Paranoia Agent - Enter Lil Slugger (Vol. 1)
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The first episode deals with the first victim of Shouen Bat, a famous designer who has designed a pink dog that has brought her great fame and success. The trouble is that she is at a loss to repeat her success, and her boss is putting pressure on her to come up with a design that will be equally successful. Her story of a boy on roller blades who attacked her is greeted with some skepticism, until a seedy journalist who is harassing her for an interview is also attacked.
The second episode deals with a young boy who is an acquaintance with the designer. He fancies himself the coolest kid in school and the most popular, but one day he discovers that his popularity has plummeted because his roller blades and his skill in baseball have made many imagine that he is Shouen Bat. To make things worse, the overweight, brainy transfer student who is running against him for president of the student council (and who he imagines is behind the rumors) looks like he might win the election.Read more ›
Satoshi Kon's previous works Perfect Blue and Millenium Actress blur the distinctions between the real, the super-real, and the imaginary, often calling into question the meaning of the concept of what is truly "here" and truly "now." Paranoia Agent has a clearer narrative than his earlier cinematic works, but the question of what, if anything, is "real," remains unclear until the end of the series.
As cinema--and this series is of such caliber that it should be judged as, and discussed as, cinematic art--it is impeccable at every level. The "acting," if one can describe what the painted people do as "acting," is superb, and the life, hopes, fears, and private hells of each character are brought forth with an exquisite (and often heart-rending) truth. The layer upon layer of mise-en-scene'd nuance is mind-bogglingly complex upon analysis, but it is utterly invisible in the service of telling the story. It is expertly paced, with "comic relief" episodes appearing from time to time (which nonetheless still serve in the furtherance of the larger story arc), and the conclusion--nearly always the weakest moment in any anime series--may not be "satisfying" to all its viewers, but it is superbly crafted and expertly executed.
There are clear homages to Twin Peaks--an old man is alternately the Log Lady, the giant, and the dancing dwarf, and there are Badalamente-esque moments in the sound track--but it is far better thought through than Twin Peaks, and in many ways, more powerful.
I cannot recommend this series highly enough.Read more ›
My question is: Why on earth did Geneon feel they needed to change the name of the series' #1 badguy batboy, Shounen Bat, to the trite and ridiculous title of 'Lil' Slugger?' If they had just done it in the English voice dub, that would have been fine, but even the subtitles have been changed, so while you're hearing 'Shounen BAT' you're seeing 'Lil' Slugger.' I have to wonder if they will even properly interpret the animal symbology in the names of the characters...
If you can live with this change, check it out. This series will amaze you, astound you, and make you think. (and jump at the sound of approaching rollerblades!)
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I just got this in the mail a few days ago, already finished it. There must have been an error because I got all 13 episodes instead of just volume 1? But hey, I can't complain! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alex
The DVD is great. The cover it arrived looked like it had been stepped on.Published 14 months ago by Karloz
What can I say? One of the best anime series ever. Why is there no Blue-Ray? Why did I have to buy lots of overpriced used DVDs? Read morePublished on July 27, 2014 by Suzanne Tolbert
ok book.my husband liked it.i dont know much about it but he said its close to the movie.we are happyPublished on June 20, 2014 by Daniel Slozak
You know that a TV show is good when you end up watching more episodes than you planned to. For myself, I realized how brilliant Paranoia Agent was when I sat down to watch the... Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Chenrezi
Oh my gosh this is a very good show! I saw it air on adult swim and decided to purchase for myself, it is so well written. Read morePublished on September 10, 2010 by Cj Spencer
I've had a love/hate relationship with Satoshi Kon's movies. He created Perfect Blue and Millenium Actress, two thrilling and beautiful movies. Read morePublished on December 11, 2007 by Jonathan Oyama
I could be said that Naruto is the opiate of the anime loving masses--cheap,quick but ultimately forgettable. Read morePublished on June 13, 2006 by Eugene
This is the best anime I've seen since Evangellion. Like Eva, it is difficult to talk about this anime without giving away spoilers. Read morePublished on September 12, 2005 by Melkor