Posted on September 14, 2012 AT 05:05pm
Ergo Proxy is a science fiction, suspense, drama anime that revolves Re-l (also spelled Real) Meyer, Pino, and Vincent Law. It has been thousands f years since an ecological disaster has made the Earth uninhabitable. Humans have resorted to living in dome covered cities, protected from the outside air and climate. The cities are ruled by a very complex but ordered management system and are encouraged to “consume” and be happy. A series of murders committed by AutoReivs show there is an virus infecting these android-helpers called the Cogito Virus, and it’s causing them to become self aware.
The city at the center of Ergo Proxy is Romdeau. Though those in power are not willing to admit it, Romdeau is a dying city. It’s population is divided up into “citizens” and “immigrants.” Re-l is a citizen and an inspector in the Citizen Intelligence Bureau. She unexpectedly comes face to face with a monster after investigation a crime scene. Now she is obsessed with finding out the truth behind the monster, whom she discovers is called a Proxy, and the secrets of Romdeau. Her quest leads her outside of the dome where she begins a journey with Vincent Law, an immigrant that is being pursued by the leaders of Romdeau, and an infected AutoReiv child named Pino.
Vincent Law is on a quest to learn the truth about himself and his past. He inadvertently becomes a suspect during an investigation into a series of attacks on AutoReivs and humans. Vincent can remember he came to Romdeau from Mosk but beyond that, he can’t remember a thing. He fleas the Romdeau dome with Pino. Pino, being infected with the Cogito Virus, has decided she too must leave Romdeau and for some mysterious reason, all infected AutoReivs know a secret way out of the sealed dome. She is Vincent’s only hope of escaping.
You are probably wondering what a Proxy is. Well, I could sit here and explain it to you in detail but then I would be doing you an injustice. I would take away the joy of watching this magnificent story unfold in all its glory. I am sorry but you are just going to have to watch the series. I will say this, they are completely integral to the survival of mankind.
Ergo Proxy has earned its place on my list of “must watch, must own” animes. This series is fantastic. It’s intelligent, well written, and the story is played out with perfect timing. I found myself not wanting to turn it off and even staying up way too late just to watch more episodes. The writing is so smart and the characters are well developed. You will find yourself trying to put all the pieces together with Re-l. It draws you in with its mystery and holds you there with storytelling perfection. Often times science fiction based animes are so overwhelmingly over-the-top you find yourself liking the story because of the sheer ridiculousness of it. Ergo Proxy is not like that. There is nothing silly not cutesy about it at all. It’s a grown up story and all seriousness.
I am very partial to the art style. It reminds me of the animes from the 1990′s. Detailed environments and even more detailed characters, you will not find any chibi-esque characters in this one. Each character looks like it has been living in a real world with real issues. The painstaking attention to the little details is refreshing and much appreciated. The colors are muted, as you would expect to find in a post-apocalyptic setting. The tones, or lack of, help enhance the storytelling and doesn’t detract from it.
The voice acting is so well done, that is is more like watching a live action movie rather than an anime. When voices are recorded for animated movies or serials, the actors are usually recorded separately and this can be noticeable even in the best of animes. However, it’s seamless in Ergo Proxy. I don’t know if they recorded the English voices with everyone in the room acting them out together, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they had. It really is that good.
As for the opening and ending music, it’s awesome. In fact, I rarely fast forwarded through it, I liked it so much. I also admit that the ending music had a voice I found tantalizingly familiar, so familiar that I was compelled to try to guess the singer. I found out that the song was Paranoid Android by Radiohead. I am a big fan of Radiohead so of course, this was another plus. The opening music is Kiri by Monoral and is just as appropriate for the story. I fully intend on purchasing both songs for my playlist.
SUMMARY: I having nothing bad to say about Ergo Proxy. Nothing jumps out at me as a glaring fault or misstep. Of course this is not a family anime but there isn’t any gratuitous sex scenes. There is violence and blood but nothing I would consider overly gory or unneeded. What violence is there compliments the story and is not included just to appease viewers that want gratuitous gore.
- THE GOOD: Go out and buy this now. Seriously, just go in and tell the retailer to take your money.
- THE BAD: Nothing, I have nothing bad to say.
- THE UGLY: See above. N/A
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