Within the domed city of Romdo lies one of the last human civilizations on Earth. Thousands of years ago, a global ecological catastrophe doomed the planet; now, life outside these domes is virtually impossible. To expedite mankind’s recovery, “AutoReivs,” humanoid-like robots, have been created to assist people in their day-to-day lives. However, AutoReivs have begun contracting an enigmatic disease called the “Cogito Virus” which grants them self-awareness. Re-l Mayer, granddaughter of Romdo’s ruler, is assigned to investigate this phenomenon alongside her AutoReiv partner Iggy. But what begins as a routine investigation quickly spirals into a conspiracy as Re-l is confronted by humanity’s darkest sins. Elsewhere in Romdo, an AutoReiv specialist by the name of Vincent Law must also face his demons when surreal events begin occurring around him. Re-l, Iggy, Vincent, and the child AutoReiv named Pino, will form an unlikely faction as they struggle to uncover Romdo’s mysteries and ultimately, discover the true purpose of the mythical beings called “Proxies.” – My Anime List
Based on 24 review scores:
Exceptional, near-perfect. One of the best things its genre has ever produced.
HS Media Nerd
Overall, I can safely say that Ergo Proxy is close to being a masterpiece, but is an acquired taste. If you like shows that you can interpret and think about for hours on end, then you’re going to love it. If you like well-developed characters and a fantastic story, you’ll most likely enjoy this anime as well. However, if you don’t like anime that make you think and just watch it for entertainment value, stay away from this show. If you like fast-paced action shows, then you’re going to hate it. For me, though, this was a special treat that I couldn’t get enough of. I give Ergo Proxy a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars, and a recommendation to check it out. But, like always, it is up to you to decide your own opinions.
Anarchy In The Galaxy
Ergo Proxy’s soundtrack combines more traditional orchestrated pieces with electronic and heavy percussion sounds. The result is an accompanting soundtrack that is incredibly unique and creates a surprisingly diverse number of sounds. The art design is hauntingly beautiful, though some viewers may be turned off by the constant browns and dark grays, as it is often difficult to see exactly what is going on at times. The series does a fantastic job of bringing new ideas into the mix of a genre often filled with rehashed storylines. For an anime rated TV-MA, Ergo Proxy does a fantastic job of balancing intricate fight sequences with post-modern ideologies and political unrest.
Ergo Proxy will challenge your mind to the furthest extreme with a dark and mysterious story that you will never forget.
This is not just another anime series. The primary female, Re-L or Real Mayer, has a touch of reality you can’t find in live-action actors. The story progresses at the right pace to keep intrigue and yet each episode has a character of its own. There are many levels in this show too, philosophical being the one they were aiming to pin down (existentialism abounds), but many allegorical and moral level as well, including the issue of self-aware AI-beings. None of these are nailed-in too hard, just presented subtly as they are embedded in the tantalizing story. Once seeing it once, you’ll want to watch it again with a whole new understanding and appreciation.
Anime News Network
Is Ergo Proxy truly a great work? Some may point to the profound themes, the twisting storyline, the unique imagery, and instantly say yes. However, certain flaws remain too big to ignore. Some of the middle episodes fall back on experimental gimmicks and fail to advance the story, while the finale becomes a towering mess as it desperately tries to resolve every single plot point. Even the animation has embarrassing moments of inconsistency. But for trying so hard to scale the heights of a difficult genre, Ergo Proxy still deserves credit. It accomplishes more than most other anime series ever hope to, flaws and all.
My Anime List
Overall, Ergo Proxy is the complete package in terms of story, animation, sound, character development, THE characters, and the enjoyment of everything put together. If you don’t enjoy this show, then you either aren’t human, don’t like anime or are too stupid to understand the story.
Off-putting faults in the animation, the show’s general artistry and its rather wandering nature drag down a show that is far closer to five than three stars. Those without an interest in Cartesian philosophy may want to take a star away because half of what the characters say will be meaningless to you. However, if you don’t know much but are interested, then this wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
Ergo Proxy is easily one of the greatest let-downs I’ve had, out of the 600 or so anime I’ve seen up to the point. Had the first episode been structured like the rest of the series, I wouldn’t have given it the time of day. A poor story, weak character development and inconsistent animation make Ergo Proxy an almost worthless viewing in every way. The soundtrack is amazing and the cyberpunk elements are fantastic, but there just isn’t enough to warrant a good recommendation. Though people either seem to love or hate Ergo Proxy, I’m convinced that people who can see through fluffy pseudo-intellectual babble would agree with the latter folks. Unless you are completely set on watching this anime, stay away.
The anime is pretty complex and takes a little effort to truly understand what is really going on. However, you should still watch this!
Whether Ergo Proxy is able to live up the lofty expectations that it has been given is yet to be seen. Given the treatment it has received, it certainly will have its moments. The character designs are unique and beautiful and the concept has modern-classic potential. If youÃÂ¢??re in the mood for a dark, psychological thriller then Ergo Proxy has all the right goods. It is not something you can just sit back and mindlessly enjoy, however, which narrows its audience down a bit.
I recommend this anime. Odds are, if you liked Ghost in the Shell or Serial Experiments Lain, you’ll like this one. But even if your standard fare is something completely different, Ergo Proxy is worth a look.
Ah, now that’s more like it. Who ever said that you can’t make something good out of something ordinary? It’s mostly the execution that does the trick, followed by presentation, good visuals, something worthy in it to chat about and build a mythos and then… well I guess it’s about how the fandom will perceive the whole thing. Ergo Proxy is a dark adventure, a journey of self-discovery, a look into what is real and what is an illusion, something to occasionally make you think outside the box.
The Forgotten Lair
This series became a real disappointment to me. I first noticed this around episode 5 however. Anyway, the story was dragged, lacked any sense and tried to incorporate a suspenseful and mysterious feel to it but failed… REALLY BADLY.
The Nihon Review
The only major issue I have with Ergo Proxy is with its final episode, where loose ends are left untied, giving this series an unpleasant underwhelming aftertaste (although it doesn’t necessarily taint the enjoyment I experienced watching from start to finish per se). It is still an enjoyable series from start to finish with a blend of stylish action bursts and in-depth philosophical explorations. Some other series develop from a good start towards a terrible finish but fortunately, this one develops from a good start towards something better.
This is the kind of thought-provoking horror/psychological suspense series that puts man (and anime viewers) in their place.
Ergo Proxy is like a gift wrapped in many attractively layers of paper. You remove the layers, expecting to find an equally great gift inside, only to find out all those fascinating layers were wrapped around an uneven bulgy stone. The dystopian atmosphere, rich music and intriguing mysteries are all promising, but are ultimately crushed under the ruthless weight of poor storytelling and insufficient explanations. Ergo Proxy has some elements that make it stand out among the dystopian and cyberpunk genres. As a mishmash of ideas it offers some undeniable merits, but lacks some crucial components that prevent it from reaching its goals in a satisfying manner.
“Ergo Proxy” boasts one of amine’s greatest opening set of episodes as well as solid, definitive, epic feeling conclusion; its problems lie in the middle, bogged down by attempts to be far too much and instead of taking a step-back on it’s pseudo-philosophy, it embraces unabashedly, creating inconsistencies in pacing, fixed by slapdash, jarring bridging episodes. All of this is tied together by solid voice cast and absolutely beautiful art design making, “Ergo Proxy” a mildly entertaining series, but noting more. Recommended.
Ergo Proxy is a curate’s egg. The series has immense strength in the early episodes, with quality animation, and plot which you feel compelled to think about, but breaks under the weight of its own metaphors. While its deliberately difficult premises will be loved by some, the lack of simple entertainment will turn others off.