Next Club Meeting: June 22, 2024, 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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Friday, September 30, 2022

Door to Shinkai's Newest Movie is Opening Soon

Makoto Shinkai's SUZUME
The official website for Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari or literally, Suzume's Door-Locking), Makoto Shinkai's first new film in three years, unveiled its second trailer.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Ryan Reynolds Just Broke the Internet...

First movie trailer for Deadpool 3. Only Ryan Reynolds could pull off an internet-breaking announcement so casually.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

First Look at 'The Last of Us'...

Watch the Trailer
(Source: TheDirect) The Last of Us follows a pair of survivors, Joel and Ellie, on a post-apocalyptic journey across America. The adaptation has been in the works for quite some time with Chornobyl's Craig Mazin and director of the game Neil Druckmann set to head up the series. 

Now, as fans celebrate the annual Last of Us Day, a first look at the series has been revealed, including what could be one fairly significant deviation from the game's original story. 

As revealed during HBO's The Last of Us trailer, Melanie Lynskey (known for her work on last year's Yellowjackets) has been added to the cast of the upcoming TV series. 

EW unveiled that Lynskey will be taking on the role of Kathleen, a "ruthless leader of a revolutionary movement in Kansas City." Lynskey's character can be seen for a brief moment in the trailer, walking amongst a group of survivors. This group sounds awfully like the Hunters seen throughout the original game. 

What's notable about the actress's casting is that Kansas City never actually appeared in The Last of Us on PS3, hinting that there could be some major changes coming to the HBO adaptation.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Some SECRETS Are NOT Meant to be UNLOCKED...

An outbreak occurs in the infamous Area 51, leading a group of survivors to an underground bunker... 
only to learn... 
they are not alone.

Monday, September 26, 2022

A Battle Royale for fighting game fans...

Naraka: Bladepoint is an action-adventure battle royale game developed by 24 Entertainment and published by NetEase Games Montreal. It is a battle royale game where up to 60 players fight each other to be the last one standing. Check out the awesome animated trailer for Naraka: Bladepoint's 1-year anniversary trailer featuring the brand-new map of Holorot.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Legend of Molly Star-Racer...

WAIT... Remember OBAN Star-Racers?
Oban Star Racers is a unique slice of the animation world that combines a great sci-fi story with so many different animation inspirations. Now with a full HD blu-ray version on the way thanks to the fans funding it, Oban Star Racers and what could come next for this franchise are coming back into the conversation for this originally 1 season show.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

The sobering reality of going J.R.R. Wolkein...

“LOTR: The Rings of Power”
A Billion Dollar Humiliation for Jeff Bezos!

Amazon needed “The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power” to be a billion dollar hit, but instead, it is rapidly turning into a billion dollar embarrassment, and for Jeff Bezos personally. Forbes magazine, which is read by Bankers, Investors and other capitalists around the world – saw to that with the most devastating hit-piece yet! In this video, we will begin by looking into this article and explore how damaging it really is, before turning our gaze towards an article ironically aimed at protecting the show, and finally, assess where the Rings of Power stands!

Friday, September 23, 2022

So, you wanna be an Explorer?

S T R A N G E   W O R L D
Explore the adventures beyond our world in the New Trailer for Disney's STRANGE WORLD, in theaters November 23!
The feature film introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog and a slew of ravenous creatures. “Inspired by classic adventure stories," said director Don Hall, “‘Strange World’ is an original animated adventure/comedy about three generations of the Clade family who overcome their differences while exploring a strange, wondrous and oftentimes hostile world.”

The voice cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal as Searcher Clade, a family man who finds himself out of his element on an unpredictable mission; Dennis Quaid as Searcher’s larger-than-life explorer father, Jaeger; Jaboukie Young-White as Searcher’s 16-year-old son, Ethan, who longs for adventure; Gabrielle Union as Meridian Clade, an accomplished pilot and Searcher’s partner in all things; and Lucy Liu as Callisto Mal, Avalonia’s fearless leader who spearheads the exploration into the strange world. “Strange World” is helmed by Don Hall (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Raya and the Last Dragon”) and co-director/writer Qui Nguyen (co-writer “Raya and the Last Dragon”), and produced by Roy Conli (Oscar®-winning “Big Hero 6,” “Tangled”).

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Best Cosplays of Dragon Con 2022

Back for another year at Dragon Con! 2022 was an insane year at Atlanta's largest party event. With so many amazing cosplays storming downtown Atlanta.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Amazing Transforming Animation

Stable Diffusion Animation:
Cyberpunk: Neo-Tokyo
Alternative title: "I plugged in a bunch of anime titles but SD got confused and smooshed them all together"
Rendered with Deforum Stable Diffusion within Visions of Chaos.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Studio Trigger fights back against Woke culture...

The Loli Must Stay!
The loli must stay, according to Studio Trigger. Rebecca was reportedly going to be cut from the Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime at the request of a handful of activists at CD Projekt Red, but Studio Trigger REFUSED. And listening to Studio Trigger is paying off for CDPR... Cyberpunk 2077 is the most popular its been since launch because of the anime.

Monday, September 19, 2022

The Rebellion Begins...

Check out the latest trailer for the upcoming Star Wars Disney+ series, Andor.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Return to the Fantasy World of...

~ W I L L O W ~
An epic period fantasy series with a modern sensibility set in an enchanted land of breathtaking beauty Willow features a diverse international cast with Jonathan Kasdan, Ron Howard, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michelle Rejwan serving as executive producers. The story began with an aspiring magician from a Nelwyn village and an infant girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where brownies, sorcerers, trolls, and other mystical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world. Warwick Davis, who played Willow in the 1988 film, is back for the series, while Joanne Whalley is returning to her role of Sorsha. The cast also includes Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz, and Erin Kellyman. Willow premieres November 30, exclusively on Disney+.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Hold on, kid. Ready for some adventure?

The Mandalorian and Grogu face enemies and rally allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire. Season 3 of The Mandalorian is set to launch exclusively on Disney+ in February 2023 and is executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. The returning cast includes Pedro Pascal, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Amy Sedaris, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Omid Abtahi, and Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan.

Friday, September 16, 2022

More Star Wars Stories on the Horizon...

Two Stories of Fate. One Destiny.
TALES of the JEDI is an upcoming American animated anthology series created by Dave Filoni and Charles Murray for the streaming service Disney+. It is part of the Star Wars franchise, exploring different Jedi characters from the prequel trilogy era. The series is produced by Lucasfilm Animation.All six Original shorts are streaming on Disney+ October 26.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Disney's Serving Flounder in Live-Action...

"Out of the sea, wish I could be... part of that world."
The Little Mermaid is coming to theaters May 26, 2023.
“The Little Mermaid,” visionary filmmaker Rob Marshall’s live-action reimagining of the studio’s Oscar®-winning animated musical classic, opens exclusively in theaters nationwide May 26, 2023. “The Little Mermaid” is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters, and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land, but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy.

The film stars singer and actress Halle Bailey (“grown-ish”) as Ariel; Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton,” “Snowpiercer”) as the voice of Sebastian; Jacob Tremblay (“Luca,” “Room”) as the voice of Flounder; Awkwafina (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) as the voice of Scuttle; Jonah Hauer-King (“A Dog’s Way Home”) as Prince Eric; Art Malik (“Homeland”) as Sir Grimsby; Noma Dumezweni (“Mary Poppins Returns”) as Queen Selina; with Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Being the Ricardos”) as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”) as Ursula.

“The Little Mermaid” is directed by Oscar® nominee Rob Marshall (“Chicago,” “Mary Poppins Returns”), and written by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (“Life of Pi,” “Finding Neverland”), with a live-action story adaptation by David Magee, Rob Marshall, and two-time Emmy winner John DeLuca (“Tony Bennett: An American Classic”), based on the short story by Hans Christian Andersen, and the Disney animated film by Ron Clements and John Musker. The film is produced by two-time Emmy® winner Marc Platt (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “Grease Live!”), three-time Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”), Rob Marshall, and John DeLuca, with Jeffrey Silver (“The Lion King”) serving as executive producer. The score is by multiple Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”), who won two Oscars® for the music in the animated version of “The Little Mermaid,” with music supervised and produced by Mike Higham (“Mary Poppins Returns,” “Into the Woods”). Music is by Alan Menken, lyrics are by Howard Ashman and new lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Anime Viewing Schedule for September 17, 2022

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Fountaindale Public Library
          11:10 - 12:05   Made in Abyss: Season 2 Eps 3-4
          12:05 - 12:55   Ghost in the Shell: SAC Season 2 Eps 5-6
          12:55 - 1:30     Club Meeting
          1:30 - 2:20       Call of the Night 1-2
          2:20 - 3:10       Lycoris Recoil 5-6 
          3:10 - 4:40       The Orbital Children Eps 4-6 (End)

"Gotta hurry! My favorite show is about to start!"
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 
Board Room, Second Floor 
From 11:10 AM to 5:00 PM

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Lycoris Recoil and Heike Monogatari

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

From out of D23 a secret is revealed...

SECRET INVASION is an upcoming American television miniseries created by Kyle Bradstreet for the streaming service Disney+, based on the Marvel Comics story-line of the same name. Secret Invasion stars Samuel L. Jackson, Emila Clarke, Martin Freeman, Olivia Colman Marvel Series

Monday, September 12, 2022

All the Announcements from D23 Expo 2022...

D 2 3   E X P O   2 0 2 2
Join us for the scoop on all the incredible reveals and announcements from the Marvel Studios panel at D23 Expo 2022.
Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy presented the company's future Star Wars projects at D23 Expo 2022 -- including Andor, Skeleton Crew, Tales of the Jedi, The Bad Batch Season Two, and The Mandalorian Season 3 -- as well as the Disney+ series Willow.
Panel highlights including Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige introducing the talent behind future projects such as Echo, Captain America: New World Order, Thunderbolts, The Marvels, and Daredevil: Born Again. Following the MCU portion, James Cameron welcomes the cast of Avatar: The Way of Water.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Next Club Meeting is September 17, 2022

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K  

"Defending our show from ALL criticisms!"

  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, September 17, 2022
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
We will be in the BOARD ROOM on the Second Floor.
Hope to see everyone there!

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

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