Meet the bizarre and twisted psychiatric doctor Ichirou Irabu. Occasionally taking the form of a lime green bear, a young man or even a small child, this freaky physician and his seductively sadistic nurse Mayumi deal with all manner of patients. Though in order to satiate his rampant injection fetish, everyone receives the same treatment: a large vaccination, whether they need it or not! From a trapeze artist suffering from insomnia, to an office worker tormented by a permanent erection, to a romance novelist with OCD and stress-induced vomiting, no one is safe from Dr. Ichirou's unique and psychedelic medical practice.
In Japan, a team of scientists have created a medical breakthrough: a device that allows the wearer to enter the dreams of a patient, for the purpose of healing. The talented Paprika is a master at her profession, but complications have now appeared in the form of a “dream terrorist” – an unknown foe who inserts nightmares into the minds of those who use the device. The victims are swept up in a ghoulish parade of dolls, kitchen appliances, and musical animals, and are reduced to a vegetable state – or worse. Now, Paprika and the team of scientists must delve into the minds of those affected to figure out the source of the tampering before more people, including themselves, are damaged beyond repair.
Psychedelic psychology. That's the best way to summarize Paprika and Kuuchuu Buranko. Both are about psychologists, but it's the art style and general surrealism of each that really stands out. Vibrant and absolutely mesmerizing, Kuuchuu Buranko reminds me of the parade and dream sequences of Paprika, but condensed. Also they have killer soundtracks.
Paprika and Kuuchuu Buranko are both very abstract works of art that deal a lot with psychology. Paprika deals mainly with the subconscious mind and dreams. Kuuchuu Buranko deals with a number of mental illness, such as obsessive compulsive disorder.
Kuuchuu Buranko and Paprika both use bright, colorful animation and various looks into individual psychoses and mentalities to weave together their stories. While Paprika follows a single, linear storyline and Kuuchuu Buranko is more episodic, both deserve a look if you're looking for something that plays with the characters' subconcious needs and desires.
Nishi has been in love with Myon since he was 9 years old. They both had feelings for each other, but due to Nishi's cowardice their relationship never became more than friendship. Now, in the present, Nishi is 20 years old and aims to be a great manga artist; but he still loves Myon. After years of being apart they meet again, but she tells him that she's thinking of marrying her boyfriend. Nishi is still a coward so he accepts it and wishes her luck. While they're talking at her older sister's restaurant a pair of yakuza walk in looking for their father. One of the yakuza starts harassing Myon and out of anger Nishi chooses to finally take a stand -- but he is shot and dies. Now, in limbo, he chooses to live again; but will he really live any differently than before?
The first thing that comes to mind, oddly enough, is the animation style. Both Trapeze and Mind Game feature the use of actual live action footage of actors incorporated into animation (often with parts of the body still animated) at a frame rate similar to that of animation; blurring the distinction between fake and real.
Further, both are works with a mind-bending pscyhological component; a strong sense of humour, and a deranged, surreal artystyle.
Psychedellic animation that takes art to new and unexplored levels combined with heartwarming character-focused stories full of pragmatic life lessons. If you enjoyed that about Kuuchuu Buranko, then Mind Game will be a great movie experience. Think bigger budget, funkier concept design, and a far more touching story about loving life.
In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the mononoke using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the mononoke in his wake.
I'm recommending Mononoke purely on visual style. Both anime being from the same division of Toei Animation, it's only natural that if you are partial to the vivid colors and, what can only be described as LSD inspired, animation then you'll enjoy Mononoke even more; as Mononoke's stories are vastly more engrossing than Trapeze's.
Now, that's not to say that Trapeze doesn't have interesting stories. The way each patient meets other patients in the course of their treatment puts a fun "wink wink, nudge nudge" into each episode; and Mayumi-chan (played by Yumi Sugimoto)...I think Yakko said it best:
At first glance, those two shows seem drastically different, Mononoke being a supernatural/horror anime infused with Japanese folklore and Kuuchuu Buranko being a modern, colorful, humorous, psychological 'brain-f*ck'. But there core subjects are very similar. The main characters, the Medicine Seller and Dr. Irabu(a psychiatrist) act has the 'evoker' making the patient's/Mononoke's truth, form and reason emerge and by doing so releasing them from there psychological clutches. They are the underestimated outsiders with the knowledge and experience. Both shows are full of metaphors and symbolism and are visually bold and full of stylistic experimentation. Fundamentally they are about the human mind and our perception of reality. They're the kind of anime that might require a certain amount of attention and open-mindedness to fully appreciate.
In the streets of Tokyo, a new menace has surfaced: Shounen Bat, a young boy who wears golden roller skates and a baseball cap, and likes to whack people on the head with a golden baseball bat. These seemingly unconnected and random attacks soon become a police investigation... but after all is said and done, is there a pattern to this chaos?
Both have the same style in the sense that each episode focuses on one characters problem and ends with it being solved. Also in both, the way the characters tie into each other later on becomes prevalent. Each episode feels like an eternity. That's a very rare and good thing.
Both of these anime deal considerably with psychology. Kuuchuu Buranko is very light hearted compared to Paranoia Agent, but they both look at people dealing with stress and mental illness.
A man is miserable. Despite all his dreams of a “Rose-Colored Campus Life” filled with raven-haired maidens who dote on him, his social life is going nowhere. He has no girlfriend, his only good friend keeps getting him into trouble, and the circle he joined brings him no joy. So he tries again, and again, reliving his first two years of college life ad nauseum, making different decisions each time, having no recollection that he’s already done this all before. Will the man ever be satisfied with how his life turns out?
Kuuchuu Buranko and Tatami Galaxy are oddly-animated noitaminA-timeslot series in which all the episodes take place over the same time period.
KB's episodes each have a different main character and all take place over the same week (it's neat seeing ex-mains and scenes you've already seen pop up in the background of later episodes), and TG's episodes all take place over the same two years (instead of each other, if that makes sense), but in each series it's really interesting to find parallels between episodes, etc.
Both shows deal with time similarly. In both shows, each episode's event sequence is structured (more or less) the same. The repetition draws our attention to what changes in each episode, revealing details of the overarching plot and showing how different pieces are connected. Ultimately, they both feel like that "Aha!" moment which comes from putting a puzzle together and finding a conclusion, and they both contain unusual characters and a fairly bizarre outlook on the world.