For some time now I've heard people liken Ergo Proxy to Ghost in the Shell (which I love) and despite both of them being philosophically based Ergo Proxy's plot just gets completely lost in the mumbo jumbo. Since several episodes take place during dream or hallucination sequences I found myself not able to recognise what was real, what was delusion, what was important to understanding the plot, or even understanding where they were or what was happening.
Episodes like the one where they are in that empty town and the lake, or the gameshow, or Pino's dream made absolutly no sense. It took me until near the end of the series to even realise that there were OTHER domes, or that half the places they had visited already were actually domes. I figured out very early that Vincent was a Proxy, but it was not until the final convoluted episodes that any of this was really explained.
When I finished the last episode I only had a brief understanding of the series, so I looked up some explainations and it was made so much clearer, but also served to only raise more questions, like:
If the escaping humans could create Proxy's, WombSys, the Domes, The Boomerang etc then what exactly was so hard about just living inside the Domes, or for that matter just clearing up the ecological disaster. I understand that the Proxy's and the Domes were a safeguard system to rebuild humanity and that the AutoRievs were a very last ditch effort should neither plan work, but with that level of technology (Proxy's are described several times as being "god like") why was it out of their reach to just fix the environment?
And then there's the characterisations and the fact that Re-l for several early episodes is portrayed as the protagonist before the whiny emo ***** Vincent steals the show. He's seriously an idiotic moron emo ***** who was so annoying.
In conclusion: while I liked some aspects of this show it was generally just garbage and such a vast waste of time as the world itself was not really explored - only the inner emo whiny blah blah thoughts of Vincent were explored and the entire plot and setting makes no sense. It seems to be like the plot was tacked on to philosophical writings and for that reason makes little sense.
What were your thoughts on the series?