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Ergo Proxy: Volumes 1-6 [DVD]

Shukou Murase    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Shukou Murase
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MVM
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 575 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041A7OX6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,659 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All 23 episodes of the animated fantasy adventure. The domed city of Romd is an impenetrable would-be Utopia where humans and robots co-exist, and everything is under complete government control - or so it appears. While working on a mysterious murder case, Re-l Mayer, a female detective from the Civilian Intelligence Office, receives a foreboding message that something is going to 'awaken'. That night, she's attacked by a deformed super-being. What was this unidentified monster that attacked her, and who was the figure that came between them? As Re-l attempts to unlock this spiralling mystery, a metaphysical battle cry leads her to the unknown outside world.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am Ergo Proxy. I am the Angel of Death. 25 Aug 2009
In a futuristic world, the majority of humanity dwells inside the city-sized sphere known as Romdo. This utopian world is crime free, yet it also emotion free where robots called Autoreivs accompany and serve their assigned human masters. The story kicks off with a mysterious and powerful monster known as a proxy getting loose in Romdo and escaping into the treacherous outside world. The plot follows gothic detective Re-L, and the outlaw on the run Vincent Law as they go about uncovering the sinister truth behind the Proxys and the extent of their power.

What ensues is an intelligent and dark dystopian science fiction anime. As the story progresses, several philosophical issues are pondered such as the meaning of existence and the what it means to have a soul. These themes are central to the series and offer some truly intriguing and thought provoking viewing. However, the show has a tendency to come across as abstract and surreal by delving into the psycholigical issues of each of the characters. This results in some bizarre and confusing scenes and even entire episodes that seem to have no meaning except to send the viewer into a state of complete bewilderment. I admit that certain aspects of the show took me a while to get my head around. Furthermore many of the episodes have a dreamlike style to them which certainly adds an interesting if slightly mind boggling layer to the show; especially towards the end. So Ergo Proxy is definetly one to pay close attention to, otherwise you may end up confused.
The characters prove to be another the vital part to the show with each person concealing their own emotional problems. Throughout the course of the series we see some fascinating insight into the backstories of these cast members as well as some amazing characterisation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning and generally impressive 6 Feb 2010
By _rory_
The first episode starts particularly strongly and does an excellent job of setting the scene in a gritty futuristic city where the priviledged class of "fellow citizens" dwell in a heavily consumer orientated environment served by their "entourages" (sub-servient androids or "autoreivs") and a lower class of immigrants seeking to better themselves and achieve promotion to the ranks of "fellow citizens".

The two main characters are Re-L Mayer, a citizen of particularly high standing as the grand-daughter of the ruling regent, and Vincent Law, a lowly immigrant. With a virus spreading self-awareness through the "autoreiv" population, both characters are involved in the efforts to stem the spread. This is further complicated by the existence of a mysterious demon-like creature which awakes in the bowels of the city and proceeds to wreak havoc.

The storyline becomes increasingly complicated as the series progresses (as is common in anime), but the presentation remain strong throughout. This is a very well animated series with an engaging storyline.

My main gripe with this series is the prescence of two filler episodes (one in the middle of the series, the other towards the end) which are almost entirely unrelated to anything else - one a sudden impromptu quiz show, the other involving cartoon characters in a theme park setting. Such sudden and unexpected departures seem to detract from the main storyline, offering little in return (though the quiz show at least provides a little of the background and setting to the world and includes the first mention of an additional character).

I also found Vincent Law to be a little frustrating as a character, his voice acting was also a bit too nasally for my liking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lingers in the mind 6 Jun 2010
There's much debate among anime experts as to what this series actually means. Several weeks after watching the complete collection I'm still turning it over in my mind. It boldly takes on philosophical themes such as 'consciousness', 'personal identity' and 'time' itself. Even has the cheek to name a few of its characters after modern philosophers - Husserl, Kristeva and Lacan. Some will find this dreadfully pretentious, but I can't help admiring the ambition of the creators for coming up with such a thought-provoking work, even if the convoluted plot does leave me feeling somewhat baffled. The visual design is well-judged: pleasingly muted colours which are much in keeping with the dream-like aspects of the narrative. Likewise, the mostly ambient soundtrack is another notable achievement. If you like a plot that slowly evolves and characters that keep asking themselves 'Who am I?', then Ergo Proxy will keep you intelligently entertained for hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is your ''raison d'être'' 2 Mar 2010
One of the best anime series i've watched to date. Visually impressive, psychological and philosophical commentary galore in a fantastically well envisioned and styled universe. This is not for those that don't like a little substance with their anime as the story telling is complex and can shift dynamically at times - personally i think this is great as other series often start strongly and then suffer from weak plots and\or becoming repetitive.

Watch it, you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I bum this anime! 8 Sep 2011

I fell in love with this BEAST of an anime! EPIC, CHARMING, EXCITING, EDGE OF YOUR SEAT AMAZING-NESS! Get engulfed in this post-apocolyptic masterpiece! And love the epic opening theme music such a treat when the music matches the anime ^_^
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish!
completely difficulty to get into...ended up chucking it out. what complete rubbish dont waste your money. ive seen lots of anime and this is the poorest film to date
Published on 20 April 2012 by Planet Wrigleatode
5.0 out of 5 stars ... :)
Bought this as a present for my boyfriend, arrived really quickly :) haven't watched it yet... Hoefully get round to watching it soon :)
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This anime is a complete mind-bender.. It has such an enlightening storyline and a really dark, yet comforting art style. The dubbing is fantastic, great voice actors. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by J. Potter
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing!
I like the overall idea but i didn't get/like the ending! it was not that satisfying! But if you feel like sitting and watching it for a second time, feel free and buy it!
Published on 1 July 2011 by M. B. Shemirani
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated piece of beauty.
I wasn't expecting too much from this series, i only decided to watch it because the main character Re-l intrigued me as much as the premise of the series but i'm glad to say i was... Read more
Published on 23 April 2011 by Arcueid Noir
5.0 out of 5 stars Ergo Proxy
Great anime, however many of you will have to watch it a couple of times to understand it I think as people miss little bits. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2010 by Mr. N. A. L. Rand
3.0 out of 5 stars whats the point!
Iv'e had this anime a while now and so far have got halfway through it. Being a lover of the more cerebral anime I had high hopes for this but really I just cannot be bothered to... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by TokyoJoe2040
2.0 out of 5 stars Ergo Poxy!
Very disappointed with this anime. I expected a lot more philosophical exploration but really its all fluff. Two stars for the good soundtrack and animation.
Published on 21 Jun 2010 by neutrino
4.0 out of 5 stars Ergo Proxy - A rare mix of qualities
This somewhat disjointed and at times nearly incomprehensible series is, nevertheless, strangely compelling and very enjoyable, not least because of its superb visual quality, and... Read more
Published on 14 May 2010 by S. J. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie.
a very beautifully made anime . the story keeps you occupied all the time. the graphical use is also very excellent together with background music. Read more
Published on 18 April 2010 by S. Ahmed
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