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Batman: Gotham Knight

Batman: Gotham Knight

Batman: a name known throughout the streets of Gotham City, a name kids tell urban legends about and criminals fear. Batman continues to purge Gotham City from the filth that is roaming the streets. After having received Lt. Gordon’s complete trust, he is implicated in all kinds of police affairs, the first of which is the capture of the mysterious robber referred to as the "man in black". Through this ordeal and many others including an encounter with the Killer Croc and Scarecrow, Batman will try to find out more about the dark city’s underground and make his way to become Gotham’s Dark Knight.

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AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

Animatrix and Gotham Knight both have the same basic feel of individual stories told in a grim and gritty world. Some are uplifting, some are depressing, and some just leave you wondering. If you liked the feeling of loss and desperation in Animatrix, but crave for someone to protect it, then I highly recommend Gotham Knight.

ihaveshoos ihaveshoos says...

Batman: Gotham Knight and the Animatrix both take recognisable characters from a much larger franchise and build a series of animated shorts around them. This means both series are broadly episodic but still enjoyable despite or because of this.

The style of animation varies in each short meaning that each episode in both series offers something new and different, although similar studios are used. An example of this would be Studio 4.C Tokyo doing A Kid's Story in the Animatrix and Have I Got A Story For You in Batman: GK.

My personal favourites are Have I Got A Story For You in Batman: GK and Beyond in the Animatrix.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

Two shows that I think are perfect for someone who has a very wide range of tastes in anime. From very different animation styles, to the emotional reactions caused by each mini episode.

Both are based on an American series, but feature visuals from Japanese studios. The result is an easy watch that compliments the original movies perfectly.

If you enjoy a little back story and beautiful animation, I highly recommend both of these shows.

VenomTheEvil VenomTheEvil says...

The aniatrix is also a short OVA series with meny short storys both show diffrant art style and ways of story telling it is somewhat flawed but I loved both for those reasons.

Kari5 Kari5 says...

Both these shows are several mini stories, based off american movies (Batman and The Matrix). They have farmiliar characters from the movies, which is perfect for fans, expecially american ones. Because the shows are based off american media, there's a feel of american animation, along with japanese animation.

8bitpontiff 8bitpontiff says...

Both OVAs have the same premise: 6 different anime studios put their spin on a pre-existing American franchise.  It is interesting to see new perspectives on well-established worlds.  Both OVAs feature top-notch animation and voice tallent.  Both are good jumping-off points for someone new to anime.

Anathemus Anathemus says...

These series of short OVA's are very similar in terms of design and production, both relating short stories of the Matrix and Batman universe, giving them some more background. Each episode are produced by different studios with a different artwork. Both packs are very enjoyable to watch even if you're not a big fan of the main sources.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

In the year 2065, life on Earth is almost extinct due to an invasion of creatures known as "Phantoms." Only a few cities remain in the midst of a wasteland, which are shielded by barriers that the spirit-like Phantoms cannot cross. While the brilliant scientist Aki Ross and her mentor Dr. Sid want to find a way to peacefully end the conflict with the Phantoms, the military would prefer to fire a space cannon to eradicate the mysterious life forms from the planet – though Earth might be destroyed in the process. In a race against time, can Aki and Dr. Sid find a solution before the cannon is fired?

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sothis sothis says...

Though Animatrix is remarkably more dark and varied as far as the animation goes, it and FF:SW seem to have a similar tone and feel. Fans of "Final Flight of the Osiris" will immediately recognize FF:SW's character designs (and vice versa), as they were both animated by the talented folks at Square. With a similar post-apocalyptic setting, grim demeanor and interesting story, both FF:SW and Animatrix aim to please. Most people tend to prefer Animatrix, but fans of one would probably enjoy the other.

jimmytheduck jimmytheduck says...

Both films utalise high tech visuals -owing to their large budgets- to show their futuristic world where humans are struggling to survive on the desolate planet. Additionally they both have a similar sci-fi theme revolving around similar advanced technology and a protagonist deemed to be the worlds last hope.

Aryon984 Aryon984 says...

Whilst it is difficult to recommend these two anime together, considering one in fact contains multiple anime in the one dvd. This recommendation, may be seen as mainly based more toward one WITHIN the dvd: Final Flight of the Osiris. However, this recommendation DOES show relations between Final Fantasy and the others within the dvd.

Both anime are future based, in a world where Humanity is dying, and the world itself has decayed. And namely Both Final Flight of the Osiris which is animated with similar styles. Not just the look of it either. And with FFotO, if female protagonists are your thing, well they both have that too. :D

Both anime are great watching and, if you like this genre, will keep you watching.

Eve no Jikan

Eve no Jikan

In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so the difference is clear. One day, a boy named Rikuo finds abnormal activity patterns in the logs of his own android, and alongside his friend Masaki, he sets forth to find where the android has been. Much to their surprise, the duo discovers a secret café known as Eve no Jikan with a single rule: within its walls, there must be no discrimination between humans and robots. In this place, androids appear to be human and are even displaying signs of independence – a trait that should not be possible. Rikou finds his perceptions increasingly challenged as he struggles to come to terms with his own android, and the relationship between man and machines...

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AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

Both anime deal with machines wishing to be treated like equals by their human masters. Animatrix is much, much more dark and disturbing, so if you like the ideas presented in Animatrix but were turned off by the brutality, try Time of Eve.

sobeit sobeit says...

You will like one if you like the other, both involve Sci-Fi aspects as well as machine sentience, where Animatrix emphasises the worst possible outcome being the war between man and machine, Time of Eve focuses on the relationships between man and machine if machines were able to achieve free will.

umbrewolf umbrewolf says...

they are polar opposites of each other, but deal with the same issue: robots and how they should be treated/controlled.

Halo Legends

Halo Legends

The fight against the Covenant continues, touching the lives of countless soldiers and innocents. Discover the legends of a group of SPARTANs that must intercept an invaluable package; a lone soldier who struggles with the demons of his past; four Orbital Drop Shock Troopers that must assassinate a Prophet with the help of an unlikely ally; and many other heroic and tragic tales.

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boxdragon boxdragon says...

Both features several short stories made by different popular anime studios that increases your knowledge about the franchises universe.

sothis sothis says...

It might seem cliche to recommend one franchise's compilation anime for another, but the tone, variety of story and overall dark themes will definitely appeal to fans of either title. Animatrix, in my opinion, is WAY better than Halo Legends, but if you're in the mood for a sci fi compilation produced by the best studios Japan has to offer, both of these should please.

Anathemus Anathemus says...

These series of short OVA's are very similar in terms of design and production, both relating short stories of the Matrix and Halo universe, giving them some more background. Each episode are produced by different studios with a different artwork. Both packs are very enjoyable to watch even if you're not a big fan of the main sources.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

It is the year 2029, and as many rush to embrace the changes that cybernetic technology bring to mankind, the seedier side of humanity is even quicker to take advantage of it. This series follows Public Peace Section 9, a government organization that plays behind the scenes to stop the worst of these criminals. Join Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team as they take you through an incredibly vivid world filled with plots of such depth and intrigue as is seldom seen.

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Verdeloth26 Verdeloth26 says...

Both of these shows are really centered around the "what if"s of the futuristic genre. In the same way that Animatrix streches the boundaries of what's possible for the future of technology, so does Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and vice versa.

ZenithAstrali ZenithAstrali says...

Both anime explore the problems of man and machine living together: where does the machine end and the man begins? The introspective aspect apart, GitS is an action anime that can come as a fresh breeze after watching Animatrix, and Animatrix also explores the history of The Matrix, for a good change of pace after GitS.