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.
Looking for a change, Mikado moves from the countryside to bustling Ikebukuro to attend the same high school as his best friend, Masaomi. Though navigating a new school and friendships can prove tough by itself, Mikado also finds an overwhelming number of new delights and dangers in the district he now calls home. From a friendly Russian sushi bar to the violent color gangs, to even an urban legend in the form of a black motorcycle rider, each resident of Ikebukuro is unique and frightening. But the town is smaller than it seems at first, and these strange events appear to be connected. Will the growing storm sweep up the transplanted country boy and his friends or will Mikado find himself at the center of a dramatic change for Tokyo?
Well you wonder what might these two have in common, huh? well, think of a brilliant idea animated in a bold, creative way. Call it out of the ordinary. Both Paprika and Durarara!! keep you on your toes and in awe for the brilliant story and animation. Even though Durarara!!s ending is disappointing and not in the spirit of the first part, it manages to rise to the level of entertainment Paprika is.
In a dystopic city of the future, there has been a rash of killings at the hands of prototype robots. These anomalies from the company Locus Solus are making headlines, and have caught the attention of the cyborg Batou and the crew of the Section 9 special forces. Yet beneath the random violence, a sinister plot is unfolding -- a situation so dangerous that it threatens not only Batou, but innocent humans and cyborgs alike. Can the team of Section 9 unravel the mystery of these murders before they suffer the same fate as the victims?
GITS: Innocence and Paprika share many things in common: a vacuous plot, gorgeous animation and beautiful audio. I found both of these to be incredibly disappointing in the story department, but masterful for the production value. If you liked one for the animation and audio, you'd like the other.
Koto, A and Un traverse a colorful, bizarre and alternate Kyoto, causing plenty of collateral damage along the way. They’re looking for a special rabbit that can possibly help them get home, but plenty of challenges stand in their way including a robot, the meddling Council of Three, and endless exploration yet to be done!
Paprika's plot is perhaps more coherent than Kyousougiga's, but what strikes me as similar is the wild use of color, detail, and texture in the art, as well as a story set in a fluid reality where you're not quite sure what world it's taking place in.
You can do a lot in a dreamworld.
In both of these titles there is a fantasy of fighting in a dreamland where anything is possible.
The main heroine becomes more than ordinary allowing her ID to take on strengths that are not present when she is in the real world.
Utena Tenjou has just arrived at the prestigious Ohtori Academy, and not long after her arrival, she receives "the mark of the rose" and becomes a duelist. She is then thrust into a series of battles with other duelists to win her friend Anthy, who is known the Rose Bride. The winning duelist will not only receive Anthy, but also the revolutionary power that she holds! Utena must now do everything she can to protect Anthy while trying to figure out the secrets behind Ohtori Academy and the Rose Bride before it’s too late.
At first glance Paprika and The Adolescence of Utena might not seem to have much in common. In fact, while the setting of these titles is not the same they are both visually compelling tours de force that make the viewer think. Original in the way they take the animation medium to a whole new level, mixing an intricate symbology with a psychological approach,these are anime that anyone interested in extreme experiences of the surreal kind should check out.