Ergo proxy ~ Review
“An amazingly complex tale of what it means to be human”
One genre that I truly love (and that I believe is highly under-rated) is the cyberpunk genre. Cyberpunk not only introduces us to some of the most badass characters that have ever been conceded, but it also gives us many wonderfully put together stories that are just waiting to be dug up by the mainstream. And this series right here is one of the many black diamonds that is hidden in the cyberpunk genre.
Ergo Proxy is set in Romdeau, a futuristic dome city built to protect its citizen from a ecological disaster that occurred thousands of years ago. In this city, humans and AI robots called AutoReivs live together in a peaceful world. Recently however, there have been a series of murders being committed by AutoReivs caught with the Cognito virus, that enables them to become self-aware. In the background, the government has been conducting experiemnts with mysterious humanoids called “Proxies”, said to hold the key to humankind’s existence. A detective called Re-l (pictured above) and her AutoReiv, Iggy, are assigned to investigate these murders. However, she discovers that a Proxy may be involved. As Re-l descends deeper into this investigation, she is caught in a turn of events that puts the future of humankind on the line.
The anime is most noted for its complex plot and underlining messages, as well as its horror, suspense and supernatural elements
The anime aired for 23 episodes during early to mid-2006 (February – August 2006) and was written by Sato Dai, most notably known for giving us such anime’s as Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop and Ghost In The Shell. The anime is animated by Manglove Studios, who gave us such iconic anime series as Samurai Champloo, Deadman Wonderland and The World God Only Knows.
There are surprisingly very little well-known voice actors that make an appearance in this anime, with the main characters being played by voice actors that are very unknown. However, there are a few better-known voice actors that are seen in supporting roles, including Yajima Akiko who voices Pino (and is also known as the voices of Shin-chan from Crayon Shin-chan and Kohaku from InuYasha) and Kobayashi Sanae who voices Daedalus Yumone (and is also known as the voices of Ennis from Baccano! and Allen Walker from D.Gray-man).
Many critics have praised Ergo Proxy for its attention to detail (especially when it came to background art and animation) and its complex yet compelling (and almost “creepy”) plot. Although I dislike comparing anime series to each other, I can see that this series is somewhat similar to the anime movie Akira, in terms of the cyberpunk, suspense, and supernatural genre and its attention to animation and background details. But the again, there is a massive 18 year difference between the two. All in all, Ergo Proxy is a highly under-rated anime that definitely deserves more attention. Although there are some minor flaws, this anime is sure to have the cyberpunk fans crying with joy, while making the non-cyberpunk fans to become cyberpunk fans themselves. Give this anime a go, in other words.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 9/10