History Anime / ParanoiaAgent

17th Mar '16 11:21:19 AM CapnAndy
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* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Zebra, Fuyubachi and Kamome in "Happy Family Planning". In a variation, they're actually alive at the beginning of the episode, but then die accidentally but don't realize it because they were busy trying to commit suicide. The resulting ghosts [[PlayedForLaughskeep on trying to kill themselves]].]]

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* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Zebra, Fuyubachi and Kamome in "Happy Family Planning". In a variation, they're actually alive at the beginning of the episode, but then die accidentally but don't realize it because they were busy trying to commit suicide. The resulting ghosts [[PlayedForLaughskeep [[PlayedForLaughs keep on trying to kill themselves]].]]
17th Mar '16 11:20:50 AM CapnAndy
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* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Zebra, Fuyubachi and Kamome in "Happy Family Planning". In a variation, it's made to look like they were actually alive at the beginning of the episode, but then committed suicide, and the resulting ghosts failed to realize they were dead, so they kept trying to kill themselves, and it's left intentionally ambiguous when exactly they finally managed to do it. PlayedForLaughs.]]

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* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Zebra, Fuyubachi and Kamome in "Happy Family Planning". In a variation, it's made to look like they were they're actually alive at the beginning of the episode, but then committed suicide, and the die accidentally but don't realize it because they were busy trying to commit suicide. The resulting ghosts failed to realize they were dead, so they kept [[PlayedForLaughskeep on trying to kill themselves, and it's left intentionally ambiguous when exactly they finally managed to do it. PlayedForLaughs.]]themselves]].]]



* TheManBehindTheCurtain: Invoked by the victims of [[spoiler:Shonen Bat]]. [[NeverMyFault They want to avoid their responsibilities]], so they invoke TheManBehindTheMan in order to play the BlameGame. This [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]].
* TheManBehindTheMan: Invoked by all the characters who are attacked by [[spoiler:Shonen Bat]]. They want a villain who they can blame for their own problems--and thanks to an in-universe MemeticMutation, they get it.

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* TheManBehindTheCurtain: Invoked by the victims of [[spoiler:Shonen Bat]]. [[NeverMyFault They want to avoid their responsibilities]], so they invoke TheManBehindTheMan in order to play the BlameGame. This [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]].
* TheManBehindTheMan: Invoked by all the characters who are attacked by [[spoiler:Shonen Bat]]. They want a villain who they can blame for their own problems--and problems -- and thanks to an in-universe MemeticMutation, they get it.



* TheShadowKnows: Used subtly to show TheReveal in one of the episodes of the show. It was so subtle, that maybe the audience will not get it, but the characters got it, making it like an InternalReveal. At the end of the episode, TheReveal is obvious [[TheEndingChangesEverything (but still surprising)]]. [[RewatchBonus It makes the episode worthwhile to see again and discover why this trope was so important.]]

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* TheShadowKnows: Used subtly to show TheReveal in one of the episodes of the show. It was so subtle, that maybe the audience will not get it, but the characters got it, making it like an InternalReveal. At the end of the episode, TheReveal is obvious [[spoiler:"Happy Family Planning"]]. [[TheEndingChangesEverything (but still surprising)]]. [[RewatchBonus It makes changes the episode worthwhile to see again context]] of most of the episode, and discover why this trope was so important.]]gives a nice RewatchBonus for those who watch the whole thing already knowing the big secret. [[labelnote:If you really want to know...]]Ghosts don't have shadows. Zebra, Fuyubachi and Kamome lose theirs when the construction equipment unexpectedly tears down the building they're in, bathing them in sunlight and killing them accidentally.[[/labelnote]]



* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:Episode 7. The reasoning behind the attacks are somewhat explained and Kozuka turns out to be a copycat criminal... who is murdered in his cell by Lil' Slugger, who proceeds to murder more people from there.]]

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* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:Episode 7. The reasoning behind the attacks are somewhat explained and Kozuka Kozuka, the prime suspect, is in jail. And then he turns out to be a copycat criminal... who is murdered in his cell by the ''real'' Lil' Slugger, who proceeds to murder more people from there.skates through the walls in plain view of the police, proving his supernatural nature.]]
11th Dec '15 5:51:23 PM crashkey
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* BigBad: Lil' Slugger [[spoiler: (except not, Tsukiko qualifies for accidentally creating him)]].

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* BigBad: Lil' Slugger [[spoiler: (except not, Tsukiko qualifies for accidentally creating him)]].Slugger, although [[spoiler:it's open to interpretation whether he's even sentient in the first place]].
7th Nov '15 5:06:11 PM theknack101
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* BreatherEpisode:The episode after [[spoiler:the prime suspect for Lil' Slugger is murdered by Lil' Slugger in his own cell, both Maniwa and Ikari are fired for their failure, and Maniwa starts going insane]], we get one. Easily the lightest and goofiest episode of the series, it of course involves 3 people trying and comically failing to commit suicide together.
25th Oct '15 12:51:28 PM MarkLungo
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* TokyoTower: Maniwa perches on it while delivering an emergency message to Ikari in the final episode.
24th Oct '15 12:33:55 PM MarkLungo
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* EarlyBirdCameo: The opening contains almost every character, even though many don't show up until later in the series.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: The opening TitleSequence contains almost every character, even though many don't show up until later in the series.
24th Oct '15 12:30:02 PM MarkLungo
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* FailureGambit: Arguable. Though it's never fully explained why, the only way that Lil' Slugger/Shonen Bat is finally thwarted and life restored to some semblance of normalcy is for [[spoiler:the giant wave of paranoia that Slugger has become to devour EVERYTHING, resulting in the utter annihilation of the city and a strange inner-world revelation by Tsukiko that results in Slugger's ultimate erasal]]. The ending is so incredibly vague that it's impossible to determine if [[spoiler:Slugger]] had planned this outcome, but given that [[spoiler:he and Maromi are functionally the same entity in Tsukiko's mind, it could be argued that they both wanted only for Tsukiko to find inner peace]].

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* FailureGambit: Arguable. Though it's never fully explained why, the only way that Lil' Slugger/Shonen Bat is finally thwarted and life restored to some semblance of normalcy is for [[spoiler:the giant wave of paranoia that Slugger has become to devour EVERYTHING, resulting in the utter annihilation of the city and a strange inner-world revelation by Tsukiko that results in Slugger's ultimate erasal]].erasure]]. The ending is so incredibly vague that it's impossible to determine if [[spoiler:Slugger]] had planned this outcome, but given that [[spoiler:he and Maromi are functionally the same entity in Tsukiko's mind, it could be argued that they both wanted only for Tsukiko to find inner peace]].
24th Oct '15 12:29:18 PM MarkLungo
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** Lampshaded. The final episode has an OnTheNextEpisode sequence that invites you to watch the series again, because knowing how it ends will alter the experience for you.

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** Lampshaded. {{Lampshaded}}. The final episode has an OnTheNextEpisode OnTheNext sequence that invites you to watch the series again, because knowing how it ends will alter the experience for you.
24th Oct '15 12:28:30 PM MarkLungo
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''Paranoia Agent'' is a thirteen-episode anime series directed by Creator/SatoshiKon, who specialized in mind-bending anime with some social commentary thrown into the mix. At times, the series resembles an anthology, with each episode throwing its star character through a TwistEnding -- but everything later becomes connected in a way that rivals ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain's'' levels of conspiracy and surrealism. Besides being perfectly creepy, this show is noteworthy for the (Studio Creator/{{Madhouse}}) animation alone: the characters all have [[CastOfSnowflakes distinct designs]], and apart from some minor {{filler}} and StockFootage, cost-cutting tricks were kept to a minimum.

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''Paranoia Agent'' is a thirteen-episode anime series directed by the late Creator/SatoshiKon, who specialized in mind-bending anime with some social commentary thrown into the mix. At times, the series resembles an anthology, with each episode throwing its star character through a TwistEnding -- but everything later becomes connected in a way that rivals ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain's'' ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'''s levels of conspiracy and surrealism. Besides being perfectly creepy, this show is noteworthy for the (Studio Creator/{{Madhouse}}) animation alone: the characters all have [[CastOfSnowflakes distinct designs]], and apart from some minor {{filler}} and StockFootage, cost-cutting tricks were kept to a minimum.
24th Oct '15 12:27:43 PM MarkLungo
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A grinning boy travels around Tokyo on [[RollerbladeGood golden rollerblades]]. He has a bent, golden baseball bat -- [[BatterUp and he uses it to whack people in the head]].

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A grinning boy travels around Tokyo UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}} on [[RollerbladeGood golden rollerblades]]. He has a bent, golden baseball bat -- [[BatterUp and he uses it to whack people in the head]].
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