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The Animatrix: World Record

Written By: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Directed By: Takeshi Koike

"Only the most exceptional people become aware of the Matrix. Those that learn it exists must possess a rare degree of intuition, sensitivity, and a questioning nature. However, very rarely, some gain this wisdom through wholly different means."

Dan Davis is a world champion sprinter who recently was accused of blood doping, and subsequently had his 100M World Record time wiped from the record books. His motivation for his current race is simple: prove to everyone how wrong they were by besting the record again.

Dan's coach is advising against participating in the race after Dan won the qualifying heat, and almost permanently injured himself doing so. Of course, Dan will run, and unbeknownst to him, Agents are monitoring Dan from the beginning of his comeback race.

The race begins and we're treated to a look inside the pain, exertion, and force of will necessary to push one's body further, faster than the competition past, even, the breaking point of flesh. While leading, Dan's quad ruptures, and he goes down briefly. Reaching deep within, Dan picks himself back up in his attempt to complete the race. The Agents realize his body's signal is becoming erratic. Cut to his cell in the machine's powerplant: Dan wakes himself up! ...continued in the second column...

Thrashing and flailing, his freedom is short-lived - the machines immediately swoop in, pass currents of electricity through him, and render his mind useless. His body slumps in the cell as we cut back to the race. Tumbling to the ground, Dan finishes first and shatters the record, but the machines have won this day.

The Animatrix: Scene from World Record

His mind nearly empty, Dan lives out his life confined to a wheelchair in a long-term care facility, a prisoner who briefly tasted freedom, and paid dearly for it. The End of this section

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Inside the Nebuchadnezzar, a plaque is shown briefly in the background with the ship's name, and 'Mark 3 no. 11.' This is likely a reference to the Biblical verse Mark 3:11: "And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out saying, 'You are the Son of God.'"
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