Anime gallery beyond 2L
Production Credits

Koji Morimoto


Koji Morimoto



Release Date:

June 3, 2003

Running Time:



"Hands Around My Throat" by Death in Vegas


World Record


A Detective Story

"So, this house is haunted?"

Beyond is an episode of The Animatrix written and directed by Koji Morimoto. It follows a teenage girl, Yoko (Hedy Burress), looking for her cat Yuki. While asking around the neighborhood, indicatively somewhere in Japan, she meets a group of younger kids. One of them tells her Yuki is over at the haunted house, and he invites her to come to see it.

The kids have stumbled across an amalgamation of anomalies within an old, broken building, They have learned to exploit the glitch in the Matrix for their own enjoyment, through several areas which seem to defy real world physics: glass bottles reassemble after being shattered, rain falls from a sunny sky, broken lightbulbs that flicker briefly (during which they seem perfectly intact), a door which opens to nothingness, shadows that do not align with the physical origin, and a feather that moves peculiarly through the air.

Kids playing a contest to see who can reach the ground first without hitting it.

There is a large open space in the middle where they take turns jumping off a high point, freefalling towards the ground yet somehow stopping just inches before impact; this proves amusing and they seem unbothered by the inherent strangeness. Throughout the film, short sequences show that the agents are aware of the problem in the matrix, and a futuristic truck is seen driving on the way to "fix" it. They arrive while the kids are playing, and a team of "rodent exterminators" led by an agent round up the kids and throw them out. 

The story ends when the girl and the kids are outside of the house the next day, which has turned into a parking lot. The kids try to smash bottles and repair them as before, only to fail. They find the parking lot boring and find something else to do. The girl spots the floating can, one of the previous glitches, which is no longer floating. She picks it up and cuts her finger on the opened lid of the can, blood dripping. She drops the can which seemingly rolls magnetically towards the fence of the parking lot, perhaps signifying some kind of object memory.

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