Next Club Meeting: May 29, 2021, 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.

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

The Tomorrow War - Official Teaser Trailer

THE TOMORROW WAR
In The Tomorrow War, the world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrive from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: Thirty years in the future mankind is losing a global war against a deadly alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future and join the fight. Among those recruited is high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Chris Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Yvonne Strahovski) and his estranged father (J.K. Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.
The Tomorrow War also stars Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge, Jasmine Mathews, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and Keith Powers. Directed Chris McKay and written by Zach Dean premieres July 2, 2021, globally on Prime Video.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Love, Death, And Robots Powerful Scenes

 LOVE, DEATH + ROBOTS
The First Volume of this Netflix Anthology
Series Had Some Deep Moments
Love, Death, And Robots (Volume 1) was one of the biggest surprises to hit Netflix in 2019. It’s a pretty incredible animated anthology series from Tim Miller and David Fincher. The show was inspired by the film “Heavy Metal” but it gets much deeper than its source material.
Love, Death, And Robots (Volume 2) hits Netflix May 14, 2021
The show contains many incredible episodes. Stories like “Sonnie’s Edge”, “Zima Blue”, “Lucky 13”, “Beyond The Aquila Rift”, and “Helping Hand” are all beautiful works of art. They feature some truly poignant moments that will stick with you for a long time.
The show features 18 episodes that vary wildly in quality. Some moments from the series may be beautiful, but some are down right forgettable. For every haunting, and terrifying moment, there’s another that’s just juvenile and unnecessary. Which moments are the truly unbelievable ones? Well, we’ve got the ten best for you. Here are Love, Death And Robots Most Powerful Moments Ranked.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Coming to Netflix this Fall -- "ARCANE"

ARCANE
From the creators of League of Legends comes a new animated series, Arcane. Set in the utopian region of Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun, the story follows the origins of two iconic League champions-and the power that will tear them apart. 
We still don’t know much about the show (you can get an all-too-brief taste in the teaser above), but it’s part of a big push from Riot to expand League beyond just the core strategy game. So far, that’s included comic books, a digital card game, a mobile spinoff, and even an ancient board game. An animated series also makes sense given Riot’s long history with short cinematics.
Arcane also fits into Netflix’s recent strategy of tapping into the worlds of video games for new shows and movies. Outside of the blockbuster success of The Witcher, there’s also a new season of Castlevania coming later this month, an upcoming Tomb Raider anime, and even League’s biggest rival, Dota 2, has its own show. 
Coming to Netflix Fall 2021.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

All Star Wars Easter Eggs In Bad Batch Episode 1

Every Detail And Reference You Missed
In The Bad Batch Episode 1, "Aftermath"

So The Bad Batch started off with a huge BANG and gave fans of the Star Wars animated series everything they wanted and more. The epic seventy minute premiere, which Disney wonderfully dropped on Star Wars Day (AKA May 4th), was rife with action, intrigue and emotion. But of course, it was also rife with something else- Easter Eggs. The show made constant call backs, references and subtle nods to the Star Wars universe as a whole - including Lucas’ prequels, Filoni’s very own animated series and of course the classic trilogy.

In this video we are going to take a look at every Star Wars Easter Egg (at least the ones we caught) that can be seen in the episode. From references to some of the very best plot arcs in Clone Wars, subtle nods to obscure lines of dialogue and places in Lucas’ prequels, familiar technology seen in the classic trilogy and even a reference to Obi Wan’s famous line. Get ready to set your ship into hyperdrive as we quickly fly through all of the references and Easter Eggs in Bad Batch Episode 1 - Aftermath.

What did you make of the episode? How does The Bad Batch compare to the other Star Wars animated shows? What do you want to see happen next? What was your favorite Easter Egg? Any we missed? Let us know down below and make sure to subscribe to the channel today for all this and more!

Monday, May 10, 2021

Stranger Things Season 4 Trailer 2021

STRANGER THINGS 4
Stranger Things 4 has unleashed a cryptic new trailer hinting at Eleven's dark past at Hawkins Lab. There are clues about other kids with powers, Kali, the X-Men, the Russians, Hopper, and the return of Doctor Brenner. 

Sunday, May 9, 2021

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Happy Mother's Day!
Watch the Video
Song- In My Arms- Plumb
Anime:
1. Anohana- The Flower We Saw that Day 0:00​-0:07​ and 0:12​-0:14
2. Wolf Children 0:08​-0:11​ and 0:15​-0:26​ and 0:29​-0:31​ and 0:37​-0:39
3. Itazura Na Kiss 0:27​-0:28​ and 0:32​-0:36​ and 0:40​-0:40
4. Ouran High School Host Club 1:08​-1:37
5. Kotoura-san 1:38​-2:21
6. Mayo Chiki 2:22​-2:31
7. Hanasaku Iroha 2:32​-2:57
8. Toradora 2:58​-3:24
9. Tamako Market/ Tamako Love Story 3:24​-3:52

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Animal Illusions by Johannes Stoetter

Johannes Stoetter was invited to perform on the 
Chinese Talent Show "Beyond Show" produced by JSBC.
Johannes became famous around the world with his animal illusions. With 16 people including assistants and performers, the #wbproduction​ team flew to Nanjing to record this spectacular live performance. The performance of Johannes not only showed his brilliant bodypainting illusions but also brought awareness to the viewers about extinct and endangered species on our planet.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Godzilla Singular Point

Godzilla Singular Point
Godzilla Singular Point features a brand new staff and original story which depicts the young geniuses Mei Kamino, a female researcher, and Yun Arikawa, a male engineer, as they take on an unprecedented threat with their companions. Now available on NETFLIX.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Shadow and Bone - Official Trailer

Shadow and Bone
There are no others like her. And there never will be. Get ready to enter the Grishaverse. Shadow & Bone now available only on Netflix.
Ravka, a fantasy kingdom based on the Tsarist Russian Empire, is set in a war-torn world plagued by the Shadow Fold, a swath of permanent darkness separating East from West Ravka which is inhabited by carnivorous winged creatures known as Volcra. Orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov discovers that she is a Grisha (a magic-user) who possesses the power to create light, which could be the key to setting her country free from the Fold. Alina joins an elite army of Grisha serving under General Kirigan, the Shadow Summoner.
But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

How To Build Your Own MechaGodzilla Armor!

How To Build Your Own MechaGodzilla Armor!
56 Days To Make Wearable Monster Suit Using EVA & Gears!
"This time, I made a MechaGodzilla Armor with EVA plastic and gears! You can not only walk in the armor but also use gears to control the mouth and hands of the monster! It took me 56 days to finish it, really a long time and a lot of energy. But I'm really satisfied with the completed version: you can see the lights and movable hand weapons. It is definitely the king of monsters!"
- 小芊枫 XiaoQianFeng

Monday, May 3, 2021

Alice Madness Returns: The Story Explained

Alice Madness Returns:
The Story Explained
The story of Alice Madness Returns is a complex one, an adventure into a twisted version of Wonderland where all is not what it seems. Alice Liddell searches for the truth behind her family house fire, an event which led to her madness and loss of those close to her. With the help of familiar Wonderland characters The Cheshire Cat, Catterpillar, Cartpenter, Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts, Alice pieces together the mystery and we join her every step of the way in this horror game explained video.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Jaiden Plays Her Favorite Pokemon Game

With her pet "dog" Ari the Bird
The Best Pokemon Game You Never Played
By Jaiden Animations
Jaiden was born and raised in Arizona, and later would move to Los Angeles, California. Her mother is Japanese and her father is American; she has a younger brother named Jax. During her childhood, she enjoyed drawing and playing casual video games. As she grew older, she began participating in competitive sports, such as tennis and karate; she also took music lessons, such as piano and violin, and learned the recorder through compulsory school lessons. She follows a vegan diet, which is most likely due to her concerns about how animals are treated in farms.
Jaiden is shy and tends to be nervous when interacting with people, although she is quite kind and considerate. She talks about these traits in many of her videos, the most notable one being “Why I Don’t Have a Face Reveal," in which she also talks about her problems with self-consciousness and body dysmorphia. Her music video "Empty made with Boyinaband touched on this further, detailing her struggle with an eating disorder. In a video titled "Anxiety is the Greatest! (jk it can go jump off a microwave)," Jaiden talks about her struggles with anxiety and depression. Often, Jaiden likes to talk about her passion for Pokemon games. Here she animates her experience with the Best Pokemon Game you've never played.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS VOLUME 2


LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS
Returns with VOLUME 2 on May 14th
The animated series consists of stand-alone episodes, all under 17 minutes long, and produced by different casts and crews, though some episodes may share certain crew members. The series title refers to each episode's thematic connection to the three aforementioned subjects, though not every episode contains all three elements. Love Death & Robots is a blast of the future with its roots deep in the past. Show creator Tim Miller teamed up with director David Fincher after years of wanting to make adult animated features and short films at his animation house Blur Studio. When his directorial debut Deadpool hit big, they saw their opportunity and the anthology series found a natural home at Netflix.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Castlevania Season 4 - Official Trailer

Castlevania - Season 4
Dracula's influence looms large as Belmont and Sypha investigate plans to resurrect the notorious vampire. Alucard struggles to embrace his humanity.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Disney and Pixar’s Luca - Official Trailer

L U C A
This summer, you’re invited to Portorosso. Watch the new trailer for Disney and Pixar’s Luca and see the film June 18 on Disney+.
Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar’s original feature film “Luca” is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface. Directed by Academy Award® nominee Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren (“Lava,” “Cars 3”),

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Tale of the Legendary Black Samurai...

- Y  A  S  U  K  E -
In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords. 
Premieres April 29, only on Netflix
Watch the Trailer

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

CGI Animated Spot "Geoff" Short Film

--- G  E  O  F  F ---
Nobody knew where young Geoffrey’s obsession came from. All anyone knew, was that the boy loved Beanz. In fact, they were his entire life. But as is often the way, one moment, or one woman, changed everything. And that is where this story starts. Watch the film to see how Geoff came to invent a Heinz Beanz can size, perfect for every Aussie. Campaign created by Y&R NZ and Assembly Ltd, with music by Franklin Road, for Kraft Heinz Australia.

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Yeti Adventures - Mission Kathmandu

The Yeti Adventures
Quebec City, 1956. Nelly Maloye, an ebullient novice detective, accidentally crosses paths with Simon Picard, an ambitious research assistant in anthropology at the local university. Backed by a glory-seeking philanthropist, the intuitive but disorganized Nelly and the methodical, obsessive Simon set off on a wild adventure, determined to prove the existence of the Abominable Snowman. To achieve this goal, Simon relies on the coded diary of a missing explorer - a diary that should lead them to the mythic creature's lair. Accompanied by Tenzig Gombu, a clever and enigmatic young Sherpa guide, and Jazzmin, a talkative myna bird, our heroes confront a host of dangers in the heart of the Himalayas as they seek that legendary beast: the Yeti. 
Coming May 1, 2021 to NETFLIX

Sunday, April 25, 2021

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The Mitchells vs. The Machines
A quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope!
Directed by Michael Rianda (Gravity Falls), produced by Oscar winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Kurt Albrecht, and featuring the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Beck Bennett, Fred Armisen, Eric Andre, and Oscar winner Olivia Colman, The Mitchells vs. The Machines is about embracing the things that make us unique, learning what it means to be human in a world increasingly filled with technology, and holding tight to the people most important to you when the unexpected hits.
Only on Netflix on April 30.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Toonstone - Independent Animated Film

T  O  O  N  S  T  O  N  E
The Wild Wild Mess
Dalton, a wandering singer in the Old West, becomes the sheriff of Toonstone after killing several outlaws totally by accident. With the help of his smooth talking horse and metrosexual Indian sidekick, Dalton faces down the worst threats imaginable.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Netflix's Jupiter’s Legacy

JUPITER'S LEGACY
Based on the American superhero comic book series written by Mark Millar & drawn by Frank Quitely, Jupiter's Legacy will tell the story of the first generation of superheroes and their children, who've been tasked with continuing their parent's legendary ideals and have the job of defending the world. Jupiter’s Legacy premiers only on Netflix on May 7th, 2021 and will star Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade and Matt Lanter.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Anime Viewing Schedule for April 24, 2021

 
 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
          11:15 - 12:05   Jujutsu Kaisen 3-4
          12:05 - 12:55   Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 3-4
          12:55 - 1:35     Club Meeting
          1:35 - 2:25       Kemono Jihen 2-3
          2:25 - 3:15       Attack on Titan: Final Season 3-4

          3:15 - 4:40       Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown
Jaiden Dancing to Pokemon Music!

 

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Meeting Room A, First 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: Kemono Jihen and Mushoku Tensei
* ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW *

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 2 Teaser

STAR TREK: Lower Decks - Season 2
Your favorite scrappy underdogs of the U.S.S. Cerritos return with exciting new adventures. The new season of "Star Trek: Lower Decks" premieres August 12, exclusively on Paramount+.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

SHANG-CHI and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, alongside Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Fala Chen, Meng'er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, Ronny Chieng, and Michelle Yeoh. In the film, Shang-Chi is forced to confront his past after he is drawn into the Ten Rings organization. Shang-Chi is a Marvel Studios production as part of Phase Four of the MCU. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is scheduled to be released on September 3, 2021.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Day in the Life of a Japanese Manga Creator

Day in the Life of a Japanese Manga Creator
Mangaka day in the life in Japan also known as a Manga artist and manga creator. This documentary style video show the life of Mangaka from morning until the evening at the mangaka workplace, home and general mangaka working schedule. Working in Japan and Tokyo life is unique in itself, but even more unique for a Manga artist creating manga in Tokyo Japan. Mangaka illustrate manga commonly known as comic book. Maybe in Western societies, Mangaka are referred to as cartoonist or comic book illustrators. Manga creators in Japan with rensai status work with publishers to produce weekly manga. This Manga artist day in the life follows Reiji Miyajima 宮島礼吏 , who lives in Tokyo Japan and creates the manga Kanajo okarishimasu 彼女お借りします which translates to Rent a Girlfriend. Mangaka working in Japan often work in their home and set aside office space for them and their assistants. In fact, we also get a look into Mangaka Assistant life as well as how manga is created. Many Manga Creators work on serial comic books with weekly deadlines, meaning that each day of the work week in Japan is different as the manga creation process has to produce 1 new manga per week. Manga artist must not only know how to draw and create manga, but they also must know how to manage manga assistants. We even touch on Mangaka salary for first time manga creators. An inside look on how manga and comic books are made in Japan.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Is Kennedy OUT as Lucasfilm President?

STAR WARS Rumor:
Is Kathleen Kennedy OUT as Lucasfilm President?
Multiple sources claim that Kennedy is finished as President of Lucasfilm, either stripped of power in regard to Star Wars or literally out the door. I started investigating this when Star Wars twitter went silent for over a week, and this is what my sources tell me. Now, I realize that we have been down this road many times before, and I am neutral to skeptical about these claims, but when a number of different people suddenly start telling you variations of the same thing (coupled with a number of recent oddities reported by other sources), it gets my attention. So I've decided to share with you verbatim a lot of what I've been told, but please bear in mind this is definitely rumor, and take it with a truckload of salt! - Overlord DVD

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Next Club Meeting is April 24, 2021

 
A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
"Time to get out of those tight cramp spaces!"
M O N T H L Y   M E E T I N G

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Meeting Room A (1st Floor)
Saturday, April 24, 2021
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
PLEASE READ
 
We will be in the large MEETING ROOM A on the
First Floor. At this time, masks will be required.
There can be only one person per desk (in order to
keep that 6 foot distance from each other).
The maximum number of people allowed
in the room is TEN, so please 
arrive early to claim your seat.

SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES:

In order to help protect patrons and staff, and in adherence with the state of Illinois’ Phase 4 meeting room guidelines, we ask that you please adhere to the following requirements when visiting the library:

  1. Wear a face covering or mask at all times.
  2. Maintain social distancing of at least six feet apart.
  3. Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer often.
  4. No food or drink inside the library (Please note, the water fountains are turned off, and Brooks Cafe is not open at this time.)
  5. Staff will wipe down furniture and equipment with disinfectant between groups.
  6. Reduced capacities and availability for meeting spaces. One person per table. There will be limited seating.
  7. If you feel sick or have a high temperature, please use common sense and stay at home. 
 
THANK YOU!

Hope to see everyone there!

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

(Click below for maps)

Friday, April 16, 2021

DOOM CROSSING: Eternal Horizons

DOOM CROSSING:
Eternal Horizons
Music Video featuring Natalia Natchan
We couldn't walk past the most unexpected game crossover of 2020. With "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" and "DOOM Eternal" released the same day, the adorable duo of Isabelle and Doom Slayer aka Doom Guy has spread across the Internet. We thought that it may be a good idea to mix the sound of both worlds into one song and animation!