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). read more
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. read more
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.  read more
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. read more
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.
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.
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.
Badass female main character, futuristic setting with robots and cyberpunk, actually well written het ships, overthrowing the government, gore. The main characters aren't much alike, but the way things happen and the psychological thrill are what make these anime so much alike.
Though the plots are ultimately different, Ergo Proxy and Psycho-Pass both begin as dark (literally and metaphorically), dystopian crime-drama-type shows. Both revolve around a male-female duo delving into the true meaning and purpose of themselves and their societies: Akane (F, optimist) and Kogami (M, cynic), Re-L (F, cynic) and Vincent (M, optimist-ish)
Ergo Proxy is more of a mind screw and focuses more evenly on all its characters, and Psycho-Pass is slightly more black-and-white morally. But both are philosophy-heavy and thought-provoking, with genuinely surprising reveals and a story driven equally by plot and character.
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.
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.
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
Worlds were the technology causes giant, hazardous negligence towards concepts that are 'outside' the bigger picture. Lain is more relatable and even prophetic, as it develops its themes through the modern concept of the Internet. On the other hand, Ergo Proxy is heavy on biopunk and philosophical intrigue. Both share characters that are desperately attempting to find the answers of their own existence, yet having an almost completely opposite sense of progression.
Even if the world they're in are not alike, the process and mindfuck stuff are very alike. They both make the viewer think or you can't understand. The protagonists both discover a new "world", different than theirs. Also they both have similar ost's, just Serial Experiments Lain's are a bit more electro.
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.
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.  read more
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 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.
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.
Ergo Proxy is similar to NGE because of its atmosphere and mature way of presenting its themes. Both satisfy my need for something to be pretentious with and feature a lot of stuff to look deeper into.
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.
Though handled differently, both anime question existence. The main characters ask, "What am I here for?" Both anime also are more heavily intricate underneath their basic premesis, and require full attention in order to understand the bigger picture. Answers are not handed out on silver platters, and that's what makes these titles so great and similar.
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.
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...
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.
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 very dark atmosphere
Both have the same feeling "feeling like you're under pressure". because of complicated plot you'll ask yourself many questions like; what the heck was going on?
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. read more
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 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.
Both are shows deal with similar themes revolving around humanity. Their story includes similar characters and string their events and themes into one similarly paced plot, that even includes some of the same flaws to an extend.
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.
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 series involve a main protagonist wandering through a dystopian wasteland searching for the truth while not remembering a single thing about their past. Both protagonists are joined by an interested female character and a small child throughout their journey. Both series also touch upon the relationship between humans & robots who are self aware.
There are some minor differences. Ergo Proxy focuses more on the overall story which can be rather confusing at times while Casshern Sins is more episodic in nature while touching on an overall plot that is relatively easy to understand. If you liked one series you'll probably like the other.  read more
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.
Both are post-apocalyptic anime with the main sub-plot of searching for a brighter future and a better place out of darkness. They both have philosophical and supernatural themes and have some action involved.
The world is ending , it's granted. In both shows we can see struggle and surrender. Different attitudes in face of extinction. There is also a pressure on philiosphical aspects such as "Who am I" , "Where is my place on Earth" , "Where do I go" which are important part of plot.
Both of them have beautiful, more serious art styles that lean more towards dark and subdued tones, and they are animated wonderfully. Both stories are philosophical and inspirational, and they both involve a small, unlikely group of heroes who travel through a post-apocalyptic world in search for answers in life. They both have great fight sequences and a wonderful score. However, Ergo Proxy is even darker than Wolf's Rain, and the storyline is a little slower and harder to get. If you are patient and pay attention however, you will be rewarded with a satisfying ending.
Aside from complex and beautiful story with mind-blowing ending, imo, the two shows are examples that anime is not just for "kids".
Some characters are very similiar (Proxy / Darcia - looks , Cheza / Proxy - role of chased escapee, Raul / Quent - hunters), with a bit of sci-fi / supernatural, but most of all, all of the characters develop themselves in a really awesome/unexpected way, sending you chills down your spike!
Settings of both anime are very similar - dark, post apocalyptic outside world, with people in despair and insecurity of the future and neat cities full of "robots". Mysterious aspects (proxies/nobles) as well as unclear history...
Action is not the main point, so there is not many, however the fights are really incredible. And I think you will not forget them for a long time.
Animation is pretty much the same (awesome), but Ergo Proxy is generally darker and sometimes harder to grasp whats going on. read more
Vincent and Kiba are trying hard to change their future, both have to take pass full of danger and unknown stuff. However the main unknown stuff is the purpose of their journey while it is still questionable if it exists, but despite this they do their best to reach the end. You will notice a bit darker atmosphere in Ergo Proxy, but Wolf's Rain involves more action and fights.
The general atmosphere in these animes are very similar. There are minimal cute/funny elements, the general color of the series is black. However, the complex plot with sudden twists and climax makes these series beautiful works of art.
Both have similar dark tones in their story lines, as well as a very deep psychological aspect. As well as a similar style in art and experiences with the "supernatural". It also helps that both anime have the same director ;)
Both series have the same director, simlur animation style, similar character designs, the plots are a little alike, and they are both pretty dark. They both also share the same "atmosphere" and "feeling". Also R-el reminds me of Robin (and they both even have weird hair styles that are alike), and the "vilians" in both series are very much alike, and in both series your really not sure if the bad guys are all that "bad". Also both series will have you asking "What the HELL is going on" multiple times. Oh and both series have disapointing endings."WHR" has one of the worst endings I've ever seen, and "Ergo Proxy" seems to have more to say, but doesn't. I think "Witch Hunter Robin" is slightly marked by poor writing too. However Dai Sato makes sure that "Ergo Proxy" does not fall into the same trap "Witch Hunter Robin" did.
Both series are great anime, for those who don't need riveting action every single minute, but would instead like some smart, interesting, and suspenseful shows. They are both evenly paced (although Ergo Proxy does get a little too slow at some points) mature, and have a great mystery, and up until the end in both shows your never quite sure what's what, and what's going on.  read more
Incredibly similar character design (and animation, since they have the same director, Shukou Murase), slow pacing, dark atmosphere, and serious mood.
Both anime are mature, supernatural, and psychological; both are dominated by black and consequently almost colorless; both have basically no comedy and light-hearted moments at all.
Both also have a very disappointing ending.
Witch Hunter Robin has the same ambience as Ergo Proxy. Very similar airs of mystery permeate both shows and both of the heroines have some mystery about themselves that they don't fully understand. Witch Hunter Robin is similar to Ergo Proxy (or vice versa) in a number of ways, not just because of the heroines similarity to each other but also because of overarching themes of distrust and ambiguity about who is the real enemy. Both shows share a sense of suspense and have several plot twists. The artwork and color palette of each show is similar and the way characters eyes are drawn is also strikingly similar. I don't know if the two shows were done by the same team or anything like that, in fact I'm still finishing up Witch Hunter Robin. Buy the similarities between these two shows that I started noticing as soon as the first episode grew to be too numerous to put off writing a recommendation any longer. If you enjoyed Ergo Proxy, you might find Witch Hunter Robin similarly thought provoking.  read more
Both series' plots feel very similar, in terms of both the overall tone as well as the fact that they both deal with supernatural elements. The art style and all of the main characters from both shows also seem very similar.
Same director, same type of tone, and both are a very similar story. They focus on someone who is a newcomer to a certain place and as the story goes along, they find out more about the deep, hidden secrets of it, which ultimately leads to a change in perception. Witch Hunter Robin is more of an occult sci-fi story, whereas Ergo Proxy is more dystopian. They both also carry with them very similar character designs.
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.
They have similar character development
world in future that has been destroyed due to human actions.
colours .. dark .. ergo proxy and darker than black are the two animes that really made me watch them almost like nonstop .. and they still often come back in my memories ..
Not terribly similiar in their facades. However, that's what's clever about the two series'. They both have subtle details and philosophical questions that the average viewer won't be able to perceive on their first viewing. Physically, they both focus on chasing after truths that lie beyond a secure womb-like environment. Not to mention some of the brilliant animation that is present in both of them.
Both set in rather dark and misterious environment, with a motive of main heroes searching for their identity and being trapped in a network of connections that not only can't be trusted, but also seem to be relatively changing with the plot. And most important of all (even though I rated Ergo Proxy slightly higher) - they are great series, evolving with time, yet very addictive from first eps.
Darker than Black and Ergo Proxy have a dark, western style art type. They share some similar genres though Ergo Proxy is more psychological, not focusing on action. Where as Darker than Black has considerably more action and is less psychological. These two anime are story driven as they focus on the main characters, their interactions with the people and places around them and the choices they make.
At first glance there is not much similarity in setting, plot and characters but if you look deeper both series ideologically close to each other. Both are antiutopias set in the postapocalyptic worlds where societies work under quite similar principles. In both protagonists set off on a jouney beyond the borders of their little worlds. Each new episode is a revelation for it widens the horison and adds new pieces to the puzzle. Naturally, though different, both shows put very deep questions and go as far as they can probing into the answers.
Both have a postapocalyptic world which is very disturbing and cruel. Ergo Proxy is a bit more nonsensical and harder to follow, however both anime feature the same sort of getting to know how the world works bit by bit mechanic. Ergo Proxy is more intelligent while Shinsekai Yori is more epic and both can be very difficult to watch at times due to the incredibly bleak circumstances of the protagonists (especially Ergo Proxy). Nevertheless these are both excellent anime and appeal to a very similar demographic.
Both series settings take place in the distant future after a cataclysmic war devastates the planet. The stories in each revolve around separated and isolated illusive, false utopias that are on the brink of collapse. Primary protagonists in both are trying to uncover secrets of their society and as a direct result will nearly dismantle them because of it. Both anime test your intellectual capabilities and leave you eager for more.
these share a very similar vibe and are guaranteed to confuse you at some point.
the main characters have in both lost their memory and must travel a post apocalyptic world to find answers
these are dark, psychological and pretty weird but most of all THEY ARE BOTH AWSOME !!
The futuristic atmosphere –aspects- within both shows and the dark feeling surrounding the worlds of them that makes this anime display some resemblances.
The sensation of solitude in both of these shows, or the deepness, and the meaningfulness behind not just each episode but each part of the script.
Both shows are interesting, mature and complex.
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.
A dangerous journey through a weird world, where the characters learn something about themselves everyday. They travel into the unknown, and visit strange places and desolate lands, often with weird people. They get involved into wars or fights, and often risk their own lives. The shows contain many philosophical gems and deep arguments.
- great sense of adventure and discovery, you will often see something you have never seen before
- social criticism through a dystopian system
- main female lead are both bold and capable
Although Ergo Proxy tells a single story in a different setting, it contains also significant episodic part about MCs' journey through bizarre encounters at different places, similar to Kino no Tabi. Also - both anime aim to be thoughtful and philosophical.
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.
Both occur in a distant future, both are very psychological and sometimes difficult too understand.
I noticed that machines are fundamental in both stories, and also that they are very similar since they replace many of the things that humans should do. In both animes robots may have souls. Both have also leading female characters.
A human dilemma is confronted in both Ghost in the Shell and Ergo Proxy: when machines gain sentience, what measure are they to humans?
In Ghost, human and cybernetic elements are freely mixed until the line between them blurs, leaving us with a woman like Major Kusanagi. She doesn't even know for sure which one she started out as. Ergo Proxy takes a different path by having humans stay pure as they advance their robots to the point where they start getting "infected" with emotion, or maybe souls.
For intellectuals who like cyberpunk and intense visuals.
A very interesting plot is revealed by watching both anime.They both have strong main characters who fight with concepts rather than brute strength.I truly was touched by the ending and overall beauty they have.
Both series center around a very dark and obscure theme. In Ergo proxy there is a big element of mystery throughout the whole series. Like in death note this makes for the series very addictive and will make you want to watch the next episode right away.
Dark ambience. Strange(difficult?) protagonists. Morality disturbing questions. Relatively "hard" and twisted plot. This is what you can find in both - Death Note and Ergo Proxy.
Death Note - present, "killing in order to achieve higher reach", desire to become god. Interesting, rather twisted anime("complexity" wise). One of the "must watchs".
Ergo Proxy - post-apocalyptic future, android-like humanoids(autoreivs), artificial humans, "gods". Strange, twisted anime. Be prepared for WTF moments and "hardish" story. Don't expect much humor, stay sharp and keep calm.
Both anime have got utopian socities. There are government-like systems to make society "perfect". People are being controlledd by the machines and they must obey the rules. Otherwise bad things happen to them.
I agree with other users- No. 6 and Ergo Proxy are both about utopian societies, and while No.6 is more hopeful and light, Ergo Proxy is great in its darker themes. Both have less explanations than other animes, but makes them all the more interesting to watch in suspense.
>Both anime are about "living in the fringe of the city" (I'm not english, but I hope you get the idea of what I mean), I found myself thinking about that kind of life while watching both of them.
>Main character (Vincent for Ergo Proxy and Nezumi for N°6) are similar, misterious and while watching you want to know more about them.
>Ergo Proxy is more "Goth", dark atmosphere while N°6 is more colorful and bright.
>Maybe Ergo Proxy's character are "more realistic" while in N°6 they seems fictional.
>well, both anime are amazing imho ;)
A dystopian controlled society masquerading as a utopia is pretty much a science fiction trope. Nevertheless, there are many and varied ways to present the theme. These two anime are quite different takes on a very similar topic.
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.
same memory loss problem,although animation style is very weird(kinda childish) but believe me its pretty much has serious story. the main chharacter Warp lost its memory like vincent and on the journey to find his memories realize that he has a very important position .
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.
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
Both have a female MC who lives in a society cut off from the real world, and is considered a "paradise"
Both then throw said MC out into the real world on a mission with somebody who has way more experience of being outside than they do.
In both the world outside of paradise is a desolate wasteland
The paradise is run by people who talk through statues in both
Both have an amazing story
The animation styles are very different, with EP using a darker more grim portrayal of a post-apolcalyptic world, whereas RT uses a much brighter colour scheme. />
RT's paradise is virtual, whereas EP's is real-life read more
Both series feature a futuristic setting, an organization controlled by talking statues, and a guy and girl travelling across a desolate land to accomplish some goal while learning more about themselves. Proxy chooses to focus more on the psychosis of the characters and what leads them to become who they are, while Expelled from Paradise opts for a traditional approach of blaming the future society.
If you liked Ergo Proxy, you'll definitely love Cowboy Bebop. Like Ergo Proxy, Cowboy Bebop combines almost every genre out there, including humor and action mixed with some drama and mystery. The characters are tough, and the only character that even gets close to being annoying is Ed, and even she can be hilarious sometimes.
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.
Both of which are very psychological and philosophical. But both shows know how to have fun every once and a while, like the Game Show episode in Ergo Proxy or the anime production episode in Paranoia Agent. They are also both really strange, but both can make you think if you give them the chance.
~The main characters both retain the same sense of hopelessness
~Beginning theme songs are a lot alike
~Both main charters are chasing someone
~Both main charters are booted from their 'sense of reality' and lose their position in society
~Both characters leave home in order to chase after the main antagonist
~Niether protagonist is a teenager
~Touch on romance but both main characters experience as failed relationships as they are both abandoned in a way due to their position in society and or loss of notoriety
~One protagonist is male whilst the other is female
~Ergo Proxy is set in a future utopian society
~Ergo Proxy has supernatural elements as one of the main characters is "god" and so are several of the minor characters
~One protagonist is a surgeon while the other is a dective read more
Noein does the job of raising the philosophical questions and Ergo Proxy answers them in its own unique style - these two anime complement one another and are both masterpieces rich with discussions of 'existence'.
It seems that when I watch both series, I couldn't help but notice the similarities of the style, plot, and feeling of both stories.
There's sci-fi themes and a dystopia like feeling dealing with the past, present, and future. Both series are also intellectual and surrounded in mystery behind the scenes.
The main characters have special abilities and gifted. There is also sparks of romance in both series but also with tragedy, emotions, drama, and some comedy (less so in Ergo Proxy). If you're looking for some otherworldly anime, then these two might be worth a shot.
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.
Both of these anime have a great cyberpunk and apocalyptic feel to them. Ergo Proxy is very similar to Pale Cocoon in the aspect that the technology is very advanced. They both also give you mountains of thoughts when you finish them. Example would be: Is this how the future turns out?
Avant-garde in similar ways. Strange plots. Ergo Proxy created a whole new story, while Gankutsuou adapted the Count Of Monte Cristo to a futuristic world. Both Ergo and Gankutsuou are complex and will make you think a lot.
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.
Both series feature a post apocalyptic setting where the remainder of society has been diverted to domed cities. The protagonists each set out on unique journeys outside the domes that lead them to uncover key points about the plot and world they live in. Although the domed cities boast strict government and rife technology it's widely desolate outside of them.
Ergo Proxy carries a heavier tone than Freedom, and is the more developed story of the two. Freedom is short and easier to follow, but has noticeably less depth. If you've seen one you will probably enjoy the other. Regardless, they present similarities.
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.
Both start in a very incomprehensible way which however isn't a bad thing at all. It adds to their mysterious nature and challenges the viewer to try to set the pieces together so that everything makes sense. Furthermore either of these revolve around a female protagonist that is struggling against an external supernatural force.
If you like anime that demand 100% of your concentration you won't be disappointed by choosing one of these.
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.
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 curiosity of the outside world and prohibits the sharing of information they deem "dangerous" to the status quo of society.
If you enjoy the protagonists trio of Shingeki, you'll find Ergo Proxy's own trio strongly familiar. Both series revolve around men with seemingly no special attributes and a highly skilled, almost cold woman connected to that man for unknown reasons. However, instead of the intelligent Armin, you receive the adorable and sometimes illuminating Pino, an AutoReiv android in cat pajamas.
Although the genres differ slightly - Shingeki is heartfelt shounen bravado while Ergo Proxy is older, jaded reality - don't be fooled: these two are arguably the exact same show with different-flavored coatings.  read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 offer.  read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of them are about. The true meaning is obscured and may not be clear if taken at face value.
Despite what little significance something might seem to have it's all interrelated. read more
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.
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...
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
- 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.
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.
-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of the characters, while Soultaker has much more action and is more fast-paced. read more
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..
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. Neither story takes place in our world. Ergo Proxy has older main characters so it may seem a bit more mature than Last Exile, but neither dreadfully dark but by no means light. read more
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.
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. =)
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 some kind of ''personality clash'', but in EP Vincent is sure his past was an attempt to deceive himself and is moving forward to get rid of any bonds with his fake life, while Mima is trying to convince herself, that being an actress is the thing she has always wanted and that everything changes only for the better.
Also, these animes are rather dark, especially PB. But no wonder they're dark: one is a postapocalyptic series, the other is a horror (more likely a thriller) movie. Their darkness is expressed in the anguish vibes, pictures of rotten world in EP and hapless personality deadlock in PB.
Given PB is a movie, you won't see such a characters' evolution in it as in EP, a full season series. But i don't think it's a drawback of PB, because it's not so much a story of seeking for true self, it's a story of dreams, getting more real than their owner.
Although PB lacks characters' evolution that's not to say there's no character development in it. In EP we can see characters changing, we can see them interacting and the reflection of their actions and thoughts onto reality, but you won't see, what the world is like in their view. PB is shown with the eyes of the main character, so you can feel the emotions Mima feels and understand them easily, without excessive analysis as in EP. Character development in PB is one of its strengths.
To conclude, these two titles are very different, albeit they are both animes about soul-searching, uncertainty and loss of mental guideline. So if you like psychological anime, that's definetely the thing you need. read more
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.
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 sequel would their personalities be reproduced. Though superficially the plot my look different but both are quiet similar: main character out on a journey to find out who they are [internally/as a person]. Samurai champloo takes a more comical approach to issues presented, but still has an appealing serious undertone. While ergo proxy puts all the philosophy out in the open Samurai Champloo leaves it up to the viewers to determine what it is.  read more
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.