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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 ...  Keiichi Ikari 7 episodes, 2004
...  Mitsuhiro Maniwa 7 episodes, 2004
...  Keiichi Ikari 7 episodes, 2004
...  Mitsuhiro Maniwa 7 episodes, 2004
Mamiko Noto ...  Tsukiko Sagi 6 episodes, 2004
Ryûji Saikachi ...  Old Man 6 episodes, 2004
...  Tsukiko Sagi / ... 6 episodes, 2004
...  Old Man 6 episodes, 2004
...  Akio Kawazu / ... 5 episodes, 2004
...  Harumi Chono / ... 4 episodes, 2004
...  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
...  Maromi / ... 4 episodes, 2004
...  Harumi Chono / ... 4 episodes, 2004
...  Little Slugger / ... 4 episodes, 2004
...  Masami Hirukawa 4 episodes, 2004
Steven Bendik ...  Shogo Ushiyama 4 episodes, 2004
...  Yuichi Taira 4 episodes, 2004
4 episodes, 2004
Haruko Momoi ...  Maromi 3 episodes, 2004
...  Akio Kawazu 2 episodes, 2004
Akio Suyama ...  Masashi Kamei 2 episodes, 2004
...  Old Woman 2 episodes, 2004
...  Comic Hero / ... 2 episodes, 2004
...  Kamome / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Hunter Mackenzie Austin ...  Housewife A / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Jonathan C. Osborne ...  Masashi Kamei 2 episodes, 2004
...  Housewife C / ... 2 episodes, 2004
...  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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Paranoia Agent  »

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Satoshi Kon's only time directing a TV anime series. 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 AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (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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Perfect psychological thriller
30 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

When I first heard of this series, I was doubting myself whether Satoshi Kon's "Paranoia Agent" would be worth my time. I've watched "Tokyo Godfathers" and thought it was really great and touching. When I watched "Perfect Blue" I began to think what was the point of the movie... it was just about an actress suffering from hallucinations and there were many unnecessary sexual references. I thought that Satoshi Kon was just wasting his time making the anime. It was pretty pointless and too twisted.

Curious, I started to watch the first episode of "Paranoia Agent". I became interested in it after seeing how modern Japanese citizens run their own lives, while trying to deal with their own problems. The main character, Tsukiko Sagi, is the first to get attacked by Shōnen Bat (Lil' Slugger in English). Folowing next is a series of attacks, also conducted by Lil' Slugger, which are aimed at random people. The mystery here is for the police to solve and try to figure out the connections between the victims. The journey continues up until episode 13.

Viewers are also encouraged to come up with their own theories: Why is Lil' Slugger attacking the victims? Is there something deeper about this case? "Paranoia Agent" explores society issues, and also makes us question whether human emotions and psychological conditions are strong enough to create their own illusions. Is Lil' Slugger even real? Just like other Satoshi Kon films, this series also contains many symbolisms, which help us viewers to understand more about the story.

My last word is, if you like psychological thrillers, then "Paranoia Agent" is a must-watch. If you prefer lighter anime series, then don't (because this series can only be understood by more mature audience). The story may be way too complex and seem like it's going nowhere, but once you start watching it you'll become addicted and try to solve the mystery too.


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