Next Club Meeting: April 20, 2024, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021


[Source: Nerdist News] In December 2020, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced the upcoming Phase 4 slate at the Disney Investors Day. As part of that slate, two projects with links to the late Tony Stark received series orders. Those projects, Iron Heart and Armor Wars, will premiere on Disney+ in 2022.

Marvel is famous for secrecy, and the upcoming Disney+ titles are no exception to the rule. The series will focus on Tony Stark’s best friend, James Rhodes, aka War Machine. Don Cheadle is onboard to continue as Rhodey.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD

Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD
Is a Stop-Motion Nightmare 30 Years in the Making

[Source: Yahoo! News] The art of stop-motion animation has largely fallen by the wayside. Unless it’s Laika or Aardman, 3D CGI has become and remains the dominant force in both animated film and special effects. The onset of digital effects hit its first pinnacle with 1993’s Jurassic Park, which rightfully won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Famously, Phil Tippett, one of the four artists who shared that win, came away from the experience knowing CG would be the future; stop-motion was a relic of the past. Through some urging, however, Tippett was compelled to work on his stop-motion opus Mad God over a period of 30+ years. It’s a complete work now, and it’s something of a grotesque masterpiece.

ippett shot the initial pieces of Mad God in the late-80s, but didn’t really pick up steam on it until the mid-2000s when he would launch a Kickstarter to fund the project. Eventually, he released three short pieces of Mad God. These shorts encompass about half of the finished film. That 82-minute feature is making its way around the festival circuit; the 2021 edition of the Fantasia Film Festival is where I gleefully sat down to watch it. The trailer was evocative, but the finished piece is a haunting, gory, episodic journey through one of the most upsetting post-apocalyptic landscapes ever put to film.

The film has no dialogue, save some indistinct muttering, but I think talk would get in the way. The story, as such, follows an “assassin” (their distinction in the festival notes), a figure clad in a steampunk-esque WWI soldier outfit; gasmask, metal helmet, trench coat, jackboots. At the start of the picture, this assassin descends from some other plane via a modified diving bell. He lands into a war-torn dystopia of crumbling skyscrapers, large cannons, and long-decayed bodies. What exactly this character is looking for is never specified. We can assume, via later events, that this is some kind of scouting mission.

The assassin traverses different gorgeous and elaborate vistas and encountering all manner of disgusting beasts and pitiful once-human husks. These husks seem to do the manual labor for whatever mad god is in charge, but lack the wherewithal to get out of the way of steamrollers and flying objects. Eventually, the assassin makes his way up an enormous, spiraling tower where a mad scientist and his nurse do horrifying experiments and create screaming infant abominations that make Eraserhead look tame.

Mad God is a staggering work. You can see the time and effort of Tippett and his team in every frame. You can also see how and where he had to cut corners. While the bulk of the movie is stop-motion, or at least uses standard puppetry, a few of the characters are just human actors. Most notably, filmmaker Alex Cox portrays a sharp-fingered puppet-master of sorts who ultimately sends the assassin on his mission. Given the abrupt change, it’s amazing Tippett was able to make it all work as a cohesive piece.

If there’s any criticism to be levied at Mad God, it’s that the narrative is so slight as to be more a suggestion. While we have the assassin to follow for most of the movie, he’s hardly a hero, allowing through inaction the suffering of various poor monsters. The scenes unfold as vignettes and you can certainly feel the start-stop nature of the production. These are minor, I have to say, given the depth and detail of what we see on screen. And chiefly Tippett isn’t interested in plot; he’s showing us a nightmare come to life, the aftermath of a world which man has destroyed and God has decided to smite.

Mad God is worth watching for fans of real, tactile animation, and those who want to see something like a gruesome mash-up of Jan Švankmajer and Richard Corben. Tippett’s dogged devotion to this project is worthy of merit alone, but that it’s so stunning makes it more than rousing success.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Memories of AnimeCon '91

AnimeCon, held in San Jose, California in 1991, was the fourth anime convention created in the United States, the first convention to have major backing from the anime industry, the first anime-specific convention within the state of California (which spawned many similar conventions thereafter), and the first anime-specific convention in the US to break 1,000 attendees. It also formed the genesis of Anime Expo (currently the largest anime-specific convention in North America).

Guests included Jerry Beck, Colleen Doran, Geoff Everets, Carl Macek, Ken Macklin, Johji Manabe, Leiji Matsumoto, Luke Menichelli, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Robert Napton, John O'Donnell, Toshio Okada, Katsuhiro Otomo, David Riddick, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Toren Smith, Kenichi Sonoda, Rick Sternbach, Jeff Thompson, Adam Warren, Robert Woodhead, Trish Ledoux and Toshifumi Yoshida.

AnimeCon '91 was my FIRST real anime convention in the United States, and one of the BEST conventions I have ever been to. Being the first of its kind meant attendance numbers were really low, about 1000 fans showed up. But that meant having more personal time and interaction with the Japanese guests. Imagine walking the halls of the San Jose Red Lion Inn and seeing a Japanese artist sitting alone at a table in the middle of a hallway drawing free sketches for anyone who stopped by. I met with one artist who was drawing random characters on regular 8-1/2" x 11" sheets of paper. He was using a fine tipped Sharpie, and he would sketch anything you wanted. At that time, I really didn't know who each of the Japanese guests were. They had no name tags or signs identifying them. They just drew. The artist asked me in Japanese what I wanted him to draw. I didn't want to be impolite because I didn't recognize him, so I just asked for anything. He gave me a sketch of King the Lion from Nadia and the Secret of Blue Water, which at that time was my favorite anime. It wasn't until later that I found out that his name was Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, the character designer for Nadia. That was awesome! I wish I knew who he was before. I would have asked for a sketch of Nadia herself. I went beck to the table some time later, but he wasn't there anymore. Someone else was there. I didn't know who he was either. He gave me a sketch of a chibi-version of Space Battleship Yamato. I found it amusing and he chuckled. I discovered later his name was Hideaki Anno, the creator of Evangelion and Nadia. Best anime convention experience ever!
- anim8trix

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Netflix's Live-Action Cowboy Bebop

Netflix's Live-Action Cowboy Bebop
Premieres November 19, 2021

[Source: Anime News Network] Netflix announced on Monday that its live-action adaptation of Sunrise's Cowboy Bebop anime will premiere on November 19. The company posted photos of the cast members as their characters: (seen above from left to right) John Cho as Spike, Mustafa Shakir as Jet, and Daniella Pineda as Faye. 
Netflix describes its Cowboy Bebop series:

Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed: a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system's most dangerous criminals. They'll even save the world… for the right price.

The series stars John Cho as Spike, Mustafa Shakir as Jet, Daniella Pineda as Faye, Alex Hassell as Vicious, and Elena Satine as Julia.

The cast also includes:

Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop anime's composer) is composing the live-action series. 

Pineda had revealed on Instagram in March that the live-action series had finished filming the first season.

Netflix posted a "Behind the Scenes" video on October 2019 to mark the start of production. The production on the first season was on hold in New Zealand after lead actor John Cho's on-set knee injury in October 2019, followed by a shutdown due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In July 2020, New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment began allowing the series' crew to enter the country for filming in the next six months, even as most countries are still dealing with COVID-19.

Writer and executive producer Jeff Pinkner teased in April 2020 that the show's staff is planning a second season. Pinker said that the project's one-hour episode length allows them to "really tell stories set in that world in a way that hopefully will not only delight the fans of anime but expose a whole bunch of new people to the world of Cowboy Bebop, the awesome work of Yoko Kanno."

The series is a co-production between Netflix and Tomorrow Studios, with Netflix handling physical production. Tomorrow Studios is a partnership between producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Teen Wolf, producer for the live-action One Piece project) and ITV Studios. Shinichiro Watanabe, the original anime's director, is serving as consultant for the project. Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio are credited as showrunners and executive producers.

Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements; Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise (the studio that animated the original series); and Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg are also credited as executive producers. Chris Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) is writing the series, and is credited as executive producer.

The original anime series follows the motley crew of the spaceship Bebop as it travels throughout the solar system in search of the next job. The anime inspired Cowboy Bebop: The Movie in 2001. Funimation released the series on Blu-ray and DVD in North America in 2014, and screened the film in the United States in 2018, the 20th anniversary of the original series.

"See you soon, Space Cowboy!"

Friday, August 27, 2021

MAYA and the THREE - Coming to Netflix

MAYA and the THREE
In a mythical world, where magic is real and four kingdoms rule, there lives a brave and rebellious warrior princess named Maya. Maya embarks on a thrilling quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy but can she defeat the gods and save humankind? 
From creator Jorge R. Gutiérrez (“El Tigre”, “The Book of Life”) MAYA AND THE THREE is an epic Netflix Animated Event told in nine epic chapters. Starring Zoe Saldaña, Gabriel Iglesias, Allen Maldonado, Stephanie Beatriz, Diego Luna, Gael García Bernal, Alfred Molina, Kate del Castillo, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Rosie Perez, Queen Latifah, Wyclef Jean, Jorge R. Gutiérrez, Sandra Equihua, Isabela Merced, Chelsea Rendon, Joaquín Cosío, Carlos Alazraqui, and Rita Moreno.
Only on NETFLIX this fall.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

DYNAMO DREAM - Episode 1: Salad Mug

D  Y  N  A  M  O     D  R  E  A  M
Episode 1: Salad Mug

This sci-fi movie is made using the free 3D software known as Blander. Step into a fantastic futuristic dystopia as we follow a young woman as she tries to live her humble life by selling fresh vegetables on the street. Her chance encounter with a would-be assassin propels her to a meeting with some very powerful people who are able to grant her a simple wish...

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Anime Viewing Schedule for August 28, 2021

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Fountaindale Public Library
          11:15 - 12:05   Jujutsu Kaisen 11-12
          12:05 - 12:30   Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 11
          12:30 - 12:55   Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles 1
          12:55 - 1:30     Club Meeting
          1:30 - 2:20       Kemono Jihen 9-10
          2:20 - 4:50       Evangelion 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time

"Start the Meeting! I'm on my way!"
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Meeting Room A, First Floor 
In accordance with the CDC and state of Illinois
guidance, if you are fully vaccinated,
face coverings are optional. 

From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Kemono Jihen and Mushoku Tensei

Tuesday, August 24, 2021


Here's the brand new trailer for Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man: No Way Home" arriving in theatres December 17, 2021. Following the events of the previous film in which his identity was exposed at the hands of Mysterio, Peter Parker's life and his reputation is turned upside down. Seeking help from Doctor Strange to try and fix everything, things soon become much more dangerous and Parker must find what it really means to be Spider-Man.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Disney TV Animation: 'Amphibia' & 'Owl House'

Comic-Con covers the Future of
'Amphibia' & 'The Owl House'

The creative teams of Disney Channel's Amphibia and The Owl House share what's coming up and present an exclusive crossover with a table read from stars of each series. Creators/executive producers Matt Braly (Amphibia) and Dana Terrace (The Owl House) and art director Ricky Cometa (The Owl House) will be joined on the panel by Amphibia stars Brenda Song (Anne Boonchuy), Justin Felbinger (Sprig Plantar), Bill Farmer (Hopadiah Plantar–HP), Amanda Leighton (Polly Plantar) and The Owl House stars Wendie Malick (Eda), Sarah-Nicole Robles (Luz), and Mae Whitman (Amity). Moderated by Doug Bensimon, executive director, current series, Disney Television Animation (TVA), TVA will also offer fans a sneak peek of upcoming new series at the top of the panel, so be sure to tune in early!

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Next Club Meeting is August 28, 2021

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
"We're summoning some really awesome anime!"

M O N T H L Y   M E E T I N G

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Meeting Room A (1st Floor)
Saturday, August 28, 2021
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
We will be in the large MEETING ROOM A on the
First 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, if you are fully vaccinated, face coverings are optional.  

Hope to see everyone there!

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

(Click below for maps)

Saturday, August 21, 2021

ETERNALS - Final Trailer

E  T  E  R  N  A  L  S
Eternals is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Chloé Zhao, who wrote the screenplay with Patrick Burleigh, Ryan Firpo, and Kaz Firpo. It stars an ensemble cast including Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie. In the film, the Eternals, an immortal alien race, emerge from hiding after thousands of years to protect Earth from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. 

Friday, August 20, 2021

He-Man & Masters of the Universe NEW SERIES

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Yet, Another NEW SERIES only on NETFLIX
September 16, 2021
He-Man and his powerful friends learn what it means to be a hero while battling the evil forces of Skeletor and his minions. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is the second of two series based on the He-Man property in the works from Netflix. The first, announced in August 2020, is the anime series Masters of the Universe: Revelation, helmed by Kevin Smith and animated by Powerhouse Animation. While Revelation serves as a sequel series to the original cartoon, the new He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is a reboot, featuring familiar characters and themes with new designs. Another contrast is the animation styles of the two series, as Revelation is traditional where He-Man is 3D.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Star Wars: Visions - New Trailer

Reimagine the galaxy with #StarWarsVisions, an Original Series featuring stories from seven visionary Japanese anime studios, streaming September 22 on #DisneyPlus

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Marvel’s What If? Ep. 1: Captain Carter Breakdown

Marvel’s What If? Episode 1:
Captain Carter Breakdown & Easter Eggs
Marvel’s multiversal animated series What If…? is finally here and the first episode looks at a timeline were Peggy Carter took the Super Soldier Serum instead of Steve Rogers, becoming Captain Carter. Featuring stunning visuals, creative action sequences, and an interesting twist on the Steve/Peggy romance that leaves fans just as heartbroken, Captain Carter proves a strong launching off point into the world of “What If?”. Dan catches up with the Watcher to take a closer look back at all the Easter Eggs and hidden details you might have missed on today’s episode of Nerdist News!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Stan Sakai and the Usagi Chronicles

An early look at Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles — The legend, Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) joins the cast and creators of this all-new Netflix animated series based on the world-renowned comic book series, Usagi Yojimbo. Terry Kalagian (Gaumont, EVP, creative content, US) hosts this fun discussion with the artists behind the scenes as well as the voice talent who bring these exciting new characters to life!

Monday, August 16, 2021

The Problem with U.S. Comics Going "Woke"

The Problem with U.S. Comics Going "Woke"
South Korean artist’s video mocking
western media EXPLODES!
This brilliant man's prediction about western media came true, and puritans are seething.
Watch the Video

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Crunchyroll SOLD to Funimation!

Crunchyroll SOLD to Funimation!
 SONY is Your Master Now!
The Crunchyroll sale to Sony has been finalized, and it sounds like Funimation and Crunchyroll will be merging soon... and likely getting rid of "redundancies." You know, like lots of layoffs? So what will a Western anime streaming industry run by Sony look like, anyway? A lot more censorship? More High Guardian Spice? Who knows. As long as we still get Rising of the Shield Hero, and it's not watered down to appease California...
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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Vinland Saga Season 2

"Vinland Saga Season 2", the highly anticipated sequel by anime fans is finally here! Based on the original manga series, "Vinland Saga" written by Makoto Yukimura and published in the Monthly Afternoon magazine by Kodansha in Japan.

The finale of "Vinland Saga" Season 1 has left both the story's characters and its fans spinning. Now in service of the Danish Prince Canute, Askeladd, Thorkell, and Thorfinn conspired to overthrow King Sweyn and put Canute in power. To do this, Askeladd feigned madness and beheaded the king, sacrificing himself to allow Canute an opportunity to seize power. Unable to carry out his lifelong quest for revenge, Thorfinn lost control and was carried away to an unknown location before he could hurt the newly-crowned Canute.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Y: The Last Man - Trailer

Y: The Last Man

Only one remained... The question is Y.
 Y: The Last Man premieres September 13. 
Streaming only on FX on Hulu. Subscribe now for more Y: The Last Man clips:  
Based on DC Comics’ acclaimed series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y: The Last Man traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event decimates every mammal with a Y chromosome but for one cisgender man and his pet monkey. The series follows the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

12 Underrated Toons Better Than the Original

Twelve Underrated Cartoons That
 Reimagined Themselves For The Better!
There is a multitude of movie franchises whose longevity is a direct result of reboots. To those of you who are wondering why is it that a reboot crops up in the first place, well, there are two major reasons. Firstly, a reboot is expected when a film is a huge box office success, and secondly when a flick does not fare that well. Focusing on the latter case, a film or a series with a lot to offer in terms of story, but that was initially stalled by either bad reviews or low earnings, can revive itself through an exciting, thrilling new take. But mind you, with every good reboot, there are plenty of bad ones that are only interested in milking money from the fanbase. Hence, keeping in mind that reboots tend to one an extreme or another – they are either exceedingly successful or highly disappointing, we are going to take a very good look at 12 of the most underrated cartoons that went to the future or let’s say reimagined themselves. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

EVE Online - Mighty Space battles

Epic Space Battle: Eclipse Quadrant EVE Online Movie Space Fight Scenes
Watch the Video

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

'Chainsaw Man' Comes to Anime

At last, "Chainsaw Man Trailer" first PV has been finally revealed! Based on the hit Action/Shounen manga "Chainsaw Man" (Published by Shueisha Jump Comics) written and drawn by Tatsuki Fujimoto that has a total of 11 million copies sold, "Chainsaw Man" anime adaptation is finally here! 
Broke young man + chainsaw dog demon = Chainsaw Man. The story follows a young boy named Denji, a poor boy who is forced by the yakuza into killing devils in order to pay off his crushing debts. However, after his last mission, he has outlived his usefulness and was murdered by a devil in contract working for the yakuza. But Denji's life of poverty has changed forever when he was revived by his pet/weapon chainsaw dog, Pochita! Catching the eye of the official devil hunters who arrived at the scene, he is offered work at the Public Safety Bureau as one of them. Now he's living in the big city and an official Devil Hunter, with the means to face even the toughest of enemies, Denji will stop at nothing to achieve his simple teenage dreams. 

Monday, August 9, 2021

Rick & Morty Short - Summer Meets God (Anime)

Rick and Morty - "Summer Meets God"
Summer’s new boyfriend isn’t human, Jerry’s in big trouble as usual, and Rick is well… just being Rick. Don’t miss the new Rick and Morty short, Summer Meets God from Takashi Sano acclaimed director of the Tower of God series.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Learn the alphabet with Tokyo Revengers

Takemichi Hanagaki’s second year of middle school was the highest point in his life. He had respect, a gang of friends he could count on, and even a girlfriend. But that was twelve years ago. Today, he’s a nobody: a washed-up nonentity made fun of by children and always forced to apologize to his younger boss. A sudden news report on the Tokyo Manji Gang’s cruel murder of the only girlfriend he ever had alongside her brother only adds insult to injury. Half a second before a train ends his pitiful life for good, Takemichi flashes back to that same day twelve years ago, when he was still dating Hinata Tachibana.
After being forced to relive the very same day that began his downward spiral, Takemichi meets Hinata’s younger brother. Without thinking, he admits to his seeming death before flashing back to the past. Takemichi urges him to protect his sister before inexplicably returning to the future. Miraculously, he isn’t dead. Stranger still, the future has changed. It seems as though Takemichi can alter the flow of time. Given the chance to prevent his ex-girlfriend’s tragic death at the hands of the Tokyo Manji Gang, Takemichi decides to fly through time to change the course of the future.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Star Trek: Prodigy

New animated Nickelodeon series, Star Trek: Prodigy, which debuted during the Star Trek Universe panel at Comic-Con@Home 2021.
Watch the Teaser Trailer
Star Trek: Prodigy is an upcoming American animated television series created by Kevin and Dan Hageman for the streaming service Paramount+ and the cable channel Nickelodeon. It will launch in 2021 as part of executive producer Alex Kurtzman's expanded Star Trek Universe. Prodigy follows a group of teenagers who use an abandoned starship to search for adventure.
Kate Mulgrew reprises her role as Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. Rylee Alazraqui, Brett Gray, Angus Imrie, Jason Mantzoukas, Ella Purnell, and Dee Bradley Baker also star. Kurtzman first mentioned the series in January 2019, and it was confirmed a month later with the Hageman brothers set as creators and showrunners. Nickelodeon ordered two seasons of Prodigy that April. The series uses computer-generated animation, differing from previous Star Trek animation, and is intended for younger audiences than the rest of the franchise. Ben Hibon was announced as director in August 2020, and in February 2021, it was revealed to be debuting on Paramount+ before airing on Nickelodeon.

Star Trek: Prodigy is set to premiere in 2021 on Paramount+ with the first 10-episode season. It will then air on Nickelodeon before the second season is released on Paramount+.

Friday, August 6, 2021