Next Club Meeting: March 16, 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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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Mischief & Mayhem Rule the Multiverse...

LOKI - Season 2
The second season is scheduled to debut on Disney+ on October 6, 2023, and will consist of six episodes. It will be part of Phase Five of the MCU.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

The Latest Masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki...

THE BOY AND THE HERON
After debuting earlier this Summer in Japan, Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, The Boy and the Heron, is finally coming to the big screen in domestic theaters. As anticipation for the acclaimed director’s final animated outing, the official Fandango Twitter page has revealed the first images from the film, which promise to be another visually stunning masterpiece from Studio Ghibli. The images showcase the film’s characters in the middle of sweeping landscapes alongside a tease of fantastical elements that are typically featured in Studio Ghibli projects. Featuring the traditional art style that fans have come to love from Studio Ghibli, The Boy and the Heron is certainly shaping up to be another visually compelling animated film. Whether the film will similarly resonate with an international audience remains to be seen, but given the acclaim it has received in Japan so far, fans are likely in for another timeless masterpiece from the studio.
Three years after the war began, Mahito lost his biological mother, Hisako. His father, Katsuichi, who ran a munitions factory, remarried Hisako's younger sister, Natsuko, and Mahito was evacuated to his mother's family home. A tower where the blue heron lived had been built near the mansion where they evacuated. Mahito tried to open the blocked entrance of the tower and enter, but he was stopped by the maidservants of the mansion. That night, Mahito heard from Natsuko about the origin of the tower. The tower had been built by his great uncle, who had apparently disappeared in the tower. Also, because there had been a huge labyrinth in the basement of the tower, Natsuko's father (Mahito's grandfather) had blocked the entrance to protect it from rising water in the nearby river. On his first day at the evacuated school, Mahito did not fit in well and was assaulted by local boys on his way home. Mahito then hit himself on the head with a stone on the side of the road, inflicting severe bleeding on himself. When he was sleeping in his room, a blue heron suddenly entered through the window and attacked him, so Mahito confronted the blue heron with a wooden sword. The blue heron said, "You must not have seen your mother's body. Your mother is waiting for your help," and began to be wrapped in fish and frogs, and disappeared. Mahito made his own bow and arrow from the feathers left by the blue heron. Misunderstanding that Mahito's head injury was caused by local boys, Katsuichi got angry and complained to the school. On the other hand, Natsuko suffered from morning sickness due to pregnancy, and although she repeatedly told those around her that she wanted to see Mahito's face, Mahito could not accept Natsuko and had a curt attitude. Mahito saw Natsuko disappear into the forest one day. In his room, Mahito discovered a book of novels titled "How do you live?" with a letter that Hisako had left for Mahito, and he burst into tears while reading it. At dusk that day, while the mansion was in a panic due to Natsuko's disappearance, Mahito and his maidservant Kiriko followed Natsuko into the back door of the tower and were trapped. In the tower, Mahito got angry when the blue heron showed him a fake Hisako and shot the blue heron with an arrow made from the feathers of the blue heron, piercing the blue heron's beak. Then, the blue heron became unable to return from the half-birdman (heron man). Ordered by a mysterious person on the top floor of the tower, Mahito and Kiriko were invited to the "lower world". For the continuation of the story, please watch the movie.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Monday, August 28, 2023

Original Voice of Harley Quinn Dies at 67...

ARLEEN SORKIN
(October 14, 1955 – August 24, 2023)
Known for portraying Calliope Jones on the daytime serial
Days of Our Lives and for serving as the real-life inspiration
and voice for DC Comics villain Harley Quinn
[Source: Yahoo! News] Arleen Sorkin, who portrayed Calliope Jones on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives and served as the original voice of the DC Comics character Harley Quinn, had died. She was 67. 

Sorkin died Thursday, a source told The Hollywood Reporter. Health issues kept her from acting in recent years. 
 
DC boss James Gunn wrote on Instagram Saturday: “Rest in Peace, Arleen Sorkin, the incredibly talented original voice of Harley Quinn, who helped to create the character so many of us love. Love to her family and friends.” 
Mark Hamill, who often recorded his lines as the Joker opposite Sorkin, also remembered her in a tribute, writing: “Devastated to learn we’ve lost the brilliant Arleen Sorkin. Not just a wonderful talent, but a truly wonderful person. I’m grateful not only to have worked with her, but to have been her friend. Sending my heartfelt condolences to her family & loved ones.” 
Harley Quinn was intended to be a one-episode character when she debuted on Batman: The Animated Series in the 1992 episode “Joker’s Favor,” which introduced her as a henchwoman to Hamill’s Joker. Paul Dini, Harley Quinn co-creator and Batman writer, was a college friend of Sorkin’s and said he was inspired to cast her after being home sick one day and catching her on an episode of Days of Our Lives, in which she played a harlequin in a dream sequence. 
 
“I thought about a character kind of like her persona at the time, which was the snappy, wisecracking blonde,” Dini told THR in 2016. 
 
The character proved to be a hit, and Sorkin returned for eight more episodes and reprised the role for video games, animated movies and animated series over the years, including Gotham Girls, Justice League, The Batman Superman Movie: World’s Finest and more. 
 
“I would sing in the car on the way to work — ‘Adelaide’s Lament’ from Guys and Dolls. And when I got there, I was ready,” Sorkin told THR in 2016. “Adelaide from Guys and Dolls is someone I always wanted to play. So it was very easy for me to find Harley’s voice. But I made her even more extreme.” Harley Quinn has grown to become internationally known, with Margot Robbie portraying her on the big screen. 
 
Tara Strong, who went on to voice Harley Quinn in other iterations, called Sorkin “the inspiration & the heart & soul of this iconic character.” 
 
Born on Oct. 14, 1955, in Washington, Sorkin worked in a comedy troupe and as a cabaret performer in the 1970s and ’80s, then played Jones on Days of Our Lives from 1984-90, with return engagements in 1992, 2001, 2006 and 2010. Her other acting credits include Duet, Open House, Dream On, Ted & Venus, I Don’t Buy Kisses Anymore and Frasier. From 1990-92, she co-hosted America’s Funniest People alongside Dave Coulier. 

Sorkin also served as a writer and producer on the TV shows How to Marry a Billionaire and Fired Up, co-wrote the 1997 film Picture Perfect and penned two episodes for Tiny Toon Adventures. 
 
Survivors include her husband, producer-writer Christopher Lloyd, and their two children.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Awesome Cospaly at Otakon 2023...

OTAKON 2023
Otakon 2023 was held in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center across 3 days in Washington, D.C. and broke previous attendance record at 42,000 people! This video showcases some of the best cosplays, Anime, Japanese pop culture and much more!

Saturday, August 26, 2023

What happens when you meet an Undead Hero?

UNDEAD UNLUCK
The anime adaptation of Undead Unluck by Yoshifumi Totsuka, the popular manga currently serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump (SHUEISHA), is here! Debuting in 2020, it placed #1 in the comics category of the "Next Coming Manga Award" the same year! Experience the battles between those with special abilities called "Negators" in this epic tale of pure chaos. An unlucky girl meets an undead guy! When the duo negated by the world meet, a new adventure begins. The adaptation of the unpredictable battle manga, is coming in 2023!!

Friday, August 25, 2023

A new universe awaits...

REBEL MOON
From Zack Snyder, the filmmaker behind 300, Man of Steel, and Army of the Dead, comes REBEL MOON, an epic science-fantasy event decades in the making.
When a peaceful colony on the edge of a galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of a tyrannical ruling force, Kora (Sofia Boutella), a mysterious stranger living among the villagers, becomes their best hope for survival. Tasked with finding trained fighters who will unite with her in making an impossible stand against the Mother World, Kora assembles a small band of warriors — outsiders, insurgents, peasants and orphans of war from different worlds who share a common need for redemption and revenge. As the shadow of an entire Realm bears down on the unlikeliest of moons, a battle over the fate of a galaxy is waged, and in the process, a new army of heroes is formed.
Coming to Netflix on December 22

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Who is the more Foolish?

The Fool or the Fool that follows him...
Lord of the Mysteries
In the waves of steam and machinery, who could achieve extraordinary? In the fogs of history and darkness, who was whispering? I woke up from the realm of mysteries and opened my eyes to the world. Firearms, cannons, battleships, airships, and difference machines. Potions, divination, curses, hanged-man, and sealed artifacts…
Coming Soon...
The lights shone brightly, yet the secrets of the world were never far away. This was a legend of the “Fool”.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Anime Viewing Schedule for August 26, 2023


 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, August 26, 2023
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
          11:15 - 12:05   Skip and Loafer ep 6-7
          12:05 - 12:55   Undead Girl Murder Farce ep 3-4
          12:55 - 1:20     Dark Gathering ep 2
          1:20 - 2:00       Club Meeting
          2:00 - 2:50       Heavenly Delusion ep 9-10
          2:50 - 4:50       Suzume (Movie)

"YES! Love Anime!"
 
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 
Peggy J. Danhof Board Room
(Second Floor)
 
From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
 
Don't miss these exciting anime series: Skip and Loafer and Dark Gathering
* ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW *

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The Comic That Refuses to Die...

SCOTT PILGRIM the ANIME
Here’s a first look at the Scott Pilgrim Anime coming to
Netflix November 17th. Add it to your list today.
As bass guitarist for a garage-rock band, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has never had trouble getting a girlfriend; usually, the problem is getting rid of them. But when Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) skates into his heart, he finds she has the most troublesome baggage of all: an army of ex-boyfriends who will stop at nothing to eliminate him from her list of suitors.

Monday, August 21, 2023

A Special Look at a New Star Wars Legacy...

AHSΦKA
Dive into the new Star Wars master-apprentice legacy with the cast and filmmakers of AHSOKA. Experience the two-episode premiere, streaming August 23 on Disney+.

Sunday, August 20, 2023

When You're Hero Has Severe Stage-fright...

S  H  Y
Around the middle of the 21st century,
all war on Earth ceased...
The sudden widespread appearance of "Heroes," people with supernatural powers who wish only for peace, has drastically transformed the world. In a world where the Heroes of each country work to maintain this newfound peace, the one protecting Japan is a young girl named Shy who is... cripplingly shy.

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Next Club Meeting is August 26, 2023

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
"Duuuuuude... It's 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
Peggy J. Danhof Board Room
 (2nd Floor)
Saturday, August 26, 2023
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!

(Click below for maps)

Friday, August 18, 2023

A Ballad of Blood and Death...

NINJA KAMUI
An upcoming Japanese anime television series that is set to
premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block in 2024.
Ninja Kamui follows Joe Higan who is a Nukenin - a former ninja who escaped his clan and is hiding from his violent past in rural America with his family. One night, he is ambushed by a team of assassins from his former organization who exact a bloody retribution on Joe and his family for betraying their ancient code. Rising from his seeming "death," Joe will re-emerge as his former self - Ninja Kamui - to avenge his family and friends. Kamui is a 21st century ninja, a shadowy anachronism who pits his ancient skills against high-tech weaponry with brutal finesse. He must face off against trained assassins, combat cyborgs, and rival ninjas to bring down the very clan that made him.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Jinkies! This went BAD Fast!

Scooby-Doo x FNAF Fan Animator BLACKLISTED
by Hollywood Voice Actors Over AI?!
The animator of an AMAZING Scooby-Doo and Five Nights at Freddy's mashup used AI to replicate the voices of the Mystery Inc. gang, and now the voice actress of Daphne (Grey DeLisle) is publicly threatening him with a Hollywood BLACKLIST.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Zoinks! Look, A Fan-Made Scooby Animation!

Scooby Doo, Where Are You? In...
SPRINGTRAPPED!
When the gang visits Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, they must investigate a mysterious case of the animatronics getting a bit quirky at night.
Created in Blender 3.5
A.I. DISCLAIMER: I am not a fan of AI. The only reason I used AI voices for Fred, daphne, Velma, and SG Kluger is because I can’t really afford to pay a ton of voice actors ATM, and it’s also difficult to find impersonators for the gang other than Shaggy and Scooby. This isn’t intended to make money, it’s honestly created as a portfolio piece and giant joke that took me way too long to animate. so I just used AI considering I’m a one man team and don’t have the means for many voice actors at the moment. If it counts for anything, the rest of the video is painstakingly designed, modeled, textured, animated, lit, rendered, edited, composited, and posted all by me, 1000% from scratch by hand with nothing other than my own brain and creative drive doing the work. I even learned to do a Scooby impression so I could voice Scooby myself! I have some original shorts in the works and I plan for those to be completely AI free, so consider this video a launch pad for my Patreon and my work so that i will be able to bring on more talent in the future. Thanks for the support everyone, it’s very much appreciated. This is a fan animation. I do not own the rights to any of the content in the video. Fair use permits the commentary, criticism, or parody of a copyrighted work without having a license from the copyright holder.   - Eagan Tilghman

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

When giant monsters run amok, it's time to call...

KAIJU NO. 8
Grotesque, Godzilla-like monsters called "kaijuu" have been appearing around Japan for many years. To combat these beasts, an elite military unit known as the Defense Corps risks their lives daily to protect civilians. Once a creature is killed, "sweepers"—working under the Professional Kaijuu Cleaner Corporation—are left to dispose of its remains.
Kafka Hibino, a 32-year-old man, is unsatisfied with his job as a sweeper. From a young age, he has aspired to join the Defense Corps and kill kaijuus for a living. After a few failed attempts, however, he gave up on his dreams and resigned himself to the mediocrity that provided a decent paycheck. Nevertheless, when an ambitious, 18-year-old recruit named Leno Ichikawa joins his cleaning team, Kafka is once again reminded of his desire to join the military.
Following a chain of unfortunate events and an interaction with the junior sweeper, Kafka encounters a parasite-type kaijuu that forces its way in through his mouth—turning him into a humanoid monster. With his newfound powers, Kafka aims to give his lifelong dream a final try.

Monday, August 14, 2023

Welcome to Lawless City, Where Intrigue Awaits...

The Eminence in Shadow - Season 2
Cid Kageno and the Shadow Garden arrive at the Lawless City. Out of the three powerful monarchies, Cid is drawn to the Blood Queen, a vampire who has slumbered in her coffin for eons. Her awakening approaches, and Cid could finally face a day of reckoning.

Sunday, August 13, 2023

A Sci-Fi Fan-Favorite Returns...

BABYLON 5: THE ROAD HOME
Return to BABYLON 5 as the epic interstellar saga continues...
Travel across the galaxy with John Sheridan as he unexpectedly finds himself transported through multiple timelines and alternate realities in a quest to find his way back home. Along the way he reunites with some familiar faces, while discovering cosmic new revelations about the history, purpose, and meaning of the Universe.
BABYLON 5: THE ROAD HOME will be available on Digital, 4K UHD and Blu-ray on August 15, 2023.

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Kathleen Kennedy FLEES Hollywood...

KK's Home is Up For SALE
Does This Mean She's OUT at LUCASFILM?
Amid swirling rumors of chaos at Lucasfilm and speculation that Bob Iger may finally have found a way to contain, and possibly even fire Kathleen Kennedy after the failure of Indiana Jones 5, some interesting proof has emerged publicly in the mainstream media that Kennedy may be finished not only at Lucasfilm, but in Hollywood itself! Kennedy is pulling up stakes and selling her Hollywood home - this is not a rumor, this is publicly reported FACT! But what does it mean? In this video we discuss the implications of this development!

Friday, August 11, 2023

After Over 15 Years, Sunrise Finally Reveals...

C.E. (Cosmic Era). An era in which there are human beings called Coordinators, born with superior physical and mental abilities thanks to genetic modification, and humans called Naturals who are born naturally. With their respective existence at stake, the ideological clash between Coordinators and Naturals escalated into war using armed force. Along the way, the Destiny Plan was proposed, which would forcibly assign a role to each individual and create a world free of competition. But amid the fighting, this Destiny Plan was rejected in order to protect humanity's aspirations and future freedom.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Before there ever was a John Wick...

THE CONTINENTAL
From the World of John Wick
The three-part event will explore the origin behind the iconic hotel-for-assassins centerpiece of the John Wick universe through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott, as he’s dragged into the Hell-scape of 1970’s New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. Winston charts a deadly course through the hotel’s mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the hotel where he will eventually take his future throne.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

A funny thing happened on the way to the Ball...

Little Red Riding Hood
Meets a Corpse on Her Journey
Translation: Director Yuichi Fukuda makes a popular novel into a movie! A comedy mystery where Little Red Riding Hood solves difficult cases in the world of classic fairy tales as a detective! Netflix movie "Little Red Riding Hood meets a corpse on her journey. ] Global exclusive distribution starts on Thursday, September 14, 2023! Little Red Riding Hood (Kanna Hashimoto), a girl wearing a red hood, meets Cinderella (Yuko Araki), a girl covered in ash, on her journey. After having the wizard change them into a nice dress, the two head to the ball, but they run over a man in a pumpkin carriage. Hiding the corpse quickly so as not to find out, the two of them go to the castle ball. Shortly after Cinderella and the prince (Takanori Iwata) fall in love, a dead body is found and the ball is interrupted. The shadow of the true culprit appears among the peculiar people who appear one after another in front of the two who are in desperate need... Little Red Riding Hood confronts the case with her innate insight and impudence—! What is the truth behind the tragedy that happened in a country where "beauty is everything"?
"What big TEETH you have!"
For people wondering, this is not a Japanese take on Disney (even though the Japanese are crazy for Disney) or even the original tales for the Red Riding Hood or Cinderella. This is the film adaptation of a Japanese book series by Aito Aoyagi, that brings some irony, dark humor and Sherlock Holmes's wit to traditional European fairy-tales, so it's pretty much a Japanese product. The titles of the series are pretty hilarious, like "Red Riding Hood meets Pinocchio, and then finds a dead body".

Monday, August 7, 2023

At the Edge of the Universe...

LOWER DECKS - Season 4
Boimler (Jack Quaid), Mariner (Tawny Newsome), Rutherford (Eugene Cordero), Tendi (Noël Wells) and the rest of the U.S.S. Cerritos crew prove they are more than just lower deckers in the official Season 4 trailer!
"Star Trek: Lower Decks" focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet's least important ships, the USS Cerritos, in 2380. Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Rutherford and Tendi must keep up with their duties and their social lives, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies. The ship's bridge crew includes Captain Carol Freeman, Commander Jack Ransom, Lieutenant Shaxs and Doctor T'Ana. This is the second animated spin-off in the franchise after 1973-74's "Star Trek: The Animated Series," but has a decidedly more adult tone and humor.
Premieres September 7, 2023

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Can we eat that?

DELICIOUS in DUNGEON
The world of "Delicious in Dungeon" is finally brought to life in this anime series by Studio Trigger. Watch Laios and his fellow adventurers move, speak and eat! Take a look at dynamic scenes of Laios and his companions and hear their voices as they eat the monsters that appear in the dungeons!
The Netflix Series "Delicious in Dungeon" is set to start streaming worldwide from January 2024!

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Cosplay Highlights of AX 2023

This is Anime Expo 2023 Best Cosplay Music Video
By mineralblu

Friday, August 4, 2023

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Take a Walk Through SDCC 2023...

Comic-Con 2023 Walkthrough
San Diego, California. July 22 & 23 Saturday and Sunday
Checking out Comics, toys, collectibles, Pop culture & more.
"We had a great time at comiccon. This year, instead of just taking photos, I decided to film video in the halls and show the feeling of zigzagging the aisles on a busy Saturday and Sunday at the convention. The city really gets into the con . All the surrounding stores and restaurants in downtown near the convention center  we’re all part of the festivities. And if you have a 40 pass from Thursday to Sunday, then you may have been able to see it all. I really love the toys and seeing all the new products dropping, lots of nostalgia and collectibles from childhood. I compare the con to an art museum. Lots of items that are from collections that you wouldn’t see unless you were at the show."

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Cosplayers, Unleash Your Imagination...

Cosplay at SDCC 2023
San Diego Comic Con 2023, at the San Diego Convention Center. This year was a blast with some really great costumes and creativity!

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

I Pray For You, Richter Belmont...

CASTLEVANIA: NOCTURNE
New series focusing on Richter Belmont origin story featuring vampires in the French Revolution.
The gory and gothic adventures of the Castlevania franchise continue with an exciting new setting and their highest stakes yet. A gripping story of love and loss, Nocturne marks an evolution to the original fan-favorite Castlevania Netflix Series. Featuring a never before seen origin story of Richter Belmont (gaming icon, and one of the Franchise’s most beloved characters).
Led by showrunner Kevin Kolde and Creator/Writer Clive Bradley. Produced by Project 51 Productions with production services provided by Powerhouse Animation.