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  • Audio Rating: A-
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: MVM Entertainment
  • MSRP: £15.99
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy Vol. #6

By Bryan Morton     June 09, 2008
Release Date: June 09, 2008

Ergo Proxy Vol. #6
© MVM Entertainment

What They Say
Re-l, Vincent and Pino are back on Romdo to face off against the machinations set in motion by the Creator! Vincent must come to grips with who he is and what he wants to become while Re-l faces the ugly truth behind her own existence. Can these two travelers finish their journey of discovery and enlightenment or will they succumb to the malice implanted by the Creator?

Episodes Comprise
21 - Shampoo Planet
22 - Bilbul
23 - Deus Ex Machina

The Review!
The gang's journey through the wilderness has brought them back to Romdo, just in time to see utopia collapse in on itself. But what's Vincent's role in all this? Is he more human than Proxy, or has be been deluding himself? Re-l also has issues to confront as the series draws to a close...

Audio is presented in English and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1, and English DTS 5.1 tracks. I listened to the Japanese track for this review, which like the rest of the show is of very high quality - sounds and dialogue are all places extremely well, with subtle sound effects used to help boost the atmosphere of the piece. Full use is made of the available channels, and it sounds very impressive. There were no obvious encoding problems.

Video is presented in its original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect, and again has been very well done to make the series and its setting as atmospheric as possible. There's plenty of use made of dark colours, making Romdo feel as oppressive as possible, without there being any significant problems with colour banding on gradients. Ergo Proxy was made in high-definition and broadcast as such in Japan - the DVD release obviously can't capture the full details of an HD original, but this transfer does a very good job of it and is a joy to look at.

No packaging was provided with our review disc.

Menus are a simple affair, consisting of the series logo on a background that looks a lot like an interference pattern, with some images from the series just about visible behind. Direct access is provided to the episodes along with a Play All option, while submenus are available for language selection and extras. That's pretty much the ideal menu layout, and with no transition animations it's all quick & easy to use.


Content: (please note that content portions of a review will contain spoilers)
Vincent and Re-l have both left the ship on scouting missions to Romdo, leaving Pino with orders to stay there until they get back - but more time has passed now than Pino can remember, and she's decided it's time to set out on her on. Her travels bring her to the city, where it appears that all AutoReivs have been infected by the Cogito virus, and are now all stuck in a loop while they try to make sense of their new-found existences. Re-l is also in the city - it's two months now since Mosk was destroyed, and Re-l's still making sense of what's happened since then. She's learnt some tidbits from an AutoReiv disposal team she's met, of how Romdo is collapsing on itself and how Vincent has been regularly seen there in his Ergo Proxy form, and has begun to believe that all that's happening began because of her actions. Meanwhile, while investigating the death of another Proxy, Vincent meets a young woman who doesn't seem to feel any fear at seeing his Proxy form. Her name is Real Mayer - and she seems to have a connection with Daedelus.

There's a little bit of a pun going on there, about what's Real and what isn't (Re-l). They're clones of each other - for reasons unknown - but they're very different in thought processes and outlook. What they share is a key role in the events of the disc, and Vincent at different times draws strength from them both.

But then, Vincent isn't really real either - a persona for Ergo Proxy to hide behind, burying the pain of past events and himself a mirror of someone or something else. Confused yet? For once, it's a lot easier to follow if you're watching the episodes that it is reading about it - there's a logical progression to events on this disc, and while if does get into areas where you wonder what's going on, it's usually explained and by the end of the disc all my outstanding questions were answered. I joked in my review of the last volume that I was just waiting for the show to prove me wrong when I said I knew where the story was going - it didn't thankfully, but it did throw in a few unexpected little bits and pieces to keep the sense of surprise alive. I appreciate it when a series does that.

But don't be going into this disc thinking it'll be uplifting - while there is a happy ending, of sorts (more a ray of hope on the horizon), for a lot of the disc the story is knee deed in death and destruction, most of it for no good reason - with their world falling down around them, half the population of Romdo has headed for the wastelands, while those that remain have embraced violence as the city goes through its death throes. That kind of setting is never going to give you a dose of the warm fuzzies - instead, it can be positively depressing in places when added to Vincent's and Re-l's attempts to figure out their place in the new order.

There's also one little scene right at the end, just when you think the world is on the right path again, that is positively chilling and points to things not being all right. Oh, for a second season to see "what happened next". Not that we'll be getting one - this series is complete in its own right, and this volume does a stellar job of pulling any dangling plot threads together and giving them their proper resolution.

In summary:
I've been a big fan of Ergo Proxy since the first volume, and the series has never let me down. This volume continues that trend, giving the series a suitably impressive send-off and making sure that most questions you're likely to ask about the show's setting have been answered. I wish more shows were as thorough. As ever, the characters make the show and the trials that Re-l and Vincent go through provide the foundation for a very satisfying ending. As ever, highly recommended.

Japanese Language 5.1,English Language 5.1,English Language DTS 5.1,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba 37X3030DB 37" widescreen HDTV; Sony PS3 Blu-ray player (via HDMI, upscaled to 1080p); Acoustic Solutions DS-222 5.1 speaker system.


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