Posted 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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  • Anon
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 02:44 AM)
    @Raggers I hope it turns out that he’s the result of some secret government project or something. That’d explain his strange behavior.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 02:41 AM)
    Anyway, I’m off to bed. Night!
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 02:40 AM)
    @Anon: yeah, perhaps the biggest plot hole so far is how bloody awful the actual soldiers are. At least Attack on Titan had a good excuse for this, but in Aldnoah these are supposedly soldiers who’ve spent 15 years preparing for war. Yet they’re worse than cannon fodder.
  • Anon
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 02:37 AM)
    @Raggers He is a better soldier than an actual soldier.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 02:36 AM)
    In all honesty though he is a very simple character. He evaluates his options calmly and rationally, and realises efficiency demands the ability to ignore emotions.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 02:33 AM)
    @Anon: faulty driver. The production team has been alerted, he will be rebooted in time for next ep.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 02:32 AM)
    @Raggers: good point, I always forget that some people need to catch up.
  • Anon
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 02:29 AM)
    @Raggers Wait, in the latest episode, he did make a troubled expression once. When he was trying to shoot down the flying fists.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 02:29 AM)
    @Bam: shhh, no spoilers on the Shoutbox.
    But yeah, I’d like to see them explain this one.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Aug 22. 2014 02:27 AM)
    But at this stage he’s more of a robot. I’m a sociopath and even I have emotions, though they are a bit skewed compared to a “normal” person’s emotions.

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