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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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Paranoia Agent sothis 9.5/10 Aug 6, 2005

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There are some things that can only be said after death. Aided by a talking staff that thinks it is alive, Fumika delivers Shigofumi, the last words and feelings of the dead in the form of letters, to their addressees. Whether they are letters of apology, revenge, or simply a final farewell, she always brings them to their destination. Delivering Shigofumi is not always an easy job; as some people refuse to believe such things as letters from the dead are possible, while others are afraid of what these letters might contain. But the mail must go through; what the recipients decide to do with it afterwards is up to them.

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Shigofumi might be more episodic than Paranoia Agent, but both of them concentrate on psychological aspects. If you've seen on of those shows, you're going to easily recognize some familiar themes in the other. If you're into psychological stuff, you should definitely give those two a try.

P.S. Note that Shigofumi begeans with hevier stories and then moves to lighter while Paranoia Agent has opposit construction.

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Encased by trees that are used to make grave markers, Sotoba is a village thought to be surrounded by death - a fact that soon literally becomes the case. One summer, a series of mysterious and untimely fatalities begins to plague the small rural town. With a higher than normal mortality rate for the time of year and each cause of passing remaining unknown, Toshio, the local doctor, and Seishin the temple’s vice chief monk become suspicious and take it upon themselves to investigate. However, as the deaths begin to pile up, more people begin to wonder just what is behind this sudden epidemic; could it have anything to do with the bizarre Kirishiki family that recently moved to the village?

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both deal with paranormal happenings(though one is set in the city and the other in the countryside), a slowly brooding mystery, darker color palletes, lots of different mini character story arcs which help the main story arcs of the series or humanizes the characters. 

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Skull Man

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Hayato Mikogami is returning to working as a freelance journalist but has had little luck in the big city, so he decides to return to his hometown to investigate a series mysterious murders by a man wearing a skull mask. However, when he arrives, he finds that most people have little to say about the incidents since very few people witness the events first hand. In order to find more clues he reluctantly enlists Kiriko Mamiya as his photographer, and later that night, he comes across his first clue: a man, moments after he had been killed by the Skull Man...

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Paranoia Agent and Skull Man are both kind of confusing but do a good job of answering everything by the end. The two series involve people investigating the mystery of a person who is attacking the locals in the city. Although Skull Man seems to be a bit more violent, you should check out one of the series if you enjoyed the other.

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Ten years have passed since the demise of the bubble economy, a time that polarized the world into two groups of people: the rich and the poor. In the present day, Saiga Tatsumi (a former war photographer) has been hired to investigate a secret club for the rich named the Roppongi Club, but he soon discovers secrets much darker than he’d ever imagined. With the help of a exploited goddess named Kagura, Saiga now possesses the power to kill by simply taking a photograph; but can he stay alive long enough to save her from her captors?

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A dark, edgy, twisted plot with highly complex villains drives both series and sets them apart from the standard fluffy anime fare. These series may be a social commentary of sorts, but while Speed Grapher highlights and exaggerates depravity among the upper echelons of modern society, the trippier Paranoia Agent focuses more on everyday evils present in society that can overwhelm the common man and give rise to internal demons. Both are worth a look if you want to make a foray into the not-so-pretty genre available in anime, though beware - you may not like what you see.
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Both Tekkon Kinkreet and Paranoia Agent deal with psychological themes and do so in an interesting stylistic manner. When you get down too it, both are trippy anime which will make you think.