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?
What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty and sadness of love, the pain and regret and joy of the Japanese people and their film, through this film: Millennium Actress.
At first glance Millenium Actress and Paranoia Agent do not seem to warrant a recommendation. Yet they are two sides of the same mirror: MA explores the lyricism and beauty of escapism and PA exposes the darkest consequences of letting go of reality. Both are imbued with Satoshi Kon's unique flair for the bizarre and impressive imaginary. One complements the other.
Both Millennium Actress and Paranoia Agent are thought provoking Psychological works of Satoshi Kon. They have a great link with the mysteries and ambiguity of the human psyche. While there may be dihherences in the way they show the underlying messages they are still relativley the same. This can be said about all Satoshi Kon's works however. If you like one I truly don't see how you could not like the other. Millenium actress does portray these messages in quite a unique way. Going through a millennia of memories/movies to tell an old womans love story.
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?
Both Paranoia Agent and Mind Game are quite abstracted, creative works whose underlying themes are about overcoming despair and embracing reality. While Mind Game goes out of its way to emphasize the random little joys in life, Paranoia Agent is more about facing up to the nightmares in life. Ultimately, though, both are emotional, compelling, and enlightening.
Both of these animes break stereotypes and use unusual storylines to illustrate profound truths. In Mind Game, a bystander in his own life learns by near death to live with gusto. In Paranoia Agent, multiple stories show how characters face a mysterious common villain and how each in both englightened and degraded ways respond to that fear/challenge. Both can make you think, feel, and grow deeper.
Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name spells 'zetsubou' – 'despair', when compressed. But when the time comes to end it all, Itoshiki's attempted suicide on the first day of the new school year is foiled by relentlessly positive Fuura Kafuka. This saves Itoshiki long enough to meet his new class, and the quirky range of students under his care. Will Itoshiki Nozomu depress his students with his anguish? Or will Fuura show Zetsubou-sensei the joys of life and hope?
It is not Paranoia Agent as a whole that is the reason for recommending Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, but certain elements and episodes that I found very inspired, that reminded me of elements within Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. If you found yourself thrilled and tickled by the understated 'suicide' episode, or if you enjoyed the insights and self deprecating humour of the 'anime production' episode, then do yourself a favour and watch Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei! Both of these anime are twisted, dramatic, funny, and unafraid to break the 'normal' to deliver great stories and art.
These series differ very much in terms of atmosphere, storytelling, even rythm. However if what you most enjoyed in one of them is the social commentary and the black humour, you are bound to enjoy the other. Watching some episodes of Paranoia Agent I could'nt help but be reminded of similar themes in Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei and smile to myself.
While visiting her grandparents on a remote island, Shiina Tamai, our young protagonist, inadvertently finds a strange star shaped creature, which she names Hoshimaru. This creature, while seemingly harmless and unusual, holds many secrets. As Shiina and her new friend Akira soon find out, their creatures are much more than they seem to be...and against their will, they are thrown into a dangerous and hostile situation of trying to save the world from others who would use their dragonets to enslave it.
Both Paranoia Agent and Narutaru are strange anime. They have some psychological views into the characters and why they act like they do. This makes them feel very similar.
Sometimes the greatest distance is between people. Whether a man alienates himself from society with a façade of cheerfulness, or two friends fail to communicate their feelings of betrayal, invisible barriers plague mankind. Although love should bring people together, when a stoic renter and a dutiful monk choose to court a widow’s daughter, their mutual affections drive a bitter gap between them. During each encounter filled with mistrust and despair, the flaws of human nature slowly reveal themselves...
BOuth series hav a tremendas amoun to do with pshycologey and philosophy, all have episodic stories that have some kind of point or insight on life, And bouth have very uniqe animatioun styleys and bouth are made by madhouse