Ergo Proxy
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The closing song for the show is Radiohead's Paranoid Android.

 Ergo Proxy began, for me, as one of the most amazing sci-fi anime that I have seen in awhile. The series is sort of like a cross between Neon Genesis Evangelion, Blade Runner, and I Robot all put together. It takes place in a strangely bleak society named Romdo, shelled under a protective dome. The small world is divided up between immigrants and citizens and both live side by side with entourage units, robots. Unfortunately a virus has begun to infect the robots, making them self aware and making them believe that they now have souls. To make matters worse there are an unknown species of creatures known as Proxy’s that have shown up and have been wreaking havoc on their world. 

The series revolves around Re-L Mayer, an agent for the Intelligence Bureau, and Vincent Law, an immigrant who works extracting infected robots from their world. Re-L, after a sudden and terrifying meeting with a Proxy, is convinced that Vincent has some strange connection to the creature and begins following his every move. Then one day Vincent comes home to find his entourage unit murdered and the Bureau on his doorstep. Helped by an infected companion unit named Pino, Vincent manages to escape the domed world and find that the world outside its protective shell holds a truth that has been hidden away from the citizens of Romdo.
I was intrigued by the story, captivated by the beautiful Goth sentimentality of the series dark art design. There were so many questions in the beginning, so much prose tossed in and delivered with a dark poetic edge that left you on the edge of your seat. What is Vincent’s role in the Proxy’s existence? How will the infection of the entourage units come to fruition further down the line? Who is Re-L and does she have a dark secret of her own? Basically, my mind was blown. Then the story exists Romdo and slowly the intrigue dies down before going out like a small flame.
The story, after it moves out of Romdo, is a self discovery tale that is blotted with poetic dialogue and bizarre tripped out dream sequences that go nowhere. Sociopaths will more then likely latch onto the whole concept of abandonment, God issues, a lack of someplace to call home where everyone around you is like minded. Once you start to think outside the box (or in this case dome) your on your own. That pretty much sums up the series. It was like watching the teen years of any one person as they battle out their demons and come to grips with a world that they knew from under an authoritative stand point, now unclothed and naked in its hypocrisy. How being that one person who has gone against the grain has anger and frustration inside of them that is powerful enough to mold the world as they know it into anything they want, or simply destroy it. It’s all there in black and white but muddled beneath too much filler, over dramatized dark dialogue, and a series of questions and answers that don’t add up to a whole lot. I wanted to love it. Wanted it to be something more in depth, but unfortunately it ran off with its dark theme into familiar ground set up by darker anime’s before it.  
AJ Garcia
Review by AJ Garcia
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