I said that watching EVANGELION was the first time my imagination had been so totally captured by a show in years. Let me clarify that it’s been captured by comics and novels recently, but the last time a show - - either on TV or in the theater - - intrigued me like this was MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, and that was seven years ago. Thus, it was definitely a breath of fresh air to follow a sci-fi show that really drew me into its world, that got me discussing the intricacies of its secrets and analyzing its mythos.
A lot of fans have commented that THE MATRIX was basically a live-action anime. I don’t think that comment is really far off because I remember reading some behind-the-scenes blurb about the Wachowski Brothers showing clips of GHOST IN THE SHELL to Warner Bros. and saying that they wanted to pull that off “in real life.” Hence, “bullet time.” Now, I don’t think that diminishes the creativity of the series, at all. I was around when cartoonists, novelists and unpublished whack-jobs were accusing the series of ripping them off and I don’t buy it. Sure… there are many influences that went into the series. William Gibson’s cyberpunk novels, Jean Baudrillard’s philosophy, John Woo’s gangster movies and many, many American comics, to name a few. Those are influences, just the same as Akira Kurosawa, Joseph Campbell, Frank Herbert and FLASH GORDON influenced STAR WARS.
So what I’m curious about is what anime do you lunatics figure influenced THE MATRIX. I remember somebody describing the ANIMATRIX as a “returning of the favor to the world of anime.” What works gave that favor in the first place? Fill me in. I'd love to hear what you have to think.