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Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
Many centuries into the future, humans live as part of the Fractale system, a computer program that moderates their activity to ensure a free and peaceful existence. But while life is indeed comfortable, the cost of growing up in virtual reality communities filled with holographic people called 'doppels' means that it can also get lonely. For Clain living estranged from his parents, adventure finally knocks when he rescues a mysterious girl called Phryne, who appears to be on the run. She spends only a short time with him before hurriedly moving on but leaves behind an unexpected gift: the curious and frustratingly whimsical doppel called Nessa! As Clain learns to adjust to his new friend and survive the scrapes she gets him into, he discovers that she and Phryne are at the heart of a great conspiracy. If he is ever to gain a sense of purpose, Clain will have to leave his comfortable existence and challenge the only thing he has ever known, the Fractale system itself.
Perhaps it is just me, but Ergo Proxy and Fractale have a very similar dystopian feel to them. Whereas fractale presents itself more of a sci-fi/fantasy. Ergo delves more into a cyberpunk conspiracy plot, and , they both contain a strong faction that doesn't wish for the current world to change. The main characters are trying to remedy this.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Constable Fuse is part of an elite Special Forces unit known as the Capital Police whose mission is to maintain peace during a time of civil unrest. Fuse becomes entangled within a web of intrigue and politics between the Capital Police, the government intelligence bureau, and a secret society known as Jin-Roh – the Wolf Brigade.
Do you enjoy talking?
Did you enjoy long winded, overtly complex lectures at you the audience?
If you found yourself really enjoying one of these "talky" titles, you might enjoy the other.
I found Jin-Roh to have more of a reason for the 20 page dialog per scene, but they are of a similar feel.