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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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Monday, April 29, 2024

The first hand-dawn animated movie by Pakistan...

THE GLASSWORKER
From Mano Animation Studios comes the new animated feature film “The Glassworker,” directed by Usman Riaz, opening in cinemas in Pakistan on July 26, 2024. ‘Young Vincent and his father, Tomas, run the finest glass workshop in the country and find their lives upended by an impending war in which they want no part. The arrival in their town of an army colonel and his young, talented violinist daughter, Alliz, shakes their reality and tests the relationship between father and son.’ The English version cast includes Art Malik, Sacha Dhawan, Anjli Mohindra, Tony Jayawardena, Teresa Gallagher, Maya Soraya, Sham Ali, and Mina Anwar.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

"I don't fight humans anymore..."

Garouden: The Way of the Lone Wolf
On the run from a past crime, Juzo Fujimaki is blackmailed into joining an illicit tournament and has to face top martial artists in deadly match-ups.
"Garouden: The Way of the Lone Wolf" streams May 23 only on Netflix!

Friday, April 26, 2024

A Modern Twist on Beloved Fairy Tales...

THE GRIMM VARIATIONS
Inspired by the classic Brothers Grimm stories, this anthology features
six fairy tales with a dark twist, exposing the shadowy side of human desire.
Grimms' Fairy Tales get a bold reboot on Netflix, with character concepts by CLAMP, screenplay by Michiko Yokote, music by Akira Miyagawa, and animation by WIT Studio! Once upon a time, brothers Jacob and Wilhelm collected fairy tales from across the land and made them into a book. They also had a much younger sister, the innocent and curious Charlotte, who they loved very much. One day, while the brothers were telling Charlotte a fairy tale like usual, they saw that she had a somewhat melancholy look on her face. She asked them, "Do you suppose they really lived happily ever after?" The pages of Grimms' Fairy Tales, written by Jacob and Wilhelm, are now presented from the unique perspective of Charlotte, who sees the stories quite differently from her brothers.
"The Grimm Variations" only on Netflix!

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Supreme Court Rules D.E.I. is Illegal!!!!

Disney and every other company pushing D.E.I. 
AT RISK following Supreme Court ruling?!
Disney and all its subsidiaries are renowned for their invasive and all-encompassing DEI programs, but following a new Supreme Court ruling, these programs may now pose a legal liability for not just Disney, but for anyone involved in such programs.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The Next Gaming Masterpiece Has Arrived!

No Rest for the Wicked
From Moon Studios, the award-winning developers of Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps, comes No Rest for the Wicked, a visceral, precision ARPG with a bold new take on the genre. Coming to PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.
The game is set in the year 841. The player assumes control of a Cerim, a group of holy warriors imbued with magical abilities, who must purge the "Pestilence", a plague which has transformed the locals of Isola Sacra into dangerous and mindless monsters. Along the way, the Cerim becomes entangled in political conflicts between the rulers of the kingdom, and the rebels who seek to overthrow it.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

'The Force is Female' Killed Star Wars...

Turning STAR WARS Female Centric KILLED the
Golden Goose for Disney, Hasbro and everyone else!

The time when Star Wars used to be a money printing machine, not just for Lucasfilm, but for every third party licensees like Hasbro and Ubisoft; is long since over. Now, the franchise has become a financial burden for almost everyone involved with it, and even the industry trades are beginning to admit that.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Claws out! The Trailer is Here!

Deadpool & Wolverine
Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Garner, Morena Baccarin, Emma Corrin, Matthew Macfadyen and more star in 'Deadpool & Wolverine.' This action comedy follows Deadpool (Reynolds) and Wolverine (Jackman) as they team up to defeat a common enemy.
'Deadpool & Wolverine' hits theaters on July 26.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Absolutely no one asked for this...

VELMA - Season 2
More mystery. More murder. And lots, lots more meddling.
Season 2 of VELMA premieres April 25 on Max.
Everybody still hates Velma. The second season trailer of the mean-spirited Scooby Doo reboot is already getting ratioed... while also not getting many views. Seems like this show's second season will be dead on arrival. No mystery who killed it...

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Just the start of a pretty, never ending nightmare...

THE WINGFEATHER SAGA - SEASON TWO
The Wingfeather Saga is an epic fantasy series that follows the adventures of the three Igiby children as they journey to uncover the truth about their family's past and their rightful place in the kingdom of Aerwiar. The Wingfeather Saga, based on Andrew Peterson's best-selling books, is the largest crowdfunded family animated series in history. With the wit of Princess Bride and the immersive world of The Lord of the Rings, The Wingfeather Saga offers something for the whole family to enjoy. With its fast-paced action, memorable characters, and themes of courage and perseverance, The Wingfeather Saga is a must-read for fans of fantasy and adventure. So join Janner, Tink, and Leif on their epic quest and discover the true meaning of bravery and sacrifice. The series pulls together a nail-biting story, an incredible fantasy world, and episodes your whole family will talk about.

Friday, April 19, 2024

A conspiracy that shakes the entire town...

KURAMERUKAGARI
Prepare to be transported to the intriguing world of "Kuramerukagari." This captivating tale weaves together the lives of its characters with the rich tapestry of a coal mining town known as the "Hakoniwa."

In this labyrinthine town, where each day brings new twists and turns, we meet Kagari, a spirited girl who runs a mapmaking business, and Yuya, a young dreamer yearning to escape the confines of the "Hakoniwa." As their paths intertwine, alongside the town's eccentric residents, they become embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens to unravel the very fabric of their community.

At the heart of it all lies Kagari's extraordinary talent for mapmaking, as her drawings hold the key to the fate of the "Hakoniwa." Together, Kagari, Yuya, and their newfound allies must navigate through shadows and secrets to uncover the truth and protect their home.

Join us on a journey of discovery and intrigue, where the lines between reality and illusion blur, and the power of friendship and determination reign supreme. "Kuramerukagari" promises an unforgettable adventure that will leave you spellbound until the very end. Don't miss the chance to explore the depths of the "Hakoniwa" and witness the destiny that unfolds through Kagari's maps.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Who will be the next Ruler of the Heavens?

Blood of Zeus (Season 2)
To escape the Underworld forever, Hades crafts a plan to claim Zeus's crown for himself and reunite with his beloved Persephone as ruler of Olympus.
The second season of the Blood of Zeus premieres May 9th, only on Netflix!

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Anime Viewing Schedule for April 20, 2024


 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, April 20, 2024
Fountaindale Public Library
VIEWING SCHEDULE
          11:15 - 12:05   The Apothecary Diaries 11-12
          12:05 - 12:55   Metallic Rouge 5-6
          12:55 - 1:35     Club Meeting
          1:35 - 2:25       Solo Leveling 7-8
          2:25 - 2:50       Frieren 5
          2:50 - 4:40       Kurayukaba & Kuramerukagari [Movies]
 
"On my way there now!"
 
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
* ANIME DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW *

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Music to Ease the Soul...


"Goodbye, the one whose name I can't remember..."
Healing music, sleep music, sleep inducing music, music for insomnia, music for studying, new age piano, dreamy, stress relieving, meditation music, white noise, rain sounds, nature sounds. Please make everyone who listens to this music happy.

Monday, April 15, 2024

A Student Made this Anime...

Dawn of the Eclipse: EPISODE ZERO
In the distant future, a war is raging between humans and the "Black Knight", an extraterrestrial invasion weapon. After a fierce battle, the human race has the upper hand in the war and executes a last-ditch mission to wipe out the Black Knight. In order to open up the future, the protagonist "Haru" goes to the battlefield...

Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Next Club Meeting will be April 20, 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, April 20, 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)

Saturday, April 13, 2024

When Evil Goes to the Cleaners...

NIGHT WASH
Night Wash is a 2D animated short film produced by Louise Loche for her 3rd year of study in the 3rd year of 2D animated cinema training at the Pivaut school in Nantes.

Friday, April 12, 2024

What is Life Amidst a Doomsday Countdown...

GOODBYE EARTH
The world is in utter chaos with only 200 days left until a giant asteroid collides with Earth, but some remain determined to make the most of each remaining day and their humanity to the very end in this Netflix series.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

You crave Earth food, when Earth no longer exists...

SPICE FRONTIER
An intergalactic chef hunts for rare Earth spices and gets a big surprise.
A century ago, Earth was destroyed, and humans now live among alien species spread throughout space. Kent is among them, and as a struggling chef, he just had his cookbook rejected from a publisher. But now he is on a quest: he wants to discover the culinary secrets of his ancestors. With the help of his cyborg sidekick, C-LA, and his ship The Serrano, Kent hunts down rare spices throughout the galaxy, trying to find them before they disappear from human knowledge entirely. But when Kent pays a visit to an abandoned space aquarium in search of sea salt, he discovers something much bigger -- and more momentous -- than he thought. 
Fun, entertaining and a rollicking ride through a unique take on the typical sci-fi space adventure story, this animated short has a jaunty sense of momentum, building a richly compelling world and engaging characters that feel much bigger than its short runtime. There's humor inherent in its premise, combining the obsessiveness of early 21st-century foodie culture in an action-adventure quest. 
The writing offers a solid foundation for the story, deftly evoking familiar and comforting types and stories while giving them a whimsical twist, complete with quippy asides, witty banter and rhapsodic musings on the richness of different Earth cuisines. Its bona-fides as a space adventure story are solid and well-crafted as well, with storytelling that deftly builds a world, tension and plot with dynamic, colorful visuals and an energetic editing style that knows when to pause for effect -- and when to put the proverbial pedal to the metal. 
Highly entertaining, fast-paced and always engaging, SPICE FRONTIER is often sheer fun and joy to watch, evoking the almost primal pleasure of storytelling and balancing the comfortingly familiar with the fresh and quirky. It has the spirit of the Saturday morning cartoon adventures of the 80s, with a fizz of optimism and a pop of positive energy. The short is a proof-of-concept for a larger episodic project, though it's highly enjoyable as a chapter on its own and wraps up its tidy little episode nicely, it also gestures to a larger story and world ripe for exploration. Audiences will be left wanting more -- especially since there's a whole spice rack -- and set of adventures -- that Kent and C-LA can work through, in their quest for the lost spices of humankind.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Ultraman Takes on the World's Toughest Job...

Ultraman: Rising
With Tokyo under siege from rising monster attacks, baseball star Ken Sato reluctantly returns home to take on the mantle of Ultraman. But the titanic superhero meets his match when he is forced to adopt a 35-foot-tall, fire-breathing baby kaiju. Sato must rise above his ego to balance work and parenthood while protecting the baby from forces bent on exploiting her for their own dark plans. In partnership with Netflix, Tsuburaya Productions, and Industrial Light & Magic, Ultraman: Rising is written by Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes, directed by Shannon Tindle, and co-directed by John Aoshima.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Jaiden Visits the Land of Anime Galore...

Pokemon sent me to Japan!
"Genuinely the most incredible trip I've ever been on, I'm so grateful and lucky to have been able to go on this trip and enjoy japan and everything it has to offer."     
 - Jaiden

Monday, April 8, 2024

"Built to Serve..."

M A R S  EXPRESS
In 2200, private detective Aline Ruby and her android partner Carlos Rivera are hired by a wealthy businessman to track down a notorious hacker.

On Mars, they descend deep into the underbelly of the planet’s capital city where they uncover a darker story of brain farms, corruption, and a missing girl who holds a secret about the robots that threatens to change the face of the universe.

About the director: Jérémie Périn was born in 1978 in the north of France. He studied animation at the renowned Gobelins school, graduating in 2000. Since 2001, he has worked for various animation studios, acquiring solid experience in storyboarding, layout, compositing, and design. He moved on to directing in 2004 with TV series pilots and short films.

In 2007, he collaborated with the studio JE SUIS BIEN CONTENT as a producer and director on various series such as CO2, Nini Patalo and Socks. He also works at Autochenille Production, working on the development of The Rabbi’s Cat and Sardine in Outer Space. In 2009, he directed the opening credits of the film Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life and the music video “Truckers Delight” for the band Flairs. In 2016, he wrote and directed the Lastman series. Mars Express is his debut feature film.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

"We need to fight the Shadows, not each other!"

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths (Part Two)
An endless army of shadow demons bent on the destruction of all reality swarms over our world and all parallel Earths! The only thing opposing them is the mightiest team of metahumans ever assembled. But not even the combined power of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and all their fellow superheroes can slow down the onslaught of this invincible horde. What mysterious force is driving them? And how do the long-buried secrets of the Monitor and Supergirl threaten to crush our last defense?
Coming April 23, 2024

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Long live the Empire...

STAR WARS: TALES OF THE EMPIRE
Six all-new Star Wars Original shorts, available May 4 only on Disney+.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Dare to Wander the Mysterious World of the...

ETERNAL RUINS
The Fantastic Art of Sam Carr
The Eternal Ruins are an endless labyrinth of ancient mysteries. Children awaken from strange statues and become Wanderers of the ruins.
The Eternal Ruins are a magical and cosy place. Wanderers often enjoy cooking a hearty meal, or reading old tablets by candlelight. Some Wanderers enter the service of a Great Spirit in exchange for protection and blessings.
The ruins can also be a dangerous and scary place. Demons float through the halls, consuming the souls of unfortunate Wanderers. Strange Servitors of flesh and magic also stalk the ruins carrying out their duties, unaware of the crumbling ruins around them.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

First sighting of the Gundam EX...

GUNDAM: Requiem for Vengeance
In the year Universal Century 0079, a state of war began when the Principality of Zeon declared its independence from the Earth Federation government. In the war's opening stages, the Zeon forces maintained an advantage thanks to the effectiveness of their new weapon, the mobile suit. However, they lacked the fighting strength to fully conquer Earth, and the war became a stalemate.

Eleven months after the outbreak of war, a base in Zeon-occupied Eastern Europe is captured by the Federation Forces. A Zeon composite battalion is sent to recapture the base, and among its members are Solari and her Red Wolf Squadron, a mobile suit team that has only just arrived from space...
Streams worldwide in Fall 2024, only on Netflix!
This all-new original animation composed of six 30-minute episodes focusing on the European front of the One Year War, which was the setting of the first Gundam series, "Mobile Suit Gundam." Produced in collaboration with SAFEHOUSE using Unreal Engine 5, the series is written by Gavin Hignight, who wrote the animated series "Tekken: Bloodline" and "Transformers: Cyberverse," as well as the video game "Marvel's Spider-Man," and is directed by Erasmus Brosdau, who has also worked on the animated series "Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness" and the video games "Star Citizen," "Ryse: Son of Rome" and the "Crysis" series.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

"She's so far from me, stuck on Alpha Centauri..."

10,000 Light Years
Merch & More: https://galactikraken.com
Listen in every galaxy: https://ffm.bio/galactikraken
Credits: Arrangement & Music production by: Jonathan Young
Animation & Artwork by: @voltanimation

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

This was ABSOLUTELY chilling...

Ventress returns in the most awesome way...
In episode 9 (Season 3) of the Bad Batch, we saw Asajj Ventress return after her death in Dark Disciple, but what did her final words mean for Star Wars and her future in the franchise...
"I am many things... but I am NOT your enemy."

Monday, April 1, 2024

"To me... my 90's X-men!"

90's X-MEN
"This is my 90's X-MEN - Retro Concept, where I portray through 'A.I.' what it would look like if they made a Hollywood A/B list X-MEN franchise back in the 90's."     - stryder HD

CAST:
Mel Gibson: Wolverine
Tom Cruise: Cyclops
Ben Kingsley: Professor X
Christopher Lee: Magneto
Johnny Depp: Gambit
Angela Bassett: Storm
Sylvester Stallone: Cable
Michelle Pfeiffer: Emma Frost
Sam Neill: Hank McCoy/Beast
Julianne Moore: Jean Grey
Kate Beckinsale: Rogue
Heath Ledger: Angel
Jared Leto: Nightcrawler
Michael Clarke Duncan: Juggernaut
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Colossus
Dolph Lundgren: Sabretooth
Willem Dafoe: Toad
Leonardo Dicaprio: Ice Man
Stephen Dorff: Pyro
Laurence Fishburne: Bishop
Kate Winslet: Scarlet Witch