The infamous Shounen Bat (Lil’ Slugger) is terrorizing the residents of Musashino City. Flying around on his rollerblades and beating people down with a golden baseball bat, the assailant seems impossible to catch—much less understand. His first victim, the well-known yet timid character designer Tsukiko Sagi, is suspected of orchestrating the attacks. Believed only by her anthropomorphic pink stuffed animal, Maromi, Tsukiko is just one of Shounen Bat’s many victims.
As Shounen Bat continues his relentless assault on the town, detectives Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa begin to investigate the identity of the attacker. However, more and more people fall victim to the notorious golden bat, and news of the assailant begins circulating around the town. Paranoia starts to set in as chilling rumors spread amongst adults and children alike.
Will the two detectives be able to unravel the truth behind Shounen Bat, or will the paranoia get to them first? – My Anime List
Based on 23 review scores:
With strong production and direction at its forefront, Paranoia Agent is a series that easily stands out with a story and message whose execution is out-of-the-ordinary, but not entirely too hard to grasp when you just sit down, watch and enjoy. Highly recommended for any anime fan.
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I can’t recommend Paranoia Agent highly enough. It is a suspenseful drama that rewards the viewer who is intelligent enough to follow its complexities and mature enough to not expect a lot of action. Satoshi Kon’s next film, Paprika, is supposed to hit America in early 2007, and I can’t wait. So far, the man has batted a thousand, and Paranoia Agent is no exception.
The animation is beautiful, the sound is fitting, the characters are realistic and deep, and there is no reason you shouldn’t watch this. If you are looking for something with character, that will challenge your mind more than mindless ecchi crap, check this one out.
At thirteen episodes long, Paranoia Agent doesn’t overstay its welcome. It’s certainly possible that the Satoshi Kon and his team could have carried the series further and it probably would have still been as enthralling as the previous episodes, but by the time the last few episodes roll around viewers will have all the necessary pieces in order to understand the conclusion. Paranoia Agent doesn’t take a terribly long time to watch, tough it does require viewers to pay attention to details. Because of its mysterious nature, the series isn’t exactly straightforward and requires some patience out from viewers. That said, the story rarely becomes or repetitive so things remain relatively fast-paced. The final wrap-up is a bit confusing and some minor elements are left open-ended, but the story as a whole is genuinely thought-provoking and the characters believable. All of this adds an extra level of depth and realism without sacrificing creativity – something that many other series try but ultimately fail to pull off successfully.
With all that said, Paranoia Agent is an eerie series. The show lives up to its name and it’s psychological elements are thought-provoking. The animation is fantastic, and the music is superb. The characters are very interesting despite a few storytelling hiccups. Despite all this, this is a must-see but it may not be for everyone so be on your guard.
Conclusion: another must see anime.
It’s still an unique little series, both thematically and visually, with enough bits of psychological horror in its mystery to make it worth working into your month’s festivities.
Not good at all I hated this show from the very first episode I mean come on a kid with a bat how could you be scared of that and he is on rollerblades which makes him even less scarier because just trip him up and he is completely helpless and about the episodes a guy going around stilling money and making little girls call him daddy it’s just retarded and a Japan cop is killed by a kid with a weird bat and an rollerblades that is really illogical and people trying to kill themselves and failing that’s just bad scripting especially when the kid runs away from them why would he do that he’s trying to kill them.
Combine all these facts together and you have one of the most unique experiences in anime to date. You can tell very easily that Kon was behind it because it has his name written all over it. It’s skillfully and masterfully directed, and told, and it’s detailed to no end. Truly a show one can recommend to another without fear of shame. It has some minor violence, and some suggestive material, but I would not go so far as to rate it R. My personal recommendation would be an age limit of about 15 to 16 years.
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Paranoia agent is very well done and disturbingly bizarre. Much of this is thanks to the storytelling method. Rather than focus on one particular character or merely provide an omnipotent viewpoint, Paranoia Agent shifts between point of view characters and subjects viewers to each of their delusions (and some of these POV characters are very sick people). This is a wonderful way of story telling, facilitating for excellent character development, progressing the viewer through a wide range of emotions, and allowing for an evolving sense of humor (ranging from lighthearted to very morbid) as we move through each character’s delusions. It also makes this anime incredibly weird and this is accentuated by Susuma Hirasawa’s excellent soundtrack.
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.
The overall explanation for the whole premise behind the show was lacking. It had a lot of subtle hints and ideas that were prevalent in the beginning that showed the writers had a good idea of where they were going, but it seemed by the end that they were really just making it up as they went. The beginning was very sound, coherent, and held one cleverly devised plot line between several seemingly unrelated characters, but half-way through, that plot line mostly vanished and did not really develop or really resurface again. The show seemed to just end up with Shounen Bat being the antagonist and a mass murderer rather than a clever and somewhat principled character that the beginning hinted him to be. The resolution seemed to be very unimaginative also. It looked like there was a very great amount of thought and a very deep plot in the beginning, but it ended up being very short sighted and uninteresting making the entire story apart from the existence of one character of any value to the plot whatsoever.
Paranoia Agent is a great work that exemplifies many of the things that make Kon Satoshi’s anime so wonderful. While far from being his best work, it is more than satisfactory and a great choice if you want to have your mind screwed with. Despite the convoluted plot, we are given just enough answers to important questions to make the ending decent. Kon fans will love it, and it’s worth seeing for everyone else.
The show really is a hit or miss for some people, you’ll love it or hate it. I loved it, but if you don’t love a spontaneous and crazy plot, this show isn’t for you.
It really is an unpredictable show down to the ending. The author definitely had an original idea with this one.
Very good mystery, paranormal, thriller anime. One of the most unusual and better ones out there
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I highly reccomend watching this series simply because it will definitely be a different experience that you should see for yourself. With the outrageous plot twists and holes in some parts, the story does have a few problems overall. Like I said way back in the beggining the story starts out fine then it takes a serious turn for the surreal so take that however you may but I highly recommender this to anyone who doesn’t mind a crazy mind trip of “Alice in Wonderland” proportions.
Overall, I’d say this show is decent. If you’re into weird things for the sake weirdness, this here is for you. It definitely has a theme and mood of its own and will always be one-of-a-kind. If you do decide to give Paranoia Agent a go, I would recommend not going in having expectations. Also, be sure to watch to the end. Even if you have to skip a few episodes to get there, the end is worth seeing after some build up.
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Every episode presented different stories, each with different characters who were connected in some way. All of them were victims of Shounen Bat. I wasn’t able to follow at first and there were moments in the earlier episodes that I found myself asking, “What the heck’s happening again?” I was almost getting tired of hearing shounen batto this, shounen batto that… But when I was halfway through, the stories grew more intriguing and I’d finally gotten the hang of the weirdness of the show.
This is an anime that will not spoon feed the viewer answers, but is much easier to understand then say a Serial Experiments Lain. This was a brilliant story depicting mass media and social commentaries. However, the hard to follow plot from episode to episode remains an issue as some events could have nothing to do with overarching events or the end game.