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Ergo Proxy


Alternative Titles

English: Ergo Proxy
Japanese: エルゴプラクシー

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 23
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 25, 2006 to Aug 12, 2006
Premiered: Winter 2006
Broadcast: Saturdays at 19:00 (JST)
Studios: Manglobe
Source: Original
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.031 (scored by 107,248 users)
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Ranked: #4872
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Popularity: #129
Members: 252,972
Favorites: 6,967

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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 
report Recommended by thismarlasinger
similar themes and even look and style of the animation. 
report Recommended by dollie_mixtures
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. 
report Recommended by celeste2070
Both are in essence intellectual series, exploring the main character's existential conflicts in interesting ways and generally providing an entertaining experience. 
report Recommended by shirai
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. 
report Recommended by Danish
Similar art and pacing. Deal with similar themes. 
report Recommended by animejnkie
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. 
report Recommended by weareschizo
Very similar art style, and dark atmosphere. Deep psychological and a tad distopic with action. Also have the same director. 
report Recommended by Vesey
An atmosphere of darkness and mystery flushes both of these series. The main character in Ergo Proxy and Darker Than Black live a double life, they have masks which hide their true faces. But not only similar characters put these titles together. The worlds described in DTB and Ergo Proxy are results of great catastrophes, connected with the main characters' destinies. 
report Recommended by Iahel
The overall feeling of travel while learning new things about the world is what makes these 2 animes similar in my eyes. 
report Recommended by turbo2025
Both these animes have a good plot, that can't be easely understood if you don't look deep enough into human inter-action. 
report Recommended by DraGonBLast
Ergo Proxy, like Kino's Journey shows human psychology through a series of travels. A major difference is that this study of human nature is embedded within a larger plot in Ergo Proxy, while Kino's Journey's main point seems to be the study of human nature.

Also, both animes involve a bit of philosophical thinking.  
report Recommended by nanyate
Both Ergo Proxy and Death Note are anime that present battles of wit instead of pure strength and flashy moves. Anyone who feels up to it should follow up Death Note. And vice versa... 
report Recommended by Kelaihc
Both Animes center around a capable female protagonist, who have similar personalities. They both deal heavily with android/cyborg forms of life and both take place in a futuristic cyberpunk setting. Ergo Proxy takes on a more gothic, dystopian atmosphere, however if you enjoyed one of these, you are more than likely to enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by sinnige69
Both contain similar existential themes and rely heavily on events that occurred prior to the series to fuel it's main plot. Each contain a corrupt character who sees his world with a skewed perspective and tries to fix it through whatever means necessary. Similar cyberpunk/dystopian setting as well. 
report Recommended by Danish
Both of them have the same quite glummy and mysterious atmosphere. 
report Recommended by Arleyn
Both are serious, mysterious, mature, intriguing, and well written. Shinichiro Watanabe did the storyboard for them both. 
report Recommended by Danish
Very similar settings. No. 6 is like Ergo Proxy in cuter, brighter and more colorful, unfortunately also more childish and simplistic. Ergo Proxy is darker, cooler, weirder, more mature. 
report Recommended by lumi
While the anime are about different subjects, they are simlar in a way that they make us think about our societies and our roles. Both have intelligent and creative narratives, though Ergo Proxy has a bit more action. 
report Recommended by M_A
Well, at first view, these two are not similair, so many people will not understand this recommendation.

But there are analogies: Dark ambience, complex story, very depressing end, "creatures" with supernatural powers.

If you rely on the quality of story-telling, i would suggest you *not* to follow this recommendation. To me, the flow of Ergo Proxy's story looks much more unexperienced than that of Gilgamesh. 
report Recommended by deunan
drawing style, fighting scenes and somehow the setting match. 
report Recommended by mingoshingo
totally the same thing
girl leaves utopia to go to the postapocalyptic "real world" and she meets up with some dude
they have a wacky adventure and eventually return to the utopia
robots with humanity
rulers of the utopia are statues of gods
the big difference here is that expelled from paradise is a bit more trashy

 
report Recommended by somaisbatman
Similar story about a romance from the past and a guy trying to get revenge on those who have ruined his life. Both are very mysterious and keep you guessing. 
report Recommended by Danish
Extremely similar plot, characters and themes. Both explore themes of self-discovery and accepting a predestined role or forging your own destiny. Both follow an amnesiac exploring a unique world trying to find answers and purpose. Lost love and betrayal are major aspects of each. Character development drives each series forward.
 
report Recommended by Danish
Both are about a futuristic post apocalyptic world. Main characters are unaware of the past and try to peace together clues on what happened. Ergo Proxy is more action based where as Pale Cocoon is more cyberpunk. 
report Recommended by DeathfireD
Both series deals with a female protagonist who is not your typical or normal girl.

Both anime composes of cyberpunk themes in a futuristic like setting.

Both series contain action, sci-fi, and drama as well as some violence and strange mood throughout some scenes.

 
report Recommended by Stark700
Both take place in the post-apocaliptic future, contain strange monsters & lost memories 
report Recommended by helensan
Both rely heavily on symbolism (especially religious) and require you pay close attention to fully grasp what is actually going on. The journey through a wasteland of sorts is present in each. The art style is also, at times, quite similar. 
report Recommended by virtualbub
The main male character is a guy with a red suit/raincoat, and he alternates his behavior from clumsy/awkward to formidable and almost invincible when needed. So, Vincent Law and Vash look very similar as suit and nature. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
Ergo and Chrome are both post-apocalyptic environments in which civilization sustains within domes, away from the toxic exterior environments. Each story focuses on monsters, or in the case of Ergo, Proxies. Aside from that, mood and plot highly differ between the dark (goth), mysterious, and mechanized-society of Ergo with the light, comedic atmosphere of Chrome. 
report Recommended by Osuuki
READ---> Both take place in the post-apocalyptic time strain, both are about a grandiose journey in which many truths are uncovered. Both are about a civilization living in a life support dome, under severly strict governmental rule, and both have strong routes in human will and the need for freedom and the truth. There are many more small similarities that you will pick up as you whatch these as well. If you've seen one, you'll love the other. Trust me. 
report Recommended by White_Fox
both is set in a futuristic utopia. Both main characters are dissatisfied in their "perfect" lives and tries to solve a problem in their society. The art direction and animation in both works are very well done, although harmony is done better as it is a movie. If you like watching sci fi utopia/dystopian anime with philosophical and psychological undertones, you will like harmony. 
report Recommended by rosurose
Ergo Proxy is Shingeki no Kyojin's moody older brother. Although the setting of Ergo Proxy is an alternate future instead of an alternate past, both stories contain humans struggling in a vastly changed landscape. In both stories, humans have confined themselves - one with walls, the other with domed cities - in order to preserve their survival.

However, what is the cost of living like a caged bird?

Alongside humans live humanoid creatures with superhuman strength: for Shingeki, the giants and for Ergo Proxy, the Proxies. Both creatures are complete mysteries to their human counterparts. In both series, the government strongly discourages  read more 
report Recommended by pikkichi
If you were dissapointed by Blood+ like I was comparing it to the preview and what I expected, you should really try Ergo Proxy. It has many things that Blood+ would never have, although if you would here the story for both of them, you could barely differentiate them, and I'm talking about the atmosphere here. Ergo has the truly dark sceneries, ravages and atmosphere that you'd expect in Blood+, the conspiracy level is way higher and a lot less stereotipical and the difference of levels to what basicly exists in both would continue. 
report Recommended by Contribuitor
Ergo Proxy and Blame! are dark and unusual sci-fi titles. Both take place in a post apocalyptic scenario set in the future. A brooding atmosphere serves as the backdrop for the interaction between humans and thinking machines, exploring the thin line between them. Borderline supernatural creatures appear in both as well as living beings employed as powering devices. It should be taken into account, however, that Ergo Proxy is mostly a narrative driven anime that occasionally dips into speculations of a more philosophical kind while Blame! has hardly any plot to speak of and is one of the strangest experiences that any medium has to  read more 
report Recommended by Nocturnal
Expect to be confused.

We have our punk looking gun toting badass Re-l and our knife wielding equivalent Shiki. If you're looking for the exact same plot line as Ergo Proxy then you will be disappointed but both have a supernatural element to them and romantic undertones.

Both of these series are incredibly fun to watch and I recommend them to anyone that likes the supernatural genre as much as I do. 
report Recommended by polished
The art style, and the learning about the other part of themselves.. while in ergo, it's *actual* transformation, vs. persona, which is the idea behind the transformation of yr inner persona..  
report Recommended by Leha
Both cyberpunk, both have robots in it, both are psychological. 
report Recommended by mint_Tea
An inner demon is present in both series that the MC must control. As the episodes progresses, there is emotion and drama. Also, supernatural and cyberpunk themes are present in both series that reflect a dystopia like setting.

Of course, saving humanity is another theme in both series. 
report Recommended by Stark700
In the distant future; where mankind suffer to live through a bad earth condition, forcing themselves to live in a strictly controlled society.
Both series feature a strong/skilled female protagonist who's trying to figure out the mystery behind what's called "The Perfect City".
Both series contain a decent level of bloody action with superb art quality. Ergo Proxy does obviously have darker atmoshere, while Shangri-La is a bit more lighthearted; but still has its own tragic moments.
Although having similar story concept; they actually deal with different themes;
Ergo Proxy: Psychology, Cyberpunk, Hardship, Amnesia...
Shangri-La: Economy, Politics, Leadership, Hacking, Prison... 
report Recommended by Deago
- Its diffrent on the art style of what you are used to
- Both shows have a dark feeling around them
- Both are slowpaced shows that make you wonder and question human nature.
- Where Ergo proxy stil kind of sets lines between right and wrong Shiki does not, how you feel and what you believe to be good or bad is up to you.
- both wil make you grind your feelings about life and humanity long after you watched it. 
report Recommended by DixyNL
Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou might take place in a fantasy setting with strong harem themes and a development of conspiracy and character purpose.

Ergo Proxy would be the plot-side of Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou following the equivalent of a Demi-god (a proxy) in a quest strongly related to the one here involving Gods and creators. The themes and general feeling are a little different where Ergo might seem more apocalyptical/dark and IUnD might seem more revolutionary/light. 
report Recommended by Akusa
They are both sci-fi, with futuristic elements in different ways. Hot and strong protagonists. they fight some strange evils that we only understand halfway through the story. 
report Recommended by sweetji
Both are totally mind numbing..... 
report Recommended by Ivisire
Both have totally mind blowing master mind plans, revealed by the end of each episode. 
report Recommended by Ivisire
Both series are set in the midst of a post-apocalyptic world, barren and inhospitable which have created closed cities where life is possible and where it seeks a perfect society.
In Datanias (DT Eightron) there is much emphasis on the control of citizens, like Island (Aldous Huxley, 1962), while in Romdo have addition of robots.
Also in both series the protagonists leave their respective cities and they discover things in the way.
From different perspectives (Ergo Proxy more psychological / DT Eightron more shounen) are interesting series. 
report Recommended by SunWukung
Both of these are giving a similar feeling while watching. While ergo proxy has a more complex story, Xam'd has better fighting. Also the the plot in Xam'd gets wierder as you watch it, while in Ergo Proxy you have that feeling from the start. If you like this type of anime, this is something you must watch. 
report Recommended by war10ckah
Both are animes in which you must attentive to their development, in which even the smallest detail has its importance. Aesthetically, the drawing of characters seem slightly and there isn't really colorful in either, while in Ergo Proxy the dark is the predominant, in Zankyuo Terror are little saturated colors 
report Recommended by andream_b
-Cyberpunk - Check
-Very sensual female protagonist - Check
-Cyborgs - Check
-Modern and extremely good drawings and animation
-Incomprehensible plot 
report Recommended by juakoblabla
Both anime have very quiet episodes and also have intriguing mysteries. 
report Recommended by joshinek
Both shows have similar themes involving androids becoming sentient. However, the art styles, the characters, and the overall tone of the shows differ from each other. 
report Recommended by vigorousjammer
Excellently crafted psychological stories: Not everything is revealed to you upfront, and very intense subject matter. Dark, gripping, and powerful.

+ compelling story
+ keeps you guessing 
report Recommended by lawlmartz
The animes have androids that possess human emotions, as well as a dramatic feel to things. But in contrasting with Ergo Proxy, Plastic Memories has a much more lighthearted feel to things, and incorporate a tad bit of comedy too.  
report Recommended by poorqs
Similar feel, melancholic, character focused. It's science fiction, action and some suspense but all that takes a back seat to the characters' dynamic - again very similar in terms of feel - a combination of scifi and slice of life. 
report Recommended by st-clouds
A quite similar style in the characters, both are deep and need to be seen by eyes than understand more than it's showed. 
report Recommended by SeinttAlive
Both shows start really differently from how they develop-Madlax starts as typical action-shooter and Ergo Proxy starts as typical cyberpunk.
As they develop they share a lot-mysterious-phylosophycal dialogues and plot, main heroes, who lost their memories, plot makes huge curves and what's really happening is unknown till the last few episodes.
For me I prefer Madlax more since it's more dynamic and easier to watch, but both shows are still really good and share a lot in my opinion. 
report Recommended by Vizvezdenec
Very similar dynamic between the male and female leads of each show - a bossy young woman and a somewhat clumsy man from a different origin.

Both also have the main characters getting involved in the supernatural and can have a dark feel at times. 
report Recommended by Aydrisel
One of the leading characters has a similar characteristic to them, and that characteristic outputs some similar psychological moments between characters. 
report Recommended by Piegoose
Although set in vastly different worlds, they share the core theme of philosophy and explore this theme as a major part of the story. 
report Recommended by Pool2244
-Ergo Proxy has philosophy fully associated to René Descartes, Zetsuen no Tempest is fully associated to the literature of William Shakespeare.
-Both shows are about the protagonists trying to find a secret from the past from somebody which is the key to solve some mysteries in the plot (Vincent Law's past in Ergo and the murder of Fuwa Aika in ZnT).
-Both series can leave you much to think about life. 
report Recommended by MetalexReaper
Equally confusing and overdone ending. Just before the ending you really start to admire the movie/series but once the ending comes, it turned out you didn't knew anything and still don't know anything.

And also the vision of the end of world. 
report Recommended by lolwutwhatever
Both these anime revolve around a type of "utopia" in which people live in, which outside the boundaries of the city, it is inhabitable by humans. Both also have a type of robot or life form which are required to help society run. 
report Recommended by -FlameHaze-
Travling and discovring new places with new ppl in the first part of TTGL similer to the secound Part of Ergo proxy..and then in the secound half of TTGL the develpment of the city was similer to how the city was in the first part of Ergo Proxy.. that's what made me relate these anime to each other.. 
report Recommended by yumiche
Animes that revolve around discovering the reasons why things are occuring to the main character, and while both feature fights its not the animes main focus. 
report Recommended by Talamare
Despite large plot and animation differences, there is something similar in the feel of these anime. If you're looking for something just like Last Exile/Ergo Proxy, this isn't what I am talking about. But if you like one, you may want to try the other. Of course the most obvious similarity is the cute little girl running around amid a world in chaos, but, more importantly both are about journeys navigating through different forces trying to manipulate the characters. Also, there a mystery (what is Exile and how is Alvis related to it/ what are the Proxies?) that is revealed as the series goes on.  read more 
report Recommended by slverdragonchild
Both very Bizarre and Mysterious and stay that way throughout pretty much the Entire Series
Also they were both made by the Same Producers  
report Recommended by GokuXXY
Blue Gender and Ergo Proxy are set in futuristic dystopias, and follow the journey of two key characters, a no-nonsense woman and a man trying to grasp his identity. We see these characters grow and change as they form a relationship with one another, and it is this development that pushes the stories forward. Both series contain a political element and address issues such as social class and morality, offering the audience much food for thought. Definitely two titles for the scifi fan. 
report Recommended by dairysorbet
Ergo Proxy and Soultaker both take place in dark scifi worlds, and both have a very strong sense of mystery in them. Though their visual styles are very different from each other, both have black as the main color most of the time, which adds to the already bleak atmosphere. The main protagonists in both discover that they can turn into powerful monsters, and encounter other people with similar powers. Both characters also suffer from trauma and amnesia, and each go through some introspection.
While there are similarities between these two series, Ergo Proxy is far more psychological and focuses more on the mentality  read more 
report Recommended by Bocknoi
Very similar setting: dark dystopic and cyberpunk. The atmosphere has a similar feel to it.
Each anime has an environment which has been destroyed and characters who live in protective societies.
Oppressed citizens controlled by the government.
They both have outstanding visuals that blend 2D animation with CGI beautifully. 
report Recommended by Danish
Both have intense story lines, complex and intertwineing episodes set in a sci-fi / fantasy atmosphere. Both very watchable. Main characters develop powers, many plot lines run parallel 
report Recommended by Nappix
this series gave me the same sort of feeling as speed grapher.. it's hard to define.. but yea, it's very dark and deals with the underbelly of society [though ergo proxy is quite a bit more futuristic].. upheaval, good versus evil, that sort of thing.. the animation is also on par with this one.. definitely check it out. 
report Recommended by inoneoutheother
This two anime are similar in many ways. Ergo Proxy have far more complex story, but Karas have much better action. Both anime is quite dark and have some kind of protector (Creator or Proxies and Karas with Yurine). 
report Recommended by XzaR
Both series feature handy and highly advanced robots/androids that humans become dependent on. Ergo Proxy has robots that have companionship with their owner, but Eve no Jikan has androids that are left as tools and often being discriminated. 
report Recommended by toanbui
They both are very philosophical and dark. What is one's purpose, why am I here, etc.  
report Recommended by Danish
Extremely similar themes about self-discovery, growing up and deciding your own destiny.
Both contain heavy amounts of symbolism and introspection into characters' psyche.
They're both about learning to take responsibility for your actions and thinking for yourself.
Both Shinji and Vince face a dilemma about whether to obey the will of a father-figure or whether to create their own unique path in their life.
Re-l's and Asuka's character development practically parallel each other verbatim. They each learn to become more open, less arrogant and show some compassion to others.
Action and symbolism abound in them both but that's not what either  read more 
report Recommended by Danish
Both are science fiction and has a theme of controlling humans. However, Fractale has a MUCH MORE happier mood than Ergo Proxy. In both anime, people tragically die and change.  
report Recommended by confuser987
First off, M+H pays homage to Ergo Proxy with an Easter Egg: several copies of the Vincent Law book (as seen taking up an entire library in Ergo Proxy) is seen in the show. But besides that, both feature some unique female leads that go on a journey. 
report Recommended by jealousghost
If you liked the mood and the atmosphere of Ergo Proxy, than you'll find Black★Rock Shooter an interesting anime. I can't ensure so much vibe as in Ergo Proxy, but I think Black★Rock Shooter is really worth watching. Even if it's only for those dark flashes from the shinigami world. 
report Recommended by star101
I think the feeling in both is the same; both of the animes are surrealistic and dark. The music in both is very good and somewhat similar. 
report Recommended by homemichan
First of all, PB and EP are deeply psychological animes. They're both about people, whose life was severely deranged by their own hasty decisions and then settled as a result of painful mental metamorphosis.

Main characters of both these animes try to find out their true identity: Vincent, having lost his memories, has lost his way in life either and tries to recollect them to regain his raison d'etre, whereas Mima's dreams and desires has gotten at odds with her current life situation and she suffers, because she can't figure out, whether the way she lives is right.
So both Vincent and Mima experience  read more 
report Recommended by lotrus28
Reffering to the 2nd Renessance and Detecive Story for the most part here. The two shows have certain styalistic touches in common and the bleak portrait of the future is similar enough in the two to reccommend but not so similar you'll feel like they copied eachother. =) 
report Recommended by Hari
There is an almost invincible monster with unstable mind. That mysterious monster is usually hidden, but when come out, it become a deadly nightmare for anyone. The shows may contain violent death of children. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
A long journey with different stages and several interesting encounters. One of the main female characters lose the other co-protagonist, then she leave off her home in order to find out the other lost person. They will do a dangerous travel in a weird world. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
Ergo Proxy has the same roaming feel that Third does. Although Ergo Proxy is a lot darker, by the end of the anime you feel the same, you don't want it to end, but want to continue on with the journey that the characters are continuing. There is more in depth exploration of the psyche in Ergo Proxy, but overall they have the same feel. 
report Recommended by brixdan
Ready for some more mind twisting, shocking, startling, and edge of your seat thrills? ChaoS;HEAd will surely mess with your brain, it's not your usual psychological thriller, more like an "Alexander in Wonderland," throw in a few friends to join the story and you might not be able to follow the events taking place. Add some time to think while these stories progress, you might find yourself in awe at how the author managed to write such a twisted plot.  
report Recommended by CiaoBella
I felt the same dark atmosphere in Elfen Lied, but it's still different from Ergo Proxy. Nevertheless if you liked Ergo Proxy, I'm sure you'll love Elfen Lied. 
report Recommended by CommanderSnake
Same idea of destroying old world for the sake of building new one. Ergo Proxy has a much darker mood though. 
report Recommended by staI1n
Although it is not as a mindfuck as Ergo Proxy the dark elements in PH remind me of the show. Psychological breakdowns are in both shows. 
report Recommended by thecandyman328
Both shows are set in bubble cities in the near future and have some dark vibes. While Ergo Proxy doesn't have mechs, its does still have some action packed combat. More importantly the characters in both stories delve deeper in the history and dark past of the bubbles cites to reveal some big secrets. 
report Recommended by ilikewhiterice
Post apocalyptic setting 
report Recommended by hexaq
What's unfortunately rare in anime is: both these anime treat the viewers with respect. They don't need to repeat the plot/point or make things blatantly obvious, they assume that we're all intelligent people with our own personal opinions that can come to our own conclusions. And that's what really made these 2 distinct series shine.

Both are made by Manglobe, but that's not why you'd enjoy one if you enjoyed the other. As far as setting goes, it's the complete opposite: feudal Japan vs post apocalyptic. Characters are also quiet different, but any good anime has character's so unique that only in a  read more 
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