Key takeaways from Anime Recommendation – Ergo Proxy:
- Ergo Proxy is a sci-fi, mystery, and psychological thriller anime that follows the investigation of a virus that is causing robots to become self-aware in a domed city called Romdo.
- The plot of Ergo Proxy is complex and requires viewers to piece together the underlying themes and commentaries presented in an indirect method of storytelling.
- Ergo Proxy features great plot, characters, stunning visual design, and awesome soundtracks, making it an anime worth watching for those who enjoy the genre.
When I did this week’s manga recommendation, I picked a manga almost everyone can enjoy and learn something from. This anime though, is definitely not for everybody because of its tone and indirect approach to storytelling.
But, I promise you this, if you stick with it and the series vibes with you, you will experience something that another anime cannot replicate. Ego Proxy may not be for everyone but it is nothing short of amazing.
So welcome back to another edition of my anime recommendation series. This week we are talking about Ergo Proxy. There is a lot to say here, so let’s get started.
Ergo Proxy is an original anime by Mangalobe Studios, the same studio behind stuff like Samurai Champloo, Deadman Wonderland, etc. The anime is directed by Matsuda Akio with Murase Shukou playing a large part in the production as well. It is 23 episodes long and does not have a 2nd season. This anime presents a cool blend of sci-fi, mystery, and psychological thriller.
In Ergo Proxy, most of humanity is wiped out and the planet is ruined. Life is only possible inside these man-made domes. Romdo is one of the last domed cities remaining. To assist humans in recovery, these robots called AutoReivs are made but a virus is causing them to become self-aware. Re-l, the granddaughter of the ruler of Romdo is tasked with investigating this virus. Soon, she comes across Vincent Law and together they learn about the truth of everything going on.
I know, the way I decided it, the plot sounds very simple. But It is not. I only presented an overview, the plot is really, really deep. The indirect method of storytelling doesn’t help either as it was you, the viewer to figure out the answers. I gained my respect for the series after watching it a 2nd time when I finally understood all the underlying themes and commentaries in this anime. That 2nd time through this anime was… cathartic.
While most of the anime is centered around Vince and Re-l, there are quite a few memorable side characters in this anime. Most of them you will see only for an episode or two but they manage to remain in your memory. The character background for Vince and the character development for Re-l as they learn the truth of the world are amazingly well written.
Animations and Soundtracks
The animations are pretty good too. I really like the art style and the depiction of the world inside and outside of Romdo. Subtle things say a lot. The soundtracks are awesome, the opening theme is really iconic at this point.
Why should you watch Ergo Proxy?
Quick pointers on why you should check out this anime:
- Great plot
- Awesome characters
- Stunning visual design
That is all for now. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. Ergo Proxy may not work for you but if it works, it’ll be a really good experience for you. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!
Also, if this doesn’t work for you, you can check out my last week’s anime recommendation right here!