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The Animatrix


Alternative Titles

English: The Animatrix
Synonyms: Beyond, Detective Story, Matriculated, Program, The Second Renaissance, Final Flight of the Osiris, World Record, Kid's Story
Japanese: アニマトリックス

Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 9
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 3, 2003
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Warner Bros.
Studios: Madhouse, Studio 4°C
Source: Other
Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Duration: 10 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 7.341 (scored by 20,957 users)
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Ranked: #21682
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Popularity: #1282
Members: 42,791
Favorites: 162
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Episodes: /9

Synopsis

1. Final Flight of the Osiris
The crew of the Osiris discover an army preparing to invade Zion. While one crew member races inside the Matrix to get the message to Zion, the others try desperately to buy her enough time while fighting off an onslaught of Sentinels they can't possibly defeat.

2-3. The Second Renaissance Part 1 and 2
Humans have created the ultimate AI, which is just as smart as they are. But complications arise when these robots and the humans try to exist peacefully, and eventually all-out war breaks out. The humans ultimately lose the war, and become trapped in the Matrix as seen in the live-action films.

4. Kid's Story
A young man discovers that his world isn't real, that it's a computer-generated fantasy land created by robots using humans for energy. He escapes with the help of the hacker Neo. Based on the Matrix trilogy.

5. Program
Cis and Duo engage in battle in a virtual recreation of Feudal Japan.

6. World Record
While running the fastest race in his life, a champion track star breaks free of his computer-generated world for a small period of time. When he goes back to the real world, he has no memories and is placed in a nursing home. Based on the Matrix trilogy.

7. Beyond
While looking for her lost pet, a young woman meets up with some kids in Tokyo to play in a "haunted house," which is really a glitch in their computer world. Based on the Matrix trilogy.

8. Detective Story
A detective named Ash is called upon by a mysterious organization to hunt down the notorious hacker Trinity.

9. Matriculated
A group of scientists capture a robot and place it in a surreal fantasy world. When the robot's friends come in and kill most of the scientists; however, the robot and the last scientist remaining face isolation in the computer-generated world. Based on the Matrix trilogy.

(Source: ANN)

Background

The film won the 2003 Annie Award for Best Animated Home Entertainment Production.

Characters & Voice Actors

Yoko
Yoko
Main
Trinity
Trinity
Main
Tsuru, Hiromi
Japanese
Tsuru, Hiromi
Popper, Michael Karl
Popper, Michael Karl
Main
Jue
Jue
Main
Yuya, Atsuko
Japanese
Yuya, Atsuko

Staff

Arias, Michael
Arias, Michael
Producer
Tanaka, Eiko
Tanaka, Eiko
Producer
Takeuchi, Hiroaki
Takeuchi, Hiroaki
Producer
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Director, Script


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More reviewsReviews

creant
Jan 6, 2015
All the chapters add additional info about the Matrix, the internal behavior and the war on the real world.

I think that "Final Flight of the Osiris" follows the story told in the movies and gets all your attention.

"The Second Renaissance Part I" and "Part II" are very informative :)
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Ian_K
Mar 29, 2010
Anthologies of animated shorts based on Western properties have become something a big deal. In the past two years we've seen both Batman and Halo get this treatment, as well as the videogame Dante's Inferno. However, the Animatrix is still the gold standard of such works, even going so far as to outshine some of its source material.

The secret for the Animatrix's success is the talent that was poured into it. Some of the creative minds that worked on it include Mahiro Maeda (Gankutsuou), Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll), and Shinichirō Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop), in addition to some up-and-coming talents as well.

While the read more
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ratchet573
May 22, 2015
I’m not a big fan of The Matrix trilogy, one of the more mainstream science fiction spectacles of the past twenty years. When I was a kid, I loved it. It was my first R-rated movie, it was dark and edgy like any kid is bound to like, and it had neat martial arts action. But as I grew older I finally watched the second and third films and began to hate the series. Anymore, probably thirteen or so years after watching The Matrix for the first time, I think it’s overrated and I can’t see the appeal. It hasn’t aged well and that, on read more
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FallenAngelEyes
Mar 9, 2008
This review is for Beyond.

From a Matrix fan's point of view, I feel it's one of the weaker pieces of the collection. It wouldn't be able to really stand well on its own because there's not enough substance. However, in tandem with the rest of the shorts, I think it gives an interesting view into how the Matrix affects "normal" people's lives. It displays the extent of the Agents' and Machines' control over even the most seemingly innocuous areas of the system.

The art and animation were done quite well by Koji Morimoto, who did the art direction for Akira. The characters were a bit read more
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