Next Club Meeting: May 25, 2013, at the Wood Dale Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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.
This site provides news, reviews, commentaries, and previews of the world of anime and everything it inspires, such as live-action films, comics, music, art, and other weird things to enjoy and contemplate.
In commemoration of the 10 years of Tomb Raider, GameTap did a special
celebration to coincide with the release of Tomb Raider: Anniversary.
Along with several interviews and a feature documentary, GameTap also
hired renowned talented artists to develop an animated series of 10
episodes inspired on Lara Croft's adventures. Minnie Driver, famed
English actress, is the voice actress of Lara Croft in this series.
Kei and Yuri are the two voluptuous members of Trouble Consultant
team 234, code named "Lovely Angels". Almost every mission they are
involved with ends up in disaster, but not failure (they'll catch the
crook, but a city may be destroyed in the process), and thus they are
more generally known as the "Dirty Pair", a nickname they hate. They are
always cleared of any wrongdoing by the 3WA's Central Computer because
the extreme damage is never actually their fault (though their mere
presence has been known to make things worse). In some but not all
continuities, they have joint ESP powers, usually limited to
precognition. This talent was the reason they were recruited in the
first place.(This is alluded to in the Adam Warren Collection "A Plague
Kei: a hot-headed tomboy with red hair and tanned skin who
wears a silver-white uniform. Favors large weaponry and prefers to
"shoot first, ask questions later". The more aggressive of the two, she
is also the bustier of the pair and is attracted to manly, muscular men.
Yuri: Japanese in ethnicity, wears a golden-yellow uniform.
Often uses non-gun weaponry such as energy whips. While the more
feminine of the two, she is known to become very violent when crossed.
She is the more bottom-heavy of the team and is also a coy flirt who
prefers cultured, refined men. Her most recognized weapon is the Bloody
Card, a technologically-enhanced throwing card that can be used to take
down several people at once. While Yuri often uses it in the novels, it
only appears in the anime a few times, once in Affair of Nolandia, in Flight 005 Conspiracy,
and in episode 6 of the OVA series. In that episode, it is used by
Madame Beryl instead of Yuri. In the comic series, it is used in the
stories "Biohazards" and "Start The Violence".
Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis, screenwriters of the new film TRON: Legacy, told BOXOFFCE that the forthcoming TRON
spinoff projects would offer a continuation of the mythology of the
movie series. "There's a 10-part micro series that will premiere next
summer that Eddie and I wrote," Horowitz said during an interview in Los
Angeles, Calif. "And we've also worked on a couple of episodes with the
series itself. We've hired an incredible team; we've got a guy running
the show named Charlie Bean who is an amazing director."
When asked whether the animated series will be part of the continuity
of the films, Kitsis said, "Absolutely. And we're treating it very
seriously." He explained that the events of the show will take place in
between the events of TRON and TRON: Legacy. "This
animated show will take place from when Flynn is in a safe house. It's
from when Clu takes over the grid to before when Sam comes in. So if you
were wondering what was the grid like before that, then watch the
Horowitz indicated that it will feature an eclectic cast of voice
actors, including the actor who played Tron in both films. "We hesitate
to tell too much just yet, but it will fill in the blanks of some
things, and also explore some new areas as well," he revealed. "Bruce
Boxleitner is in it, Elijah Wood, Linda Moore, Paul Reubens, Lance
Henriksen. I mean, we've got a really cool group of actors."
He also suggested that some of the stories might piggyback on
preliminary ideas that he and Kitsis developed for the film that didn't
make it into the final cut. "To give you an example of how we approached
storytelling sometimes is like when you're in the End of Line club,
when we first meet Castor and he's being berated by one of the patrons
saying, ‘I want an audience with Zuse.' His name is Bartik, and there's
an entire back story we have for him. The guy with him, his name is
Hopper, there's a whole thing between the two of them, what they are
doing in there, and how they got there. It's like over the years of
developing this movie, we developed all these mythologies and all these
back stories and all little tangential things."
Kitsis said that he and Horowitz came up with explanations for every
aspect of these peripheral characters, and that gives them a richer
mythology to draw upon for future stories. "Did we have time to do the
Bartik story? No. But now maybe the Bartik story is in the animated
know, he's got a huge scar on his face. I want to know how he got that
scar. We couldn't sit down and write that there's a guy with a scar on
his face without knowing what the scar was. So we hope it adds to the
depth of the movie. Our intention is to try and make something that is
more than just, let's go get something. We treat TRON very,
very seriously and as writers we try to have a reason and a world for
everything and not all of it gets to be shown because in this particular
movie, we only had two hours.
"[So] hopefully it fills in the blanks in and in a fun way and an intriguing way."
an animated project focusing on North Korea's prison camps.
"North Korea - The Worst Human Rights Crisis in the World Today." - Human Rights Watch
group of animators and human right activists from Japan are determined
to produce an animation film to inform, inspire, and empower others to
raise a voice against heinous human rights violations inside North
Korea's notorious concentration camps, where over 200,000 "violators"
are overworked, tortured, raped or publicly executed today.
"In the repatriation program in the 60's, more than 93,000 Japanese
Koreans left Japan to head to North Korea, which was promised by North
Korea leaders to be "Heaven on Earth." The main character's family was
one of the families who took the voyage to this "Heaven on Earth", to
dedicate their lives and wealth for the construction of what was meant
to be the greatest nation, and that would promote communist idealism.
peaceful days in Pyongyang enjoyed by the family abruptly ended with
the disappearance of the grandfather, and the main character's forced
transfer to Yudok concentration camp. Suffering through years of forced
labor, violence, and the loss of loved ones, the main character grows to
become a man from inside the concentration camp...."
On Nausicaa BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES: Blu-rayThe World of Ghibli Visit Nausicaa's world in this enchanted interactive experience -
Behind the Studio: Discover the film's fantastic origins in this
fascinating documentary, including an interview with Hayao Miyazaki. - Enter the Lands: Explore the many worlds of Studio Ghibli Blu-ray: Original Japanese Storyboards DVD:Behind the Microphone: With A-list voice talent DVD:The Birth Story of Studio Ghibli DVD:Original TV Trailers
Media Blasters Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit will be released on Blu-rau in February
On December 28, 1953, Chicago area kids were introduced to the whimsical
story of Suzy Snowflake "tap, tap, tappin'" on every windowpane, seen
on "Garfield Goose and Friends" then on WBBM-TV. Like "Hardrock, Coco
and Joe", Suzy too was brought to life by the stop-motion animators of
Centaur Productions. Norma Zimmer was Suzy's voice and the song was sung
by The Norman Luboff Choir, a premier studio group who recorded with
well-known artists, such as Frank Sinatra and Harry Belafonte. To
purchase this DVD in a digitally remastered format, visit The Museum of Broadcast Communications for more information.
This 1974 Christmas cartoon from Rankin-Bass is a Holiday classic. Based on the poem "t'was the night before
christmas" starring a mouse, an inventor, and a clock, who are all part of a plan to get Santa Claus to visit them for Christmas.
Keiichi Satou (Karas director, The Big O character/mechanical designer) is helming the project, and Masafumi Nishida overseeing Sunrise produced Tiger & Bunny featuring original design by Masakazu Katsura (Video Girl Ai, DNA², I''s, Zetman)
Ron is disappointed that his favorite TV Show, Snowman Hank, has been
replaced. Meanwhile, as a gift to Kim, Ron decides to foil Dr Drakken's
Christmas plot himself so that she can enjoy the time with her family.
But when he and Drakken get trapped in the North Pole, Kim, followed by
the Possibles, has to go round the globe to search for him. Ron
discovers that Drakken is a big fan of Snowman Hank and Drakken
temporarily embraces the spirit of Christmas after the rescue.
The DPJ’s only addition to the critical
portion of the law was a short rider which requests “prudent application
of the law in light of any artistic, social, scientific or satirical
merits the work might express” – it does not however add any legal
obligation to consider these, or establish any clear or indepdently
enforced criteria for judging whether a work can be declared “harmful”
Father Christmas is a 1991 animated short based on two books written by
Raymond Briggs: Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday,
published in 1973 and 1975 respectively. It was first aired in Britain
in 1991 on Channel 4, nine years after The Snowman, another animated
Briggs adaptation produced for the same channel.
Here is a segment from the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special featuring
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia singing an ode to "Life Day" - the Star
Wars Universe's answer to Christmas. This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, November 17th 1978.
The big-budget live-action version on the classic military sci-fi anime series opens
in Japanese theaters this week to rave reviews. This video clip reveals the opening scenes of the film as the Earth forces go head to head with the evil Gamillons. There's still no sign of a U.S. release date, but no doubt this will be a hit on American screens!
I know, adorable right? Despite its popularity, Amazon Danbo
figures are always in limited production therefore carries a scarcity
value. The market price is hence so high but people still buy those a
lot as well as its MINI ver.
upcoming "Star Wars" 'Kinect' third-person action video game revealed
during Microsoft's 'Project Natal' June 2010, is now set for a Christmas
2011 release, according to Kinect creative director Kudo Tsunoda.
for Xbox 360 is a "controller-free gaming and entertainment experience"
by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game platform, and may later be
supported by PCs via Windows 8.
think you could just easily imagine being a 'Jedi'," said Tsunoda,
"using Kinect to make you feel you're part of a 'Star Wars' experience,
building yourself up into a Jedi...its super compelling."
The LucasArts video game is currently being developed at the Terminal Reality company, in association with Infernal Engine.
Launched in North America, November 4, 2010, 'Kinect' is based
around a webcam-style add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console,
enabling users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the
need to touch a game controller, through a natural user interface using
gestures, spoken commands, or presented objects and images.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Star Wars Kinect"...
publisher VIZ media announces some new manga releases, like Naruto and
Vampire Knight, and other gift ideas just in time for Christmas
As November rolls on, the holiday shopping season is coming upon upon us. VIZ Media,
LLC, a North American licensor and publisher of manga, anime, and other
Japanese media has announced some new items just in time for the
Christmas list. VIZ Media's new releases include continuing volumes of
manga from some of their popular series, like Bleach and Naruto,
as well as guide books and new releases from the company's VIZ Kids
imprint. Some of these manga are currently available in stores, while
others will be released between November 16, 2010 and December 7, 2010.
Manga and Guidebooks from VIZ Media for the Holiday Season: Bleach, Naruto, and Vampire Knight
The latest volume of the supernatural manga, Bleach,
continues Ichigo's quest to rescue his friend Orihime from the Hollow
world. This volume will be released December 7, 2010 with an MSRP of
$9.99 US / $12.99 CAN. VIZ media has also recently released Color Bleach +: Official Bleach Bootleg, a guide book to Tite Kubo's manga series that includes a 66 page full-color manga.
Volume 49 of the popular ninja manga Naruto
brings together the five ninja leaders to discuss what they will do
about the dangerous group, the Akatsuki – and also what will happen with
Naruto's old friend, Sasuke. This volume is now available and carries
an MSRP of $9.99 US / $12.99 CAN. VIZ Media has also released the Naruto Illustration Book, with 100 pages of illustrations by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimot, as well as a pul-out double-sided poster and a sticker sheet.
The Vampire Knight Official Fanbook
is now available from VIZ Media, full of insider information and color
pages to keep fans of the supernatural romance busy, until volume 11
arrives on December 7, 2010. For those who have been waiting to get into
the Matsuri Hino's manga series, VIZ Media will also be releasing a box
set of the first 10 volumes of Vampire Knight on November 16,
2010, for $99.99 US / $115.00 CAN. The manga box set will include a
Cross Academy Day Class 2011 Planner and an illustrated case to keep the
VIZ Kids Manga For the Holiday Season: The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Panda Man, and Taro and the Magic Pencil
New manga volumes are being released through VIZ Media's VIZ Kids
imprint as well, just in time for Christmas shopping. The final volume
of The Legend of Zeldamanga, The Phantom Hourglass, is already available in stores. There are also two new Pokemon manga volumes coming: Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Adventure! volume 8 and Pokemon Adventures volume 10. All three volumes are rated 'A' for All Ages and carry an MSRP of $7.99 US / $9.99 CAN.
Another treat for Pokemon fans is the complete Pokemon Pocket Guide Box Set,
a complete guide to the over 490 Pokemon. This guide book carries an
MSRP of $14.99 US / $19.99 CAN and is now available in stores.
Also available from VIZ Kids are two new books meant to introduce kids to the world of comics. The Adventures of Panda Man: Panda Man to the Rescue and The Adventures of Taro: Taro and the Magic Pencil are full of both black-and-white and color illustrations, and mazes kids can complete to help move the story along.