Anime review: Ergo Proxy
Status: abandoned after 4 episodes
A domed city in a post-apocalyptic world with a powerful kabal inside the government that has secretly created a cyborg monster thing. And the woman with the big gun is an investigator – and granddaughter of someone very powerful in said government – who’s decided, against orders, to uncover the monster’s secret. Or something like that.
I had so much hope for this series. Manglobe, who produced one of my favourite shows Samurai Champloo also produced Ergo Proxy. And that is evident in the look of the show: gorgeous lines, dark atmospheres and wild character designs. A lot of attention to detail. Unfortunately, this show suffers from what I call the Mamoru Oshii syndrome: a purposefully and frustratingly complicated intellectual
plot discussion about the same old same old topic of cyborgs gaining consciousness.
After watching 3 episodes I was confused and bored. I abandoned the show when I realized that I was watching it because I thought I should, like it was good for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ghost in the Shell and have watched both movies and TV series. But Ghost did it first, did it well, and has compelling characters.
Like they did with giant robots, Japanese animators have to get over the whole cyborg thing and find a new obsession… maybe breakmaking?