Ergo Proxy

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Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?

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RaptorClaw RaptorClaw says...

Both Ergo Proxy and GITS are cyber-punk masterpieces set in a distant future. The heroines have a unique perspective of the technologically-overwhelmed worlds they live in and try to cope with their jobs (both are cops) and feelings.

kmull kmull says...

The comparison between Ghost in the Shell and Ergo Proxy is simple: both have futuristic sci-fi plots with a main character who questions the meaning behind their personal existence. Plus, EP has some comic relief mixed in, which is always a plus.

SaiAkuto SaiAkuto says...

Both GitS and Ergo Proxy shows a vision of future world. Both are permeateswith misterys and action. But the main simillarity would be this that both tell a story of somebody who cand get along with existing order and feels a deep need to change. Either GitS or Ergo Proxy are also about badasses from government.

Anathemus Anathemus says...

Ghost in the Shell and Ergo Proxy both share a similar cyberpunk theme altough they both follow different paths (I will not spoil it for you). The most similar thing in both Animes is the way many of the characters question themselves about their existence and possible humanity, the shows are all about psychological, futuristic and existencial plotlines with stunning visuals and soundtracks, you can't miss these masterpieces if enjoy the hole cyberpunk scene.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

The series Ergo Proxy and Ghost in the Shell are set in a future type of environment.  The focus on the changing technology is dark type of atmosphere is what give each of these series a distinct personality apart from others.

SadisticTendencies SadisticTendencies says...

Futuristic and Cyberpunkish, 'Ergo Proxy' is in many senses similar to 'Ghost In The Shell'.

Both of them also go a little complicated by the end, and if you do not pay attention in the beginning, prepare your mind for a rough session of mindf*ck

snivets snivets says...

If you like the female protag in either Ergo Proxy or Ghost in the Shell, I think that the other show would be of interest to you. Both protags question the meaning of their existence admist a swirl of technological politics.

Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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DraconAsilian DraconAsilian says...

Both of these anime are the type that I've come to love. They make you think the entire time, and tend to keep you guessing, wanting to figure it all out before they let you. They are excellent psychological thrillers, and there is a good bit of action in both. Definitely check out Ergo Proxy if you've seen Death Note, and vice-versa.

AsYLuMDeMoN AsYLuMDeMoN says...

While the general setting isn't a post apocolyptic theme. They both have a gothic and dark feel to them. Full of lies, twists and turns in the plots that keeps you engaged from beginning to end. If you like dark, gothic anime like Ergo Proxy, then Death Note is for you. Not to mention the awards it's gotten.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Death Note and Ergo Proxy are excellent psychological thrillers that give the viewer a sense of understanding until the end of the series. There is a good bit of action in both with suspense and plot turns.

Mokiemorty Mokiemorty says...

Both have a really creepy, supernatural, mystery feel. Both can be confusing, but everything comes together in the end very well.

Barrowight Barrowight says...

These are both fast paced, mentally involving thrillers. Ergo Proxy slows down in the middle, but Death Note is longer and still keeps you on the edge of you seat the entire time. If you like Ergo Proxy, Death Note will knock your socks off.

noblemage noblemage says...

I think death note and Ergo proxy are very similar in the dark atmosphere also the sense that you never quite know who is wrong and who s right.

giantsquid giantsquid says...

Death Note is in a different genre, but both series are smart, very well written, and very exciting.  Two of my favorites.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.

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LeaT LeaT says...

With a strikingly similar post-apocalyptic theme, aliens to judge Mankind, well developed characters with interesting introspective themes and with great flicks of mystery, suspense, action, of course science fiction and most of all, drama, I doubt the viewer who enjoys any of mentioned genres will be let down by neither Ergo Proxy or Neon Genesis Evangelion.

LordZlo LordZlo says...

Both Anime, are Post-Apocaliptic Sci-Fi full off people drama.Both contains full load of philosophy and force to some "thinking", also contains such a complicated characters, but still shows humanity.

Both Anime contains references to Religion and Gods (Load of symbols) and also have confusing endings ^^'

But what I liked is fact that main characters from Ergo Proxy weren't as Emo as Shinji Ikari xD

stingreis stingreis says...

Both of these anime's occur in a post apocalyptic environment, and both involve a lot of psycological/philisophical idea's.

Evangelion brings a new light to religion as we know it, taking the bible and turning it upside down, and ergo proxy takes numerous philisophical ideas and analyzes them within the show in comparision to the particualar episode.

If you enjoy an anime that makes you think, and you enjoyed this one, you will enjoy the other as well.

asiman asiman says...

Both series are very dark and the main character in both animes have many problems.

There is also a strong female character in both series that sort off bosses the main male lead around and of course there is some humour in both, even though both of them focus more on the psychological aspects of fighting and traumatic pasts.

Dozo Dozo says...

At first sight it might appear that NGE and Ergo Proxy are very different. For example, Ergo Proxy doesn´t have the mecha element and NGE is not as dark looking. However, if you watch a couple of episodes you will find a lot of similar elements. They both deal with profound topics, such as the meaning of life, the end of humanity, and complex human relations. There are many other commonalities: protected cities, angels/proxies, religious issues, philosophy, etc. Anyway, all of these elements make for two compelling animes, but the thing that really makes them worth watching is the fact that they both have a deep and interesting plot that will keep you hanging until the end.

Orre Orre says...

The most striking resemblance between Ergo and Evangelion is the plot structure. Both of them start off as darkly themed sci-fi shows set in post-apocalyptic worlds, but, as expected of the genre, they each have a healthy dose of action and a certain amount of mystery.

In contrast to the beginnings, the endings to both of these series are far more intricate. If you enjoy puzzling out deep, symbolic meanings and piecing together various facets of a show's plot, then you will undoubtedly enjoy the finale of each of these shows. They are not light-hearted, thoughtless viewing experiences.

eaper eaper says...

These series both deal with the question of god and existence while fighting to find the truth. These series both have several episodes near the end that aren't explained at all. These series are both post-apocolyptic and ask many of the same questiosn about reality.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

It is the year 2029, and as many rush to embrace the changes that cybernetic technology bring to mankind, the seedier side of humanity is even quicker to take advantage of it. This series follows Public Peace Section 9, a government organization that plays behind the scenes to stop the worst of these criminals. Join Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team as they take you through an incredibly vivid world filled with plots of such depth and intrigue as is seldom seen.

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gerjomarty gerjomarty says...

Both Ergo Proxy and GITS: SAC are anime that have an element of action in them, but also focus on very intricate plot. The theme that links together these two series is that of existentialism, mainly focused through the female protagonists of both shows.

Another prominent shared theme running throughout both anime is that of the dystopian worlds they are both set in. While the episodes in GITS: SAC are more "stand alone" than those in Ergo Proxy, if you liked one, you should at least be interested in the other.

Tronos Tronos says...

Being a lover of dark looking anime, I can not do anything less than recommend in a pretty strong way this seriesI can assure you that both of them will make you have that ...what da' heck is happening here? - feeling

Another characteristic they share is the attractive, detective-like, female leading person wich gets involved with everykind of underground info.

Also if you're in the human-cyborg-relation-in-a-future-world mood this pair is exactly what you are looking for! Both of them totally worth of your time!

hirtue hirtue says...

Although Ergo Proxy has a slightly "darker" mood to it, both of those animes are similiar in many ways. Future of humanity which relies every aspect of its life on machines and AI. Lots of gun shooting, mysterious plot that gets you hooked before you realise it. If you liked one of them, you'll definetely like the other one.

DarkFulgoreII DarkFulgoreII says...

Ergo proxy and GITS: SAC show a cyberpunk view of a futuristic society, fully recomended for cyberpunk lovers :D.The storylines have several similarities, for example the police environment, the woman main character ( Lil or the Major), the tech-invasive human interventions, etc.

Singan Singan says...

Both of these are very clever series featuring a great mix of cyberpunk, sci-fi, action, mystery and philosophy. Besides, both have stunning female leads.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

In a dystopic city of the future, there has been a rash of killings at the hands of prototype robots. These anomalies from the company Locus Solus are making headlines, and have caught the attention of the cyborg Batou and the crew of the Section 9 special forces. Yet beneath the random violence, a sinister plot is unfolding -- a situation so dangerous that it threatens not only Batou, but innocent humans and cyborgs alike. Can the team of Section 9 unravel the mystery of these murders before they suffer the same fate as the victims?

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sothis sothis says...

Ghost in the Shell Innocence and Ergo Proxy are both equally as arrogant, pseudo-intellectual, and vacuous as far as plot. Both are also gorgeous visually and aurally, and are pioneers of the cyberpunk style. I couldn't stand either of these anime, but if you liked one, I am absolutely certain you'd like the other.

vivafruit vivafruit says...

Hurray for pompousness! Yippee for allusions!

Quite frankly, not everyone will be able to stand the air of pretentiousness that permeates around both works. However, the few out there that can will be able to enjoy a couple of extremely ambitious anime that boast interesting visuals, a good soundtrack, and an extremely dense storyline.

Kastrophee Kastrophee says...

They both try to be intelligent and end up utterly failing. They have a similar look, feel, and perhaps concept. If you somehow enjoyed GITS 2, then no doubt you would enjoy Ergo Proxy which is somehow a bit better, but not by much.

Funkgun Funkgun says...

Danger! Danger!  Monologue overload!!! 

Do you enjoy titles that have enough inter self speculation that they could be Audio books? 

Both titles a dripping with atmosphere and self worth. 

If you dug one, you probably are ready for the other.