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Paranoia Agent 

Môsô dairinin (original title)
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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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Series cast summary:
Shôzô Îzuka Shôzô Îzuka ...  Keiichi Ikari 7 episodes, 2004
Toshihiko Seki ...  Mitsuhiro Maniwa 7 episodes, 2004
Michael McConnohie ...  Keiichi Ikari 7 episodes, 2004
Liam O'Brien ...  Mitsuhiro Maniwa 7 episodes, 2004
Mamiko Noto Mamiko Noto ...  Tsukiko Sagi 6 episodes, 2004
Ryûji Saikachi Ryûji Saikachi ...  Old Man 6 episodes, 2004
Michelle Ruff ...  Tsukiko Sagi / ... 6 episodes, 2004
William Frederick Knight ...  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 Toshihiko Nakajima ...  Masami Hirukawa 4 episodes, 2004
Makoto Tsumura Makoto Tsumura ...  Shogo Ushiyama 4 episodes, 2004
Mayumi Yamaguchi Mayumi Yamaguchi ...  Yuichi Taira 4 episodes, 2004
Carrie Savage ...  Maromi / ... 4 episodes, 2004
Erica Shaffer ...  Harumi Chono / ... 4 episodes, 2004
Sam Riegel ...  Little Slugger / ... 4 episodes, 2004
Deem Bristow ...  Masami Hirukawa 4 episodes, 2004
Steven Bendik Steven Bendik ...  Shogo Ushiyama 4 episodes, 2004
Johnny Yong Bosch ...  Yuichi Taira 4 episodes, 2004
Jonathan Klein Jonathan Klein 4 episodes, 2004
Yuri Lowenthal 4 episodes, 2004
Haruko Momoi Haruko Momoi ...  Maromi 3 episodes, 2004
Kenji Utsumi ...  Akio Kawazu 2 episodes, 2004
Akio Suyama Akio Suyama ...  Masashi Kamei 2 episodes, 2004
Hisako Kyôda ...  Old Woman 2 episodes, 2004
Patrick Seitz ...  Comic Hero / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Stephanie Sheh ...  Kamome / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Hunter Mackenzie Austin Hunter Mackenzie Austin ...  Housewife A / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Jonathan C. Osborne Jonathan C. Osborne ...  Masashi Kamei 2 episodes, 2004
Gina Grad ...  Housewife C / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Melora Harte ...  Old Woman 2 episodes, 2004


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 »


When Lil' Slugger is about to attack Hirukawa, the shot of the golden bat tip hovering over the ground features the infamous bend a lot closer to the tip than usual. See more »


Lil' Slugger: I'm home.
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Referenced in Anime Abandon: Perfect Blue (2012) See more »


Shirogaoka - Maromi no Têma
(White Hill - Maromi's Theme)
Ending theme
Lyrics, music and arrangement by Susumu Hirasawa
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An Essential Series That's Not Merely For The Anime Fanatics
22 October 2008 | by benjamin_lappinSee all my reviews

A simply stunning anime, "Paranoia Agent" is a thoughtfully thought out trip into psychosis and the darker aspects of the human psyche. With a no holds barred approach to its philosophical and occasionally violent story telling, it highlights the very best that is achievable through the medium of anime with a plot line that is as dark as it is witty and as disturbing as it is intelligent. "Paranoia Agent" is one of those few serial creations that will have you hooked from the very first episode and have your mind salivating for more once it concludes, it is supremely assured from its style to its substance and will toy with your mind in the best possible ways.

Set over thirteen episodes of crisply created animation, "Paranoia Agent" is a paranormal, psychological thriller which charts two men in the Tokyo Police Force investigated the sudden spates of attacks of members of the public by an entity known as "lil slugger". With the first attack having taken place on the creator of popular creator of the sensationally cute dog "Mamori", we discover that "lil slugger" is a metal bat waving, rollerblading teenager. As the investigation progresses and the police become more attached to the case and more victims fall at the hands of this crazed child things take a decidedly more "surreal" turn as things become complicated.

Successfully fusing style, ideas, intrigue and compelling characters, Satoshi Kon has created not just one of the best anime's in recent times, but also one of the most sublime series in recent times. "Paranoia Agent" is a powerful tour de force that will veer from moments of you scratching your head to shocking your eyes, through to putting a knife through your heart. It is a study in humanity and the human psyche, handling characters in difficult positions that would in other programmes feel contrived and forced. It stretches the boundary of its environment and the sanity of your mind as you find yourself falling as deep as the characters into this surrealistically normal construct. Satoshi Kon has not merely created something that every fan of anime must surely possess in their collection, but something that certainly deserves wider recognition and broadcasting than that what is has achieved already. This is thought provoking entertainment that rivals recent animated hits like "Broken Saints" and leaves many others reeling in its wake, but "Paranoia Agent" must be seen to be believed and understood. Rollerblades have never been so scary.

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