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 for the final episodes.
It is rated 18, but is not excessively violent, or graphic (a plus or a minus, depending on your taste). The main premise of the series is about how individuals perceive reality, and how myths and legends are built up from individual fantasy and mass communication... Lil' slugger is the key link between all the stories, and his character is one which builds and builds, until the final apocalyptic set-pieces of the final episode.
Satoshi Kon, a modern master of Anime and Cinema, is responsible for the creation of this television series, and like his other work, it is entertaining, thought provoking, visually sumptuous, and completely heads above anything else in this field. Comparisons with western filmmakers like David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, and David, Cronenberg can be drawn - with a similar sense of intelligence, sharp surreallity, and left-field logic - but like these director's, Kon is a unique and diverse talent.
It includes Japanese and English audio versions - with English subtitles, translated from the Japanese original.
It has a great informative and fun commentary by Satoshi Kon, and the producer, on episodes 11-13. The other DVD extras include a storyboard comparison, and initial character sketches.