This month I present you with only the finest in female anime/science-fiction… “Ergo Proxy“… The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future Earth, the year 7207. It focuses on the aftermath of a global ecological disaster that took place in the second half of the 21st century; a rapid climate change due to a string of methane hydrate explosions, wiping out 85% of the planet’s human population.
There exists a refuge on this ruined Earth, a Domed City named “Romdeau,” where humans and their android servants, the AutoReivs, coexist peacefully under a state of controlled peace. This constructed paradise that houses its wealthy citizens (and unfortunate immigrants) is ruled by Regent Donov Mayer and his governing council. They demand that complete order and servitude be maintained within Romdeau to keep chaos at its gates, at bay.
However, this utopian landscape is soon shattered by a series of horrifying murders committed by AutoReivs infected with the Cogito Virus (which causes them to become self-aware). Behind the scenes, the government has been conducting secret experiments on a mysterious humanoid life form called a “Proxy.” The Proxy beings (described as God-like and immortal) are believed to hold the key to the survival of mankind.
Female Inspector Re-l Mayer of the Citizen Intelligence Bureau is put in charge of investigating the series of brutal murders (Re-l is the granddaughter Regent Donov Mayer, the Regent of Romdeau – hence her defiance and attitude!) Along with her AutoReiv partner Iggy, Re-l investigates the latest crime scene and is attacked by a mysterious creature, a Proxy, that is seemingly drawn to her. As the investigation progresses, she begins a to learn the truth about the Proxies, what they truly are and the secrets behind the world she lives in.
Ergo Proxy is a science fiction suspense anime television series produced by Manglobe, which premiered across Japan in February 2006 on the WOWOW satellite network. It is directed by Shukō Murase, with screenplay by Dai Satō et al.. Ergo Proxy has been described as a dark sci-fi mystery with philosophical underpinnings. It features a combination of 2D digital cel animation, 3D computer modeling, and digital special effects.
Anime is not a particularly deep area for me but I know what I like and I’m learning (very slowly). Ergo Proxy is outstanding but it is a commitment – 23 episodes and mine run in the original Japanese with english subtitles. This basically ensures that you’ll need to watch the series twice to pick up what you missed the first time through. You have to stay with it but it’s worth the effort… Lots of plates below – Enjoy!…
Re-l With Her Guns
I’m Not The Only Girl Who Loves Good Sci Fi…
Ahhhhh, I feel better now… Time for a hot bath, a glass of red and off to bed…