So Ergo Proxy has gotten a lot of hype, not necessarily because of its content, but because of its resolution: 1280×720! Any anime that requires a hardware update has got to be good! Do the specs make the anime? Read on to find out!
Ergo Proxy starts with some obscure Italian text. Way to confuse me from the get go! Next, we see a super powerful bondage guy escaping from a high security lab! I think he’s an "Ergo." Fun Latin tip #1: Ergo means "therefore," so I think the "Ergo" is the means by which the autoraves become autonomous. After that, we see one of those cyborg "autorave" things get chased by a robot and killed by some slow-motion jumping guy. Where did that come from!? Eventually we’re introduced to Ril Meyer, the heroine, and her "autorave" friend Iggy.
Apparently, an autorave has been infected by some "Cogito" virus, which makes the government unable to control it. Fun Latin tip #2: "Cogito" means "I think," so I guess the Cogito virus allows the autorave to think for itself. Ril and Iggy go to some apartment complex to investigate. While there, the Ergo tries a slow motion jumping attack on Ril and fails! Also, the prostitute autorave gets infected and tears a few ligaments in her leg.
Next, there’s a long section of obscure talking about things the audience could not possibly understand. I hate when they do this in anime. They do make up for it by showing Ril starting to take a bath! In high definition! Just before she shows us the money, two Ergos slam into her house and start fighting! Way to ruin the mood, Ergos!
Lastly, some woman appears and starts trying to sell all sorts of stuff, including Ergo Proxy the soundtrack, Ergo Proxy the manga, Ergo Proxy the magazine, Ergo Proxy the website, and Ergo Proxy the flamethrower!
Now that I’ve written out the plot and everything, it seems to make more sense to me.
As far as the character design goes, everything looks pretty cool in that cyberpunk kind of way. Ril is awesome, though a bit goth for my tastes. Then again, a cyberpunk anime with Aisia as the main character wouldn’t make sense, huh? Ril should really try to tone down the eye shadow a bit. Remember ladies, less is more.
Those autorave things kind of freak me out. They remind me of the androids in A.I. There also a character that never opens his eyes. I can never understand how these guys can see anything.
The animation is smooth and detailed. There are some cool CG effects, and they aren’t the kind that drive me nuts. Having everything in super high resolution is nice. The subbed episode I watched was in 704×396 (boo), but I also watched the raw in all its 1280×720 glory! Seriously, everything looks beautiful in the native resolution. Do yourself a favor and watch the 1280×720 version! At this resolution, you can even read Ril’s notes in her notepad (she likes the word ludicrous, apparently)!
The nice lady at the end of the episode said that the OP and ED will be shown when the anime officially premieres, so I guess I’ll have to wait for that.
Overall, Ergo Proxy is looking good. True, the plot is confusing, but who needs a plot when you have pretty pictures to look at? The dark mood is set well in the first episode, and I have a feeling it will continue throughout the rest of the anime.
(Fun Latin tip #3: "Cogito Ergo Sum" is a famous Latin quote by Descartes. It means "I think, therefore I am." The use of the words Cogito and Ergo probably mean that this quote has something to do with the anime. What that is, I’m not too sure yet. Plus where else am I going to use the 2 years of Latin I learned in high school!?)
Last but not least, an obligatory character comparison, a la Samazama:
Ril Meyer and Girl Singer from Evanescence