Ergo Proxy
Volume 2 - RE-L124C41+

Starring (voice): Akiko Yajima, Kouji Yusa and Rie Saitou
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 12
Available 01 October 2007

In a world ravaged by ecological disasters and nuclear warfare, the surviving humans are forced to coexist with their android servants, AutoReivs, in a huge domed city called Romdo. A utopian dream where every aspect of life is controlled and regulated, Romdo is a paradise where feelings have been discarded and emotions are no longer required.
But this peaceful idyll is threatened by a series of murders believed to have been committed by berserk robots, sent out of control after becoming infected with the Cogito Virus, which has made them aware of their own existence. Tasked with investigating the murders are Re-l Mayer, a young female inspector from the Civilian Intelligence Office, and her AutoReiv partner, Iggy...

Ergo Proxy is a futuristic, science-fiction suspense thriller with gothic cyberpunk undertones. Directed by Shuko Murase (Witch Hunter ROBIN, Samurai Champloo) and scripted by Dai Sato (Samurai Champloo, Casshern, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop), Ergo Proxy comes to DVD having already attracted considerable attention due to the fact that Radiohead liked it so much they allowed the producers to use their song "Paranoid Android" as the show's closing theme.

Re-l leaves the safety of Romdo in order to bring Vincent back and clear his name. Leaving the shelter of the city is a test of courage, but dealing with the realities of life outside the dome is a test of conviction. The idyllic illusion of life within Romdo begins to crumble for Re-l and Vincent as they forge into the darkness that surrounds them and travel away from the light.

Episodes on this DVD include:

Tasogare: The ex-residents of Romdo are starting to fear Vincent's presence in their settlement - mainly due to the fact that the Romdo aerial patrols are starting to increase. To calm everyone down, Hoody lies and tells them that this is a good thing, as Romdo is preparing to allow them to return. Re-l Mayer flies into the settlement with every intention of collecting Vincent, but Hoody stands in her way. He reveals that the Proxy are not evil and that there is more than one. He also claims that he knows where they reside. Meanwhile Romdo's security, having discovered the location of the settlement, has every intention of wiping every life form off the face of the earth.

Domecoming: Some of the surviving settlement members get together to flee onboard the Rabbit. Vincent turns down a place onboard as he intends to take the ill - having breathed the outside atmosphere - Re-l Mayer back to Romdo so that she can be helped. As they return to Romdo, Raul orders the execution of Vincent. Meanwhile the Rabbit is attacked. Thankfully someone on board has a trick up their sleeve.

Re-L124C41+: Re-l Mayer is still recovering from her ordeal and, having witnessed the truth about the outside world, she makes the decision to find out why her grandfather lied about what was outside the safety of Romdo's walls. Daedalus shows Re-l the autopsy results of the Proxy. It is revealed that the Proxy holds the key to humanity's survival.

Shining Sign: Pino and Vincent are captured by mysterious soldiers who are currently engaged in a deadly battle against the AutoRievs. In a bid to turn him to their cause, the soldiers help Vincent to fix his damaged ship. When two soldiers are killed, Vincent is accused and imprisoned.

After the impressive (for an anime release at any rate) extras on Volume 1, I was very disappointed to see that the only extra on this disc were a couple of trailers for other shows.

Still, that slight moan aside, this DVD contains another four impressive episodes which pushes the story along nicely.

Darren Rea

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