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  • Actors: Shôzô Iizuka, Toshihiko Seki, Michael McConnohie, Liam O'Brien, Mamiko Noto
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009RQS7I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,594 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent: Complete Collection" on IMDb

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"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 third and fourth attacks upon unrelated victims led to the same description of a young attacker with a golden baseball bat and in-line skates, the police had to wonder- is the "Lil' Slugger" real or a sinister phantom? Box Set contains all four volumes in series.

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Dark, unsettling, and intriguing, Paranoia Agent confirms Satoshi Kon's position as one of the most interesting directors currently working in Japan. A baseball bat-wielding adolescent randomly attacks five people in Tokyo, each of whom is grappling with a serious problem. Toy designer Tsukiko endures tremendous pressure to repeat her previous success; bottom-feeding journalist Kawazu desperately needs money. Popular sixth grader Yuuichi feels threatened by the new kid in his class, the dumpy nerd Usshi. Yuuichi's tutor Harumi is a compassionate scholar by day; at night, she becomes Maria, a sleazy hooker. The seemingly purposeless violence of Lil' Slugger (originally Shounen Bat, literally "Bat Boy"), also disrupts the lives of police detectives Maniwa and Karino, and their corrupt boss Hirukawa. As he did in Perfect Blue, Kon deliberately blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy: Does Tsukikio's stuffed toy really talk to her? Which is Harumi's true personality? A noteworthy series from an important artist. This set includes all four volumes of the series. (Rated 16 and older: violence, sexual situations, brief nudity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this to fans of any anime.
Richard Bevan
After this was over, I hunted down Perfect Blue, and I feel that both anime cover some of the same themes about the nature of reality and human psychology.
Tester
Sorry if my review is a little cryptic, but I don't want to spoil the show for anyone.
Melkor

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Acoma on July 20, 2005
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.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Fletcherfan on July 25, 2005
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Melkor VINE VOICE on September 12, 2005
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By trashcanman VINE VOICE on June 3, 2008
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Chow on August 22, 2005
Format: DVD
`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.
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Is this only in Japanese?
The Geneon released box set has English dubbing and Japanese with subtitles options.
Jun 7, 2008 by M. Miller |  See all 2 posts
Is this worth the price?
no your right. these prices are terriable. I found this box set at my local Hastings store used for $50.00! and it was in awesome condiation. Just wait it out or keep on shopping around. I don't know why these people on amazon are trying to rob people with these price for this wonderful anime... Read More
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