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.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
V O Y A G E to M A R S
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.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
Fountaindale Public Library
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?
Board Room (Second Floor),
from 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM.
(Click below for maps)
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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.
- 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
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.
Monday, June 22, 2020
|Alba Baptista will play Ava, the lead role in Netflix's upcoming series, 'Warrior Nun.' The series is based on the comic 'Warrior Nun Areala,' which San Antonio-based Antarctic Press first published in 1994.|
|‘Warrior Nun Areala’ creator Ben Dunn will see his comic creation come to life in a new Netflix sci-fi series. Dunn debuted the character in 1994 in a miniseries by San Antonio-based publisher, Antarctic Press, which Dunn founded in 1984.|
Portuguese actress Alba Baptista will lead as Ava, the 19-year-old title hero who wakes up in a morgue with a holy artifact embedded in her back and a holy mission to kick demon butt, as both heaven and hell vie for her abilities.
Dunn wrote and illustrated the comic about Sister Shannon Masters, a noble nun who assumes the mantle of a powerful Valkyrie who launched a hard-fighting holy order. Dunn later sold the rights to the “Warrior Nun” name and character to Avatar Press.
Netflix has announced a release date for “Warrior Nun.” The series will have 10 episodes available on July 2, 2020. Simon Berry is the series creator, showrunner and executive producer, with Dunn as a story consultant.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
The movie follows Aya, a young orphan unaware that she’s the daughter of a witch. The legendary Hayao Miyazaki will be overseeing the production, while his son Goro is set to direct. Goro has already proved his directing chops in the delightful From Up On Poppy Hill, so we have no doubt he can handle this exciting new chapter in Ghibli's longstanding cinematic reign.
Goro said in a statement: "Today, in our country, only adults are abundant, and children are few and far between. It must be tough on our children to have to face all these adults in such small numbers. It was while thinking about this that I encountered Aya." Check out all of the images revealed so far below.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
"It is with great sadness that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88," they said (via The Guardian).
"He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer," they added, noting that his illness was Parkinson's related. "Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely."
However, he focused more on a screen career after getting stage fright in 1976, and gained international attention for playing evil cyborg Ash in 1979's Alien.
Holm earned an Oscar nomination for portraying Sam Mussabini in 1981's Chariots of Fire, and also won a BAFTA for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the same movie.
He went on to star in films such as Time Bandits, Brazil, The Madness of King George and The Fifth Element, and voiced Chef Skinner in Pixar's Ratatouille.
Holm appeared as hobbit Bilbo in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy between 2001 and 2003, having previously voiced the role of Frodo Baggins in a 1981 radio adaptation. He reprised the part a decade later for The Hobbit trilogy.
Friday, June 19, 2020
Disguised as her attendant, Kenshi travels with her and her bodyguard Chiaia Flann to the Holy Land, a virtually impregnable fortress that serves as an academy to train Sacred Mechanoid pilots, most of whom are female. With his kindness, tenacity, and skills that vary from carpentry and cooking to advanced survival techniques, Kenshi eventually becomes a celebrity in the academy, becoming the object of affection of many female students and making some of the male students envious. However, the same organization who deceived Kenshi is secretly working inside and against the academy, and a worldwide conflict is about to begin.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
“ ‘On-Gaku: Our Sound’ reminds us of our favorite indie comedies while remaining a wholly unique film. Kenji Iwaisawa’s remarkable hand-drawn work has created a film full of quotable lines, distinctive characters and infectious style. It remains one of the most fun viewing experiences we’ve had all year,” said Uhler.
Previously, the Ottawa jury hailed it as “a triumph of economic storytelling without sacrificing the richness of its characters.” They said they were “particularly impressed with the perfect timing, the simplicity of design, and the joyous celebration of the medium of animation.”
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
The Last of Us Part II is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. Set five years after the events of The Last of Us (2013), players enter the role of 19-year-old Ellie, who comes into conflict with a mysterious cult in a post-apocalyptic United States. The game contains survival horror elements and is played from the third-person perspective. Players can use firearms, improvised weapons, and stealth to defend against hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus.
The six-year development of Part II began in 2014, soon after the release of The Last of Us Remastered. Neil Druckmann returns as creative director whilst Gustavo Santaolalla
returns to compose and perform the score. It was announced in December
2016 and delayed twice, first for further development and then due to
logistical problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The game is scheduled for release on June 19, 2020. It received universal acclaim by critics.
The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure survival horror game played from the third-person perspective. Players can use firearms, bows, improvised weapons, and stealth to defend against hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus. The gameplay mechanics in Part II have also expanded upon its predecessor, The Last of Us. In it the player character can traverse the environment more openly by being able to reach higher vantage points by jumping and climbing while playing as the more nimble Ellie. Players can also crawl in a prone position to evade enemies. Throughout the game, players will have a non-player character assisting them. Additionally, large portions of the game are set in Seattle, Washington.
The game also sees the return of "Listen Mode" allowing players to locate enemies through a heightened sense of hearing and spatial awareness, indicated as outlines visible through walls and objects. Additionally, players can collect supplements to upgrade skills in a skill tree. The three main branches of the tree are Survival, Crafting, and Stealth. Survival upgrades improve health, Listen Mode's range, and throw distance. Crafting upgrades allow for melee upgrades, increase to Ellie's crafting speed, and the ability to craft smoke and stun bombs. Stealth upgrades improve prone movement speed, faster stealth kills, and unlock pistol silencers. Part II also introduces guard dogs that can track the player's scent.