Love Death + Robots

This is an anthology series released on Netflix a few days back. The show is Black Mirror-esque in the sense that each episode has an entirely new storyline. The difference here is that each episode is animated and between 6 and 15 minutes long.


The first thing that jumps off the screen is the animation style. Each episode has a different animation style, from anime to hyperrealism. The animation is truly impressive here, not only in showcasing the diverse skill of the animators but also in setting the tone for each episode. Having episodes like this that are so short leaves your brain having to constantly switch setting and the shifting animations help to aid your thoughts and separate each episode from each other.


The other element that reminded me of Black Mirror was the short episode style that emphasized philosophical points. What is impressive here is how LD+R did worldbuilding in just a few minutes while Black Mirror took a few hours and change. This series used philosophical elements and twists intertwined with animated action sequences. Each episode pulls you in so close to the action that you have no time to think about what is actually occurring. Then the twist comes and you just go “WHAT THE HELL?!?” and replay it all through your mind.

I do have two gripes with the show. The first being how each episode seemed to decrease in quality – well, maybe not quality, but in thematic element kinda gross – to the point where you don’t feel like watching some of the latter episodes. I would have liked to see a more well-rounded element in each short instead of what felt like stories being rushed out. The second issue I have is the predictability. They have little clues built in that are amazing when you watch something back after knowing the twist. That is a factor that catapults movies and shows to greatness. However, some of these clues were a little on the nose for my taste. Ultimately, this was a good time and it’s a real quick watch over on Netflix, so why not give it a shot?

Rating: Thick, juicy Porterhouse