The story of Ergo Proxy takes place sometime in the future, after the Earth has undergone apocolyptic trauma. Even with all the destruction and wasteland, certain parts of Earth seem to maintain a relatively, almost high-end lifestyle, such as can be found in dome city of Romdo. In Romdo, we see a vast technological gap between our own modern technology even since robots, known as AutoReivs, play an integral part in the city of Romdo, acting as companions and workers, among other things. In this city, we find our heroine Re-l (pronounced Rielle), and what a heroine indeed.
Re-l Mayer is the grandaugther of the Regent of Romdo who is essentially the head of state. Re-l herself, fitting her somewhat fiery personality, is a investigator in the Citizen Intelligence Bureau. While she doesn’t seem to like her life in the city too much, everything is fairly normal and relatively routine, as her job mostly consists of destroying AutoReivs that have achieved self-awareness, through what is known the Cogito virus. Yes, not your average lifestyle, but for all we see it suits her.
The other main character, the oh-so timid Vincent Law, is an immigrant who is working with infected AutoReivs as well, fulfilling his duty to Romdo so as to achieve citizenship. During one of his jobs he meets Re-l while she’s on duty. Of course this meeting, and everything else at the time seems fairly normal, but little does Re-l, Vincent, nor most of the citizens know that the state leaders have been investigating a monstrous-looking being known as proxy, and not only that, but early on in the show it escapes. That one act by the proxy is the catalyst for all the action and plot thereafter.
Shortly thereafter, we are led on a tale of Matrix-like proportions, filled with mystery, intrigue, action, and enough mind warps to pacify even the most die-hard Lewis Carrol fans.
Overall, I’d have to say that unlike many fans who have reviewed this after watching the complete show, I was pretty hooked all the way thru. What initially grabbed me was the quality of the animation, which was very well done indeed. The styling is very dark all around, and there are many action/fight sequences where the designers get to show off their craft, and do so with gusto. (That’s right, I said gusto.) Personally I found the artistic beauty isn’t just in fight scenes, as the design of Re-l herself is particularly stunning (what can I say?), and the autoraves are also very cool, albeit quirky.
In terms of story, the first couple episodes definitely kick you off to a rocking start, and while there are times later, many times, where the episodes are really just one halluconeginic trip after another, in general I was very pleased by the story and it’s progression. I do have to say though there were certain of these acid-trip episodes, such as 15 and 19, where, while they are referenced a couple of times later, they seemed mostly like ‘filler’ for the story and not actually beneficial content. I’ll let you be the judge on that though. Lastly, and I remind you that this is spoiler free, when everything kind of falls into place, you’re still kind of left going “huh?”, although I guess if you know what the title of the last episode Deus Ex Machina means, as I do now, then you also kind of understand why (although not exactly…)
All in all, I found Ergo Proxy to be a thrilling and most entertaining venture that teased my mind as much as my eyes with it’s beautiful yet intelligent delivery. Moreover, Ergo Proxy deftly ventures into the post-apocolyptic, cyberpunk genres (Akira & Ghost in the Shell) that have fascinated anime fans all over the world. If what I have said above even slightly interests you then you definitely must give it a watch.
Score: 4.5 out of 5