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Ergo Proxy 1 Season 2006

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (39) IMDb 8.1/10

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.

Starring:
Taliesin Jaffe, Kôji Yusa

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Season 1
1. Awakening
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Detective Re-l Mayer can't help but feel that something strange is brewing in Romdo City. When she's attacked late at night by a terrifying creature, her suspicions prove valid.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: February 25, 2006
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2. Confession

Re-l's account of her encounter with the mysterious phantom falls on disbelieving ears. If the truth is to be exposed, she will have to find it herself.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: March 4, 2006
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3. Mazecity

Re-l discovers a tangent point between a male immigrant under her probationary supervision and the phantom.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: March 11, 2006
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4. Futu-risk

Re-l finds a clue which she uses to follow Vincent Law's footprints. Meanwhile, Vincent and Pino begin to explore the outside world?

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: March 18, 2006
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5. Tasogare

Re-l leaves Romdo for the first time. After she recovers from the initial shock, a colony appears made of rubble created from cast off scraps of Romdo. It was a place called the "Commune" where those who ran away from the dome gathered and lived.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: April 1, 2006
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6. Domecoming

Re-l catches an infectious disease while trying to rescue Vincent. The Commune's residents tell him that they will give him a vaccine to treat the infection if he obeys a certain condition.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: April 8, 2006
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Vincent, Pino and the surviving members of the commune escape from the shadows of Romdo. They push ahead down a single road to Vincent's hometown, Mosko Dome. However, the harsh environment bears down on Vincent and his group.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: April 15, 2006
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8. Shining Sign

The journey to Mosko has begun. Vincent and Pino single-mindedly forge ahead the frozen land where nothing can be seen. Armed helicopters and combat jeeps suddenly appear. They have entered a combat zone where those who fight against AutoReivs live.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: April 22, 2006
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9. Angel's Share

Vincent finds himself in an unfamiliar room. In front of the stunned Vincent appears Kazkis Hauer, a mysterious individual who is a lover of wine. What is the true identity of this beautiful man who invites Vincent?

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: April 29, 2006
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10. Cytotropism

Although referred to as "paradise" by it's citizens, the administrative control system of Romdo is starting to fray. Realizing this, Raul and Daedalus insist on improving the system.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: May 13, 2006
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11. Anamuneshisu

Vincent gets lost in thick fog and arrives at a used-book store. He enters the store to ask for directions. The creepy owner of the store recommends a certain book to him. Vincent's name was engraved in the title of that book?

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: May 20, 2006
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12. Hideout

Vincent and Pino take a breather inside a deep forest. Pino sets out to explore their new surroundings and comes upon a girl picking flowers. But as soon as the girl realizes that Pino was there, she disappears into the forest. A fated reunion occurs.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: May 27, 2006
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13. Wrong Way Home

Chasing after the flower girl, Pino enters a cave where, in front of her eyes, appear the girl and a mysterious giant sitting beside her. Around that time, a shadow approaches behind Vincent, who was searching for Pino.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: June 3, 2006
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14. Ophelia

Vincent, Re-l and Pino stop at a deserted dome to replenish their supplies. Re-l discovers a beautiful verdant garden and proceeds to walk into it, totally unaware of the eyes staring at her.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: June 10, 2006
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15. Who Wants To Be In Jeopardy!

The reality game show craze reaches out to touch our world weary travelers. Vincent goes head to head in a fatal face off with a host who knows much more than he should.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: June 17, 2006
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16. Busy Doing Nothing

The travelers are at a standstill. Without any way to get moving, they spend the days in anguish, just hoping for the wind to start blowing. An incident occurs that serves to permanently differentiate Re-l from a Good Citizen?

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: June 24, 2006
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17. Terra Incognita

The journey to Mosko is almost at its end. Along the way, Pino suddenly disappears. Vince and Re-l search for her and discover a cave leading underground. There they discover a truth that they could never begin to imagine?

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: July 1, 2006
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18. Life After God

Finally, Vincent and his group arrive at the Mosko Dome. As Vince walks all over the desolate dome city, he is unable to remember anything from his past.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: July 8, 2006
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19. Eternal Smile

A thrilling and enjoyable story about the AutoReiv, Pino, and her friends exploring a theme park called ?Welcome Land. But behind this seemingly happy place, lie hidden truths in the smile of an android.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: July 15, 2006
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20. Goodbye Vincent

A pulse that beats out a rhythm like clockwork. A figure that wakes up in a hospital room and slowly raises his body. Who is this figure?

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: July 22, 2006
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21. Shampoo Planet

Vince suddenly disappears. Re-l and Pino desperately search all over the city in order to find him. Awakening.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: July 29, 2006
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22. Bilbul

A sudden incident that falls upon Re-l and Pino. And the frequent appearances of Proxy. What could his true identity be?

TV-MA CC Runtime: 26 minutes Release date: August 5, 2006
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23. Deus Ex Machina

The closed paradise Romdo's mysterious veil that covers the world is finally stripped off. What will become of Vince, Re-l and Pino.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 29 minutes Release date: August 12, 2006
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By Timothy Perper on January 26, 2007
Format: DVD
"Ergo Proxy" is one of the most beautiful anime ever made. It's also very complex, filled with allusions mysterious and even more mysterious, obscure, opaque, a story about the search for self and meaning in a bleak post-apocalyptic world of domed cities, androids ("autoraves"), warfare, and death. The heroine, Real Mayar (also Re-l Mayer), is stunningly beautiful as she undertakes to unravel the mysteries of a killer freak as she befriends an oddly lonely immigrant named Vincent Law.

But, a warning: if you want cartoons that spell out all the details a la "Hamtaro" or "Cinderella", you will be bored witless and irritated by "Ergo Proxy." The premise is that the *viewer* also participates in Ergo Proxy's search for self and meaning. It is distinctly intellectual, in the sense of thoughtful: the viewer is *expected* to ponder over meaning, especially the meanings of identity and memory. Entire scenes exist solely to create analogies between what Real and Vincent do and the viewer's consensus (although false) beliefs about reality. "Ergo Proxy" operates in the interstices of such realities, in sepia, gray, and icy blue images of radical incompleteness.

Visually, Ergo Proxy has only rarely been equaled in animation. It has a hard-to-describe kind of lyrical bleakness offset by Real's beauty - which is just one of the contradictions that suffuse the story. If you want everything telegraphed by the middle of episode 1, watch something else. But for a depiction of what used to be called "existential" search, "Ergo Proxy" is superb - vivid, gorgeous, lots of action scenes, all in a world that we recognize as our own.
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Ergo Proxy is a very interesting start to a new science fiction anime. I ended up enjoying these first four episodes a lot more than I thought I would, but I find it hard to give this a complete recommendation. Series like this that try to be all philosphical and deep, and with a title like Ergo Proxy how could it try to be anything else, have a tendency to fail spectacularly in the end because their storylines end up being crushed under the wait of philosophical mumbo-jumbo that the creators clearly have only a superficial understanding of.

This story takes place far in the future. Earth is all but uninhabitable thanks to ecological disaster. Domed cities exsist where people, the chosen few called Citizens, can live in a comsumers paradise. In one such domed city, Romdo, humanity lives in comfort with help from AutoReivs, robots that serve as companions, walking PDAs, and 24-hour spying devices for the central government. The city currently has two problems. A terrible monster called a Proxy has escaped the government's confinement and is rampaging through the city. The second is that AutoReivs are being infected with the cogito virus, a rogue program that makes the machines self-aware and unruly.

Inspector Re-l Mayer, a rather gothy looking policewoman and granddaughter of the city's overlord whose use of eye-shadow makes Tammy Faye Baker's comestic use look moderate in comparision, is investigating an incident where infected AutoReivs have killed civilians. At the crime scene, she runs into the Proxy. When her superiors try to make her think she hallucinated the incident, Re-l starts putting the pieces together between the Proxy and a man named Vincent Law.

Besides an interesting plot-line, Ergo Proxy has a very striking dark look to it. It does make some of the scenes hard to see, like the first couple minutes of the first episode, but over-all its very attractive. It's all complimented by an atmospheric soundtrack.
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I've been watching the fan-subs of this series since it aired in Japan Spring 06, and haven't been disappointed with it in the least.

Here's why:

The setting is like a cross of Ridley Scott's film and the movie Dark City.

if you liked either of those films, you'll enjoy this.

Music is top-notch; even features a Radiohead closing song.

Animation is consistently great. Some scenes come off scetchy, but maintain an edgy style.

Lots of visual metaphor literary references give you something to chew on.

A really unique heroine, with depth and some intense internal struggles.

there're more reasons I'm sure you could find if you gave the first few episodes a chance.

Be warned, though, if you don't care for a lot of exposition, then Ergo Proxy might come off as dull at times. Also, some of the literary elements might cause some confusion with some viewers. It's handy to write the stuff down and refer to it later online. It's worth learning that stuff anyway. :D

bottomline: As far as cyberpunk animes go Ghost in the Shell's finally met its match.
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As a 23 year old anime fan (been a fan since i was around 13) there is very few titles out there that catch my attention anymore. Most lack substance and story. Music is sometimes an issue, as well as animation. Very rarely can a show or movie pull off all of these categories. I'm happy to report that Ergo Proxy delivers them all. The animation is crisp and full of life.. an occasional 3d CGI scene is used (what shows don't now a days?). The music is also outstanding. Very minimal and ambient at times, often with an eerie edge to it. Other times its fast paced and techno-ish. The story is the true winner here.. exploring areas of man and machine not yet done in anime. The lead character, a woman, is interesting to watch and her character design is pretty unique. I would sum this show up best as a cross between Witch Hunter Robin and Ghost in the Shell. Thats not too surprising though considering Ergo Proxy has the same director that Witch Hunter Robin did.

Check this one out, thats all i can say.
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