Posted by psgels on 12 September 2006 with categories: Ergo Proxy


This episode’s Proxy has the ability to delude someone’s mind. You could describe it as bringing its victim in a dream-world. In this dream world, The Usagi has arrived in Romdeau, after which Real turned Vincent in and hid Pino away. Afterwards, she was taken in by Daedalus and his assistant: Swan, in order to become a perfect citizen again. Vincent, meanwhile, turned into Ergo Proxy and was locked up. Real, meanwhile, felt bad for betraying Vincent, so she created an alternative Vincent in her subconscious mind.

The Real Vincent gets to be this alternative Vincent, while the Proxy gets to be Swan. Over the course of the episode, Swan tries to make him believe that he needs to kill Real. She tries to make him believe certain lies about his subconsciousness. I’m not sure what her goal was in doing this. I think that, if this continued on for much longer, Vincent’s mind would break, or something, allowing her to defeat him.

Swan also shows Vincent a bit of his past. In this, Real and Daedalus are brother and sister, Vincent works as the Chief of the Civil Guard with Raul as his subordinate and Vincent and Real who are about to marry. Obviously, this isn’t how it really went. But I wonder if there’s some sort of truth in this. After all, Vincent remembered a few details on his own, before this sequence started (the cup falling and Real cutting her finger on it). Of course, this could also have been the Proxy, trying to play with Vincent’s mind, creating the events so that in both cases, Vincent would naturally act the same way, thus creating a deja vú.

In order to confuse Vincent, Swan creates an illusion, within an illusion. But it makes you wonder what’ll happen once they actually reach Romdeau. The Proxy also made a few mistakes. Pino suddenly looked fancy again. Vincent didn’t know about the new Real, so there also was no new Real in the illusion. For some reason, Swan also gave herself and Vincent the two pendants. Proxy is able to move so fast, why can’t he dodge bullets like that? And why didn’t Real look for Monad? Still, it was a very nice attempt at fooling him.

While an interesting watch, this episode wasn’t really anything special. It was just another Proxy, playing mind games with Vincent. I think the bad thing was that this Proxy didn’t really have well-defined rules. Proxies like in episode 14, 15 and 19 all had certain rules they had to follow, which made these episodes very enjoyable.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This episode was mindfucking and when you say “Swan also shows Vincent a bit of his past. (…)” What it really shows him is the reality that he desires :P

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  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:28 PM)
    i see. man, these villagers are so exaggerating. river dries up for a day and somehow you lose all your money…there’s definitely something fishy here. who is in charge of their finances?
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:23 PM)
    @Jalapeno Bagel I mean there were certainly examples in history where reliance on monocultures was so heavy that the viability of that monoculture could mean the difference between social stability or total collapse for a society, but it wasn’t incredibly common IMO. I mean usually it was a more complicated set of circumstances with the viability of the monoculture being more a symptom than a cause.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:21 PM)
    @ninjarealist I agree. although to be honest, I really would not have known it was a Trigger production if no one told me. even the music is spot-on slice-of-life romcomy. thing. +1 for diversity.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:20 PM)
    @ninja ah well not specifically Japan. like, in a lot of fantasy/medieval sort of series in anime/manga have that kind of situation for some crises.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:18 PM)
    @Jalapeno Bagel I feel like a lot of that is the animation. There’s just always something cool or funny to look at. The character animations are just fantastic and it constantly keeps your eyes entertained.
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:17 PM)
    @Jalapeno Bagel If you’re talking about rice in Japan, the doom was more a factor of the rice’s value within the economic system and the pains involved with being unable to pay taxes etc. Most Japanese peasants did not even eat rice.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:16 PM)
    @ninja Trigger’s been doing a good job with the pacing, imo. either that or I’m keyed up or something. each episode flies by and I can’t believe it’s been 20 minutes already.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:15 PM)
    I’ve seen a lot of scenarios where a village is doomed because they’re cut off from harvesting/cultivating/mining/etc their best resource.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:14 PM)
    hm, this does pose an interesting question. were villages back in the day really so dependent on a single resource?
  • ninjarealist
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 12:14 PM)
    @Jalapeno Bagel I’m really enjoying Inou Battle as well. It’s not particularly original, or intelligent, and the cliches can be downright painful at times, but the animation is great and the characters are surprisingly endearing. It’s a fun watch if not a great show, is my opinion. I have definitely been looking forward to the new episodes.

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