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Paranoia Agent: Complete Box Set

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  • Actors: Shôzô Îzuka, Toshihiko Seki, Michael McConnohie, Liam O'Brien, Mamiko Noto
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Unknown
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Geneon (Pioneer)
  • Release Date: July 5 2005
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B0009RQS7I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,943 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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"Paranoia Agent" is simply one of the best "serious" anime series out there. It revolves around a string of crimes reportedly committed by a youngster named "Lil' Slugger" which leads on to a very imaginative and at times disturbing story and critic of our modern society: the power of medias and rumours, our tendency to escape reality (in order to avoid it), the immense social pressures we all have to endure, the hardships involved in coming to terms with ourselves, etc.

While there are main characters (namely the police officers and some "victims") that form the core of the series and participate in the overarching story (the investigation led by the officers to understand who/what is "Lil' Slugger"...), each episode revolves mainly around different characters and their specific story. The approach is in a sense the popular and very effective method of "theme and variations". There are plenty of mysteries, rebounds, ambiguities (and answers!), funny moments, etc. I felt the overall expressionnistic quality of the animation, while subtle, deserves mention.

After seeing so many other great projects from Satoshi Kon, I couldn't resist getting this series which of course deals with his main recurring themes, e.g. the conflict (and sometimes lack of differentiation) between reality and fiction, the psychological effects of such conflicts, etc. Thus, it is highly recommended!

For those out there who think Japanese animation is ALL about brainless entertainment and sometimes all-too-clear-and-over-the-top moralization (God and fans only know how many there are...), I challenge you to watch this masterpiece and not to question yourself thereafter on our modern world.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa0076a5c) out of 5 stars 48 reviews
58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa070c5e8) out of 5 stars Off the normal path.. July 20 2005
By Acoma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa070c63c) out of 5 stars Loved It- A Must for Satoshi Kon Fans!!! July 25 2005
By Fletcherfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa070ca74) out of 5 stars "A makeshift salvation is nothing but deception" June 3 2008
By trashcanman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
At it's basest level; "Paranoia Agent" is the story of a girl and her dog. But before you even begin to understand it on that level you will be subjected to a case study on the fragility of the human psyche, the domination of it by media in today's world, the various forms of escapism devised by the human mind, and the power of an animated series to bring together storytelling and metaphor in ways that are impossible in nearly any other format. This is simpy one of the most thought-provoking series of any kind out there and anybody who thinks that the anime genre is split between kid's stuff and pornography should consider this the ultimate vindicator.

"Paranoia Agent" uses an unusual style of narrative. Each episode follows a different protagonist or group and examines their particular brand of escapism/psychosis. Each character is related in some way to one or more of the characters previously met and thus the overall story grows. The binding elements are two characters: the merchandising sensation Maromi the cartoon dog, and a mysterious figure known as "Shonen Bat" ("Lil Slugger" in the English version)- a rollerblading menace who assaults people with a bent baseball bat. Both are symbols of the pervasiveness and power of modern media in warping people's minds and perceptions to the point that an imaginary child-thug can become a murderous demon and otherwise reasonable people can be incited to riot over a child's toy. The characters range from an overwieght otaku who is WAY too into his cosplay dolls (way underused) to a woman with split personalites who threaten each other using her answering machine to a trio of internet friends whimsically attempting (and always failing) to commit suicide together. Then there are the two detectives. The no-nonsense cop whose inability to see past practical reality and recognize metaphor eventually causes him to escape reality altogether in favor of an old-fashioned two-dimensional dream world, and the other who indulges in the world of fantasy and fiction without being consumed by it and becomes the only one who can see the truths of Maromi and Shonen Bat. This is a brilliant illustration of the power of fantasy to portray truths of the world to those with open minds and the power of a closed mind to blind you to those same truths. These and many more characters' stories intersect each other often and help to build the larger narrative which climaxes with the media's self-contradictory cocktail of paranoia-mongering, and mind-numbing comsumer-based escapist comfort becomes a single all-consuming deluge that all began -and must end- with the same little girl.

Sound complicated? It is, but even if all this talk of metaphors and psychology turns you off, "Paranoia Agent" is still a very fun series that comes highly recommended. There is a ton of black humor, great art and animation, interesting characters with well-written dialogue, one of the best opening credit sequences out there, and much more. And my two year-old absolutely LOVES Maromi. This is a show that can be enjoyed on the surface level, but it that really pays off when you delve into it's social and psychological depths. If you're up for watching one of the best anime series out there, put his at the top of your list.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa070ce34) out of 5 stars Great value June 15 2011
By Lance D - Published on Amazon.com
This is a compact imported set that only uses 2 discs (high capacity DVDs). You still get the entire series and get to save money. There are other sets that spread the episodes onto anywhere from 4 to 13 discs, but they tend to cost $100+
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa070c9f0) out of 5 stars Best anime I've seen since Eva Sept. 12 2005
By Melkor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.



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