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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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Pour la France - Animation Short Film

Paris, May 1871, after their defeat against Germany at Sedan, in an attempt to fulfill the armistice's requirement, the provisory French government in Versailles launch an assault to take back Paris from the working class.
Watch 'Pour la France'

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Acorn Princess | Animated Short Film

Princess Cornelia and the Flower Prince have been betrothed for as long as they can remember. The two have grown friends. Cornelia pines for the heart of the guard captain, and the Flower Prince is involved with another in secret. On the eve of their wedding day, the pair dread what may be the end of their lives as they know it.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

C2E2 2020 - Feb 28 - March 1

C2E2 - February 28 - March 1, 2020
Chicago's Pop Culture Event
 McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Hey Chicago, I'm C2E2! 
Enjoy a weekend that is all about you! You're invited to the only comic, cosplay, and pop culture convention in the heart of downtown Chicago! We've gathered your favorite celebrities, unique exhibitors, incredible comic artists, and larger-than-life literary authors, along with you of course, into one place to celebrate the fandoms you love. We have something for everyone, from a Show Floor packed with top exhibitors, autograph sessions, panels, screening rooms, exclusives, After Dark events and a massive Artist Alley. If you've always dreamed of attending the biggest geek party in the Midwest, then look no further. This is your weekend to get wild and be free with other nerdy Chicagoans. Epic memories and awesome friendships await you at C2E2, the show created for you.

C2E2 2020 Badges are still available: Buy Yours Today!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Digital Art for Beginners

Digital Art for Beginners
How do you get started in digital art? Should you get a drawing tablet, maybe an iPad maybe Surface Pro. And what software do artists use? Is it free? Is it expensive? Those are some of the questions we're going to be tackling in this video.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Crunchyroll's 2020 Anime Awards Winner Reel

Crunchyroll's 2020 Anime Awards
Crunchyroll Collection brings you the latest clips, OPs, and more from your favorite anime! Don't have time for a full episode but want to catch up on the best scenes? We've got them! 


Monday, February 24, 2020

Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy

Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy
In the midst of the ongoing war on Cybertron, forces of good and evil clash as they search for the source of their power: the Allspark. This may not be the life they imagined, but it's a life worth fighting for. Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy: Siege is coming soon, only on Netflix.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

7 Most Popular Shops in Akihabara

Awesome Things to Do In Japan: 7 Most Popular Shops in Akihabara! (January 2020 Ranking)
Awesome Things to Do In Japan: 
7 Most Popular Shops in Akihabara! (January 2020 Ranking)
Date published: 21 February 2020 [Source: LiveJapan]
Here are the most popular shops in Akihabara, according to leading travel website Live Japan! Our ranking is based on the most popular pages viewed by foreign visitors in the past month. Be sure to add them to your Japan travel plan when you visit Akihabara!

Table of Contents
  2. 2.Animate - Akihabara
  3. 3.Tools ochanomizu
  4. 4.Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan
  5. 5.Tsukumo Robot Kingdom
  6. 6.Book House Café
  7. 7.Akihabara Nisshin Camera

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Official Trailer for THE IRON MASK

The Iron Mask sees action legends Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up in a high concept fantasy historical epic featuring breath-taking fights and stunning visuals. Set in the 18th century, The Iron Mask follows English traveler Jonathan Green as he journeys from Russia to China encountering dragons, black magic wizardry, and a dragon king during an incredible but deadly adventure. The action-adventure also stars Charles Dance, Jason Flemyng, and Rutger Hauer. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Making of a DreamWorks CGI Film

About VFX Breakdowns, Making-Of, 
and Behind-The-Scenes: 
Ever wondered how studios and artists do what they do? Take a look at our playlist featuring the making of, behind-the-scenes and breakdowns of 3D, CGI, and VFX animations.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Cloudpunk - Announcement Trailer

[Source: AnimeSuperHero] “Cloudpunk” is on its way to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in 2020 [but nobody will say exactly when].

The environment of a futuristic city with flying cars in neon-lit caverns of so-called humanity appear to be heavily influenced by the popular feature film “Blade Runner”. 

The storyline, however, will not be you as the emotionally wasted cop Deckard chasing down rogue replicants like Roy Batty and falling in love with the Rachaels of the world. Instead, you will play as Rania, an employee of the sketchy delivery firm of the game title in the city which has been named Nivalis [which sounds like a combination of a hand cream lotion and an erectile dysfunction drug]. Since you are a rookie, it is your first night working for Cloudpunk, naturally, you will be meeting all the, shall we say, interesting characters who you will come across in your normal work night.

It is a story-based adventure game so you will meet a diverse range of characters beginning with lowlife scum of what passes for the Earth humans, androids, AI and just about everybody and thing in between on every level of this futuristic society. Since all the stories are intertwined, then Rania can experience massive changes in Nivalis even in a single night’s delivery work.

Exploring the city of Nivalis will take you everywhere you can venture, from the Marrow below to the spires that pierce the grey clouds high above before scraping the edge of the troposphere. No delivery job is too dangerous, and no one is faster than a Cloudpunk driver [apparently].

Features include…
  • Exploring the immense vertical cyberpunk city of Nivalis with your hovercar and on foot
  • Unraveling mysteries in a world of corporate conspiracy, hackers and rogue AI
  • Discovering hidden places and items allowing you to unlock additional stories

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Anime Viewing Schedule for February 22, 2020

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Fountaindale Public Library
                    11:15 - 12:05   Golden Kamuy 23-24 (End)
                    12:05 - 12:55   Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 21-22
                    12:55 - 1:30     Club Meeting / Announcements
                    1:30 - 2:55       Dororo 22-24 (End)
                    2:55 - 4:40       Ni no Kuni (Movie)
"Race to break the Reality Barrier!"

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Board Room on Second Floor

From 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Dororo and Golden Kamuy

Monday, February 17, 2020

Official Trailer for 'In/Spectre'

Both touched by spirits called yokai, Kotoko and Kuro have gained unique superhuman powers. But to gain her powers Kotoko has given up an eye and a leg, and Kuro’s personal life is in shambles. So when Kotoko suggests they team up to deal with renegades from the spirit world, Kuro doesn’t have many other choices, but Kotoko might just have a few ulterior motives…

The 11-year-old Kotoko Iwanaga is kidnapped by Yōkai and asked to become Goddess of Wisdom. 6 years later she visits Kuro Sakuragawa, a man whose life she previously saved and fell in love with, despite his having a girlfriend, Saki Mihara. She kept track of him for two years until the present day when Saki breaks off their engagement. Kotoko immediately asks to date him. Kuro explains Saki broke up with him after they saw a Kappa and he ran like a coward. Kotoko calls him out on the lie, suggesting it was the Kappa that ran scared from Kuro, causing Saki to realize Kuro is dangerous. Kotoko reveals most yokai are terrified of Kuro. When Kuro demands to know who she is she explains her job to settle all arguments between yokai, and she shows him that her right eye and left leg are both prosthetic, the cost of becoming a Goddess. As she leaves Ochimasu, a deceased samurai, informs her a Bull Ayakashi is infesting the library. She asks Kuro to help with the Ayakashi, to prove she is a goddess. However, the Ayakashi has gone mad and refuses to listen to her. Kuro fearlessly allows the Ayakashi to sever and eat his arm, but to Kotoko’s surprise his arm completely regenerates and the Ayakashi melts and dies. Kuro explains that when he was 11, he ate the flesh of two yokai.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

How to Draw like Kim Jung Gi

How to Draw like Kim Jung Gi
"In my last interview with Kim Jung Gi, I tried to figure out who he is, and why he’s so good. In this episode, I’m going to dive deeper. I’m going to analyze his methods, his techniques, and his process… I’m going to figure out HOW he draws. If you’re interested in drawing like Kim Jung Gi, this interview is for you."
- Proko

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Next Club Meeting is February 22, 2020

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Jump for joy! The next meeting is fast approaching!
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, February 22, 2020
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM

Our next club meeting will be at the Fountaindale Public Library
Board Room (Second Floor), 
from 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM.

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

(Click below for maps)

Friday, February 14, 2020

"From Russia with love…"

The new trailer for Season 4 of Netflix's hit show 'Stranger Things' answers the question: Is Hopper dead or alive?
"From Russia with love…"

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Horror Short Film "La Noria"

La Noria
“La Noria” by Carlos Baena From seasoned animator Carlos Baena (ILM, Pixar) and a crowd-sourced community of over 100 people, "La Noria" tells the tale of a grieving young boy who one day encounters dark creatures that turn his life upside down.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Heretic: a sci-fi short film, made with Unity

- T H E   H E R E T I C -
The Heretic is a short film created by Unity’s Demo Team. The film uses every aspect of Unity’s High Definition Rendering Pipeline, features advanced effects created with the VFX Graph, and showcases Demo Team's first realistic digital human.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Royal Madness - Animation Short Film

R O Y A L   M A D N E S S
A long time ago, a mighty king, while protecting his kingdom, hunted all the monsters down and eliminated them. Nowadays, with no monsters left, he lost his purpose of living and falls into depression. The princess, trying to get her father back to his former state, sets up a fanatical plan...

Monday, February 10, 2020

Congratulations to the Academy Award Winners!

The Academy Award for 
Best Animated Feature Film
Goes to...
Toy Story 4

 Best Animated Short Film  
Goes to...
Hair Love

        Sunday, February 9, 2020

        Remembering the Classic Film 'Little Nemo'

        Adventures in Slumberland
        Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (released in Japan as simply Nemo (ニモ, Nimo) and credited in some territories as Little Nemo) is a 1989 Japanese-American animated musical adventure fantasy film directed by Masami Hata and William Hurtz. Based on the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay, the film went through a lengthy development process with a number of screenwriters. Ultimately, the screenplay was credited to Chris Columbus and Richard Outten; the storyline and art style differed from the original version. The original soundtrack was penned by the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers. The film features the English dub voices of Gabriel Damon, Mickey Rooney, René Auberjonois, Danny Mann, and Bernard Erhard. 
        The movie was infamous for being in development hell with many people; some worked at Disney and others who worked on Star Wars, some of the people who worked on Looney Tunes, as well as some people who would later found Studio Ghibli, figures such as George Lucas, Chuck Jones, Ray Bradbury, Isao Takahata, Brad Bird, Jerry Rees, Chris Columbus, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Oliver Johnston, Paul Julian, the Sherman Brothers (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman), Hayao Miyazaki (who was working at TMS at the time), and Gary Kurtz being involved with the movie before all dropping out. 

        The film was first released in Japan on July 15, 1989, and in the United States on August 21, 1992, by the Hemdale Film Corporation. It received mixed to positive reviews from publications including the Washington Post, Variety, the New York Post, the Boston Globe, and The New York Times, earned $11.4 million on a $35 million budget and was a box office bomb, but sold well on home video and has since developed a cult following. 
        The Plot
        The film opens with the young boy Nemo experiencing a nightmare in which he is pursued by a locomotive. Upon awakening the next day, he goes with his pet flying squirrel, Icarus to see a parade welcoming a traveling circus. However, Nemo is unable to see the circus because his parents are too busy to take him. Later that night, Nemo imitates sleepwalking in a failed attempt to sneak some pie, going against a promise he had earlier made to his mother. Upon falling asleep that night, Nemo is approached by figures from the parade. The circus organist introduces himself as Professor Genius and claims that they had been sent on a mission by King Morpheus, the king of a realm named Slumberland. The mission involves Nemo becoming the playmate of the princess, Camille. Although Nemo initially has reservations about interacting with royalty of the opposite gender, he and Icarus decide to set off to fulfill his mission after being persuaded with a gift box of cookies from the princess.
        Nemo is taken to Slumberland in a dirigible which he is allowed to drive, causing some chaos and is introduced to King Morpheus, who doubles as the circus ringmaster on Earth. Morpheus reveals that he summoned Nemo to become his heir to the throne. Morpheus gives Nemo a golden key that opens every door in the kingdom and warns him of a door with a dragon insignia that must never be opened. Nemo is introduced to Princess Camille and the pair and Icarus roam the entirety of Slumberland together. Afterward, Nemo is whisked away by Genius to prince lessons. Later, he meets the mischievous clown, Flip, who angers a group of cops and forces him and Nemo to hide out in a cave. There, Nemo discovers the door that Morpheus warned him not to open. Flip tempts Nemo into unlocking the door, which unleashes the dreaded Nightmare King. Nemo rushes back to Morpheus' castle in time for his coronation ceremony, where Nemo is handed the royal scepter, the only thing capable of defeating the Nightmare King should he ever return to Slumberland. In the middle of a dance session between Morpheus and Genius, the Nightmare King reaches the castle and steals Morpheus away. As the partygoers search for a scapegoat, Flip and Nemo reveal each other responsible for the Nightmare King's escape, since Morpheus gave Nemo the key and it was Flip's idea to open the door.
        Nemo then awakens in his home, which floods with seawater and ejects him and Icarus into the ocean. Genius reunites with them and tells Nemo not to blame himself and that Flip is to blame for all that has happened; Nemo refutes this, citing that he's the one who made and then broke his promise to Morpheus to never open the door and resolves to find and rescue the king. When the three return to Slumberland and narrowly prevent Flip's banishment into outer space, Nemo forces Flip to reveal that he has a map to Nightmare Land, where Morpheus is currently being held. Nemo, Icarus, Camille, Flip, and Genius set off in a tugboat in search of Morpheus. They are soon sucked into a whirlpool and find themselves in the monster-infested Nightmare Land. The five come across a group of shapeshifting goblins called Boomps who wish to aid in the quest to rescue Morpheus.
        The Nightmare King sends a flock of fearsome and gigantic goblin bats to seize the rescue party. Nemo attempts to use the scepter, but is unable to remember the full incantation and awakens in his bed along with Icarus just after watching Flip, Genius, and Camille be captured by the Nightmare King's forces. The Boomps appear in Nemo's room and reunite with a lost member of theirs, who gives Nemo a letter from Morpheus containing the scepter's incantation to defeat the Nightmare King. The group returns to Nightmare Land by flying on Nemo's bed through a dimensional portal in the sky and soon reach and infiltrate Nightmare Castle. However, they are subsequently trapped in the castle, where the Nightmare King demands possession of the scepter and threatens Flip, Genius, Camille, and Morpheus, who are all in suspended animated states, with harm if Nemo doesn't comply. After a fierce battle, Nemo uses the scepter to finally defeat and destroy the Nightmare King and purify his kingdom, though due to Nemo's young age, the use of the scepter's full power inadvertently kills him as well. As everyone awakens in the aftermath and discovers Nemo's lifeless body, they begin to mourn for Slumberland's fallen prince. Morpheus, however, uses the scepter to restore Nemo to life. Nemo apologizes for breaking his promise, opening the door, and causing everything to begin with. Morpheus forgives him, citing that his courage and strong will have allowed him to make up for his mistake, and become a true prince.
        As Slumberland celebrates the fall of the Nightmare Kingdom, Camille escorts Nemo and Icarus home on the dirigible. The two then share a kiss, after which Nemo awakens in his room, where he apologizes to his mother for breaking his promise and trying to take the pie. Nemo's parents also agree to take Nemo to the circus. Nemo stares out the window with Icarus as he reflects on his adventure.