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Japanese: パプリカ
English: Paprika
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 25, 2006
Licensors: Manga Entertainment
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, Award WinningAward Winning, FantasyFantasy, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.041 (scored by 278399278,399 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #5862
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #404
Members: 551,824
Favorites: 4,879

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The world of dreams can be an incredible window into the psyche, showing one's deepest desires, aspirations, and repressed memories. One hopeful tech lab has been developing the "DC Mini," a device with the power to delve into the dreams of others. Atsuko Chiba and Kosaku Tokita have been tirelessly working to develop this technology with the hopes of using it to deeply explore patients' minds and help cure them of their psychological disorders.

However, having access to the deepest corners of a person's mind comes with a tremendous responsibility. In the wrong hands, the DC Mini could be used as a form of psychological terrorism and cause mental breakdowns in the minds of targets. When this technology is stolen and people around them start acting strangely, Atsuko and Kosaku know they have a serious problem on their hands. Enlisting the help of Officer Konakawa, who has been receiving this experimental therapy, they search both the real and dream worlds for their mental terrorist.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Paprika was director Satoshi Kon's last feature film before his death in 2010. It won several awards around the world, including the Tokyo Anime Award for Best Music in 2007, the Newport Beach Film Festival for best animated feature film in 2007, and the Feature Film Award in the 12th Animation Kobe Awards in 2007.

A live action adaptation was planned with Wolfgang Petersen (The Never Ending Story, Troy), but the project appears to have been scrapped.

Characters & Voice Actors


Maruta, Jungo
Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Katou, Michiya
Episode Director, Director of Photography


Opening Theme

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"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


Apr 11, 2024
Honestly, this movie wasn't all that bad. I thought the story didn't make any sense at some points during the movie but I really could care less, the animation was amazing, the soundtrack was perfect, and I thought the characters we're all pretty fun and enjoyable, I thought the environments in the movie looked really interesting it sort of reminded me of Akira. Overall I'd rate this movie a low but solid 8 some of it felt really slow at times but for the most part the whole movie was fast paced and overall just an enjoyable watch if you aren't trying to pay attention ...
Jul 21, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Yeah I had high expectations for this, specially after the masterpiece that is Perfect Blue by Satoshi Kon, I went in expecting another great character study but ended getting a very averagely executed movie of what could've been a thousand times better. To kick things off I had such a hard time connecting with any of the characters everyone seemed not even mildly interesting to me. Don't get me wrong the idea behind this and the premise was so smart, but I feel like it didn't get the runtime it deserves and especially after seeing multiple brain fucks this didn't hit as hard, I won't ...
Feb 26, 2023
I normally wouldn’t write anything so negative about any anime because there is so much hard work that goes into it, but I picked Paprika to watch with my girlfriend (who is already lukewarm towards anime) in an attempt to show her a more mature side to the medium. I was expecting something Bladerunner-esque, and while what we got was quite unique, large portions of Paprika were kind of like watching Looney Tunes if it didn’t have any comedy.
The script content, and dreamworld happenings quickly became so nonsensical that I was embarrassed to show it to her, she fell asleep about halfway through, and I ...

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So, who killed the victim in that homicide case?
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What's the movie Konakawa watch at the end of the movie ?
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