February 19th, 2004

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Wow. I've just watched the first two episodes of what will likely turn out to be the best anime series in recent years. The show is Paranoia Agent, directed by Satoshi Kon, who seems destined to join Hideaki Anno and Mamoru Oshii in my anime director pantheon. At its core, the show appears to be a look at mass hysteria developing around a series of bizzare assaults. However, there's a lot more to the show than that. There are a lot of sub-themes permeating the episodes that ring back to Serial Experiments Lain, Boogiepop Phantom, and Kon's own movies. Tons of near-psychedelic perception distortion, commentary on pop art and mass media, and references within references within references. In other words it seems to be almost custom-made to turn me into a gibbering fanboy. ^^ Between this, the end of Read or Die TV, and Mezzo DSA, this seems to be one hell of a month for new anime.
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