Witness the true beginning of the Matrix: how men created the machines and how those machines stood up against their masters, and the effects of the great war that waged between them, which in the end led to the fall of mankind. Watch the ship Osiris and its efforts to warn the remaining humans of the imminent attack; follow a champion who happens to break free from the Matrix; explore the exploitation of a glitch in the overall system; observe the story of the Kid and how he was found by Neo; travel with an investigator who tracks the well-known hacker Trinity; and learn the secrets of the Matrix in other wondrous ways.
This collection is comprised of 7 very different and unique stories. This OVA series preaches of intriquing storylines and fantastic artwork, each from a different artist. Each story has a different interpretation or concept about the one theme upon which this collection revolves: Robots. This interesting anime classic has least one story for everyone.
What's that, you say? A set of short animations, completely unrelated save for their basic premise, done by the greatest animators of their time!? Could you be talking about Robot Carnival or the Animatrix? You could! ^_^
Beyond this, however, both deal heavily with exploring the different sides of their premise, each having examples of wonder, humor, action, and fun.
Takao Kasuga is a lonely boy who spends his days immersed in books to escape his frustration with life. His only source of joy is the beautiful Saeki, who he secretly admires from afar. However, Takao's obsession goes too far one day when, in a moment of emotional folly, he steals the girl's gym clothes and takes them home with him. Worse, his terrible deed is spotted by Sawa Nakamura, a mysterious outcast who sits behind him in class who threatens to reveal the boy's secret unless he promises to engage in a contract with her. At first it seems Sawa just wants some companionship, but soon it becomes clear that this "contract" involves more than mere afternoon chats. In fact, Takao is about to discover just how dangerous his bond with Sawa is and how it threatens to tear everything - his life, his love, and even his sanity - apart.
You want rotoscope action don't you?
Yes, you are a fan of different looking and often unique animation styles. (No Moe for you)
Well here you go.
Animatrix utilizes several types of animation, including one short called Kid's Story. Both Flowers of Evil and this in particular short use Rotoscoping. Rotoscoping is where live acion frames are traced over to produce a animated effect)
If you want to check titels based on anime techniquies not used as much in anime, you could check out either of these titles.
Animatrix also employs Cg animation, and high quality 2D. Aku No Hana, more or less is a work in progress for using a more unshaded rotoscoping.
Taking any job that pays a lucrative amount, ace pilot Trava and mechanic Shinku are on their way to Fist Planet to take part in the Speedmaster race - a competition which of course boasts rather impressive cash prizes. However, they first have a contract to survey Area 78 on planet Fable, something which is making them both very uneasy. Once in orbit, they pick up a young girl, Mikuru, who has been in cryosleep for an unknown amount of time and had her memories erased. What is Mikuru's past, why were her memories blanked and what secrets does Fable hold?
This is chiefly a recommendation for the short 'World Record' in the Animatrix. If you liked that short - or if you liked Trava - well, the other title offers more of the same: An identically ugly visual style with distortedly cool bodies and stuff happening that just about sort of makes sense I guess when I think about it.
Disturbed by Japan’s emergence as the de facto world leader in robotics, the United Nations instituted an international treaty requiring stringent regulations. When vocal objections failed to overturn the decision, Japan chose to withdraw from the UN and vanished from world view in a self-imposed isolation made possible by an impenetrable electromagnetic barrier. Now, ten years later in 2067, the only means of contact between Japan and the world belongs to Daiwa Heavy Industries, a powerful corporation monopolizing the world’s robotics market. The uneasy truce comes under question when SWORD, a U.S. special forces unit, finds disturbing evidence that Japan may have sinister designs for the rest of the world. SWORD must now infiltrate Japan to separate fact from fiction, but is anyone prepared for the truth?
Both animes are feature a conflict betwwen humans and machines with machines that are out of control (The Jags are very similar to the Sentinals). The animation of Vexille is excellent like some of the episodes of The Animatrix. If you liked one it might be an idea to check out the other.