Ergo Proxy

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Speed Grapher

Speed Grapher

Ten years have passed since the demise of the bubble economy, a time that polarized the world into two groups of people: the rich and the poor. In the present day, Saiga Tatsumi (a former war photographer) has been hired to investigate a secret club for the rich named the Roppongi Club, but he soon discovers secrets much darker than he’d ever imagined. With the help of a exploited goddess named Kagura, Saiga now possesses the power to kill by simply taking a photograph; but can he stay alive long enough to save her from her captors?

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CaptainMasamune CaptainMasamune says...

Both are darker series, both in unique animation style and plot lines. Speed Grapher and Erog Proxy also both feature very abstract, futuristic and apocalyptic worlds. Also, both are similar in that the protagonists are slightly jaded and trying to survive with their newfound knowledge. Raging against the machine and all that.

The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye

The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye

In a post-apocalyptic future, where the world has turned into a desert and the remains of humanity live under the rule of the Third – beings with a third eye on their foreheads. Accompanied only by her tank's AI, Bogie, Honoka tries to make a living as a handyman on the edge of civilization, and she tries to avoid resorting to violence as much as possible; but when situations demand it, she and her sword become a force to be reckoned with. When Honoka is hired by the mysterious young man named Ikus, the Third suddenly take great interest in them; and thus, Honoka’s story truly begins…

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koldblooded koldblooded says...

Both series are more about story and plot than action, however both series do offer the small doeses of high quality action to keep the veiwer interested. The plots are both very in depth and both series will be confusing at first because there is so much going on and so much for the veiwer to notice.

If you liked one then you certainly will like the other, indepth plots with good action character development and both have great endings.

FLCL

FLCL

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...

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SaiAkuto SaiAkuto says...

Both series are really confusing. Till the very end you don\'t know what is gonna happen. If you like this kind of anime you\'ll definately like what I recommend.

Blassreiter

Blassreiter

In the near future, demons with the ability to fuse with machinery and infest corpses have begun terrorizing mankind. Dubbed 'Amalgams', no one knows how they are created, or where their abilities originate from. As the random outbreaks continue, the general population begins to panic, demanding protection from these vicious beasts; enter XAT, a military unit created solely to counter the Amalgam threat. Despite being a highly skilled unit, however, they find themselves hard pressed to contain the threat, let alone subdue it. To compound matters further, a new type of Amalgam surfaces that proves even more devious than the rest - one made from the human, not machine. Yet all is not lost, two of these new Amalgams - the feisty Gerd and the mysterious Blue - actively oppose the others. With the odds stacked against them, will they be able to protect mankind while simultaneously being shunned by it?

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MalteseFalcon MalteseFalcon says...

Ergo Proxy and Blassreiter involve human characters that also have a powerful alter ego inside them. Throughout the series, said characters struggle to control their inner demon, wrestling with their own humanity. If you enjoyed that plot in one, I think you will enjoy the other.

Sky Crawlers

Sky Crawlers

In a world where corporations snuff out the competition by sending fighter jets to attack their offices, teenage pilot Kannami Yuichi is reassigned to a new base. There, he meets Tokino, a carefree pilot who enjoys the company of older women, and Kasanagi Suito, his superior officer who he slowly falls for. However, not everything is as it seems. Soon, distressing questions are raised about Kannami's predecessor, a race of perpetual adolescents known as the Kildren, and the enemy ace of the skies, Teacher.

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userdan userdan says...

Well, both of these anime(s?) deal with the human condition as a whole, and the existential crisis in particular.

In both anime(s?, again), the main view point is that the ad hoc raison d'erte of the average human is determined by the role he is given in society by "the powers that be".

In Ergo Proxy, we see manifestations of those powers in the Regent and the Council, and, ultimately, Proxy One. Proxy One is also a hint to the idea of Free Will, but to save the spoilers, I won't ellaborate on that.

In Sky Crawlers, these powers are mainly the government.

The main difference between the stand points of the two anime(s? once more) is that while Sky Crawlers maintains that the human condition is a closed circle of events, and existence itself will keep it's balance by replacing rogue peons should they try and break free, Ergo Proxy claims that each individual has the power to challenge the status quo of the world.