Paranoia Agent (TV)

Paranoia Agent (TV) is an anime series in the Paranoia Agent franchise
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Paranoia Agent is a tale of intrigue and subtle horror, as the people of Tokyo fall prey to their own fears and nightmares.

  Detectives Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa are assigned to the case of Tsukiko Saki, the designer of a popular cute animal character in the style of Hello Kitty, who has been the victim of a vicious attack. They are not the only people on Tsukiko's trail; so, too, is tabloid journalist Akio, although he soon falls prey to the same criminal. The attacker is "Li'l Slugger," a shadowy vigilante wielding a battered metal bat (some might say, a Golden Bat), who stalks a series of victims in a dark and forbidding Tokyo. What the investigators fail to realize is that they may not be hunting a single human at all, but a complex social malaise, starting with one small exaggeration that gets progressively larger until the victims' stories of a baseball bat and golden in-line skates feed an urban myth that rampages out of control. Is the kid real, or is he called into being by the stress, unease, and sheer paranoia of living in the big city?

The first TV project from Satoshi Kon is a masterpiece of urban legend, combining the psychological knots of Kon's earlier Perfect Blue and the perverted gamesmanship of David Fincher's Se7en (1995). Kon exploits the longer running time of TV for all it's worth, setting up supposedly disconnected events that soon reveal a mortifying ripple effect. What at first seems to be a simple police procedural soon gains new complexity. The viewer's attention is drawn first to clues in the background and script, such as the relationship of character names to phases of the moon or the names of animals hidden in their names. This, too, is a red herring, as later episodes reveal PA to be an involved meditation on the futility of false hopes and sanitized dreams. As with Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress, PA often makes the entertainment industry itself the subject of its ire, with suspicious deaths at an anime studio and later satirical references to superheroics. But Kon also homes in on more general modern issues, opening with crowds of commuters in the style of Gantz, each studiously ignoring the other while yammering inanities on a mobile phone to a distant listener. Asides and moments in each episode point to a series of unseen connections between the characters in the style of Human Crossing, particularly with relation to an Internet chatroom in which three buddies make a suicide pact, only for one of them to turn out not to be a dying man, but a young girl-shades here of Hiroshi Shimizu's movie Ikinai (1998). Kon also loves postmodern angles on familiar clichés, focusing in one episode on a day in the life of a cop whose main contribution will be to apprehend a character later on. LV
Season/Ep# Name Airdate
1 - 13
The Final Episode
1 - 12
Radar Man
1 - 11
No Entry
1 - 10
Mellow Maromi
1 - 9
1 - 8
Happy Family Planning
1 - 7
1 - 6
Fear of a Direct Hit
1 - 5
The Holy Warrior
1 - 4
A Man's Path
1 - 3
Double Lips
1 - 2
The Golden Shoes
1 - 1
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Series Credits
Person Name Episode Count
Satoshi Kon
Takahiro Tanaka
Koujirou Tsuruoka
Takayuki Hirao
Shinji Hashimoto
Susumu Hirasawa
Kazuchika Kise
Rei Kawano

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Name Paranoia Agent (TV)
Name: 妄想代理人
Romaji: Mousou Dairinin
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Start Year 2004
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