Ergo Proxy

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Saturday 7:00 PM Feb 25, 2006 on WOWOW
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Episode Summary

Murders are occurring across the city of Romdo, and more AutoReivs are being found infected with the Cogito virus. Re-l Mayer, an inspector from the Citizen Intelligence Bureau, is in charge of investigating these murders along with her AutoReiv partner, Iggy. While looking into these murders, Re-l comes into contact with a mysterious creature that is neither human nor AutoReiv.moreless

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  • This is the very first episode and the beginning of a great series.

    Watching the first episode of this is a waste f you don't plan to finish this series. It leaves many questions in your mind of what is going to happen. We see a plot unfold before us.

    In Romdo humans and Autoreivs or androids live together, working together but a virus is attacking these robots causing them to rampage and go against what is right and the law. Re-I is an investigator who works on these Autoreivs attacks. Also a mysterious creature named Proxy is introduced. This episode is the beginning of a great series.moreless
  • This is a very original and well written anime. I't very exciting.

    II was looking for an anime like this. This anime is a sci-fi and futuristic masterpiece. Until now every episode has something that leaves you withquestions and there is action in every single one of them. This is a well putted anime. It starts in omdo, a dome-shaped city in which humans and robots coexist. It is a “paradise where emotions are not required,” and everything is completely controlled and regulated. Re-l Mayer, a young female inspector from the Civilian Intelligence Office, is pursuing a mysterious murderer in this paradise city. A strange message heralding the “Awakening” appears in her house just seconds before she is brutally attacked by a deformed phantom.moreless
Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert


Guest Star

Doug Stone

Doug Stone

AR Disposal Unit Chief

Guest Star

Sanae Kobayashi

Sanae Kobayashi


Guest Star

Patrick Seitz

Patrick Seitz

Raul Creed

Recurring Role

Kirsten Potter

Kirsten Potter


Recurring Role

Doug Stone

Doug Stone


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The episode starts with a quotation from Michelangelo's response to Giovan Battista Strozzi's epigram for the Night Stature in the Medici Chapel.

    • The Cogito Virus (which affects AutoRievs) refers to Descartes' "Cogito ergo sum". The literal translation of this Latin is "I think, therefore I am".

    • Vincent's cereal spells the word "awakening", the title of the episode.

    • The statues in Regent Donov Mayer's chamber, Derrida, Lacan, Husserl and Berkeley, are named after famous philosophers Jacques Derrida, Jacques-Marie-Émile Lacan, Edmund Gustav Albrecht Husserl and George Berkeley .

    • Inside Regent Donov Mayer's chamber, the stature of two reclining figures on the right is based on Michelangelo's Night and Day stature placed above Giuliano di Piero de' Medici's sarcophagus in Medici Chapel, Florence. In the show, the female figure (Night) represents the voice of Lacan and the male figure (Day) the voice of Husserl. The stature on the left is based on Michelangelo's Twilight and Dawn stature placed above the sarcophagus of Giuliano di Lorenzo de' Medici in Medici Chapel. In the show, the female figure (Dawn) represents the voice of Derrida and the male figure (Twilight) the voice of Berkeley.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Iggy: (referring to Vincent) Well, did you see the way he was looking at you?
      Re-l: Oh, was he?
      Iggy: As if you didn't notice.

    • (Re-l is about to touch a piece of evidence)
      Iggy: Citation from Citizen Security Bureau: Continuation of your present action could be construed as a violation of bureau regulations.
      Re-l: Okay, okay. We've been told not to touch. We haven't been told not to look.
      Iggy: Yes, but...
      Re-l: Come on. Let's go before the creepy guys turn up.

    • Dorothy: (to Vincent) If you follow my instructions, you will be able to become a fellow citizen.
      Re-l: I wouldn't rely on an Entourage. Entourages are still Autoreivs. If you want to be a fellow citizen, you should work with humans more.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates

      United States: June 9th, 2007
      (12:00 a.m. on Fuse)

      Canada: July 26th, 2007
      (8:00 p.m. on G4)

      Australia: July 3rd, 2007
      (9:00 p.m. on ABC2)

    • Japanese title: はじまりの鼓動
      Romaji title: Hajimari no Kodou
      Alternate title: Pulse of Awakening


    • As shown in this episode, the AutoReivs are installed with a Turing application program that can be switched on and off, allowing normal human-like conversation between humans and robots. This is named after Alan Turing, who proposed the Turing test as a test of AI sentience.