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.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
APEX Legends - Season 7
on the floating city of Olympus
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
This short was crazy-fun to work on. It was ambitious as hell and was the cause of many sleepless nights but I really got to run with my imagination in a way I feel I haven't for a while. Just balls-to-the-wall creativity and it was really frustrating and really fun. It's also a story about isolation and I love to make those, considering around 75% of my short films are about being alone.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
The film, “Demon Slayer: Mugen Train”, is based on a best-selling manga and its release had been eagerly awaited by fans as well as a movie industry keen to get people back into cinemas.
The response, however, has come as something of a surprise - particularly given that the coronavirus is still very much on people’s minds.
More than 3.4 million people - almost 3 per cent of the entire population of Japan - braved the possibility of being exposed to the virus over the opening weekend of the film. It took £33.78 million at the box office in its first three days, far beyond expectations, and more than double the previous record, for “Frozen 2”.
The film tells the tale of a young boy who battles demons in Japan in the early 1900s and is based in a manga series that sold more than 100 million copies during its publication between 2016 and 2020. An animated television series has also proved popular.
Japanese movie-goers appear to have been emboldened by the coronavirus effectively flat-lining, but they also admit they are tired of not being able to do all the things they used to enjoy before the pandemic.
“I was a little concerned, but my daughter really wanted to see the film so I thought we could go if we were careful”, said Fumio Takenaka, a 48-year-old housewife from Yokohama.
Everyone was required to wear a mask at all times and had their temperature taken before they were permitted to enter the auditorium, she said. Bottles of sanitising liquid were at each entrance and no-one was allowed to eat, although drinks were permitted. Announcements before the film reiterated the rules, while another message from the management of the cinema reassured viewers that extractor fans were constantly replacing the air in the auditorium.
No major outbreaks of the virus have been traced to a cinema and industry groups have been keen to play up the safeguards that have been introduced.
“I was less nervous when I saw all the precautions”, Mrs Takenaka told The Telegraph. “But everyone who was there was also very good at following the rules and being considerate about other people”.
Those same courtesies are visible in everyday life in Japan, where it is highly unusual to see someone in a public place not wearing a face mask.
To date, Japan has reported 94,014 cases of coronavirus in a nation of 126.5 million people. A total of 615 new infections were reported nationwide on Friday, with most cases in the urban sprawl of Tokyo. Nine people died of the virus on Friday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 1,694.
The Japanese government is also clearly pleased at another sign that life is returning to something approaching normality for the public.
Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of overseeing Japan’s economic revitalisation, described the film in a Twitter message as “A spectacular achievement for the worlds of culture and entertainment as they struggle with the coronavirus”.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
-- H A R R Y P O T T E R --
The Secret History of Ilvermorny
Friday, October 23, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
According to Disney’s official synopsis, “Raya and the Last Dragon” centers around “a lone warrior who sets out to find the last dragon in existence and save the kingdom of Kumandra from the villainous Druun.” The last dragon is named Sisu and is voiced by “The Farewell” Golden Globe winner Awkwafina. Sisu is a water dragon who can transform into a human being. “Raya” is set to make history as Tran is the first Southeast Asian actress to lead a Disney animated film.
“She is someone who is technically a princess, but I think that what’s really cool about this project, about this character specifically, is that everyone’s trying to flip the narrative on what it means to be a princess,” Tran told EW earlier this year about voicing the title character. “Raya is totally a warrior. When she was a kid, she was excited to get her sword. And she grows up to be a really badass, gritty warrior and can really take care of herself.”
“I remember having this experience of recognizing some of the words and recognizing some of the names and the locations and even certain characters and our job descriptions of what influenced them to be a certain way,” Tran continued. “I felt so seen, and it was such a blissful feeling. I don’t know if I can even explain it, but it was this surprise. I’ve worked on some things before which obviously weren’t as culturally specific as this, and I don’t think that I knew that I needed that.”
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
This short film is inspired by the works of HP. Lovecraft. It's not based on any particular story but rather based around a lot of the ideas I find compelling about his work. I find Lovecraft's stories that center around the limits of human comprehension the most interesting. This film is about our ignorance of all that is beyond us, and how catching a glimpse of the terrifying enormity of the universe can drive one to madness. We all contently live in tiny little rooms staring at blank walls compared to the universe's vastness and its indifference.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
0:00 Intro + Animator Dormitory Spot
2:55 Jujutsu Kaisen
5:54 Talentless Nana
8:16 Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken
10:38 Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
13:15 Magatsu Warheit Zuerst
16:10 Moriarty the Patriot
18:08 Tonikawa: Over the Moon For You
20:33 Adachi and Shimamura
22:41 The Day I Became a God
25:02 Akudama Drive
28:03 Bonus: Higurashi & Yashahime
Monday, October 19, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
Thursday, October 15, 2020
▶ Watch the Video
✦ Music: 지루박
✦ Lyrics: COMO, 박창학
✦ Original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAAiU...
✦ Vocals: JubyPhonic
✦ Mix: Bulletmaggot
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Love and Monsters stars The Maze Runner and Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien as Joel Dawson, a young man who lost his family and girlfriend during a sudden outbreak of monster attacks that sent humanity into hiding. Seven years later, he learns that his girlfriend is still alive in a community 80 miles away, and decides to make a life-or-death journey to reunite with a young woman who surely must have a different boyfriend by now, don’t you think? Standing in his way are a veritable cornucopia of impressively realized CGI monsters, which he must navigate or defeat with the help of two survivors he meets along the way: Clyde (Michael Rooker) and Minnow (Ariana Greenblatt).
Once again, we must note: The action and CGI look pretty damn impressive, especially for a film making its debut via CGI. So too does the sense of humor feel in the right place, with O’Brien quipping at the end that he “feels like Tom Cruise” after blowing up a monster and exulting in his momentary victory. Check out the full trailer for Love and Monsters below.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Friday, October 9, 2020
The series was originally aired on Disney Channel on August 16, 2013. New episodes were moved during its first season to Disney XD on March 31, 2014. The series ran for two seasons until its cancellation in 2016.
The series follows Wander, a nomadic and overly-optimistic intergalactic traveller and his best friend and steed, Sylvia the Zbornak, as they travel from planet to planet helping people to have fun and live free, despite the continuing encroachment of Lord Hater, one of the most powerful villains in the galaxy, and his army of Watchdogs.
The show's first season is episodic; there are very few strong ties between episodes, and they can be viewed independently of each other. In the second season, however, a more sequential story is introduced; as Lord Dominator begins to conquer the galaxy, the show's tone becomes more serious and the focus moves from stopping the rather incompetent Lord Hater to stopping the extremely competent Lord Dominator. As a result, the episodes are more closely linked and there are several developments in the overarching plot.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
▶ Take the Tour
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Saturday, October 10, 2020
12:05 - 12:55 Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! 5-6
12:55 - 1:30 Club Meeting / Announcements
1:30 - 2:20 Re:ZERO - Starting Life in
2:20 - 3:10 Vinland Saga 4-5