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Paranoia Agent

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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?

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Masashi ANDO Character Design
Satoshi KON Director
Susumu HIRASAWA Music
Satoshi KON Original Anime Creator

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Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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athina

Both Death Note and Paranoia Agent involve catching a person with unnatural abilities. In Death Note Yagami Light uses a shinigami's Death Note for "judgment" and thinks of himself as some sort of God, in Paranoia Agent Shounen Bat (Lil Slugger) is a mythical person (similar to the boogie man or bloody mary) who attacks people that feel cornered and hopeless. Both series aren't like typical anime series, but Paranoia Agent is more obscure while Death Note has more of a plot.

Morwen

Both of these series have dark atmospheres, and feature detectives struggling to track down a criminal that uses supernatural means to kill his victims. In Death Note we know who it is (as he's the main character), while Paranoia Agent is more shrouded in mystery, but the mixture of supernatural powers and criminal drama is very strong in both. Also, both can start great discussion on morality and society, which really gives the series a cerebal feel. And to top it off, both have beautifully detailed animation from MADHOUSE. If you liked one, definitely check out the other.

badazz5001

Both death note and paranoia agent are by madehouse. And they both have a darck fell to them. They both have great suspeince and unique charectors. The plots are somewhat simmiler also.

Deer50

They both have developed, complex, psychological plots. Both have a dark gloomy atmosphere. Both have detectives trying to find the criminal.

Jare

Death Note and Paranoia Agent are both well presented explorations of the human mind. They both feature detectives trying to solve the case behind supernatural violence. However, Paranoia Agent's plot has a little bit more suspense, as Lil Slugger's identity remains unclear throughout the show.

Both are the type of "not-your-ordinary-anime" animes from the same great studio, MADHOUSE.

hamletsmage

Take away all of the trappings and melodrama, and these animes have the same plotline. A supernatural killer out to "help" society, and the cops that seek to catch him. Both of these enigmatic animes will stay with you long after they're over because of their powerful stories. 

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Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.

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AverageShinigami

The messages of the two series, as perceived by me, are remarkably similar, with many overlapping themes (I'm not going to elaborate, as that would include spoilers). The writer/directors of both series were apparently influenced by or related to the "superflat" movement, so the series have similar outlooks on anime and Japanese culture in general.

vernanonix

Evangelion and Paranoia agent are alike in a couple of aspects. For one, these anime are very dark. Evangelion hits you from the beginning as that and Paranoia Agent will reveal itself to be that way as well. The second would be the psycological torture characters in each anime seem to go through. People in both anime go crazy. If you like this stuff, these are good for you.

Morwen

While NGE and PA are very different in terms of story structure and genre--Evangelion is solidly in the shounen genre, while Paranoia Agent is a bit more avant garde--both series deal with a varied cast of characters whose worlds slowly become more and more surreal and whose minds become more and more strained. As both series continue the shows get more and more bizarre and very dark in tones as well. Both series deal with entire populations becoming complacent--and being put in danger for it. Both series feature main characters who are soft-spoken and have a difficult time saying no. There's quite a bit of social commentary in both anime, as well.

If you enjoy angst, and dark psychological tones, both of these series should appease the armchair psychologist in you.

SanjiWatsuki

Paranoia Agent and Evangelion are both similar in the fact that they deal with the psyche of the characters inside the anime. Although Paranoia Agent is more abstract in how it deals with the quirks of the characters and Evangelion has more of an angst-esque feel, they deal with similar subject matter.

hamletsmage

Both of these animes will make you tilt your head to the side and wonder what they were smoking when the plot was written. If you want an anime that makes you think just a little harder than usual, try these out. 

PinkyIvan

Both are wierd and confusing. Have a great mind*uck and you have to watch carefully to get all the details.

Welcome to the NHK!

Welcome to the NHK!

Tatsuhiro Sato is a university dropout and a "hikikomori" – a person suffering from social withdrawal. To Sato’s dismay, his self-imposed exile from the world is rudely interrupted when a mysterious girl knocks on his door. She has charged herself with the task of curing Sato of his hikikimori ways! Now, as new problems ranging from hentai games to internet suicide spring up, can Sato manage to overcome his hermit-like ways, or will the imaginary N.H.K conspiracy force him to remain a hikikomori forever?

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LXile

Tired of the same cookie cutter protagonists? Want your characters to maybe have a bit of emotional baggage like real people? Both Paranoia Agent and Welcome to the NHK! have a great cast of unique personalities all with their own set of issues. Each series deals with some of the darker elements of Japanese culture in way that's both funny, and strikingly poignant. Welcome to the NHK! is more traditional in storytelling format and comedy style where as Paranoia Agent can be bit confusing and mysterious, but both deliver an experience that's dark, deep, disturbing, and thoroughly enjoyable.

opui

An exploration of modern japanese society and some of its more sinister aspects seem to be the driving force behind both Welcome to the NHK and Paranoia Agent. Characters trapped in their own psychological problems and social shortcomings are the focus of both. Humour also plays an important role in both, they even go so far as to make fun of themselves and their viewers, in criticising for example the role anime (and video games) play in some people's lives. Though the feeligns and situations portrayed can easily relate to any human being around the world, I found both of them very educational concerning some mostly Japan-specific social phenomena. That said, these two anime have such a different feel about them that they won't necessarily appeal to the same people, but they are both worth a try.

ashman711

In a nustshell, both series deal with the physiolgical breakdowns of the central characters and they do so in a humorous-yet-kinda-creepy way. PA is more random, whereas NHK has a set story and characters. If you liked one you'll have to check out the other, especially if you want to see some of the most F'd up characters in Anime ever

Nocturnalgloria

Few anime would touch upon the theme of social paranoia in such a brilliant way as Welcome to the NHK and Paranoia Agent. From the occasional ruptures in the narrative to give vent to the disturbed mental states of the characters to the issues of growing dysfunction, these shows are relevant as social commentaries as well as artistic endeavours. While WttNHK may seem like a comedy it too deals with the pressure of living in the modern world as does the very odd PA. Conspiracies and plots abound in these character-driven anime about emotional breakdown.

Morwen

On the surface, these two series are extremely different from each other. PA is mostly psychological horror mixed in with some mystery, while NHK is more slice-of-life mixed in with some black, black romantic comedy. But both anime deal with troubled people floundering in their troubled lives, and tackle many of the problems in Japanese society today head-on. Neither of these series are escapist in the least. But both do their best to dig into the problems of Japan in a thoughtful, careful way, exposing many of the possible causes. If you're interested in series that examine those with psychological issues and contain a heavy dose of social commentary, you'll probably enjoy both of these series.

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Maebara Keiichi, an ordinary high-school boy, has transferred to a new school in Hinamizawa, a small rural village. At the outset everything seems peaceful and Keiichi becomes friends with a nice group of schoolgirls with whom he spends many idle summer afternoons. Suddenly violence encroaches upon the blissful peace of the village and Keiichi becomes entangled in an endless cycle of fear and death. The inconsistent, but inevitable horrors of Hinamizawa are told and retold becoming an endless and inescapable nightmare of insanity. Will it end even if the mystery of Hinamizawa is solved?

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skipola

Both animes center around a seemingly unsolvable crime, with plot twists and confusion abound! If you like psychological anime, this is right up your twisted little alley!

leerock89

The Twilight Show meets anime in both these series. You can find mind-warping plots, close up horror and confusion facials, and blunt weapons. Ah and the occaisional blood splatter.

Vayshti

Both stories are unafraid to get their hands messy - both in the dark side of humanity, as well as with the anime format and plot.

Both are clever stories designed to be unravelled, and then pieced together, and both take refreshing chances with pacing and shifts in point of view.

KittyEmperor

Plot twists and a story that will keep the viewers interested until the very end will keep the viewer watching until the very end.  With a slightly confusing plot and a story that tells of the darker side of humanity both series offer up a clever plot with just the right amount of violence and both series will be enough to keep any viewer entertained and throw in some amazing music and you get two series that are really great.

Jigoku Shoujo

Jigoku Shoujo

Has someone done something to hurt you or the ones you love? Are you seeking revenge? Rumor has it that there’s a website that can service your needs. Titled “Hotline to Hell”, it contains a form that can be accessed only at midnight. Type in a name, and the Hell Girl will carry out your bidding – for a price. For though your appetite for revenge will be satisfied, your soul will also be condemned to hell after you die. But who is the Hell Girl, and does she care whether your revenge is justified? Apparently not, as long as she gets more souls…

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KennySempai

Both anime deal with daily life issues that are solved, or made even worse by something supernatural. Both anime keep you entretain for the whole series because each episode is a different story involving different people, except for the main characters. Event though both anime involve different stories in each episode, they both have an unifying endding that connects all those stories together.

Thefirstanime

Both Jigoku Shoujo and Paranoia Agent have a dark atmosphere coupled with villains who prey upon people who are undergoing heavy emotional stress. Both series also have a similar "mysterious" feel to them.

MugiwaraMarius

Both Hell Girl and Paranoia Agent feature supernatual characters that prey on vunerable humans who have reached their breaking point. Both shows can a very heavy atmoshpere of paranoia and despair.

hamletsmage

Both Jigoku Shoujo and Paranoia Agent deal with characters that feel they've been pushed into a corner with no way out, and they turn to supernatural forces to solve their problems. These animes are deeply rooted in human fears and emotions, and make for a psychological thrill ride.