Andy Jones, Mahiro Maeda, Shinichiro Watanabe, Yos The Animatrix

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The Wachowski brothers, better known for The Matrix Series, while on a tour in Japan promoting one of their Matrix films, started pondering the idea of an anime series based on the idea behind the matrix. Ultimately, they decided that it would be more interesting and gripping if it were done in the form of a number of short films. Thus, Animatrix, the DVD, has a unique collection of 9 animated short films, created and directed by different directors.


The Animatrix series has a total of 7 directors and 5 writers. The episodes are:
  1. Final Flight of the Osiris
  2. The Second Renaissance Part 1
  3. The Second Renaissance Part 2
  4. Kid's Story
  5. Program
  6. World Record
  7. Beyond
  8. A Detective Story
  9. Matriculated
It would be nasty of me to outline the storyline for each episode, since the suspense is what makes each of the episodes more watchable. All I can say is that each episode is set as a prequel, or a subplot, to one of the Matrix films. The really interesting part is how each pair of director and writer has treated the material. But that comes below, in the Animation section.


The first 4 episodes were written by the Wachowski brothers themselves. The first episode, "Final Flight of the Osiris", was directed by Andy Jones. The only episode with complete computer generated animation, it fills in the gaps regarding the fate of the hovercraft Osiris, mentioned in the Matrix movies. Hence, this episode is more about the story, than a real anime. Fortunately, the Wachowski brothers correct this deviation in the following episodes, and leave the handling of their material in more capable hands.

The next 2 episodes, directed by Mahiro Maeda, features both hand-drawn animation and CGI. With an authentic Japanese anime director behind the wheel, "The Second Renaissance" episodes have a real feel of an anime, with dark foreboding imagery and the beginnings of a man-machine clash.

The fourth episode, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, sticks to the standard anime formula of focusing on a prime character, rather than a story. This episode takes one further away from the Hollywood feel of The Matrix, and delves deeper into the character and the story of "The Kid". The eighth episode was also directed by Watanabe.

The fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth episodes are directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Koji Morimoto and Peter Chung.


The entire DVD is a treasure trove for true Matrix fans, with delightful tid-bits and sub-plots with Neo and Trinity in the thick of the action. Even though the stories and treatment are vastly differing, it still takes you deep into the Matrix. The fact that renowned anime directors and writers are employed gives each episode slick production values and snappy music.

Four of the episodes are available on the official website and the DVD contains additional freebies including a documentary on Japanese animation, interviews with the directors and behind-the-scenes footage.

Keywords: The Matrix, short films animation keanu anime
Sound & Graphics Excellent
Entertainment Value Excellent
Replay Value Very Good
Plot Excellent
Genre Science Fiction, Action, Drama
Episodes 9
Studio Warner Home Video


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  1. 18/9/2007 4:47am
    1. nightboyz

      Join Date:
      September 2006
      Where sence means nothing...
      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 9
      Pros: Cool storys
      Cons: not all were great
      [COLOR="MediumTurquoise"]My all time favorit ep is "Program". Not just because its got my favorit drawing style but the storys unfore seen untill the end.[/COLOR]


      Kamen Rider....DECADE!!!

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