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Paranoia Agent: Complete [DVD]

Satoshi Kon    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Satoshi Kon
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Mvm
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2008
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015B04R2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,573 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All 13 episodes of the intricately plotted Japanese anime series, following two detectives on the trail of a mysterious young boy who has been attacking complete strangers with a golden bat. As the detectives investigate, they learn more about the boy's strange history. Episodes comprise: 'Enter Lil' Slugger', 'The Golden Shoes', 'Double Lips', 'A Man's Path', 'The Holy Warrior', 'Fear of a Direct Hit', 'MHz', 'Happy Family Planning', 'ETC', 'Mellow Maromi', 'No Entry', 'Radar Man' and 'The Final Episode'.

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Japanese ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Box Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Storyboards, SYNOPSIS: Then darkness overcomes the heart and Lil' Slugger appears... After the first victim's story the police felt the overly stressed woman was having a breakdown and liedi o cover up for some crime. However, after the third and fourth attacks upon unrelated victims led to the same description of a young attacker with a golden baseball bat and in-line skates, the police had to wonder: is the Lil' Slugger real or a sinister phantom? Explore a contagious madness in the first TV show directed by Satoshi Kon, the visionary director behind 'Perfect Blue', 'Millennium Actress' and 'Tokyo Godfathers'!

Episodes comprise:
1. Enter Lil' Slugger
2. The Golden Shoes
3. Double Lips
4. A Man's Path
5. The Holy Warrior
6. Fear Of A Direct Hit
7. MHZ
8. Happy Family Planning
9. ETC
10. Mellow Maromi
11. No Entry
12. Radar Man
13. The Final Episode ...Paranoia Agent - 4-DVD Box Set ( Ms dairinin )


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality bites 10 July 2010
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
With three full-length animated feature films behind him of the calibre of Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers, Satoshi Kon certainly doesn't need the length afforded by a 13 episode anime series to develop complex ideas and innovative animation techniques, but it's fascinating all the same to see the ideas and themes of one of Japan's greatest filmmakers - some indeed left-over from his earlier films - expanded across a wider range of characters in Paranoia Agent.

The underlying theme of the series becomes apparent fairly quickly, each episode focussing largely on one particular character who it becomes clear is going to be the next seemingly random victim of a mysterious baseball-bat wielding school kid on rollerblades, known as Lil' Slugger (or Shonen Bat), who has been terrorising the neighbourhood. Each of the characters, while seemingly having lives and careers to aspire to, all however have deep personal and personality problems, finding themselves cornered and only able to be released from their torment by a vicious whack across the head by the enigmatic rollerbladed assailant who corners them in an alleyway late at night. As the tagline indicates "When darkness overcomes the heart, Lil' Slugger appears".

This alone is a very entertaining concept, but there is much more to Paranoia Agent than that.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, intelligent, surrealist masterpiece! 13 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
I have just finished watching this series over three nights and am stunned at the reviewer who gave it only one star - he seems to have failed to understand the genre in every way. This is simply the most beautiful and glorious anime series that I've seen to date. To give you some idea of what to expect, this is a surrealist psycho-thriller. The surrealism is limited in the first volume but increases as the series progresses and should not be read literally. The series quickly becomes a dark satyr on the human condition and modern life, in turns uncomfortable, charming, and funny. Above all, it is thought provoking and stays with you. I should also note that for all the darkness, there seems to me to be a real affection for the human being and even a kind of optimism.

Tokyo has become the haunt of a violent attacker, a child wearing in-line skates and wielding a crooked baseball bat to brutal effect. However, as the two police detectives investigate, they are forced to question the nature of the assailant: is he real or the creation of his victim's imagination? The first episodes focus on the stories of the early victims who are all somehow connected. Then we see episodes that show how the urban legend has gained momentum and a life of its own in the city, affecting disparate lives in indirect ways. The last three episodes reveal the nature of the attacker, tell us the origins, and provide a surreal - though coherent - resolution to the story.
The animation is top-notch, the music is perfect and the character design gives the character real character. This is nothing short of a masterpiece!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranoia Agent... Watch It... 4 Jan 2009
By Spyro
Format:DVD
Okay, so finally I have got around to watching and completing this series, and I must say it was truely fantastic.

The first thing that stood out to me when I started watching this (barring the highly annoying OP) was the art. At first I really wasnt sure if I loved or hated it, and the art was infact one of the reasons I didnt watch it for a long time, however, after the first episode you come to absoloutely love the art. Its beautifully coloured, and at certain parts in the series (Towards the end around episode 10 especially) it shows some outstanding visuals. The colours are all very vibrant, and bright, which adds to the atmosphere of this show alot.

I give the sound a 9/10 because it was (although limited, and not too varied) still very good, and a brilliant cast for the voice actors. However, the 9 could drop to an 8, but I'm in a good mood after just finishing it!

The characters in this show are brilliant, they are all very well developed throughout, and you grow to love them. The only problem I had is remembering who's who (Im still bad with Japanese names...). All the same though, you really do develop a bond with the characters and your heart really goes out for them during the series. Also, although it comes under art, I feel I must mention again how beautiful they look. All the characters look unique (barring the odd 1 or 2), and they are all beautiflully animated.

As far as enjoyment goes, I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Around episodes 6-8 you discover some important parts of the story that does raise some questions, and confuse you, but I must urge anyone who watches to stick with it, and in the final 5 episodes all those quesions will be answered.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Extent of subtitling on this release
I just have a question regarding this release. How much is subtitled? I currently own four dvd's seperately and many of the signs and texts that appear throughout the series (e. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aj Walpole
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Delivery
When the package arrived the case was shattered. I mean, a crack or two is often acceptable. This case was broken to peices, I have no idea how this could have happened in transit,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael Kondratiuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A very stylish and interesting series. Kept my attention right from the intro sequence. A mixture of episodes from different points of view, kept me guessing for quite some time.
Published 13 months ago by Tenor
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and psychological.
Yet another one of Satoshi Kon's masterpieces, Paranoia Agent is the type of anime that keeps you guessing at it's mystery and intrigue. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Puzzle box
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranoia Agent Review
This is a really good anime, with a lot of adult themes that include: suicide and crime. Each episode leaves you wanting more! Read more
Published 23 months ago by VeritasOdiumParit
2.0 out of 5 stars disc 4 missing
received with two disc 3's and no disc 4-annoying mistake, I will have to return it. Hopefully this problem won't affect others as well.
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Cindy5147
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, Twisted & Refreshing
This series really left my jaw hanging; a disturbing insight into todays society and of the rules and systems we follow. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2011 by Eoghan CC
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining TV Anime
These 13 episodes focus upon individual key characters for the first seven episodes, deviate away from these for episodes 7-10, and then return to them, concluding the main story... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2011 by RA White
4.0 out of 5 stars Query
I loved this series to bits, but would like to know whether this is a dubbed version in English, as I would like to hear it in its original Japanese? Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by velvetvine
4.0 out of 5 stars more quality trippy japanese animation
I shall keep it brief and to the point.
I recommend this to anyone who likes "perfect blue" or "paprika"
Its quite a short series (13 episodes) and each show concentrates... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2010 by Mr. S. L. Castle
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