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The Animatrix

For those who don't know, the Animatrix is a series of nine short anime films based on the Matrix. The segments are directed by various luminaries in the world of anime, such as the directors of Cowboy Bebop and Ninja Scroll.

I won't go into too much detail on each segment, but most of them were very good with a few that were excellent and only one or two clunkers. In some cases the actual content of each short is unremarkable, but the compelling visuals more than make up for it. When I say "compelling visuals", I'm not just talking about gratiuitous eye candy. I'm talking about some visual storytelling that made me proud to be a fan of animation.

While I love anime it tends to all fall within a very narrow range stylistically- even the work of the greatest directors like Miyazaki. In the Animatrix I was genuinely amazed at what these anime directors were able to pull off when they didn't have to worry about selling toys, or animating an entire seasons' worth of episodes. They were free to experiment with entirely new styles of animation and even when the results don't entirely work, they're interesting failures.

More often than not, however, they succeed. I'd recommend this movie to anybody who's interested in the world of the Matrix, even if they thought the second movie sucked like I did. It's especially recommended to anybody who considers themselves a more serious fan of animation and wants to see some visual experiementation you don't normally see in anime!

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