Next Club Meeting: June 22, 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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Friday, June 30, 2023

Embark on an epic journey to the depths of space...

ALIEN by Wes Anderson (Trailer)
"Extraterrestrial Expedition"
Embark on an epic journey to the depths of space, the 1979 classic "Alien" is reimagined through the unique and imaginative lens of Wes Anderson in "Extraterrestrial Expedition." This extraordinary fan-made trailer offers a fresh perspective on Ridley Scott's epic masterpiece, blending Anderson's distinctive style with the awe-inspiring landscapes and extraordinary creature called Xenomorph, created by the so called "Engineers".
Follow Ripley, an experienced and dedicated warrant officer, serving aboard Nostromo, has to claw her way out of a frightening situation.

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Ten stories from Africa to ignite the world...

Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire
Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire is an Original Anthology of short films that streams July 5 on Disney+. It follows a set of characters through a dystopian future, in some cases through time travel, other worlds and alien beings, all through the lens of African culture.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Kathy Kennedy Publicly Embarrassed...

(Click on the Video Above)
Kathleen Kennedy HUMILIATED On Stage
at Indiana Jones 5 Premiere
Kathy Kennedy apparently thinks that everything has to be about her, and that is exactly what we see in her live reaction in this clip. George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and James Mangold, are all on stage at the premiere of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. As we all know, Kathleen Kennedy has run everything at Lucasfilm into the ground including Star Wars, Willow, and now Indiana Jones. Spielberg takes the mic and wants to thank a few people and surprise the audience, and Kathy Kennedy was in for a surprise. Let's watch all of this unfold...

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

"The tides are true as the ocean is deep..."

A Race Against Time... The Battle for Xadia Continues...
[Source: Collider] The animated series follows princes Callum and Ezran, and an elven assassin named Rayla, as they unexpectedly join forces to protect the baby dragon prince, Zym. In their travels to reunite Zym with his mother, they find themselves at the center of the 1000-year conflict between the human kingdoms and the magical creatures of their realm, Xadia. The third season ended with our central trio achieving their goal of returning Zym while ending long-lasting feuds between some of the kingdoms.
As the series progresses, Ezran becomes king, while Callum masters the art of magic. The trio (plus Bait) continue fighting for peace, but Viren, a former high council member, plots to take the throne. As we reach Season 4, Viren is defeated, and everything seems like it will end happily ever after. Unfortunately, we get a short time skip and learn that Viren’s daughter, Claudia, has brought him back to life under the command of Aaravos, an evil Startouch Elf.
Season 4 of The Dragon Prince marks the start of a new chapter in the story, The Mystery of Aaravos is about establishing the new status quo as our characters have moved on since the conclusion of Season 3. Rayla, Callum, Ezran, Zym, and Soren must settle their differences and once again save the world from the wrath of Aaravos.
The Dragon Prince will return for its fifth season on July 27, 2023.

Monday, June 26, 2023

A classic, universal, and unfading tale…

Rurouni Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin is headed to Anime Expo 2023 for the U.S. premiere featuring special guests Soma Saito, Rie Takahashi, and Producer Masami Niwa! 
About Rurouni Kenshin: With over 72 million copies of the comic series sold and a total box office revenue of 19.3 billion yen from the live-action movie series, the legendary masterpiece loved by all generations worldwide, Rurouni Kenshin comes back to life as a brand-new TV anime in 2023. 
The original work was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1994, and in 1996 it was made into a TV anime for the first time. Since then, it has undergone numerous developments, from OVAs to theatrical releases, and now with Rurouni Kenshin: The Hokkaido Arc serializing in Jump SQ. 
This long-awaited work aims to reconstruct the original story from the first episode using the latest animation technology, to create a Rurouni Kenshin anime that will appeal to current anime fans. 
For the animation production, talented staff such as director Hideyo Yamamoto (Strike the Blood) and Hideyuki Kurata (Made in Abyss) for series composition were gathered. The cast members will be renewed, with Soma Saito in the role of Kenshin Himura. 
After nearly 30 years of serialization, the new TV anime Rurouni Kenshin is coming soon. 

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Watch a boy become a Superman...

My Adventures with
S  U P  E  R  M  A  N
My Adventures with Superman is a serialized coming-of-age story catching up with twenty-somethings Clark Kent (voiced by Jack Quaid), the bright and driven Lois Lane (voiced by Alice Lee), and their best friend Jimmy Olsen as they begin to discover who they are and everything they can accomplish together as an investigative reporting team at the Daily Planet.
The story follows Clark as he builds his secret identity as Superman and explores his own mysterious origins. Lois, on her way to becoming a star reporter, teams up with photographer Jimmy Olsen to break the stories that matter. All the while, Clark and Lois are falling in love… as Lois gets closer and closer to uncovering his secret identity!
Our trio share adventures, take down bad guys, stumble over secrets, and discover what it means to be heroes in their own right. Season one will debut with two back-to-back episodes, followed by one new episode every Thursday. Encores of new episodes will air Fridays at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim and Saturdays at midnight on Toonami. New episodes will also stream Fridays on Max. Sam Register (“Teen Titans Go!”) serves as executive producer. Jake Wyatt (“Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus”) and Brendan Clogher (“Voltron: Legendary Defender”) are on board as co-executive producers and Josie Campbell (“She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”) as co-producer.

Saturday, June 24, 2023

"I'm going to be the King of the Pirates!"

Here’s a first look at the live action adaptation of the most popular manga in history, written by Eiichiro Oda. ONE PIECE sets sail on August 31st only on Netflix.

Friday, June 23, 2023

Anime Viewing Schedule for June 24, 2023

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Fountaindale Public Library
          11:15 - 12:05   Skip and Loafer ep 2-3
          12:05 - 1:20     Trigun Stampede eps 10-12 (End)
          1:20 - 2:00       Club Meeting
          2:00 - 2:50       Heavenly Delusion 5-6
          2:50 - 4:35       Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Movie)

"We're here for the Anime!"
Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 
Peggy J. Danhof Board Room
(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: Lupin Zero and Trigun Stampede

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Mad Machines!

Vehicle () Sakuga
A small compilation of cuts that I like in which land vehicles play an important role, since there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a vehicle well animated by hand frame by frame. - Another Sakuga

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Chaos is coming...

THE WITCHER - Season 3
Begins on June 29th.
Destiny brought them together. Dangerous forces are trying to tear them apart. Geralt and Yennefer fight to keep Ciri safe as war brews on the Continent.

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

First Teaser for Netflix's Last Airbender...

Avatar: The Last Airbender
 Fire, Air, Water, Earth...
Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender live action series arrives 2024.
Gordon Cormier as Aang
Kiawentiio as Katara
Ian Ousley as Sokka
Dallas Liu as Prince Zuko

Monday, June 19, 2023

Next Club Meeting is June 24, 2023

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
"Can't be late for the meeting!"

  M O N T H L Y   M E E T I N G

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Peggy J. Danhof Board Room
 (2nd Floor)
Saturday, June 24, 2023
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM
We will be in the BOARD ROOM on the Second Floor.
Hope to see everyone there!

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

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Sunday, June 18, 2023

To All the Dads Out There...

Celebrate Father's Day in anime style! Gotta love those anime dads.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Mix in a Little Anti... A Little Hero...

N  I  M  O  N  A
A knight is framed for a crime he didn't commit, and the only person who can help him prove his innocence is Nimona, a shape-shifting teen who might also be a monster he's sworn to kill.
Only on Netflix, June 30

Friday, June 16, 2023

The Female Shogun...

Ōoku: The Inner Chambers
The Netflix Series “Ōoku: The Inner Chambers” starts streaming worldwide Thursday, June 29, 2023, only on Netflix! Fumi Yoshinaga’s original manga “Ōoku: The Inner Chambers” receives its first anime adaptation! The tale is set in the magnificent city of Edo, where a reversal of gender roles spurs a whirl of emotions.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Justice League: Warworld

Until now, the Justice League has been a loose association of superpowered individuals. But when they are swept away to Warworld, a place of unending brutal gladiatorial combat, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the others must somehow unite to form an unbeatable resistance able to lead an entire planet to freedom.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

From the Creator of AstroBoy...

Naoki Urasawa x Osamu Tezuka "PLUTO" winner of manga awards around the world, finally gets its first animated adaptation! Take a sneak peek at this globally anticipated work!

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

"Hey, wake up! We've been waiting for you..."

Lonely Castle in the Mirror
Shy outcast Kokoro has been avoiding school for weeks when she discovers a portal in her bedroom mirror. She reaches through and finds herself transported to an enchanting castle where she is joined by six other students. When a girl in a wolf mask explains that they have been invited to play a game, the teens must work together to uncover the mysterious connection that unites them. However, anyone who breaks the rules will be eaten by a wolf.
From acclaimed director Keiichi Hara (COLORFUL, MISS HOKUSAI) and based on the bestselling novel by Mizuki Tsujimura, Lonely Castle in the Mirror is a heartfelt drama about the pains of growing up and the unlikely bonds that can bring people together.

Monday, June 12, 2023

"These are dangerous times..."

Introducing scoundrel Kay Vess in the first-ever open world Star Wars game.
Experience the first-ever open world Star Wars™ game, set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Explore distinct planets across the galaxy, both iconic and new. Risk it all as Kay Vess, an emerging scoundrel seeking freedom and the means to start a new life, along with her companion Nix. Fight, steal, and outwit your way through the galaxy’s crime syndicates as you join the galaxy’s most wanted.
--- Coming 2024 ---

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Tiger, tiger burning bright...

~~~~ W A D E ~~~~
A Film by Ghost Animation
Directed by Kalp Sanghvi & Upamanyu Bhattacharyya

In a version of Kolkata, India rendered unliveable by sea-level rise, things take a dark turn when a family of refugees is ambushed by a tiger on the flooded streets. "Wade" from the exciting Indian animation collective "Ghost Animation," is an award-winning post-apocalyptic action animated short that grapples with what the world will look like in the wake of extreme temperature shifts.

"Arriving from India on the heels of an illustrious festival run, we’re pleased to present you the online premiere of Wade, an intense post-apocalyptic animation that showcases its creative team’s fresh design ideas in terms of visual style, worldbuilding, and storytelling, all of which they marry to…a deep sense of environmental conscientiousness?

Set in a future version of their home city of Kolkata which has been made uninhabitable by climate change, the film’s directors, Kalp Sanghvi and Upamanyu Bhattacharyya, craft a moody meditation that imagines survival in a post-disaster landscape, only to then explode the proceedings into a visceral action-thriller. While the film’s setting and supernatural undertones appeal on primal geek levels, and a kickass confrontation with a streak of tigers is unquestionably the heart of the film, Wade manages to transcend its stripped-down plotting and feel more substantive than a simple exercise in badassery. Wade’s initial and patient eye to its flooded surroundings, its thoughtful depiction of the group dynamics within its band of refugees, and the artful and inconclusive ending, all shine in the limited space surrounding its big showcase set-piece. Together, they provide the level of detail and specificity that elevates the action as well as justifies the high-concept climate angle of the film.

Animation and environmentalism have been engaged in a fruitful partnership for the last several years, a mini-trend I noted in last year’s review of the French student film, "Migrants". Animation’s freedom to depict whatever is imaginable with a total disregard for live-action cinema’s need for feasibility or budget has allowed it to be a useful storytelling medium for tackling big abstract concepts like climate change via metaphor or allegory. What distinguishes Wade from the other examples I’ve cited is not only in harder edge (ripped off limbs and infanticide make this a film to keep away from the kiddos) but also its status as a project hailing from Southeast Asia, one of the areas most afflicted already by climate change.

In conversing with Sanghvi and Bhattacharyya it became immediately clear how much this premise really inspired Wade. It was at the heart of the team’s crowdfunding pitch in 2016 when they became the fastest project on the Indian site Wishberry to meet their funding goal, and much of the same reasoning persists in 2022, as the directors noted that, “While there is a lot of nostalgic storytelling about Kolkata, being a space steeped in centuries-old culture and tradition, not very many stories envision the future of the city. Sadly, Kolkata, along with several other cities in the world like Bangkok, Dhaka, Shanghai, New York, and Amsterdam are extremely vulnerable to rising sea levels…

The more we started thinking about how the whole city was living on borrowed time, almost waiting for an imaginary dam to breach, the more afraid we got. How does our life look after climate change?”
- S/W Curator, Jason Sondhi

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Toph ROCKS in live-action...

The stunt men and fighting choreographers for the new Avatar: The Las Airbender Netflix show made this concept video.

Friday, June 9, 2023

"Time to Roll Out!"

Returning to the action and spectacle that have captured moviegoers around the world, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a ‘90s globetrotting adventure with the Autobots and introduce a whole new faction of Transformers – the Maximals – to join them as allies in the existing battle for earth. Directed by Steven Caple Jr. and starring Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback, the film arrives in theaters June 9, 2023.

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Disney might sell Lucasfilm, but who will buy it?

Disney in Talks to SELL LUCASFILM and
LUCAS might be the Buyer!

Disney is in big financial trouble, and desperate times call for desperate measures... including shutting down projects, liquidating assets... and selling Lucasfilm! This is what a source told me on Monday, as I reported in my last video about these rumors, and after that video I was contacted by Kamran Pasha, whose source codenamed Sparrow independently confirmed much of what my source alleged, but then added one detail - they believe GEORGE LUCAS is the BUYER! Folks, this video contains a MASSIVE amount of information and rumors coming out of Disney, so kick back, grab some popcorn or a stiff drink, and listen as Kamran and I compare notes about the drastic measures allegedly being contemplated at Disney!  - Doomcock
One more point to emphasize: while each of us has sources stating that Disney will likely be forced to sell off Lucasfilm depending on how much Disney has to pay to Comcast for their share of Hulu, it is Sparrow who believes, from what they've learned inside Lucasfilm, that George Lucas is the most likely buyer. I personally am intrigued and excited, but since I haven't spoken with Sparrow personally since Sparrow is Kamran's contact, I retain a healthy skepticism about these rumors. I can simply tell you, for the reasons outlined in this video, it does seem to me that Disney is going to have to take drastic measures to save themselves. The sale of Lucasfilm seems like a plausible alternative in light of Disney's declining fortunes. But watch the discussion, and decide for yourselves!   - Doomcock

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

The Lucasfilm Debacle...

Why the Media Has Turned its Back
on Indiana Jones and Star Wars
For years, fans have been saying that Lucasfilm, doesn't make them like they used to. After nearly a decade of disappointment, the media has finally taken notice and are taking Lucasfilm to task. This will be a day long remembered...

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Awesome Anime Commercial...

Calorie Mate - Orangestar
"Summer Begins"
(An Anime Commercial about Calorie Mate)

Monday, June 5, 2023

"You can Save the Past or Destroy the Future..."

Worlds collide when the Flash uses his superpowers to travel back in time to change the events of the past. However, when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, he becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation. With no other superheroes to turn to, the Flash looks to coax a very different Batman out of retirement and rescue an imprisoned Kryptonian -- albeit not the one he's looking for. The Flash is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 16, 2023.

Sunday, June 4, 2023

In deep space... who can hear you scream?

B  E  A  C  O  N
A freak accident leaves a mechanic fighting for his life on a desolate ice planet.
Watch the Short Film

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Will Disney's 'Little Mermaid' succeed financially?

Disney is desperate for a hit film that can make a profit.
Is there a sliver of hope that 'Little Mermaid' can make $1B?
Leading up to its release, many assumed Disney’s The Little Mermaid live action remake, would reach a billion, like The Lion King and Aladdin before. It will not. More than that, while many struggle with accepting this, the movie is actually on its way towards outright flopping. In this editorial, @AndreEinherjar will break down why that is, and how it arguably already has flopped internationally, before looking at the cope from an entertainment media complex that desperately wanted the movie to reach that coveted billion.

Friday, June 2, 2023

"Yeah, we're awesome..."

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
M U T A N T   M A Y H E M
The Turtle brothers as they work to earn the love of
New York City while facing down an army of mutants.

After years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers. Their new friend, April O'Neil, helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.

Thursday, June 1, 2023

The Bug, the Cat, and How it All Began...

Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir (The Movie)
The first feature film based on the globally beloved Miraculous franchise, Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie follows ordinary teenager Marinette, whose life in Paris goes superhuman when she becomes Ladybug. Bestowed with magical powers of creation, Ladybug must unite with her opposite, Cat Noir, to save Paris as a new villain unleashes chaos unto the city. Only on Netflix July 28th.