Ergo Proxy, Volume 1: Awakening
Format: DVDAnimated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
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The broadcast series Ergo Proxy (2006) attracted considerable attention because Radiohead let them use "Paranoid Android" as the closing theme. Detective Re-l lives in the domed city of Romdo, a pseudo-utopia where humans and robots exist under a Big Brother-esque government. When a powerful monster begins attacking the citizens of Romdo, Re-l discovers the word "awaken" scrawled on her mirror; she's attacked by the monster but somehow survives. As she investigates these events, she discovers the inevitable government conspiracy. Ergo Proxy borrows heavily from Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. and Boogiepop Phantom, but the icy Re-l lacks Major Kusanagi's fascination. Director Shukuo Murase employs a monochromatic palette so dark it's difficult to see what's going on. He tries to distract the viewer from the extremely limited animation with camera moves and dialogue, but the hokey, oblique story feels recycled and uninteresting. (Rated 16 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon
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Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
Actors: Taliesin Jaffe Kôji Yusa Akiko Yajima Rachel Hirschfeld Liam O'Brien
Size: 7.1000" x 5.4200"
Weight: 0.1800 lbs.
Language: English, Japanese, English, English, Japanese, English