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When popular pop idol Mima decided to retire from her group, Cham, and become an actress, she had no idea that one person's obsession would soon spiral out of control. With death threats, letter bombs and a forged website which details her every move, Mima finds herself slowly becoming trapped in a nightmare she can't seem to escape. With murders piling up and her mental state slowly degrading, can she discover who the culprit is, before she becomes the next victim?

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Satoshi KON Director
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Masao MARUYAMA Producer
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Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

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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sothis
Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent are masters of confusing suspense, and will keep you guessing till the end. Plot wise, they are somewhat similar as well, but I won't say more. ;) Just trust me on this one.. if you liked one, you'd surely like the other!
Stmated
Investigative and deep dementive plot is a fact. They both need the viewer to think beyond the normal frames and even then surpises you that what you thought is not. If you like stories that makes you think about the human nature and strays from the path of "normal" then you are likely to like the other. Though Perfect Blue has a more thriller feeling than Paranoia's demntia.
XMrNiceguyX
The "mindfuck"-factor in both these series are fairly apparent. Though while Paranoia Agent has quite some more humor, Perfect Blue has some more gore (and even some brief nudity). Both series include hit-and-run assilants.
mtf05

Paranoia Agent and Perfect Blue are very alike because the characters have trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality. Both of these anime are in the mystery genre.

nilerbaby1098

Firstly, both Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent were created by the same creator Satoshi Kon; so already you know there are going to be similar themes of questioning identity, the blur between reality and the mind, modern culture (in particular Japanese culture) and general mind warping and screwing around with - in the best possible way of course.

Both anime take the form of a detective story The viewer, using the clues the film/series provide, must find out the truth, and with numerous viewings, can pick more things up, as well as make the connections quicker.

Ran

Paranoia agent and Perfect blue both have a deep psychological aspect to them as a central part of the plot. Is what's happening real or is it a fantasm? Is it made up by the victims or is someone really having a grudge against them? Through a dream-like script progressing the same way as insane thoughts, these two animes have what it takes to make the viewer really doubt what they saw and think, bringing in new theories with each event, and only coming to a clear conclusion at the very end.

joeyig

These are both very enthralling psychological thrillers from Satoshi Kon. The interesting note however is that though they both focus on some similar issues (paranoia, what is real and what is not) they take it from very different angles.

Oehr

Psychological thrillers by Satoshi Kon. No matter what he creates, it'll be a huge success. Paranoia Agent and Perfect Blue are one of his greatest works and they are quite similar: exciting thrillers with mindfuck! While Perfect Blue is a 80min movie, the story doesn't seemed to be cramped nor does the 13 episodes long Paranoia Agent bore you. If you like one, you love the other! Go and watch :D

riseofanimal

If you enjoyed the confusing twist and turns of Perfect Blue then Paranoia Agent is one of those Anime won't disappoint. The fact that both show have the same "scratching your head" story line, and have the same helpless types characters is one of the best reason why you should watch Paranoia Agent.

KoRnish

This is pretty obvious reccomandation, since both anime were created by Satoshi Kon so they share many similaritis in style, graphic and general mood. Not to mention that the plot of both Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent mixes fictional world, created in minds of its characters, with reality.

Omurqi

Paranoia Agent and Perfect Blue are two incredibly messed up psychological thrillers who ask nothing less then 100% attention to keep track of what's going on. Wherever you'll go into these determined to figure out what's happening, or just want to sit back and let the massive wall of confusion hit you head first, both of these mindf*ck shows made by Satoshi Kon shouldn't be missed by fans, they're among the best in the genre.

kenikki

Fusing mindf*ck with the thrilelr genre is what these titles do, and they both do it very well. If you like one you'll probably like the other.

chocobolily

The most important thing these two animes have in common is Satoshi Kon, a director/writer famous for his well-animated psychological films.  Paranoia Agent is his first series.

Paranoia is a common theme which sets the plot into motion for both PB and PA.  Characters are motivated by fear.  There seems to be no escape for them.  Identity issues appear in both, as well.

KittyEmperor

A plot with a lot suspense and a story that will keep the viewer guessing till the end both describe probably the strongest point of both series.  With several moments in which the line between reality and the mind both series create and interesting story that requires the viewer to pay complete attention just to keep track of what's going on.

NimirRa

These two psychological thrillers keep you guessing until the credits roll. Both ending up far from what you would have expected at the beginning- they are a great recommendation for each other. If you found one of these tales gripping then give the other a try and see if you can guess what comes next!

Diachy

Both Perfect Blue 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. Perfect Blue really masks what it does through the whole movie it shows you all characters and thoughts through the delusive minds of those characters in the movie.

hamletsmage

These animes involve an attacker on the loose, and layers of psychological drama covering up the identity of the attacker. Both of these animes try to uncover the meaning of paranoia and helplessness. The two are a bit jumpy, often confusing, and definitely cerebral. If you like one, you'll definitely like the other. 

DrunkenBlowfish

Both are Kon anime that many times blur reality and fiction, digging deep into the minds of the characters.

Morwen

Both are anime from Satoshi Kon, and feel very similar in that they examine aspects of Japanese culture and society with a critical eye by using the psychological thriller genre. They both feature character designs that are both more realistic than typical anime and at the same time caracatures of real people. Perfect Blue was one of Kon's first films and I think by the time he worked on Paranoia Agent he really perfected his work.

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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TheBurningCrow

Like Perfect Blue, Lain is a very bizarre anime. It has a very good story and interesting twists. If you liked the strangeness of one of these anime, you'll love the twisted delights that the other brings.

aldat
The world outside of your window is dark...and watching it you suddenly realize that you can't truly tell apart the world in your head and the one that is said to be real. This is the feeling a watcher can find in both Lain and Perfect Blue. Never ceasing suspect behind the back of your neck if someone is deceiving you, if the truths you have gained knowledge of are false. I must say I didn't personally like Perfect Blue as much as Lain, it felt like Perfect Blue was trying a little bit too much. Still, they are both good, Lain excellent actually, and have too much likeness not to recommend one to another.
magnusvv
If you enjoyed trying to figure out what is real and what is not in either Lain or Perfect Blue, then you may enjoy watching the other. The main content of each of these is the development of the main character and their realizations, which you share with them as the story goes on. Lain is a bit more philisophical though.
AnarchicQ

Both Perfect Blue and Lain deal with the theme of identity. There are the people we are on the outside, and the person we are when we're alone. Who is that and to what lengths will the main characters go to find that out?

edgeofthesea

I found both Lain and Perfect Blue have a similar feeling - I often felt confused, but intrigued at the same time. Lain does not explain itself while Perfect Blue ultimately explains itself at the end, so Perfect Blue is best if you are looking for something less open ended.

tasanime

Serial Experiments Lain and Perfect Blue tell the story of either a young girl (Lain) or woman (PB) who becomes increasingly aware that they have become part of a world much more frightening then they had ever realized. As fame for each increases via the net (Lain) or the media (PB), their paranoia and fears increase causing them to act strangely and segregate themselves from the society they live in, whilst their worlds darken and the threat around them increases.

koothman

Both Lain and Perfect Blue are about the life of a young woman who is struggling to stay sane while in the midst of life changing events - events which would ultimately destroy her view of herself and reality.

josiedm

Both Perfect Blue and Lain have a main character which seems to have different persona that they can't control. Lain is about the web and how close it can be to reality, and Perfect Blue is about someone who is obsessed with the main character. When you watch them they both give you a similar feeling.

redpixie9

Two words: Mind fuck! If you like being really confused, yet intrigued, "Lain" and "Perfect Blue" are for you. Don't expect "Lain" to tie up as neatly as "Perfect" though.

chocobolily

Both anime involve a female protagonist struggling with identity issues.  As bizarre occurrences happen around them, their mental health takes a toll.  Both Lain and Mima's relationships seem disconnected as if no one is listening to them.

The animation style relies on similar techniques--"subliminal message" type pictures which flash for only a few moments, interesting POVs, and a muted color scheme.

The writing style for Lain and Perfect Blue is also eerily passive: the protagonists do not set their own problems into motion; rather, they only react when the worst seems to happen.

The soundtracks are similarly clever; weird and techno-esque.  

cassettenoir

Both Serial Experements Lain and Perfect Blue deal with themes of identity, are both extremely psycological, and both have a similar late 90s animation style. Both anime force the main character to question reality and and their own identity. These anime are highly recomended to anyone who likes anime that makes them think.

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Paprika

Paprika
  • Movie (1 ep x 91 min)
  • 2006

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.

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Himitsu

If you enjoyed the psychological confusion that Perfect Blue offered, Paprika gives you the same spice, and much more. Paprika and Perfect Blue are created by the same person and thus the style is evidently the same. They both have a very scattered execution which is good, because they're both mysteries. Paprika has the aspect of entering and altering people's dreams which makes its plot very interesting. Also, it's a recent movie so the boosted art and animation quality is a bonus. Perfect Blue was mysterious and has some horror aspect.

bshegg

Both Perfect Blue and Paprika are directed by Satoshi Kon, fit into similar anime realism genres which are rich in Satoshi Kon's social commentaries, and have intellectually stimulating themes.

FalseDawn

What is reality? What are dreams? When do we know when we're in either state? Paprika and Perfect Blue explore these ideas with a great deal of success - both have dark undertones which are caused by deep-seated trauma. If you liked either of these, the other will surely appeal to you.

Kejell

Both movies deal with the human psyche and transcend traditional storytelling by not quite letting the viewer feel sure about what's real and what is not.

panther628

Perfect Blue was one of Satoshi Kon's early works, and I think is his best. If you enjoyed Paprika's style of story, then you will love Perfect Blue's engaging story of a pop idol turned actor who discovers she has a stalker. Kon keeps the suspense coming with every scence, and you will be mesmorized by how well Kon executes his stories. Both movies have interesting characters and an interesting story that only Kon could express.

Zuzane

Both films refers to the thin border between reality and dreams or illusions. They are also well made, have very addictive plot and touch some delicate problems of human's psychology, so if you enjoyed one, you won't be disappointed by the other.

hamletsmage

Both of these animes are like a closed-room-mystery. The whodunit has to be in the presented cast, and the answer keeps you guessing until the final reveal. With psychological drama surrounding the human conscious, these movies are quite similar. 

Boogiepop Phantom

Boogiepop Phantom

Strange things have been happening at a local high school... mysterious disappearances, strange powers and brutal murders all emerge amongst kids who, up till now, have been perfectly normal. Even the Shinigami (Angel of Death) herself has been sighted. What's happening? The answers lie in the mysterious creature known as Boogiepop...

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Stmated
A dark mood with a hint of madness is what fills these two series. They give you a deeper view into the psychics of humans, both realistic and not, and is bound to entertain the one who like dementia. A given choice.
TheBurningCrow
Pefect Blue is another twisted anime to watch, if you liked the plot twists and confusion of Boogiepop. A must see movie.
freakzilla

If plot twists and confusion are what you like, than you should like Perfect Blue and Boogiepop Phantom. After all, Boogiepop will mess around with your head even more than Perfect Blue, as it is a very hard anime to keep up with. It also shares a pretty violent nature (in story, not really in graphics) and a similar animation style.

stingreis

Well, they are both horror anime's that incorporate the twisted nature of peoples fear and emotions. Furthermore, they both have a very similar style of animation, that gives off a dreary effect.

Now Perfect Blue is a Movie, while Boogiepop is a series, but if you liked one, you will surely like the other. (if you don't mind that one is a movie and the other a series)

panaru

Perfect Blue has a lot of the same twisted rocketting storyline, but its a movie more or less about one person whereas Boogiepop is 13 episodes of interlocking madness. 

SadisticTendencies

These two Anime share eccentric plotlines that deal primarily with identity-related issues, but also take some time to incorporate technophobia into their respective stories. They both portray a gradual descent into insanity during some moments and build up towards an unexpected climax. The animation in these little pearls may not be the best, but if you can overlook that I believe you'll enjoy these two!

Monster

Monster

Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.

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Nohansen

Alfred Hitchcock was a genius. The man was a pioneer of the suspense thriller and his influence is still being felt to this day. In the world of anime and manga, no two men are more deserving of Hitchcock's legacy than Satoshi Kon and Naoki Urasawa.

Kon's Perfect Blue, scripted by Sadayuki Murai, is a psychological thriller worthy of the master himself. The diluted sense of reality creates an uneasiness that will keep you guessing and entertained until the credits roll. Monster, a faithful adaptation of Urasawa's manga, stars a Hitchcockian hero: an ordinary man accused of a murder he didn't commit. Tenma's quest to prove his innocence thrusts him into an extraordinary world of intrigue and deceit grander than North By Northwest and The Man Who Knew Too Much combined.

They may be different mediums, but if you enjoyed one give the other a chance.

tasanime

Although very different in length, plot and style, both are very well written, intense psychological thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Both able to create that similar Hitchcock like "I have no idea what's about to happen and it's driving me insane" kind of feel, I feel they may appeal to a similar type of viewer, possibly a very frightened one...

kenikki

Monster and Perfect Blue are the only anime titles that are thrillers that upholds such a great quality all the way. So if you like either title as a thriller, then watch the other one.

hamletsmage

Both of these anime delve into some intense psychological suspense, as well as some parts violence, memory issues, young women in despair, and a whole plot devoted to finding the "man behind the curtain." While they differ in length and content, they both have a deep rooted sense of realistic horror.

bardackx

Mental state distortion, both are thrillers, very well writen characters, both focus on the psycology of the characters while creating a great atmosphere