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Middle school student Ganta Igarashi witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious 'Red Man', and as the only survivor, he was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an inmate at the privately-owned prison and ‘amusement park' known as Deadman Wonderland, Ganta must try to survive in a place where inmates are the main attraction in brutal gladiator-style games. At the same time, he must attempt to uncover the truth behind the ‘Red Man', his mysterious childhood friend Shiro, and why he was the only survivor that bloody day.
Deadman Wonderland feels like a cross between Ergo Proxy and King of Bandit Jing. They all are serious actions show with a little bit mystery. They all exist in worlds that are a little twisted, so if you like that then these shows are for you.
Both of these animes feature characters with strange powers who have been experimented on in order to be made into weapons, a childlike girl and one of the main characters may or may not also be the baddie without realising it. All this is set against the political battles of those higher in the hierarchy. Though Deadman Wonderland is not as serious as Ergo Proxy, they both explore similar themes.
Welcome to a world in which memories can be transferred from body to body; old painful memories can be removed and replaced with new ones, and the poor sell their bodies to the rich to survive. Waking up one day, Kaiba finds himself in a strange place with no memories of his past and a mysterious hole in his chest; the only clue as to his identity is a locket with a picture of a girl hanging from his neck. Armed with this token, Kaiba must now travel across the galaxy to discover who he is and what the girl in the locket means to him; however, his journey will bring him into contact with many people whose lives have been tragically affected by the manipulation of memories. All too soon it becomes clear that something is very wrong with this world…
Both are relatively intelligent series that are initially confusing, but makes more sense after a rewatch.
Set in a dystopic sci-fi world, both main characters 'journey' outisde their home city, learning about the world around them as they progress. Episodes initially have a slight episodic feel as they visit a new 'dome' (ergo proxy) or planet (kaiba), and various philosophical/psychological dilemas are played out.
However, despite the slight episodic nature, both still progresses a central plot in understanding who the main characters are and their real relationship with the world around them.
Vincent and Kaiba both have no memories of who they are whilst remains an enigma throughout the series. Real and Neira are two different but strong female characters.
Further, both series revolves around the tenacity of human relationship, as it contrasts 'love' with 'power' as driving forces of various character's motivation.
The main difference is the bizzare artstyle of Kaiba, which becomes truly wonderful as the series progresses, and the more neonoir feel of ergo proxy.
Both series are about a dystopic future, in which the protagonist is made aware of conspiracies and government oppression. They explore what would happen if one could shape and change the world around oneself. In addition, both boast an impressive visual style and memorable soundtrack.
Amidst a beautiful sunset, Shu is violently whisked away to a grim future devoid of water, and empty of hope; a place where children are forced to become soldiers, and kill countless others in the name of King Hamdo. Shu's companion is a mysterious girl named La La Ru, who may hold the key to survival. Now, he must concentrate on the only things that matter: escaping Hellywood, and finding a way home.
Both of these pieces take place in a post apocalyptic world. In both series the main characters explore a destroyed and devastated world. Also, Ergo Proxy and Now and Then, Here and There contain drama that questions humanity and the meaning of a life within a world that is so desolate.
Both of these anime's are post apocalyptic (though now and then, here and there is only post apocalyptic in one world) and both have a lot of adult principals in them... they both bring a new light to thoughts we have every day and take for granted...
Ergo Proxy has better animation, however... in both series, there is a concept of villiage seclusion, where due to whatever disaster caused the world to seperate... each area is separate from each other and when the protagonist travels to the other area(s), you really see how people fear, and feel anger.
Ergo Proxy has a little more supernatural aspect to it... but if you enjoyed either of these anime's and you want to find something else... this is for you
In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?
Both series force you to think (and making cogs move in your head can be pleasant from time to time). While Ergo Proxy is filled with references to philosophy and Paranoia Agent refers more to everyday problems we all have, they both are in fact elaborate riddles.
Altough the theme is very different in Ergo (much darker in tone) and Paranoia, I find that the way the series develop are very similar, plot wise. Both of these series are very mysterious, they keep you guessing, giving you small clues on what it's going on in every episode.
The artwork and soundtrack on both series are very good as well. I highly recommend both
Surrounded by water and a world of pollution, oppression, and never-ending rain, the city of ECOBAN feeds off of the surrounding pollutants to sustain life on this seemingly last continent on earth. Shua, a man thrown out of the city, misses the blue sky and now fights to cast down light on this cloud covered island, while uncovering figures from his past.
Both Wonderful Days and Ergo Proxy are about a polluted world in which only one city exists. The main characters have mixed feelings about the city, and think there might be another option.
Dark and post-apocalyptic. Ergo proxy places more weight on the dialogue and philosophical under-tones than WD but the two of them portray a world destroyed by humans themselves and the struggle to break free from the establishment. The eerie environment and high-tech cities in either one will remind you of the other. I did enjoy EP more than WD, but WD is definitely worth watching.