Project Phase: Now Available!

Who Made It: Michael Arias (Producer); Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Director, “Program”); Takeshi Koike (Director, “A World Record”); Mahiro Maeda (Director, The Second Renaissance” Parts 1 and 2); Andy Jones (Director, “Final Flight of the Osiris”); Shinichiro Watanabe (Director, “Kid’s Story” & “A Detective Story”); Koji Morimoto (Directer, “Beyond”); Peter Chung (Director, “Matriculated”)

Studio: Warner Bros. (Distributer)

Production Company: Warner Bros.

Premise: Set as Prequels, and other stories within the Matrix, as well as a prelude to Matrix Reloaded.

Release Date: DVD-Available Now

Comments: “The Matrix” directors Andy and Larry Wachowski have asked anime directors to provide episodes inspired by the film.

Facts: Four of the nine short anime films were released on the official website in the months before “The Matrix Reloaded” is released in May 2003.

They include five stories from Andy and Larry.


Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D, Animatrix: “Program”) has an original story that he’s come up with. “The Matrix is a flat-out incredible experience both visually and on a narrative level.  It really manages to fuse a lot of disparate elements of cinema: you see why people love it so fanatically.  If really convinced me that a new breed of filmmaking had arrived.”

It takes place in a training program in a simulation, a Kurosawa-style ninja epic, that works its way back into the world that we know from the Matrix.

Takeshi Koike (Party 7, Trava, Animatrix: “A World Record”) written by Kawajiri, about a guy who by sheer physical power, breaks into the real world.

Mahiro Maeda (Blue Submarine No. 6, Animatrix: “The Second Renaissance” Parts 1 and 2) working on a prequel detailing the war between man and machines

Andy Jones (Square – Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Animatrix: “Final Flight of the Osiris”) working on a story by Larry and Andy Wachowski.  Square’s animatrix contribution was directed by Andy Jones, the animation supervisor for Final Fantasy

Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus, Animatrix: “Kid’s Story”, “Detective Story”) Shinichiro Watanabe was the director of both the Cowboy Bebop series and the movie, and it is considered one of the greatest Anime of all time.

Peter Chung (Aeon Flux, Animatrix: “Matriculated”) Peter Chung was the director of Aeon Flux, which appeared on MTV.

Koji Morimoto (Akira, Memories, Noisewan, Animatrix: “Beyond”) Koji Morimoto was involved in the production of the legendary Anime film “Akira.”

Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, Wicked City, Animatrix: “Program”) Koji Morimoto was involved in the production of the legendary Anime film “Akira.”