English: Paranoia Agent
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 3, 2004 to May 18, 2004
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.771 (scored by 42183 users)
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drama horror mystery psychological
SynopsisAn elementary school kid dubbed with the title "shounen bat" or "lil slugger" has been going around attacking people with his bent, golden bat. Now, two detectives are investigating so they can stop this kid from making any more attacks, but they will find out soon enough... that this case is much more than they expected.
Characters & Voice Actors
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
Paranoia Agent is very different from any of your average anime. It can also be pretty hard to keep track of, and there are some parts that are very... strange. The anime could also sometimes be trippy and disordered and also be labeled as creepy. In MY opinion I do not believe it was scary, but as a warning you should be prepared for creepy things.
If you ever watch Hell girl (Jigoku Shoujo) its something like that. There are a whole bunch of one shots but eventually they come together (sort of). A boy, Shounen bat in subtitles and lil slugger in dubbed, goes around with a golden bat and roller skates and attacks people. There is something strange about him though. He can walk through walls and change his appearance. You can immediately tell that this no normal case, and the more they search the more confusing it gets. You need to wait until the last few episodes before you can piece everything together. I did find some of the one shots to be boring or repetitive, but the repetitive is part of the plot. Overall I give the story a 7/10
I can say that I LOVED the art. The art looks more realistic than your "giant eye" anime characters. There are some...characters with "ugly looks". Some can have a really plump look, other can have ridiculous looking faces with huge lips. The art is often where the anime gets trippy. The art in my opinion has a "dull" look. Its not colorful, but its not boring either. I give the art a 9/10
There isn't much to say about the sound. Some of the voices didn't really match the characters, but most of them did. The background music did a good job, making me feel suspenseful and on the edge of my seat. I can't really say more, so I give the sound a 8/10
The characters were...strange. Each with a different personality. There are a few characters in my opinion that really...disturbed me, I guess you can say. The way they acted or talked or looked just didn't seem right. I don't want to write much about them because it will lead to spoilers, but I'll say this. Every character is unique and if you don't like the episode, just keep watching it because just like the characters every episode is unique. I give it a 7/10
I really loved this anime. It gave me anxiety, but was worth it. There is an episode somewhere in the middle that will make you go like "Am I watching the same anime?" Don't worry. You are, but it did throw me off track, but after a while you will find out everything. This earned a 8/10
I really cant say more. BUT I will recommend doing this. Watch the opening, and think. Did you like the song? What about the lyrics to the song? Did you enjoy the creepiness of the characters laughing (yes they are laughing)? What about the art and the characters? Did you like it? If you loved the opening then I really recommend you to watch the anime because I think it did a great job at portraying the anime. So overall I give this anime a 8/10 read more
Title: Paranoia Agent
Anime: The animation production for Paranoia Agent was done by Madhouse (famous for work on Death Note and Paradise Kiss), and was directed by Satoshi Kon (famous for Perfect Blue and Paprika). It aired on Japanese television from February 2nd, 2004 to May 18th, 2004. Geneon (soon to be defunct) licensed it Stateside, and the fourth and final volume was released May 10th, 2005. The dubbed version also had a run on Adult Swim, the first of which began on May 28th, 2005, and an encore run on June 6th, 2006.
Story: The first episode kicks off with character designer (Sugi) being pressured to follow up on her first hit and dealing with creative block. On her way home, she runs into an older woman rummaging through garbage and who randomly disappears -- never a good sign, especially in a Satoshi Kon work. Things get progressively creepier from there, culminating in her getting beat over the head by some random elementary school punk on gold skates with a bent bat, which draws suspicion from the detectives investigating the case. Soon, others are attacked in the same way and give the same description of the kid, who is dubbed "Shounen Bat" (Bat Boy in English, but I prefer Shounen Bat, personally :P).
From there, a different director takes the helm each episode, and the episodes become self-contained one-shots that focus on a different victim of Shounen Bat. Each of the episodes are, for the most part, self-contained, but, at the same time, link together (oxymoronic, I know) in the tiniest, subtlest ways to become a part of the larger series. It's only in the last third or so of the series that episodes actually pick up where they left off the last time and connect to each other. And each of the victims have one major common factor (but I can't tell you that, because it would spoil the series for you), but connect to each other in smaller, subtler ways.
This story is nothing short of phenomenal. You'll be on the edge of your seat as you watch each victim's story unfold, wait for the inevitable attack, and watch the mystery of Shounen Bat unfold.
Just be warned, though: this is classic Kon, which means there's going to be blurring between fantasy and reality, the occasional trippiness, and psychological problems. I think this is Kon Lite, though (then again, I may have just gotten used to his works).
WARNING: There's a bit of sex and nudity in here, and some trippiness, but, as I said before, it's nothing, compared to his other works. Still, nice to know that it's there.
Art: Madhouse's realistic style fits this production to a tee. They tend to use darker colors and shades, except for when they use brighter hues, usually to a darker effect (yes, I know it's oxymoronic, work with me here).
But remember how I said that directors changed each episode? Well, this applies to the art directors, too; this results in a subtle changing of styles each episode that affects what each director most wants to get across, while still remaining Madhouse's trademark realistic style. Art directors can even change several times within an episode, which makes for some interesting style changes.
Music: Satoshi Kon almost never does a work without Susumu Hirasawa, and this is where the latter has a chance to shine. The OP is absolutely eerie, and sets the tone for the series perfectly, and the ED manages to make bright music seem like the damn creepiest thing ever. The music for the series alternates between these two extremes, but it never gets old. The ED (which is also the theme for one of the series' main characters) and the theme for Shounen Bat will never fail to send shivers running up and down your spine.
Length: Perfect. If it were any longer, it would've started to drag, but if it were shorter, they probably wouldn't have been able to tie everything together like they did. The length allows for the perfect exploration of each victim, and for the larger mystery to unfold like it does.
Seiyuu: No particular standouts or any seiyuu that I recognize, really. Overall, good job.
Overall: A Kon work, through and through, with a phenomenal story and amazing art, all because of the changing directors.
This is one of the anime that I believe you must see at least one episode of before you die. So go watch it already!
Overall: 46/50; 92% (A) read more
Another one of Satoshi Kon's masterpieces that uses a lot of the same animation style as Paprika!
Deeply Psychological, excellent and creative action, same studio.
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 reality.
Both are directed by Satoshi Kon, both can mess with your mind.
Same man behind the anime's and they're both psychological. Lots of jaw dropping moments where u'll think "What the HELLLL???!!" but in a good mind flexing way
In both delusions merge with reality
Both have twists that will make make you think, "what the hell is going on?"
This recommendation is rather pointless. Same creators and genre. Both are great.
The surrealism and they are both detectives, the same psychodelic atmosphere and the same conclusion in the end.
It's the same director, but it also has the same colorful, almost nonsensical feel to it.
Satoshi Kon, similar visuals and both have an amazing soundtrack. Similar atmosphere, both portray a merging of the surreal with the real.
Both are Madhouse, Satoshi Kon anime with media-making characters, haunted by their own guilt.
Very similar plot development. Both are psychological
Perception and reality: the divergence between what one perceives and what might exist is at the heart of both series. Paranoia Agent follows a more psychological approach to unravel the relation between these vectors while Serial Experiments Lain has a more philosophical take. It is likely that those who enjoy abstract deconstructions of identity will appreciate these exercises in surreal existentialism that are Lain and Paranoia Agent.
Paranoia Agent has the same psychological feel that makes you think, but doesn't become apparent until later episodes. But if you are looking for something more rooted in a "whodunit" fashion, this is for you.
Both are heavily psychological and philosophical (Lain is more philosophical than Paranoia Agent) with mysterious circumstances and great characters (or for Lain, character).
In the way of complexity and how both deals with the psyche of society.
Both series focus heavily to the cerebral side of storytelling. The power of the mind, and how it can invade the real world in very dark ways. Symbolic and allegoric in nature, both Lain and Agent are exceptional visual treats as well as very thought-provoking and intelligently written. If you enjoy cartoons that make you think-- and more importantly, if you enjoyed Paranoia Agent-- you'll owe it to yourself to give Serial Experiments Lain a viewing. Or three.
It's all about human spirit/soul & The Net, but:
Paranoia Agent has more fragmented structure, often going sideways to tell your almost unrelated story just to keep with overall crazy style;
and just playing with questions about spirit/soul, never getting serious; while
Serial Experiments Lain has more solid structure, always staying on the way, with every episode submerging you deeper into the story;
and not answering any question about spirit/soul, but makes you think about those questions yourself.
If you're looking for amazing psychological anime; these two are among my favourites
The series both feature some really trippy/terrifying sequences, a dark atmosphere, and a plot that the viewer will have to think a lot about, not to mention that the power of the media is an important element in both.
Both Paranoia Agent and Serial Experiments Lain are thought provoking and leave a lot to the viewer to interpret, and both have stunning visual styles and interesting plot decisions, although lain is a bit more abstract than that of Paranoia Agent.
The art styles are very similar, and both shows revolve around dark, subversive presentation. Both shows are tonally very similar, but Lain has more cyberpunk elements, while Paranoia Agent has a heavier focus on individual character's stories.
Opening Theme"Yume no Shima Shinen Kouen/Dream Island Obsessional Park (夢の島思念公園)" by Susumu Hirasawa
Ending Theme"Shiroi Oka - Maromi no Theme" by Susumu Hirasawa
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