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  • Audio Rating: N/A
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  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 18 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: MVM Entertainment
  • MSRP: £39.99
  • Running time: 325
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent Complete Box Set

By Dani Moure     October 10, 2006
Release Date: October 09, 2006

What They Say
Then darkness overcomes the heart and Lil' Slugger appears...

After the first victim's story the police felt the overly stressed woman was having a breakdown and liedi o cover up for some crime. However, after the third and fourth attacks upon unrelated victims led to the same description of a young attacker with a golden baseball bat and in-line skates, the police had to wonder: is the Lil' Slugger real or a sinister phantom?

Explore a contagious madness in the first TV show directed by Satoshi Kon, the visionary director behind 'Perfect Blue', 'Millennium Actress' and 'Tokyo Godfathers'!

Episodes comprise:
1. Enter Lil' Slugger
2. The Golden Shoes
3. Double Lips
4. A Man's Path
5. The Holy Warrior
6. Fear Of A Direct Hit
7. MHZ
8. Happy Family Planning
9. ETC
10. Mellow Maromi
11. No Entry
12. Radar Man
13. The Final Episode

The Review!
One of the best series to be released this year now available as a box set? Buy it now!

The box set comprises of the four individual discs inside a decent-thickness cardboard box. The two faces of the box feature different art of Shonen Bat, along with the show's logo and some select quotes from a few movie magazines. Although quotes are a little annoying, especially being directly on the box itself when they could've been a sticker on the cellophane, the series did garner some good attention from the mainstream UK press and it's understandable that MVM want to exploit that. The spine side of the box features the show's logo and a shadowed image of Shonen Bat, while the underside features the legal information and logo adorns the top side. The BBFC rating is also on both sides of the box in all its rather large glory. The individual covers are really good in my view, matching the original singles releases.

Volume 1Volume 2

Volume 3Volume 4

In Summary:
Paranoia Agent is one of the best series to be released in the UK, period. Satoshi Kon has crafted another masterful psychological thriller that simply oozes style and atmosphere. The story explores the human psyche in typical Kon fashion, with plenty of surreal imagery to make even the simplest of points. But it's all so well-crafted, and comes together brilliantly, and has garnered praise from almost all quarters. I'm a huge Satoshi Kon fan, but even if I wasn't. I'd still give the series my highest recommendation. It's an excellent show and its UK release is only marred by the cut that the third volume received (which also led to the 18 rating).

The scene in question involves a depiction of a young girl hanging herself, and while it makes sense and is far from gratuitous in the context of the episode, the BBFC nevertheless deemed it to glorify hanging and made the cut compulsory even at the highest classification (meaning this is the only form in which MVM could legally release it). While it's a shame to have to talk about cuts in the context of a modern anime masterpiece, the cut doesn't prove that significant overall and even with it in place, I would still give this box set my highest recommendation.

Japanese Language (2.0),English Language (2.0),English Subtitles,Storyboards (Episode 1),Commentary on final 3 episodes by Satoshi Kon with Seishi Minakami and Satoki Toyoda,Clean Opening and Closing,Character Art

Review Equipment
Philips 28" Pure Flat Widescreen TV, Pioneer DV-464 code free DVD player, JVC gold-plated RGB SCART cable, standard stereo sound.


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