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Ergo Proxy is complex sci-fi mystery of a Japanese animation, blending a mix of traditional two dimensional animation with three dimensional computer generated imagery. Its story starts within the utopian domed city of Romdeau, constructed to safeguard its residents after a planet-sweeping ecological catastrophe which occurred millennia ago. It is within Romdeau that humans and androids, known as "AutoReivs," live together in harmony. AutoReivs are programmed for various purposes, such as leisure or combat training; they also have varying degrees of cybernetic components, as some are known to bleed when injured or killed. When a series of murders sweeps through the city, perpetrated by robotic lifeforms as well as the AutoReivs infected with a virus, Romdeau is threatened with disorder. This virus, known as the Cogito Virus, lights the spark of self-awareness within automated individuals. While these murders are a surface-level issue, the government has been performing secretive experimentation upon a captured mythical creature known as a "Proxy." Proxies are described as deific in both power and lifespan and are regarded as keepers of the knowledge which will ensure that humanity goes on. Protagonist Inspector of the Citizen Intelligence Bureau, Re-l Mayer, pronounced "ree-el," is the granddaughter of Romdeau's government administrator and is investigating these murders alongside her AutoReiv companion, Iggy. It is during this investigation when Re-l encounters two unidentified and strong creatures. She soon learns that these creatures were a Proxy entity and a Russian immigrant named Vincent Law. Vincent is eventually tracked down living in a commune outside of Romdeau's walls, with the commune eventually massacred by the Security Bureau's Raul Creed. Vincent then escapes for his homeland, seeking to recover his memory. Re-l eventually reaches Vincent, curious about Proxies and the protective domes. She learns that the domes and the people within them were both created by the Proxies, with the residents serving as incubators for a special purpose. The residents of domed cities have no genetic capability to reproduce and instead are grown from artificial wombs. Further, residents are grown with a purpose in mind, there are no free births.