Paranoia Agent

Two detectives are on the case of "Lil Slugger", an ostensibly high school boy wearing roller skates who has been involved in hit and runs with his bent golden bat. But details of the case aren't adding up, like how Lil Slugger can pass through walls... A giant of paranormal anime, "Paranoia Agent" has the distinction that each episode has a different story and art director. The result is each of the self contained tales feel subtly off, wrong from those that came before it, yet sharing the same theme. A must see for suspense fans.

2 Seasons, 14 Episodes
February 2, 2004
Anime, Drama
8.2/10
Cast: Shôzô Îzuka, Toshihiko Seki, Michael McConnohie, Liam O'Brien
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  • A dark formless flow that Maniwa identifies as Lil' Slugger starts to overrun Tokyo as a result of Maromi's disappearance. Meanwhile in Ikari's world, Ikari comfortable hangs about his world with Tsukiko tagging along. With the help of the old man, Misae appears and says goodbye to Keiichi as she fades away. Ikari realizes that the world he is in isn't real and tears it apart as the building blocks of the world turn out to be Maromi dolls. Back in their dilapidated world, Lil' Slugger appears as Maniwa appears with his new weapon, hoping to destroy Lil' Slugger before this manifestation of paranoia swamps the entire country...

  • Ever since he learned of how Lil' Slugger feeds on paranoia, Maniwa has engaged in the same crusade described in "The Holy Warrior," only for Maniwa, Lil' Slugger is his adversary. His world blurs between reality and delusion. After a failed attempt at defeating Lil' Slugger (who changed into an abnormal form), Maniwa turns to the old man for help. His dying words, and some insight from Misae, who he sees after hearing her over the radio, lead him on a strange journey to the origins of Maromi and Lil' Slugger. In the meantime, Maromi leads Tsukiko to Ikari's world. And then, just as Maromi fever reaches its peak, figures, images, and merchandise of Maromi suddenly disappear as some of the victims of Lil' Slugger fall back into their state of paranoia.

  • Maromi is getting her very own anime! However, the staff begins to fall behind as the deadline approaches. In the midst of this is bumbling Saruta Naoyki, the Production Manager. Things get even worse as, one by one, members of the production staff end up in the hospital (or the morgue), apparently courtesy of Lil' Slugger. Ultimately, it falls to Saruta to deliver the finished pilot episode to the TV station before airtime. There's just one problem: Lil' Slugger's after him, too!

  • After hearing of the incident in the previous episode, several women share rumors related to Lil' Slugger, most of which is farfetched. However, one of the women is having a hard time understanding the truth behind the rumors and impressing the other women. Returning to her apartment, she discovers that her husband has been attacked by Lil' Slugger. She tries to get the story out of him as he begs her to call an ambulance and slowly dies.Each of the ten Lil' Slugger rumors is a mini-story. In chronological order, they are named IQ, LDK, EBM, OH, HR, TKO, UMA, SOS, HH. The framing episode (ETC) comprises the tenth and final mini-story.

  • Fuyubachi (Winter Bee), an old man, Zebra, a young man, and Kamome (Seagull), a cute 11-year old girl, seek different ways of committing suicide. After a big adventure going from Tokyo to the countryside, they encounter Lil' Slugger at a hot spring.

  • Ikari and Maniwa interrogate Lil' Slugger who turns out to be in the eight grade. Still, he admits to the attacks. However, he confuses his realities and believes that the world around him is a medieval-style RPG while his journey is to defeat the evil Gouma who posses other people to fight. Ikari and Maniwa follows Lil' Slugger through his "journey" and see that it does coincide with all of the attacks -- all except for Tsukiko Sagi. However, Lil' Slugger points the detectives to where the old lady is who may posses the truth.

  • After these strings of attacks by Lil' Slugger, it turns out that each victim has some sort of relationship with previous victim. Masami Hirukawa is a police officer in the same district where the Lil' Slugger attacks have been happening. Despite calling himself a family man, he accepts bribes in the form of cash and prostitutes (apparently, Maria was one of his favorites) from the local yakuza group. Using the money, he builds a house for his family. However, Masami becomes too greedy and the yakuza sends Makabe to get the money back with interest. Masami ends up stealing money from people but always ends up short of Makabe's demands who just adds more to the list. In a drunken slur, Masami wants this all to end and ends up being clocked by Lil' Slugger and goes down, or so he thinks.

  • Haromi Chrono, Yuichi's tutor in the last episode, has a different side named Maria. Maria isn't like her at all. She's a prostitute and lives for the thrill of the moment. Soon she's getting married thinking she's finally free of Maria, only to have her takign over again and dragging her into the streets where she becomes the next victim of Lil' Slugger

  • Yuichi (Ichi) was the most popular kid in school and is running for class president. A rumor goes through school that he's the street attacker Lil' Slugger and he thinks its his opponent in the eletion. His paranoia grows and soon they're walking home together until he gets attacked. Yuichi sees Lil' Slugger and chases after him, but to no avail. Soon..Yuichi becomes a victim himself.

  • Tsukiko Sagi is the creator of the popular Maromi. But with all that success meant jealousy from her co-workers. One night, she was walking home, then a boy with a metal baseball bat hitsh er over the head. Then a sleezey reporter wants to get a story on it, but he becomes a victim himself as 2 detectives look into the case.

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