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Ergo Proxy is a perfect combination of how humans and androids survive together and what could be the possible consequences. Luckily, this isn’t the only anime that shows this eccentric relationship. There are many more with similar themes made just for you. These seven anime share similar settings and describe in what ways human beings can build relationships with technology in their own way, a subject worthy of watching for today’s generation.
7. Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)
The anime uses a futuristic sci-fi setting and has a cyberpunk theme. Alike Ergo Proxy, it also features a strong female protagonist who is highly skilled in what she does. She indulges in conflicts and solves them as well as helps her allies.
In this anime, mankind has done high-tech advancements such that they can completely transform a living body into a machine. This increases physical as well as cybernetic capabilities. Sadly, the same technology can be used by criminals to commit dangerous crimes.
In response to the heinous crimes, Japan establishes Section 9, which is meant to deal with such issues. Daisuke Aramaki and Motoko Kusanagi led Section 9 to successfully bring justice over the entire social spectrum.
Their success doesn’t last for long when a top-level hacker called “The Laughing Man” pushes them into an inescapable cat and mouse game.
6. Casshern Sins
In Ergo Proxy, the character Vincent Law is confused about his past. He has a double personality and is searching for his real identity. Similarly in Casshern Sins, Casshern embarks on a gurney to find the truth about his past. Both the series are set in a post-apocalyptic world, where humans no longer have control over everything and robots are becoming aware of their existence.
The anime has a robotic leader named Braiking Boss who rules the entire world with an iron fist. One day, Luna, a mysterious girl, is summoned to ensure the redemption of mankind. Aware of her as a potential threat, the Braiking Boss orders his three strongest cyborg warriors - Casshern, Dio, and Leda - to get rid of Luna. Casshern, being the strongest of all, manages to kill Luna on time.
Unexpectedly, the incident leads to a cataclysm that may cause the world's end. After 100 years, the world is suffocated with poison. Due to this, humans don’t have the strength for reproduction, so their species are on the verge of extinction. However, robots have still managed to survive by regularly replacing their damaged parts. But, how long will this all last?
5. Urufuzu Rein (Wolf’s Rain)
A post-apocalyptic anime shows the co-existence of humans and robots just like Ergo Proxy. In fact, many of the characters also share similar personalities that will make you wonder if you are watching a new season of Ergo Proxy.
In Wolf’s Rain, the world is dying and there’s an ancient legend circulating around. It says, when the world will be extinct, the gateway to paradise will be unlocked. But only wolves can enter into this mythical realm. Thought to be extinct a long time ago, wolves still exist among humans but live in disguise through elaborate illusions.
Kina is a lone wolf who gets drawn to the Freeze city because of an intoxicating scent. Freeze City is a poverty-stricken town ruled by insensitive Lord Orkham. Kina learns that many wolves are also drawn to the town by the same scent. The wolves begin their journey to find the mythical land with the help of “Lunar Flowers”, which is said to be the key to the door of the ideal world.
However, wolves are not the only ones looking for the distant world, but some others with ill-intentions will do anything to reach there first.
4. Shinseiki Evangerion (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Both the anime have protagonists who are facing similar mental conflicts about their past, present, and future. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, each of them shows humanity struggling for survival. In Neon Genesis Evangelion, “Angels” create the turbulence, while in Ergo Proxy, “Proxies” are responsible for the chaos.
In Neon Genesis Evangelion, humanity is soon going to end and Nerv, a special agency under the United Nations, is the only hope left. Nerv’s Evangelions are the giant robotic machines capable of defeating “Angels”, responsible for the Earth’s destruction. The endeavor is defended by skilled personnel Ritsuko Akagi, Chief Scientist, and Misato Katsuragi, Head of Tactical Operations.
To defeat the Angels’ nearly unbreakable force-fields, Nerv synchronizes their giant bio-machines to the nervous systems of the users. This let them generate their own force-fields, the only way to save humanity.
3. Tekunoraizu (Texhnolyze)
The storyline varies a bit in comparison to Ergo Proxy, but both the anime share dark theme and cyberpunk setting. Also, the underground city of Lux resembles in many ways to Ergo Proxy’s Romdeau.
In Texhnolyze, Lux is a man-made underground city left in a crumbling state as years have passed without repairs. Three groups are in altercation to take control over Lux: Organo who is working together with a criminal organization that is in charge of Texhnolyze (prosthetics), Racan, a group of young adults who use Texhnolyzes for personal gains, and the Salvation Union, a political group whose main intention is to destroy Organo’s business.
An orphan turned prize fighter, Ichise loses an arm and a leg due to an altercation with a fight promoter. He manages to escape death with the help of Eriko Kamata, a scientist. She uses Ichise as a test subject to try her newly invented Texhnolyze. With his new transformation, he begins toward with Organo.
Later, he meets Ran, a young girl who can see the future. They soon discover that the city Lux is on the verge of complete destruction and they are hopefully the only ones who can save it.
Ergo Proxy and Psycho-Pass describe a dystopian society along with an intense philosophical background. They also match in beautiful animation, enigmatic cinematography, and cold yet exciting sentiments.
In Psycho-Pass, Japan’s rules and regulations are based on a biomechanical computer network called the Sibyl System. It evaluates citizens’ mentalities through a cymatic scan and decides if they have criminal intentions or not. The result is termed as Psycho-Pass of the individual.
The story is narrated through the perception of Akane Tsunemori, a rookie Inspector working for MWPSB (Ministry of Welfare Public Safety Bureau). Instead of guns, Inspectors use dominators which allow them to shoot only when the Sibyl System passes judgment on the suspect.
The anime primarily focuses on a criminally asymptotic criminal, Shogo Makishima, who despite doing serious crimes, always passes Sibyl’s judgment as an honorable citizen. This leaves Inspectors helpless in proving his illegal acts.
1. Shiriaru Ekusuperimentsu Rein (Serial Experiments Lain)
The anime is similar in theme as well as in storyline with Ergo Proxy, though it does deviate a bit later that’s what makes it worth a watch. Both the anime share intellectual characters with dark themes and heavy philosophical concepts.
Lain Iwakura is a 14-year-old introvert and psychic girl. She is among few to receive a disturbing email from her classmate Chisa Yomoda, who recently committed suicide. Lain holds no desire to learn even a bit about technology, but when she checks the email, it takes her into the virtual world of the Wired. The Wired is a virtual network quite similar to the Internet.
Lain starts to get anxious when she starts to come across several cryptic mysteries. She begins to be followed by strange men, “Men in Black”, who know more than she knows about herself.
With differences between virtual and real worlds begin to fade, her situation gets more complexed when traditional concepts start to take different meanings.
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