Next Club Meeting: July 16, 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 third 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, January 31, 2022

A Spy, An Assassin, and a Telepath walk into a bar...

SPY x FAMILY
Spy × Family is the story of a spy who has to "build a family" to execute a mission, not realizing that the girl he adopts as a daughter and the woman he agrees to be in a fake marriage with are a mind reader and an assassin, respectively.

Sunday, January 30, 2022

"The Bloom is beyond the grasp of Man..."

A group of warriors confront that which stands between them and the power to save their people in this rotoscoped animated fantasy short created by Morgan Galen King's Gorgonaut studios. Starring Jon Tomlinson, and featuring music by Strand of Oaks, Ice Dragon, and Jonn Ollsin. From the makers of "The Spine of Night."
- E X O R D I U M -

Friday, January 28, 2022

"I lived in the Heart of a Wooden Boy"

GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S
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PINOCCHIO
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro reimagines the classic Italian tale of PINOCCHIO in a stop-motion musical adventure. Follow the mischievous adventures of Pinocchio in his pursuit of a place in the world. Directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, the film features an all-star voice cast with Ewan McGregor as Cricket, David Bradley as Geppetto, and introducing Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. Other cast includes Finn Wolfhard, Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, with Academy Award® winner Christoph Waltz and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Reminiscent of "Heavy Metal"...

The SPINE of NIGHT

To put an end to the eternal vigil of the all-powerful guardian of the last light of the gods, an unfathomable source of inexhaustible cosmic knowledge and power, Tzod, the fierce high priestess of the great jungle swamp called Bastal, braves the elements ascending an unforgiving, snow-covered mountaintop. As her long and arduous journey finally comes to an end, Tzod encounters the ancient sentinel of the bloom and its mystical blue flame and recounts the tale of how a single spore has changed the world below: a blood-soaked, centuries-old story of corruption, greed, tyranny, and destruction against the backdrop of the never-ending quest for control, influence, and illumination. But, humankind's atrocities echo through eternity, and heroes are always those who are expendable. Can a single petal of the small blue flower restore balance to the universe?

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

CUPHEAD SHOW! comes to Netflix in February.

THE CUPHEAD SHOW!
Based on the award-winning video game, THE CUPHEAD SHOW! follows the unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Let's take a look at New Anime in 2022

Top 10 Most Anticipated NEW Anime of 2022
1:36 The Eminence in Shadow 
2:44 Summertime Render 
3:50 Tokyo Twenty Fourth Ward 
4:36 Requiem of the Rose King 
5:40 Uzumaki:Spiral into Horror 
6:46 Bubble  
7:50 Hell’s Paradise:Jigokuraku  
8:48 Blue Lock 
10:06 Spy X Family 
11:34 Chainsaw Man

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Kid Cosmic Returns for More Adventures...

And he's bringing friends!
KID COSMIC SEASON 3
Kid's superhero dreams come true as the Local Heroes become Earth's greatest champions. But is something amiss with this ridiculously awesome adventure? Season 3 of Kid Cosmic is available on Netflix February 3!

Friday, January 21, 2022

Elden Ring - Official Cinematic Trailer

E L D E N   R I N G
The Elden Ring was broken. But by whom? And why? Mysteries are abound in the latest cinematic trailer for the hotly anticipated Elden Ring.
 
Elden Ring is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game, directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, was made in collaboration with fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, who provided material for the game's setting.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Fear the Darkness Within You...

MOON KNIGHT
Welcome to chaos. Watch the new trailer for Marvel Studios' Moon Knight and start streaming the Original series March 30 on Disney Plus.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Anime Viewing Schedule for January 22, 2022


 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
          11:15 - 12:05   Jujutsu Kaisen 21-22
          12:05 - 12:55   Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles 7-8
          12:55 - 1:25     Club Meeting
          1:25 - 2:15       Mushoku Tensei 16-17
          2:15 - 2:40       Attack on Titan: FINAL Season Part II Ep 1
          2:40 - 4:45       ARCANE: League of Legends (Eps 7-9)
 
"Hey... Jinx has a present for you!"
 
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, January 18, 2022

Next Club Meeting is January 22, 2022

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
"Keep punching that LIKE button if you LOVE Arcane!"
  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, January 22, 2022
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)

Monday, January 17, 2022

When art transports us, where do we actually go?

An old Chinese legend tells
of the painter Wu Daozi (680-c760), who learned to paint so vividly that he was finally able to step inside his work and vanish into the landscape. Magical though it sounds, this legend iterates the common intuition that artworks are more like portals than ordinary objects: they can transport us into other worlds. When I look at Pieter Bruegel’s The Hunters in the Snow (1565), I feel like I was there in the frost-bitten village, rather than the galleries of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. When reading Crime and Punishment (1866), the letters on the page conjure a whole world, and in some sense I am no longer in my living room but right there in Dostoevsky’s Russia; the cinema, too, is a gateway to faraway galaxies and past centuries.
Even non-representational works can take hold of us, like the breathing colour fields of Mark Rothko’s paintings or the beautiful ambience of Max Richter’s music. Sometimes, artworks have such a magnetic pull that we forget the actual world around us and lose our sense of time and place, of other people – and sometimes even of ourselves. The French art critic Denis Diderot (1713-84) called such immersive experiences ‘art at its most magical’. Once a painting by Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714-89) pulled Diderot inside a pastoral river scene so completely and enjoyably that he compared the experience to a divine mode of existence:

Where am I at this moment? What is all this surrounding me? I don’t know, I can’t say. What’s lacking? Nothing. What do I want? Nothing. If there is a God, his being must be like this, taking pleasure in himself.

No wonder, then, that there is a certain sense of wistfulness when it all ends, when the lights come up or the last page is turned, and we find ourselves back where we were, forced to carry on with our daily lives.

The idea of artworks as portals to other worlds dates back several centuries, and it has become a commonplace way of talking about our experiences with art. In Pictures and Tears (2001), the art historian James Elkins called it the ‘travelling theory’ of aesthetic experience. The obvious problem with this theory, however, is that it sounds terribly metaphorical. In reality, I never leave my place in physical space. I’m there in the gallery, the auditorium or on my sofa all along. Try as I might, I cannot enter Bruegel’s landscape by touching the canvas, nor can I run into the world of Hamlet by running onto the stage. The artwork allows me only to peer as if from a threshold, where I can see inside but never enter. Here we face what I call the paradox of aesthetic immersion: when I’m immersed in artwork, I seem to go somewhere without going anywhere, and I seem to be in two worlds at once, and yet I’m not properly in either. So what kind of ‘travelling’ are we talking about?

Sunday, January 16, 2022

G4TV Hates Gamers...

G4TV's Return Doomed By Feminist Meltdown!
G4TV was once a haven for gamers and geeks for gaming and popular culture. But on their attempt to return to main stream, they make the mistake of going woke...
 
G4TV Hosts DOUBLE DOWN On Attacking Fans As They Lose THOUSANDS of Subscribers After Frosk Meltdown.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Netflix Avatar vs. Avatar Studios...

Which Avatar The Last Airbender
Will Be Better?
Soon there will be dueling Avatars. The Netflix live-action version of Avatar will be pitted against upcoming Avatar Studios productions. The latter is headed by the creators of the original series... who rage quit the Netflix production out of frustration. Care to guess which version will probably be superior...?

Friday, January 14, 2022

Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga - Official Trailer

Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga
Senua returns in this cinematic look at Hellblade 2 that has Senua leading a charge against a giant, while dealing with the many voices in her head. Check out the latest trailer revealed at The Game Awards 2021.
 
 

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Exploring Japan's Beautiful Moss Temple

Ghibli in Real Life
Today we are wandering through a moss-filled temple in the Japanese countryside of Ishikawa. Quite possibly one of the most beautiful temple grounds that the country of Japan has to offer. Today, we explore the beautiful grounds of the Natadera Temple.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Visit One of Japan's Greatest Animation Studios...

The Rise and FALL of STUDIO 4℃
Studio 4°C Co., Ltd. (株式会社STUDIO 4℃, Kabushiki-Gaisha Sutajio Yondo Shī, stylized as STUDIO4℃) is a Japanese animation studio founded by Eiko Tanaka and Koji Morimoto in 1986. The name comes from the temperature at which water is most dense.
 
Studio 4°C has produced numerous feature films, OVAs, and shorts. Early film titles include Memories (1995), Spriggan (1998), and Princess Arete (2001). In 2003, through a joint production with Warner Bros., Studio 4°C created five segments of The Animatrix. The following year, they created the award-winning avant-garde film Mind Game. Studio 4°C's next film Tekkon Kinkreet (2006), won six awards, including Best Animated Film at the Fantasia 2007, Lancia Platinum Grand Prize at the Future Film Festival, and Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. It was also submitted for 2007 Oscar in Animated Feature Film category of Academy Award in USA.
The year 2007 saw the release of the anthology film Genius Party, a collection of seven short films. Genius Party Beyond, a collection of five short films, was released the following year, as was Batman's side story Gotham Knight, and the OVA series Detroit Metal City. The following year First Squad: The Moment of Truth was awarded at the Moscow International Film Festival. In February 2010, they contributed two shorts to the anthology Halo Legends: "Origins", and "The Babysitter".

Monday, January 10, 2022

Official Seven on 7 with Cameron Coleman Clip...

The Boys: Vought News Network
Check out the latest episode of The Boys' Seven on 7 with Cameron Coleman. This episode covers the Hero Draft, Blue Hawk getting a reality TV series, and more.

The Boys returns when Season 3 of the series debuts on Prime Video with three episodes on June 3, 2022. New episodes of the eight-episode season will be available each Friday following, leading up to the show's season finale on July 8, 2022.

The third season of The Boys stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, Nathan Mitchell, Colby Minifie, Claudia Doumit, and Jensen Ackles.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Ultra-Realistic Matrix Gameplay!

THE MATRIX AWAKENS
PS5 Gameplay 4K ULTRA HD
The Matrix Awakens is a 2021 open world video game and technology demonstration developed by Epic Games using Unreal Engine 5 in partnership with Warner Bros.

Friday, January 7, 2022

A Romantic Tale Carved in Stone

REALM OF TERRACOTTA
This is the tale of a young girl named Jade and a terracotta warrior named Magnus who must team up to fight the creatures that keep attacking their Qin dynasty underground city, and who eventually fall in love.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Gonna Punch Some Sense into Ya!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2
The world’s favorite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands. From the filmmakers behind The Fast and the Furious and Deadpool, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 stars James Marsden, Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Jim Carrey returning, alongside new additions Shemar Moore, with Idris Elba as the voice of Knuckles, and Colleen O'Shaughnessey as the voice of Tails.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

What fuels your Rage?

FUELLED
Fuelled tells the story of a housewife on the path of revenge for her late husband. Made by students of the Sheridan college of 2021.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Some things cannot be found on any map...

U N C H A R T E D
Street-smart thief Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune lost by Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. If Nate and Sully can decipher the clues and solve one of the world’s oldest mysteries, they stand to find $5 billion in treasure and perhaps even Nate’s long-lost brother... but only if they can learn to work together.

Monday, January 3, 2022

"I Am What I Am" and that's not all what I am...

I Am What I Am
Xiong Shi Shao Nian

A young boy hopes to become the Lion's Head in the traditional Chinese Lion Dance, but a group of bullies try to dash his dreams. Can he find his inner Lion to overcome his foes and be the hero he needs to be?

Sunday, January 2, 2022

More Magic and Madness Coming Our Way!

DOCTOR STRANGE 2
In The Multiverse of Madness

Following the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and the first season of Loki (2021), Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the door to the multiverse, including an alternate version of Strange, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch.
Watch the Trailer
In Theaters May 6, 2022

Saturday, January 1, 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
As we say good-bye to a dismal 2021
we welcome in 2022 with a clean slate!
WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST IN 2022