Anime News Network (US), November 14, 2001
More Information on the upcoming Matrix Anime
The Matrix has enjoyed a great deal of success since its release. A lot of speculation about just what was in store for the movie's two sequels has created a lot of rumors about the upcoming Animation series.
Next week will see the release of the Matrix Revisited DVD. The DVD is a "making of" DVD that also imparts a great deal of information about "Animatrix", the anime series based off the movie.
Animatrix will be 5 short films about how Earth went from here to there. The stories will detail events that caused the rise of machines to be the dominant rulers of the planet and how they were created.
The series will bring some of most reknowned Japanese Anime talent. Micheal Arias will be producing the series as a whole, but each film will have it's own staff, writers, and artists. He is best known for working on one the Halloween movies. His experience in Anime may be lacking, but to make up for that they have a plethora of talent to help him out.
Yoshiaki Kawajiri of Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D fame will be directing one of the films. Yoshiaki Kawajiri of Madhouse Studio says he thinks that the Matrix is a "flat-out incredible experience both visually and on a narrative level. It conviced me that a new breed of Film making had arrived". This film takes place in a simulated training program heavy in the Ninja department and eventually ends up leading back to the bleak desolate world of the Matrix.
Yoshiaki Kawajiri is also working on a second episode. The second episode is about a man who is able to break through the viel of the Matrix into the real world by pure stregth alone. He is also joined by Takeshi Koike, an animator at Madhouse Studios.
Another episode is being directed by Mahiro Maeda, director of Blue Submarine No. 6, and is a "prequel" of sorts to the first Matrix movie. His work will tell the story of the war between humanity and the machines.
Another of the episodes will be produced by Square, makers of the Final Fantasy Movie. The film will use the technology created and used in the FInal Fantasy Movie.
The animes will be released on a regular basis in about a year as a precurser to the second Matrix Movie. They will be on DVD, but it is suggested that they may also be streamed across the internet. The information on the medium is not yet set in stone.