Anime Review: Ergo Proxy

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In the futuristic, post-apocalyptic Romdo City, humans co-exist with artificial androids and other robots known as “Autoreivs”, ranging from industrial models to more humanoid ones. An epidemic of a disease called Cogito has been sweeping through the Autoreivs, corrupting their programming to give them free will. Re-l Meyer and her sidekick Autoreiv Iggy investigate the Cogito infections, but Re-l is attacked by a monstrous humanoid thing; she suspects that the central intelligence bureau, newly headed up by Raul, is covering something up, and it seems she may be more involved than she realized as she is placed in danger in her own home; meanwhile, the seemingly innocuous Vincent Rowe, an Autoreiv technician, may know more about what’s going on than it first appears.

Ergo Proxy is directed by Witch Hunter Robin director Shukou Murase, and is written by Dai Sato, the same guy who wrote Samurai Champloo. The anime goes for 25 episodes, and like many cyberpunk animes, chances are that a lot of the story and plot will remain unclear until near the end of the series. By all accounts the production values are high and the story is multi-layered and complex. The style is awesomely achieved with engaging direction, from abstract angles to a practical, yet sleek, approach. The animation is fluid and packed with emotions and notable subtleties that are on par with similar animes such as Ghost In The Shell. Both the opening and the closing themes are highly cultivating based on the musicality of alternative rock, and the whole soundtrack isn’t bad either. The English dubbing was excellently preformed and it is no less inferior than the original Japanese. In the end, all I am asking from you is to give the series the time and the patience until the end because it is sure one of the anime you don’t want to miss.

Rating
  • Story: 8.5/10
  • Characters: 9/10
  • Animation: 9.5/10
  • VA Performance: 9/10
  • Soundtrack: 8/10

Overall Score: 9/10

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9 responses to this post.

  1. I have it on the list to watch, I know its going to be good. Its one of those serious deep animes with a deep plot! I like it! After I finish a few other series I’m going to watch this one!

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  2. Posted by Sushi on March 18, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    I’ll check it out!

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  3. Posted by n on March 21, 2008 at 6:12 am

    looks interesting I’ll download it but i think I’ll will watch it some time later. thanx 4 the review 🙂

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  4. @Marzouq

    Awesome Marzouq. I’m interested to hear your take on this one. Hurry up and watch it 🙂

    @Sushi

    You will love it Sushi

    @N.

    You are most welcomed. I’m pretty sure you will like it N.

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  5. This anime is forever tattooed on the back of my head, burned in my memory, liked it so much, the gothic theme is the main reason.

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  6. @The M Code

    I loved the atmosphere of the show. It’s so dark, both in content and style.

    Reply

  7. Posted by bate hale on August 26, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Anyone who hasn’t seen it, watch it. Worth every minute.

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  8. Posted by sabrina on May 4, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    The psychological and philisophical concepts of the story and the development of the characters blew me away. Does anyone know any other animes with this kind of awesomeness?

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