Next Club Meeting: January 22, 2022, 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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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The Future of Dragons is Here...

DreamWorks
DRAGONS: The Nine Realms

Set 1,300 years after the events of 'How to Train Your Dragon', a group of misfit kids brought to the site of a geological anomaly by their parents uncover the truth about dragons and where they have been hiding.

Monday, November 29, 2021

The Reign of Boba Fett is just Beginning...

THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT
The Book of Boba Fett,” a thrilling Star Wars adventure teased in a surprise end-credit sequence following the Season 2 finale of “The Mandalorian,” finds legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigating the galaxy’s underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate. 
“The Book of Boba Fett” stars Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen. Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Robert Rodriguez, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson are the executive producers. Karen Gilchrist and Carrie Beck serve as co-executive producers, with John Bartnicki producing and John Hampian as co-producer.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

"Every Moment is a Masterpiece..."

ARCANE: Best Moments
Talk about exceeding expectations. For this list, we’ll be looking at the most gripping, impactful scenes in the amazing first season of Netflix’s animated “League of Legends” series - from the most exciting to the most tragic. If you haven’t watched “Arcane” yet, do yourself a favor and check it out right now, because it's fantastic and this is your spoiler alert! What “Arcane” moment are you still thinking about?

Saturday, November 27, 2021

What Has Fur & Red All Over? NO... It's Not a Dog!

TURNING RED
It’s gonna be Mei! 🐼
Watch the Official Trailer
Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda! Directed by Academy Award® winner Domee Shi (Pixar short “Bao”) and produced by Lindsey Collins.
Turning Red releases on March 11, 2022.

Friday, November 26, 2021

This will DESTROY manga creativity!

Love Hina creator SLAMS new
Japanese gender equality guidelines!
The creator of the Japanese anime manga Love Hina has some concerns over the future of his industry! He calls out Tokyo, Japan and their progressive new policy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

RWBY Fairy Tales

The Hunter's Children
A lone hunter protects a swampy village until disaster strikes. Will his children pick up the mantle?

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Danger, Will Robinson...!

"This is my Final Transmission..."
L O S T   I N   S P A C E - Season 3

Official trailer for the third and final season of Lost in Space. All episodes drop December 1, 2021, only on Netflix.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Take on All Warner Bros. Toons!

MULTIVERSUS
Watch the MultiVersus announcement trailer for your first look at MultiVersus, a new free-to-play, platform fighter from Warner Bros. Games and Player First Games. The game features a huge cast of characters, including Batman, Superman, Shaggy, Bugs Bunny, and more. 

It'll have a team-based 2 vs. 2 format and will also include 1 vs. 1 fights and a 4-player free-for-all mode. It'll have full cross-play support with a dedicated server-based rollback netcode. In addition, MultiVersus promises an all-star cast of voice actors, including Kevin Conroy (Batman), George Newbern (Superman), Abby Trott (Wonder Woman), and more. 
Developed by Player First Games, MultiVersus is scheduled to release worldwide in 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-registration for its upcoming play tests is available now.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

The D&D Series Arrives on Amazon in Early 2022

The Legend of Vox Machina
This American adult animated fantasy series is set in Exandria, a fictional world created by Matthew Mercer in 2012 for his personal Dungeons & Dragons campaign which then launched as the actual play web series Critical Role in 2015. Most of the story takes place on the continent of Tal'Dorei in locations such as the metropolis of Emon and the city-state of Whitestone.
The first two episodes of series "will be an all-new story about the seven-member Vox Machina team at D&D Level 7 on their first 'grown-up' mission, which occurs prior to Critical Role’s first RPG show". The series will then adapt the Briarwood arc from the original web series, "in which the Vox Machina crew avenge the murder of the rulers of the town of Whitestone and most of their offspring by the evil Lord and Lady Briarwood". The series will also adapt "other classic Vox Machina story arcs".
Amazon Series Premiere on February 22, 2022

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Your Robot is Stuck on Kill-Mode... Again

MURDER DR💀NES
Murder Drones is a show about cute little robots that murder each other for a diabolical reason.

Friday, November 19, 2021

"Powder is dead... I'm Jinx now!"

A R C A N E - Act III
From the creators of League of Legends, Arcane follows the origins of two iconic champions and a civilization on the brink of war. Amid the stark discord of twin cities Piltover and Zaun, two sisters fight on rival sides of an epic battle between magical technologies and clashing convictions.
Tune in this Saturday, 11/20 at 12a PST for Act III of Arcane!
Watch the Trailer

Thursday, November 18, 2021

"I can't save everyone!"

SPIDER-MAN: No Way Home
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero's identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Return for the Re-match of the Century!

OBI-WAN KENOBI
Obi-Wan Kenobi is an upcoming American limited series created for the streaming service Disney+, featuring the Star Wars character of the same name. Set ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith (2005), the series is written by Joby Harold and directed by Deborah Chow.

Ewan McGregor executive produces and stars as the title character, reprising his role from the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Hayden Christensen also stars, reprising his role as Darth Vader. The project originated as a spin-off film to be written by Hossein Amini and directed by Stephen Daldry, but it was reworked as a limited series by Amini following the commercial failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). McGregor was confirmed to be starring in August 2019, and Chow was hired to direct a month later. Production was scheduled to begin in July 2020, but the series was put on indefinite hold in January 2020 because Lucasfilm was unhappy with the series' scripts. Harold was hired to rewrite the series in April 2020, and additional castings were announced in March 2021. Filming began by May 2021 in Los Angeles, using StageCraft video wall technology, and wrapped by September.

Obi-Wan Kenobi
is scheduled to be released in 2022, and will consist of six episodes.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

When Nature Fights Back

SPRITE FRIGHT

Produced by Blender Studio. Made with Blender 3.0. Rated PG. Get the production files, assets and exclusive making-of videos by joining Blender Studio at https://studio.blender.org/films/spri...

Blender Studio’s 13th open movie is an 80’s-inspired horror comedy, set in Britain: When a group of rowdy teenagers trek into an isolated forest, they discover peaceful mushroom creatures that turn out to be an unexpected force of nature.

Blender Studio is the creative part of the Blender HQ. A dedicated team of artists and developers challenge themselves with creative-technical targets to help Blender users and to drive Blender development forward. This happens in an open source production environment and by sharing everything they make in an open and free license.

Want to know more? Join the studio today and help the team to create & share. https://studio.blender.org/ 

Monday, November 15, 2021

Lost in Translation...

When a Japanese Voice Actor Pronounces "The Earth"
There's no "er" and "th" in Japanese, so this happens. I actually know a lot of games/anime where voice actors pronounce it this way. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts!

GHOSTBUSTERS
:
AFTERLIFE

Have you missed us?
From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife only in theaters November 19.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

The Fall of Empire is Coming...

F O U N D A T I O N
A complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire.
Season Finale is November 19, 2021
Season 1 of Foundation, the global phenomenon eight decades in the making, is coming to an end. Catch up on Foundation before the finale https://apple.co/_Foundation
Renewed by Apple TV for Season 2
Based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, Foundation chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire. Foundation stars SAG Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Jared Harris as Dr. Hari Seldon; Emmy Award nominee Lee Pace as Brother Day; Lou Llobell as Gaal Dornick; Leah Harvey as Salvor Hardin; Laura Birn as Demerzel; Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk; Cassian Bilton as Brother Dawn; and Alfred Enoch as Raych.
Led by showrunner and executive producer David S. Goyer, Foundation is produced for Apple by Skydance Television with Robyn Asimov, Josh Friedman, Cameron Welsh, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross also serving as executive producers.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Everyone Has an Expiration Date...

BLADE RUNNER 
B  L  A  C  K    L  O  T  U  S
The Blade Runner universe returns in a new form. Toonami and Crunchyroll bring you BLADE RUNNER: BLACK LOTUS, coming Saturday, November 13 on Adult Swim.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Main Cast Sets Sail for 'One Piece'

ONE PIECE LIVE-ACTION
The “One Piece” live-action series at Netflix has cast five of its main roles.
Iñaki Godoy (“Go, Youth!,” “Who Killed Sara?”), will play Monkey D. Luffy
Mackenyu (“Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter”), set to play Roronoa Zoro
Emily Rudd (“Fear Street,” “Hunters”), will play Nami
Jacob Romero Gibson (“Greenleaf,” “All Rise”), will play Usopp
Taz Skylar (“Boiling Point,” “Villain”), will play Sanji
 
All the characters are members of the Straw Hat Pirates, the protagonists of the series.

Based on the iconic manga “One Piece” which centers on Luffy, a young man who embarks on a journey to become king of the pirates and find the fabled treasure known as “One Piece.” The show was ordered for 10 episodes at Netflix back in January. In addition to the manga, there are 20 seasons of the “One Piece” anime series with nearly a thousand episodes along with 14 animated movies.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Anime Video Schedule for November 13, 2021


 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
          11:15 - 12:05   Jujutsu Kaisen 17-18
          12:05 - 12:55   Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles 3-4
          12:55 - 1:25     Club Meeting
          1:25 - 2:15       Mushoku Tensei 12-13
          2:15 - 2:40       Lupin III Part 6 - Ep 1
          2:40 - 4:45       ARCANE: League of Legends (Eps 1-3)
 
"Bring on the anime!"
 
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Board Room, Second Floor 
Effective August 30, 2021, face masks
are REQUIRED inside the library due to
the state of Illinois mask mandate.

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
* ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW *

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

MASSIVE UPHEAVAL at Lucasfilm

ALL Kathleen Kennedy Projects
Delayed or CANCELLED!
News from Overlord DVD:
Information has been flooding in from MANY of my sources that there has been a MASSIVE UPHEAVAL at Lucasfilm, and ALL of Kathleen Kennedy's projects have been delayed or CANCELLED. Rogue Squadron was only the tip of the iceberg according to these rumors, EVERYTHING is gone, including Rian Johnson's Star Wars trilogy! This is one of the most information-intense videos I've ever made, with each item in it worthy of its own video, so watch it to the end to get every detail out of it, but either way you cut it, Kathleen Kennedy's reign over Lucasfilm appears to finally be at an end!

Monday, November 8, 2021

Best Spring Break Ever!...

STRANGER THINGS 4
The upcoming fourth season of the American science fiction horror drama television series Stranger Things, titled Stranger Things 4, is scheduled to be released worldwide exclusively via Netflix’s streaming service in mid-2022.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Super-Powered Villains on the Loose

S U P E R   C R O O K S
Luck's never been on their side, but this crew of small-time crooks with super powers recruited by none other than Johnny Bolt are rolling the dice on one last heist. Their target: A ruthless super-powered crime boss. What can go wrong? Based on the graphic novel of the same name by comic book legend Mark Millar, this super-powered heist story about eight super-villains is jam-packed with action and told in 13x 30-minute episodes, lushly produced by Bones. Super Crooks premieres on November 25th, only on Netflix.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Next Club Meeting is November 13, 2021

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K

"If anyone asks... I'm researching 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
Board Room (2nd Floor)
Saturday, November 13, 2021
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
PLEASE READ
 
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.  
 
THANK YOU!

Hope to see everyone there!

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

(Click below for maps)

Friday, November 5, 2021

Every legend has a beginning...

A R C A N E
From the creators of League of Legends comes a new animated series, Arcane, which follows the origins of two iconic champions and a city on the brink of war. Amid the stark discord of twin cities Piltover and Zaun, two sisters fight on rival sides of a war between magic technologies and clashing convictions. Coming to Netflix November 6, 2021.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

To Infinity, and...

            B  E  Y  O  N  D          
LIGHTYEAR
Lightyear is an upcoming American computer-animated science fiction action film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures. It is a spin-off of Pixar's Toy Story series, serving as an origin story for the fictional human character Buzz Lightyear, who inspired the action figure of the same name. Chris Evans takes over for Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear in this 'Toy Story' spinoff, out June 17, 2022.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

A Diabolical Spirit Hunts These Woods...

A N T L E R S
In ANTLERS, a small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, discover that a young student is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Every galaxy has an underworld...

STAR WARS
THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT
The Book of Boba Fett,” a thrilling Star Wars adventure teased in a surprise end-credit sequence following the Season 2 finale of “The Mandalorian,” finds legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett and mercenary Fennec Shand navigating the galaxy’s underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate.

“The Book of Boba Fett” stars Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen. Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Robert Rodriguez, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson are the executive producers. Karen Gilchrist and Carrie Beck serve as co-executive producers, with John Bartnicki producing and John Hampian as co-producer.

Experience the new trailer for The Book of Boba Fett. The Original Series starts streaming December 29 on Disney+. 

Monday, November 1, 2021

Official Trailer for Live-Action 'Cowboy Bebop'

COWBOY BEBOP
COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” all trying to outrun the past. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals — for the right price. But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them.

Based on the beloved anime series, COWBOY BEBOP is executive produced by André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios, Makoto Asanuma, Shin Sasaki and Masayuki Ozaki of Sunrise Inc., Tim Coddington, Tetsu Fujimura, Michael Katleman, Matthew Weinberg, and Christopher Yost. Nemec serves as showrunner. Original anime series director Shinichirō Watanabe is a consultant on the series, and original composer Yoko Kanno returns for the live-action adaptation.

The series also stars Alex Hassell and Elena Satine. Watch Cowboy Bebop, a live-action series, only on Netflix November 19.