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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
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Erica Shaffer ...  Harumi Chono / ... 4 episodes, 2004
Sam Riegel ...  Little Slugger / ... 4 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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28 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Satoshi Kon's only time directing a TV anime series. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Yume no Shima Shinen Kôen
(Dream Island Obsessional Park)
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Lyrics, music and arrangement by Susumu Hirasawa
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Perfect psychological thriller
30 January 2006 | by sai_hikarushindoSee 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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