Ergo Proxy

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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. 

Pale Cocoon

Pale Cocoon

In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...

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Ran Ran says...

Both Ergo Proxy and Pale Cocoon show the main character's longing to discover what lies beyond the city walls and find out what has happened outside of their boring, formatted refuge for model citizens.

sloggerK sloggerK says...

Want a shorter anime that's thematically analogous to Ergo Proxy? Try Pale Cocoon. Though it's much shorter and not an action oriented piece, it's still quite good, and has a similar, though not too similar, artistic style.

wickedshizuku wickedshizuku says...

Both of these animes were simply brillant. Extremly intellectuall, and deep. The enviroment was based in a time where everything depended on technology. The male protagonists from both anime were very alike in personalities. I know if you enjoyed one you will certainly enjoy the other as well.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Pale Cocoon and Ergo Proxy have the main character trying to discover what is outside the realm of their everyday lives.  Both series involve an intellectual aspect to them with an environment based in technology.

Noein

Noein

When Haruka, Yuu and their friends decided to go ghost hunting, they had no idea the "ghosts" they'd find would turn their lives upside down. Black-clad and wielding quantum powers, these knights from the future are after an artifact of immense power that they hope will save their dimension from destruction: the Dragon Torque; and Haruka seems to be the key. As factions within the knights violently disagree on how to proceed, Haruka and the gang are caught up in a fight with the Shangri La, in an existential battle where fates of entire universes are decided.

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KiraRin KiraRin says...

Beautiful animation, deep well thought out characters and a background firmly rooted in science make these series an intellegent choice for someone who prefers a more intellectual series.

The series have many differences, but both have a kind of "otherworldly" feel to them, and hold the possibility of becoming a possible future. Don't expect a lot of fast paced action, these series are designed more to stimulate your brain and start you thinking. Saying that though, there is still plenty of action to keep you engrossed to the end.

Anathemus Anathemus says...

There are some similarities to be found in Ergo Proxy and Noein in terms of theme, plot and feeling. You will find loads of mystery and a huge sense of lostness on both anime, you'll find yourself asking "what the hell is going on" a bunch of times throughout both shows, there's also a melancholic and quirky touch added to them. I recommend the two if you're a fan of mysterious Sci-Fi and if you don't mind watching something that you can't clearly understand, finding it out will be the funnest part.

4EverDreamer 4EverDreamer says...

These both have a similar feel to them. They are dark and deal with deep themes about creation and truth. The main male characters are mysterious and have special abilities. If you like eerie stories that make you think, then Ergo Proxy and Noein are great!

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

Ergo Proxy and Noein both deal with technology and have a similar approach of the main characters in dealing with the problems around them.  Very intellectual series shrouded in mystery.

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh

Two siblings, Kiyoko and Tatsuya, live in a future reshaped by a terrorist attack known only as "Twin X". In this terrible new world, advanced technology such as computers and radios no longer function and even the very sky has become something terrifyingly alien. With the siblings' mother dead, they are hunted by loan sharks who want recompense for her debt as well as a mysterious Countess who wants them for her own reasons. Even worse, they are also coveted by their father, the terrorist who caused the "Twin X", Gilgamesh!

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uberrig uberrig says...

Ergo Proxy and Gilgamesh both feature a futuristic dytopic society that doesn't know if it's coming or going despite all the information they do have. Our protagonists in both series are in a battle not only with the obvious antagonists but themselves as well. Should this entertain you in one series, it most certainly will in the other.

noblemage noblemage says...

Gilgamesh is very similar to Ergo Proxy in that the plot is given slowly, little by little, to keep you guessing at what might happen next and it only pieces together towards the end.

Also gilgamesh is set in an almost post apocalyptic worl, just like Ergo proxy.

wolfangel87 wolfangel87 says...

A futuristic scene is set before the viewer in Gilgamesh and Ergo Proxy. The character strain on their own individual personalities is felt while the plot develops around them.

cerberus38 cerberus38 says...

Both of these animes feature a post-apocalytic future and characters with superpowers. Various factions controls the events in convoluted plots and the main characters of both are trying to figure out who they can trust. The visuals are also very similar, both dark and menacing. There are many similarities between these two shows that I'm sure if you liked one you'll like the other.

Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass

In the future, a system called Sibyl presides over the country and provides order to every facet of life. It dictates which job fields citizens should go into based on aptitude tests, and can even read each resident's mental state and predict which ones are likely to commit crimes in the future. Fresh from exams, Akane Tsunemori is beginning her career as an Inspector, a specialized police officer who works to apprehend these latent criminals and stop crimes before they happen. But not all that get caught are eliminated or jailed, some join the police force as Enforcers to provide insight into criminals’ minds, and Akane is warned not to get too close to them, as they're considered little more than hunting dogs. Though skeptical of this advice, and Sibyl's judgement, Akane is determined to work together with her Enforcers to protect the peace of her city and its inhabitants.

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snivets snivets says...

Both series involve very resilient female characters who live in a dystopic future. Each main character, in her own way, undertakes a journey of discovery which is highly personal, but also takes a long, hard look at the methods of control which govern her society.

Drasticc Drasticc says...

As far as Cyberpunk and Futuristic themes go, these are great choices.  Though Ergo Proxy became an instant classic, Psycho Pass is a great follow up. What else do you need? Action, suspense, and great fast paced artistry.

m3w m3w says...

Is cyberpunk your most favorite genre? You must see Psycho-pass!

I wathched Ergo Proxy about 5 years ago, and it's my top-10 anime. A reason why I so like this anime? Main reason is athmosphere - feeling of post-apocalyptic world.

For latest five years, i can recommend only one anime for ergo proxy's funs - Psycho-pass.

Roxandria Roxandria says...

Both Ergo Proxy and Psycho-Pass have strong female leads, strong stories focus around a futuristic world where perhaps technology has gone to far and sets of diverse and interesting characters.