If you’ve been mystified by those eerie green lines of code that typed themselves onscreen since you first saw The Matrix, and frustrated when the other films in the trilogy never revealed its secrets, that wasn’t because Agent Smith wanted to keep it classified.
Matrix code creator Simon Whitely is finally giving us the red pill almost two decades after we first followed Neo and Trinity through this digital world.
“I like to tell everybody that The Matrix‘s code is made out of Japanese sushi recipes,” Whitely told CNET. “Without that code, there is no Matrix.”
Wait. That complex code which could have been anything from calculus to rocket science is a sushi recipe. Mind blown.
At least the code’s origin reveals why the symbols appeared Japanese when none of the three films are anywhere near Japan. Whiteley borrowed his wife’s Japanese cookbook to scan the characters, then used a digital editing program to manipulate them into the sci-fi code that had so many Matrix fans convinced it was a thing beyond understanding.
So is there an actual sushi recipe hidden within all that code? Probably, but shifting the characters around to look like some indecipherable code flooding a ‘90s computer screen has probably warped any cohesive recipes beyond comprehension, even for those who can read Japanese. Someone with unlimited time to kill (and without a tendency towards migraines) could try to piece it together. Even that won’t necessarily give you a complete recipe, because nobody knows if Whiteley stopped scanning at a point where a recipe cut off—and he’s not telling. Neither is Agent Smith.
Anyone who is a fan of both The Matrix and sushi is now probably dying to know at least which recipes the characters are from. If Whitelely ever spills that information, maybe sushi restaurants can start serving Matrix platters. What would be on them? Morpheus Mackerel? Nebuchadnezzar rolls? Trinity tataki?
For now, just take the blue pill.