Next Club Meeting: January 22, 2022, 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 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.

This site provides news, reviews, commentaries, and previews of the world of anime and everything it inspires, such as live-action films, comics, music, art, and other weird things to enjoy and contemplate.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Next Club Meeting is January 22, 2022

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
"Keep punching that LIKE button if you LOVE Arcane!"
  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, January 22, 2022
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
We will be in the BOARD ROOM on the
Second Floor. The maximum number of people
allowed in the room is TEN, so please 
arrive early to claim your seat. 
In accordance with the CDC and state of Illinois guidance, face masks are REQUIRED.  

Hope to see everyone there!

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

(Click below for maps)

Monday, January 17, 2022

When art transports us, where do we actually go?

An old Chinese legend tells
of the painter Wu Daozi (680-c760), who learned to paint so vividly that he was finally able to step inside his work and vanish into the landscape. Magical though it sounds, this legend iterates the common intuition that artworks are more like portals than ordinary objects: they can transport us into other worlds. When I look at Pieter Bruegel’s The Hunters in the Snow (1565), I feel like I was there in the frost-bitten village, rather than the galleries of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. When reading Crime and Punishment (1866), the letters on the page conjure a whole world, and in some sense I am no longer in my living room but right there in Dostoevsky’s Russia; the cinema, too, is a gateway to faraway galaxies and past centuries.
Even non-representational works can take hold of us, like the breathing colour fields of Mark Rothko’s paintings or the beautiful ambience of Max Richter’s music. Sometimes, artworks have such a magnetic pull that we forget the actual world around us and lose our sense of time and place, of other people – and sometimes even of ourselves. The French art critic Denis Diderot (1713-84) called such immersive experiences ‘art at its most magical’. Once a painting by Claude-Joseph Vernet (1714-89) pulled Diderot inside a pastoral river scene so completely and enjoyably that he compared the experience to a divine mode of existence:

Where am I at this moment? What is all this surrounding me? I don’t know, I can’t say. What’s lacking? Nothing. What do I want? Nothing. If there is a God, his being must be like this, taking pleasure in himself.

No wonder, then, that there is a certain sense of wistfulness when it all ends, when the lights come up or the last page is turned, and we find ourselves back where we were, forced to carry on with our daily lives.

The idea of artworks as portals to other worlds dates back several centuries, and it has become a commonplace way of talking about our experiences with art. In Pictures and Tears (2001), the art historian James Elkins called it the ‘travelling theory’ of aesthetic experience. The obvious problem with this theory, however, is that it sounds terribly metaphorical. In reality, I never leave my place in physical space. I’m there in the gallery, the auditorium or on my sofa all along. Try as I might, I cannot enter Bruegel’s landscape by touching the canvas, nor can I run into the world of Hamlet by running onto the stage. The artwork allows me only to peer as if from a threshold, where I can see inside but never enter. Here we face what I call the paradox of aesthetic immersion: when I’m immersed in artwork, I seem to go somewhere without going anywhere, and I seem to be in two worlds at once, and yet I’m not properly in either. So what kind of ‘travelling’ are we talking about?

Sunday, January 16, 2022

G4TV Hates Gamers...

G4TV's Return Doomed By Feminist Meltdown!
G4TV was once a haven for gamers and geeks for gaming and popular culture. But on their attempt to return to main stream, they make the mistake of going woke...
G4TV Hosts DOUBLE DOWN On Attacking Fans As They Lose THOUSANDS of Subscribers After Frosk Meltdown.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Netflix Avatar vs. Avatar Studios...

Which Avatar The Last Airbender
Will Be Better?
Soon there will be dueling Avatars. The Netflix live-action version of Avatar will be pitted against upcoming Avatar Studios productions. The latter is headed by the creators of the original series... who rage quit the Netflix production out of frustration. Care to guess which version will probably be superior...?

Friday, January 14, 2022

Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga - Official Trailer

Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga
Senua returns in this cinematic look at Hellblade 2 that has Senua leading a charge against a giant, while dealing with the many voices in her head. Check out the latest trailer revealed at The Game Awards 2021.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Exploring Japan's Beautiful Moss Temple

Ghibli in Real Life
Today we are wandering through a moss-filled temple in the Japanese countryside of Ishikawa. Quite possibly one of the most beautiful temple grounds that the country of Japan has to offer. Today, we explore the beautiful grounds of the Natadera Temple.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Visit One of Japan's Greatest Animation Studios...

The Rise and FALL of STUDIO 4℃
Studio 4°C Co., Ltd. (株式会社STUDIO 4℃, Kabushiki-Gaisha Sutajio Yondo Shī, stylized as STUDIO4℃) is a Japanese animation studio founded by Eiko Tanaka and Koji Morimoto in 1986. The name comes from the temperature at which water is most dense.
Studio 4°C has produced numerous feature films, OVAs, and shorts. Early film titles include Memories (1995), Spriggan (1998), and Princess Arete (2001). In 2003, through a joint production with Warner Bros., Studio 4°C created five segments of The Animatrix. The following year, they created the award-winning avant-garde film Mind Game. Studio 4°C's next film Tekkon Kinkreet (2006), won six awards, including Best Animated Film at the Fantasia 2007, Lancia Platinum Grand Prize at the Future Film Festival, and Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year. It was also submitted for 2007 Oscar in Animated Feature Film category of Academy Award in USA.
The year 2007 saw the release of the anthology film Genius Party, a collection of seven short films. Genius Party Beyond, a collection of five short films, was released the following year, as was Batman's side story Gotham Knight, and the OVA series Detroit Metal City. The following year First Squad: The Moment of Truth was awarded at the Moscow International Film Festival. In February 2010, they contributed two shorts to the anthology Halo Legends: "Origins", and "The Babysitter".

Monday, January 10, 2022

Official Seven on 7 with Cameron Coleman Clip...

The Boys: Vought News Network
Check out the latest episode of The Boys' Seven on 7 with Cameron Coleman. This episode covers the Hero Draft, Blue Hawk getting a reality TV series, and more.

The Boys returns when Season 3 of the series debuts on Prime Video with three episodes on June 3, 2022. New episodes of the eight-episode season will be available each Friday following, leading up to the show's season finale on July 8, 2022.

The third season of The Boys stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, Nathan Mitchell, Colby Minifie, Claudia Doumit, and Jensen Ackles.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Ultra-Realistic Matrix Gameplay!

PS5 Gameplay 4K ULTRA HD
The Matrix Awakens is a 2021 open world video game and technology demonstration developed by Epic Games using Unreal Engine 5 in partnership with Warner Bros.

Friday, January 7, 2022

A Romantic Tale Carved in Stone

This is the tale of a young girl named Jade and a terracotta warrior named Magnus who must team up to fight the creatures that keep attacking their Qin dynasty underground city, and who eventually fall in love.