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Ergo Proxy: Box Set (Classic)

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The domed city of Romdo is supposed to be perfect, but Re-l Mayer, a young female inspector from the Civilian Intelligence Office, knows better. In this place where humans and robots coexist, she receives a strange message: something is awakening.

When it premiered in 2006, the broadcast series Ergo Proxy attracted a lot of attention because Radiohead let the filmmakers use "Paranoid Android" as the closing theme. Tough-talking intelligence agent Re-l lives in the domed city of Romdo, a pseudo-utopia where humans and androids coexist under an all-pervasive regime administered by her grandfather. When monsters called Proxies begin attacking people and robots ("autoreives") develop a sense of self due to the Cogito virus, Re-l launches her own investigation. Along the way, she meets immigrant Vincent Law, who travels with the cognizant cyborg Pino. Violating the laws of the city, she follows Vincent and Pino outside the dome and discovers that the rulers of Romdo have lied: human colonies still exist in the scarred landscape. Re-l also learns that Proxies are godlike beings of unknown origin and enormous power, and that Vincent is the exceptionally powerful Ergo Proxy. The series borrows heavily from Appleseed, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C., but the perpetually fussy Re-l lacks Major Kusanagi's fascination. The filmmakers snarl the already convoluted plot in a tangle of flashbacks and alternate visions that recall the confusing structure of Gasaraki. The narration jumps the track entirely in episodes 14, 15, and 19, three pointless fantasies that waste time that should have been used to clarify the story. Ergo Proxy will appeal to viewers who favor violent action over coherent storytelling and credible characters. The extras include three behind-the-scenes featurettes, plus Japanese trailers and commercials. (Rated 16 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, profanity) --Charles Solomon

(1. Awakening (Pulse of Awakening), 2. Confession (Confession of a Fellow Citizen), 3. Mazecity (Leap into the Void), 4. Futu-risk (Signs of Future, Hades of Future), 5. Tasogare (Recall), 6. Domecoming (Return Home), 7. Re-L124C41+, 8. Shining Sign (Light Beam), 9. Angel's Share (Shards of Brilliance), 10. Cytotropism (Existence), 11. Anamensis (In the White Darkness), 12. Hideout (When You're Smiling), 13. Wrong Way Home (Conceptual Blind Spot), 14. Ophelia (Someone Like You), 15. Who Wants to Be in Jeopardy (Nightmare Quiz Show), 16. Busy Doing Nothing (Dead Calm), 17. Terra Incognita (Never Ending Battle), 18. Life After God (Sign of the End), 19. Eternal Smile (The Girl with a Smile), 20. Goodbye Vincent (Sacred Eye of the Void), 21. Shampoo Planet (Place at the End of Time), 22. Bilbul (Bind), 23. Deus Ex Machina (Proxy))

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  • Actors: Rachel Hirschfeld, Taliesin Jaffe, Liam O'Brien, Karen Thompson, Travis Willingham
  • Directors: Tatsuya Igarashi, Hiroki Kusumoto, Akira Toba, Kei Tsunematsu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 575 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007V9ECV6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ergo Proxy: Box Set (Classic)" on IMDb

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There's so much to appreciate in this anime. With a dark mood, masterful shot blocking, and smooth pacing, it truly captures the sterile, supremely controlled world the characters start out in. The latter half of the series falters, suffering some lost narrative and eventually concluding with an ending that lacks the intelligence and intrigue of the first half. Nonetheless, it's still a wonderfully grim journey through a world that I'm sure the creators are proud of.


Reminiscent of Ghost in the Shell: SAC, but darker and without the washed-over look. The first few episodes are stunning. The visuals fall off in the middle (lazy shot blocking and three-frame movements/stills), but I believe it was the animation team's choice to do so, wanting to save their tenacious skills for the big parts. Their minor detour will not deter you from the path.

The world created in the show goes from a sterile, emotionless society preserved in a dome, to the deserts of the free-willed disenfranchised and the grief-scape beyond. If you like a dark mood and a world that is handed to you in pieces, then enjoy the ride.

They are a mystery--all of them, each with motivations both pure and twisted. They do not unravel to the promise they're capable of, but still hold genuine revelations that are rewarding and wholesomely desolate to behold.

Some of the best I've heard in anime: ghostly, uplifting with consequence, and melodically tense. I rarely listen to the opening and end credits for every episode in a series, but in this show's case, I did so with purpose.
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The main flaw is that Geneon was soon to go under, and they outsourced a lot of animation to cheaper (low budget) Korean firms. It really shows. Episode one is really the only episode where the series shines in the animation department. As it progresses, things go from bad to worse. Long shots show characters that look deformed, and often the lines are in inexplicable places. The episode in the dome with no living beings is a good example.

But Funimation has acquired a lot of Geneon's old licenses and they are re-releasing a ton of series right now. The price is right for this one however. 23 episodes for $24. Solid deal.

Dai Sato lends his masterful touch to the writing (he previously worked on Wolf's Rain and would go on to work as chief scriptwriter for Eureka Seven). The story is one of the best I have ever witnessed in anime. It is rife with references to old Greek lore. What starts off looking like a futuristic, crime fighting series similar to Blade Runner ends up as a philosophical story. What does it mean to exist? And throughout the series the question is constantly rasised "What is my raison d'être?". Even the Aristocracy (more geared towards a Timocracy - ruled with honor by chosen few) ask citizens to find their raison d'être.

There is one odd episode, Nightmare Quiz Show, but when it ends you kind of see what was going on and you actually find out a bit of back story (the spaceship and all).

The conflict is between humans / autoreivs (semi-sentient androids) / and the Proxys (sic). I enjoy that the autoreivs have a 'Turing application' (Alan Turing is the father of artificial intelligence). Each of these beings has a reason for existing, and unfortunately their inability to coexist begins to bring about chaos.
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Ergo Proxy is an anime that does a number of things right. First of all, it is an adult anime that treats it's viewer as an adult. There are no boob jokes or typical anime fair, it's a lot of philosophical and biblical things that make up a good portion of the show. The show does a good job of being intelligent, though sometimes this comes off as totally insane. The ending is a typical anime ending that leaves you scratching your head, but the ending comes to abruptly and comes right out of left field that it leaves you scratching your head even longer than usual. Think Big O quality of what the hell at the end.

I like to say that the story is told in three acts because the acts are all completely different. The first act is the one that many people will think to associate with the whole series, a cyberpunk-y kind of crime show. Then the second act rolls around and we get a lot of exploration and get to know the world even better. The third act is when the show---well, it doesn't degrade, I like anime that does crazy things at the end and I was sort of expecting it---but it just doesn't fit in with the rest of the series. I don't know how to react to the ending because it was just too different from the rest of the show. It just wasn't set up enough that we would be tromping through biblical/religious/philosophical ground for a whole three nonsensical episodes. The episodes before that are all internal conflicts and a lot of it makes no sense as well, but you think the end will be a very psychologically stressing one for the characters, but it turns out to be just psychological stress on the person watching and wondering what the hell is going on.

Ergo Proxy has good animation, it's landscapes look amazing. The characters are another story though.
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