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Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy

Alternative Titles

Japanese: エルゴプラクシー

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.071 (scored by 77259 users)
Ranked: #4342
Popularity: #99
Members: 168,330
Favorites: 4,907
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2 based on the top anime page.

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action drama mystery psychological sci-fi

Synopsis

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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Adaptation: Ergo Proxy: Centzon Hitchers and Undertaker

Characters & Voice Actors

Pino
Pino
Main
Yajima, Akiko
Japanese
Yajima, Akiko
Hirschfeld, Rachel
English
Hirschfeld, Rachel
...
Ergo Proxy
Ergo Proxy
Main
 
Law, Vincent
Law, Vincent
Main
Yusa, Kouji
Japanese
Yusa, Kouji
O'Brien, Liam
English
O'Brien, Liam
...
Mayer, Re-l
Mayer, Re-l
Main
Saitou, Rie
Japanese
Saitou, Rie
Bizot, Hélène
French
Bizot, Hélène
...

Staff

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



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Feb 26, 2015
Silent_Scream
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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Mar 8, 2013
Singan
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
That1GuyTim
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 7, 2007
infinity
- - - - [ Ergo Proxy :: Episodes - 26 ] - - - -

[ 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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Recommendations

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).
similar themes and even look and style of the animation.
*SPOILERS* Very similar themes about facing reality and not running away from your tribulations. They each deal heavily with self-discovery and finding one's purpose in life and accepting life for what it is. Plenty of symbolism in both; the plots are not straightforward at all and actually require the viewer to pay attention to fully appreciate the series. Neither series is for those who want the plot spoon fed to them. The viewer must piece together subtle plot points to fully understand it all. They're both extremely different from how they first appear. Eva looks like a generic mecha and Ergo looks like a generic cyberpunk but once you go underneath the surface you discover something entirely different. They both can be quite dark; the stories may not make sense at first and require much attention to detail and can be interpreted in various ways. The pacing of the stories are also very similar. Gendo and Proxy One are nearly identical in their goals and motives. Proxy One is basically a father figure to Vince who is used just as Shinji was used by Gendo. Shinji is a proxy for Gendo in a way. Vince has a revelation at the end similar to Shinji's "Congratulations". Also, technobabble abound in them both; while not entirely necessary at times it can enhance the experience in a way. However many people focus on the technobable too much and therefore have a narrow-minded opinion of the series and can't look past it to fully appreciate them as a whole.
Both shows begin in a post-apocalyptic world. Both shows' characters are on a journey to a destination which they know nothing about. Both are relatively dark shows, but do not shy away from humor occasionally. Both have action in them, but only when necessary, and the action isn't overdone. Both have fantastic endings that leave you thinking.
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.
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.

Opening Theme

"Kiri" by MONORAL (eps 3-23)

Ending Theme

"Paranoid Android" by Radiohead

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