixed reactions in the time since the animated series as a whole wrapped up with Steven Universe the Movie and Steven Universe Future. Many people felt the finale of the original series was rushed - and it was, but why? Well, thanks to the new art book End of an Era, we're able to piece together the bigger picture. So let's dive in to why the Ruby and Sapphire wedding, Reunited, ended up serving as a huge risk for Rebecca Sugar, the original "cancellation" for the show by Cartoon Network and the habits of the show's episodic nature in general. Why Steven changing the minds of Yellow Diamond, Blue Diamond and White Diamond may have felt too fast. This is why Steven Universe's Ending was RUSHED by Cartoon Network!

Saturday, November 21, 2020

CGI Animated Short Film: "Shim Chung"

"Shim Chung" by Kepler Studio
Based on the traditional story of the same name. The story of Shim Chung, the daughter of a poor blind farmer. The peasant signs a deal with a monk to deliver 300 sacks of rice in return of his sight, but is unable to deliver the goods. Shim Chung agrees to be sacrificed to the God of the Sea on behalf of sailors who need to appease the deity. She is thrown into the sea and meets the god who praises her for her filial piety. Shim Chong returns to the surface inside a giant lotus that fishermen take to the king of the land. The king falls in love with her and helps her find her desperate father who has gone missing by organizing a feast for all the blind people in the kingdom.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Wakfu Season 3 AMV FIGHT

WAKFU: The Animated Series
Wakfu: The Animated Series is a anime-influenced French animated television series produced by Ankama Animation, based on the video game Wakfu. The first season of 26 episodes began airing on 30 October 2008, and new episodes would continue to air into January 2010 on France 3. The show is animated with Adobe Flash software; all the production is done in France except the special episodes "Noximilien l'Horloger" and "Ogrest, la Légende", both produced in Japan. The series is directed by Anthony "Tot" Roux, and character design is directed by Xavier "Xa" Houssin and Kim "Tcho" Etinoff.
Yugo is a 12-year-old Eliatrope who recently discovered his powers, and is on a mission to find his true family. He has lived with his adoptive father Banana, working alongside him at his inn, and has no memories of his real family. He has the ability to summon teleportation portals by rotating his hand in a circular motion and throwing them to where he would like to appear. As the series progresses, he learns other abilities, such as moving at high speeds and creating beams from his portals. Near the end of Season Two, it's revealed that he is the King of the Eliatropes. In the Special Episodes following the second season, Yugo is shown to have not aged in 6 years since the quest of the Crimson Claws, a fact that depresses him as he wishes to be able to court Amalia, but fears that his childlike appearance would hinder any chance of a serious relationship with her. The finale shows Yugo is able to utilize the 6 Eliatrope Dofus to attain godly power in an effort to defeat Ogrest but doing so costs him his brother's friendship and nearly destroys the world. 
In Season 3, it is shown that Yugo and Ruel have been trying to find Adamaï everywhere, to no avail. When Adamaï, using their psychic link, shows Yugo the seeming death of Percedal, Yugo rushes to help his friend, still unable to believe his brother could be capable of such evil. It's later revealed that his actions later brought about the birth of the season's antagonist, Oropo, who is an evil counterpart of Yugo. During the final battle with Oropo, joined by Percedal and a now realized Adamaï, he and his friends are last seen in the realm of the gods. Yugo is Elely & Flopin's surrogate big brother. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

November 21, 2020, Meeting CANCELLED

Saturday, November 21, 2020
[Meeting Room Closed Due to Coronavirus]
New government restrictions have been issued
and we are forced to cancel this month's meeting.
The December meeting is in question as well.
We will keep everyone appraised of the situation.
Meantime, get Netflix and Amazon Prime and
binge-watch a ton of sci-fi shows.
We highly recommend the following:
TRON Uprising
Blood of Zeus
Lovecraft Country
Dragon Prince
The Boys
DC's Stargirl
Altered Carbon
Stranger Things
Over the Moon
Tales of Arcadia
Avatar: The Last Airbender
The Hollow
KIPO and the Age of Wonderbeasts
The Little Prince
Gnome Alone
The Guardian Brothers
Next Gen
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W Briarcliff Rd
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Board Room, Second Floor

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
"Its Corona! Keep away!"

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

CGI Animated Short Film: "The Box Assassin"

The Box Assassin
The Box Assassin is a short film about a pizza delivery boy's unforgettable night of running into a slick, legendary assassin that defeats his enemies in clever ways you couldn’t imagine.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Anime Viewing Schedule for November 21, 2020

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Fountaindale Public Library
            11:15 - 12:05   Deca-Dence 7-8
            12:05 - 12:55   Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! 7-8
            12:55 - 1:30     Club Meeting / Announcements
            1:30 - 2:20       Re:ZERO - Starting Life in 
                                       Another World S2 ep 5-6
            2:20 - 3:10       Vinland Saga 6-7

            3:10 - 4:40       White Snake [CGI Movie]

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Meeting Room A, First 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: Deca-Dence and Vinland Saga

Monday, November 16, 2020

The Tragedy of Droids in Star Wars

It’s not really a Star Wars story unless there’s a lovable or memorable droid stealing the spotlight. But, when you really stop and think about it, there’s also something profoundly tragic about the role artificial lifeforms play in the Star Wars universe.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Gojira - Another World [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

A N O T H E R   W O R L D
Gojira's official video for 'Another World', available now on Roadrunner Records:
We mock and slaughter all the purest kinds
Blinded by the noise and maze, this flash in our eyes
Hope for the world but prepare for the worst
I’d rather find a way on my own

Another world, another place to be
Other world, a new place for me

Don’t believe your lies, don’t believe your tales
I’m longing for the day I will find…

Another world, another place to be
Other world, a new place for me

Another world, another place to be
Other world, a new place for me

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Next Club Meeting is November 21, 2020

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Okay if I hitch a ride to the next meeting?
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, November 21, 2020
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
We will be in the large MEETING ROOM A on the
First Floor. 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).
The maximum number of people allowed
in the room is TEN, so please 
arrive early to claim your seat.


In order to help protect patrons and staff, and in adherence with the state of Illinois’ Phase 4 meeting room guidelines, we ask that you please adhere to the following requirements when visiting the library:

  1. Wear a face covering or mask at all times.
  2. Maintain social distancing of at least six feet apart.
  3. Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.
  4. No food or drink inside the library (Please note, the water fountains are turned off, and Brooks Cafe is not open at this time.)
  5. Staff will wipe down furniture and equipment with disinfectant between groups.
  6. Reduced capacities and availability for meeting spaces. One person per table. There will be limited seating.
  7. If you feel sick or have a high temperature, please use common sense and stay at home. 

Hope to see everyone there!

A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.
Hope to see you all there!

(Click below for maps)

Friday, November 13, 2020

The GHOSTBUSTERS Backlot Movie Coaster!

Ride the 1984 Classic GHOSTBUSTERS Movie Ride with the High-Speed thrills of this one of a kind Roller Coaster Experience! It's a 12 minute journey that will take you through all the classic scenes from the movie along with all the guys, Slimer and Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Complete audio track and special effects are all part of the fun! So if you're ready, hit the play button and strap in! Are you afraid of ghosts?

Thursday, November 12, 2020

"Pork Chop" - by Katherine Guggenberger

TheCGBros Presents "Pork Chop" by Katherine Guggenberger - A severed pig’s head becomes conscious, finding himself in a deli shop with a terrifying butcher. In order to escape, the pig’s head must assemble a new body out of the parts of other animals he finds in the shop’s meat freezer.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

[Encanto] KAYARA Disney Official Teaser

In the oldest culture of the American continent (PERU) lives a beautiful Inca princess (Kayara) who dreams of breaking into the male-only group of Chasqui Inca messengers. Directed by Cesar Zelada. 
In theaters December 1, 2022

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Buck Rogers Returns!

It has recently been announced that the production company Legendary is now in the final stages of closing a deal to revive the classic science fiction universe of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. In this video I break down what we know so far about this news as well as some of the history behind the iconic Buck Rogers.

Monday, November 9, 2020

CGI Animated Short Film: "Alleycats"

CGI 3D Animated Short Film: Alleycats Animated Short Film by Blow Studio. Featured on CGMeetup Nail, the last surviving warrior of the Siamese clan, breaks into enemy territory with only one goal on his mind: avenge his father’s death. Alleycats is an action thriller produced by Blow Studio and directed by Alejandro Jiménez & Bernardo González. A dramatic story of revenge full action and violence.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

EX-ARM | A Crunchyroll Original | TRAILER

E X - A R M
In 2014, Akira Natsume seems to almost have a phobia of electrical devices while also being very good at diagnosing them. He resolves to change himself for the better and get a girlfriend like his older brother did. But then, Akira suddenly dies in an accident. 16 years later a special policewoman and her android partner retrieve and activate a highly advanced AI and superweapon called EX-ARM and put it into full control of their ship as a last resort. Turns out the AI is actually just Akira's brain!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Anime Los Angeles 2020 Cosplay Music Video

Here is the Cosplay Highlights from an AMAZING weekend at Anime Los Angeles! Check out the video and comment on your favorites. Anime Los Angeles takes place at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California from January 10-12, 2020.

Friday, November 6, 2020

STAR WARS: SQUADRONS - Full Movie Cinematic

Full Movie Cinematic 
Following the destruction of Alderaan, Darth Vader orders all Imperial forces to hunt down any refugees who escaped the planet's destruction. Captain Lindon Javes of the Imperial Navy is tasked by Admiral Rae Sloane to lead Helix Squadron in finding and eliminating a convoy of refugees at Fostar Haven. Despite locating the convoy, Javes turns on his wingmen and disables their ships to protect the refugees. The convoy sends a distress signal to the Rebel Alliance, who dispatches Echo Squadron to assist in the convoy’s escape. After the battle, Javes defects to the Alliance, offering his knowledge of Imperial Fleet protocols to earn their trust.

Four years later, after the Alliance's victory in the Battle of Endor, the newly promoted Commander Javes assumes command of the New Republic cruiser Temperance and its elite fighter squadron, Vanguard Squadron. Assigned to the secret project known as Starhawk, the squadron undertakes missions to ensure Project Starhawk’s completion. It is later revealed that the project is a massive battleship constructed from stolen Star Destroyers and has a powerful tractor beam.

Meanwhile, Imperial Captain Terisa Kerill, Javes' former protégé and wingman, is eager to take vengeance on him for his betrayal and is assigned to put an end to Project Starhawk before its completion. She assigns her own elite fighter squadron, Titan Squadron, to hinder the New Republic’s progress to complete the Starhawk. While Titan Squadron's initial operations are a success, an impulsive Kerill is baited into a trap by Javes which nearly destroys her Star Destroyer, the Overseer. Unwilling to let Javes go, Kerill has her ship resupplied with powerful warheads to damage the Starhawk.

An Imperial assault at the Nadiri Dockyards badly damages the Starhawk, although it manages to escape destruction. In an attempt to defend what’s left of the battleship, Javes personally takes command of Anvil Squadron but is later shot down and presumed dead. The Starhawk itself becomes damaged beyond repair by Titan Squadron, although Vanguard Squadron, now led by General Hera Syndulla, make a last stand and use the remains of Starhawk to destroy an Imperial fleet by ramming it into an unstable moon. The plan is a success and, with the help of a surviving Javes, Vanguard Squadron manages to escape the destructive blast. Both Titan and Vanguard Squadrons are commended for their actions, with the New Republic planning to construct more Starhawk battleships while the Empire makes plans to regain control of the galaxy. 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Trailer for 'Godzilla: Singular Point'

Godzilla: Singular Point
Godzilla: Singular Point features a brand new staff and original story which depicts the young geniuses Mei Kamino, a female researcher, and Yun Arikawa, a male engineer, as they take on an unprecedented threat with their companions.
The series' production is a joint collaboration between Bones and Orange, blending hand-drawn and computer animation styles respectively. Atsushi Takahashi serves as director with scripts from Toh EnJoe, and music composed by Kan Sawada. Character design is handled by Blue Exorcist manga creator Kazue Kato with former Studio Ghibli animator Eiji Yamamori designing the monsters. First images and poster art were released on October 26, 2020 during Netflix's Anime Festival, with the streaming service releasing the series' teaser trailer later that same day. The teaser revealed that the series would feature monsters from the Godzilla franchise, such as Rodan, Anguirus, Jet Jaguar, and Gabara. 
On October 12, 2020, it was announced that Takahashi, EnJoe, Bones producer Naoki Amano, Orange producer Jiro Ando and Toho producer Takashi Yoshizawa would all appear in a panel during the Godzilla Fest Online 2020 event on November 3, 2020

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Fate/Grand Order (AMV) The Last of the Real Ones

Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia
A.D. 2016, the foundations of humanity have been incinerated by the Mage King Solomon. Chaldea, a secret mages organization with the mission to preserve humanity's future, foresaw mankind's extinction in 2015. Thus commenced the operation to repair the Singularities in history caused by Holy Grails dispersed across time and space—Operation Grand Order. Using the Rayshift time travel technology, Chaldea's last master Ritsuka Fujimaru and his demi-servant Mash Kyrielight have traveled to and resolved six Singularities. Now, they depart for their most dangerous destination yet: a civilization in the Age of Gods, B.C. 2655 Mesopotamia. Ritsuka and Mash soon discover that Demonic Beasts roam the land, attacking people and towns. Amidst chaos and terror lies humanity's last defense—Uruk, a fortress city that acts as the frontline for the battle against the beasts. The battlefront is commanded by none other than King Gilgamesh, the King of Heroes, who sought aid from Heroic Spirits and took the role of a mage to protect his city. 
Goddess Ishtar in Action

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Is 'Wolfwalkers' the BEST Animated Movie of 2020?

So Tiff 2020 happened, and I could only afford to see one movie. What movie did I see? Cartoon Saloon's newest animated film "Wolkwalkers" coming to Apple TV... later this year. Here's the review.
In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh MacTíre, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh's missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the Wolfwalkers and risks turning her into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy. 

Monday, November 2, 2020

Fun Facts You Didn't Know About "Over the Moon"

Fun Facts You Didn't Know About
Did you know that Fei Fei's hometown is based on Wuzhen, China?
We have 16 fun facts to share from the behind the scenes of Over the Moon!
A girl named Fei Fei is being told the legend of the moon goddess Chang'e who took a potion for immortality, causing her to become a goddess and ascend to the moon without her lover Houyi, and awaits for him on moon. In preparation for the annual Moon Festival, Fei Fei and her family make mooncakes for the village. Fei Fei's mother falls ill, and gifts her daughter a bunny named Bungee, before passing away.
Fei Fei, who still believes in Chang'e four years later, is upset when she learns that her father is engaged to Ms. Zhong, and is annoyed by her stepbrother, Chin. Fei Fei's family joins them for the Moon Festival celebration, and she remembers her mother. Inspired by a crane and the legend of Chang'e, she decides to build a rocket to the moon to prove that Chang'e is real. She designs a rocket that resembles a Chinese paper lantern in the shape of a rabbit that uses fireworks to boost her speed. Her rocket almost succeeds until she realizes that Chin snuck aboard her rocket and they begin to crash to earth. Suddenly, the rocket is captured in a mystical beam of energy and taken to the moon. They crash land after being beset by playful spirits, who then rescue them and take them to Lunaria.
They are introduced to Chang'e and her backup dancers the Lunettes, who are performing a concert for the citizens of Luminaria. Chang'e tells Fei Fei that she has brought a gift for Chang'e to bring Houyi back. Fei Fei takes a photo with Chang'e to prove to her dad she is real, but Chang'e takes the photo from Fei Fei and demands the gift. Fei Fei doesn't know what she is talking about, and a frustrated Chang'e announces a competition to bring the gift to her before the last of the moondust falls so that she can bring Houyi back. Fei Fei gets upset with Chin and leaves him, getting a ride with the Biker Chicks to the crash site. Chin sees some Lunettes with the photo and is captured by Chang'e who demands the location of the gift. Chang'e challenges Chin to a game of ping pong which Chin wins, further upsetting Chang'e, who cries in despair that she will never see Houyi again, causing a meteor shower with her emotions. Meanwhile, Fei Fei and the Biker Chicks head to her rocket's crash site, where Fei Fei discovers her Chang'e doll. She deduces that this is the gift, but before she can leave, she discovers an exiled Lunarian named Gobi and is betrayed by the Biker Chicks, who take the doll and leave Fei Fei and Gobi in the rubble.
Fei Fei and Gobi head to Lunaria on the backs of giant toads, where Gobi reveals that Chang'e exiled him due to a song he sang to her about moving on. Fei Fei and Gobi catch up to the Biker Chicks, but during their scuffle the doll is destroyed. However, Fei Fei discovers in one of her mooncakes a broken piece of an amulet and realizes that it is Chang'e's gift. They return to Lunaria’s palace and regroup with Chin and Bungee, and return the gift to Chang'e. Afterwards, Chang’e is finally able to complete a ritual with the amulet meant to bring back Houyi. Chang'e and Houyi are briefly reunited, but Houyi explains he cannot stay and begins to fade away as he tells Chang’e to move on. Refusing to accept this, Chang’e slips into a depression, causing all the light in Lunaria to distinguish.
Fei Fei tries to reach out to Chang’e, but the moment she enters Chang'e's state of sadness, she as well becomes depressed due to a vision of her mother. Realizing that they both must move on from their tragedies, Chang’e and Fei Fei encourage each other to find the new love all around them, for Chang’e in the form of the Lunarians and for Fei Fei in the form of Chin. This allows the two to accept their loved ones’ deaths and effectively move on from them, restoring life to Lunaria.
Chang'e thanks Fei Fei and allows her and Chin passage back home, where Fei Fei must face the fact of whether or not to accept her father and Ms. Zhong’s marriage.