Anime Club: Paranoia Agent

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we have the fantastically weird Paranoia Agent.

PARANOIA AGENT

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CREATED BY: Satoshi Kon

NO. OF EPISODES: 13

GENRE: Psychological Thriller, Psychological Horror, Mystery, Satire

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: Japan

Tsukiko Sagi, a shy character designer who created the immensely popular pink dog Maromi, finds herself under pressure to repeat her success. As she walks home that night, she is attacked by an elementary school boy on inline skates. Two police detectives, Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa, are assigned to the case. They suspect that Tsukiko is lying about the attack, until they receive word of a second victim.

968full-paranoia-agent-screenshotSoon the attacker, dubbed Lil’ Slugger is blamed for a series of street assaults in Tokyo. None of the victims can recall the boy’s face and only three distinct details are left in their memories: golden inline skates, a baseball cap, and the weapon: a bent golden baseball bat. Ikari and Maniwa set out to track down the perpetrator and put an end to his crimes. Their hunt is unsuccessful, however, and the investigation eventually leads to both men losing their positions as police detectives.

I was absolutely thrilled to discover that Satoshi Kon actually developed a series rather than just a film. I was actually not sure what to think going into Paranoia Agent, as I actually had heard mixed reception. I want to say though, I was definitely not disappointed. For an older anime, which I consider anything over 10 years old, the anime style is done so well that I couldn’t be disappointed. The story is interesting enough to keep me attentive, but I didn’t think I wouldn’t be interested otherwise.24

Even though I am a huge fan of Satoshi Kon, Paranoia Agent is definitely not without fault. The pacing was incredibly slow starting out, and it took me a couple of episodes to get into the series. There were also a handful of episodes that I thought could easily have been cut. There were only a few filler episodes those.

PROS:

  • Satoshi Kon.
  • Animation style.
  • Interesting story.

CONS:

  • Pacing.
  • Filler episodes.

SCORE: 8.0 / 10

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