Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.
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Shôzô Îzuka ...
 Keiichi Ikari (7 episodes, 2004)
Toshihiko Seki ...
 Mitsuhiro Maniwa (7 episodes, 2004)
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 Keiichi Ikari (7 episodes, 2004)
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 Mitsuhiro Maniwa (7 episodes, 2004)
Mamiko Noto ...
 Tsukiko Sagi (6 episodes, 2004)
Ryûji Saikachi ...
 Old Man (6 episodes, 2004)
Michelle Ruff ...
 Tsukiko Sagi / ... (6 episodes, 2004)
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 Old Man (6 episodes, 2004)
Doug Stone ...
 Akio Kawazu / ... (5 episodes, 2004)
Kotono Mitsuishi ...
 Harumi Chono / ... (4 episodes, 2004)
Daisuke Sakaguchi ...
 Shonen Bat (4 episodes, 2004)
Toshihiko Nakajima ...
 Masami Hirukawa (4 episodes, 2004)
Makoto Tsumura ...
 Shogo Ushiyama (4 episodes, 2004)
Mayumi Yamaguchi ...
 Yuichi Taira (4 episodes, 2004)
Carrie Savage ...
 Maromi / ... (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Harumi Chono / ... (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Little Slugger / ... (4 episodes, 2004)
Deem Bristow ...
 Masami Hirukawa (4 episodes, 2004)
Steven Bendik ...
 Shogo Ushiyama (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Yuichi Taira (4 episodes, 2004)
(4 episodes, 2004)
Haruko Momoi ...
 Maromi (3 episodes, 2004)
Kenji Utsumi ...
 Akio Kawazu (2 episodes, 2004)
Akio Suyama ...
 Masashi Kamei (2 episodes, 2004)
Hisako Kyôda ...
 Old Woman (2 episodes, 2004)
Patrick Seitz ...
 Comic Hero / ... (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Kamome / ... (2 episodes, 2004)
Hunter Mackenzie Austin ...
 Housewife A / ... (2 episodes, 2004)
Jonathan C. Osborne ...
 Masashi Kamei (2 episodes, 2004)
Gina Grad ...
 Housewife C / ... (2 episodes, 2004)
Melora Harte ...
 Old Woman (2 episodes, 2004)
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Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

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This series is shown on satellite networks in Japan as it was deemed unsuitable for prime time network television. See more »

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When Ikari notices Hirukawa on the swing, the coat he holds switches arms several times. See more »

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Lil' Slugger: I'm home.
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #34.4 (2005) See more »

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Shirogaoka - Maromi no Têma
(White Hill - Maromi's Theme)
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Lyrics, music and arrangement by Susumu Hirasawa
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dark and psychological
23 February 2005 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

I saw the Japanese audio version with English subtitles.

This is definitely a series for mature audiences. It's not afraid to go into unhappy situations and unpleasant characters, and show people battling with their various dysfunctions. Very psychological and surreal. If you've never seen Satoshi Kon's other works before, be prepared to initially go "What the...?". (Actually, I was still saying that more than halfway through this series, but that didn't stop me from watching it almost completely straight through.)

Satoshi Kon has a distinctive style of delving into people's heads and meshing reality with fantasy. After first viewings of his works, I always get the feeling I'm going to have to go back several times and figure out everything I didn't catch.

On the whole, this series is very deep and dark, but there are many humorous moments. Some of the episodes depart from the "main" characters and go off in really creative directions. It's not the best series I've ever seen, and it's certainly not for everyone, but it's good. If you are looking for something really different and are up for the mental stimulation, this is it.


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