Posted by psgels on 4 October 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews, Ergo Proxy


Ergo Proxy is a science-fiction series with a healthy dose of mystery and action. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world, in which the regular earth has become uninhabitable. The only places where people can live is in certain air-tight domes. This story begins in one of these domes: Romdeau. It’s a highly controlled society, which believes that each citizen should get as less freedom as possible, in order to become the perfect citizen.

Ergo Proxy definitely is an incredibly unique series. This mostly lies in the way the plot is written. Especially the middle episodes really play games with your mind. Complex dialogues and monologues occur often, with awesome effects. Some episodes definitely are huge roller-coaster rides, almost without any slow moments. These kinds of episodes really were great to see, and I definitely recommend them. They were also very thought-provoking, dealing with issues as philosophy and psychology.

The show also has a cast of very interesting characters. Ranging from a tough, realistic woman to a small, “android” (or Autorave, as they call it in the anime) girl. The anime starts out full of mysteries and vague references. don’t expect to understand anything of the story for the first three episodes. Then, the pacing dies down a bit, and things can get a bit explained. After that point, things pick up again, and the series starts to become episodic, featuring a fight between two characters on every episode. The great thing is that these characters don’t fight the standard way. Each clash between characters is full of originality. Most of them prefer to use mind games, and we even have one character who kills his victims off by using a fully fledged game-show.

The mystery-part works very well in the early episodes. For almost every episode, new questions get introduced. Still, as the series progresses it makes the mistake to introduce more questions than it can take, resulting in a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the series. I’ve finished this series now, and almost half of the mysteries of this show still remain mysteries. The episodic nature of the second half of the show also takes its toll, especially on the later episodes. For some reason, these seem to have lost the extra touch that the first two thirds of the anime did have. The first half of this series definitely was the better half.

The graphics are also a feast for the eyes. The animations is so incredibly fluid, the character designs look very appealing, though not over the top, the CG has been very well integrated with the rest of the graphics and the background music also delivers.

Overall, Ergo Proxy has been incredibly fun to watch. It’s got its flaws, though the brilliant plotwriting definitely made up for it. If you’re looking for a series which will make you think, this is the one you should go for.

15 Responses

  1. michelle says:

    is there going to be other episodes?

  2. Meh says:

    There were some episodes in this series I enjoyed. However, the “mind-games” just made me frustrated with the show overall. It felt like watching the second half of “End of Evangelion.”

    That is, I suspect that it tries too hard to be profound towards the end and fails miserably. I’m sure there’s all sorts of clever references to philosophy and psychology riddled throughout, but I can’t be bothered with it.

  3. ltzmuah says:

    I thought this anime was FANTASTIC, absolutely FANTASTIC, from the action to the story to the “mind games,” and I enjoy your blogs, well more like I just come and watch the anime with high ratings, to see if i like it, and its a good way to find new anime to watch ^_^

  4. Mirukia says:

    I really like this show. I asked tons of people if they have seen this awesome show “Ergo Proxy” and they’re like, “Ergo whatty?” Oh my GOD if they only knew. This show, I beleive, has one awesome story line, and it keeps me wanting to watch it more. Can’t wait to see all of it! :)

  5. mark says:

    Its good to see that Funimation is picking this up,and helping Geneon get it back on store shelves,as Ebay sellers are really over charging for it right now.150 is fine,but 300 to 500 per boxset !?!?!

    I only paid 130 USD for my LE set,and it was well worth it.

  6. JG says:

    I loved this anime. I am a big fan of the post apocalyptic genre and this show has that and much much more, I also love the fact that it makes you stop and think about what is happening.

  7. Robhiengler says:

    Probably one of the worst anime series ever made – no I lie in retrospect I’ll reserve that Shangri-La

    This series was bad only because it had wasted POTENTIAL (which is a euphemism for failure) with an utterly empty ending.
    Essentially “very pretty” but “ultimately lacking content” failed by inconsistent writing, inconsistent animation, inconsistent quality all round.

    The story for a majority of it is slow-paced and a clinical, detached approach to characterisation with no real apparent direction where the series is going: all the clues are there to tell us what its all about but essentially it could have done with less of the sanctimonius, self-aggrandizing, philosophical diatribe faster pacing and more straight forward approach.

    If you like philosophical masturbation in cartoon form existentialism vs fatalistic solipsism and the questions about the absolute truth of existence: ‘cogito ergo sum'; but by the end it the series the dialogue decended into pretentious twaddle: it’s like watching an emo with a knife, in the end it commits suicide.

  8. chounokoe says:

    Sometimes I would like to know what exactly you expect from a series, honestly (and without sarcasm).
    What is, for you, a good anime series?

  9. saed says:

    It’s Rohm Dome (Romdo for short)

    Re-l is an imperfect clone of Monad proxy (Made by Daedalus)

    Vincent is a perfect clone of Proxy One (Made by Proxy One)

    The proxy who assaults Re-l is Proxy One, Not vincent.

    The voiceover when vincent crased the bike is Proxy One explaining his motive.

    “Mind Games” is proxy one manipulating vincent.

    Thought this might help.

    Later

  10. saed says:

    Sorry for posting twice… wasnt thinking ahead.

    Keep in mind that Vincent cant remember his past because he doesnt have one. That’s also why he doesn’t love Monad… He’s never met her before.

    Later.

  11. Ebisu says:

    Great series. In the middle part the pace is a bit off though the chapters get really good and full of quality since chapter 15 till the end. Really recommendable (even 7 years after).

  12. PinoForPresident says:

    Great anime. The Walt Disney ep wasn’t my cup of tea… though the references in there were ok. Over all nice story and not really that confusing if you actually follow the plot.
    Didn’t bother to read a summary before I watched it, so was judging from the name, expecting a cyberpunk anime… However I’m glad I watched it and it certainly was entertaining.

    And to the whole emo committing suicide argument in regards to the set and setting of the series: Get over yourself, and realize that the fundamental laws of emotional behavior, can be something else than oversensitive teenagers with asperger syndrome, waddling around in autism and spaghetti.
    The celebration of the wide spectrum of human emotion is a theme well worth while working with, whether you’re an emotional individual or not. And in a series, that might not end as clever as it started, but yet succeed in postulating interesting thoughts about the duality of self-centered creationism and the development of tech contra genome evolutionary processing, it is completely frustrating to hear such statements uttered.
    If you wanna see a shitty emo committing suicide / pretentious and over the top stagnate / stupid series, go watch Death Note.

  13. Jedman says:

    Enjoyed this series, felt it lost it a bit towards the end after a great start. As far as philosophical sci-fi anime’s go, I preferred Texhnolyze over this.

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:15 PM)
    And I’d go as far to say this beats out birdman for me by miles.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    The film is a solid mood piece thanks to the in tone cinematography, a great performance from Hoffman that along with his characters drama makes for an emotionally investing film. And before it gets TOO sad theres all those bits of dark humour fitted in there that work out pretty well. This is probably my favourite work by Kaufman currently.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 04:14 PM)
    Well Bam, I had a go of synecdoche there. A bit of a slow burner, near the end slightly drawn out, however that last stretch was forgiven by that bonkers ending.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:23 PM)
    The voice of the main character got kind of annoying though, the dub wasn’t all that good either.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:22 PM)
    This was based on/was a homage to a series by the Gigantor creator and having grown up with gigantors 90s reboot this felt like a nice throwback, plot is fairly simple but used effectively. It’s a shame that it feels like there was more to tell but at seven episodes I suppose it avoids outstaying its welcome.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 01:20 PM)
    Decided to marathon Giant Robo, I think this was mentioned by someone on here before. I guess it was fairly entertaining, great action direction, looked good for its time, you don’t notice the hour long episodes go by, adequate characters, nice retro artstyle also, not sure if I got excited over this as big O and Mazinger however but still fun enough nonetheless.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:55 AM)
    Given my rants regarding Birdman it should be clear that I’m a sucker for these rare instances where the line between movie and reality get blurred- when an actor looks at a camera and just bares their heart out. This is the realism that reality tv tried but could never capture. this is art in one of its most sincere forms.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:50 AM)
    Oh yeah Hoffman was a massive talent and a beloved actor, so I don’t take it lightly when I call Synecdoche his greatest role ever. Given his death and knowing the circumstances of his life at the time imbues this performance with a chilling sincerity that just breaks your heart and leaves you in awe.

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