Next Club Meeting: December 10, 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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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Ch-ch-chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022) is the new family movie starring John Mulaney, Andy Samberg and Kate Chen.

Friday, April 29, 2022

I tawt I taw a pooty tat...

King Tweety
Everyone's favorite yellow canary unexpectedly becomes next in line for the crown when the queen of an island paradise disappears. His Little Highness’ entourage includes motorbike daredevil Granny and sly Sylvester, whose allegiance is tested when he uncovers a sinister plot to eliminate Tweety for good.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

An Expedition that's sure to be a Blast!

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
A bookish marmoset embarks on a wild adventure to travel around the planet in 80 days after accepting a challenge from a greedy frog.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Slay the Windmills of your Mind...

QUIXOTES: The Heirs Of La Mancha
11-year-old Alfonso, heir of Don Quixote, and his 3 imaginary and musical rabbits join Pancho and Victoria, to save their beloved town of La Mancha from a huge storm. This storm is caused by evil triplets who want to own the land.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Conquer Your Fate...

T H E   N O R T H M A N
A bloody revenge epic and breathtaking visual marvel, The Northman finds filmmaker Robert Eggers expanding his scope without sacrificing any of his signature style.

"I cannot escape my fate..."
Prince Amleth is on the verge of becoming a man when his father is brutally murdered by his uncle, who kidnaps the boy's mother. Two decades later, Amleth is now a Viking who's on a mission to save his mother, kill his uncle and avenge his father.

Monday, April 25, 2022

I went to the Ends of the Earth to Find...

MY SWEET MONSTER
On her wedding day, rebellious Princess Barbara flees the kingdom to escape from evil postman Bundy, who wants to marry her to seize power. Suddenly, she’s rescued by Bogey, the odd but lovable king of the wilderness. Bundy plots to rob the forest’s supply of Spark, a magical life-giving elixir. Only Bogey, Barbara, and their bouncy friend Bunny can stop him – but can they face Bundy’s vicious army of giant, robotic rats? The whole family will enjoy this magical, musical adventure.
On Digital, On Demand and DVD April 12, 2022 - Pauly Shore, Haylie Duff and Jon Heder 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

How "The Batman" Should Have Ended

THE BATMAN
How The Vengeance -- I mean, The Batman, Should Have Ended.
Watch the Video

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Survive the Depths of...

o c e a n u s
By Jeffrey Morris
In the year 2029, a marine biologist and her aquatic engineer husband fight to survive after a global cataclysm strikes, separating them from their spectacular underwater habitat.
Starring Sharif Atkins (4400, ER), Megan Dodds (Bait, Detroit 1-8-7), Bruce Davison (X-Men), and voiced by Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Star Trek Generations)

Friday, April 22, 2022

To Infinity and Beyond...

LIGHTYEAR
Lightyear is the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, the hero who inspired the toy. Watch the beloved Space Ranger's story on June 17, 2022.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Dive into the Multiverse with...

PARALLEL MAN
by Jeffrey Morris
A rogue agent from a totalitarian regime has stolen a top secret assault vehicle and plunged into the multiverse to prevent our Earth from being enslaved. Starring John Cho (Star Trek, Cowboy Bebop), Lance Reddick (John Wick), and Ming-Na Wen (The Book of Boba Fett).
Having stolen the METACAR—an advanced transmorphic assault vehicle—from the leaders of the villainous ASCENDANCY, Agent Nick Morgan travels to our Earth to find at the trigger component of a weapon designed to stop the universe-hopping empire from traveling between dimensions. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Stranger Things on Saturday Morning Cartoons

STRANGER MORNING CARTOONS

"It’s been a pleasure making your Saturdays extra strange 📺 A round of applause for all the amazing creators who made it possible. Enjoy, nerds."
Season 1 Recap by BlindPig.TV
The Van Flip by SMOG
The Gate by Will Barras & Hush London
The Arcade by Claudia Brugnaletti & Hush London
Steve and Dustin by Pedro Allevato aka “Sugar Blood”
The Letter by Fates.com

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Hammer Drops on Thor, God of Thunder!

THOR: Love and Thunder
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Thor attempts to find inner peace but must return to action and recruit Valkyrie, Korg, and Jane Foster—who has become the Mighty Thor—to stop Gorr the God Butcher from eliminating all gods.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Peacemaker Dance Cover by the Justic League

E A C E M A K E R
The Justice League struts their stuff to the Peacemaker Dance Cover in
Stop Motion fashion.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Happy Easter!

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
HAPPY EASTER!
 

Saturday, April 16, 2022

'Paws Of Fury' Looks Friggin' Cute

PAWS of FURY
The Legend of Hank
[Source: Yahoo!] Samuel Jackson's samurai cuts with his tongue, too, in the Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank trailer. But don’t worry, Mom and Dad. The man known for griping about the “motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane” ― among many cinema-swearing moments ― keeps it family-friendly in this animated flick.

Jackson voices Jimbo, a cat who mentors a bullied dog named Hank (Michael Cera) in a film that was “loosely inspired” by Mel Brooks’ classic western comedy “Blazing Saddles.” After several years of delays and a renaming, it has an explosive update on the “Blazing Saddles” campfire farting scene, as evidenced by the preview.
Jackson’s Jimbo doesn’t disappoint in his reaction to it: “What the mother father cocker spaniel is going on here?!”
Ricky Gervais, Michelle Yeoh, George Takei and Brooks also voice parts. The film is scheduled to open in July.

Friday, April 15, 2022

The Long-eared Samurai swings into Netflix

Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles
Prepare yourself for the adventures of the Samurai Rabbit as he and his friends battle evil and strange yokai monsters to save the world. Based on creator Stan Sakai‘s iconic sword-wielding rabbit, Usagi Yojimbo, from Netflix and Gaumont Animation.
Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles follows the teenage rabbit, Samurai Yuichi, descendent of the great warrior Miyamoto Usagi, on his epic quest to become a true samurai. But he isn’t alone! He leads a ragtag team of misfit heroes — including a roguish bounty hunter, a cunning ninja, an acrobatic pickpocket and a faithful pet lizard — as he battles depth-charging moles, metal-tipped winged bats, and monsters from another dimension, all in the pursuit to become the best Samurai Usagi!  

Ten episodes are scheduled for the first season. While this CG animated series will focus on his descendant, Miyamoti Usagi will appear in sequences rendered in 2D.
The voice cast includes Darren Barnet as Yuichi Usagi, Shelby Rabara as Kitsune, Aleks Le as Gen, and Mallory Low as Chizu.
Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles is available on Netflix April 28!

Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Doors to Disaster are Opening...

Suzume no Tojimari
The film is about Suzume, a 17-year-old girl who lives in a quiet town in the Kyushu region of southwestern Japan. The story begins when Suzume meets a young man looking for a "door". The two travel together and find an old door at an abandoned house in the mountains. As if pulled by something, Suzume reaches out her hand towards the door and is pulled in. "Doors of Disaster" begin to appear across Japan, which started a series of unfortunate disasters.

The film is a journey through Japan as Suzume needs to close and lock the "Doors of Disaster" one by one to stop the disasters, as well as an adventure and battle in the modern world in search of a girl's maturity and freedom.

The film will be released theatrically in Japan on November 11, 2022, by its distributor, Toho.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Anime Viewing Schedule for April 16, 2022


 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, April 16, 2022
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
          11:15 - 12:05   Tokyo 24-ku ep. 2-3
          12:05 - 12:55   Heike Monogatari 3-4
          12:55 - 1:25     Club Meeting
          1:25 - 2:15       Mushoku Tensei 22-23
          2:15 - 3:05       Attack on Titan: FINAL Season Part II Ep 5-6
          3:05 - 4:43       Kimi wa Kanata (Over the Sky) [Movie]
 

Be careful out there everyone. 
I had 2 Morbius tickets in my car and 
someone broke in and left 4 more.
 
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Board Room, Second Floor 
 
From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM


All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
 
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Tokyo 24-ku and Heike Monogatari
* ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW *

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

JAPAN EXPO 2022

THIS IS JAPAN EXPO 2022 in BANGKOK, THAILAND, ASIA
COSPLAY MUSIC VIDEO ANIME COMIC CON
タイのコスプレイヤー 親日タイ日本!

Monday, April 11, 2022

Next Club Meeting is April 16, 2022

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K  

 "Don't worry, Animatrix is everything, everywhere, all at once!"

  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, April 16, 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)

Sunday, April 10, 2022

ALL VALORANT CINEMATICS

VALORANT
All Valorant Cinematics that have been released since the launch to the present day, from the DUELISTS cinematic up to the (as of when this is uploaded) most recent cinematic 'WARM UP'.
 
Riot Games presents VALORANT: a 5v5 character-based tactical FPS where precise gunplay meets unique agent abilities. Valorant is a free-to-play first-person hero shooter developed and published by Riot Games, for Microsoft Windows. First teased under the codename Project A in October 2019, the game began a closed beta period with limited access on April 7, 2020, followed by an official release on June 2, 2020.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

One Jaeger versus an army of Kaiju...

PACIFIC RIM: The Black (Season 2)

Piloting Atlas Destroyer with Mei and Boy in tow, Hayley and Taylor continue their journey to Sydney, but first, they must get past a bloodthirsty cult.
The epic series conclusion! After Kaiju ravage Australia, two siblings pilot a Jaeger to search for their parents, encountering new creatures, seedy characters and chance allies. Coming to Netflix in 2022.

Friday, April 8, 2022

Can there be peace between humans and vampires?

Though mortal enemies, a human girl and a vampire queen set out in search of the paradise where humans and vampires once coexisted in peace.
The fateful meeting of a human and the vampire queen may change the world.
From WIT STUDIO and a team of talented creators comes
VAMPIRE in the GARDEN
One cold winter, humanity lost its battle with the vampires, and with it, most of where they called home. A small population of survivors created a wall of light in a small town to protect them and give them a place to live in peace. The protagonist, Momo, lives a repressed life but still wishes to coexist with the enemy, the vampires. Fine, the vampire queen, once loved humans and disappeared from the battlefield. As war rages through the humans’ town, the two have a fateful encounter. Once upon a time, humans and vampires lived in harmony in a place called Paradise. This is the story of a young girl and a vampire on a journey to find Paradise.
Watch the Trailer
Vampire in the Garden premieres May 16th, only on Netflix.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Imagine Dragons - Birds (Animated Video)

B  I  R  D  S
Music video by Imagine Dragons performing Birds (Animated Video). © 2019 KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

"Protecting ancient tech from the modern world..."

S P R I G G A N
A great civilization once existed on this Earth. Possessing knowledge and scientific prowess far exceeding that of modern man, the relics of this ancient civilization remain hidden across this world even now. As high-speed communication networks cover the globe and the peering eyes of satellites are able to expose all secrets, the armies of great nations clash as they seek to uncover and research these artifacts, which possess an unfathomable “power.” A member of this ancient civilization carved a message into a plate: “Protect our relics from evil-doers.” Taking this message to heart, one organization aims to seal away this ancient civilization for good. The elite secret agents of this organization are known as… Spriggans.
The legendary comic book which took the 90s by storm has been vividly reimagined in 2D animation and 3D CG! Based on the manga “Spriggan” (published in Shogakukan’s “Shonen Sunday Comics”) written by Hiroshi Takashige and illustrated by Ryoji Minagawa.

Reborn after more than 30 years, experience an authentic adventure series packed with intense action scenes and a love of ancient civilizations! “Spriggan” finally begins streaming on June 18, 2022, only on Netflix!

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

New ISEKAI & FANTASY Anime this Spring 2022!

ANIME this SPRING 2022
Time for our seasonal dive into every Isekai & Fantasy
anime coming out this Spring 2022!

Monday, April 4, 2022

'Die For You' ft. Grabbitz - Official Music Video

DIE FOR YOU
VALORANT Champions
For matches and schedules visit https://valorantesports.com
Valorant is a tactical shooting game involving two teams with 5 players in each team. Every player can sign in and play remotely from anywhere in the world. Every game has 25 rounds and the team that wins 13 of them first wins the game. Players can choose their in-game characters called agents at the start of the game. Players can buy abilities and weapons at the start of the game.
 
In comparison to other popular online multiplayer games, Valorant has a lot more in common with the likes of CS:GO, rather than PUBG and Fortnite. Similar to CS: GO, here one team attacks while the other defends. The defensive team plants a bomb and then tries to stop the offensive team from defusing it. Teams can swap between attacks and defence after 3 rounds.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Inside the pitch meeting that led to 'Hancock'...

'HANCOCK' Pitch Meeting
Turns out Will Smith was smacking people for saying words he didn’t like long before he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars. In 2008’s Hancock, the once wholesome-seeming superstar took to the big screen as Hancock, the superhero with a drinking and attitude problem.

Hancock definitely raises a few questions though. Like did Hancock just kill that train conductor? How did those two prisoners survive that “thing” Hancock did to them? How long was that bank robbery and why did Hancock take his time to get to it? Why does this movie suddenly become a completely different movie half-way through? Why do those bad guys think they stand a chance against the bulletproof superhero? How did Hancock PAINT THE MOON?!
To answer all these questions and more, step inside the Pitch Meeting that led to Hancock! It’ll be super easy, barely an inconvenience.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

SIAMES ¨NO LULLABY¨ (Official Animated Video)

SIAMES ¨NO LULLABY¨
Watch the Video
Music & Lyrics: Blakk / Stöltz / Gonzo
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Guillermo Porro
Mastering by Diego "Warrior" Crisálida [Puro Mastering]

Friday, April 1, 2022

Where the Map Ends, the True Adventure Begins...

The Sea Beast
In an era when terrifying beasts roamed the seas, monster hunters were celebrated heroes - and none were more beloved than the great Jacob Holland. But when young Maisie Brumble stows away on his fabled ship, he’s saddled with an unexpected ally. Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history.
From Academy Award winning filmmaker Chris Williams (Moana, Big Hero Six), THE SEA BEAST takes us to where the map ends, and the true adventure begins. Starring Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dan Stevens and Kathy Burke.

THE SEA BEAST attacks Netflix July 8.