Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday Anime Review - Paranoia Agent

For the very first Tuesday anime review I am doing Paranoia agent!


Psychological Horror, Mystery
Studio - Madhouse
Date- 2004
# of Episodes- 13
Director - Satoshi Kon

Off the top Paranoia Agent seems to be about a elementary school boy who goes around attacking people with as ill shaped bat, he is dubbed "Shonen Bat" or "Bat Boy". Although there is a lot more underneath the premise. I'll do my best not to give away spoilers, in case you want to watch it.

The show follows the investigation of the attacks by Shonen Bat, and how they affect the lives of the people around them. The first attack is on the creator of a lovable cute pink dog named Maromi, but as the episodes go one things start to change, rumours of the Shonen Bat are everywhere, and the lines between whats real and whats imaginary start to blur.

I did enjoy this show, but i found as the lines started to blur so did the plot of the show. Some of the later episodes seemed added on and while they did have to do with the overall story just seemed to drag on parts that didn't really matter. I found the first 6 or so episodes were the meat of the show with the final two being the conclusion. As for the end, while the main part of the ending was kinda sad if you like dogs, it never truly explains what happened to the other victims or if anything was really real or not....
thats not really a bad thing, sometimes its better to have you make your own answers to the big question of the show

All in all it was a good show, I enjoyed the way it was animated, and funny enough the quirky episodes i thought werent needed did have some fun animation to them as a plus. The music and voice actors were good quality, the opening and closing animations i didnt really like but, i never do (always skip em).

I give Paranoia Agent 6.5/10
not the best but worth a watch for sure!
Just as a tidbit of info if you do like this show check out the directors other movies (Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress(one of my faves), and Toyko Godfathers)

Submarine Away!

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