Next Club Meeting: October 23, 2021, 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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Monday, October 18, 2021

Next Club Meeting is October 23, 2021

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K

"We're back in the BOARD ROOM, baby!"
M O N T H L Y   M E E T I N G

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Board Room (2nd Floor)
Saturday, October 23, 2021
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
We will be in the BOARD ROOM on the
Second Floor. The maximum number of people
allowed in the room is TEN, so please 
arrive early to claim your seat. 
In accordance with the CDC and state of Illinois guidance, face masks are REQUIRED.  

Hope to see everyone there!

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

(Click below for maps)

Sunday, October 17, 2021

New Trailer for THE BATMAN

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes The Batman, with director Matt Reeves (the Planet of the Apes films) at the helm and with Robert Pattinson starring as Gotham City's vigilante detective, Batman, and billionaire Bruce Wayne. Also in the star-studded ensemble as Gotham's famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright as the GCPD's James Gordon; John Turturro as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Barry Keoghan as Officer Stanley Merkel; Jayme Lawson as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis as Alfred; and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot. The Batman was written by Matt Reeves & Peter Craig. The Batman is set to open in theaters on March 4, 2022 in select 3D and 2D and IMAX theaters and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Meet a Dysfunctional Family of... Psychics

FreakAngels was a post-apocalyptic webcomic created in 2008 by Eagle Award-winning writer Warren Ellis and artist Paul Duffield, and published in book format by Avatar Press. The plot focuses on twelve 23-year-old psychics living in Whitechapel six years after civilization in Great Britain is destroyed. It is now an animated Crunchyroll Original.

Warren Ellis' synopsis of the plot involves characters "living in a post-flood London that they might possibly have had something to do with." The so-called FreakAngels, who possess telepathy and many other "special" abilities, such as space-time manipulation/distortion, and pyrokinesis, live in Whitechapel.
As the story progresses, eleven of the FreakAngels are introduced and their role in the community is expanded. For the most part cooperatively they have created a small community of roughly three hundred people with fresh water, watch towers, markets, home-grown vegetables and a medical clinic. Their society is threatened, however, externally from refugee attacks and internally from personal conflicts and crime.

Friday, October 15, 2021

"After all these years, Batsy, it all comes to an end!"

An unthinkable tragedy propels Superman into a dangerous new mindset, ultimately pitting Justice League members against each other in Injustice, an all-new DC Animated Movie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the feature-length animated film is set for release on 4K Ultra HDTM Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM and Digital on October 19, 2021. 
Inspired by Injustice: Gods Among Us, NetherRealm Studios’ popular video game, and the best-selling DC graphic novel based on the video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One by Tom Taylor, the animated film Injustice finds an alternate world gone mad - where The Joker has duped Superman into killing Lois Lane, sending the Man of Steel on a deadly rampage. Unhinged, Superman decides to take control of the Earth for humanity’s own good. Determined to stop him, Batman creates a team of like-minded, freedom-fighting heroes. But when Super Heroes go to war, can the world survive?

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Boy from the City of the Dead...

The Faraway Paladin
In a city of the dead, long since ruined and far from human civilization, lives a single human child. His name is Will, and he's being raised by three undead: the hearty skeletal warrior, Blood; the graceful mummified priestess, Mary; and the crotchety spectral sorcerer, Gus. The three pour love into the boy, and teach him all they know. 
But one day, Will starts to wonder: "Who am I?" Will must unravel the mysteries of this faraway dead man's land, and unearth the secret pasts of the undead. He must learn the love and mercy of the good gods, and the bigotry and madness of the bad. And when he knows it all, the boy will take his first step on the path to becoming a Paladin.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Fire Will Reign... Dragons Will Rise...

Gods. Kings. Fire. Blood.

House Of The Dragon is coming to HBO Max in 2022.

House of the Dragon is an upcoming American fantasy drama television series created by George R. R. Martin and Ryan J. Condal for HBO. It is a prequel to the television series Game of Thrones (2011–2019) and is based on Martin's 2018 novel Fire & Blood. The series is set two hundred years before the events of Game of Thrones and chronicles the beginning of the end of House Targaryen and the events leading up to the Targaryen civil war, known as the "Dance of the Dragons". House of the Dragon received a straight-to-series order in October 2019 with casting beginning in July 2020 and principal photography beginning in April 2021 in the United Kingdom. The first season of the series is scheduled to premiere in 2022 and will consist of ten episodes.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Shenmue is now an Anime

Shenmue the Animation
In 1986 Yokosuka, Japan, teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki returns to his family dojo to witness a confrontation between his father Iwao and a Chinese man, Lan Di. Lan Di demands Iwao give him a mysterious stone artifact, the dragon mirror. When he threatens to kill Ryo, Iwao tells him the mirror is buried under the cherry blossom tree outside. As Lan Di's men dig up the mirror, Lan Di mentions Zhao Sunming, whom Iwao allegedly killed in Mengcun, China. Lan Di delivers a finishing blow and Iwao dies in Ryo's arms.
Ryo's investigation leads him to Master Chen in the Yokosuka harbor. Through Chen and his son Guizhang, Ryo learns that the dragon mirror taken by Lan Di is one of two mirrors. He locates the second, the phoenix mirror, in a basement hidden beneath his father's dojo. He defeats a local gang connected to Lan Di's organization, and Master Chen tells him to seek the aid of Master Xiuying in Hong Kong. Ryo boards a boat to China.

Monday, October 11, 2021

A Conductor who makes a pact with Destiny...

takt op DESTINY
Takt Op is set in a world where music cannot be played freely because it attracts monsters called "D2." These monsters are produced from a black meteorite that fell from the sky years ago. They hate the music produced by humans and will come to the music source to destroy them. To resist the D2s, the girls called "Musicart," who each represent classical music sheets, are fighting monsters and are lead by humans who are called "Conductors." 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

13 Angels Appear to Select a God...

P L A T I N U M   E N D
Mirai Kakehashi is a young student fed up with a life of abuse from his uncle and aunt who raised him since his parents' death, but is saved by a Guardian Angel called Nasse after attempting to commit suicide. Upon learning from Nasse that his foster parents were responsible for the deaths of his father and mother, Mirai uses the powers she bestowed him in order to confront them and enact justice. However, Mirai's ordeals are just beginning as Nasse soon after informs him that God will retire in 999 days and thirteen candidates to replace him were selected including Mirai himself. To make matters worse, not only can Mirai not refuse to take part in the contest to decide the next God, but among the other candidates there are those capable of anything to win, including killing all the Competitors as soon as possible. Mirai later forming an alliance with several candidates who also has same goal with him: to win this death game without killing competitors. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Capture Pokémon in the Deep, Dark Jungles...

Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle
Koko grows up in the jungle with a solitary Zarude. When he meets Ash and Pikachu, he discovers the human world — and a plot threatening his home!
In the Forest of Okoya, the Mythical Pokémon Zarude finds an infant boy in a cradle washed up on a riverbank. Unable to leave the child on his own, Zarude adopts him as a son, giving him the name "Koko". Zarude leaves his tribe, which inhabits a Great Tree deep in the jungle where humans are forbidden to venture, to raise Koko. 
Ten years later, Ash Ketchum and Pikachu visit the Forest of Okoya from nearby Milyfa Town. While attempting to capture a wild Cramorant, Ash and Pikachu encounter a research team from the Biotope Company, a scientific organization studying the jungle. Team Rocket, covertly following them, look up information on the Biotope Company and its leader Dr. Zed, and decide to infiltrate the group. Later, Ash sees Koko go over a waterfall, after he got knocked out from a pipe while swinging on a vine with a wild Skwovet, and retrieves him from the water, bringing him to Milyfa Town's Pokémon Center for treatment. When Koko awakens, he becomes alarmed and escapes the building, having never seen other humans before. Discovering that Koko believes himself to be a Pokémon, Ash and Pikachu spend time with him in the town, helping him to learn about humans for the first time. 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Discover the power of art... in BLUE PERIOD

The anime adaptation of Tsubasa Yamaguchi's hit manga, BLUE PERIOD, hits Netflix October 9, with new episodes every Saturday!
Yatora Yaguchi is a fairly popular student who excels in school, but often deals with inner emptiness and frustrations. One day he became fascinated by a painting at his high school's art club so deeply that it inspired him to try his hand at painting. Later, he was inspired by a friend, Ryuji Ayukawa, and subsequently joined the art club, becoming more deeply involved, and attempts to apply for the Tokyo University of the Arts as his choice of college. 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

"Don’t you have anything better to do than boo?”

Prepare to scream… and stream! The Muppets Haunted Mansion Original Special, makes its spook-tacular entrance October 8, only on Disney+.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Toss a Coin to Your Witcher...

THE WITCHER - Season 2
You can't escape the monster within. 
Revisit the journey so far and get a glimpse of what's ahead.
The first episode of the new season would be an adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski's A Grain of Truth – one of the stories, on which the show is based, that was cut from the first season. It's a story of a father and daughter coming together in a place that doesn't quite feel safe for them – and of course, we really get into Nivellen who's played by the incomparable Kristofer Hivju, and we get to explore his character and his backstory with Geralt as well. It's really the perfect kick-off for season two because it's about family. It's about the secrets that we keep from each other, and it's about the monsters that we are inside sometimes. Convinced Yennefer's life was lost at the Battle of Sodden, Geralt of Rivia brings Princess Cirilla to the safest place he knows, his childhood home of Kaer Morhen, While the Continent's kings, elves, humans and demons strive for supremacy outside its walls, he must protect the girl from something far more dangerous: the mysterious power she possesses inside.
Watch the Trailer
The Witcher Season 2 premieres December 17 on NETFLIX.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

There's a little magic in all of us... almost all of us

Disney's ENCANTO
This November, find your magic.

Watch the brand-new trailer 
for Disney’s Encanto, coming to theaters this Thanksgiving.
Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming feature film “Encanto” tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. Each child has been blessed with a magic gift unique to them—each child except Mirabel. But when the family’s home is threatened, Mirabel may be their only hope.
The voice cast includes Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel; María Cecilia Botero as Mirabel’s grandmother Alma aka Abuela; John Leguizamo as Bruno; Angie Cepeda and Wilmer Valderrama as Mirabel’s parents, Julieta and Agustín; and Diane Guererro and Jessica Darrow as Mirabel’s sisters, Isabela and Luisa. Also lending their voices are Carolina Gaitán and Mauro Castillo as Mirabel’s aunt and uncle, Pepa and Félix; and Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz and Ravi Cabot-Conyers as Mirabel’s cousins Dolores, Camilo and Antonio, respectively.
The film features all-new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) and is directed by Byron Howard (“Zootopia,” “Tangled”) and Jared Bush (co-director “Zootopia”), co-directed by Charise Castro Smith (writer “The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez”) and produced by Clark Spencer and Yvett Merino. Bush and Castro Smith are screenwriters on the film.Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” opens in theaters November 24, 2021.

Monday, October 4, 2021

inside job
Have you ever wondered who barely runs the world?
In this workplace comedy set in an shadow government organization Cognito, Inc. in the US, every conspiracy theory is real, with one woman trying to keep their activities out of prying eyes. The series also follows a tech genius and her partner who try to uncover secrets about the world which are "hidden in the shadows," while she works in a place filled with reptilian shapeshifters and psychic mushrooms. 
Inside Job is an upcoming adult animated comedy series on Netflix. Shion Takeuchi, formerly a writer for Gravity Falls and Regular Show, is the showrunner, and creator, joined by Alex Hirsch, creator of Gravity Falls, as executive producer. The series is scheduled to premiere on October 22, 2021 on Netflix.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

When your best friend is a ghost...

Tween optimist Molly McGee and a grumpy ghost named Scratch become bound to each other when one of Scratch's spells backfires. Molly lives to make the world a better place, fix what has gone wrong, and spread joy, whereas Scratch wants to make the world a worse place, break what has gone right, and spread misery. Despite their differences, the two form an unlikely friendship and find themselves helping each other through the ups and downs of their respective worlds. The series incorporates elements of musical-comedy, horror and the supernatural, yet nothing too scary. After all, this is produced by Disney!
In the first episode, the McGee Family moves into a now decrepit house in their new town of Brighton that just so happens to inhabit, Scratch, one of the worst ghosts in the Ghost Realm. Molly, the daughter, immediately "befriends" him and in his anger accidentally curses her so that he is forever tied to her. He tries to scare the family out of the house so that the curse can be broken, but Molly convinces the family to stay. With the advice of her Grandma Nin, she makes a Sal Phra Phum for Scratch who graciously accepts it under the condition he be fed. In the Ghost Realm, the chairman sees that Brighton is less miserable.
Molly is nervous about her first day at school which Scratch tries to take advantage of, but she throws caution to the wind. She attempts to make a good first impression, but ends up upsetting influencer Andrea Davenport after mispronouncing her name and becomes a pariah alongside similar student Libby. When Molly refuses to back down, Scratch accidentally causes Andrea to faint. Everyone begins to insult Molly, but in an empathic moment, Scratch possesses Andrea's body and tells everyone that Molly and Libby are cool. Molly accuses Scratch of caring about her, much to his chagrin. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

We Are Batman - Make-A-Wish Animation

Make-A-Wish Stop-Motion Animation
Oklahoma studio Reckless Abandonment Pictures is back at it again with a "Bat-Tastic" stop motion to make a wish come true for a 12-year-old kid facing a rare disease by helping him create a Batman stop-motion animation. Happy Batman month, y'all!

Reckless Abandonment creative director Kyle Roberts is known for his stop-motions, animating commercial work for LEGO, DreamWorks, Disney, Hasbro, Mattel, etc.

“Make-A-Wish contacted me and told me that they have a 12-year-old kid that loves animation and our stop motions,” Roberts said.

Booker, who has a rare disease called Shwachman-Diamond, has a passion for stop-motion animation and wanted to check out the Reckless Abandonment studio for his wish.

“I felt honored they even thought of us, but wanted to level up Booker's wish by actually producing a STOP MOTION ANIMATION with him! So the wish was set, for Booker to produce a stop motion with our team,” Roberts said.

“Starting pre-production, we asked Booker who his favorite superheroes are. First up, Batman, then Superman, Joker, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman and Robin. Our team crafted a short story with Booker and once we got the story locked in, began storyboarding and animating the stop motion,” Roberts said. Booker's take on why he loves Batman; "Three main reasons. Because he is good with tech (Batarangs). He is trained as a Ninja. His costume and personality are scary but he is good." All fair points!

Booker came to the studio for one of the animating days and also made a live action cameo with his dad! After 1,200 individual photos and 3 weeks of work, the stop motion animation part of the production was wrapped. Booker also came to the studio for a day during post production where the team walked through tricks and tips in compositing and rotoscoping. "I liked getting to hang out with people who like stop motion as much as I do. I'm thankful for the Reckless team for explaining how it works. It was a dream come true to make this stop motion with them," Booker said.

"I am very thankful that the Reckless and Make-A-Wish looks out for kids like me who have an illness," Booker said.

“Booker is such a radical dude,” Roberts said. “I was amazed how quickly he picked up animating with the toys. Booker is also a pretty incredible artist. Our team took one of his drawings and 3D Printed/Painted it! Meet Papalo, a teenage mutant plant dude! Booker had a whole back story on Papalo. I asked him if he was a Hero or Villain... and Booker said ‘He's a little of both.’”

Friday, October 1, 2021

League of Legends Animated Series Only on Netflix

Every legend has a beginning.
Welcome friend, to the world of Arcane.
Arcane is an upcoming animated streaming television "event series" set in the League of Legends universe. The series was announced at the League of Legends 10th Anniversary celebrations. It will be developed and produced by Riot Games, with animation services by Fortiche Productions. Originally set for a 2020 release, the show is rescheduled for a release in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
It is scheduled for a simultaneous November 6, 2021 release on Netflix and China's Tencent Video website, with the series broken into 3 episode "acts" released over 3 weeks. Set in the past, it retells the origin stories of several characters from Piltover and Zaun.