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Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

Alternative Titles

Japanese: エルゴプラクシー


Type: TV
Episodes: 23
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 5, 2006 to Aug 12, 2006
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.061 (scored by 81283 users)
Ranked: #4712
Popularity: #104
Members: 179,331
Favorites: 5,132
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The world is bigger than you think...

After the explosion of the methane hydrate layer, the remaining members of mankind are forced to live in isolated domed cities scattered across the arid and inhospitable planet. They live in a controlled society and are assisted in daily life by autonomous robots called AutoReivs. In one of these cities, Romdo, Inspector Re-l Mayer, granddaughter of the regent, leads an investigation concerning AutoReivs that have gone mad after being infected by the Cogito virus. In the process, she comes in contact with a monster called Proxy. Elsewhere in the city, immigrant Vincent Law is on the run after being framed for involvement in several Cogito cases. Together, along with the adorable child-AutoReiv Pino, they set out on a journey to the dome city Mosk in order to unravel the mystery of the Proxies.

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Aired  Feb 5, 2006 to Aug 12, 2006
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Adaptation: Ergo Proxy: Centzon Hitchers and Undertaker

Characters & Voice Actors

Yajima, Akiko
Yajima, Akiko
Ergo Proxy
Ergo Proxy
Law, Vincent
Law, Vincent
Yusa, Kouji
Yusa, Kouji
Mayer, Re-l
Mayer, Re-l
Saitou, Rie
Saitou, Rie


Kouchiyama, Takashi
Matsuda, Akio
Murase, Shukou
Director, Storyboard
Yamamoto, Sayo
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Mar 8, 2013
Ergo Proxy is a highly experimental show, and just like all shows of that kind it always divides the viewers into two camps: while the ones enjoy its complex story and thought-provoking symbolism, the others fiercely criticize it for "pretentiousness" or simply scratch their heads in perplexity, wondering what this whole thing is supposed to mean.
As for me, I firmly believe this series is an amazing modern classic with no exaggeration about it, and with this review I'll try to explain you why. Since the anime has a site description you can always read, allow me to skip further introductions and get straight to read more
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Apr 23, 2007
After watching Ergo Proxy completely and thoroughly, I must say that this is one of the most enjoyable series I've watched yet. The story is so complex and can at times be very agonizing because you are just so clueless as to what is going on. Then, usually, by the end of the episode or by the next episode all of your questions and doubts about what is going on will be answered.

Why did I enjoy this series so much? First, this series is a real psychological mind boggling experience. I haven't see too many series that make me question what is going on or read more
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Feb 26, 2015
Ergo Proxy. Wow. This one’s tough to review.

Ergo Proxy is not your typical cyberpunk anime. For more, it doesn’t rely on heavy gun-fighting action scenes to grasp viewers’ attentions instead it uses mind-break and a very intriguing strange and dark atmosphere in a post-apocalyptic world. Though a post-apocalyptic world is something that is not new or could even be said overused, Ergo Proxy’s is fluid and very well thought out.

Ergo Proxy stands out among other cyberpunk anime as this one is a truly original and is very unique as it takes on René Descartes’ very famous philosophical statement which is “cogito ergo sum” and read more
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Feb 7, 2007
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[ Could contain minor spoilers. Sorry.. ]

Ergo Proxy. When I first saw that title, I was curious. I knew what a proxy was, on Internet and in real life. But I didn't know what Ergo was. So I got the series, mostly out of curiosity. I didn't expect much at first. The main female character, Re-L (Lil, Real, or any variant. Depends of fansub) has a freaky face with blue mascara, and wields a shotgun. I expect an all-out gun action series, with some mecha. But I was wrong! Ergo read more
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similar themes and even look and style of the animation. 
reportRecommended by dollie_mixtures
CYBER punk world ruled by advanced technology (the population's over-reliance on tech tools borders on unhealthy). Humans playing gods in a vain attempt to superfically suppress social malaises, ala Orwell's 1984. Dystopian narratives with elements borrowed heavily from loads of thought-provoking literature and philosophy.

Protagonists' increasing sense of self-awareness causes psychological alienation from blissfully unaware masses, leading them to be caught in truly tense, nail-biting Catch-22 situations and often tosses them between following their ingrained values and (eventually) questioning the system.

Antagonists are hard to hate anti-heroes who, unlike the former, have clear albeit destructive purposes in sight. They are often  read more 
reportRecommended by thismarlasinger
Both are in essence intellectual series, exploring the main character's existential conflicts in interesting ways and generally providing an entertaining experience. 
reportRecommended by shirai
The similarities here are loose, however the mood is much the same. The color palette and art style are similar, particularly the use of muted almost washed-out colors with strong dark overtones. Both are set in a near-future timeline with a post-apocalyptic twist. The difference is that where Ergo Proxy has a strong, linear plot line, Texhnolyze's plot is somewhat disjointed and very far from being direct. For those that love a story you have to watch a couple times before understanding what it's trying to get at, Texhnolyze is an obscure must. 
reportRecommended by celeste2070
Similar art and pacing. Deal with similar themes. 
reportRecommended by animejnkie
Very similar characters. Both involve a guy who can't remember his past traveling a wasteland searching for his purpose. They each have some action and involve lots of philosophizing. 
reportRecommended by Danish

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"Kiri" by MONORAL (eps 3-23)

Ending Theme

"Paranoid Android" by Radiohead

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