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Paranoia Agent [Blu-ray]
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Language : Japanese
- Product Dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 235.87 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : BRFN10258
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled, Digital_copy
- Run time : 5 hours and 25 minutes
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Japanese (Dolby TrueHD 2.0), English (Dolby TrueHD 2.0)
- Studio : Funimation
- ASIN : B08JDTMMPK
- Number of discs : 2
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Bonus Content:Disc 1 - Paranoia Agent:
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Show is 5 stars
The actual transfer though is poor.
Other companies have transfered older anime with successful results yet, Funimation ... decided to transfer the DVD basically onto a bluray and not bother to filter clean it up in the slightest.
Discotek media released Fatal Fury The motion picture on bluray, a film from 1994 and made it look like it had only been created in the 2010s.... why wasn't this amount of love given to the transfer for a show that was released in 2004?
Again, I love the show it deserves a 5 star count for its content alone.
The transfer ... 1 star.
I'm sure PARANOIA AGENT is more than just a compulsively watchable puzzle that Kon gave his audience to solve, but what's it really about? Everyone's guilty of something, and acting out of necessity, but at a terrible moral and psychological cost. Ordinary people, from all walks of life, do appalling things, and convince themselves they're not to blame, and slowly, blamelessly, usher in their own destruction...but what about that grinning, homicidal kid with the baseball bat?
The violence is more stylized and less graphic than that in PERFECT BLUE, but PARANOIA AGENT does have some nudity and a brief sex scene between an ugly man and a prostitute. The ending, while powerful, raises as many questions as it answers, and the whole series depicts urban Japan as a time bomb on the verge of exploding, which it does in the apocalyptic climax. Please don't "understand" it too quickly.
As for the series, if you haven't seen it, it's an incredible horror fiction, with some very interesting insight into human character, the power of rumors and myth, and what our place is within society and within our own lives. Great soundtrack and beautiful animation.
I have to say, watching Paranoia Agent as a much more mature adult the 2nd time through, this is a much darker story than I first remembered...darker even than Perfect Blue, which is pretty dark and disturbing in its own right.
It is also darkly funny. Ep.10 is clearly a bit autobiographical and I read it as Kon own j'accuse towards his bosses and audience alike. The finale is very Brechtian and an exhortation to shut-in otaku to get outside and embrace life itself, that art & escapist fiction is fine up to a point but aren't actually a replacement for real life nor should they be. I also, upon re-watch, picked up that Tsukiko, in flashback, is suffering from menstrual cramps that make her let go of Maromi's leash as she doubles over in pain. The splash of blood from the car wreck serves a dual symbolic role...not only signaling the violet death of a beloved pet but also menstrual blood and the loss of childhood innocence as Tsukiko blossoms into womanhood. But this is so intensely personal that the idea of telling her very strict, emotionally distant father the truth of what happened is too mortifying, and thus Lil' Slugger is born. There is a great deal more one could say about Paranoia Agent and its equally compelling side characters, too...but Tsukiko's journey drives everything else. When she enters the memory-space as an adult and cradles real Maromi's lifeless body and apologizes to him, it's a real breakthrough for her and she's able to move on. It's just a shame she couldn't have reached this epiphany on a therapist's couch instead of wrecking a large swath of Tokyo.
So glad Funimation stepped in to give this a proper modern release. This is an amazing surreal drama mini-series with a interesting mix of horror and dark satire. It wowed me when I was younger although I didn't understand everything at first. Years later certain meanings still evade me but I always come back to dig more and more at the core story. This is absolutely one of, if not THE, best works of Satoshi Kon and should definitely be seen.