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Paranoia Agent: Complete [DVD]

4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015B04R2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,227 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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'.


A psychological thriller that strives for social commentary, Paranoia Agent is an anime series from director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress). Kon makes the leap to the small screen with the same fluid professional images and mature plotlines and themes that mark his films. Utilizing an episodic structure, Paranoia Agent focuses on the attacks made by serial assaulter Shounen Bat, a mysterious adolescent who beats random victims with a baseball bat and quickly rollerskates away. As the detectives charged with investigating the Shounen Bat assaults find only confusion, the city itself threatens to explode with pent up rage, frustration and paranoia. This release contains all 13 episodes of the enigmatic and dark series. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2010
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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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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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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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