Feb 25, 2006 to Aug 12, 2006
25 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisThe 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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Characters & Voice Actors
Hajimari no Kodou (はじまりの鼓動)
|Feb 25, 2006
Yoki Shimin no Kokuhaku (良き市民の告白)
|Mar 4, 2006
Mu e no Choyaku (無への跳躍)
|Mar 11, 2006
Mirai Yomi, Mirai Yomi (未来詠み、未来黄泉)
|Mar 18, 2006
|Apr 1, 2006
Opening Theme"Kiri" by MONORAL (eps 3-23)
Ending Theme"Paranoid Android" by Radiohead
why i liked this anime? : 1) it is a combination of my favorite story types. it
begins in utopian city (just like in 1984 by george
orwell) and later is replaced by apocalyptic
landscapes and cities.
2) deep meaning that you will probably not
understand at first but after reading reviews or
rewatching anime, you will be truly impressed.
3) great characters that act rationally unlike some
other anime characters.
4) you are interested and hooked till the very last
5) you won't get bored while watching it.
what i didn't like : 1) character development for vincent was too fast.
i think this is a must watch anime, i recommend you to read explanation after watching it, because there are many things you could have missed. i liked this explanation very much so i'll just leave a link if you would like to read it aswell: http://ergoproxyexplained.blogspot.com/2009/12/30000-foot-overview.html read more
Before start i will not include spoilers in this review (or at least keep it at minimum possible).
You know in every piece of entertainment, especially in fiction, there are always
examples of works, that try, to entertain/please the viewer in 2 ways.
By either trying to appeal to as much different groups of consumers,
as possible with mix of various themes, that specially strike not to say pander to certain people which can be done in quality way by putting thoughts
into it thinking about consumers needs, or just for the profit which can be hit or miss.
And other way to reach viewer, would be more dangerous, but potentially more impactful as well, by narrowing down themes presented,
keeping way of directing purely for needs of author, and vision of end result without much safe thinking no matter how unusual it may sound.
Ergo Proxy fits into second category perfectly now to explain why.
Setting and Direction :
Ergo Proxy is set in a world, that at first, may seem as deja-vu post apocalypse ruined earth in not so far anymore future.
With technology outburst and humans, being less and less of humans we know at present and non humanoid beings Auto Reivs doing large chunk of dutties for us .
Remainings of the earth cities go, into special system that tries to make the most of what is left both from resources and population standpoint.
We all probably watched quite a few, or many post apocalyptic movies with flicks about natural disasters caused by either
force of nature or full on action scenarios, with bulky robots destroying everything up.
Dont get me wrong Ergo Proxy setting was used before but not so much in a way EP did it .
From the very start this series, gives you quite obvious signals that it will not be about just resolving present problems, pure survival, recovery or giant explosions everywhere this is not Terminator.
It is more about layered Mystery, and realizing what is real and what is just desperation and routine playing with our minds espect large analyze of mind in specific situations and philosophical themes .
Add cryptic dusty nature of series, and way of directing with giving just enough side clues for one to start putting individual puzzles along with watching what actually happens.
And if you are into that kind off story telling, where problems must be identified to be even considered as problems this is anime for you.
Think of Evangelion and Ghost in Shell as refference since i cant resist but to notice combined elements of them everywhere in this anime since you can ask 5 persons to say their image of it after completing it and get 5 different answers for what this anime was about.
Story & Pacing :
Story can be described with words commonly reffered, in this anime as raison d'etre is a term used to signify one's own existence purpose of life. Since it is so difficult doing non spoiler review for this show.
Opening parts start with showing 1 of remaining cities, of romdeau being monitored and controlled in most literal sense of word possible.
By Intelligence Bureau which is only source of law and direction for remaining population of city. Despite being monitored constantly and equiped with only the most nessesary life resources and without
almost any freedom, ever since birth, i cant explain why exactly without spoiling.
People agree too survive and reach recovery someday not surprising, except nothing is as it seems remmember this when you watch this show.
All that soon changes when suddenly mysterious being appears from the shadows and spokes these words Everything became so clear we must punish them, followed by can you hear Pulse of Awakening?
Next you see false sense of security, is shattered and city becomes disrupted. By both Disappearance of precious Proxy that was keeped in romdeu and Auto Reivs robots going wild against commands all that combined unleashed chaos .
Re-L Mayer investigator in inteligense Bureau is sent to investigate the case but in the process is attacked by another mysterious being.
Since that moment she gets uncontrollable curiousity, which leads her to discovering more about 1 particular man named Vincent Law.
Who on first look looks nothing like someone, that could be source of events that occured prior.
But without important spoiling i can say that Vincent and Re-L are core reasons for many themes in ergo proxy.
Themes like living under glass bell, god complex, narcissism, identity crisis, reconstruction of reasons behind human empathy and patterns in living and ruling and so on.
In many ways 1 of major points for about series, story besides revealing all mysteries behind chaos,infected auto reivs, relations between proxies humans and events prior to start of everything nasty on earth .
Is in reaching self awareness and self understanding people lost it ages ago but somehow both Vincent and Re-L are pushing on oposite sides trying to reach different but at same time same goals.
Very much like actual people we so much try to explain ourselves to others while not keeping attention of what other side think about it. What human is what heading towards idealism leads to?
That road is not so fast and pacing in first 6 or so episodes can seem quite slow but it is nessesary for questions to accumulate and world build, when things actually start to open they never stop.
Aside from mentioned stuff story makes you think about just how much can humans be self destructive assholes to both themselfs and world and really adds more fears for the future sine taking that much for granted is fastest way to oblivion basic powerfull truth .
When roads unite things get even more complicated and during the course of series you will constanly wonder who is the real culpit in whole story.
It is not all about destination it is about experience and that can be said in so many ways in case of EP and depending of how you connected you may draw much different conclusion then i am .
That is beaty of mysteries isnt it.
Art & animation
Art is beautiful done mostly in dark pitch black tone and modest quite realistic lines in shapes of characters eyes,arms and bodies.
Which may seem weird if you are too used to oversized moe blobs which in this case is 1 of big signs that you are better avoiding this series.
Cgi for fights and movements of robotic parts, helicopters and so on range from very good to semi choppy in case of rail shooting scenes for example.
Rocks falling, surface cracking, body detaching are all examples of overall pretty consistent animation.
OST-s in ergo proxy are mixed with cyber punk and more of techno industrial vibe. It fits nicely to whole theme behind it and all no problems at all silent moments are never ruined by it and intense moments have proper background bgms.
Re-L is as i pointed out quite open minded, and extremely curious and righteous about world in comparison, to others to the point of looking unnatural for envirmoment she is in.
But can be quite demanding,awkward and unreasonably arogant towards others esp vincent which keeps her from being 1 sided character and gives her depth.
Pino is in show mostly for keeping at least bit of light tone, in otherwise very intense depressive atmosfere by being adorable.
She also adds theme of human superiority complex, over other forms of life and not even system when it comes to recognizing what can and what can not have emotion.
Vincent is self conflicting character, who suffers from major case of lower worth issue and cant seem to know how to express himself well but knows how to listen and obbey orders.
As oposite to hot tempered RL which listens only when Grandpa tells her. His character growing is simetric with growth of the anime itself the more he opens up the worse and better situation gets.
Raul is type of character that listens to what he wants to hear, and closes on what he is not interested in.
He is only character that seems to resemble real politicians, and like them he is character you are supposed to hate at first but understand his pov after you know those close to him.
Also he is only 1 besides 1 other person that i cant mention that has his clear vision of system that he would apply to people.
But since he is not in position to be at the top, he instead gets disorted from following commands from above.
Daedalus his role is quite big but for me to tell you, i would need to go into major spoilers.
Instead i will tell you this imagine what blind love, can do to person now amplify that with facts that source for that blind love cant be reached without major violations.
Well thats him in nutshell creepy obsessed little lab weirdo, who sets his goals above any immoral means or tools needed to achieve it.
Overall most of characters in this show can be considered as real characters instead of placeholders, they all create synergy and very much contribute to the world.
Unlike type of series that fokus on creating 1 or memorable protagonists while neglecting side cast largely to make protagonist i wont argue which way is better.
Conclusion Ergo Proxy is not anime for everyone, people should not change themselves but adapt if they are not sure
to really have patience, high enough attention to pull through rough start.
This is my first review.
After i watched this I was really sad because it ended.You could say that this anime is a masterpice.Why?At least for me,it was one of the best anime that i ever watched,the story,the colors and art,the characters well developed,the dark thematic scenes were perfect and also the openning and the ending songs were great.
When I watched the first 2 episodes I was like "what the hell is with this show?",because i didn't understand to much but after the series progressed I started to understand everything and i started to love it so much."
If you want to watch this show do it right now,you won't regret at all,but to understand the story you must use your brain at least 90%, so don't watch this if you are exhausted. read more
An anime that makes sense but at the same time it doesn't, even when answers are given in the last three eps. i was thinking of the things that are not answered and there is supernatural elements, a lot and Deus Ex explanations but still manages to be entertaining.
This anime has a very good story, since the beginning the story is thrown for ten episodes straight, fast paced with complexity, until when it takes a break to put filler episodes which were really good and had little pieces of the plot, especially the ''who wants to be a proxy'' episode where i was constantly interacting saying the answers just like Vincent, but how did they get there in the first place? ; The ''Disney World'' episode is another example, it was a filler but a really touching one, Pino became my favorite character of the anime with that episode, (dethroning Vincent from the first place) she is a heroe; Every episode has a jump time, and with an annoying Re-i (really, she was bitchy), you never know how they reached some locations, like in ep. 21 where all of a sudden they are back, what, is this a dream?, i thought it was, because the anime in those filler eps. is constantly playing between reality and dreams, is cool because i was fooled on this ep. thinking ''plot twist, is a dream'' but no. There is lack of coherent explanation as to why this gaps between eps. or how some events happened. The ending is good but unsatisfaying for some reason, it has a conclusion but at the same time open for another story, i have a lot of thing to complain storywise but this is not a complaint thread, at the end Pino is still a Hero and she is an AuotoReiv with more emotions than Re-i.
Art & Animation
I was expecting something darker for this kind of setting, a much dense atmosphere, that way would be better for me, but for what we got is very good, sometimes feels lazy with some shots at the faces and lookig at how they suffer from strabismus, it was hilarious, almost always with Re-i, i don't like the constant changing on the faces while moving from one angle to another and i'm saying every 1 cm move is a different face, despite this inconveniences it was very good for that year.
Maybe the best element from the anime, the music is great when is played after the silent parts, it sets a great atmosphere, it fits the theme, the OP is really great, the video clip reminded me of the 90's movies and TV series (like Buffy, Angel and specially to Charmed and the song a lot to Smallville) it was great, better than those series too, more emotion in just four words ''Come and save me'' while Vincent is screamig for it, just great and the ED is ok i guess, Radiohead, you get it. The voice acting is great as well, really enjoyable even when Re-i acted like a spoiled Brat, that voice was fitting, so good portraying that personality.
The characters were pretty entertaining with the combination of really great voice acting, personalities and backround stories for the characters, Re-i is the exception, she needed more backround to get to know her more but she was ok.
-Vincent Law is great, he suffers a transition from a nerdy looking shy guy who likes Re-i to a good-normal looking shy guy looking for his identity who still likes Re-i and cares and protects for Pino, he is a badass too, you'll see.
-Re-I, Lilu or Real is a gal who can be emotionless at times, she acts like a brat later, really spoiled and that's because her AutoReiv does almost everything for her (love the part where he was ''arguing'' with her in the snow, the truth was spoken) but she kind of grows and even feels something for Vincent, she gets better, but not enough.
-Pino is the best character, she's simple the best, the one that makes you laugh in every situation, she is adorable, naive, she even has more emotions than Re-i or every human and is impressive because she's an AutoReiv, she is a heroe, she saves people believe it or not, the best character, i was thinking if something bad happened to her (in those eps. that could go bad) i was going to give this a bad score just because of that, wouldn't be the same without her.
The support characters are great too, everyone, Raul, Daedalus, Iggy, they all are great, there are a lot more that are interesting too. In general the characters were great.
I really had a very good enjoyment from this anime, i was expecting more tho, after everyone saying Ergo Proxy was better than Texhnolyzed, i was expecting something more darker and heavier, but i didn't felt that, maybe a little dense just at the last three eps. but i see that this has better art style and character development and has a ''happy'' ending while Tex. has a tragic one and has no filler eps. and is more slow paced but for me both are equally entertaining, both are must watch. read more
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 resolutely unwavering in the pursuit of their Machiavellian goals and will stoop to anything to get things done, i.e., murders, but they are usually well-justified in the grand scheme of things. Rationale being: What's a few human sacrifices, amidst the ensuing anarchy, compared to fulfilling a "noble" cause... which is revolting against a firmly-placed and unquestioned system?
Great dark art styles and BGM. Catchy titles.
Ergo Proxy is easily my favorite out of the two but I have spent years trying to find a substitute worthy of its greatness and I have to say, PP meets the criteria but throws in more action and gore/violence (not a big fan but yeah).
Both are cyberpunk/post-cyberpunk anime highly influenced by Hollywood sci-fi movies like Blade Runner.
The main characters in both anime exercise the police power to keep the order in their ideal worlds:
- Ergo Proxy is set in an utopia (going wrong), while Psycho-Pass is set in a dystopia.
Ergo Proxy and Psycho-Pass share a dystopian setting combined with a heavy philosophical backdrop, with beautiful animation, dark cinematography, and a cold, dominating, yet enjoyable score backing them up.
The philosophies covered in Ergo Proxy and Psycho-Pass tackle different topics, but Proust ideals are brought up in both shows. While Ergo Proxy tries to tackle too many philosophical ideas, Psycho-Pass has only a few core ideas it explores from a variety of angles, using themes present in Phillip K. Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" (among others) to illustrate its themes.
If you have viewed and enjoyed Ergo Proxy, then hopping into Psycho-Pass should fit like a glove.
It can be argued, but I have an opinion that Ergo Proxy is similar to Psycho-pass.
When i was watching Ergo Proxy i found this anime with very grim environment, which i liked a lot. And now I'm watching Psycho-Pass with the almost the same feeling of situation. So, according to this, perception of these 2 anime is hard and complicated. Also what is most important is that Ergo Proxy and Psycho-Pass are present in the future and stories tell us about how "afterworld" affect on our characters and what happens with people's initiative, that can be the main highlight of these anime by genre - SCI-FI. Withal, such kind of anime always supported by "FUNimation Entertainment". In addition, both anime are full of action and involving descriptions what make both of them surprisingly interesting.
I'm pretty sure that those who liked Ergo Proxy without any doubts will like Psycho-Pass not less.
I found these two series a bit similar given their settings, themes, and backgrounds.
Both series takes place in a setting beyond our present times with advanced technology. They have a sort of dystopia like feeling to them. As such, both series employs the usage of science fiction featured throughout each episode.
Both series main protagonists are cold, independent, and have skills that makes them who they are. As such, they use those skills throughout the series to deal with issues and problems going on in their worlds.
Both series features action, drama, and gives off a general serious tone. Murders and crimes are also expected in both perspective series.
Both series have dystopia as settings. They both have intense action scenes while these are not the main focus of the anime. Both of these animes have fascinating plot starting with fascinating backgrounds, and I would strongly recommend watching both series. While Psycho-Pass is straightforward for the most part, Ergo Proxy may be frustrating at times for some.
Ergo Proxy and Pscho-Pass are cyber punk shows that set in dark, dystopian society.
The main characters are in charge of policing the public. As they investigate various strange occurrences, audience are presented with various evidence in which the society fail to function well.
The two anime share a 'dark' art style. They are both very much psychological, intellectual anime, emphasising on the characters and the plot.
These anime are definitely not action based, but are more story-driven with exciting occasional action a developed sinister plot!
Both are of the science fiction genre, and both take place in the future. Both also deal with members of public enforcement; some variation of the police we have in the current society. Both also deal with the errors of future society, and uncovering the secrets that are hidden from what is supposed to be an ideal society. The art styles are both beautiful, and terrifying. Ergo Proxy is a bit more on the 'fantasy' style, but not enough so that they aren't similar.
Psycho-Pass and Ergo Proxy are both cyber-punk anime with philosophical messages within.
Similar themes. Futuristic setting with a society run by technology.
Both are dark, noir-esque serious shows set in a future pseudo-dystopia. Given their setting, both have a degree of social and/or political commentary on the state of society, government control, and the blurred line that helps us distinguish between beneficial technology or technology made to control the common people. Ergo Proxy focuses a little bit more on the philosophy of life and sentient awareness, with a lot of religious and historical connotations. Psycho-Pass is more a deconstruction of social states and the arguable ideals offered by authoritarian figures. Both anime are thoroughly engaging, and hell entertaining.
- both set in the future
- both very psychological and philosophical
- the art is similar in tones and design, although psycho-pass uses brighter tones
similar themes and even look and style of the animation.
Ergo Proxy is a high budget show that develops way too slowly, but it's heavy on philosophical concepts of existence - similar to Lain's discussion of it. Ergo Proxy has some action but the background story and concept exploration take too long - it's 22 eps.
Lain and Ergo Proxy are insistent in their constant interrogations. They are both intelligent series that demand more than one viewing, Lain is considerably more risqué in that it twists narrative conventions to the point they no longer apply while Ergo Proxy channels its intellectuality via the plot itself, even if it lags a bit at the end.
Many questions about life. Many things that you can explain with words...but sometimes you can't just explain in a normal way. Life or death? Good or evil? What is the meaning about the most small things in the excistence.
If you like weird stuff...you will love Ergo Proxy.
Ergo Proxy and Lain are both what I would describe and Dark and Psychological Anime. If you enjoyed the ambiance of Lain, you are sure to enjoy Ergo Proxy
The theme and characters are related to each other somehow..especially Ergo Proxy and Lain. Plus some scenes and speechs feel the same too..
And of course they are sure for the ones who adore 'psychological' things..
Both deal with machines developing sentience, humanity's evolution, and have similar art styles. I high recommend both if you are looking for a thinking anime, as they both illustrate many philosophical and sociological concepts that are hard to define.
Philosophical doctrines are used in both,too.
Both have dark atmosphere.
Both have gloomy colors in them.
both are seinen with striking visuals and deep social metaphors. The characters in both are haunting and entirely human. I found it very easy to connect with their decisions and actions, and never felt the story was being pushed somewhere it shouldn't.
both series end with somewhat startling epiphanies. If you don't find your self at least puzzling over the series as a whole and fitting pieces together from every episode, I'd be suprised. I've rewatched SE:L many many times and I always get something new out of it
Both are complexed psichological anime, have a kinda similar feel.
Both are thought-provoking and mind-bending, though Ergo Proxy to lesser extent than Lain.
They are both anime that require you to think a bit more. very sad and serious vibe. both have cool story's.
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.
Both are dark dystopic cyberpunk animes. Texhnolyze is alot darker and slower in pacing. Ergo Proxy is more action and perhaps more psychological?
dark atmosphere, fictional (sci-fi) world to explore, rather slow development regarding plot and characters, not your average style of storytelling
they both have their dark atmospheric look...they both have the same mysterious type of story characters gettin to find somethin abt somwonw or theirself...they also both have same type of animation...
Almost the same setting as the other and they both got almost the same feeling. But I must say that I prefer Texhnolyze over Ergo Proxy.
Both take place in a bleak, unrelenting future. Both have some interesting characters, are very well animated, and both are heavy psychological.
Texhnolyze is a little more depressing, has a very depressing tone, and... doesn't end well...
Ergo has much more approachable characters, has points of humor, and is easier to enjoy.
Texhnolyze is an anime with a very similar feel to Ergo Proxy. Both are based in an almost false utopia. Texhnolzye takes place in the underground city of Lux, which is similar in a few ways to Ergo Proxy's Romdeau.
There is a similar atmosphere and tone to the anime, sharing the same dark feel. You may not like Texhnolyze, since it is harder to follow than Ergo Proxy, but probably if you really enjoyed Ergo Proxy, give it a shot.
In terms of story, both series features a cyberpunk setting with a similar feeling in a dark world. The plot is deep in both that portrays the dark backgrounds, intense scars, and other psychological factors.
The series' dystopian themes are also present that holds influence among many of its characters. Both series also takes place in the future where technology are more advanced than our own.
Both series features a complex plot that becomes more clear as the episodes progresses.
Both are incredibly dark and incredibly quiet dystopian/cyberpunk anime.
both have a dark futuristic plot and you could say both are a cyberpunk anime with a complex history or idea to understand.
It takes a certain, special someone to enjoy and comprehend anime like this, so if you were fond at all about one of these, you should thoroughly enjoy the other. Both anime feature a character trying to understand the world around them as it slowly crumbles apart. The overall atmosphere for both is dark and nihilistic and can leave a feeling of despair at times. Not for the faint of heart, or short attention span.
Ergo Proxy and Texhnolyze are very similar animes
Both have the same feeling "feeling like you're under pressure"
at the end you'll ask yourself many questions like;what the heck was going on?
Both are in essence intellectual series, exploring the main character's existential conflicts in interesting ways and generally providing an entertaining experience.
Both have a post apocalyptic feel, And the struggle for humanity to survive given the circumstances. In Neon Genesis their are 'Angels' which force humanity to fight, Whereas in Ergo Proxy their are "Proxies' which are very mysterious much like that of the Angels.
Overall both of them are very mind bending as a series, you also see the protagonists go through psychological fights regarding their past,present and future.
A definate must see.
Both stories occur in some post-apocalyptic future where mysterious events occur due to their actions. Both also have mind-bending mysteries.
Same post-apocalyptic concept, just everything is in a much smaller scale in terms of setup, characters, and story. Both series stress on character emotions and questions of morals, focusing more on the psychological developments rather than action, yet it is all laid out in a very advanced science fiction background. You also have the god-like rulers who debate amongst each other in monotone voices without significant physical features.
The stories are paced the same, really the key difference is that the focus is not on children and many of the similar extreme questions and psychological challenges are presented in a much subdued and more subtle manner.
Closer to ending, more similarities. Existential and psychologic background , nonoptimistic vision of future and a whole mass of symbols and refferences that gives spectator many ways of interpetation.
Both are intellegent stories of post-apocalyptic worlds. They both have complex plots and share a psychological thriller appeal.
Both animes are very psychological and philosophical.
They also make many references to religion, God, and other important people and events. Both occur in a post-apocalyptic future. Both will let you think about what's going on. They also explore very good each character.
Both are futuristic psychological thrillers in which the watcher delves into the mindset of the main character and those around him. They both also tackle issues such as morality and God. Both are a good watch and take time to fully appreciate.
Like many of the other reviews have already stated here, they both take place near end of the world situations and have phycological ideas. They make the characters question their meanings in life
Shows that have main characters turning into monsters (synchronizing with the monsters in NGE) that they can only partially take control of. Furthermore, both shows heavily focus on dimentia due to unstable minds of the protagonists.
Both shows externalize what is going on inside the main character's heads. Ergo Proxy at times feels like it was trying to be just as like Evangelion on purpose, with plot twists and a surprise ending that is only slightly less confusing.
But there are also substantial differences: over all, the story is more upbeat, a story of a new world being born out of the end of an old one, rather than a simple cessation of all things.
Similar art and pacing. Deal with similar themes.
They are both futuristic sci-fi series featuring philosophical aspects. Ergo Proxy is a bit slower-moving, with greater emphasis on charater development, whereas GitS is somewhat more episodic and more plot-focused, but both are excellent choices for a sci-fi anime fan.
Both series contains a cyberpunk like theme in a futuristic world. As such, the presence as advanced technology and cyborgs are present.
Both series has a complex plot along with a female protagonist who is independent, strong, and skilled in what she does. She encounters conflicts throughout the series but also has help and allies. They also question their own origins as well as how humanity came to be by their times.
There is a sense of dark mystery in the both series that has a serious mood to them.
Both series has action, drama, occasionally comedy, and science fiction themes.
Gritty cyberbunk sci-fi universe where the advancement of technology turns everything into a cesspool.
Both deal with cybernetics, conspiracy, have well developed characters, and serious philosophical elements. They also have strong lead female characters. There are dark, if not cynical underpinnings in both series . While there are significant differences in setting, story, and style, one can't help but feel that Proxy and Ghost are spiritual siblings.
Both stories are action packed with a mystery shrouding in it. both stories' protagonists are the same in some traits and actions that they do and accompanied by a someone they trust. both series' story revolves in the near future where machines and humans co-exists, living harmoniously until something unexpected happened.
Both series combine Sci-Fi with political intrigue. They also both have a similar "near-futuristic" setting, as well as tough female lead characters.
- Similar animation styles. Very dark, desolate and foreboding, each in their own way.
- Strong "female" leads.
- Both have deeper undertones and use a ton of subtle (and not so subtle) symbolism. (GITS more political, and Proxy more theological.)
While I would like to praise both, I did feel Proxy had far too much filler and drawn out exposition. But still, both shows look great with some nice animation.
Both heavily deal with the question: "What does it mean to be human?" among other extended philosophical metaphors. Each is a mystery, and keeps you guessing right up until the very end, with lots of twists and turns along the way.
Detectives in the future must work with robots to solve a mystery. Both feature strong female leads with an action driven story. Must watch for Ghost in the Shell fans.
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.
Dark and serious, both series takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. We have male protagonists who can't remember their past.
In this anime, the main character,Casshern, starts a journey to find out the truth about himself, his past.
In Ergo Proxy, Vincent Law, is also uncertain about his past. He has a double personality. Along with other characters he wants to find the truth about himself and his other side.
The world were the action takes place is similar, it is coming to and end, a world were humans don't have the control over it. The robots become aware of their own existence.
Both series play in a very apocalyptic world and have male protagonists who can't remember their past.
In a post-apocalyptic world the main character goes on a journey to regain his lost memories and learn the truth of his past self.
They both include a main character who doesn't know his identity and searches for his truth and purpose. Both have a gloomy atmosphere around alot of ruin.
Same post-apocalyptic setup. Same wandering around the wasteland feel.
Similar feel. Post-apocalyptic world/waste-land. A main character with no memories of who he is. Philosophy thrown everywhere. A girl who's interested in the MC. A small girl/female robot accompanying the MC, kinda. Some well-animated action once in a while.
Both of them have a similar atmosphere, a post-apocalyptic world where hope is nowhere to be found, where death is faced each moment. While Casshern Sins has more physical fights Ergo Proxy is more of a mindfuck ride.
Both are very dark and dreary and have a similar atmosphere.
Both take place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world.
Casshern Sins is more accessible than Ergo Proxy because it is easier to understand.
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