Paranoia Agent (2005)





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Dark, unsettling, and intriguing, Paranoia Agent confirms Satoshi Kon's position as one of the most interesting directors currently working in Japan. A baseball bat-wielding adolescent randomly attacks five people in Tokyo, each of whom is grappling with a serious problem. Toy designer Tsukiko endures tremendous pressure to repeat her previous success; bottom-feeding journalist Kawazu desperately needs money. Popular sixth grader Yuuichi feels threatened by the new kid in his class, the dumpy nerd Usshi. Yuuichi's tutor Harumi is a compassionate scholar by day; at night, she becomes Maria, a sleazy hooker. The seemingly purposeless violence of Lil' Slugger (originally Shounen Bat, literally "Bat Boy"), also disrupts the lives of police detectives Maniwa and Karino, and their corrupt boss Hirukawa. As he did in Perfect Blue, Kon deliberately blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy: Does Tsukikio's stuffed toy really talk to her? Which is Harumi's true personality? A noteworthy series from an important artist. This set includes all four volumes of the series. (Rated 16 and older: violence, sexual situations, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
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"I'm a loser, and this dog is a winner." "The reality is that I have no place where I am supposed to be." "Even if the world is wrong, there has to be something that is right."

Nikolaj Zbikowski
Nikolaj Zbikowski

this is one of the best shows I've seen and not just for anime. It deals with intericate themes, such as identity, sex, the interent and taps deep into our secret fear of the modern world. While I would recommend this for everyone, I'm sure there are those who won't be able to get past the fact that it's animated. Most non-anime fans lump all Anime in the Dragonball Z file and treat it like the black death.

Benjamin Gonifas
Benjamin Gonifas

see this see this see this! 'tis a brilliantly dark, metaphorical, allegorical delving into the psyche. sometimes it surprises me that it's only animation. :)

Alexander Backer
Alexander Backer

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