Keanu Reeves says the Wachowskis introduced him to anime

Reeves became an anime fan after his The Matrix directors told him to check out Akira and Ghost in the Shell.

John Wick: Chapter 4 released a lively new Comic-Con teaser this weekend, but that wasn’t the only project Keanu Reeves was promoting at San Diego Comic-Con. The star also appeared on a panel for BRZRKR, a comic book series he co-writes with Matt Kindt.

The series, which follows an 80,000-year-old warrior capable of punching people through the chest, debuted in 2021 and is already in development as a live-action film for Netflix. But Reeves focused on the present, speaking about his love of comics and his passion for writing BRZRKR, an experience that gave him “some of the best creative days of my life.”

“I was that kid who came back with bags full of comics, and it was always a good day,” he said (via The Hollywood Reporter). The actor added that the day the first issue was released was one of the highlights of his career. “I was like, ‘I’m kind of grown up, and this is the best damn Christmas I’ve ever had, damn it.’

Reeves’ enthusiasm for the comic was evident as he detailed his attempts to balance his protagonist’s violent tendencies with more nuanced human emotions.

“I had this idea — I wanted a character that would punch people through their chests and rip their arms off,” he said. “And the idea of ​​someone who’s been violently cursed and trying to figure out who they are and how they came about, and somehow get their humanity back.”

In addition to the live-action film, which Reeves will star in, Netflix is ​​also developing a BRZRKR anime. The transition from comics to anime comes naturally to Reeves, who credits the Wachowskis with inspiring his lifelong love of the medium.

“I was watching anime on Channel 79 and I didn’t even know what it was,” Reeves said. “And then when I was working with the Wachowskis on ‘The Matrix,’ they said, ‘You have to see them.’ So it was Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and that’s pretty much the beginning. I’m not really up to date on current anime. A couple of my friends have some kids who can just spit anime, and I’m like, ‘That sounds awesome.'”

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Lindsay Lowe

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