Ergo Proxy

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Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

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.

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bvkimball bvkimball says...

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.

cerberus38 cerberus38 says...

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.

Boogiepop Phantom

Boogiepop Phantom

Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even the Shinigami (Angel of Death) herself has been sighted. What's happening? The answers lie in the mysterious creature known as Boogiepop...

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AnarchicQ AnarchicQ says...

Ergo Proxy and Boogiepop Phantom most noticably have their atmosphere in common. While it isn't the same, Ergo is told in mute, airbrushed and dim, cold colours, while Boogiepop is dominently sepia-toned and 'glowy', yet dark and bleak. Also, the two have intelligent plots and require time, patience and attention to detail if a viewer is going to get the most out of either of these anime.

Interlude

Interlude

In Japan, there is a disturbing rumor being spread that people's shadows are ripping from their bodies, never to be seen again. For one young man, the frightening nature of this rumor is just beginning to manifest in the form of a nightmarish world that he can't seem to escape from. In this place full of dark minions and demons, he and his friends fight futilely against unknown enemies, only to be brought back to the "real world" as quickly as they left it. Is this real, or a dream? Only one person holds the key to destroying and saving the world as he knows it...

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aboumonkey aboumonkey says...

If you liked the complexity of Ergo Proxy's plot, the confusing yet understandable (yeah I know it's a contradition but that's how I feel) story, the dark atmosphere, the theme of different realities and the philosophical issues examined in Ergo Proxy I think you will also like Interlude. It has an equally confusing yet clever story, a dark and chilling feel, and is  deeply philosophical. Also, a high production value.

Betterman

Betterman

After a random encounter with his childhood friend Hinoki, Keita finds himself in the cockpit of a powerful mecha known as a Neuroroid alongside the girl. Though he once was a typical teenaged boy, Keita now must help the employees of Akamatsu Industries as they try to solve the mystery of Algernon, a deadly affliction that causes the infected to become homicidally violent. What is Algernon, and who is the mysterious 'Betterman' who tends to show up when danger presents itself? Keita and the gang are determined to uncover the truth, by any means necessary.

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TOoMeR TOoMeR says...

The mystery of Betterman simply eats at you to figure out the meaning of everything. You are drawn in by the moments of overwhelming paranoia, the lingering notions why has algernon come into existance, why and how does Lamia transform, what does he have to do with Hinoki, and what do they all have to do with the caves in India?

While Ergo Proxy doesn't specifically deal exclusively with human evolution like Betterman does, it does have just as many things that hook you into it that are on the same intellectual level, such as references to Greek Mythology and Philosophy, Genetics, Literature, and Sociology. You can't help but wach to find out the answers to Re-L's life, who exactly Vincent is, who and what the Proxies are, what happened to Earth, and why the Cogito virus exists.

GANTZ

GANTZ

Much to the annoyance of Kei, he and his childhood friend Katou have died, having been torn apart by a train. But rather than finding themselves at the gates of heaven, the duo materialize in a room full of strangers and a giant black sphere known as GANTZ. As if dying once wasn’t bad enough, the occupants of the room are then forced to embark on dangerous missions to kill strange aliens; missions that very few return from. Now, Kei, Katou, and a well-endowed friend must fight for their freedom with an arsenal of guns, high powered suits, and a very low chance of survival.

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RaptorClaw RaptorClaw says...

GANTZ and Ergo Proxy are about prisoners and their attempts to escape. Posing new questions with each new episode, they both keep you guessing until the end, developing strange characters on a thin balance between good and evil. If you liked the mystery and philosophical storyline of one, you would like the other. GANTZ is far more gory though and not for the faint of heart, while Ergo Proxy is slow-paced and descriptive, less action-packed and in demand of more patience.