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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Friday, April 30, 2021
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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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Saturday, April 24, 2021
12:05 - 12:55 Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 3-4
2:25 - 3:15 Attack on Titan: Final Season 3-4
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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Saturday, April 17, 2021
Fountaindale Public Library
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
SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES:
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:
- Wear a face covering or mask at all times.
- Maintain social distancing of at least six feet apart.
- Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.
- No food or drink inside the library (Please note, the water fountains are turned off, and Brooks Cafe is not open at this time.)
- Staff will wipe down furniture and equipment with disinfectant between groups.
- Reduced capacities and availability for meeting spaces. One person per table. There will be limited seating.
- If you feel sick or have a high temperature, please use common sense and stay at home.
Hope to see everyone there!
(Click below for maps)
Friday, April 16, 2021
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The show takes place thousands of years into the future as robots replaced their human creators in the population and now settle in the titular city. It takes place so far into the future, in fact, that humans have long been considered a myth or a legend. However, two maintenance robots A37 (Kyoko Hikami) and E92 (Kentaro Ito) discover a human baby named Sara (Marika Kono) in cryosleep while on a routine assignment. With their personal and societal beliefs thrown into question, the robots decide to raise the child outside of Eden in secret. As Sara grows older, she begins to learn the sinister truth about the world she was hidden from.
The new trailer has a somewhat different tone than the one released in October of last year, as it focuses more on how the universe’s robots feel about the nearly-extinct human race. However, the dynamic art style and mysterious yet engaging plot still stand out. It looks and sounds great, so get ready to add this into your Netflix queue.
Eden is expected to be Netflix’s first entirely-original Japanese anime. While Netflix has released original anime programs such as Castlevania and Neo Yokio in the past, these were often American-Japanese co-productions. Even anime shows labeled as “Netflix Originals” were licensed from different Japanese studios. Eden, however, is a wholly-original Netflix property from Qubic Pictures and CGCG studios.
Irie directed all four episodes of the new series, while Ghost in the Shell 2 and Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Justin Leach handled producing duties. The show’s script was written by Kimiko Ueno, who wrote episodes of Little Witch Academia and Space Dandy.
Check out the date announcement trailer below.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
This has been one of the longest running legal battles in anime and I never thought I would see it resolved in my lifetime.
To put it simply, Robotech was built from three disparate mecha anime; Macross, Southern Cross and MOSPEADA. Tatsunoko Productions sold the these rights to Harmony Gold, who then edited them together to create Robotech.
The issue was that in the case of Macross, Tatsunoko Productions was not the only owner of the property. The other party involved was a Japanese company called Bigwest, that has in the years since funded the creation of new installments in the Macross saga.
There have been many legal battles about this issue of incomplete rights ownership, but it looks like these have finally been worked out between Bigwest and Harmony Gold.
While I thought this could be some kind of delayed April Fool’s joke, both the original Macross and Robotech sites have press statements to confirm this (here and here respectively). I even checked with Shoji Kawamori’s team and they confirmed this was actually real as well
Considering that the bulk of the Macross saga has been landlocked to Japan, I am just glad that both the work of Shoji Kawamori and Kazutaka Miyatake will finally be made more widely available.
As to the details of what this agreement entails, this is what the official press statement has to say:
“Tokyo based BIGWEST CO.,LTD. and Los Angeles based Harmony Gold U.S.A. announced an agreement regarding the worldwide rights for the legendary Macross and Robotech franchises. This expansive agreement signed by both companies on March 1, 2021, ends two decades of disagreements and will allow Bigwest and Harmony Gold to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential of both the Macross and Robotech franchises worldwide. The landmark agreement immediately permits worldwide distribution of most of the Macross films and television sequels worldwide, and also confirms that Bigwest will not oppose the Japanese release of an anticipated upcoming live-action Robotech film. The agreement also recognizes Harmony Gold’s longstanding exclusive license with Tatsunoko for the use of the 41 Macross characters and mecha in the Robotech television series and related merchandise throughout the world excluding Japan. Moving forward, both parties will cooperate on distribution regarding future Macross and Robotech projects for the benefit of both franchises.”
Regarding the details of what Macross instalments will be given a wider release remains to be seen. I have also reached out to companies like Bandai Spirits to find out whether their extensive toy and model kit lines for Macross will also be finally released globally.
In any case, as a long-term fan of Macross, I can happily say that today is definitely a good day.
Monday, April 12, 2021
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Friday, April 9, 2021
Deep in the heart of the planet Irpa stands the Salty Pig’s House of Tonics & Tinctures, home of the wise Pig Wizard and his adopted granddaughter, Bea. As keepers of the Endless Flame, they live a quiet and peaceful life, crafting medicines and potions for the people of their once-prosperous world.
All that changes one day when, while walking through the woods, Bea meets Cad, a member of the Galdurians, an ancient race thought to be long-extinct. Cad believes that if anyone can help him find his missing people, it’s the Pig Wizard.
But when the two arrive home, the Pig Wizard is nowhere to be found—all that’s left is the Jar of Endless Flame and a mysterious note. Fearing for the Pig Wizard’s safety, Bea and Cad set out across Irpa to find him, while danger fights its way out of the shadows and into the light.
Will these two unexpected friends find the beloved Pig Wizard and prevent eternal darkness from blanketing their world? Or has Irpa truly seen its last sunrise?
Thursday, April 8, 2021
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Monday, April 5, 2021
No. There is reason, and I want to show you..."