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Ergo Proxy 23 (Raw)

"It leads here -- this time, this road, this place."

Real: Who are you?
God: I am you. You are me.

Damned helpful, that was.

Great things about this series: God is a stalker who whispers in your ear, who instigates you to do nasty things, who leaves you hanging knowing you can exist without him. God exists to mess you up.

And God is goth and an anarchist. We have been forewarned.

Vincent, in pain, speaks for the first time since he transformed in his own voice.

God is currently happy. His evil little Daedalus is off trying to destroy the world. Real turns to stop him. God thinks it's too late, but she has to try. It's what anyone would do. She states Vincent's name as a reassurance, and he reciprocates in kind, in his own voice, before she runs off. When Vincent turns around, he has his Ergo Proxy mask on.

God calls Vincent on the great job with creation, and sets out to mock him about wanting to continue with things as they are. Vincent comes to the conclusion he continuously faltered on at least twice before during his journey with Real -- that this life was worth living, warts and all. Hearing his answer, God changes his face to that of the First Proxy once more, and the entire platform Ergo Proxy was standing on crumbles away. Real, taking the lift back to Romdeau, whispers Vincent's name again.

Back at the square, Pino's harmonica is on the ground with a note: "Dear Daddy, if you read this..." Someone draws near.

View of the broad blue sky -- the first time we've seen an actual sky. God says this has all happened before. I think the speech that follows goes into how reshaping the world is cyclical, and he does explain the pulse of awakening in this context. The God Voice is frankly pretty annoying to hear, and my Japanese is still half past two, so you're going to have to excuse me if my struggles with the language barrier really break down here. I sincerely wait for my betters to really tackle the heavy explanations, and there's a lot of it here. I did get something about the Proxies being allergic to sunlight, in the way that sunlight kills vampires, but only smatterings of everything else that was a why. Ergo Proxy appears to have assumed the Vincent personality to shield himself from the horror of cyclical destruction (eg. Mosque Dome), because human beings are (self-)destructive, though the First Proxy wants Vincent to come to grips with the fact he'll always be alone.

Vincent reaffirms that so long he is aware of his will as an individual, things can be changed. All around them, the blue sky begins to break apart.

In Romdeau, Real watches Romdeau's escape pods launch. Daedalus appears, telling her it's too late. High above them, we hear screams, part bird, part woman. It's Monad, who, in her true form, has wings and completely white hair -- and the face of Real. He tells Real that he created his own god, and she's come to save him. In full religious bliss, he watches Monad fly overhead, destroying the city with her cries. Real calls out to Daedalus, but it's too late. A piece of scaffolding comes crashing down onto his head.

Monad flies up to Heaven, where Ergo Proxy has managed to stab the First Proxy through the heart. Monad tells them to stop, that Proxies needn't fight each other this way. She reminds Ergo Proxy that it was him who said there was something better, as she embraces him. The First Proxy begs her to stop. Ergo Proxy steps away from the fight, and both he and Monad disappear. The First Proxy's pendant falls to the floor.

Monad takes Ergo Proxy to see the real sky. He is awed by the holy radiance of the sun. They could stay up here forever.

Back in Romdeau, Real is wandering through the streets clutching her arm. An armoured autorave is crashing in her direction.

Ergo Proxy remembers Real. Monad asks him why he looks sad. He explains, over a shot of Real successfully shooting down the autorave and walking towards a hole in the wall of the Dome, that life is like this, painful, sad, miserable and hard. Monad asks if this is reality. Vincent responds that however painful it is, it is their reality. He takes off his mask. Monad guesses that he's leaving because of someone else, and Vincent agrees. He returns her pendant to her, and says farewell -- to Real. (He pronounces her name as "Re-aa-ru". Usually, he pronounces Re-l's name as "Riiru".)

Monad soars into the sky, wishing farewell to her beloved. Daedalus, from beneath the rubble, watches her fly away. Monad notes that it is a beautiful world. Daedalus, his hand stretched out to her, begins to realize that he will never love Real, real Real or Re-l, and dies. Monad burns in the sun.

Vincent returns to the First Proxy, who is on his throne. The First Proxy seems to have aged over the course of the battle -- he now looks like an old man. He throws Vincent his pendant, telling him to find his reality - with that girl, Vincent Law's reality. "The sun is returning, my reality is at an end."

A glimmer of sunlight sweeps towards the First Proxy, and he burns.

Romdeau Dome collapses.

Real is crossing a bridge, which breaks. She dangles on a cable, determined to survive. Below her, the city is in flames.

Out of the smoke, Pino's voice calls for, "Real Real". The Usagi appears, Pino herself clinging to its mast. Real lets herself fall. Pino catches her hand.

On the Usagi, Kristeva is piloting. Real asks her if she is Raul's. Kristeva states that she is an Entourage, and she protects what is important to him. Pino hugs her harmonica. Real asks about Vincent.

Pino tells her, it's alright. Vincent's voice is (whever there's) light.

Vincent himself stands against a post, in human form, with the First Proxy's pendant around his neck, watching ships leave (approach?) Romdeau. He makes a necessary speech about facing this reality full tilt, with Real and everyone else (he literally uses "things" to refer to Pino and Kristeva) to help him find his way. It's a genuine new start for humankind. Pino calls out to him from the ship. He turns to smile at them. His eyes glow. He is the Proxy of Death -- Ergo Proxy.

End Notes

This has taken at least two days to write -- there's so much ground to cover after watching it all. Some of the philosophical undertones were answered, some of my favourite characters vindicated, most of it was plain unexpected. A lot of this was compiled after reading Anikimeiski's excellent explanations of the raws, which I do suggest everyone reads for a superior primer on what went on. I would like to stress my Japanese language skills are very 0.01%, so most of what I do understand of the dialogue, especially plot, depends on my ability to pick up keywords. EP's Japanese is often high out of my range.

There's a lot I want to say about the direction of the creationist/self-awareness philosophy behind this story, starting with the way the cycle of life is told to us here through everything being a proxy for everything else. The cycle of proxies seems to me a comment on the artificiality of life in the Domes as much as it is a plot structure. Indeed, the title and title character Ergo Proxy is already a hint in this direction. "Therefore, everything is a proxy."

We are told that after the world of EP came to be, Proxies were deployed to start enclosed habitats (the Domes) and fill them with humans formed of their image. This is actually in keeping with polytheistic creationist myths of a main god handing the tasks of running existence to lesser gods. It's also a tie in with monotheistic creationist myth -- God created the world in His image, and what a flawed place that turned out to be. EP's handle is that God Himself is flawed, and all the creatures running downwards from Him are iterations of increased flawedness. The science fiction element, that is, the use of bio-domes as creationist experiments, attempts to recreate the natural cycles of life presumed lost to the world outside the Dome, by having a hierarchical structure starting with a Proxy (an agent of the creator), the humans dependent on its will and the autoraves dependent on the will of humans.

All the Proxies eventually came to question the purposelessness of their eternal existence, alone, and this is the same as questioning the purpose of God -- why did He create and who for? The Domes become failed experiments because humankind cannot live in captivity and enforced structure for very long. Free will invades the artificial structure. Slaves to structure resort to chaos when the cage is removed. This is true for both Proxies and the Dome humans, who are mostly shown to indulge in cycles of self-destruction the moment they realize they're caged.

Vincent is the proxy of Ergo Proxy who is the proxy of the First Proxy, who is himself a Proxy of the creators. Vincent's selling point is that he's the Proxy who abandoned the artificial Dome cycle of life to learn about living outside of this structure, rather than give in to despair from the loss of structure, a Proxy who has discovered true free will -- think of him as the atheist incarnate. Real, the ironic "real one to see one", is his human equivalent -- a partner, a muse and ultimately, the real instigator of change. Does this suggest human will is stronger than the gods'? The narrative of Ergo Proxy seems to suggest so.

The second thing I want to mention is how the structure and nature of the Proxy-human relationship itself seems to borrow from vampire mythology. Although the most blatant example of this is the Proxy allergy to sunlight, a lot can also be said for the inability of Dome humans to breed. Proxies could be viewed as Vampire Masters in their individual Domes, giving of their genetic material to produce new Dome humans. The Proxies are slightly better humans -- immortal, stronger, faster and in a few ways more knowledgeable. These extras come with a price, since they can't breed, and this is a failure of evolution. That the Proxies are human inventions themselves is a great snark on the entire images of the creators undertone. The idea at large seems to be that we can't defeat nature, because nature always finds a way. Also, the state of Proxies are a punishment for humans' attempts to outdo nature, and the Dome humans, born of Proxy material, act as salt on the wound.

On the other hand, nature has found a way in the world of Ergo Proxy. Timothy, Quinn's son, is our first indication that Dome humans have somehow developed mutations that give them the power to breed, or have the potential to. The underground mole-humans from Episode 17, have clearly been breeding for a while. Forests, with thriving flora, have sprung out of the supposed desert between Domes. The other purpose of the narrative, therefore, is to suggest that human resistance to change, the lack of free will, is all in our heads.

The third point is the return of the original humans from, presumably, outer space, for whom the Domes were left behind. Now, their return was supposed to mean the end of all (people inside) Domes, Proxies and failed past projects, because the earth is now habitable again for breeding humans. The arrogance of this supposition, that one can raze and start anew, that a sinister God creates flaws on whim, is personified in the First Proxy, whose entire angst over everything is because he sees no way out, that the only way to rail against the creators is to give them their way -- with the worst tantrum possible. Vincent and Real, by instead believing that life can exist on its own, without an artificial structure answering to things beyond immediate sensory comprehension, is a good rallying point for the story. It's a linear ideal told in a fast and loose narrative style. Where other shows would probably have concentrated on the immediate rebellion, Ergo Proxy worked by showing us the pieces that form their free will. There also seems to be a larger picture which suggests that once proxies stopped mirroring the methods of their creators, cycles of negativity can change - an important message, given the situation of our own reality in its current form.

The Ending at Large

1. It's a mixed bag of an ending, inconclusive, as one would expect from a Dai Sato gig. The world has "reset" itself in a fashion, but not the great big Evangelion-style party I'd hoped for. It's just about barely even the quiet sense of change I would really have liked to see. I still like the concept -- a world dependent on artificiality, structure and sameness, striving for self-determination. I liked the Creator/Self-Awareness philosophies underlying the idea. I'm picky about how it was tied up, with not enough discussion or a battle.

2. The plot has been otherwise shaky on really tying together Vincent's growth as an individual -- seeing as how his character's growth is central to the self-determination, I think they really wasted a number of episodes where this point could've been really strengthened. For example, Episodes 8 and 9 were side adventures that didn't offer much of anything character development-wise. True, it foretold Pino's usagi counting exercise, had the creepy madwoman and did sort of set a parallel between the Proxies of the two Towers and the First Proxy/Ergo Proxy/Monad triangle, but nothing really happened in there that really contributed to the larger picture. Episode 12's Forest Proxy was also borderline waste of space. Yes, he did establish Real realizing Vincent was Ergo Proxy, but she could've discovered this aspect of him even without his meddling. Iggy's observation of the Forest Proxy's familiar in the next episode was also unecessary -- he could've managed a stronger and similar point observing Pino. It is a matter of writing, and three wasted episodes out of twenty is a lot of room. Don't get me wrong, there was a lot of really great stuff in both Episodes 12 and 13 plot and animation wise to move every character along, but it could definitely have been better paced. Episode 17, another episode with absolutely stunning characterization, this time for Raul/Pino, also got bogged down because of the cave side-plot. Yes, great excuse for Pino to play the piano. Passable excuse for everyone to realize people can evolve on their own. Did we really need to crawl around the cave, really?

3. Pacing throughout this series has been erratic. Significant portions of this show appeared to have been unable to decide if it wanted to be a show with flashy fights, or a show with talking. The series really struggled with this past Episode 7, resulting in the half-hearted battle in Episode 23. If they were going to philosophize to each other after a mad rush of fighting, it could've been much more fluid than this. The quality and choreography for the fights also dwindled around the middle, and as we were never really given good excuses up front for the fighting -- this element of the story really just fizzled out. If they had intended this to be a straight philosophical anime, they could've done so.

4. Say what I will of the ending, it did feel like an ending. It was inconclusive, and hinted at possible battles ahead, but it was an ending. Again, Dai Sato gig. I can't see this going on into an OVA. Given the nature of the show, and because the original Japanese broadcast was pay-per-view, there might not be enough momentum in Japan to really propel this into a second season. Though it is still possible. A show with similar moodiness and even more questionable momentum, Jigoku Shoujo, is getting a second season after its 2005/2006 run. And we still have yet to see what the response will be from the American market when this title gets released there. That was, if I am recalling this correctly, one of the reasons why Rurouni Kenshin eventually received its own ending long after its original run of OVAs, though as with Anikimeiski, I agree that OVAs are going out of date. Another possibility is that Ergo Proxy is continued in its manga format. Since the current manga is serialized in Monthly Sunday-GX, it may be a while before we get any results though.

Character Studies

One of the really great aspects of this series is how characters have remained well-developed throughout, even lesser characters that might've otherwise been cast aside in different shows. All the main characters were quickly recognizable and easy to sympathize with. For the most part, I found the characters believable and realistic in their interactions and motives. Although I may not have agreed with how they developed Vincent into his role at the end, the producers deserve credit for just how much they've been able to develop their characters equally.

Vincent

1. I like Vincent. He's polite, gentle, extremely well-meaning and filled with enough angst to tie panties in knots. Unfortunately, this is one of Vincent's key problems - his angst is overwhelming, to a point where you want to put a bullet in it. Throughout the series, his character has repeatedly questioned his motives for existence. It's a key aspect of the plot, again, because Vincent's idea of reality is our determinant for the direction of the story, but there were times I felt he concentrated too much on his fear and need to run away rather than how to overcome these problems. In fact, I will go so far as to say that the shape of his resolutions were: Fear of Being Left Alone --> Angsting Over Being Left Alone --> Going Forth to Face the Future with Real & Pino --> Fear of Being Left Alone Again

2. It's for these same reasons that Vincent is an excellent study of a suicidally depressed person. Running in circles as much as he does, backtracking after finding small glimmers of resolutions, and holding up enough to plod through his days, all tied in, at least to me, with the realities of being suicidally depressed. I thought it was great that Dai Sato took on his character this way. It's so easy to write a suicidal depressed character as a typified wrist-slasher. Vincent is an admirable character by his inability to really kill himself off and by his struggle to stick around. This does result in a lot of angst, but thinking about death every other moment does lend itself to a few quirks.

3. Vincent's character has definitely gained a lot more confidence since his humble, angsty beginnings. I was starting to really fear he'd grow into one of those uber-angst-type cafe poets, but he's pretty darn suave at this point, as suave as you can be being tall, sulky and dashingly dependent.

4. I would also like to add that Vincent's smile at the end, complete with glowing eyes, was pretty cool. Cheesy, but dashingly handsome cool. Looked like he was about to jump onto the boat.

Real Mayer (alt. Re-L Mayer)

1. The ultimate foil for Vincent. She's tough as nails, incredibly perceptive and brooks no nonsense from anyone. Her main concern is her curiosity about the world. I particularly enjoyed the fact she's a heroine in her own stead, without waiting to be saved. I appreciated that at the end, Real was blasting her own way out of Romdeau, expecting Vincent to fight his own fight and follow her out with both of them not getting in each other's way. Vincent was not the one to jump in and save her from a breaking bridge, though she was helped by Pino. Her own will and her own faith won out.

2. Her relationship with Vincent is great stuff in terms of tension and realism. I liked that we didn't have two main characters slobbering over each other, or even going sad on each other. They trust each other's strength, offering assistance, but not being sticky about it. Vince actually gets more saving than her, and she's been willing to slap some sense into him whenever it was needed. Hint: Suicidally depressed mopey people actually do require the occasional slap around.

3. Real's observation and study of her reality's situation was the key to saving herself and her friends, instead of her guns, which she could certainly wield if she wanted to. If she hadn't realized that this was a setup, that Vincent and her existence was a framework for someone else's plan, they'd still be going around in circles with great angst. It's also an interesting way of looking at things -- she is the one who will do anything to think outside the expected notion of reality. If this story ever goes into a continuation, Real is a natural leader.

Pino

1. My favourite character by far. Mentally, believably and emotionally, Pino has turned out to be the most mature individual out of the fruit basket we have here, and although she's often been used to provide comic relief, I can't help but look out for her. She anchors the story more than the other two. Also, even though it was technically a sub-plot, Pino's story with her Papa has proven to be most intriguing, visceral and most well-developed plot in the show. If I would remember anything in particular about this series, it would have to be Pino.

2. Pino's growth from a doll to a child was wonderful to behold. She did this without sacrificing any innocence, but also without resorting to being a child as written by an adult. She reminds me a lot of Hayao Miyazaki's "ideal child" from the Ghibli films -- strong doers with a great curiosity for their surroundings. I wished she'd been able to say goodbye to Papa, but I don't regret that her story ended the way it did. It is her strength, her ability to heal with her joy for life, that put Real, Vincent and eventually Raul into perspective. When you consider her position as an android, she gives meaning to "I think, therefore I am," as the real yardstick for a life.

Raul

So he didn't turn out to be the First Proxy after all. The real tragedy about him is that he probably really did want the best for the citizens of Romdeau. But he simply wasn't able to think out of the box enough to get very far. It was a horrible way to die. I think of him as the Geppetto who never escaped the whale. I'm glad Pino came home in time to save him from his own madness, and was able to give him, however briefly, hope for the love he thought he lost. While he never was able to return to Pino completely, I get the idea his essential self, after all the manipulation by the First Proxy, was ultimately saved.

Kristeva

A really great understated character. She's what Iggy would've been, had he been able to see past purposes in life as singular and set goals. There's unresolved sexual tension between her and Raul -- it's clear she considers him her reason for existence in more than just the servile sense. It's also clear that with her level head, she was able to protect him from himself -- to a point. Already, we see that she could be a real motherly character for Pino where her own mother wasn't. But, these are things for a continued story, if there is ever to be one.

Iggy

Poor guy. He was a genuinely likeable sort, a bit flamboyant and something of a straight-arrow. Like Kristeva, he eventually found his purpose in life, albeit too late. There was great story-telling involved along the way. His death taught Real the value of life beyond physical appearances, that you could find appreciation in everything. Through him, she had her first real friend. In a larger sense, his goals towards understanding life have lived on in Kristeva and Pino.

Monad

It's interesting that every version of Monad we see seems absolutely determined to be with Vincent however she was incarnated. Both Monad and Real believe that the world can be seen differently, perhaps more hopefully. They are both characters who help Vincent see the truth about reality. However, Monad's style is much softer than Real's forwardness, and her utility as the invention that bit the hand of her inventor was well-played. She was the ultimate fantasy Real -- submissive, gentle but still essentially curious -- a great Real doll for Daedalus, except Vincent's longterm goals in life were probably more appealing than being the toy of a boy genius.

Daedalus

I sort of liked him at first. He was the flawed boy genius, and as a psychopathic one as well, he was pretty creepily played out. It's hard not to be creeped out by the way he treated Monad/cloned Real Mayer. Seriously, his needs for love are the sort of thing the plastic Real dolls are made for. We're never explicitly told if Re-l Mayer was a clone under Daedalus's supervsion, I don't think. He did have footage of Real's childhood, where she did explicitly called out to Daedalus as a young girl, but Real's attachment to her grandfather, and the way she's bonded to Iggy, seems to suggest she actually had a normal childhood. So Real and Daedalus may simply have begun as childhood friends.

Technicalities

Animation -- the major bug of this show has been how animation comes and goes. I think it's actually managed to be quite solid throughout. Episodes 8 and 9, which I considered two of the weakest episodes thus far, also had weak animation. It sort of skims for four episodes after that, and goes back to solid work clear to the end. CG use has mostly been fluid and seamless, and say what you will about the generously poor lighting in this show -- it's great with its atmospheric shadows. The opening sequence still has to be one of the best I've ever seen.

Soundtrack -- repetitive machine music, not the greatest bag of tricks on its own. But it works well where its placed, and among the good things about EP has been its quality use of silence. Where the choreography for fights have been spot on, like in Episodes 1-5, Episode 7, Real's fight in Episode 21, the use of silence and sudden shots have been wonderful. There's also great work for Episode 14's SFX in that the minimalism really created some really creepy moments crucial to the mood.

Voice work - solid. In general, Kobayashi Sanae (Daedalus) and Hanada Hikaru (Raul) were particularly excellent playing off each other. I did think their debate in Episode 10 could not have worked without them behind the wheel -- it was just the right amount of hidden daggers. Daedalus and Raul are my two favourite characters for voice work, though Pino's child voice also deserves credit. It's very easy to make a child voice annoying. Pino would not be Pino without Yajima Akiko. Credit must also be had for Mizuuchi Kiyomitsu's handling of Iggy, for which the great android dream of electric sheep in Episode 13 would simply not have been possible.

Overall - I am going to rate this very highly among all the shows I've seen. It's certainly the most challenging title to have come out this year, and was great fun to figure out. I dare say this title will stick in my head for a long time. I want to know more about the characters and the ideas at play. I would certainly look at any sequel or offshoot that comes out of this. As a story, it was fascinating. The producers took risks with the narrative-style, and that always gets points with me -- I love shows that dare to challenge the ways we perceive stories. This meant that not all their experiments worked (one has to really ask after the cave of mole-people -- it was a giant cliche and a half), but they dared to try. More than that, they took SF cliches and reworked them into a story that was deliberately recognizable, because we didn't have to do that much legwork to understand the world at hand, and went beyond that in defying our later expectations of where the story would go.

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demonesse
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
sweet. it was a really good recap, lots of detail.. (but i wouldn't know since i can't watch any of the unsubbed stuff)

i've been reading anikimeiski's recaps as well, and both your recaps are different but i really like how yours are quite indepth.

just showing some internet appreciation.
vampyrichamster
Aug. 15th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's great to hear some feedback -- I was genuinely starting to think no one read any of this. Seriously, thanks! :)
hyluko
Aug. 16th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
So I've finally watched the 23 episodes and I'm like that @_@ since the story is quite complex! ^^;

But it was a very interesting anime in all aspects, I really like the main characters who are attaching : especially Real, Vincent and Pino, and the drawings are really beautiful ! *_* Too bad that some episodes were graphically botched up, but I guess it's not easy with the deadlines for a Tv anime. And the chara design is the great Naoyuki Onda who must be my favotite one ^_^v

I appreciate the way you can analyze in depth an anime. I guess you watch it several times before writing a review ? But this anime really deserves such attention ^^, I think I'll watch it several times to understand it better, and it may contain many hidden messages. + I'll read your previous reviews on Ergo Proxy later, it's so interesting to read other persons' point of view ^_^
vampyrichamster
Aug. 17th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
Wow, you're fast! :)

The character designs for this show were really cool. The characters themselves were also very easy to like. In spite of the botched up places, I seriously think this show had some of the best art in recent years. It's very classy. :)

Thanks for reading my reviews! It's always great to know something I said is helpful to someone else -- I usually wonder if anyone even reads all the stuff I put out. ^_^

I did actually watch Ergo Proxy episodes a few times before I wrote each review. It's a hard story to figure out, and my Japanese isn't good at all. Usually, what I do is rewind scenes I had trouble with and watch them a few times. The end result is that each review/watch takes about an hour to get right. EP is a great series because I can go back and watch the first few episodes, and suddenly find all this new stuff I didn't notice before. So I do actually watch old episodes again as well. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I really enjoyed this show! ^_^
hyluko
Aug. 17th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
I think you should link your reviews to forums dedicated to Ergo Proxy, I'm sure that there many people there will read them with great interest ;)

I usually don't watch that much anime (I rather read mangas) but if some others are of that quality I'll definitely watch them !

And yes each time that we watch the episodes we find new stuffs, it's a great anime for that too, and what a pleasure also to watch these beautiful charas ^____^
vampyrichamster
Aug. 18th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
I do lurk at some Ergo Proxy places. I think the only forum I'm watching these days is the Shinsen-Subs forum, but the people there usually scare me. :(

So far, Ergo Proxy was pretty much the best there was this year. It was the series that made me start watching anime again after quite a long time! I'm currently waiting for another show called GothicMade, which is apparently another SF story set in a matriachal society. I thought the character designs looked interesting. And there is the new Studio Ghibli film based on Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea books called Tales of Earthsea. I used to really like the books when I was younger, and this is a Ghibli film by Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro, so I'm really looking forward to it. (The link will show you a poster for this film -- the dragon looks stunning.) :)

I look forward to hearing what you have to say about Ergo Proxy, should you ever put your thoughts into writing! ^_^
hyluko
Aug. 20th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Then I haven't missed so many interesting animes, that's good to know ^^.
Thank you so much for the links, I had heard a little about Miyazaki's son's movie, I would be curious to see that ! Btw the magnificent movie Nausicaa will be projected for the first time in cinemas in France in a few days ! I'm so glad because that's my favorite movie ever ! ^_^

Talking about new animes I've watched the first episode of "Le Chevalier d'Eon" and I wasn't disappointed, even if it's far from the real history, it's promising !
vampyrichamster
Aug. 22nd, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
No, not many interesting animes. Another one that's just come up is NHK ni Youkoso. The art is cool, a bit like Samurai Champloo, if you've watched that before, and it really takes apart a lot of modern Japanese society's quirks. (I need to go look up the manga for this too!) :)

Nausicaa in France! That's exciting! I guess you've already booked tickets to go see it? I want to know what it was like! (My favourite Ghibli movie at the moment is Howl's Moving Castle -- though I honestly like too many of them at the same time.)

I've heard a little about Le Chevalier d'Eon. It certainly sounds interesting, though I admit seeing screencaps of the zombies scared me! (easily scared) I keep wondering if it'll turn out to be a horror title.
hyluko
Sep. 5th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
I finally saw Nausicaa on big screen ^_^(well not that big but anyway ^^;) Of course it was deep, beautiful and spectacular, and I like the action scenes with the magnificent giant insects ^^ It was really great to finally see that master piece in a movie theater ^^

As for Le chevalier d'Eon I've watched the first 3 episodes... and yes there are zombies (gargoyles) ^^; I'm not sure that it's a pure horror show but I still wait to see some more episodes to have an opinion on it. But I don't dislike its "gothic" side ^^

vampyrichamster
Sep. 19th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
I'm still kicking myself for not watching either Howl or Spirited Away in a cinema, but the ones I'd have access to would've been English dubbed. I'm quite the subtitle fan. :(

Good to know you finally got to see Nausicaa, though! I imagine the underground cavern must've looked beautiful on the big screen!
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