Ergo Proxy

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The countdown trailer used in old movies appears in the very first scene, and Pino’s eyes blink by the end of it. Pino is seemingly surrounded by disused and destroyed toys, and the mood that the environment evokes is reminiscent to that arcade game, CarnEvil. It twists a supposedly happy, playful place into something austere and downright scary, as if a place surrounded by phantoms of the past. Pino asks herself where she was, and this seems to be the cue for two cartoon-y characters to appear out of the trash of circus materials. These two welcome her to a place called ‘Smile (?).’ I can’t seem to describe these characters in terms of simple words, because they are out of this world. They are neither the Mickey Mouse or the Donald Duck of anime, as one doesn’t even know what animals they are. (more…)


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(Yes, there’s a subliminal message there. But really, I just included it to make it seem even. :)) A rocket destroys a domed city, as something resembling Ergo Proxy seems to deviate the course of the missiles. Vincent, Real and Pino travel in the Centzon. As Real and Vincent have a romantic moment (Real initiates this by holding Vincent’s hand, and Vincent reciprocates by holding the hand of hers that’s on top of his) a strong wind blows the Centzon off-course. It’s the appearance of a domed city. Vincent releases ground-hooks before they could be blown to a big crater. Vincent says that it’s Mosk as something resembling Ergo once more holds a necklace similar to Vincent’s. (more…)

You know, simply put, this was an excellent episode.

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Autoreivs drive a train inside a tunnel. The train passes by Raul, who seems to be a fugitive from his countenance.It’s because he’s full of sweat and panting heavily. Running away after the train has passed, he encounters and autoreiv and shoots it full of holes.He shoots and destroys other autoreivs up, too.

He remembers a time in his past (I guess) where he was still the Director after he drops his now-useless ID on the ground after destroying those autoreivs.

Meanwhile, Real still travels along with Pino and Vincent, but this time, for the most part, seems to be agreeable (and more beautiful) this time around. Vincent still waits, albeit horribly, for the death promised to him by Real. I think he mentions something about it being horrible, and Real quickly changes the topic by telling him to leave. Since Pino has gone, Vincent again looks for her while an impatient Real waits.

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Back at Romdeau, Raul and Daedalus talk about Real and Vincent with Daedalus expressing positive comments on Proxies (or so I think), and Raul pissed, because he tells Daedalus that he doesn’t know anything about Proxies. (I think this was an analogy to episode two.)

Real and Vincent still can’t find Pino; back at Romdeau, Raul scans his eyes to gain entrance to his office. It seems that he has tracked down Vincent’s path to escape from Romdeau; afterwards, he leans back and closes his eyes as Real and Vincent discover a cave beneath loose rock and sand. In a daydream, Raul sees Vincent as the winner of the game in ep15, so that wasn’t some dream or phantasmagoria: somehow, it happened in the past. Raul had to be calmed down by Kristeva afterwards. What Real and Vincent see within the cave are some mummified beasts somewhat looking like humans (perhaps these were humans in the past). Real tells Vincent to shut up because she hears something. Daedalus continues on with his fanatical admiration for Real; he lovingly rubs a digital picture of hers. Vincent and Real spelunk deeper into the cave; Pino has discovered a new musical instrument other than her quasi-accordion/recorder/whatever. It’s an old piano, and Pino plays it quite like a professional. Those dead bodies that looked partly like humans in the previous images were proxies, after all. The proxy disappears in the distance after Real moving the light away from it.

Raul, after talking with the council, still has all these illusions on Vincent; these illusions speak to him, as if to arouse his anger.Raul finally quits after the council decides not to do anything. (He leaves Kristeva behind, so I took that as a hint that he has finally quit.)

A pungent gas is inside the cave, and it seems Real cannot tolerate much of it because she starts with her coughing fit. (I have a lot of these right now, also.) Vincent escorts her to safety as Pino plays the piano lovingly. (That girl can do lots of things, really.)

Raul revisits the scene where his wife and child was murdered. Indeed, just as I called it a few paragraphs ago (I write an episode scene-by-scene) Raul has become a fugitive, and he has autoreivs chasing after his ass. We then return to what was the first scene: a train containing autoreivs passes by, and Raul, panting and sweating, shoots up some autoreivs. Daedalus scarily dotes on Real. It seems that the poison in the caves (from which Real runs away from) is killing all the Proxies in there. Anyway, from the drawings in the caves, it is insinuated that the creation of life in Romdeau is patterned after proxies themselves, seen by both Real and Vincent taking the weak little proxy. The mother-proxy, as I call it, for I have no other name, seems to be an allusion to the perfect woman in Hinduism (I love History, and that’s the only subject I have this semester that I even read about and give a damn. Incidentally, we’re talking about Asian Religion, and as I love reading about it, I know a little about it. I definitely hate this semester.)

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Kristeva visits Raul’s office once again; this time, she has manned robots (Robotech?) for support, along with another yellow-haired autoreiv. Raul, some floors below, plays a piano as somewhat time ticks down in his office, perhaps to launch a bomb. The manned robot destroys the window nearest to where he was playing the piano. It seems that the tenuous link between Pino and Raul seems to be established with this, that Pino’s proficiency in musical instruments was because of Raul. In the end, Raul was a human tied down with his need for revenge; sadly, he mistakenly directs it towards Vincent: perhaps for taking Pino, mistakenly thinking that Vincent took his wife’s life and took what he loved. At the end of the countdown, a missile is launched as Raul plays his piano. Picturesquely, it coincides with Pino playing an imaginary piano in the air, a skill that her ‘father’ taught her, I guess, as the missile burns towards its destination in the distance.

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When the ED remains to be the same, but gets more hard-hitting this time around, you know something good has happened with the episode. Perhaps next to ep13, this is my favorite. It’s because it simply shows the humanity of Raul, and the humanity of a lot of the characters in the series. It brings Ergo Proxy back nearer to the realm of human understanding, and how Raul acted was TOO human, which was simply magnificent. The culmination of the episode, as the peaceful piano music juxtaposed with a violent inside upheaval for Raul and a revolution (brought about by the nuclear missile) about to happen outside was simply unique. The burning of the missile amidst a dark sky was simply majestic, and the different revelations happening in this episode was a sight to behold.

I’ve had quite a backlog of anime these past few days; after seeing Honey and Clover, a lot of anime just don’t seem as interesting anymore. I’ve rewatched the first season yet again, and I can’t really say that I’m dying for the anime that’s coming this summer, except of course for the second season of Honey and Clover. I have watched raws of some of the anime recently premiered, however, and aside from H&C II I’ve watched Tsuyokiss ~ CoolxSweet.

Since I love romances, let’s just say I was all in for Tsuyokiss. After watching (or rather, skimming) the first episode, I decided that I had to watch it subbed. There are some anime that you can watch raw and still understand what happens for the most part, like Ergo Proxy, because despite its philosophy and pretension, it still has a flowing story. Since I don’t enjoy it much that I need to watch it subbed, I just watch it raw, watch what happens, and then watch the next episode after blogging the previous ones. Not that I don’t enjoy it at all – that’s different. I really do enjoy watching it, just not to the extent of holding myself to waiting for its subs after watching its raws (like H&C II, for example). I guess it’s just so-so in my standards.

Since I feel I’d enjoy Tsuyokiss (I’m a damn romantic), I’m definitely waiting for its subs to come out. And from what I’ve seen, it all seems like good fun. I love happy romances (I do like watching AMG), but I LOVE~LOVE well-written tragic ones (like Shingetsutan Tsukihime, and Honey and Clover, to an extent). It seems most anime this summer (in Japan) for me wasn’t as good as the spring season. I’m still waiting for Kemonozume, though – it reminds me of Tsukihime’s forbidden love, as there is love here between a monster and a human. (I also liked the Tenshuu Monogatari arc of Ayakashi ~ Japanese Classic Horror, so I usually like these types of stories.)

when the only solution to love is death, it's bound to be a great anime.(a romance is bound to be great when the only solution to a forbidden love is a sacrifice far heavier than life and death itself)


On other things, I guess Akihabara@Deep wouldn’t arrive until 2009. This anime intrigues me, because Nickelodeon helps in producing it. That’s like expecting a Christian channel to show porn, really, and I was that surprised. Anime in Nickelodeon is such a farfetched thought that I’d simply like to see how they would pull it off.

Has no one seen FLAG or its trailer? What do you guys think of it? I’d also like to know.

Per request, for those looking for the Ergo Proxy – 16 torrent, click here.

Anyway, I'm sorry if there are no screenshots – basically, I couldn't take them because I didn't see the video decoder for ffdshow in the system tray which allows me to take those. It's perhaps because it's an MKV, I don't know. I'm really sorry, guys. I hope you enjoy the summary. This episode chronicles the quotidian things Real does.

Real wakes up at 8:00 in the morning, beautifies herself up, flosses her teeth, and walks around with Pino, getting some supplies. Pino, like the child she is, dances around and gambols in the snow. As Real writes in her journal, Vincent dreams of Real: he utters her name. Pino calls Vincent, and fools Vincent for a while because she wore Real's make-up.

Vincent wakes up. He then bumps his head into the low ceiling, and Real writes unacceptable, only to be mimicked by Pino. Vincent greets a good morning to Real; afterwards, out in the deck of the ship, Real pushes Vincent down the snow. She then writes about Vincent being left-handed.

She exercises in the CR, and later on scolds Vincent as Pino plays her recorder. She and Pino then play catch with a ball. After some time, she gets bored and stops playing.

She doesn't know how to cook at all. Even if it was only some spaghetti, she lets the boiling water overflow and drops the packet of spaghetti. She also has problems with a pimple.

Pino knows more about food preparation than her; she doesn't even know how to open canned goods or to slice bread properly. Real keeps on exercising – her lifestyle is indeed boring, but unlike Pino and Vincent who try to glean something out of it, she remains something caustic and irritating.

These images repeat again and again.

Later, Vincent and Pino play by using cans to walk on snow. Still later, Pino plays with Real's make-up and looks like a gaudy clown. She invites Vincent to play with her as he cleans up Real's mess with the spaghetti. Vincent somewhat accedes, and Vincent doesn't look too bad as a girl (really). He even tries to even out the make-up on his face when Real arrives. He breaks some of her make-up accessories as he hits the low ceiling again. Real, irate, closes the door on them both and Vincent tries to follow Real to ask for forgiveness. Although she was only beside the ship, he doesn't see her and even ventures somewhat far from the ship to try and find her.

Real scolds Vincent again in the dining table.

The scene changes. Pino, outside, mimics Real's putting on of her make-up. She looks like an Adachi character here (no joke), especially with the eyes, as Real looks curiously on. She even mimics Real's surprise at seeing a pimple on her face.

Snow arrives, and Real doesn't seem too happy being stuck with it. Whereas Vincent and Pino have fun in it (Pino even tries to wake Real up), Real stays in bed looking constipated. After some time Real hears Vincent shouting vulgar words at the wind, taunting it. Real doesn't join in, thinking it to be a joke.

The snow prevents them from leaving the place, and although Pino and Vincent still live it up and remain content, Real looks like shit. One time, Real sleeps with Pino, away from her bed, and to surprise her, Vincent and Pino stop the alarm clock from running at 8 am. Real wakes up, later on, and sees Pino and Vincent preparing their food.

Real writes pointless entries in her journal; as her candle was nearly consumed, she calls Vincent to ask for another one. Vincent was about to light that candle when Real grabs Vincent's face and draws it near her. Vincent, surprised and excited, does not know what to do, that is, until Real plucks off one of Vincent's facial hairs. (And here I thought there was going to be some 'action', really.)

An aurora appears; Pino launches a snowball that hits Vincent's face directly. Real does what Vincent did before: she called the wind vulgar names, taunting it. It works.


I don't know what to make of this. This, for the most part, has been a character-development episode, mainly that of Real. Despite her cold facade, once again, we know that she's human, prone to whims, sadness, happiness, madness. She also seems to have warmed up to Pino and Vincent despite what she thinks of them. Nothing has moved forward in terms of story, but perhaps we'll know from this episode why Real will act as such in the following episodes.

There have been a lot of hurdles from me putting up a summary, but it was mostly because of Honey and Clover. Everybody should seriously watch that anime. Anyway, after doing a marathon until 2 am today, I was too tired to watch another episode of Ergo Proxy. Besides, Honey and Clover just owns Ergo Proxy in so many levels, IMO. The raw took an unexpectedly longer time to appear, and when it did, there were no seeds. I just finished downloading this early morning today. Anyway, enough about the stuff on Honey and Clover, but I promise you, I'll blog the second season to death.

Centered in what seems to be a game show, Vince sits with the spotlight on him. He is asked questions by someone invisible; he only gets two out of the many questions asked correct. He is then presented to the crowd with a violet-haired presenter: they applaud him. The name of the presenter is MCQ. The prizes are presented after the rules are said with autoreivs dressed in bikinis and skin, except that their faces are metallic. Rules are, from what I've understood, is that when you lose – you die. He has 90000 points already.

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