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Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent: Complete Collection
Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent Complete Collection
Actors: Jonathan Klein, Shz zuka, Toshihiko Seki, Mamiko Noto, Ryji Saikachi
Director: Satoshi Kon
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
NR     2005     5hr 25min

"When the darkness overcomes the heart, Little Slugger appears...." After the first victim's story, the police felt the overly stressed woman was having a breakdown and lied to cover-up for some crime. However, after the ...  more »

     
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Actors: Jonathan Klein, Shz zuka, Toshihiko Seki, Mamiko Noto, Ryji Saikachi
Director: Satoshi Kon
Creator: Satoshi Kon
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: GENEON [PIONEER]
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/05/2005
Original Release Date: 05/28/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 05/28/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 5hr 25min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 11
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Japanese, English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Off the normal path..
Acoma | 07/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's fairly rare in the Anime world when you can get a deep involving plot which is thought provoking, but not too out of whack that only the animators and writer can understand what is going on.

It doesn't have giant robots or over excited anime characters with stars shouting and dancing around. It's not that type of series. It's a story...a very good story albiet with extremly dark themes, but done tastefully enough as to use the dark imagery to get points across about the dark side of human nature without grossing out the audience or focusing in on it too much.

If you are looking for action, explosions and an exciting romp of anime this isn't it. If you are looking for intelligent anime with a good plot line and interesting character develolpment (which i must admit is rare sometimes in the anime world) then this is definately worth your money to buy."
Loved It- A Must for Satoshi Kon Fans!!!
Fletcherfan | Douglasville, GA United States | 07/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Satoshi Kon is one of the most inovative writers/directors. All it took was one viewing of the pilot episode to be hooked. I felt that the first few discs were stronger than the last two. I did especially like the "preview" at the end of the last episode. To say anymore would give away the enjoyment. I highly recommend also Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress by Kon as well."
Awesome anime (for the more mature audience)
L. Wynne | ft. lauderdale fl | 07/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"maybe the other reviewer disliked this anime because it is complex and confusing, but also compelling and mysterious, (unlike DBZ, but FLCL was veeeery unique in a good way) I highly recommend this series."
Best anime I've seen since Eva
Melkor | San Diego, CA USA | 09/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the best anime I've seen since Evangellion. Like Eva, it is difficult to talk about this anime without giving away spoilers. Sorry if my review is a little cryptic, but I don't want to spoil the show for anyone.

For anime fans out there, if you like Eva and Serial Experiments: Lain, then you should like Paranoia Agent. It reminds me a lot of Lain, except with a better thought out plot and conclusion. It reminds me of Eva because there is so much symbolism that this is a show that you'll be able to watch many times and still not catch everything.

On the surface, the show is about an inline skater who hits helpless people on the head with his crooked golden baseball bat. Soon Tokyo, and then Japan, become fearful and fascinated with the assailer. Beneath the surface, the show is about paranoia. It's about the pressure of modern life, and the mythologies we build for ourselves. It's about distinguishing between victimizing and being victimized. It's about the excuses we make for our actions. It's about being trapped when our fantasy and reality come into conflict with each other. That's about as much as I can say without spoiling the show for you.

Paranoia Agent is not a show for everyone. The themes and storylines are very adult. This is a heavy show. It can almost be excruciating at time, with the stress and paranoia it tries to instill in the viewer. Some episodes deal with issues like prostitution and suicide (in other words, this isn't a show for kids). At the same time, P.A. has its lighthearted and dark comedic moments. Still, Maromi, the big headed pink dog, is just plane creepy.

If you enjoy intelligent and challenging entertainment, then please watch this show. I only listened to the Japanese language track with subtitles, so I can't tell you if the English dub is any good. The animation is gorgeous."