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.
Following the disaster wrought upon the world by a mysterious being called ‘Akira’, Neo Tokyo is now in social and economic turmoil. In such a decaying city, feisty Kaneda and his shy friend Tetsuo survive by running around in a biker gang, chasing local rivals and generally evading the police. Everything changes, however, when Tetsuo crashes into a strange-looking boy during a bike chase and the military ends up taking him away. When he eventually returns to his friends, he’s no longer the same weak little boy they always knew – in fact, a military experiment has turned him into something beyond human imagination. While the military is intent on reclaiming its specimen at any cost, Tetsuo is sick of being bullied around and is about to show everyone, including his friend Kaneda, exactly who is boss.
Akira and Paprika are both extremely strange; the sci-fi content of their skewed plot lines is extremely similar. These movies twist what the viewer is seeing and deliberately frustrate straightforward explanations. Shape shifting imagery invades the narrative and sets Akira and Paprika apart from linear efforts in the world of anime. A certain apocalyptic tone is present in both and the feeling of oddity that finds itself augmented as Akira progresses is deeply enmeshed in Paprika as well.
If you want a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat while working your brain overtime, definitely check out these two movies. Both have an underlying theme about a power that has gotten into the wrong hands and broken the mind of it's wielder. These are a must-see for any fan of the psychological genre.
When I watched Paprika it made me think alot about Akira, especially Paprika's parade scenes being similar to the illusions cause in Akira. Both series are based around a strange power Akira's being some sort of telepathy and Paprika's being the ability to ifiltrate other's dreams. In each series this power is corrupts the users leading to an apocolyptic scenario.
Each of these series are focused around the human mind and a possiblity of the world ending because of it. Also, each series is an extreme mindf*ck.
Cat Soup is an extremely abstract, abnormal, and at times, disturbing adventure, from the director of Nadesico. This 30 minute OVA follows two kittens through what seems to be the underworld, as they search for one of their lost souls. Along the way, they encounter new (edible) friends, scary situations, and even the end of the world! Will these felines manage to return unscathed? Or more importantly, avoid becoming the main course for dinner? Confusion abounds in this quirky OVA.
For another delusional and abstract look at a dream-like world, check out Cat Soup. It's remarkably darker than Paprika, but it shouldn't fail to disappoint.
The most important similarity between Cat Soup and Paprika is that they balance a child like imagination with a sincere chill factor. And just when you get used to that awkward combination, social commentary and fuzzy, genuinely heartwarming scenes manage to sneak up on you. These films are rewarding as somewhat avant garde visceral experiences, but back it up with emotional, and maybe even a little cerebral substance.
Cat Soup and Paprika somehow managae to spawn vast amounts of random behaviour, are packed to the brim with crazy abstract designs and will serve to confuse an already very disturbed viewer. Both will keep you highly entertained in their own schizophrenic way.
Both Cat Soup and Paprika take a big deep gulp from the surreal, and even though the end result is quite different, I would still think that anyone that enjoys one, would enjoy the other.
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?
Although you may feel at times that you're watching a crazy painter spilling all of his colours over a poor canvas, you just can't shake the thought that perhaps these two psichological stories can turn on several lights in that dark interior Universe of yours. Both stories place common characters in extremely uncommon situations, both show possible dreamworlds and yet, both may end in a similar nightmare. To return to reality or to forever remain stuck in a dream state? That is the question in these cases. If you've loved Mind Game for Nishi's sudden change in attitude, then you'll love Paprika, either as herself or as the stern At-chan. You have fantasy, romance, drama and plenty of psichology. Therefore, you're left with only one thing to do: watch one, the other, or even better: both.
Though in diferent way, Paprika and Mind Game open a way to dreamed land, that seems more relaistic than real life at times. This allows for original content, daring scenes and complex symbolism. Paprika still has a more consistent plot as Mind game, which doesnt have the usual plot and conclusion. If you liked the surrealism in this anime, you will certainly appreciate the other.
Each of these movies can easily leaving the viewer wondering what just happened. Further, each of these series have a lot of the same themes going on underneath.
Both Mind Game and Paprika share an atmosphere of the bizarre and surreal. Mind Game integrates the unexpected and unexplainable into its main plot, while Paprika manages to inject it through the world of dreams. Both anime convey a sense of confused wonderment, filling your screen with bright colors and varied drawing styles and unusual and unique characters. If you have a taste for something different in your anime, and you saw and liked one of these, do check out the other!
In the rusty and run-down Treasure Town, young orphans in their respective gangs rule the roost and use the landscape as their playground. The violent Black and naïve White are two such orphans who are unafraid of fellow children and Yakuza alike; never have they found a foe who could best them in a battle – until now. A strange man and his even stranger (and seemingly indestructible) henchmen have plans to tear down Treasure Town and erect an amusement park in its place, and they’ll cut down anyone who stands in their way. Can Black and White save their home, and each other?
Though Paprika and Tekkon Kinkreet completely differ in terms of plot, both are confusing looks at a surreal world, and offer the same amount of substance and style. I didn't care much for either, but still think they fit well together. This recommendation is hard to quantify, so just try it out for yourself and see what you think.
I find paprika and tekkon kinkreet to be very artisitic and beautifully done. They both dip towards randomness and are both seam more to be aimed at the animation than an excellent story.
If your fond of the artisicism in one, you like it in the other.
With plenty of dreamlike cityscapes, adventure sequences, and stylishly detailed concepts, you'll appreciate what either of these anime have to offer if you liked one of them. Paprika is less violent and far more about the absurdity of the mind, whereas Tekkon Kinkreet has themes of darkness and light and is more plot-driven. In each case, just prepare to be mind-boggled.
Paprika and Tekkon Kinkreet are fairly different movies, which is actually their main similarity. Both employ beautiful music and animations, and both are set in a colourful and blooming world. The story is decidedly different compared to each other (although you could argue that both are about making dreams come true).
I think that if you like either of these movies you would like the other, because they are both beautiful and seemingly light movies that are actually a lot darker than the colourful animation shows. And they're really pretty.
On a chilly December evening, Hana, a transvestite, Misaki, a teenage runaway, and Gin, a retired bike racer, found little Kiyoko in the trash. For three homeless people, finding an abandoned baby might not have been the best of luck, but with good intentions and two cents to chip in, the trio set out to find the parents of the child. But locating the mother will not be an easy task, and all they have to go on is a small key...
These two films, by the same Satoshi Kon, are very alike in that a lot of the time you find yourself asking, "...Wait, what?" They're intriguing and wonderful, and you can easily get lost in the storyline.
Films both made by Satoshi Kon. Both movies are ccompletely good a drawing you into their stories and having you actually paying attention to the plot and caring about the characters. While Tokyo Godfathers tends to be a lot more realistic than Paprika they both have a unique cast of characters and beautiful visuals and music.
Each of these series have (apart from the same direct) a very similar since of pacing, constant movement, and artwork. If you liked one movie then it would be worth it to check out the other.
The animations and the way to use real photos for backgrounds is the same (they're both published by MADHOUSE). If you enjoyed one for it's animation, the other will most surely fit your taste.