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.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Robot Carnival - A Tale of Two Robots

ROBOT CARNIVAL
A Tale of Two Robots
This comedy short is from the 1980's anthology anime Robot Carnival. "Strange Tales of Meiji Machine Culture: Westerner's Invasion" (明治からくり文明奇譚〜紅毛人襲来之巻〜, Meiji Karakuri Bunmei Kitan: Kōmōjin Shūrai no Maki, retitled "A Tale of Two Robots, Chapter 3: Foreign Invasion" for the Streamline dub) is set in the nineteenth century and features two "giant robots" directed from within by a human crew of teenage kids.
In the style of a movie serial of the sound era, a Western mad scientist in his giant robot attempts to take over Japan but is challenged by locals operating a "machine made for the parade"—a Japanese giant robot. The style of this segment is somewhat reminiscent of a Japanese World War II-era propaganda film. Despite the title of this segment, there is no known prequel or sequel. The Westerner speaks English in the original release. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

ALIEN ANTHOLOGY - "Alien: Ore"

ALIEN ANTHOLOGY
 A L I E N: ORE 
As a hard-working miner of a planet mining colony, Lorraine longs to make a better life for her daughter and grandchildren. When her shift uncovers the death of a fellow miner under mysterious circumstances, Lorraine is forced to choose between escape or defying management orders and facing her fears to fight for the safety of her family.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Genius Party Beyond - "Toujin Kit"

GENIUS PARTY BEYOND
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In a steampunk world, a young woman illegally creates alien life forms inside stuffed animals, but the authorities eventually catch up with her."Toujin Kit" is one of five shorts from the anime sci-fi anthology Genius Party Beyond which came out in 2008. Enjoy the distinctive animation style and unique story from one of Japan's best anime directors, Tatsuyuki Tanaka.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Trailer for "The King's Man"

The King's Man
As a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them. Discover the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency in The King's Man.

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Based on the Comic Book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons
Produced by: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, with Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance

Sunday, April 26, 2020

SOLAR OPPOSITES coming to HULU on May 8

SOLAR OPPOSITES
From Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty, and Mike McMahan, comes a series about a family of aliens trying to fit in on this human-infested crap-hole of a planet called Earth. Solar Opposites lands May 8, only on Hulu.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hHoKWE4Vb4&feature=youtu.be

Saturday, April 25, 2020

News on the Live-Action "Last Airbender"

NETFLIX's Avatar: The Last Airbender
Covering new Avatar The Last Airbender Netflix Trailer 2020. New Avatar The Last Airbender Animated Series Spinoff Explained, New Netflix Avatar Series, and Avatar The Last Airbender Season 4 Announcement from the creators. 

Friday, April 24, 2020

Bored? Then You Need to Watch "Guns Akimbo"

G U N S   A K I M B O
A guy whose only skill in life is playing video games, ticks-off the wrong people while trash-talking on a popular MMO, and he is forced to compete in a fight-to-the-death Live-Action web show where people kill each other for money. A pair of guns are bolted to his hands (much akin to Edward Scissorhands) and he tries to survive in only his underwear and furry slippers. Best show to watch while you're vegging out on the sofa during this corona quarantine (coronatine?). Enjoy!       
- anim8trix
Miles is stuck in a dead-end job, still in love with his ex-girlfriend Nova. Unbeknownst to him, a gang called Skizm is running a deadly competition within his city in which complete strangers fight to the death for the entertainment of an online audience of millions. 
Miles soon finds himself caught up in the game and forced to fight in a battle to the death. Initially, Miles' lifetime of running from his problems pays off as he manages to elude his first opponent but when Nova is kidnapped, he must finally stop running and overcome his fears to fight for the girl he loves.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Majestic - Society of Virtue

THE MAJESTIC
(WARNING: NSFW)
Every Week, you can follow the adventures of the greatest heroes of Megalopolisville, facing the problems you probably didn’t even know they had... and maybe would rather not know.
Click HERE for More Info on "Society of Virtue"
Society of Virtue (originally titled Sociedade da Virtude) is a Brazilian series of YouTube Videos that serve as Deconstructive Parody of superhero comics, cartoons and movies featuring variants of DC and Marvel Heroes. 


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Trailer for VALHALLA (2020)

VALHALLA
The Viking children Røskva and Tjalfe embark on an adventurous journey from Midgard to Valhalla with the gods Thor and Loki. Life in Valhalla, however, turns out to be threatened by the dreaded Fenrir wolf and the god's barbaric archenemies, the Jotnar. Side by side with the gods the two children must fight to save Valhalla from the end of the world - Ragnarok.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Trailer & Featurettes for Disney's MULAN

Disney's M U L A N
When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. “Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Elizabeth Martin, and Lauren Hynek; based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”


Monday, April 20, 2020

Anime Mecha Series on YouTube - OBSOLETE

O   B  S  O   L   E   T  E
YouTube Original Anime Series

In 2014, aliens suddenly appear on earth and propose to trade consciousness-controlled multi-purpose robot ""EXOFRAMES"" for a small price. The outstanding versatility and exceedingly low cost of the alien technology is immediately put to use in industries and battlefields across the globe. Beyond pre-existing weapons, even the existing social order seemingly become obsolete.

[Source: Comicon.com] Novelist and screenwriter Gen Urobuchi has become something of a legend in anime circles. Though he is respected for the excellent character development in each of his shows, he is specifically known for the dark themes and often violent series he’s created. Series like Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass, and Madoka Magica have cemented this reputation; proving he can bring his brand of storytelling to any genre. And it seems like next for him is a return to the world of mecha anime with YouTube Original, Obsolete.
Obsolete is set in an alternate history where aliens came to Earth in 2014, offering to give us a special technology known as “exo-frames” — robots controlled by a user’s consciousness. Both easier to pilot and cheaper than jets or tanks, these “exo-frames” quickly change the face of combat.

The series is directed by Hiroki Yamada and Seiichi Shirato, with mecha designs from Makoto Ishiwata (Gargantia, Robotics;Notes). Character designs were handled by Akihiko Yoshida (SayoAsa) and Yuya Nagai. BUEMON is the studio responsible for bringing the 3D series to life.

Obsolete premiered December 3rd on YouTube. The series being available in its entirety for YouTube Premium users, while free users will be able to watch new episodes once a week.
(Set AUTOPLAY to Automatically Advance to the Next Episode)

Sunday, April 19, 2020

BLACK WIDOW - Final Trailer

B L A C K   W I D O W
"At some point, we all have to choose between what
the world wants you to be and who you are.” 
Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Natasha Romanoff finds herself alone and forced to confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Romanoff must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Official Trailer for "TENET"

E  N  E  T
Tenet is an upcoming action thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. A secret agent is tasked with preventing World War III through time travel. It stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh.