Next Club Meeting: February 18, 2023, 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, January 31, 2023

A Music Video Tribute to Studio Ghibli...

「AMV」COMING HOME
Anime: Karigurashi no Arriety, Kaze Tachinu, Howl's Moving Castle, Gedo Senki, When Marnie Was There
Music: Coming Home - Rival/Arc North/Cadmium: 
Edited by: CRAWFFEE

Monday, January 30, 2023

A New Anime Sci-fi/Fantasy Series has Begun!

THE LEGEND of HEROES
TRAILS of COLD STEEL - NORTHERN WAR

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – Northern War depicts the Northern War, a conflict between the Erebonian Empire and the North Ambria State, and placed during the time skip between the video games Trails of Cold Steel II and III. It follows Lavian Winslet, a girl born in North Ambria, a poor country in the northwest of Zemurian continent. She enlists in the Northern Jaegers, the largest mercenary corps in Zemuria to protect her hometown, while distinguishing herself from her grandfather, Vlad, the renounced hero who betrayed their country. Prior to the start of the anime, Lavian assembles a platoon with Martin S. Robinson, Iseria Frost and Talion Drake for a secret mission to Erebonia, an imperialistic country to the south, to gather information about the "Imperial Hero" whose existence spells a threat to their country.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

The Gang Returns to the Save the Boiling Isles!

The Owl House
Season 3 Episode 2, "For the Future"
Luz and her friends race against Belos to confront
the Collector and save the Boiling Isles.
Luz, a self-assured teenage human girl, accidentally stumbles upon a portal to a magical new world where she befriends a rebellious witch, Eda, and an adorably tiny warrior, King. Despite not having magical abilities, Luz pursues her dream of becoming a witch by serving as Eda's apprentice at the Owl House and ultimately finds a new family in an unlikely setting.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Nice to see you again, citizens!

CARNIVAL ROW
A growing population of mythological immigrant creatures struggles to coexist with humans after the creatures' exotic homelands are invaded by the empires of man. The creatures are forbidden to live, love or fly with freedom, but hope lives in darkness. Human detective Rycroft "Philo" Philostrate and a refugee faerie, Vignette Stonemoss, rekindle a dangerous affair despite being in an increasingly intolerant society. Vignette has a secret that endangers Philo's world during his most important case yet -- a string of gruesome murders threatening the uneasy peace of the Row.
February 17th, we return to Carnival Row. Starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne.

Friday, January 27, 2023

From Zero to Hero... and Back Again...

INVINCIBLE - Season 2
INVINCIBLE is an adult animated superhero series that revolves around 17-year-old Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), who’s just like every other guy his age — except his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (J.K. Simmons). But as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems. From Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Gaslamp Fantasy awaits you, Realmwalker!

~ NIGHTINGALE ~
Set out on a journey of survival and adventure, into the mysterious and dangerous Fae Realms of Nightingale! Become an intrepid Realmwalker, and venture forth alone or with friends - as you explore, craft, build and fight across a visually stunning Gaslamp Fantasy world.
Nightingale is a first-person, PVE, open-world survival crafting game played solo or cooperatively with friends. Build, craft, fight and explore as you venture through mystical portals into a variety of amazing and fantastical realms.
You are stranded beyond our world, cut off by the collapse of the arcane portal network. This catastrophe has left you fighting to survive in a labyrinth of beautiful and dangerous Fae realms.
Your goal: become a skilled Realmwalker, and navigate the web of trans-dimensional portals. Only then can you discover your way to the magical city of Nightingale, the last known bastion of humanity. Check out Nightingale, a new game from Inflexion Games.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Enter a School for Spies Only!

SPY CLASSROOM
After a gruesome war wreaked havoc on the general populace, the governments of the world turned to a more elusive tactic to further their agendas—a war fought in the shadows.

Lily, a beautiful girl with white locks, is a student in one of the many institutions that train youths into becoming capable spies. Unfortunately, despite scoring well in the written exams, she only manages to barely pass her practicals. With no real world skills to speak of, her hopes of graduating are dismal—until she is offered an opportunity to join the mysterious team "Tomoshibi" and partake in an Impassable Mission.

Excited by the prospect of working with the elite, Lily enthusiastically accepts. However, she is struck dumb when she arrives at Kagerou Palace and the true purpose of Tomoshibi and its hopeless situation comes into light. Joined by other problematic female spies along with a mysterious young man spearheading the operation, Lily realizes that this is not the ideal escapade she had pictured.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Let’s get this party started!

Dungeons & Dragons:
Honor Among Thieves
A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary role-playing game to the big screen in a hilarious and action-packed adventure.
Watch the New Trailer
Only in Theaters, March 31, 2023.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Dance Competition! Who Will Win?

M3GAN vs. WEDNESDAY: THE DANCE OFF
Let's find out which one has the killer moves.
 
First: Wednesday Addams

 
Next: M3GAN

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Demons are coming. One man stands in their way...

G I S A K U
Somewhere in Spain, a samurai waits patiently to fulfill a mission that was once entrusted to him: to protect the Izanagi Key from evil. The Key, made up of powerful pieces, closes a door that crosses the threshold of the world. Gisaku is the story of a fight between good and evil, in which a group of very opposing characters must work as a team to prevent Gorkan, the Lord of Darkness, from fulfilling his objective: to invade the world with his demonic hordes . In the course of their mission, Riki, Gisaku, Yohei, Linceto and Moira will be forced to overcome their internal conflicts and overcome numerous difficulties.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Rock on, Matilda!

MATILDA the MUSICAL
"Revolting Children" Dance Scene
Re-cut to Rob Zombie's "Dragula"
Based on the book by Roald Dahl and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Combining ancient lore with dazzling animation...

NEW GODS: YANG JIAN
From ZHAO Ji and Light Chaser Animation
Thirteen years after Yang Jian (known to some as Erlang Shen) imprisoned his sister beneath a mountain, the once powerful god now scrapes by as a penniless bounty hunter. When a mysterious woman hires him for a new job, Yang Jian soon finds himself chasing down a familiar figure. He must stop Chenxiang, his long-lost nephew, who is in search of the magical lotus lantern that will free his mother, even if it will bring catastrophe. As Yang Jian confronts the actions of his past, he must face a host of dangerous vigilantes seeking the same treasure with the power to alter the balance of their worlds. This latest entry in the New Gods universe from Light Chaser Animation (WHITE SNAKE, NEW GODS: NEZHA REBORN) features awe-inspiring action sequences set against breathtaking and wildly imaginative environments. Combining ancient lore with dazzling animation, New Gods: Yang Jian is a timeless adventure of epic proportions featuring one of China’s legendary mythic figures.
Watch the Trailer
In theaters January 20