Paradox Live the Animation

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: Paradox Live THE ANIMATION


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2023 to Dec 26, 2023
Premiered: Fall 2023
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 23:00 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: PINE JAM
Source: Mixed media
Genres: DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: MusicMusic
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.861 (scored by 77297,729 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #48602
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3734
Members: 36,158
Favorites: 421

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In a future where hip-hop reigns supreme, skilled rappers put on shows known as Phantom Lives. There they turn their powerful emotions into captivating illusions for their audiences through the usage of "Phantometal"—a material that reacts to the rapper's DNA to create the fantastic imagery. However, usage of Phantometal causes rappers to relive past traumas and painful memories in so-called Trap Reactions. Depending on the strength of the rapper's emotions, these reactions can be debilitating and even affect their psyche.

After disappearing without a trace 10 years prior, the legendary CLUB Paradox mysteriously returns to announce the start of a new Phantom Live competition called Paradox Live. With 10 billion yen on the line, four established groups—BAE, The Cat's Whiskers, cozmez, and Akanyatsura—are invited to take center stage. Though wary of the strange circumstances, each of these groups have their own reasons for throwing themselves into the competition. Unfortunately, the path to glory may be more ruthless than they could imagine.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Paradox Live the Animation is an anime adaptation that is a part of the Paradox Live mixed-media project by Avex Pictures and GCREST.

The Blu-ray was released in six volumes from December 22, 2023, to May 31, 2024.

Characters & Voice Actors


Kurashima, Youichi
Mukaitouge, Kazuki
Producer, Planning
Andou, Naoya
Director, Episode Director
Nagasaki, Yukio
Sound Director


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"RISE UP" by BAE, The Cat's Whiskers, cozmez, Akanyatsura

Ending Theme

1: "BaNG!!!" by BAE (eps 1)
2: "Every Day Every Night" by BURAIKAN (武雷管) (eps 2-6)
3: "Fadeaway" by Rooftop Friends (Shiki Andou, Nayuta Yatonokami) (屋上のトモダチ) (eps 7)


Dec 26, 2023
Paradox Live - let's set our hearts on fire with music, just don't take it literally!

If you're even a little bit interested in Japanese hip-hop, you've probably heard about such a great project as Paradox Live, aka Paralive, created jointly by Avex Pictures and GCREST recently, in 2019. The project is essentially a rap battle between members of different teams, voiced by 29 (so far) voice actors including Gakuto Kajiwara, Ayumu Murase, Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro Komado and Kousei Arima), Yusuke Kobayashi, and many others. The teams themselves, as well as their members, have their own characteristics, song styles, history, but the most important thing that ...
Oct 30, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Epic Cyberpunk Rap Battles of History.

Whenever an anime has “the Animation” as a part of its title, I immediately brace myself and assume that the anime will be bad. However, Paradox Live the Animation completely blew my expectations out of the water with its first episode.

Set in a cyberpunk future, rappers use accessories that can create almost magical illusionary phantoms linked to their emotions to enhance their performances. Unfortunately these “Phantom Metals” have the nasty side effect of subjecting the user to intense versions of their past traumas possibly destroying them psychologically.

The show follows hip-hop unit BAE made up of music lover Allen, rich ...
Jan 7, 2024
Preliminary (5/12 eps)
A promising concept, but a mediocre anime. If you are interested in the music itself (some of them were actually great), you might as well watch the past music videos from Paradox Live official YouTube channel - no need to waste time on this anime.

With high-quality character design and music already in place, the anime should have injected soul into the characters by telling great backstories - which arguably is the hardest part, of course. This show clearly fell short, trying to juggle the large number of characters (>10!) only led to flat storytelling that are difficult to empathize with. Despite a stunning ep.1, production ...

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