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The Animatrix
The Animatrix
(アニマトリックス, Animatorikkusu) is a 2003 American–Japanese animated science fiction anthology film produced by the Wachowskis. It is a compilation of nine animated short films based on The Matrix
The Matrix
trilogy, which was written and directed by the Wachowskis. Four of the shorts were also written by the Wachowskis. The film details the backstory of the Matrix universe, including the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the titular Matrix.


1 Short film plots

1.1 "Final Flight of the Osiris" 1.2 "The Second Renaissance Part I" 1.3 "The Second Renaissance Part II" 1.4 "Kid's Story" 1.5 "Program" 1.6 "World Record" 1.7 "Beyond" 1.8 "A Detective
Story" 1.9 "Matriculated"

2 Production 3 Music 4 Release 5 Reception 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Short film plots[edit]

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"Final Flight of the Osiris"[edit] "Final Flight of the Osiris" was written by The Wachowskis
The Wachowskis
and directed by Andy Jones, with CG-animation production and design by Square Pictures, this segment is rated PG-13
by the MPAA
for "Sci-Fi Violence, Sensuality and Language". The short is a direct prequel leading into the events of The Matrix
The Matrix
Reloaded. Captain Thadeus (Kevin Michael Richardson) and Jue (Pamela Adlon) engage in a blindfolded sword fight in a virtual-reality dojo. With each slice of their swords, they remove another part of each other's clothing. Immediately after cutting the other down to their underwear, they lift their blindfolds to peek at the other. As the two are about to kiss, they are interrupted by an alarm and the simulation ends. In the next scene, the hovercraft Osiris is headed for Junction 21 when Robbie (Tom Kenny), the operator, picks up an army of Sentinels on his HR scans. The ship flees into an uncharted tunnel, where it encounters a smaller group of Sentinels patrolling the area. The crew members man the onboard guns and destroy the patrol. The ship then emerges on the surface, four kilometers directly above Zion
and close to the Sentinel army. There, the crew members see that the Machines are using gigantic drills to tunnel their way down to Zion. The Sentinel army soon detects the Osiris and pursues the ship. Thadeus decides Zion
must be warned, and his shipmate Jue volunteers to broadcast herself into the Matrix to deliver the warning while the ship is doggedly pursued. Knowing that they are not going to make it, Jue and Thadeus admit to peeking at each other in the VR simulation before kissing farewell. Entering the Matrix on a high rooftop, Jue jumps off and acrobatically makes her way down through power poles between two buildings. When she lands in the alley below, a ripple effect is created by her impact. She drops off a package into a mail box; the package sets the prologue for the video game Enter the Matrix. She attempts to contact Thadeus via a cell phone as the Osiris is overrun by Sentinels and crashes. The Sentinels tear their way into the ship. At the time of the call, Thadeus is making a last stand to hold off the Sentinels. Shortly after Jue says "Thadeus" over her cell phone, the Osiris explodes, destroying many of the pursuing Sentinels and the crew. In the Matrix, Jue falls to the ground, dead, her body having been destroyed on the ship. "The Second Renaissance Part I"[edit] "The Second Renaissance" is a two-part film directed by Mahiro Maeda. He used Bits and Pieces of Information written by The Wachowskis
The Wachowskis
as a prequel to the series as a base for the first part. The production is made by the Studio 4°C. In the early-to-mid twenty-first century, humanity successfully develops Artificial intelligence, and soon builds an entire race of sentient AI robots to serve them. Many of these robots are domestic servants meant to interact with humans, so they are built in "man's own image" (a humanoid form). With increasing numbers of people released from all labor, the human population has become lazy, arrogant, and corrupt. Despite this, the machines were content with serving humanity and, as the narrator states, "for a time, it [the status quo] was good". This phrase is a reference to one of the most famous phrases of Genesis, consistent with the Biblical references seen throughout the original Matrix films, and is one of numerous references to Genesis in particular present in "Second Renaissance". The relationship between humans and machines changes in the year 2090, when a domestic android is threatened by its owner. The android, named B1-66ER (a reference to Bigger Thomas), then kills the owner, his pets, and a mechanic instructed to deactivate the robot. This murder is the first incident of an artificially intelligent machine killing a human. B1-66ER is arrested and put on trial, but justifies the crime as self-defense, stating that it "simply did not want to die". During the trial scene, there is a voice-over of Clarence Drummond (the defense attorney; whose name is a dual reference to Clarence Darrow and Henry Drummond, the Darrow analogue from Inherit the Wind) quoting a famous line from the Dred Scott v. Sandford
Dred Scott v. Sandford
case in 1856 in his closing statement, which implicitly ruled that African Americans
African Americans
were not entitled to citizenship under United States law. Using this as a precedent, the prosecution argues that machines are not entitled to the same rights as human beings, and specifically that human beings have a right to destroy their property, while the defense urges the listener not to repeat history, and to judge B1-66ER as a human and not a machine (a longer version of Drummond's closing statement can be read in the comic Bits and Pieces of Information from The Matrix Comics Volume 1).

We think they are not, and were not intended to be included, under the word 'citizens' in the Constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for and secures to citizens of the United States. On the contrary, they were at that time considered as a subordinate and inferior class of beings...[2]

B1-66ER loses the court case and is destroyed. Across the industrialized world, mass civil disturbances erupt when robots along with their human supporters and sympathizers all rise in protest. Rioting and protests such as The Million Machine March unfold across the USA and the authorities start to use deadly force against the machines and their human supporters. World leaders fear a robot rebellion as well as a schism with humanity, and governments across the planet initiate a major program to destroy all humanoid machines. Some robots escape destruction, however, because humans still want or need them to produce things. The surviving robots leave in a mass exodus with the aid of their human allies[citation needed] and build their own new nation in the Mesopotamia
(according to the narration, "the cradle of civilization"). They name their new nation Zero One (or "01", the numerals used in binary notation). Zero One prospers, and the machines begin to produce efficient, highly advanced artificial intelligence that finds itself in all facets of global consumer products, which further bolsters the fledgling nation's economy, while the economies of high class human nations suffer severely. The United Nations Security Council
United Nations Security Council
calls an emergency economic summit at UN headquarters in New York City, resulting in UN delegates approving of a global economic blockade of Zero One. Zero One sends two ambassadors to the U.N. (which, at that time, has become the unified world government) to request the admission of their state to the United Nations, to peacefully solve the crisis, but their application is rejected. However, it is narrated, this would not be the last time the machines would take the floor there. World nations, their power waning, agree to start an economic blockade of Zero One. "The Second Renaissance Part II"[edit] United Nations
United Nations
aircraft unleash a massive nuclear bombardment on Zero One, devastating the nation, but failing to wipe out the robotic race, as the machines, unlike their former masters, were much less harmed by the radiation and heat. The robots retaliate by declaring war on the rest of the world, and their armies advance in all directions. The enemy human nations are hampered by the fact that so much of their industrial base had already become reliant upon Zero One, and one by one, mankind surrendered each of its territories. As the machines advance into Eastern Europe, the desperate human rulers seek a final solution, codenamed: "Operation Dark Storm", which will cover the sky in a shroud of nanites, blocking out the Sun to deprive the machines of their primary energy source.[3] To coincide with the deployment of Dark Storm, the human armies simultaneously launch a ground offensive against the robots. Heavy losses are suffered by both sides during the ensuing struggle, but the machines gradually gain the upper hand. The original robots are destroyed early on in the conflict, being armed with human weapons rather than the powerful weapons of the different, more sinister types to follow. Legions of new models of machines, no longer in humanoid form and appearing more like the insectoid or cephalopod-like Sentinels and others of the Matrix films, overrun the human armies. This coincides with the destruction of original man-made robots at the hands of the enemy human forces and, as a result, the further dehumanization of the rapidly emerging machine collective.[original research?] Seeing the machines as their only hope of surviving and winning the war, the human allies offer themselves to their machine protectors as an alternative power source. Knowing there is no other choice, the machines accept this as both their only chance and a symbol of their eternal union. As the machine armies, now armed with their new power source via their new symbiotic union with their human allies, swarm across the enemy human defenses; the United Nations, in desperation, fires numerous nuclear warheads directly at the machine armies, vaporizing their own troops in the process. The machine-human armies eventually unleash lethal biological weapons which further ravage humanity who, by then, have grown weary, tired, and incapable of continuing the war and promptly surrender despite the United Nations' demands for the war to continue. Mankind surrenders at the United Nations
United Nations
headquarters, with the representative of Zero One stating "Your flesh is a relic, a mere vessel. Hand over your flesh, and a new world awaits you. We demand it." After the terms of surrender are signed, Zero One's representative detonates a hidden hydrogen bomb within itself, destroying the UN headquarters and New York City. The machines, having won a Pyrrhic victory, turn to the defeated humans, and begin utilizing the bio-electric, chemical and kinetic energy of the human body. While the machines were more than capable of generating power from alternative power sources, the collective sedation of humankind was a final act of mercy to keep the humans down without outright destroying them. To keep their prisoners sedated, the machines create the computer-generated virtual reality of the Matrix, by feeding the virtual world into the prisoners' brains, starting with the first prototype Matrix. "Kid's Story"[edit] "Kid's Story" was written and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe
Shinichiro Watanabe
(based on a story by The Wachowskis), with animations by Shinya Ohira and Shinji Hashimoto
Shinji Hashimoto
production design by Studio 4°C, Tokyo. It is the only one of the animated shorts contained in The Animatrix
The Animatrix
in which Neo appears. The scene takes place during the six-month gap between The Matrix
The Matrix
and The Matrix: Reloaded, during which time Neo has joined the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar and is helping the rebels to free other humans from the Matrix. Kid (Clayton Watson) is a disaffected teenager who feels there is something wrong with the world, frequenting hacker chat rooms[citation needed] on the internet and wondering if he is alone and questioning about reality. In school, he absent-mindedly scribbles "Neo lives" and other references to Morpheus and Trinity in his notebook. That day, he receives a call from his turned-off cell phone, warning him that a band of Agents is coming for him and is chased through his high school, before ultimately being cornered on the roof. He asserts his faith in Neo, and throws himself from the roof, whereupon the other characters are shown holding his funeral. The scene fades up from black as the Kid awakens in the real world to see Neo and Trinity watching over him. They remark that he has achieved "self substantiation" (removing oneself from the Matrix without external aid), which was considered impossible. In both the scene itself and The Matrix
The Matrix
Reloaded, however, the Kid seems to believe it was Neo's actions, not his own, that saved him. "Program"[edit] "Program" was written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Yoshiaki Kawajiri
and produced by Madhouse. The character designs were done by Yutaka Minowa. It follows the protagonist, "Cis" (Hedy Burress), who is engaged in her "favorite simulation": a battle program set in feudal Japan. After she successfully eliminates an attacking enemy cavalry, a lone samurai appears whom Cis recognizes as "Duo" (Phil LaMarr). "Cis" made her first appearance as an image in The Matrix
The Matrix
Revisited. Initially, the two duel as allies, testing one another's fighting abilities. During the course of their duel, Duo briefly disarms Cis. He questions her concentration and wonders whether she regrets taking the Red
Pill that took them out of the "peaceful life of the virtual world". They continue fighting until she finally overpowers Duo and is poised for the 'kill'. It is at this point that Duo states that he has "something to say". She sarcastically assumes that he wants to propose [marriage]; but instead he admits a desire to return to the Matrix; incredulous, Cis nevertheless responds that doing so is impossible as 'the truth' is already known to them, forbidding their re-integration. Duo reasons that reality is harsh and that he is tired of it. He adds that the Machines can make the both of them forget the truth. Duo then states that he has contacted the Machines. He asks Cis to return with him to the Matrix, but she continues to refuse. As Duo becomes more aggressive in his arguments for returning, Cis attempts to escape while simultaneously warding off his attacks. Becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the situation, Cis requests an operator in order to exit the simulation. Duo tells her that no one can hear her and reiterates that it "is already done...[the machines] are on their way". Thereafter their fighting becomes much more serious and forceful as they move from rooftop to rooftop. Duo, in a flying leap, attacks her from above with his sword. As the blade comes towards her, Cis, standing her ground, concentrates and halts its forward motion inches from her face and breaks it. She takes the broken end of the blade and thrusts it into Duo. Duo states his love for her as he dies. Suddenly, she wakes from the program and discovers that the encounter with Duo was a test program devised for training purposes. A man named "Kaiser" (John DiMaggio) unsuccessfully assures her that she acted appropriately during the test and met the test's targets. Clearly upset, she punches him in the face and walks away. He remarks that "aside from that last part", she passed the test. "World Record"[edit] "World Record" was created by Madhouse and directed by Takeshi Koike, with a screenplay by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The beginning of this short includes a short narration from the Instructor (implying that this short is a Zion
Archive file)[original research?] explaining details behind the discovery of the Matrix by "plugged-in" humans. Only exceptional humans tend to become aware of the Matrix: those who have "a rare degree of intuition, sensitivity, and a questioning nature", all qualities which are used to identify inconsistencies in the Matrix. This is not without exceptions, given that "Some attain this wisdom through wholly different means." The story is about Dan Davis, a track athlete, who is competing in the 100 m in the Summer Olympic Games. He has set a world record time of 8.99 seconds, but his subsequent gold medal was revoked for drug use. He decides to compete again and break his own record to "prove them wrong." Despite support from his father and a young reporter, Dan's trainer tells him that he is physically unfit to race and that pushing himself too hard will cause a career-ending injury. Dan is adamant on racing. On the day of the race, he is monitored by four Agents located in the stadium. The race begins and Dan starts off strong. However, the muscles in his leg violently rupture, putting him at a setback and scaring many of the people in the stands. Through strong willpower, Dan ignores the injury and runs much faster than he did before, easily passing the other athletes. Before he can cross the finish line, the Agents detect that his signal is getting unstable in the Matrix due to his massive burst of energy. Three of the agents possess the three closest runners and try to stop him, but are unable to catch up to him. The pressure energy causes Dan's real-world counterpart (in the power-station pods) to rip apart the plug connecting him to the Matrix, causing him to see the real world through his pod. A Sentinel employs electrical restraints to secure him back in his pod. Dan's mind is thrown back into the Matrix, but his body is exhausted from the race and what he has just seen, causing him to tumble to the ground at high speeds. Despite this, he easily wins the race and breaks his original time of 8.99 seconds with a time of 8.72 seconds. The next scene shows a crippled Dan being wheeled through a hospital. A nearby agent calls his other agents to tell them that they erased Dan's memory of the race and that he will never walk again, nor be an issue for them. However, Dan quietly whispers the word "Free", angering the agent. Dan then effortlessly stands, breaking the metal screws that bind his restraints to his wheelchair, and takes a few steps before falling down again and being helped up by a nurse. "Beyond"[edit] "Beyond" is written and directed by Kōji Morimoto and produced by Studio 4°C. It follows a teenage girl, Yoko (Hedy Burress), looking for her cat Yuki. While asking around the neighborhood, evidently somewhere in Mega City that resembles Japan, she meets some younger boys. One of them tells her Yuki is inside a "haunted house" where they usually play. The children have stumbled across an amalgamation of anomalies within an old, dilapidated building. They have learned to exploit them (revealed to be glitches in the Matrix) for their own enjoyment, through several areas which seem to defy real-world physics: glass bottles reassemble after being shattered, rain falls from a sunny sky, broken lightbulbs flicker briefly (during which they seem intact), a door which opens into an endless dark void, shadows which do not align with their physical origins, and a dove's feather that rotates rapidly in place in mid-air. There is a large open space in the middle of the run-down building where they take turns jumping off a high point and falling towards the ground, yet somehow stopping inches before impact. This proves amusing and they do not seem to be bothered by the inherent strangeness of the place. Throughout the film, brief sequences show that Agents are aware of the problem in the Matrix, and a truck is seen driving toward the site to presumably deal with the problem. It arrives while the children are still playing, and an Agent-led team of "rodent exterminators" moves in to clear everybody out of it. The story ends when Yoko and the others return to the area the next day and find the site has been turned into an unremarkable parking lot. They unsuccessfully attempt to re-create the bizarre occurrences of yesterday and soon go in search of something else to do. "A Detective
Story"[edit] "A Detective
Story" is written and directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, with animation by Kazuto Nakazawa and is a direct prequel to the first film[citation needed]. It is produced by Studio 4°C. It follows the story of a private detective, Ash (James Arnold Taylor), on what he calls the "case to end all cases". Ash dreamed to follow the steps of hard-boiled characters Sam Spade
Sam Spade
and Philip Marlow
Philip Marlow
but is a down-on-his-luck detective. One day, he receives an anonymous phone call to search for a hacker going by the alias "Trinity" (Carrie-Anne Moss). Ash traces Trinity and learns that other detectives have failed in the same task before him; one committed suicide, one went missing, and one went insane. He then attempts to speak with the insane detective but cannot get anything substantial out of him. Eventually Ash finds Trinity after deducing that he should communicate using phrases and facts from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She proposes a meeting, and he successfully finds the location. At the meeting she removes a "bug" from his eye, planted by Agents earlier in an "eye exam dream." Agents appear and attempt to apprehend Trinity in a shoot-out with her and Ash. While the two fugitives are trying to escape the train, an Agent attempts to take over Ash's body, forcing Trinity to shoot him in order to prevent the Agent from appearing. Ash is wounded, whereupon he and Trinity bid farewells without malice. Trinity escapes, telling Ash that she thinks he could have handled the truth. Agents enter the car to find Ash, who points his gun at them while looking in the other direction and lighting a cigarette. The Agents turn to Ash who, even though he is armed, will likely die. With this apparent no-win situation, the film ends with Ash's line ("A case to end all cases") as his lighter flame goes out. "Matriculated"[edit] "Matriculated" was written and directed by director Peter Chung, widely known for his work on Aeon Flux. It is produced by DNA Productions. The film starts with one of the humans looking out over the sea, watching for incoming machines. The film deals with a group of above-ground human rebels who lure hostile intelligent machines to their laboratory in order to capture them and insert them into a "matrix" of their own design. Within this matrix, the humans attempt to teach the captured machines some of the positive traits of humanity, primarily compassion and empathy. The ultimate goal of this project is to help the intelligent machines develop free will in order to overcome their original "search-and-destroy" programming, rather than reprogramming it by force. The rebels' hope is that, once converted of its own volition (a key point discussed in the film), an "enlightened" machine will assist Zion
in its struggle against the machine-controlled totalitarianism which currently dominates the Earth. After capturing one of the most intelligent "runner" robots, the rebels insert the machine into their matrix. The experience of the robot leads it to believe it may have an emotional bond with one of the female rebels, Alexa (Melinda Clarke). However, the rebel laboratory is attacked by the Machine reinforcements. The rebels unplug themselves to defend their headquarters, along with the help of other captured machines (indicated by the machine's mechanical eyes changing from red to green). However the rebels and the attacking machines are killed or destroyed, except the single Runner robot. The robot plugs the dying Alexa into the rebels' matrix with itself. Much to the Runner's dismay, when Alexa realizes she is trapped inside the matrix with the robot, she is horrified and her avatar dissolves screaming as she clutches her head, and the robot exits from the rebels' matrix to see a motionless Alexa in front of him in the real world. The film ends with the "converted" robot standing outside, looking out over the sea, the same shot used at the intro with Alexa, as the robot pulled her consciousness into his hardware.[citation needed] Production[edit] Development of the Animatrix project began when the film series' writers and directors, The Wachowskis, were in Japan
promoting the first Matrix film. While in the country, they visited some of the creators of the anime films that had been a strong influence on their work, and decided to collaborate with them.[4] The Animatrix
The Animatrix
was conceived and overseen by the Wachowskis, but they only wrote four of the segments themselves, and did not direct any of their animation; most of the project's technical side was overseen by notable figures from the world of Japanese animation. The English language
English language
version of The Animatrix
The Animatrix
was directed by Jack Fletcher, who brought on board the project the voice actors who provided the voices for the English version of Square Enix's Final Fantasy X, including Matt McKenzie, James Arnold Taylor, John DiMaggio, Tara Strong, Hedy Burress, and Dwight Schultz. The English version also features the voices of Victor Williams
Victor Williams
(TV's The King of Queens), Melinda Clarke
Melinda Clarke
(TV's The O.C.), Olivia d'Abo
Olivia d'Abo
(TV's The Wonder Years), Pamela Adlon
Pamela Adlon
(TV's King of the Hill), and Kevin Michael Richardson of the Xbox game Halo 2, who also plays the voice of the Deus Ex Machina in The Matrix
The Matrix
Revolutions. The characters Neo, Trinity, and Kid also appear, with their voices provided by their original actors Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss
Carrie-Anne Moss
and Clayton Watson. Music[edit] Main article: The Animatrix: The Album The soundtrack was composed by Don Davis, Machine Head and Photek. Several electronic music artists are featured, including Juno Reactor and Adam Freeland. Release[edit] Four of the films were originally released on the series' official website; one (Final Flight of the Osiris) was shown in cinemas with the film Dreamcatcher. The others first appeared with the VHS
and DVD release of all nine shorts on June 3, 2003. The DVD
also includes the following special features:

A documentary on Japanese animation. The on-screen title is "Scrolls to Screen: A Brief History of Anime," but in the DVD
menu and packaging, and on the series' official website, it is referred to as "Scrolls to Screen: The History and Culture of Anime." Seven featurettes with director profiles, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage of each of the films. Audio commentaries on World Record, Program, and both parts of The Second Renaissance A trailer for the video game Enter the Matrix.

To coincide with the DVD
release, a print of the film premiered in June 2003 in New York City
New York City
at the New York Tokyo
Film Festival.[5] It was broadcast on Adult Swim
Adult Swim
on April 17, 2004 (albeit with edits done to remove nudity and gory violence in The Second Renaissance, parts I and II), and has received airplay on Teletoon several months after its American broadcast. In the UK, Final Flight of the Osiris was broadcast on Channel 5 just before the DVD
release, along with The Second Renaissance Parts 1 and 2, Kid's Story and World Record broadcast after the DVD
release. In May 2006, The Animatrix
The Animatrix
was aired in Latin America and in Spain by Cartoon Network on Toonami. The Animatrix
The Animatrix
was also screened in select cinemas around the world for a short period of time, a week or two before the sequel The Matrix Reloaded, as a promotional event. One day before the release of The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Reloaded
on cinemas the Brazilian television channel SBT, which have a contract with Warner Brothers, aired the Final Flight of the Osiris, after airing The Matrix, to promote the movie. Same thing happened on French TV (France 2). The cinema running order for The Animatrix
The Animatrix
(at least in Australia) differed from the DVD
release, placing the Final Flight of the Osiris last instead of first. The cinema release-order:

The Second Renaissance, Part I (June 3, 2003) The Second Renaissance, Part II (June 7, 2003) Kid's Story (June 14, 2003) Program (June 21, 2003) World Record (July 5, 2003) Beyond (July 12, 2003) A Detective
Story (August 30, 2003) Matriculated (September 20, 2003) Final Flight of the Osiris
Final Flight of the Osiris
(September 27, 2003)

To coincide with the Blu-ray edition of The Ultimate Matrix Collection, The Animatrix
The Animatrix
was also presented for the first time in high definition. The film was released on the 4 Film Favorites WB Collection along with the Trilogy on October 14, 2008. Reception[edit] The Animatrix
The Animatrix
received mostly positive reviews from critics. It has a freshness rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.[6] Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime
Movies stated that "unlike many heavily promoted franchise movies, it justifies its hype". She praised Maeda's Second Renaissance, noting that it "foreshadows the dazzling visual inventiveness of his later Gankutsuou".[7] See also[edit]

Simulated reality


^ "THE ANIMATRIX (15)". British Board of Film Classification. June 5, 2003. Retrieved May 18, 2015.  ^ This is a quotation from Dred Scott v. Sandford, spoken by the defense at the trial of B1-66ER in Part I. ^ Maeda confirms the references to Eastern Europe and that Dark Storm is a nanite cloud in the DVD
commentary. ^ "What is The Animatrix?" feature on The Matrix
The Matrix
Revisited DVD. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 19, 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2008.  ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Rottentomatoes.com. 2003-06-03. Retrieved 2014-07-28.  ^ McCarthy, Helen. 500 Essential Anime
Movies: The Ultimate Guide. — Harper Design, 2009. — P. 40. — 528 p. — ISBN 978-0061474507

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(1981) Haguregumo
(1982) Harmagedon (1983) Unico
in the Island of Magic (1983) Barefoot Gen (1983) Lensman (1984) The Dagger of Kamui (1985) Barefoot Gen 2
Barefoot Gen 2
(1986) Phoenix: Ho-ō (1986) Toki no Tabibito: Time Stranger (1986) Wicked City (1987) Neo Tokyo
(1987) Twilight of the Cockroaches
Twilight of the Cockroaches
(1987) Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is the Sea of Stars (1988)


A Wind Named Amnesia
A Wind Named Amnesia
(1990) Urusei Yatsura: Always, My Darling (1991) Ninja Scroll
Ninja Scroll
(1993) Anne no Nikki
Anne no Nikki
(1995) Memories (segment Stink Bomb) (1995) Yawara!
- Zutto Kimi no Koto ga (1996) X (1996) Perfect Blue (1997) Clover (1999) Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie (1999)


Cardcaptor Sakura
Cardcaptor Sakura
Movie 2: The Sealed Card (2000) Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000) Metropolis (2001) Millennium Actress
Millennium Actress
(2001) Di Gi Charat - A Trip to the Planet (2001) WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002) Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road (2003) Nasu: Summer in Andalusia (2003) Tokyo
Godfathers (2003) The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) Paprika (2006) Cinnamon the Movie (2007) Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007) Piano no Mori
Piano no Mori
(2007) Hells (2008) Summer Wars
Summer Wars
(2009) Mai Mai Miracle
Mai Mai Miracle
(2009) Redline (2009) Yona Yona Penguin (2009)


Trigun: Badlands Rumble (2010) The Tibetan Dog (2011) The Princess and the Pilot
The Princess and the Pilot
(2011) Wolf Children
Wolf Children
(2012) Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge (2013) Death Billiards (2013) Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission (2013) No Game No Life: Zero (2017) Kimi no Koe o Todoketai (2017)

Television series


Nobody's Boy: Remi (1977–1978) Treasure Island (1978–1979) Galactic Patrol Lensman (1984–1985) Yawara!
(1989–1992) DNA²
(1994) Azuki-chan
(1995–1998) Trigun
(1998) Cardcaptor Sakura
Cardcaptor Sakura
(1998–2000) Master Keaton
Master Keaton
(1998–2000) Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden (1998–1999) Super Doll Licca-chan (1998–1999) Pet Shop of Horrors
Pet Shop of Horrors
(1999) Jubei-chan: The Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch (1999) Di Gi Charat (1999–2001) Reign: The Conqueror (1999) Magic User's Club
Magic User's Club
(1999) Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden V (1999–2000)


Boogiepop Phantom
Boogiepop Phantom
(2000) Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran (2000) Hidamari no Ki
Hidamari no Ki
(2000) Sakura Wars (2000) Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! (2000–2002) Beyblade
(2001) Galaxy Angel
Galaxy Angel
(2001–2004) Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars (2001) Chance Pop Session (2001) Magical Meow Meow Taruto
Magical Meow Meow Taruto
(2001) X (2001–2002) Aquarian Age: Sign for Evolution (2002) Chobits
(2002) Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
(2002) Pita-Ten
(2002) Dragon Drive
Dragon Drive
(2002–2003) Hanada Shōnen Shi (2002–2003) Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat (2002) Rizelmine
(2002) Mirage of Blaze
Mirage of Blaze
(2002) Ninja Scroll: The Series (2003) Texhnolyze (2003) Gungrave (2003–2004) Gunslinger Girl (2003–2004) Uninhabited Planet Survive!
Uninhabited Planet Survive!
(2003–2004) Di Gi Charat Nyo! (2003–2004) Gokusen (2004) Jubei-chan: The Counter Attack of Siberia Yagyu (2004) Paranoia Agent
Paranoia Agent
(2004) Tenjho Tenge
Tenjho Tenge
(2004) Monster (2004–2005) BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (2004–2005) Sweet Valerian
Sweet Valerian
(2004) Strawberry 100% (2005) Akagi (2005–2006) Paradise Kiss (2005) Oku-sama wa Joshi Kōsei (2005)


Kiba (2006–2007) Strawberry Panic!
Strawberry Panic!
(2006) NANA (2006–2007) The Story of Saiunkoku (2006–2008) Black Lagoon
Black Lagoon
(2006) Yume Tsukai (2006) Otogi-Jūshi Akazukin
Otogi-Jūshi Akazukin
(2006–2007) Kemonozume
(2006) A Spirit of the Sun
A Spirit of the Sun
(2006) Death Note
Death Note
(2006–2007) Tokyo
Tribe 2 (2006–2007) Claymore (2007) Oh! Edo Rocket (2007) Princess Resurrection
Princess Resurrection
(2007) Dennō Coil
Dennō Coil
(2007) Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry
(2007) Shigurui (2007) Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji (2007–2008) Neuro: Supernatural Detective
(2007–2008) Mokke
(2007–2008) MapleStory (2007–2008) Ani*Kuri15
(animated sequence) (2007–2008) Chi's Sweet Home
Chi's Sweet Home
(2008–2009) Allison & Lillia (2008) Kamen no Maid Guy (2008) Top Secret ~The Revelation~ (2008) Kaiba
(2008) Ultraviolet: Code 044 (2008) Casshern Sins
Casshern Sins
(2008–2009) Kurozuka (2008) Mōryō no Hako
Mōryō no Hako
(2008) One Outs
One Outs
(2008–2009) Stitch!
(2008–2010) Chaos;Head (2008) Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger (2009) Rideback (2009) Sōten Kōro
Sōten Kōro
(2009) Needless
(2009) Kobato
(2009–2010) Aoi Bungaku (2009)


Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin (2010) The Tatami Galaxy
The Tatami Galaxy
(2010) Highschool of the Dead
Highschool of the Dead
(2010) Marvel Anime
(2010–2011) Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku-hen (2011) Hunter × Hunter
Hunter × Hunter
(2011–2014) Chihayafuru
(2011–2013) The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
(2012) Btooom!
(2012) Photo Kano (2013) Sunday Without God
Sunday Without God
(2013) Hajime no Ippo: Rising (2013–2014) Ace of Diamond
Ace of Diamond
(2013–2016) Magical Warfare
Magical Warfare
(2014) The Irregular at Magic High School
The Irregular at Magic High School
(2014) No Game No Life
No Game No Life
(2014) Hanayamata (2014) Parasyte
-the maxim- (2014–2015) Death Parade
Death Parade
(2015) My Love Story!!
My Love Story!!
(2015) Overlord (2015–present) One-Punch Man
One-Punch Man
(2015) Prince of Stride: Alternative (2016) Alderamin on the Sky
Alderamin on the Sky
(2016) All Out!!
All Out!!
(2016–2017) ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. (2017) A Place Further than the Universe
A Place Further than the Universe
(2018) Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (2018) Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei! (2018) Boogiepop and Others
Boogiepop and Others



Wounded Man (1986–1988) Phoenix: Yamato / Space (1987) Bride of Deimos
Bride of Deimos
(1988) Demon City Shinjuku
Demon City Shinjuku
(1988) Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
(1988–1989) The Enemy's the Pirates! (1989) (episodes 1 and 2) Goku Midnight Eye
Goku Midnight Eye


Cyber City Oedo 808
Cyber City Oedo 808
(1990–1991) Record of Lodoss War (1990–1991) Devil Hunter Yohko
Devil Hunter Yohko
(1990–1995) Doomed Megalopolis (1991–1992) Yawara!
Soreyuke Koshinuke Kizzu (1992) Tokyo
Babylon (1992–1994) Zetsuai 1989
Zetsuai 1989
(1992, 1994) Battle Angel (1993) Mermaid's Scar (1993) The Cockpit (segment Slipstream) (1993) Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals (1994) Phantom Quest Corp.
Phantom Quest Corp.
(1994–1995) Clamp in Wonderland (1994, 2007) Spirit Warrior (1994) Bio Hunter
Bio Hunter
(1995) Birdy the Mighty
Birdy the Mighty
(1996–1997) Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (1997–1998) Twilight of the Dark Master (1997)


Space Pirate Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey (2002–2003) Trava: Fist Planet (2003) The Animatrix
The Animatrix
(animated sequence) (2003) Hajime no Ippo: Mashiba vs. Kimura (2003) Lament of the Lamb
Lament of the Lamb
(2003–2004) Aquarian Age: The Movie (2003) Di Gi Charat Theater - Leave it to Piyoko! (2003) Tsuki no Waltz
Tsuki no Waltz
(2004) Otogi-Jūshi Akazukin
Otogi-Jūshi Akazukin
(2005) Last Order: Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy
VII (2005) Nasu: A Migratory Bird with Suitcase (2007) Batman: Gotham Knight (animated sequence) (2008) Hellsing
Ultimate V-VII (2008–2009)


Supernatural: The Anime
Series (2011) Arata-naru Sekai (2012) Iron Man: Rise of Technovore (2013) Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)

Video games

Earnest Evans
Earnest Evans
(1991) Wild Arms (1996) Solatorobo: Red
the Hunter (2010) Persona 2: Eternal Punishment PSP OP (2012) Persona 4 Golden OP (2012) Persona 4 Arena
Persona 4 Arena
OP (2012) Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (2013) Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (2014)


Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 174358828 LCCN: n2010009696 GN