The second volume of Ergo Proxy shifts the main focus of the show from the conflicted Inspector Re-l onto the now-exiled immigrant, Vincent Law. So too, is the focus shifted from the domed city of Romdo and out into the surrounding wasteland. Many of the characters we've met develop new dimensions. Re-l goes to new lengths to learn the truth behind the happenings in Romdo, while Vincent becomes more hopeless and withdrawn. Pino, the infected little girl AutoReiv continues to accompany Vincent, and she adds a welcome element of wonder and innocence to the dreary setting, while her character continues to develop, becoming more human. I can't say these episodes are perfect; the series continues to be very plot-driven, so the characters are not developed as much as they could be. That being said, there are still quite a few episodes left to get to know the characters, and the plot has developed to the point where the episodes have that "potato chip" feel: once you begin, it's very difficult to stop watching. With the continually high production quality of the show, and some very surprising plot developments, especially in the last two episodes, the wait until the next four will be all the more difficult.
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