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What do you get when you cross a robot, a baby, a parasol, and a homicidal personality? Just one of the players in a futuristic and violent game of life and death. Children with guns, demented astronauts, slick shade-wearing badasses, robots gone wrong and more clash in a bloody and frantic experience through the streets of a dystopic city.
Call me crazy, but people who liked the robots and strange nature in either Extra or Animatrix would enjoy the other. Animatrix is definitely more in-depth as far as plot due to the fact that Extra is a 3 minute music video, but I just have a gut feeling that they would have the same fanbase.
Extra could almost have taken place some time, some where in the Matrix universe. People killing robots, robots killing people, the brutality of all of it. If you liked the darker man versus machine shorts in Animatrix, and want just a little more, you will probably love Extra.
A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?
Both anime are about our future with robots, showing us that robots can have human feelings. It is both about where our effort to create the artificial inteligence leads.
Although the Animatrix is a collection of shorts and Ghost in the Shell is a feature length movie, there are some similarities which if you liked one, you will probably like the other. Both involve futuristic Sci-Fi which incorporate A.I and machines. Thematically, they explore relationships between humans and machines and the unintended consequences of advancements in technology. If you enjoy cyberpunk, you will enjoy both of these.
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.
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.
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.
Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the present, Nishi is 20 years old and aims to be a great manga artist; but he still loves Myon. After years of being apart they meet again, but she tells him that she's thinking of marrying her boyfriend. Nishi is still a coward so he accepts it and wishes her luck. While they're talking at her older sister's restaurant a pair of yakuza walk in looking for their father. One of the yakuza starts harassing Myon and out of anger Nishi chooses to finally take a stand -- but he is shot and dies. Now, in limbo, he chooses to live again; but will he really live any differently than before?
If Animatrix brought out the artist's eye in you, Mind Game will certainly do the same. The wide range of animation techniques, layouts, character interpretations and effects in both series are treats for animation fanatics. If you liked one on creativity alone, you will like the other.
When I watched Mind Game I automatically thought in Animatrix. They share a similar art style, though I found the plot of Mind Game more comprehensible than some of the Animatrix's mini-stories. If you liked one you'd like the other one too.
In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?
If you liked the alternative animation styles then you would like this short series, besides, in animatrix you can see nine different styles in nine ovas.
Of course you will enjoy the bloodbaths and a different way to see the world and things around the principal characters, perhaps, around you.
Like almost all the anime I´ve watched, this two are full of action and a lot of interesting things, like what is the true of our existance or why are we here, or even are we really human or at least a little kind to be?
I promise, this two series will make you think about your world.