The Facts are These:
A series of assaults are taking place with the victims describing their attacker as a young boy, with a golden baseball bat wearing in-line skates. The police have dubbed him Lil’ Slugger and as they investigate they wonder whether he’s real or not.
This show is great, the mystery gets thicker the more you watch and it makes you want to understand what is going to happen about Lil’ Slugger and how Tsukiko Sagi is involved. When watching the show in the beginning you believe that Lil’ Slugger is just a random assault done by an elementary school kid, but it slowly changes making you think what is true about these events. There is an interesting two episodes near the end that I like to talk about, one is about the suicidal friends and the other is the anime production episode. Both are different then what we have watched before in the show, the suicide episode actually surprised me genuinely enough for a rewatch immediately and the animation episode was just cool to see the different production staff needed on an anime and how their jobs are important to the production. Though when I watched the last episodes I did not understand the origin of Lil’ Slugger or why it was just Tsukiko Sagi, maybe I missed something, But it was still a great show.
Behind the Scenes:
The series was created and directed by the late Satoshi Kon, who is known for such movies as Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers and The Millennium Actress. With Paranoia Agent being one of the few anime series he has worked on. The series came about because Satoshi Kon was left with several unused ideas from his previous works and decided to recycle them into an anime series. The series was produced by studio MADHOUSE which have produced his previous works as well. The opening song is different, but interesting. We see characters from the series laughing in front of different backdrops with the song “Dream Island Obsessional Park” by Susume Hirasawa playing. Here it is for you to enjoy or creep you out…
A Brief View of the World:
The world of Paranoia Agent is that of modern Tokyo, there is nothing different except for the series of street assaults by an elementary school child on skates and the popular pink dog mascot of Tsukiko Sagi’s company, Maromi.
This is an amazing and compelling story that keeps you interested in the mystery of Lil’ Slugger and Tsukiko Sagi. It is an episodic anime with an underlying plot, but the stars are the character stories and how they are each damaged in their own way. My favourite episode is by far episode 8, it was just an amusing light hearted story, with deep emotions behind it, with the ending of the episode taking me by surprise.
The series is rewatchable, with only thirteen episodes and a great story.
Another: For a horror anime.
Monster: For another psychological anime.
I do not own any of the above used pictures and/or video they belong to their original creators, MADHOUSE, Satoshi Kon, etc…