Next Club Meeting: March 16, 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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Thursday, November 30, 2023

They made a live-action version of...

YU YU HAKUSHO
Yu Yu Hakusho, the legendary smash-hit manga from Weekly Shonen Jump, is finally getting a live-action adaptation! This series of unprecedented scale is brought to life by an all-star cast that includes Takumi Kitamura, Jun Shison, Kanata Hongo, Shuhei Uesugi, Kenichi Takito, Goro Inagaki and Go Ayano. The Netflix Series Yu Yu Hakusho starts streaming worldwide Thursday, December 14, 2023, only on Netflix.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

It's the 15th Anniversary of an Anime Classic...

GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIES
Childhood’s End and The Lights in the Sky Are Stars
are headed to theaters for the first time in 4K & 4D in January 2024!
Don't miss out on the one-of-a-kind immersive cinematic experience when - Childhood’s End - returns to theaters on January 16 & 17, followed by - The Lights in the Sky Are Stars - on January 23 & 24.
Tickets go on sale December 8 at FathomEvents.com.
GURREN LAGANN (aired from April to September 2007) was Director Hiroyuki Imaishi’s (known for PROMARE, KILL la KILL, and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) first TV anime series. The series won the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival Animation Division Excellence Award; with a striking style of direction and unforgettable dialogue, the series captivated and charmed audiences in Japan and abroad. The first film premiered in 2008, with all the lines re-recorded and new scenes added to release as GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE Childhood’s End and later in 2009 with GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE -The Lights in the Sky Are Stars-.

Kazuki Nakashima, known for his work on PROMARE, KILL la KILL, and Batman Ninja, worked on the screenplay while Atsushi Nishigori was responsible for character design. The mecha designs were brought to audiences by genius You Yoshinari.

In addition to bringing back GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE - Childhood’s End - and GURREN LAGANN THE MOVIE - The Lights in the Sky Are Stars - to theaters again, this project will, for the first time ever, see the movies come to audiences in 4D.

This is the tale of a man who has yet to realize what his destiny is. Far in the future, a young boy named Simon digs holes in an underground settlement called Giha Village. With his older brother figure Kamina and a young woman named Yoko who’s fallen underground from the surface, the three set out to pursue their dreams of the surface world. As the group makes new friends, they are joined by a mecha in the shape of a face called Lagann. Together, they set out for Teppelin—the headquarters of the Spiral King, the king of the beastmen and ruler of the surface world.

After overcoming intense battles with the Spiral King, humans, now having regained control of the surface world, are faced yet again with another unknown enemy. To save humanity from this predicament of absolute despair and hopelessness, Simon and Team Dai-Gurren push their way through the galaxies for a heroic fight.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

What happens when you "subvert expectations?"

Scott Pilgrim Writer DEFENDS the Netflix 'Bait and Switch!'
The writer of 'Scott Pilgrim Takes Off' for Netflix said that they intentionally kept fans in the dark about the big "plot twist" that the Scott Pilgrim anime is barely about Scott Pilgrim, and is not an adaptation of the comics. Fans of the comics and movie might disagree, however. Many feel like the series pulled a massive "bait and switch."

Monday, November 27, 2023

Dance Festival in Japan...

AWA ODORI 2023
Tokushima's Awa Odori (阿波おどり) is the most famous of many dance festivals held across Japan during the Obon season in mid August. Awa is the former name for Tokushima Prefecture while Odori means dance.

The Awa Odori festival grew out of the tradition of the Bon Odori which is danced as part of the Bon "Festival of the Dead", a Japanese Buddhist celebration where the spirits of deceased ancestors are said to visit their living relatives for a few days of the year.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

See a Movie this Weekend...

*  W  I  S  H  *
Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force - a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe - the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico - to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

Friday, November 24, 2023

Disney Gives Dave Filoni Full Star Wars Control

Did Favreau Turn Down Kathleen Kennedy and Bob Iger?
Kathleen Kennedy is no longer in creative control of STAR WARS. That now goes to Dave Filoni, who takes a position that we announced on this channel months ago would be created. But the original target of said position, Jon Favreau, appears to have turned down the offer. Today, we're reporting the news, then getting into a huge amount of analysis about why Dave Filoni leads Star Wars, what it means, and why Kathleen Kennedy is still there.
Kennedy's ACOLYTE EMERGES

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a Happy Holiday from All of Us at the
ANIMATRIX NETWORK

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

We are stardust. When we die we return to the...

-  S  T  A  R  S  -
THE DRAGON PRINCE
Mystery of Aaravos - Season 6
Season 6 of “THE DRAGON PRINCE” arrives in 2024, only on Netflix!

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Batmobile lost its wheel, and Joker got away!

MERRY LITTLE BATMAN
Merry Little Batman is an upcoming animated movie starring Luke Wilson, Yonas Kibreab, James Cromwell, and David Hornsby. This Christmas, Damian Wayne wants to be a superhero like his dad—the one and only Batman. When Damian is left home alone while Batman takes on Gotham's worst supervillains on Christmas Eve, he stumbles upon a villainous plot to steal Christmas and leaps at the chance to save the day. Merry Little Batman is written by Morgan Evans and Jase Ricci. It is is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on characters from DC. Music is by Patrick Stump. Merry Little Batman, directed by Mike Roth, will stream globally on Prime Video beginning December 8, 2023.

Monday, November 20, 2023

Why is MARVEL in Crisis?

When Marvel BROKE:
The FALL of the MCU Inadverdently
explained by book trying to cover it up!
The viewership for Loki on Disney+ is down and The Marvels looks set to under-perform, indicating that Disney and Bob Iger better prepare for the next move from Nelson Peltz! That fits right in with the newfound acceptance that Marvel is indeed in crisis, something Hollywood could only admit after Variety spelled it out for them. But what not even Variety could bring themselves to admit though, is the answer to exactly why. That is however tacitly, revealed in the book “MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios” by Joanna Robinson and others. Continuing our exploration of it, we will in this video break down in detail the moment it all went wrong, and the fall of the MCU begun. To that end, we will be exploring Marvel’s secret sauce, and why they decided to scrap it.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

It's Seven Samurai in Space!

REBEL MOON
Part One: A Child of Fire
From Zack Snyder, the filmmaker behind 300, Man of Steel, and Army of the Dead, comes REBEL MOON, a 2-part movie event decades in the making. After crash landing on a moon in the furthest reaches of the universe, Kora (Sofia Boutella), a stranger with a mysterious past, begins a new life among a peaceful settlement of farmers. But she soon becomes their only hope for survival when the tyrannical Regent Balisarius (Fra Fee) and his cruel emissary, Admiral Noble (Ed Skrein), discover the farmers have unwittingly sold their crops to the Bloodaxes (Cleopatra Coleman and Ray Fisher) — leaders of a fierce group of insurgents hunted by the Motherworld.
Tasked with finding fighters who would risk their lives to defend the people of Veldt, Kora and Gunnar (Michiel Huisman), a tenderhearted farmer naive in the realities of war, journey to different worlds in search of the Bloodaxes, and assemble a small band of warriors who share a common need for redemption along the way: Kai (Charlie Hunnam), a pilot and gun for hire; General Titus (Djimon Hounsou), a legendary commander; Nemesis (Doona Bae), a master swordswoman; Tarak (Staz Nair), a captive with a regal past; and Milius (E. Duffy), a resistance fighter. Back on Veldt, Jimmy (voiced by Anthony Hopkins), an ancient mechanized protector hiding in the wings, awakens with a new purpose. But the newly formed revolutionaries must learn to trust each other and fight as one before the armies of the Motherworld come to destroy them all.
A new universe awaits on Netflix, starting December 22

Friday, November 17, 2023

This is the love story of a generation...

SCOTT PILGRIM TAKES OFF
Get ready to rock your heart out! Scott Pilgrim meets the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers, but learns he must defeat her seven evil exes in order to date her. Then things get even more complicated. Based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley.
Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is coming soon to Netflix on November 17th

Thursday, November 16, 2023

After South Park Humiliates Kathleen Kennedy...

The rumored Reaction to South Park in Disney!
While Disney has yet to make any kind of official comment on the South Park episode lambasting Kathleen Kennedy, rumors about what the reaction was behind closed doors have begun surfacing, and we’re going to relay what we heard in this video! We’ll also go through Gina Carano doubling down, and why what she said should have Lucasfilm far more worried than anything in this South Park episode!

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Anime Viewing Schedule for November 18, 2023


 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, November 18, 2023
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
          11:15 - 12:05   The Apothecary Diaries 1-2
          12:05 - 12:55   Undead Girl Murder Farce ep 8-9
          12:55 - 1:40     Club Meeting
          1:40 - 2:30       Dark Gathering ep 5-6
          2:30 - 3:20       Goblin Slayer II ep 3-4
          3:20 - 4:40       The Tunnel to Summer, Exit of Goodbyes

"Someone pass the turkey!"
 
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 these exciting anime series: Goblin Slayer II and Dark Gathering
* ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW *

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

So you're feeling a little anxious? We know why...

INSIDE OUT 2
Disney/Pixar's INSIDE OUT 2 is coming June 2024 with brand new emotions!
The little voices inside Riley’s head know her inside and out—but next summer, everything changes when Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” introduces a new Emotion: Anxiety. According to director Kelsey Mann, the new character promises to stir things up within headquarters. “Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke, might be new to the crew, but she’s not really the type to take a back seat,” said Mann. “That makes a lot of sense if you think about it in terms of what goes on inside all our minds.” A trailer, poster and film stills are now available for what promises to be the feel-good (or feel-everything) film of Summer 2024.
Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone. Maya Hawke lends her voice to Anxiety, alongside Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Lewis Black as Anger, Tony Hale as Fear, and Liza Lapira as Disgust. Directed by Kelsey Mann and produced by Mark Nielsen.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Always remember who you are…

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER
The four nations of the world once lived in harmony, with the Avatar, master of all four elements, keeping peace between them. But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked and wiped out the Air Nomads, the first step taken by the firebenders towards conquering the world.

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, follows a young Air Nomad named Aang, as he reawakens to a world ravaged by war. Together with his newfound friends Sokka and Katara, he embarks on an action-packed quest to take his rightful place as the next AVATAR.

This new live-action re-imagining of the award-winning Nickelodeon animated series comes to
Netflix in 2024.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Next Club Meeting is November 18, 2023

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
 "Thanks, Snoopy, for having my cousin over for dinner!"
"Wait a minute...!"

  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, November 18, 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!

(Click below for maps)

Friday, November 10, 2023

This will send a chill down your spine...

GHOSTBUSTERS
F R O Z E N   E M P I R E
A mysterious evil force has put New York City into a deadly deep freeze...
Sony has released the first teaser trailer for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,
the sequel to Afterlife.
Coming March 2024 exclusively to movie theaters

Thursday, November 9, 2023

PEOPLE OF EARTH, Prime Video presents...

INVINCIBLE ~ SEASON 2
New episodes coming in November. Based on the groundbreaking comic book by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley. 
 
The story revolves around 18-year-old Mark Grayson, who’s just like every other guy his age—except his father is (or was) the most powerful superhero on the planet. Still reeling from Nolan’s betrayal in Season 1, Mark struggles to rebuild his life as he faces a host of new threats, all while battling his greatest fear - that he might become his father without even knowing it. 
 
Starring Steven Yeun, with Sandra Oh, Zazie Beetz, Grey DeLisle, Chris Diamantopoulos, Walton Goggins, Gillian Jacobs, Jason Mantzoukas, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Kevin Michael Richardson, Seth Rogen, and J.K. Simmons. Joining the Season 2 cast are Sterling K. Brown, Peter Cullen, Rob Delaney, Calista Flockhart, Phil LaMarr, Luke MacFarlane, Tatiana Maslany, Scott McNairy, Jay Pharoah, Ella Purnell, Tim Robinson, Ben Schwartz, Rhea Seehorn, Lea Thompson, Paul F. Tompkins, Shantel VanSanten, and more.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Would you survive the upload?


PANTHEON - SEASON 2

The cult classic Pantheon is back for Season 2, only on Prime Video.

Maddie, a bullied teen, receives support from someone online - her deceased father, David. His consciousness has been uploaded to the cloud after an experimental brain scan. Turns out, he's not the only one...

A work of Brilliance that exceeded expectations!

Watch the First Episode of Season 2

Monday, November 6, 2023

Sunday, November 5, 2023

No bad deed goes unpunished...

< < < <  E  C  H  O  > > > >
Following the events of Hawkeye (2021) in New York City, Maya Lopez returns to her hometown in Oklahoma, where she must come to terms with her past, reconnect with her Native American roots, and embrace her family and community.

Echo is an upcoming American television miniseries created by Marion Dayre for the streaming service Disney+, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is intended to be the tenth television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is a spin-off from the series Hawkeye (2021). It sees Maya Lopez return to her hometown where she must come to terms with her past, reconnect with her Native American roots, and embrace her family and community. Dayre serves as head writer for the series with Sydney Freeland leading the directing team. The series is also produced by 20th Television.
Alaqua Cox reprises her role as Maya Lopez / Echo from Hawkeye, with Vincent D'Onofrio, Chaske Spencer, Tantoo Cardinal, Graham Greene, Cody Lightning, Charlie Cox, Devery Jacobs, and Zahn McClarnon also starring. Development of the spin-off began by March 2021, with Etan and Emily Cohen attached as head writers, and Alaqua Cox confirmed to be returning. The series was formally announced in November 2021, when Dayre was revealed to be serving as head writer, with Freeland set to direct by March 2022. Filming occurred from late April to late August 2022, taking place in the Atlanta metropolitan area including Atlanta, Peachtree City, Social Circle, and Grantville, Georgia. In May, Marvel revealed further cast members and that Catriona McKenzie would also direct for the series.
Echo is scheduled to be released in its entirety simultaneously on Disney+ and Hulu on January 10, 2024, and will consist of five episodes. It will be part of Phase Five of the MCU and will be Marvel Studios' first television release to debut on Hulu and to receive a TV-MA rating.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Take a look at the making of modern anime...


Blue Eye Samurai - Behind the Animation

Get a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of Blue Eye Samurai, exploring the research, craft and beautiful artistry- featuring the creators, director, production designer and stunt choreographer. Blue Eye Samurai arrives November 3rd, only on Netflix.

Friday, November 3, 2023

English Trailer for Hayao Miyazaki's Latest Film...

Hayao Miyazaki's first feature film in 10 years, The Boy and the Heron is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by the Academy Award-winning director. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film features a musical score from Miyazaki's long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The theme song for the film "Spinning Globe" was penned and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu.
In theaters nationwide and IMAX
December 8

Thursday, November 2, 2023

The Elder Gods Have Awakened...

~~ D A G O N ~~
By H. P. Lovecraft (Illustrated)
 ULTIMATE ELDER GOD VERSION
An illustrated reading of 'Dagon' by H.P. Lovecraft. Read by Mike Bennett, illustrated by Christopher Steininger. "Dagon" is a short story by American author H. P. Lovecraft. It was written in July 1917 and is one of the first stories that Lovecraft wrote as an adult. It was first published in the November 1919 edition of The Vagrant. Dagon was later published in Weird Tales.

The god Dagon first appears in extant records about 2500 BC in the Mari texts and in personal Amorite names in which the Mesopotamian gods Ilu (Ēl), Dagan, and Adad are especially common.

At Ebla (Tell Mardikh), from at least 2300 BC, Dagan was the head of the city pantheon comprising some 200 deities and bore the titles BE-DINGIR-DINGIR, "Lord of the gods" and Bekalam, "Lord of the land". His consort was known only as Belatu, "Lady". Both were worshipped in a large temple complex called E-Mul, "House of the Star". One entire quarter of Ebla and one of its gates were named after Dagan. Dagan is called ti-lu ma-tim, "dew of the land" and Be-ka-na-na, possibly "Lord of Canaan". He was called lord of many cities: of Tuttul, Irim, Ma-Ne, Zarad, Uguash, Siwad, and Sipishu.

Dagan is mentioned occasionally in early Sumerian texts but becomes prominent only in later Assyro-Babylonian inscriptions as a powerful and warlike protector, sometimes equated with Enki. Dagan's wife was in some sources the goddess Shala (also named as wife of Adad and sometimes identified with Ninmah). In other texts, his wife is Ishara. In the preface to his famous law code, King Hammurabi calls himself "the subduer of the settlements along the Euphrates with the help of Dagan, his creator". An inscription about an expedition of Naram-Sin to the Cedar Mountain relates (ANET, p. 268): "Naram-Sin slew Arman and Ibla with the 'weapon' of the god Dagan who aggrandizes his kingdom."

An interesting early reference to Dagan occurs in a letter to King Zimri-Lim of Mari, 18th century BC, written by Itur-Asduu an official in the court of Mari and governor of Nahur (the Biblical city of Nahor) (ANET, p. 623). It relates a dream of a "man from Shaka" in which Dagan appeared. In the dream, Dagan blamed Zimri-Lim's failure to subdue the King of the Yaminites upon Zimri-Lim's failure to bring a report of his deeds to Dagan in Terqa. Dagan promises that when Zimri-Lim has done so: "I will have the kings of the Yaminites [coo]ked on a fisherman's spit, and I will lay them before you."

In Ugarit around 1300 BC, Dagon had a large temple and was listed third in the pantheon following a father-god and Ēl, and preceding Baīl Ṣapān (that is the god Haddu or Hadad/Adad). Joseph Fontenrose first demonstrated that, whatever their deep origins, at Ugarit Dagon was sometime identified with El,[3] explaining why Dagan, who had an important temple at Ugarit is so neglected in the Ras Shamra mythological texts, where Dagon is mentioned solely in passing as the father of the god Hadad (Ba'al), but Anat, El's daughter, is Ba'al's sister, and why no temple of El has appeared at Ugarit. It is suspected that Dagon was one of the "seventy sons of El and Athirat" that later sired Hadad (Ba'al) who would eventually attempt to forcefully insert himself in the second-tier of the council of El (although he would ultimately fail in this attempt)...

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

South Park Destroys Disney with Panderverse...

"South Park" Blames Kathleen Kennedy for
"Why All Disney Movies All Suck Now"
South Park: Joining the Panderverse has put Kathleen Kennedy in the crosshairs of normies. Whatever damage Disney and Lucasfilm think YouTubers did is NOTHING compared to being put on blast by South Park. Ask Barbara Streisand and Prince Harry how that worked out for them.