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Paranoia Agent - Sayonara Maromi (Vol. 4)
Paranoia Agent - Sayonara Maromi
Vol. 4
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2005     1hr 15min

The Lil's Slugger epidemic runs rampant in Tokyo while Umaniwa researches Tsukiko's childhood and discovers the disturbing origins of Maromi! However, before he can do anything, he is attacked by a giant Lil' Slugger! So...  more »


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Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Animated,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/10/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Promise and premise fulfilled
Terry Dawson | Appleton, WI USA | 05/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Satoshi Kon's 13 episode series comes to a satisfactory conclusion, weaving the final story from several characters introduced in the first few episodes. Along the way, Kon gives at least a passing node to most of the major characters.

How you view the series overall will depend on your taste and point of view. What appears to some as meandering and unfocussed can appear to others as a real tour de force. The series comprises a variety of animation styles and even narrative styles. It was always a bit of a hodge-podge: Kon said at the start that he wanted to use a number of ideas that had come up during his feature films but that did not fit into the narratives. The series form gave him a great opportunity, as some episodes seem to digress, illustrating a point rather than moving the overall narrative forward. Nevertheless all the stories carry the common thread, and in the final analysis the work stands as a unified whole. The overall form becomes one of a themed anthology.

That being said, the end of the series on this volume is strong. Once I started watching, it was hard to stop. The storytelling is compelling, and the animation was well done in a variety of styles, the two-dimensional world being particularly enjoyable. There's intelligently-written action along with moments of fear, humor and pathos. The commentary track by creator-director Kon, along with the screenwriter and producer, is frosting on the cake. Overall, this disk and this series demonstrate again why Kon is one of the greatest animators out there."
Opening Credits Do It All
C. Chow | Leesburg VA | 08/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"`Paranoia Agent' defies most of conventional anime. No giant robots, big guns, or girls with blue hair. It takes place in present day Tokyo and revolves around the lives of everyday workers. It is also unique for being an anthology.

`Paranoia Agent' is not based around the conflict of heroes and villains. It depends mostly on style. The opening credits are arguably the most memorable in anime history. We see our many characters standing in the midst of a disaster, flood, fire, earthquake, nuclear bombing. However they are all laughing uncontrollably in an insane manner, as to make us think that these characters may have come to except the horror of their lives.

The plot: Unlike most anime series `Paranoia Agent' is an anthology, each episode seems to exist on its own, in that we are introduced to new characters whose stories begin and end with that episode, an anthology. The stories are all related in the sense that each of our characters lives in modern day Tokyo and is having trouble in life, generally work related. They all end up being attacked by boy in roller blades, Little Slugger.

The stories are very entertaining in a dark comedy way, from a sleazy reporter who owes money to the mob, a school girl by day and prostitute by night, an anime production team that's behind schedule, friends that keep failing in their many attempts to commit suicide. Little Slugger attacks them all.

As the show progresses, so does Little Slugger. It becomes quite obvious that he is super natural. It also becomes quite obvious that `Paranoia Agent' has absolutely no intention of wrapping things up or ever explaining the truth about Little Slugger or any of the bizarre events. And it doesn't.

I couldn't see this series going on any longer and it's nice they ended it after 13 episodes allowing us to remember it fondly.

`Paranoia Agent' works mostly because of its style. The animation and directing are great. It also works because of its very entertaining stories, as short as they might be.
Brillant Anime That is Misunderstood
silentsith6 | Orlando,FL USA | 05/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have collected the whole PA series and I have to say it is one of the most ground breaking animes out there right now this Volume was excellent the series ended somewhat how I expected but there was so much to follow until the very end I love this show and I hope it does well when they broadcast it here in America though your average tv viewer might not understand everything it takes multiple viewing to fully understand Paranoia Agent but Man Is It Worth It."
Thank you Satoshi Kohn, its been a wonderful ride
S. J. Murdoch | Seattle WA, USA | 05/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Since december, paranoia agent has had me wrapped around the tightly woven story. Ive seen all the events and tragedys in this series. Now, it is finnaly at an end. In the last disk, we wrap up the story, and find out the true nature of lil slugger. This disk might not be as creepy or disturbing as the others, but acomplishes its task at hand remarkably. This is a great finish. Some people might not understand what he was trying to say, but search deep and the answer is clear. A grwat feature on this dvd is the commentary by creator Satoshi Kohn. I recomend seeing the other disks of the series first, but dont to get the final masterpiece of this epic series.

Thank you Satoshi Kohn, its been a wonderful ride