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Ergo Proxy: Box Set

Ergo Proxy , Murase Shukou    Unrated   DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Anime Ever! Aug. 3 2009
By berrya
This is my favourite anime ever! It is unique in animation and plot, and has a deeper story line that explores the meaning of self, other, and why we exist in the first place (Raison D'etre). Complete with a dark and twisted plot, it will surely entertain and enlighten any viewer.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is the best series I have seen since Cowboy Bebop. First, the quality: the animation is top-notch, with 3d and 2d beautifully and seamlessly integrated with renderings and other CGI, and the series has 5.1 sound (absolutely wonderful!); also, the english dub is almost totally perfect (only in the last disc would I recommend watching again with subtitles, as the dub doesn't include some important details). No shortcomings, characters perfectly matched, emotionally involving and also manages to create tension between characters (something rarely done well in animation).

Second, the whole package: I've seen a lot of shows and movies based on utopian/dystopian societies, but this absolutely takes the cake. It is now my favourite science fiction show EVER. If I had to compare it to other anime, I'd have to say that it takes a bit of NGEvangelion and Metropolis, other great sci-fis...you name it, and I'll tell you that this show kicks everything up about 100 notches.

This show is one of those rare shows you can watch with an anime virgin and say, "Look. This is what anime is capable of doing." It breaks all the stereotypical anime moulds, and weaves itself into an incredible series.

I can't say much about the plot without spoiling it, but be prepared for bits of horror, suspense, action, philosophical ramblings, trippy mind games...this is a show for guys and gals, by the way. For once, us women can watch a male lead character who isn't a total geeky nerd. Pretty nice for a change. :)

There is enough violence and serious discussion in the show to make it an adults only type, in my opinion.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality animation and story...TWO THUMBS UP! July 28 2009
By Erps
I bought the box set out of sheer whim. I am not usually like this and am a very very meticulous and careful buyer. But, this is one buy I do not regret one bit.

The animation is top top notch with a fair mix of traditional style and computer generated scenes. It is a fairly dark story and they animated it so well that the story and animation married very very nicely. I must admit, the story has a bit of MATRIX taste to it. 2 worlds separated and individuals trapped inbetween...trying to discover their worlds and themselves.

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series and is well worth the money and time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Deep and Emotional Feb. 21 2009
By L. Chow
Ergo Proxy has definitely become one of my favourite animes. It's not centered around a younger audience model and goes deep into the psyche to question yourself and who you are. On the artistic side, all the characters and scenery are beatifully drawn. Characters and character development progress at decent pace while slowing down in a few episodes.

Recommended and two thumbs up.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  30 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Counter to the Amazon.com review Aug. 23 2009
By Mary - Published on Amazon.com
If you're the kind of person that needs a story to tell literal, straight-forward journey from A to B, (like the person who wrote the Amazon.com review) then this isn't for you. But if you appreciate abstract ideas and subjective story-lines open for interpretation, especially thought-provoking stories that pose existential questions, then you'll appreciate Ergo Proxy.

According to Amazon's reviewer, "Ergo Proxy will appeal to viewers who favor violent action over coherent storytelling and credible characters." I don't recall a terrible amount of violent action. The series is arguably slow, actually. Whoever wrote the amazon.com review missed the point, many times over. The 3 episodes that the Amazon.com review sited as "pointless fantasies" are actually the battles with different proxies in their respective cities: beating the game show was defeating a proxy, discerning fantasy from reality in "Ophelia" was defeating a proxy, etc.

As far as copying from Evagelion, I see no similarities. And the only thing that can be accused of copying from Ghost in The Shell is the robots becoming self-aware due to the Cogito Virus. But that idea is in no way original to Ghost in the Shell. How many sci-fi stories deal with the idea of robots becoming self-aware? Besides, "Cogito" is part of the Latin phrase "Cogito ergo sum" or "I think, therefore I am." I think, think, that Descartes was an antecedent to Ghost in the shell, but don't quote me.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and some people enjoy the literal, while others appreciate the subjective. And that's fine, of course; this series isn't going to please everyone. But the points made against Ergo Proxy in the Amazon.com review are unfair and incorrect.

By the way, the art is rather nice, too. Cyberpunktastic.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Looking and Darkly Endearing Nov. 25 2008
By K. Yost - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot say enough about the style of the animation itself, as it is the most attractive looking series I have ever watched, seamlessly blending computer generated effects with more traditional techniques.

The story is moderately complicated and many of details of what is going on are saved for the final few episodes. The series is carried through these long periods by revealing to the viewer just enough information over the course of the series that, with each episode, it does feel as though the answers to the mysteries of the seemingly unassuming protagonist are coming into focus. I would not say that the plot is confusing, as it is largely straight forward account of Vincent Law's journey across a post-apocalyptic Earth. The clues to resolving the mysteries of: (i) who Vincent really is (ii) how the world came to be in its current state and (iii) the changes that are coming and Vincent's role in those changes, these simply are revealed at a slow and deliberate pace.

What propels the series through, however, is a combination of the clever writing and the characters of the three leads, Vincent Law, Re-L Mayer and the android child Pino. Of the three, debates continue as to which is the best of the three. For me personally, it's the surprising choice of the happy android Pino. Re-L is a close second though if only because she cuts such a strong and dark figure on the screen, in a way typically reserved for male characters.

As for the writing, there were several moments where the plot devices caused me to want to roll my eyes (like an episode that entirely comprised exposition, told in the form of a strange game show which the characters find themselves involved with, or an episode that consists entirely of them waiting for the wind to propel their small ship). In the end, though (and perhaps in part because I was so ready to dismiss these devices) I could not help but admire the way the writers twisted what seemed potentially tedious into something delightful. The writers also are very good at connecting seemingly random moments into the grander story in a meaningful and affecting way.

If you dislike movies like Memento (which require you to rethink events previously viewed in light of subsequently revealed information) or if you cannot engage with character driven stories, this is not the series for you. It is not action heavy, and what action there is generally is not crucial to the overall story.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Compelling April 21 2009
By S. Fralich - Published on Amazon.com
If I would have had all the DVDs I would have watched it in one sitting. I found both the narrative and the characters to be fascinating. It presents a very complex and conflicted view of humanity, fate (reason for existence), and spirituality. It intentionally leaves some aspects of the world ambiguous because that's the point. It's meant to make you think, not only about what the writers presented, but about your own existence and your beliefs.

I enjoyed the episodes that seemed out of character with the rest of the series. These are a distinguishing characteristic of chief writer Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Wolf's Rain, Eureka 7). They add something of their own and they also add to the overall development of the characters and the world. They take the characters out of the world they're in an put them into a different one so you can see how they act. I find it to be an interesting and creative character development device.

If you like series that explore the nature of society and humanity, then I guarantee you'll like Ergo Proxy. I enjoyed it a great deal the first time and I liked it even more the second time. They lay subtle hints all over the place which you're a bit confused by the first time, but again, that's the point. You're not supposed to feel comfortable in this world. You're supposed to feel as compelled to unravel it as the characters and in the end, it ends up looking a lot like our own.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fills your hunger, but still leaves you having room for more. July 29 2009
By maskedgamer - Published on Amazon.com
Ergo Proxy is a sophistocated anime. Not one that is full of action or that has a clear story. You really have to think about the characters, their relationships, and the world they live in when you watch this movie. Ergo Proxy reminded me a lot of "Speedgrapher"(another amazing adult Anime). It's about a high society that falls at the hands of the same person that helped nurtured it. When the curtain falls your left questioning about what is the key factor to life. Just like in Speedgrapher the key was living by your own destiny, and not riding on the rails that had been laid out before you.

Ergo Proxy tells the tale of one man who tries to find himself, a girl who thinks she knows herself but doesn't, and highly positive character that motivates them all. The combination of personalities is interesting. The Main character Re-L is a woman whom you could call "cold" and not be off by a single letter. Vincent the co-main character is a passive-aggressive person who bends to fit the situation(mostly he is collective and passive, but mainly because he doesn't know who he is). Pino the sub-character is the odd ball of the bunch. Both Re-L and Vincent alone are dark characters. Pino is full of light and really brings out the best in both of them because of her innocence.

All of Ergo Proxys strange characters live in post-apocalyptic world. They belong to a highly governed society that has learned to survive by living under strict societal rules. Only the highest level of society knows the truth about it, while the lower society live their lives blindly not knowing the truth. Re-L, Vincent, and Pino all journey out to find this truth. The trek that they go on exposes many lies for them, and opens their eyes to a world that they never thought was possible. There are plenty of plot twist, and mind bogglers in this anime, but you have to put the story together yourself. The anime doesn't just fall into place. Each episode reveals clues and hints. Once you get towards the last disk you start to put things together.

Ergo Proxy is a great anime to watch, I recommend it if your into "thinker" sort of animes. I only give this anime 4 stars because I thought it should have been longer so we could see the characters develop more. 2 episode I felt could have been done better as they were not necessary at all. I thought the story was unique, but sometimes overly confusing. There were many times when I didn't know what was going on, untill I pieced the episodes together. If you like Speedgrapher you will enjoy this. If you haven't seen Speedgrapher...well check that out too it's amazing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars high concept and daring storytelling Feb. 23 2010
By Ryan Wakeland - Published on Amazon.com
I'm going to try and keep this review from revealing too much. Chances are, you'll look at a few more, or you've probably already read the Amazon critique, and for that I must apologize. One of Ergo Proxy's main themes is the search for truth, and though I don't think spoilers will really ruin the viewing experience, I still see revealing major plot/setting points as a disservice to the series.

If you're looking for stylized anime where the characters shout out the names of their combat tactics and seemingly float in mid-air while rock music blares on in the background, look somewhere else. Ergo Proxy tries its hand at taking genres and twisting them around, but its mostly to infuse a sense of mythology that's in all of Earth's history. It's philosophical, self-searching, and subjective, in much the same way that David Lynch's films are, though Ergo Proxy does so with something much closer to a linear plot. It starts out as a science fiction thriller with a little bit of a noir feel to it, then tacks on the kind of inner monologues, supernatural monsters, fight scenes, and emotionally charged conflicts you expect to find in an anime. The difference is, I never felt that the show was being too cheesy. There are times that the characters can feel a bit melodramatic, nearly campy, but that's something that I've gotten used to seeing in anime (and it's handled a lot better here than in most places!).

The show's dark, often labyrinthine progression feels a lot like Paranoia Agent, where each episode seems repetitious, only Ergo Proxy is much more contained and comprehensible. It's full of satirical themes, philosophical wanderings, and it doesn't spend too much time babying you through the story. I read a review somewhere that called Ergo Proxy a puzzle, and I can see why someone would say that, though I'd argue that it's really a complicated, in-depth story that grows more and more surreal as it pedals toward a mythological conclusion. If you're a fan of Satoshi Kon's work, you'll be impressed with this layered piece of science fiction.
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