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Ergo Proxy
The title screen for Ergo Proxy.
エルゴプラクシー
(Erugo Purakushī)
Genre Postcyberpunk, Horror, Mystery
TV anime: Ergo Proxy
Director Shukō Murase
Studio Flag of Japan Manglobe
Licensor Flag of Japan Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Geneon
Flag of the United Kingdom MVM Films
Flag of Australia Flag of New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Network Flag of Japan WOWOW
Original run 25 February 200612 August 2006
Episodes 23

Ergo Proxy (エルゴプラクシー Erugo Purakushī?) is a science fiction suspense anime television series, produced by Manglobe, which premiered across Japan on 25 February 2006 on the WOWOW satellite network. It is directed by Shukō Murase, with screenplay by Dai Satō et al. Ergo Proxy features a combination of 2D digital cel animation, 3D computer modeling and digital special effects. The series has both steampunk and postcyberpunk elements and focuses heavily on the psychology and mentality of its protagonists. Image File history File links ErgoProxyTitle. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... “Horror story” redirects here. ... Look up mystery in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... TV redirects here. ... Animé redirects here. ... Shukō Murase , born 1964) is an anime director and animator. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Manglobe Inc. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Geneon Entertainment, Inc. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... MVM Films is a British distributor of Japanese animation. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Madmans Logo Madman Entertainment is an Australian company that specialises in the distribution of Japanese anime and manga in Australia and New Zealand. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... WOWOW was the first private satellite broadcasting and pay TV station in Japan. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Fuse is a music video-oriented television channel. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the Australian television channel. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... Not to be confused with Zee TV. ZTV is a commercial television channel broadcast by Viasat in Sweden, Norway and Finland. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The following is a list of episodes for the Japanese anime Ergo Proxy. ... The following is a list of episodes for the Japanese anime Ergo Proxy. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Animé redirects here. ... Manglobe Inc. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WOWOW was the first private satellite broadcasting and pay TV station in Japan. ... Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... Shukō Murase , born 1964) is an anime director and animator. ... Dai Satō , born on 1969) is a Japanese screenwriter and musician. ... This page includes English translations of several Latin phrases and abbreviations such as . ... Traditional animation, sometimes also called cel animation or hand-drawn animation, is the oldest and historically the most popular form of animation. ... For the comic book, see Steampunk (comics). ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ...

Contents

Story

The story begins in a futuristic domed city called Romdo,[1] built to protect its citizens after a global ecological disaster. In this utopia, humans and androids (AutoReivs[1]) coexist with each other peacefully under a total management system. A series of murders committed by berserk robots (infected with the Cogito virus) starts to jeopardize the delicate balance of the social order. Behind the scenes, the government is conducting secret experiments on a mysterious humanoid lifeform called Proxy, which is believed to hold the key to the survival of mankind.


Re-l Mayer is assigned to investigate some of the murders with her AutoReiv partner Iggy. She encounters a Cogito-infected AutoReiv and a fast and flexible monster. She later learns that the monster was a Proxy, the same sort of creature as another main character who normally assumes the guise of a immigrant named Vincent Law. After being hunted down, Vincent leaves Romdo, and Re-l tags along to discover the truth behind the Proxies and the domes.


In an interview,[2] Dai Sato describes the project:

It is set in the future. A group of robots become infected with something called the Kojiro [sic] virus, and become aware of their own existence. So these robots, which had been tools of humans, decide to go on an adventure to search for themselves. They have to decide whether the virus that infected them created their identity, or whether they gained their identity through their travels. This question is meant to represent our own debate over whether we become who we are because of our environment, or because of things that are inherent in us. The robots are all named after philosophers: Derrida and Lacan and Hussard [sic]. Jacques Derrida (IPA: in French [1], in English ) (July 15, 1930 – October 8, 2004) was an Algerian-born French philosopher, known as the founder of deconstruction. ... Jacques-Marie-Émile Lacan (French pronounced ) (April 13, 1901 – September 9, 1981) was a French psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, and doctor, who made prominent contributions to the psychoanalytic movement. ... Edmund Gustav Albrecht Husserl (IPA: ; April 8, 1859 – April 26, 1938) was a philosopher, known as the father of phenomenology. ...

Dai Sato

Cast & characters

A number of characters in the supporting cast are named after various figures taken from both history as well as mythology. Most notably, names of significant profiles in philosophical and psychological sciences appear throughout the series. This is a list of characters that appear in the Japanese anime series Ergo Proxy. ...


Principal characters

  • Vincent Law
Voiced by: Kōji Yusa (Japanese), Liam O'Brien (English)
An immigrant from Mosko working for Romdo's AutoReiv Control Division (オートレイブ処理課?) within the Temporary Immigrant Sector FG (暫定移民区域FG?), set up to hunt and dispose infected AutoReivs. Vincent appears driven to become a Model Citizen, but ultimately fails to suppress the burden of his traumatic past and flees from Romdo. He seems to have a deep connection to the second Proxy, having left his necklace at the scene of the first Proxy site. Vincent turns out to be Ergo Proxy (Proxy of Death) after realizing he wiped out his own memory to protect him.
  • Re-l Mayer
Voiced by: Rie Saitō (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English)
Inspector Re-l Mayer of the Citizen Intelligence Bureau (市民情報局 Shimin Jōhōkyoku?) is in charge of investigating a series of brutal murders apparently committed by AutoReivs infected with the Cogito virus. She is also the granddaughter of Donov Mayer, the Regent of Romdo. Re-l accompanies Vincent on his journey in order to learn more about the mysterious Proxies.
  • Pino
Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (Japanese), Rachel Hirschfeld (English)
An infected Companion AutoReiv owned by Raul Creed and Samantha Ross, Pino served as a surrogate child to the couple. She was scheduled for decommissioning after the Creeds were granted a real baby son by the government, but the untimely deaths of Samantha and her new son prompted Pino to flee Romdo. She accompanies Vincent on his journey.The character of Pino was given this name after a famous pink rabbit toy from the United Kingdom which was named 'cutest toy of the decade' during which the Manga publication began. The roots of this name go all the way back to the Egyptian era when rabbits were seen to be 'pink' creatures.

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Glossary

Main article: Ergo Proxy glossary

Anime

Episodes

Ergo Proxy ran on the satellite network WOWOW at 19:00 Japan Standard Time from 25 February 2006 to 12 August 2006, for a total of 23 episodes. In the United States, the English dub of Ergo Proxy premiered on Fuse TV on 9 June 2007, playing every Saturday morning at midnight.[3] Australian digital broadcaster ABC2 also began broadcasting the English dub on 3 July 2007, playing every Tuesday night at 9:00pm, concluding on Wednesday the 5th of December.[4] In Canada, the English dub aired on a digital channel, G4techTV Canada, on Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT, starting its first run on July 26, 2007. The following is a list of episodes for the Japanese anime Ergo Proxy. ... An Imperial Ordinance issued on December 27, Meiji 28 (1895) Japan Standard Time (日本標準時 or 中央標準時) is the standard timezone in Japan that is 9 hours ahead of UTC; i. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fuse is a music video-oriented television channel. ... is the 160th day of the year (161st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... This article is about the Australian television channel. ... is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Theme songs

The series' opening theme song is "Kiri" by Monoral and is first shown in episode 3. The ending theme song is "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead, although the preview version of the first episode did not feature it. MONORAL is a Japanese rock band. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire. ...


Staff

  • Director: Shukou Murase
  • Chief Writer: Dai Sato
  • Script: Dai Sato, Yuko Kawabe (Office Crescendo), Seiko Takagi, Yusuke Asayama, Naruki Nagakawa, Jun'ichi Matsumoto
  • Character Design: Naoyuki Onda
  • Music: Yoshihiro Ike
  • Sound: Keiichi Momose
  • Production Committee: Manglobe, Geneon Entertainment, WOWOW, Geneon Entertainment USA

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Media

DVD Release

Ergo Proxy was released on DVD in Japan from 25 May 2006 to 25 January 2007, spanning nine volumes. The series was licensed by Geneon Entertainment USA for Region 1 release, which began on 21 November 2006 and spanned six volumes. is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Geneon, formerly known as Pioneer Entertainment(or Pioneer LDC) and also a former subsidiary of Pioneer Corporation, is a home entertainment production and distribution company. ... is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In Australia and New Zealand, Ergo Proxy DVDs are being released by Madman Entertainment; the first volume was released in March 2007. Madmans Logo Madman Entertainment is an Australian company that specialises in the distribution of Japanese anime and manga in Australia and New Zealand. ... For other uses, see March (disambiguation). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


The first Volume of Ergo Proxy was released in the UK on the 6th of August 2007. Currently 5 volumes of the series have been released.


Soundtrack

Two soundtracks, featuring the compositions of Yoshihiro Ike, have been released in Japan; the second, Opus 02, was also licensed by Geneon and packaged with a special edition of the first Region 1 DVD.


Manga

A manga spinoff, called Centzon Hitchers & Undertaker (センツォン・ヒッチャーズ&アンダーテイカー Sentson Hitchāzu & Andāteikā?) and illustrated by Yumiko Harao, was serialized in Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday Gene-X, beginning in March 2006. It was later released in two graphic novel compilations, the first in August 2006 and the second on 19 February 2007. This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Headquarters of Shogakukan in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan Shogakukan ) is a Japanese publisher of dictionaries, literature, manga, nonfiction, childrens DVDs, and other media in Japan. ... Sunday GX cover, featuring the Korean series Blade of the Phantom Mask. ... March 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase announces that the 2006 Fiji general elections will be held in the second week of May 2006 from the 6th to the 13th. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... [[Media:Italic text]]{| style=float:right; |- | |- | |} is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Trivia

  • In the first episode, when Vincent's cereal overflows with milk, the word "awakening" can be formed out of the letters that float to the top.
  • The society can be based on Plato's ideal guardian society with philosopher rulers and information control.
  • Monad Proxy's name comes from the word 'monad' as being the first origin of all things and in gnosticism, refers to the "god which begets lesser gods"
  • The character Pino and her name is thought to be a play-on of the story of Pinocchio - her experiences with Re-l and Vincent are similar to Pinocchio's journey to become a real person. It also pays homage to Pinoco from the manga Blackjack. Pino's character was partially inspired by Pinoco. Pino means 'to drink' in Latin possibly symbolising Pino's ability to 'drink knowledge' or learn.
  • The Cogito Virus refers to Descartes' "Cogito ergo sum," which means "I think, therefore I am." Each episode is also called a "meditatio" as a further reference to Descartes whose most famous work, Meditations on First Philosophy is a series of meditations on various philosophical ideas.
  • The robots (AutoReivs) in the show are installed with a Turing Application program that can be switched on and off, allowing normal human-like conversation between humans and robots. This is named after Alan Turing, who proposed the Turing test as a test of AI sentience.
  • Daedalus and the death of Re-l 2 refer to the Greek myth of Daedalus and his son Icarus, who died after he had flown too close to the sun. Other references to the mythology of Daedalus also exist. In one episode, a Minoan dolphin is seen swimming across Daedalus' aquarium screensaver on his computer. A ball of red yarn also makes a few appearances towards the end of the show. Although this yarn is thought to reference the threads of fate that bind lovers together, it may also be a reference to the ball of yarn that helped Theseus find his way through the labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur. It had been Daedalus who had built the labyrinth in the first place, as punishment for his helping Minos' queen to procreate with a bull (who was actually Zeus in disguise). It was the same labyrinth that Daedalus and Icarus were escaping from using wings that Daedalus himself had constructed.

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Introduction text

There are three different resources identified and used for the snippets of text shown in the introduction/opening sequence that starts on episode 3:

  • The poem introduced in the beginning of the series, written by Michelangelo.
  • Several pieces of text and graphics taken from the ancient text called Landnámabók (mostly from the title page).
  • A piece of text[citation needed] (source unknown) word-for-word as:

The century of how many is a futuristic stories from now. People who lived there were given the history of mankind as follows, saying that "As for the environment of the earth, the large discharge of Metanhaidorad that was called burning iced happened in old times in century how many now, and it changed suddenly, a lot of living things died out and thus, the ancestor we of human races who had survived came to live only in the bubble dome

Bubble dome "Romud". It is an ideal city that is called utopia that repeats production and consumption. An advanced making to the network advanced, and people seemed to be satisfied with going by a multipurpose robot from which Ortorab was called by the system of maintenance, the life-support of the reached infrastructure, and the complete social security in this society where everything had been managed in an orderly manner if it gave neither crime nor an antisocial molecule. ... and it peeped at the problem on falling birthrate ...

However the event that causes the accident to the order happens several years ago. Another bubble dome "Mosque" collapses, and a lot of shelter immigrants have flowed in "Romud". The event brought different sense of values to "Romud" and gave birth to rich and poor and the class difference, and the dissatisfaction that came there smoked in the underground formed dangerous culture, and was becoming a breeding ground for crime.

Another big social issues had been generated in in such and Romud. It is existence of the virus program of the mystery of awaking the clinging ego in the artificial intelligence of Ortorab. Violated Ortorab did not follow man and caused a serious trouble frequently to the virus that was called alias "Cogito".

It begins to appear though people who have dissatisfaction in the dome are small number of people thus. Nobody said putting to practice and the person who gave up, "You should finish one's life in a peaceful dome though it was tedious" was most though they were all driven by the desire that it wanted to go out of here. Because it was taught that the external world was the world of the death to which the monster strolled and the infectious disease was furious for the Romud citizens. For other uses, see Michelangelo (disambiguation). ... Landnámabók (the book of settlement), is one of the strangest of the works of Icelandic literature. ...

This was possibly pieced together from text flashed during the introduction of each episode from episode 3 onward. "Metanhaidorad" is probably a Japanese phonetic rendering of methane hydrate, also called methane clathrate or methane ice. Burning ice. Methane released by heating burns, water drips. ...


References

  1. ^ a b Ergo Proxy 3" Keywords. Retrieved on 2006-10-26.
  2. ^ http://www.japansociety.org/web_docs/IN_Sato-McGray%20Interview.pdf
  3. ^ Hanson, Brian. The Click: June 9–15. Anime News Network. Retrieved August 16, 2007.
  4. ^ ABC2 TV Guide: 03 July, 2007. Retrieved October 23, 2007.

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This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... For the in-memory database management system, see In-memory database. ... TV.com is a website belonging to the CNET Games and Entertainment family of websites. ... This is a list of media and materials related to the manga and anime series Ergo Proxy. ... The following is a list of episodes for the Japanese anime Ergo Proxy. ... This is a list of characters that appear in the Japanese anime series Ergo Proxy. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

 
 

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