Next Club Meeting: July 20, 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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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

It's Trick or Treating Time!


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Don't watch these with the lights off! Join Ashley as we look over the most frightening anime ever released, including the likes of "Made in Abyss", "Higurashi", "Serial Experiments Lain", and more! 
Which of these anime terrified you to your core?

Monday, October 30, 2023

Backlash Forces Disney to CHANGE Snow White!

Disney CHANGES Woke Snow White!
Adds CGI Dwarfs and Delays Release Until 2025!
Disney has just changed the live-action Snow White movie starring Rachel Zegler, and now it has dwarfs... but they're CGI. Obviously Disney has changed from the "magical creatures" they were originally planning, as the release date has been pushed back an entire year.

Sunday, October 29, 2023

There are secrets carved in stone...

R U N E S
12-year-old William is destined to become the future King of England. After his father dies, William escapes from others who want to claim the throne. Living undercover with a peasant family, William soon discovers the keys to Viking legends...

Saturday, October 28, 2023

More than 100 years ago, aliens invaded the Earth...

The Great Martian War (1913-1917)
Full Documentary
For over a century ago, these fields in England were the bloody arena for the most terrible conflict in human history. In 1913 an alien invasion shook the world and hurled it into an unimaginable future! The next four years of ferocious combat has forever marked this ground as the land of the vanished...

Friday, October 27, 2023

A Fan-Made Nausicaa Short Film...

W I N D  P R I N C E S S
"This is not an official licensed product. This independent non-profit short film is entirely self-funded and was made in Brazil as a tribute to the great artist Hayao Miyazaki, who has always been an inspiration to me. We are not a large company. Rather, we are a group of friends who have been working on this project for almost 7 years, fueled only by our love of the art. The film is free of charge, as our only aim is to pay homage to Mr. Miyazaki and the entire wonderful team at Studio Ghibli."
- Chris Tex

Thursday, October 26, 2023

An Ordinary Girl Solving Extraordinary Mysteries...

The Apothecary Diaries
Maomao lived a peaceful life with her apothecary father. Until one day, she’s sold as a lowly servant to the emperor’s palace. But she wasn’t meant for a compliant life among royalty. So when imperial heirs fall ill, she decides to step in and find a cure! This catches the eye of Jinshi, a handsome palace official who promotes her. Now, she’s making a name for herself solving medical mysteries!

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

At last, a sequel to last year's brilliant film...

A Single Point in Space
DYNAMO DREAM, Episode 2
DYNAMO DREAM, is a science fiction dystopian cyberpunk web series created by Ian Hubert, and acts as both a sequel and a parallel story to the main Dynamo series, as well as a reboot introducing newcomers to the world of Dynamo. Surprising everybody, Ian Hubert, VFX Artist and a renowned Blender guru, has released this fantastic series as a mix of live-action and CGI visual effects as an independent filmmaker.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

An Animation Short Film 2023 - GOBELINS...

~ The Alchemists ~
Thibaut, an alchemy apprentice, is finally starting his graduate internship. His slightly eccentric master brings him to a dubious-looking dungeon…

Monday, October 23, 2023

Fantasic Cosplay at this year's NYCC...

NEW YORK COMIC-CON 2023
Welcome to the heart of cosplay creativity at New York Comic Con 2023! Dive into the vibrant world of NYCC's incredible cosplayers, as we bring you a visually stunning and music-filled journey through this pop culture paradise. From superheroes to sci-fi icons, our video captures the dedication, talent, and passion of cosplayers who brought their favorite characters to life. Join us for a mesmerizing showcase of costumes, epic moments, and a soundtrack that will keep you grooving. Don't miss out on the magic of New York Comic Con – hit that play button and let the adventure begin!

Sunday, October 22, 2023

A Cyberpunk Fantasy...

WAYWARD GODS
In a Futuristic Cyberpunk Thailand, a lone warrior must battle both his own karma, and the forces of evil, without using violence. In Episode 1 of Wayward Gods (by Nate Pantumsinchai), our hero Tetsugun faces off against the giant Meka-Naga which is under the control of the evil Naga Corporation. Tetsugun must find a way to defeat the beast and its army of soldiers without violence, using only his guitar and his courage.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Fasten your seatbelts...

SCOTT PILGRIM TAKES OFF
Scott Pilgrim meets the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers, but learns he must defeat her seven evil exes in order to date her. Then things get even more complicated. Based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley. 
Only on Netflix this November 17th

Friday, October 20, 2023

Some secrets cannot be contained...

MONARCH - LEGACY OF MONSTERS
Premieres November 17 on Apple TV+
Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco, and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army Officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows. Based on the Monsterverse from Legendary, and starring Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett and Elisa Lasowski, this dramatic saga — spanning three generations — reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

This is Weird, yet Amazing...

SCAVENGERS REiGN
Premieres October 19 on Max
In this surreal sci-fi animated series from creators Joseph Bennett and Charles Huettner, the remaining crew of a damaged interstellar freighter ship find themselves stranded on a beautiful yet unforgiving alien planet – where they must survive long enough to escape or be rescued. But as the survivors struggle to locate their downed ship and missing crewmates, their new home reveals a hostile world allowed to thrive without human interference. Featuring lush, visually stunning animation, Scavengers Reign presents a wholly unique view of the consequences of unchecked hubris and humanity’s eternal desire to conquer the unknown.
 
-- SEE THE ORIGINAL PILOT SHORT --
After their deep-space freighter is damaged, the stranded crew of the Demeter must fight to survive on a beautiful yet dangerous planet.
SCAVENGERS

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Anime Viewing Schedule for October 21, 2023


 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, October 21, 2023
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
          11:15 - 12:30   Skip and Loafer ep 10-12 [End]
          12:30 - 12:55   Undead Girl Murder Farce ep 7
          12:55 - 1:35     Club Meeting
          1:35 - 2:25       Dark Gathering ep 3-4
          2:25 - 3:15       Goblin Slayer II ep 1-2
          3:15 - 4:45       Resident Evil: Death Island [Movie]

"None of your Tricks! Give us your Treats!"
 
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: Goblin Slayer II and Dark Gathering
* ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW *

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

So you're curious about the world of GUNDAM...

How to FINALLY Get Into
G U N D A M
Gundam is one of the hardest anime franchises to get into. Between the universal century timeline, the non canon Gundam anime, and everything in-between, it can be difficult to know where to start your Gundam adventure. Let us help you out!

Monday, October 16, 2023

So what's up with the Boys of South Park?

South Park Returns WITH A BIG TWIST...
South Park returns in TWO WEEKS with a brand new Paramount Plus special, Joining the Panderverse! South Park: Joining the Panderverse finds Cartman haunted by dreams predicting the end of everything. Could that be tied to the town's growing dependence upon AI? Cartman's deeply disturbing dreams portend the end of the life he knows and loves. The adults in South Park are also wrestling with their own life decisions as the advent of AI is turning their world upside down. Witness the shenanigans when South Park returns for more hilarious adventures...

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Ahsoka Series Explained...

Ahsoka FINALE:
The TRUTH About Baylan Skoll REVEALED
The first season of the Ahsoka series has completed, and we now know what Baylan Skoll is after, and what's been calling him! The Mortis gods are there, on Peridea! But what does that mean for Ahsoka? Is Anakin Skywalker more than a Force ghost? And what of the Bringer of Chaos and God of Destruction known as Abeloth? Will a new terror be unleashed upon the galaxy? Several fans have shared similar theories of just where the future of Star Wars might be heading...

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Next Club Meeting will be October 21, 2023

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
"The way to the anime club looks different for some reason..."

  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, October 21, 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, October 13, 2023

Magic and Art are One and the Same...

AZUKI ELEMENTALS
Azuki Elementals are a collection of characters within the four domains of the Garden: Earth, Fire, Lightning, and Water.
Who or What is Azuki? Find out here: https://www.azuki.com/

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Saving the World was just the Beginning...

WAKFU - Season 4
After facing Nox, a mage who mastered the workings of time; Qilby, eminent representative of the people of Yugo with exceptional powers and intelligence; Ogrest, the ogre at the top of Mount Zinit, responsible for the disasters that struck the world; and finally the omniscient Oropo, philosophical enemy who placed our heroes face to face with their own demons; what threat will this time fall on the World of Twelve? The end of season 3 left Yugo and his friends at the gates of Ingloriom, the kingdom of the gods. The floating territory appeared devastated. What happened ? Where are the Twelve Gods? Is there a link between the victory they have just won and this chaos? How far will our heroes have to go to escape this time? So many questions which mark the starting point of this fourth season.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Featuring the Best Cosplay at...

DRAGON CON 2023 - BEST COSPLAY MUSIC VIDEO
ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Who will be the Next Generation of...

ULTRAMAN - FINAL SEASON
The final season of the Netflix Series "Ultraman" is now streaming worldwide, only on Netflix! The "Ultraman" anime has garnered huge popularity both in Japan and around the globe since Netflix began streaming Season 1 in 2019 and Season 2 in 2022. "Ultraman" finally reaches its magnificent conclusion in this final season!

Monday, October 9, 2023

Yum, yum! You are what you eat!

Delicious in Dungeon
That is, “to eat”, or “to be eaten”
Within the depths of the dungeon, his younger sister was eaten by a Red Dragon – and adventurer Laios barely made it back to the surface with his life. He attempts the dungeon again, but money and food are deep within its bowels… Faced with the critical situation where his sister may be digested at any moment, Laios decides: “Food shall be self-providing from within the dungeon!” Slimes, basilisks, mimics and even dragons! While eating those that attack you, aim to traverse the dungeons, adventurer!

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Destiny isn’t done with them just yet…

DOCTOR WHO
The Doctor and Donna return for three special episodes this November to Disney+.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

What if 'AHSOKA' came out in the 1980's...

AHSOKA - 1986 TV Intro
"To save a long lost ally that may or may not be able to help them..."
It’s 1986. You’re sitting eagerly in front of the television in your Max Reebo pajamas, sneaking a bowl of C3P0's because you didn’t finish your TV dinner and you’re still hungry. Tonight is a big night and you need the energy. After Webster is over, a new Star Wars show is premiering. Book of Boba Fett was okay, but after Return of the Jedi, you only want one thing: more space magic. Your Dad walks in and tries to change it to The A-Team, but you will not be deterred. You tell him a new show is starting and it’s all about hot ladies who kick ass. You easily win him over. It’s almost time now...

Friday, October 6, 2023

"I will have my Revenge..."

BLUE EYE SAMURAI
During a brutal time that fears and hates her, a warrior will rise. From the writer of Logan and Blade Runner 2049 comes Blue Eye Samurai.
Arriving November 3, 2023, only on Netflix

Thursday, October 5, 2023

What if an ultimate artificial intelligence exists?

P L U T O
A murder occurs in an orderly world where robots are unable to kill humans. The robotic Europol investigator Gesicht takes the case, but the mystery deepens when he finds no trace of a human at the scene of the crime. As he pursues the truth, Gesicht uncovers the most evil manifestation of hate that history ever seen, one that is bent on bringing destruction to the world...
The Netflix series "PLUTO" starts streaming October 26, 2023

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Animated Tomb Raider series coming soon...

T O M B   R A I D E R
The Legend of Lara Croft
A new, Netflix original series featuring the iconic rise of Lara Croft is officially in development. Coming soon, only on Netflix.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

A New Masters of the Universe series...

MASTERS of the UNIVERSE: REVOLUTION
Masters of the Universe: Revolution is a standalone, new series, loosely following the events of MOTU Revelation - in a war between He-Man vs. Skeletor like never before. Featuring Chris Wood as He-Man alongside a star-studded cast.
Masters of the Universe: Revolution will premiere 2024, only on Netflix

Monday, October 2, 2023

Be careful what you wish for...

W I S H
Coming only to theaters this Thanksgiving
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Wish” is an all-new musical-comedy welcoming audiences to the magical kingdom of Rosas, where Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force—a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe—the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico—to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen. Featuring the voices of Academy Award®-winning actor Ariana DeBose as Asha, Chris Pine as Magnifico, and Alan Tudyk as Asha’s favorite goat, Valentino, the film is helmed by Oscar®-winning director Chris Buck (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) and Fawn Veerasunthorn (“Raya and the Last Dragon”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) and Juan Pablo Reyes Lancaster Jones (“Encanto”). Jennifer Lee (“Frozen,” “Frozen 2”) executive produces—Lee and Allison Moore (“Night Sky,” “Manhunt”) are writers on the project. With original songs by Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy-winning producer/songwriter/musician Benjamin Rice, plus score by composer Dave Metzger.
“Wish” opens only in theaters on November 22, 2023
Revealed are additional members of the film’s voice cast, who join previously announced cast members Ariana DeBose, who voices 17-year-old heroine Asha; Chris Pine, who lends his voice to the formidable King Magnifico; and Alan Tudyk, who provides the memorable voice of Asha’s pet goat, Valentino. Cast members include: Angelique Cabral as Queen Amaya, the wife and sounding board of King Magnifico; Victor Garber as Asha’s grandfather, Sabino, who—at 100 years old—is patiently waiting for his wish to be granted; and Natasha Rothwell as Asha’s loving and supportive mom, Sakina.
Plus, Asha’s tight-knit group of confidants, protectors and forever friends: Jennifer Kumiyama as Asha’s dearest friend, Dahlia, who’s an accomplished baker and unofficial leader of their group; Evan Peters as the strong guy with a big heart and bigger yawn, Simon; Harvey GuillĂ©n as Gabo, who may be cynical, but he has a heart of gold; Ramy Youssef as Safi, who’s plagued by allergies; Niko Vargas as Asha’s joyful, always smiling buddy, Hal; Della Saba as the seemingly shy teenager, Bazeema, who’s full of surprises; and Jon Rudnitsky as Asha’s rosy-cheeked, wiggly-eared pal, Dario.

Sunday, October 1, 2023

The Wait is Over... Let the Goblin Slaying Continue!

GOBLIN SLAYER II
Rumor has it that, in a certain guild in the middle of nowhere, there is an extraordinary man who has climbed all the way to the Silver rank just by killing goblins. At the same guild, a priestess who’s just become a new adventurer has formed her first party... and the man who ends up rescuing that party when they get into trouble is none other than the Goblin Slayer.