Ergo Proxy

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No. 6

No. 6

Sion is intelligent, highly educated and lives a privileged life within the walls of No. 6, one of six city-states that was built after the world was destroyed from war. But Sion's comfortable existence changes forever when he meets Nezumi, an escaped convict, on the eve of his twelfth birthday. Due to his assistance in keeping Nezumi safe, Sion loses his rights and is forced to live in the lower town, where he becomes a normal citizen. Four years later, Sion finds himself back in Nezumi's company and in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy that leaves a trail of bodies in its wake. What is really going on in No. 6?

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abunai abunai says...

A dystopian controlled society masquerading as a utopia is pretty much a science fiction trope. Nevertheless, there are many and varied ways to present the theme. These two anime are quite different takes on a very similar topic.

Aoi Bungaku Series

Aoi Bungaku Series

Sometimes the greatest distance is between people. Whether a man alienates himself from society with a façade of cheerfulness, or two friends fail to communicate their feelings of betrayal, invisible barriers plague mankind. Although love should bring people together, when a stoic renter and a dutiful monk choose to court a widow’s daughter, their mutual affections drive a bitter gap between them. During each encounter filled with mistrust and despair, the flaws of human nature slowly reveal themselves...

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kirlog kirlog says...

Both feature very human elements- of the lesser degree- and speaks volumes of the true nature of man.

Aoi Bungaku is not as action packed[though very violent at times] but it still ventures into the realms of the darker side of the human mind. Few several short stories it makes valuable comparisons between natural human emotion and severe psychosis, all the while maintaining a fast-paced story to keep the viewer interested.

If you like action, vice violence mixed in with your intelligent observation of society, this is a show for you.

Another

Another

26 years ago, something terrible happened in a middle school’s third year classroom. A popular, talented student named Misaki suddenly died, and the ramifications of that incident have caused each third year class since then to live in fear. It is now 1998, and Kouchi Sakakibara has just transferred into the notorious classroom, curious about the mysterious secret that his peers are hiding from him. He’s drawn to one enigmatic girl named Mei Misaki, a quiet student who wears an eye patch and warns him about getting involved with her, and continues to seek her out against the pleas of his classmates. And that’s when people begin to violently die...

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Torkana Torkana says...

If you enjoyed the sense of mystery and confusion throughout this world you should enjoy Another. It has been a rollercoaster of a series where you constantly questions what is real and what doesn't exist. It is hard to have an opinion in one episode without everything changing a few episodes later. If you want something that won't be clear until the end I strongly recommend Another.

Mawaru Penguin Drum

Mawaru Penguin Drum

Kamba and Shouma Takakura have taken care of their sickly younger sister Himari since their parents disappeared years ago - that is, until the day she died. But as the boys grieve by her hospital bed, Himari sits up, adorned with a strange penguin hat. Suddenly, the three of them are transported to a vibrant world where the hat, using Himari's body as a puppet, charges these brothers with a task: find the Penguin Drum and their sister's life will be saved! Now aided by some odd penguins they received in the mail, the duo must find this mysterious item or risk losing the sister they care for so much. However, they aren't the only ones with their sights on the Penguin Drum, for new enemies await them around every turn, all connected in ways they would have never imagined...

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NeverFroze NeverFroze says...

If you liked the thought exercise you experienced in either Mawaru Penguindrum or in Ergo Proxy, you'd like the other. The amounts of thinking, picking over details in order to get what exactly is happening. The philosophical themes of both animes are also prominent aspects in each series, with Mawaru Penguindrum predominantly about Fate and Ergo Proxy predominantly about Existence.

Kino's Journey

Kino's Journey

In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.

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Scholek Scholek says...

Kino's journey tends to be slightly more light-hearted than Ergo Proxy, however both are in worlds where people are separated by their own insanity bubbles. Kino’s journey quickly delves into deep content and provides material for questioning life. Ergo Proxy is more mysterious in building a plot and involves more action genre. The general motif of the two shows is the clear separation of ideologies inciting deep thought.

Kino’s journey is best for those who want a short and sweet experience in a changing environment. Kino’s journey does not end. It is more like a standard Pokemon show where every episode the gang gets themselves into something new somewhere new.

 Ergo Proxy caters its changing environment to those who love action and involves more darkness. It has twice as many episodes and one progressing storyline.