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Ergo Proxy

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In a futuristic world almost barren of life, mankind is confined to mechanized domed cities where A.I.’s control all aspects of life. In this world, humans are no longer born, they are manufactured in a production line; and alongside them live androids known as autoreivs. Within one of these domed sanctuaries named Romdeau lives Re-l Mayer, one of a few citizens who aren’t entirely prevented from thinking. Her grandfather's prominent position and the affection of the scientist Daedalus have left her more free will than is normally allowed, but Re-l has started to question the sanctity of the city and the citizens' perfect way of life. With mysterious beings known as proxies causing havoc and a man named Vincent causing great influence on her life, Re-l must travel outside of the city to find the answers she seeks and discover the mystery behind "the awakening".

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Ergo Proxy: Centzon Hitchers and Undertaker 2006 TBD
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Naoyuki ONDA Character Design
Shukou MURASE Director
Yasuyuki UEDA Music

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Ergo Proxy sothis 4/10 Jul 6, 2007
Ergo Proxy vivafruit 4.5/10 Jul 2, 2007

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Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?

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colettelabete

Both series are set in an alternate dystopian future, where a natural disaster has forced humanity to protect itself inside dome cities (Ergo Proxy) or behind the Wall (Darker than Black). Also, both of them revolve around a good-hearted and kind male character, but whose past may be darker than it seems.

scenthr

In Darker than Black and Ergo Proxy, the main characters are in the process of discovering themselves; both are unaware of their powers and the paths which destiny has picked for them. Both anime are set in a post-apocalyptic future when humans are trying to rediscover their humanity and struggle to find their way. So of course if you watched one you will love the other for sure. I recommend watching them both as they are really good anime.

SurrealWraith

Darker Than Black and Ergo Proxy share similar tones and themes. In both, conspiracy and corruption plays a large role, as well as discrimination against certain groups of people. Both have a rather dark and sinister feel as far as anime go. In each, the main character must overcome many obscure obstacles to ultimately find himself.

Iahel

An atmosphere of darkness and mystery flushes both of these series. Until the end you won't know BR201's enigma and Vincent's raison d'être. The main character in Ergo Proxy and Darker Than Black live a double life, they have masks which hide their true faces. But not only similar characters put these titles together. The worlds described in DTB and Ergo Proxy are results of great catastrophes, connected with the main characters' destinies.

SteinbergerGPPRo

Both Ergo Proxy and Darker Than Black have a generally dark theme to them. Both the main characters are badasses, both shows leave a lot of questions in the air and force you to have to make inferences for it them make sense.

aoitsuki

the moods in these two animes i found was very similiar. also they both fall into the same science fiction type genre and have plots that involve finding and stopping government corruption for the sake of humanity. they also both have interesting characters, animation and plots so they are both well worth watching not only because they are similar to each other.

hirtue

I totally can't help saying that both series have a very similiar, dark and mysterious mood. They might seem different in many ways, but the atmosphere is really alike in both, so you should really check it out!

tasanime

There is this underlying element of mystery behind the central male protagonists in Ergo Proxy and Darker than black, protagonists who despite their undeniable fighting ability and supernatural force have little awareness of the source of such power. What is interesting is really watching these characters evolve in understanding of capability, origin, the outside world and their relationships with others - oft producing a more humane side to them. And while all this is going on, you're treated to a host of battles, missions and political/organisational influence throughout.

Dissolute

If you like either one you should like the other, due to the number of similiarities for example, both series share similar features in mood,protagnatist and theme/settings.

They both are set in a post apocolypic setting, although the reasons for the decline are very different and so are the background cities,surroundings and stylings themselves.

They both have a male lead who has a hidden past, which contains the secrets to their power, and the journey to discovering that past, and the reasons behind it, are a big part of the stories.

Both have a darkish and sombre mood, although Darker than Black does have some lighter moments with some sideline characters, while Ergo proxy has some minor upbeats with some of the more main characters with regards to Pino and Re-L and some bizarre humourous episodes.

The biggest difference I would say is that Ergo proxy has some very surreal episodes, and many (although minor and hinted, more often than not) references to psychology and socialology. These can be very thought provoking, however they are never really touched in great depth only surface scratched and more teased in some respects, almost like the easter eggs you get in games sometimes that relate to totally different things. This can be viewed as either a good thing (thought provking anime!) or a bad one, if they were going down the whole human psyche route why didn't they go the whole hog and not just skim around it?

Either way if you like one give the other a try you might be suprised!

crystalphoenix

Darker Than Black and Ergo Proxy both have relatively complicated storylines. Both the protagonists are trying to discover who they are. They are different though in the aspect Vincent (Ergo Proxy) must learn, well rediscover, who he really is, where as Hei (Darker Than Black) must accept (and decide) who he really is. Both societies in the shows are sheltered by their governments in that the information is censored. Ergo Proxy is more like a society in The Anthem by Ayn Rand in that the government has made the people into a collective and there is no such thing as I. Ergo Proxy is a journey of self discovery. In Darker Than Black the government tries to control the contractors. Similarly in Ergo Proxy the government tries to control the spread of the Cogito virus. Both series require the viewer to watch them entirely for the viewer to truly grasp the meaning of the series. Darker than Black however lacks some of the depth found in Ergo Proxy, which makes it easier to follow. Both series are amazing and beautifully done. They contain strong plot lines and keep the viewer intrigued. If you like one you will like the other.

ave

You'll definitley like Darker Than Black if you liked Ergo Proxy, because both of them are set in a future world near its downfall. This gives both series their own unique tune.

absolute

Darker than Black and Ergo Proxy share very similar elements. Both the series are about a male protagonist who struggles thanks to their secret inner skills and they have a double.

Moreover the settlings and even side characters are very similar, being in a kind of future where strange supernatural events occurred.

stingreis

Ergo Proxy had a lot of philisophical aspects that made it unique among "end of the world" anime's however Darker than black with its "After a Major Disaster" type of anime, compares to Ergo Proxy with action and supernatural abilities. Both anime's have a lot of things going on and are slow progressing in some points, but are enjoyable to those that have watched the other and liked it

Orre

Both of these anime are set in worlds in which some degree of catastrophy has altered the status quo, though Ergo is much more extreme in this respect. Both series also feature "secret agent" type main characters that, while in the course of their normal missions, become caught up in situations that are much larger than themselves. With complex plots that leave the casual viewer in a wake of confusion, both of these anime are likely to delight anyone looking for an action-oriented series with a somewhat deeper experience.

eaper

These series have similar main characters, some similar themes, and a very large mystery going on in each of them. If you like questions of equality, reality, and a large, overarching mystery in your anime, these fit together well.

Dario97

Both series are set in a post-apocaliptic world. Also, both of them got kind and good main character, but they past isn't so kind. If you watched one, there is a high possibility that you gonna like the other one :D

parkitwonka

Both shows center around two similar characters(Hei and Vincent). In addition, both shows follow a similar directing style where bits and pieces of information are given, and the audience is then left to put them together. If you like one, there is a good chance that you will enjoy the other.

Starlightstar

Both are similar genre and both have a more mature feeling to them. Darker than Black Kuro no Keiyakusha is a lot shorter than Ergo Proxy. If you like dark, and mature sci-fi you'll love both of these.

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Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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tetra

Serial Experiments Lain and Ergo Proxy are two of a rare kind. They both have an intelligent plot and well-portrayed characters that have flaws and act like actual people. Neither Ergo Proxy nor Lain is a 'happy-go-lucky' anime and I do believe that if you like intelligent and mature series you will enjoy both.

AnarchicQ

While I found the plot of Ergo Proxy to be bogged down, psuedo-intelligent and all design, I can't not recommend Serial Experiments Lain if you liked Ergo Proxy. If you like surreal, 'intelligent' and moody anime, I think looking at a classic like Lain (arguably the mother of mindscrew anime series) is almost a requirement.

Nocturnalgloria

Lain and Ergo Proxy are insistent in their constant interrogations. They are both intelligent series that demand more than one viewing, Lain is considerably more risqué in that it twists narrative conventions to the point they no longer apply while Ergo Proxy channels its intellectuality via the plot itself, even if it lags a bit at the end.

colettelabete

Both series are set in high-tech worlds, and deal with the relationship between humans and machines. Also, both have strong-willed independent female characters in leading roles. Whoever enjoyed pondering about the philosophical issues raised in Ergo Proxy will surely find a treat in Serial Experiments Lain.

Ran

Both Ergo Proxy and Lain deal with philosophical topics and show the main character's search for the truth, while she discovers a completely new world that she must learn to deal with. The stories unfold in a very dark environment, though at times a technical or historical explanation (in order to understand the plot) is shown in a light manner. The characters evolve and slowly show more of their deep psychologies throughout the anime.

maneh

It shares that unique ambient only achieved by submerging the viewer in a puzzling story-telling. Both series share a kind of inner search. If you liked one of them, you'll be sure to love the other.

It's a smart anime for smart people, it can be too slow at certain times, but that is required to create the suitable ambient for the story to develop. And it's always fun to see series that goes against the typical in our "instant enjoy" society.

Two great works of art

gantzu

Both animes are spilling around philosophy. Also it happens for both of them to have very characters in unclear, psychodelic situation, without space or time, something like mind trip.

Malek

When you like one you will like the other because the both are very filisophic and they look up the boundries of the difference between virtual or artifisial life and real lif. Non of the series have much action and the conversation is the most important part of both.

Profane

These are two philosophic animes, which both "plays" with metaphysics. The result just happened be a depressed atmosphere as well.

Haste

Both Ergo and Lain are immensely similar in several ways.

They both have deep, complex stories that slowly unwind, often not revealing themselves until the very end; they both tackle complex issues like mans place in the world and "god's" role for man and vice-vers; and they both deal with female leads who explore their relationships with others but also explore their relationships with the world.

Lastly, Ergo Proxy is perhaps more violent than Serial Experiments Lain, but they both exist in the same dark, somber atmosphere.

dyhl22

Serial Experiments Lain and Ergo Proxy are both phychological type, with not defined plots and makes you think to draw your conclusions.

I recommend both for maure poeple, and those who like a good storyline and plot.

VoidTemplar

Serial Experiments Lain and Ergo Proxy deal with more mature, serious themes compared to most anime. Both deal heavily with philosophical and psychological topics.

If you have a particular interest in matters such as existentialism, human psychology, and the possibilities of technology, I highly recommend that you watch both.

eaper

These series each mix together a lot of elements from varsious intellectual fields, such as psycology, philosophy, ethics, and technology and present it in a way that is hard to understand in a single watch. While dealing with questions of individuality and the point and origin of existance while trying to uncover a large mystery, these series advance along an unforseen path.

SadisticTendencies

Both Animes contain gothic/cyberpunk elements and feature female protanogists. By the end they both grow slightly complicated, and in order to understand them fully you'll have to use your brain.

goofball

... Both deal with human beings as software, also in the both the protagonists are teenage females. 

Lemonducky

These two are easily two of my favorites. They are both highly psychological (Lain more so, however), which is my favorite aspect. They both have to do with the nature of reality and the reasons people have for existing. They are both very difficult to follow at times, but, if you stick with it, you will undoubtedly love both as much as I did and perhaps look deeper into your own life. A warning, if you want to watch a show only once, half awake, and expect to get everything, don’t watch either. I often see people giving anime bad ratings simply because they didn’t understand what was going on. It is disappointing, to say the least.

AnimeShima

They are both dark animes with complex story line that will most of the times make you wonder as to what the hell is going on. They will both appeal to the same kind of audiences.

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Texhnolyze

Texhnolyze

In an experimental city of despair and carnage, ORGAN will do anything necessary to gain power and wealth. Unfortunately for one underground boxer who was mutilated, a rogue doctor has given him what ORGAN specializes in and he despises: Texhnolyze body parts. Will these cybernetic appendages help exact his revenge upon the one who made him this way?

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Eltanan

Both anime share a similar dark feel, though Texhnolyze is admittedly a bit more claustraphobic.  Both have excellent music, interesting characters, and "what the heck is really going on?" storylines.  In addition, the animation style of Texholnyze is fairly unique, and it's just a bit bloodier.

mexigogen

If you liked Texhnolyze, you would like Ergo Proxy because both are set in a post-apocalyptic future where mankind is struggling to survive in enclosed communities. Both anime give you the feeling of, "what the hell is really going on!" If you liked one, you should like the other.

januar

It's as complicated as Ergo, but Texhnolyze doesn't have the catchy atmosphere.

Ran

Both Ergo Proxy and Texhnolyze are very dark, and their main characters seek a similar goal: to find the truth about themselves and the confined world that they live in. In a dystopic city, everything ends up going wrong and the truth about their entire existence can only be found in the deserted remains of the planet...

sloggerK

Enjoy dark scenes with muted high contrast?

Enjoy the atmosphere of decaying sci-fi cities?

Enjoy plots that are more than completely obvious?

Texhnolyze and Ergo Proxy are both series with similar atmospheres and looks, even if they do end up being quite different thematically.

buu

Both of these series utilize a dark futuristic theme to portray the evolution of humanity in a closed society. If you like the overly stylistic type of anime where the story is told through the development of characters that try to find themselves amdist a harsh world, then you should try these series out.

athina

Ergo Proxy and Texhnolyze are very similar series. They're both set in some dark futuristic dystopian society that has an obsession with technology. Both series move in a slow pace making you wonder about what is actually going on.

tealovertoma

Both anime have similar dystopian settings, cyberpunk influences all over the place and quests to find one's "true self" in a rotten, dark world full of mysteries. Both anime are for a mature seinen audience that want something more than the dozen-or-so harems released every season and can be highly recommended to the intelligent viewer. Despite the similarities, Ergo Proxy is a lot easier to get into and more episodic, whereas Texhnolyze provides a more "hardcore" psychological analysis; if you're planning to watch both, start with Ergo Proxy.

puolukankukka

Boht Ergo Proxy and Texhnolyze draw you into a dark and complex future dystopia. They also both deal beautifully with the problematics of being human, or indeed, inhuman.

coffeebreath

Plotwise both Ergo Proxy and Texhnolyze are both complex sci-fi tales that take place in harsh and unnatural worlds. Life is about as sacred as a shit on the sidewalk and really the characters are just slowly trudging towards death as they deal with the conflict of wanting to cling to their own existence in living hell. Both are convoluted at times but Ergo Proxy is like a walk in the park compared to Texhnolyze which is both heavier and darker. Still, if you enjoyed the plot and themes in either then I think the other is a great recommendation for something similarly thought-provoking.

pollinisation

Both these series are set in cities that control and maybe even create whatever lives within them, both deal with human being’s need to create new forms of life (and ignoring the ultimate price that must always be paid) and both are somehow overwhelmed by the nature of what man can no longer understand.

AnimeShima

If like either Ergo Proxy or Texhnolyze, you are almost certain to enjoy the other. Both have mind f*ck stories and dark atmosphere with characters trying to discover the truth behind their world.

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Witch Hunter Robin

Witch Hunter Robin

STN is a secret organization charged with capturing witches of all ages who misuse their inate ability of the Craft. Its newest recruit is a young girl named Robin, who wields the same power that she is helping to control. While skillful at their ability to detain quickly, the number of witches keeps seeming to increase, and the misuse of power grows stronger, casting a shadow of doubt as to what is really going on. For STN, there is much work ahead, and for Robin, her troubles are just beginning...

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tehwalrus

Both Ergo Proxy and Witch Hunter Robin have a strong female lead, both of whom have similar jobs - hunting down the oddities outside the edge of society. Even more importantly, these shows have a very similar atmosphere and are set in the same sort of dystopian alternate future.

Uriel

Apart from obvious links such as petite female protagonists and similar dimmed color palettes, Witch Hunter Robin and Ergo Proxy are more about a mood and storytelling than action. If you liked one for its slow pace and the way the mood was set there is a chance you will like the other.

fiola

Both Ergo Proxy and WHR deal with the subject of humanity fighting a different race by which they feel threatened, and the moral charge this fight implies. They are also both dark and gloomy and it's worth it to mention the lack of happy people in both.

ZenithAstrali

Story wise these two anime don't have anything in common. What makes one resemble the other so much is the dystopian world the protagonists live in, the personality of the lead female character and the general mood.

norco

Both Ergo Proxy and Witch Hunter Robin contain a dark atmosphere and horror movie feel. These female heroins are brave and unique and both find unexpected romance. Also, both of these series deal heavily in the spiritual unknown.

valondar

Both Witch Hunter Robin and Ergo Proxy are directed by Shukou Murase, and feature his distinctive, dark modern (or future) Gothic visual style, that is simply gorgeous to behold. Both are serious, brooding, and thoughtful series (though Ergo Proxy is a dense mind-screw to boot), and focus on a troubled female protagonist (and a man close to her), shady allies/enemies with nebulous motives, and science-fiction versions of superpowers.

risuta

Ergo Proxy was (also) about a tough girl a bit different from the rest, a mysterious attractive man and unknown powers existing. Witch Hunter Robin is pretty simillar. Although not as futuristic and cyber-punk, it has very good animation and a nice OST and the concept is pretty simillar. Robin (WHR main character) is struggling to figure out who she is while getting involved in many unknown situations. I belive that if you liked Ergo Proxy you will enjoy Witch Hunter Robin and perhaps find it better!

SadisticTendencies

Independent female protagonists and a beautiful focus on the grandeur of Cyberpunk are two aspects that Ergo Proxy and Witch Hunter Robin share. The main characters of both shows also have slight similarities when it comes to their jobs and, if subjective opinions count, both of their storylines escalate into complete chaos as far as incoherence and intensity goes.

Rollo

Both are directed by Shukō Murase, hence many similarities.  This guy's stuff has a great style, dark intriguing mood, with beautiful animation and unbelievable transitions.  As an animation student I begin frothing at the mouth when I see this stuff.  In terms of story, both shows go beyond in playing with the viewers mind in ways that only compliment the narrative. It is also worth noting that these shows, although in a different style, were made by many of the same people who did Samurai Champloo.

arthas1011

In short it's damned awesome. The long version is that while many anime with female leads seem to make them all weak and vulnerable looking, a plussometimes,here they have some guts, gonads, cahones etc and KICK ASS!!!!

Wolf's Rain

Wolf's Rain

Kiba is a wolf, one of the last of his kind, and his dream is to find Paradise in a world torn asunder by war. Cheza, the legendary Flower Girl, can lead him to Paradise, but there are others who desire her, and help from other wolves at his side may not be enough. Driven by his noble spirit, he will not forsake his quest.

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RaptorClaw

What first catches the eye in Wolf's Rain and Ergo Proxy is the wonderfully-drawn landscape. Both placed in the future, they explore the initiatic journey of a group of people - a journey to find themselves, in a world that no longer has any use for their kind. Kindred in both design and flow, these anime go well together because of the similarities in storyline, and because of the dreamy feeling that they leave behind.

JAhU

Both Ergo Proxy and Wolf's Rain are apocalyptic shows that take place in a post-apocalyptic setting. Also both of them have some similar elements like going on a journey, domes or mysterious beings (proxies in EP and nobles in WR). The resemblance between these two shows is quite big, but it doesn't mean that you will definitely like one if you liked the other; yet you should give them a try.

Prettykitty20034

Both of these shows were very dark in atmosphere and were slower in pace. While their plots are dissimilar, they each took place in a futuristc setting and focused on a group of characters on a journey to discover certain truths. These two shows also had some of the most beautiful art I've seen in an anime. I'll suggest to give these a watch if you like sci fi/fastasy stories that are more character driven.

frogmorton

In both series the heroes struggle to find a meaning in their existence in an apocalyptical world where they somehow do not belong. While Ergo Proxy is somewhat more dark, brutal and mysterious in its flashbacks and storylines, Wolf's Rain keeps more to a linear storytelling with successfully intervoven charakters. Still both of them share the same thoughful approach, leave room for evolving interpersonal relations but never lose their main focus on the determination and motivation of their individuals.

solrm122

There are many of the same themes in both these animes. The question of exsistance, for example, is very much a part of both.  The protagonists of both are in a quest to find themselves. But not just themselves but also to find the reason for the world around them.

eaper

These series each have a lot to do with mystery and philosophical questions. While striving for existence, characters in each story meet many questions about the first origin and their futures.

RedCrossRobbery

Both Wolf's Rain and Ergo Proxy start off with a very similar vibe. Dark, mature animes, set in dystopian societies inside of bubbled cities. The storylines branch out from there, but involved the character traveling across barren landscapes.

Richard0

Ergo Proxy and Wolf's rain may seem to be different and in fact they are! Their setting is completely unrelated and the style also seems to be very different. But this is all at face value in reality  they are both complex shows regarding the meaning of life and its many subcategories. If you've enjoyed the subtleness and depth of one you'll certainly enjoy the other.

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