Ranked #346

Paprika

Alternative Titles

English: Paprika
Japanese: パプリカ

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 25, 2006
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 8.161 (scored by 75,311 users)
Ranked: #3462
Popularity: #287
Members: 128,018
Favorites: 1,342
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Synopsis

In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the "DC Mini" it is able to act as a "dream detective" to enter into people's dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. Before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such advanced psychiatric technology, one of the prototypes is stolen, sending the research facility into an uproar. In the wrong hands, the potential misuse of the device could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer's personality while they are asleep. Renowned scientist, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, enters the dream world under her exotic alter-ego, code name "PAPRIKA," in an attempt to discover who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Paprika
Paprika
Main
Hayashibara, Megumi
Japanese
Hayashibara, Megumi
Chiba, Atsuko
Chiba, Atsuko
Main
Hayashibara, Megumi
Japanese
Hayashibara, Megumi
Konakawa, Toshimi
Konakawa, Toshimi
Main
Ootsuka, Akio
Japanese
Ootsuka, Akio
Tokita, Kosaku
Tokita, Kosaku
Main
Furuya, Toru
Japanese
Furuya, Toru

Staff

Kon, Satoshi
Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Minakami, Seishi
Minakami, Seishi
Script, Screenplay
Hirasawa, Susumu
Hirasawa, Susumu
Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Composition, Music

Opening Theme

"Mediational Field" by Susumu Hirasawa

Ending Theme

白虎野の娘 (Byakkoya no Musume) by Hirasawa Susumu
"Byakkoya (白虎野)" by Susumu Hirasawa



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Washi
Aug 6, 2007
Paprika, Satoshi Kon’s (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers) latest movie, is a whimsical and imaginative journey into the concept of dreaming. As with each of his productions, Paprika is a distinctly unique and fresh film, while also retaining tones of Satoshi Kon’s usual quirkiness and style. While this is a film that revolves around exploration into the farthest reaches of human subconscious, it has traded the introverted and claustrophobic psychological tension seen in Perfect Blue for a decidedly free and open approach to the human mind, fitting with the theme of the limitless expanse of dreaming. This gives it a more relaxed and fun read more
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judojon
Jun 25, 2013
Satoshi Kon was among the best directors in the medium of anime until his unfortunate and untimely death in 2010. His blending of realistic character designs and settings with Lynchian surrealism created visual experiences unlike anything anime had produced before. Beautiful and haunting dreamscapes that unraveled the human psyche both literally and figuratively. A great example is his last work; the strange, dense, and insanely inventive Paprika.

Adapted from a novel of the same name by science fiction author Yautaka Tsutsiu, Paprika takes Kon's mind-bending style and applies it quite literally to the plot. The story takes place in the near future, where a remarkable device read more
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Venneh
Jan 11, 2008
Title: Paprika

Novel, Movie: Paprika is based off of the novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui, which was serialized in the Japanese women's magazine Marie Claire in 1993.

The movie itself came out in Japanese theatres in November of 2006, and was animated by Studio Madhouse (famous for Death Note and Paranoia Agent, another one of Satoshi Kon's works) and directed by Satoshi Kon (famous for Paranoia Agent and Tokyo Godfathers). It received a limited run in theatres Stateside in May of 2007 courtesy of Sony Pictures, and was released on DVD in November of 2007.

Story: The story revolves around a device called the read more
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slpless
Jul 4, 2008
I’m a big fan of Satoshi Kon’s work, so when I heard that Paprika was showing at the Chicago Film festival nearly 2 years ago I had to go no matter what. So there I was with a fever, headache, and doing my best to hold back my coughing. After watching, I kind of wished I had stayed in bed. Perhaps it was due my illness but after a re-watching it I still share the same sentiments I had nearly 2 years ago.

Those familiar with Satoshi Kon’s work should know he likes to blend reality and illusion. Paprika was no exception, read more
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Both Paranoia Agent and Paprika probe the power of man made illusions and how these affect reality to the point of merging with it. Paranoia Agent contradicts linear modes of story telling as the series progresses while Paprika is deliberately oneiric from the start. The artwork is similar and Satoshi Kon's trademarks are very visible in the way PA and Paprika push the limits of animation in general. Image surpasses the role of medium and becomes an experimental endeavour of psychological valence: PA and Paprika offer this autonomy of imagery without compromising a highly complex exploration of what it is that shapes and defines  read more 
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Paprika has the same dream-like funkiness that it seems only Japanese anime can pull off. A fun watch with great animation. 
reportRecommended by 2many_animes
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Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers) seems to maintain a underlying theme in his films. The psychological - reality versus dreamworld plot lines are richly detailed and keep views guessing at every scene change. We'll see if his upcoming "all-ages" film (Dreaming Kids?) continues to follow this 'what is reality?' concept. 
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