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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Sunday, May 26, 2024

In a world cloaked in shadows...

Sailor Moon - 1950's Super Panavision 70
100% of video footage has been generated directly via Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Disney is Coming After Our ANIME! The Horror...

Disney Wants to Buy Established Japanese
Properties According to New Report!
Everything Disney touches, they destroy!

Friday, May 24, 2024

Attack of the Woke Bandits...

Time Bandits Reboot Has NO Actors with Dwarfism?!
Apple is rebooting Time Bandits with Taika Waititi and Lisa Kudrow... and not a single dwarf actor as far as we can tell. Is this another example of Hollywood ditching dwarf actors like they did with Snow White and Wonka?

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Anime and Manga Going Main Stream in the West...

What’s behind the growing popularity of
Japanese comics and animation in U.S.
Japanese animation and comic books have exploded in popularity in the United States over the last few years. From floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to a win at this year's Oscars, the genre has seen an increasing amount of visibility in American culture. Ali Rogin reports.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Anime Viewing Schedule for May 25, 2024

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, May 25, 2024
Fountaindale Public Library
          11:15 - 12:05   The Apothecary Diaries 13-14
          12:05 - 12:55   Metallic Rouge 7-8
          12:55 - 1:30     Club Meeting
          1:30 - 2:20       Solo Leveling 9-10
          2:20 - 2:45       Frieren 6
          2:45 - 4:45       PLUTO Eps 3-4
"We can't believe how much we spent at Anime Central!"
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: Solo Leveling and Frieren

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Rarely do you see both sides are missing a screw...

I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince
So I can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability
The study of magic requires aptitude, effort, and the right bloodline. One sorcerer loved magic, despite lacking the bloodline and aptitude for it, and died wishing he’d spent more time studying in life. He reawakens as Lloyd, the seventh prince of the Kingdom of Saloum, with all his previous memories intact. Blessed with a strong magical bloodline, he uses his gifts to master the study of magic.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Anime Central 2024

May 17-19, 2024
Donald E. Stevenson Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
[5/17/24 - 9:30 a.m.] The line for ACen stretches along the side of the entire convention center. For the first time, all attendees must go through security and metal detectors.
[5/17/24 - 9:35 a.m.] The line even occupies the entire skybridge that links the convention center and hotels with the parking garage.
[5/17/24 - 9:36 a.m.] A normal 7 minute walk took more than 45 minutes just to get through security.
[5/17/24 - 10:15 a.m.] Even though air conditioners were installed in the skybridge, with hundreds of people inside, the temperatures rose rapidly, causing some attendees to faint.
[5/17/24] This was a frequent scene at the convention center all weekend.
On with the show!
"Thunderbolt Fantasy" is an animated action/adventure/drama made with puppets!
The "Thunderbolt Fantasy" puppets stand over 3 feet tall and are almost as big as a person.
Looks like he upgraded the chasis this year with acrylic tubes.
Remember that one episode of "Chainsaw Man" where they all DIED? Yeah, that was awesome. Hope I didn't spoil anything for ya. ^_^
Slutbug? ^-^ (This is one of the Vendors at ACen this year.)
One of the most unique cosplayers at ACen!

Sunday, May 19, 2024

"Still divided, 'cause war... War never changes..."

In this solo animated feature by Denver Jackson, Natomi (Breanna Pearl) is living a fearful life in a post-apocalyptic world consumed by war, when her father, Terric (Phillip Sacramento), transports her to a magical world called Esluna. There, Natomi encounters the queen, Idena (Chelsea Krause), who fears Natomi will take her place as ruler. Guided by her childhood companion, a stuffed bear named Miito (Max Lindsey) and a mysterious old warrior, Bataar (Andrew Lander), Natomi must face Idena and find the god of this world, her father.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Next Club Meeting is May 25, 2024...

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
  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, May 25, 2024
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, May 17, 2024

Blood and Sushi... a Dark Romantic Fantasy...

An animated thriller about the romantic tension between 
a seafood chef and a siren, set in a dark fantasy Philippines.
The Lovers is an independent Tagalog/Taglish animated film that follows Sara Lim Baylon (Vanille Velasquez - Valorant, League of Legends), a reluctant seafood chef from Binondo, Manila. As the youngest member of her family to run their restaurant, Sara faces the daunting pressure to live up to her late father's reputation and keep the business afloat. 
When the governor's inauguration dinner is planned at the restaurant, featuring a sirena (Dawn M. Bennett - Fire Emblem, Honkai: Star Rail, My Hero Academia) as the centerpiece, Sara finds herself drawn into a dangerous affair with the mythical creature.
THE LOVERS is now on live on Kickstarter:

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Raise your banners! The official trailer is here...

House of the Dragon - Season 2
Prepare to witness the fiery spectacle of war as House of the Dragon Season 2 takes flight in its epic final trailer. This highly anticipated chapter in the Game of Thrones prequel series delves deeper into the Targaryen civil war, aptly named the Dance of the Dragons. The trailer ignites with the smoldering tension between Rhaenyra Targaryen, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, and Aegon Targaryen, the king unexpectedly crowned by his mother, Alicent Hightower. Fueled by years of simmering resentment and a brutal act that shattered the fragile peace, both sides marshal their forces and unleash their mighty dragons in a fight for ultimate power. The trailer offers glimpses of breathtaking aerial battles, showcasing the formidable beasts soaring through the skies, their fiery breath scorching the land. Witness Rhaenyra's unwavering determination as she rallies her allies, the Blacks, to claim her birthright. Meanwhile, King Aegon, burdened by the weight of the crown, faces the daunting task of uniting the realm under the banner of the Greens. The stakes have never been higher as the houses of Westeros are forced to choose sides. The final trailer for House of the Dragon Season 2 promises a season filled with political intrigue, heart-wrenching betrayals, and battles that will reshape the fate of Westeros forever. Buckle up for a thrilling ride as fire and blood reign supreme in this epic saga.
House of the Dragon Season 2, premieres June 16, 2024, on MAX.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

One Ring to Rule Them All...

The Rings of Power (Season 2)
And in the Darkness bind them.
About The Rings of Power Season 2: Sauron has returned. Cast out by Galadriel, without army or ally, the rising Dark Lord must now rely on his own cunning to rebuild his strength and oversee the creation of the Rings of Power, which will allow him to bind all the peoples of Middle-earth to his sinister will. Building on Season 1’s epic scope and ambition, Season 2 of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power plunges even its most beloved and vulnerable characters into a rising tide of darkness, challenging each to find their place in a world that is increasingly on the brink of calamity. Elves and dwarves, orcs and men, wizards and Harfoots… as friendships are strained and kingdoms begin to fracture, the forces of good will struggle ever more valiantly to hold on to what matters to them most of all… each other.
The Rings Of Power returns August 29 on Prime Video.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

A romantic escape into the world of fantasy...

Unnamed Memory
As a young boy, Prince Oscar Lyeth Increatos Loz Farsas was cursed by the Witch of Silence, rendering it all but impossible for any woman to bear him a child. After 15 years of fruitlessly seeking a way to lift the spell, Oscar resorts to enlisting the help of a different witch. To this end, he heads to the Azure Tower, home of the Witch of the Azure Moon. Ascending the tower is no easy task; for decades, no one has overcome the array of traps, puzzles, and enemies designed to repulse any challengers. Oscar, however, easily climbs to the top, where he meets the fabled witch, Tinasha. To the prince's surprise, despite being hundreds of years old, Tinasha looks like a beautiful young woman in her late teens.

Oscar explains his circumstances to the witch, who quickly perceives the true nature of his affliction. Though she claims that undoing the spell would be tremendously difficult, Tinasha proposes a workaround—to find Oscar a partner capable of withstanding the curse's effects.

Realizing that such a woman is right in front of his eyes, Oscar boldly tells the witch to marry him. Though he is promptly rejected, the young prince refuses to back down, and the two eventually reach an agreement: Tinasha will leave the tower and live with Oscar for the next year. As the two continue searching for a way to lift Oscar's curse, word of Tinasha's emergence from isolation spreads, catching the attention of all sorts of old acquaintances.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Fear is Reality...

When Hana, a professional gamer who suffers from acute agoraphobia, receives new equipment that enhances her game, she begins to wonder if it is reading her mind - or controlling it.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

A very mysterious, mysterious, mysterious story...

Tonari no Yokai-san

"Our cat might be turning into a nekomata..." A rural town where youkai, people and gods live normal, everyday lives, mixed with a bit of warmth and occasional mystery.

One summer, the twenty-year old cat Buchio suddenly evolves into a nekomata. Questioning the reason for his evolution, he sets out to learn more about transformation, together with the transforming kitsune Yuri.

Muu-chan spies on the crow Tengu Jirou as he performs his Tengu duties, and begins to see Jirou in a new light. At that same time, rumors of an unfortunate Nue begin to spread…
Welcome to Engamori, the cozy town where supernatural beings are your friendly neighbors. For generations and to this day, the otherworldly Yokai and humans have continued to protect their easygoing way of life. Enjoy the mountain breeze and uncover the mysterious bonds that lie within.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Racing Adventure at Full Throttle...

Rin Rindo, who once dreamt of becoming a ballet dancer before being sidelined by injury, is embracing a quiet life with her grandmother until she is unexpectedly thrust into the high-speed world of racing. Now, she faces a new adrenaline-fueled reality in the NEX Race, a revolutionary motorsport event exceeding speeds of 500 km/h.

Friday, May 10, 2024

They worked for Villains, now they work as Heroes!

Take a look at the latest trailer for the first Despicable Me movie in seven years, Gru, the world’s favorite supervillain-turned-Anti-Villain League-agent, returns for an exciting, bold new era of Minions mayhem in Illumination’s Despicable Me 4. The world’s favorite supervillain-turned-Anti-Villain League-agent returns for an exciting, bold new era of Minions mayhem. A new chapter has begun as Gru, Lucy, and their girls —Margo, Edith, and Agnes welcome a new member to the Gru family, Gru Jr., who is intent on tormenting his dad. As Gru faces a new nemesis in Maxime Le Mal and his femme fatale girlfriend Valentina, the family is forced to go on the run. Despicable Me 4 stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Pierre Coffin, Joey King, Sofia Vergara, Stephen Colbert, Miranda Cosgrove, Chloe Fineman, Steve Coogan, Chris Renaud, Dana Gaier, Madison Polan, and more. Chris Renaud serves as director alongside Mike White and Ken Daurio who wrote the screenplay. Despicable Me 4 is co-directed by Patrick Delage and produced by Chris Meledandri and Brett Hoffman.
Despicable Me 4 is releasing in theaters on July 3, 2024.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Our Heroes Face Off with Some Formidable Foes...

-Starting Life in Another World- (Season 3)
A year has passed since Subaru’s victory at the Sanctuary. He savors a life of fulfillment while Emilia’s camp stands united for the royal selection—until a fateful letter arrives. Anastasia, a royal selection candidate, has invited Emilia to the Watergate City of Priestella. But as the party begins its journey, crisis stirs beneath the surface and Subaru meets a cruel fate once again.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Is there a Future for Disney Star Wars?

They're DONE with Disney Star Wars...
Disney's Earnings Call was yesterday. Bob Iger made no mention of the future of Star Wars, nor any mention of the upcoming Acolyte. Longtime Star Wars fans with sizable social media followings are announcing that they're DONE with Disney Star Wars, and Twitter is mad about it. How many more customers will Disney lose that don't announce their departures?
Kathleen Kennedy's Vision for Star Wars is FINALLY Ending

Monday, May 6, 2024

ANIME is CRUSHING Hollywood!

Fans Fed Up With Woke Are Fleeing
to JAPAN For Their Entertainment!
As Doctor Who triples down on wokeness, driving away any Whovians who remained after The Timeless Children by promising the new season with Ncuti Gatwa will be the MOSTEST Woke EVAR, Anime is stealing viewers and profits away from Hollywood! In this exclusive report from my Hollywood spies, we make the case that this mass defection to Japanese anime entertainment is yet another sign that, despite all the destruction of our beloved franchises, we are winning the war against these cultural vandals, and anime is one way we're outlasting them as they burn their own business to the ground!

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Disney submits to specific religion; ignores others...

Exclusive: Disney Gives Money and Resources Based on
Religious Beliefs -- The R.I.S.E. Program Exposed
It's a video we never thought we would make. Disney is apparently rewarding individuals of a particular religious belief... and thus excluding all others from contention. But that's just the beginning as we look into a previously unnoticed program that suggests it is impacting almost everything the company produces...

Saturday, May 4, 2024

May the 4th Be with You!

This is what Star Wars means to us.
Happy STAR WARS Day!
The Disney Star Wars sequel trilogy destroyed Star Wars. Finally, Lucasfilm is taking steps to avoid the Sequel Trilogy at all costs! The May the Fourth video just released on the official Star Wars youtube channel did not show a single clip from a sequel trilogy movie, and it did not show a single actor from the sequel trilogy. Finally, Lucasfilm is getting it, but is it too late?

Friday, May 3, 2024

Let's see your Cosplay...

C2E2 2024 Cosplay
C2E2 cosplay music video Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo takes place every in Chicago and hosts the Crown Championship of Cosplay where the best cosplays in the world compete for the winning title...
C2E2 took place April 26-28 2024

Thursday, May 2, 2024

From the director of “A Whisker Away”...

My Oni Girl
The long-awaited fourth feature-length film and latest work from Studio Colorido tells the story of a boy and an oni (demon) girl. This film will be directed by Tomotaka Shibayama, who, after working for Studio Ghibli, has participated in many TV commercials and film works at Studio Colorido, where he made his feature-length directorial debut, “A Whisker Away.”
Yearning to get along with others and not be disliked, first-year high school student Hiiragi finds himself unable to say no whenever someone requests something of him. One summer day, while unsuccessfully carrying out yet another request, he encounters an oni girl named Tsumugi, who has come to the human world to search for her mother. She does whatever she pleases and is the complete opposite of Hiiragi. Studio Colorido presents this fantasy tale of youth that unfolds over one wintery summer.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

A vast buried tresure is hidden in Hokkaido...

In the noble, vast land of Hokkaido in the north of Japan, in the tumultous early 20th century ... Saichi Sugimoto is a Russo-Japanese War hero who earned the epithet "immortal" for the otherworldy combat skills he demonstrated on many battlefields, including the bloodiest of them all: 203 Meter Hill. Hoping to find a huge sum of money for a certain purpose, he begins searching for gold in Hokkaido. There, Sugimoto learns about a large trove of gold that was stolen from an Ainu tribe. The man who stole it, Noppera-Bo, hid it just before being captured. He gave 24 of his fellow inmates tattoos that, when combined, make up a single code that reveals the location of the gold, and then helped the prisoners escape. Around that time, Sugimoto is attacked by a wild brown bear and saved by an Ainu girl named Asirpa, whose father was killed by the man who stole the gold. Sugimoto, who wants to find the gold, and Asirpa, who seeks revenge for her father, decide to team up. Another man is also on the treasure's trail: Tokushiro Tsurumi, First Lieutenant of the 7th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army. He schemes to conquer Hokkaido for the sake of his soldiers who risked their lives in the war but were left unrewarded, and needs the gold to fund his military aims. Among the escaped prisoners is Toshizo Hijikata, the merciless vice-commander of the Shinsengumi military police force who was thought to have died in the Boshin War. He and his former ally Shinpachi Nagakura seek the gold to realize their own ambitions. Sugimoto & Asirpa, the 7th Division, and Toshizo Hijikata all go head-to-head in a bid to strike it rich in the majestic northern wilderness! The three-way battle for survival begins now! "Golden Kamuy" Only on Netflix 19 May