Next Club Meeting: September 23, 2017, at the Wood Dale Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Animatrix Network is an anime & manga fan club located in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We usually meet on the fourth 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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How to download fan-subtitled anime:
The online anime community is vast and ever-expanding. The number of fan-subbing groups is also growing, often competing with one another to be the first to release an English-subtitled version of the newest (unlicensed) anime and to show off their translating skills. Video quality varies but there are increasingly more HD (1080p or 720p) formats available.

Fans can download subtitled anime to their computers for viewing. The process for doing this is called BitTorrent, which is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used for distributing large amounts of data over the Internet. BitTorrent is one of the most common protocols for transferring large files such as movies, software, and games.

In order to download BitTorrent files, we recommend Vuze (previously Azureus) which is a BitTorrent client used to transfer files via the BitTorrent protocol. Vuze is written in Java, and uses the Azureus Engine. In addition to downloading data linked to .torrent files, Azureus allows users to view, publish and share original DVD and HD quality video content.

The first step to getting the anime you want to see is to download the latest version of Vuze (for both PC and Mac) which you can find by clicking here:

Once installed on your computer, you will need to find anime to download. There are a number of sources to find anime. The following sites are highly recommended:
  • Horriblesubs - Well organized site featuring English-subbed anime
  • Nyaa Torrents - Huge assortment of anime (but in different languages, not just English). Find the  AnimeSub  links for anime in English.
  • 1337x.to - Almost everything, not just anime, but movies, games, software, etc.
Choose a .torrent file and save it in a folder on your computer. Activate Vuze, then double-click on the torrent file you just saved. Vuze will begin downloading your file. The speed of your download will depend on the number of leechers and seeders that are also downloading/uploading that same file.

What's currently being subbed:
This is a good list of the current shows coming out each month, either subbed or just raw and by what subbing group. No direct links but they have the IRC or Web address of the groups involved.

Playback:
It will play anything! VLC Media Player a free software cross-platform multimedia player and framework. supports many audio and video compression methods and file formats, including DVD-video, video CD and streaming protocols. It is able to stream over computer network and to transcode multimedia files.

Some groups recommend you use the following:
It includes Mplayer and Zoom Player  along with all the extra components you need. And it is also FREE.

Zoom player (PC)
An alternative to VLC player.  It's best for playing out to a TV set.  It let's you adjust for over-scan which some subs have the text at the very bottom of the screen and gets cut off on the output from the graphics card.  It does require some setting up but works great.

Mplayer (Mac/PC)
Stable solid playback with very simple user interface and play list.  (Make sure you are logged in as Admin during install.)

FFDshow
Is a codec that will play nearly anything and has excellent post processing.  Included in CCCP and VLC.

Any time you have problems playing a file back, see the subtitling group that created it.  All of them have a section on "how to play-back" their videos.




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ROBOTECH
For a generation of Western kids raised on toy commercials masquerading as cartoons, Robotech felt like something dramatically different. What made it so revolutionary? Click HERE for a detailed history of the '80s anime that changed everything.