Ergo Proxy is an anime I watched back in high school a few years ago. I had honestly forgotten about it until I went through my anime collection a couple weeks ago and found it again!
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.” – MyAnimeList.com
What I Liked
Ergo Proxy is very unique in many ways, one of those being the story. I don’t think I’ve ever watched something even close to its story line which is great when you watch a lot of anime, like myself. All of the plots interconnect really well and it does a good job of keeping the audience engaged.
The art fits perfectly with the story the anime is trying to tell you. Nothing looks quite right in the best of ways. Everyone is plain, not much detail is used on faces or expressions when it comes to humans and AutoReivs. Proxy’s however, have been given a bunch of detail to their outward appearances. It’s an interesting way that the artists chose to show who is important in the story.
I’ve only ever watched the English dub of Ergo Proxy, and I enjoyed it. I’m familiar with the majority of the cast and none of them disappointed. Everyone did a remarkable job keeping to the tone of the show, which is very subdued. No one sounded out of place from their respective character, which can be hard to do when it comes to anime sometimes.
The opening song is one I found myself singing years after originally watching the show in high school. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it fits with the show SO WELL. I absolutely love it and let it play through completely every time a new episode starts.
What I Disliked
It’s a VERY slow burn. It takes so so long for the point to be given that a lot of people never even get that far. While the story itself is fantastic, I think they drew it out too much. They throw little bits of information at you constantly, which is great, but the amount of time between anything significant, and the general quietness of the show, is enough to put some people to sleep.
For the most part, Ergo Proxy is a great show that lovers of story should watch. All of the characters are fleshed out well and there’s a catch at the end that you probably won’t be expecting.
Thank you so much for reading!