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->''"No more anger, our world is happy and mundane!"''

''Paprika'' is a book written by Yasutaka Tsutsui, its chapters serialized between 1991 and 1993. It was later adapted into a 2006 {{anime}} film by Creator/SatoshiKon, director of ''Anime/PerfectBlue'', ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'', ''Anime/MillenniumActress'', and ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent''. [[AdaptationDisplacement This article mainly covers the latter.]]

TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, scientists have created a device called the "DC" that allows people to go into other people's dreams and record them. One of these people is the titular Paprika, a colorful and perky young dream therapist. She's the dream avatar of Chiba, one of the scientists involved in the creation of the DC. Things start to go wrong when prototypes of the DC-Mini, a portable version of the DC machine, go missing; the prototypes are missing a vital piece of programming which, basically, protects DC-Mini users' minds from being hacked.

Things get even ''more'' dangerous when it's discovered that the thieves are using the megalomaniac dream of an insane person as a WeaponOfMassDestruction. People who used the DC machines frequently in the past, such as Dr. Chiba, are at risk for being "infected" by the mad dream, and it's up to Chiba/Paprika, the DC's naive yet brilliant creator Tokita, and one stressed-out detective to save the day before reality gets invaded by the unstable DreamLand. The result is a beautiful, intelligent and often quite light-hearted film (though there are some heavy adult themes as well), with a very, ''very'' high HolyShitQuotient.

This movie is, more or less, a [[ReunionShow voice actor reunion]] for ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' and/or ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', by the way. In particular, the title character is voiced by Music/MegumiHayashibara.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* AmusementParkOfDoom
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The DC machines.
* ArcWords: "But what about the rest of it?!"
* AttemptedRape: Or actual rape, depending on your definition. In either interpretation, Chiba's body and mind both get violated. The scene is also a ShoutOut to a very similar scene from ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]''.
* AuthorTract: Subtly. Watch carefully during the parade when [[spoiler: it merges with reality]]. Businessmen laughing as they jump off buildings? People transforming into religious symbols? Men with mobile phones for heads taking pictures up the skirts of a group of girls with phones for heads? (That last one in particular, seeing as Kon [[Anime/ParanoiaAgent had previously criticized pedophilia.]])
* BadassMustache: Konakawa has a particularly magnificent one.
* BadBoss / MeanBoss: The Chairman has absolutely no care for those in his employ and will abuse them whenever he deems fit. Even if it's his right-hand hand man Osanai.
* BaldOfAwesome: Shima lacks hair on top.
* BaldOfEvil: [[spoiler: The Chairman]].
* BarbieDollAnatomy: The main female lead has nipples but is drawn without genitalia or pubic hair.
* BarefootLoon / BarefootSage: Downplayed, but still present in Dr. Shima, who wears sandals at work instead of proper dress shoes in order to show his unorthodox views.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness:
** Subverted by Tokita. Possibly the nicest person in the movie, who is also very overweight. Despite his morbid obesity, however, Tokita's appearance has baby-like innocence to it -- he's no {{Gonk}} by any means.
** Also subverted by [[spoiler:Osanai, though in reverse]].
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Shima mentions Paprika once liberated him from a depression, and it's implied this was when he started working with her.
* BigEater: Dr. Tokita.
* BigShutUp: Osanai does four big shut ups to Paprika when the latter accuses him of being "the Chairman's pet dog" and of once being "Himuro's idol".
* BodyHorror: What [[spoiler: Osanai]] does to [[spoiler: Paprika]].
* BondOneLiner: Konakawa [[spoiler: after shooting Osanai]] in the English dub, which makes the parody of cliched movie endings even more hilariously biting. "Lights out," indeed.
* CasualHighDrop: Paprika is the alternate identity of psychologist Chiba Atsuko, who is seen entering a patient's world by falling from the sky from about a mile up. Being a ManicPixieDreamGirl and existing only in someone's mind means Paprika can drop from such a height and come to ground with no more drama than stepping off a curb. It is nonetheless an impressive entrance.
* ChubbyChaser: [[spoiler:Chiba. This is particularly evident when it's revealed that the early scene of her being stuck in an elevator with Tokita was another fantasy.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Torataro Shima is very cheerful and bubbly.
** Tokita is a very mild example of this trope, bordering on a deconstruction of both how beneficial and harmful it can be when a scientist has this mindset.
** Himuro, only because [[spoiler:we only see him ''after'' he's been consumed by the mad dream]].
** Heck, anyone who has been consumed by the dream for that matter.
* CombatTentacles: The bad guy has an affinity for trees and uses tentacular tree roots to attack Paprika more than once.
* CoolOldGuy: Shima.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/SatoshiKon and Yasutaka Tsutsui, the movie director and author of the original ''Paprika'' novel, respectively, play the part of the bartenders in Paprika's bar. Even the other voice actors of the movie didn't know this until the premiere when they saw their names in the program.
* CreepyCircusMusic: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiU2mZYunV0 "Shizuku Ippai no Kioku"]] from the soundtrack.
* CreepyDoll: If you thought large objects attacking buildings were not scary these days, you obviously haven't seen this film yet. [[spoiler:[[NightmareFuel That laughing...]]]]
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: A cartoon frog rolls down stairs, then begins drumming the second his feet hit the floor. It sounds funny, but in context, it's a G-rated terror.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Dr. Chiba, in spades.
* DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler:Osanai. He's obsessed with Chiba and shares a bed with the Chairman; there's also an off-hand mention that he "sold his body" to Himuro in order to gain access to the DC Minis]].
* DepravedHomosexual: [[spoiler:Possibly the Chairman, though his attachment to Osanai seems more a master/slave thing than a sexual or romantic relationship. Also possibly Himuro, who seems to have fetishized Osanai -- we briefly see dirty magazines in his apartment with Osanai look-alikes on the cover, and his dreamscape features a towering statue of Osanai as a Greek god]].
** The gay angle is ''much'' more pronounced in the rather politically incorrect novel version. Kon, being a touch more liberal-minded, tried to emphasize the unhealthy nature of the characters' obsessional relationships while making the orientation incidental, though YMMV on how much it worked.
* DerangedAnimation: Particularly those scenes where everything... for lack of a better word, '''melts.''' Justified in that a lot of the movie takes place in dreams.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Himuro.
* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler:Osanai, who turns out to be the Chairman's lackey]].
* DreamTropes
** AllJustADream: Doesn't make it any less real to the characters, though.
** AnxietyDreams: Konakawa starts having them because of the stress of the ongoing homicide case he is on.
** DreamEater: [[spoiler:This is the way Paprika puts an end to the out-of-control dreamworld. (This might be a reference to the mythological [[{{Youkai}} baku]].)]]
** DreamLand
** DreamWalker: What the DC allows its users to become.
** DreamWeaver: What the DC allows its users to do.
** DreamWithinADream
** RecurringDreams:
** YourMindMakesItReal:
*** There are two: Konakawa AnxietyDreams and Himuro[[spoiler:Everyone's collective]] dream.
*** This is also one of the proposed uses for the DC -- to cure diseases by manipulating the subconscious.
* DysfunctionJunction: Done very well. The characters may act like normal people, but if you think about it, they've all had problems, ranging from prior depression to split personalities to completely delusional.
* EmotionlessGirl: Chiba, at times.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Seijiro Inui, Chairman of the Institute of Psychiatric Research. He's not really called just "The Chairman".
* EvilCripple: [[spoiler: The Chairman]].
* EvilLuddite: You'd think the Chairman for a company that creates AppliedPhlebotinum would be a little more, you know, ''enthusiastic'' about technology. It's implied later on that the sole reason he supported it was [[spoiler:to be able to walk again by placing his consciousness into a younger host body, such as Osanai's]].
* FalseCameraEffects: The movie could be done in live-action; Detective Konakawa explains camera angles to Paprika.
** Also a brief and justifiable example of WriterOnBoard to [[ShownTheirWork show his work]].
* ForScience: Tokita's reason for creating a technology for sharing dreams essentially boils down to [[RuleOfCool "Hey, wouldn't it be awesome?"]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Loaded with it. Especially crucial in [[spoiler: making the revelation of Chiba's love for Tokita not seem out of the blue. She never goes through the typical tropes that would indicate she liked him that are common in anime such as the LuminescentBlush or [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]], but there are three crucial things that lead up to it: she seems a wee bit obsessed with him at times, her avatar looks like the way a child of her and Tokita would look, and her dismissing Osanai's suspicions of him. Also, see Chiba's reaction when Konakawa pays more attention to her than to Tokita when Tokita is talking enthusiastically about how he invented the DC Mini.]]
** A picture of Tokita's face being pasted onto a toy robot with the words "Help me!" beside it is shown in Himuro's apartment.
* [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] -- [[spoiler:Konakawa is the first male that Paprika, Chiba's avatar, is seen interacting with, but it's ''Tokita'' who we first see her interact with as her real self. That's probably pretty meaningful]].
* FriendOnTheForce: Shima acts as this to Paprika, using his connections as chief of staff in the company to help her with her dream-vigilante ways.
* GeniusDitz: Tokita.
* GentleGiant: Tokita.
* GirlyRun: Paprika. She's even the page image!
* AGlitchInTheMatrix: The Chairman walks?
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:The Chairman]].
* GratuitousEnglish:
** "It's the greatest showtime!"
** "Parade" has a good deal of English.
--->''Kore ga'' liberty\\
Utopia ''no'' parody
* GreenThumb: The Chairman. In his dream world, he takes on the attribute of a tree to fit his distaste of technology and obsession with controlling reality.
* HellIsThatNoise: The doll's laughter. [[spoiler: Which becomes a thousand times worse when the doll grows to gigantic size.]]
* HeroicResolve: Chiba.
* HollywoodOld: Shima mentions he and Konakawa knew each other in college and hung out together, which is shocking considering they appear to be vastly different ages. As dates are not mentioned, we don't know if Shima is YoungerThanTheyLook or Konawa is OlderThanTheyLook, but it's undeniable that the doctor could pose convincingly as Konakawa's father.
** The dialogue states that they attended college together. That doesn't necessarily mean that they're the same age. Shima could have been an older/non-traditional college student.
* HumongousMecha: Tokita's dream avatar is a giant toy robot.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The portly large Tokita and slender Dr. Chiba.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: It's revealed that Konakawa originally [[spoiler:wanted to be a movie director when he was younger]], but got cold feet. He does his best not to even think about this trope, but it's expressed nonverbally for much of the film because [[spoiler:the childhood dream he gave up on]] is the root of his anxiety.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Chiba, to a degree.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind: A key part of the premise.
* {{Kuudere}}: Chiba, again. Her emphasis on self-control and remaining stoic makes her cold and aloof to others but she still maintains a great deal of care for others when things become serious and has an inner passionate side.
* TheLabRat(s): Unfortunately for them, they get dispatched early on.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Nigeru Mono", which first plays during the opening credits, acts as Paprika's theme and [[ThemeMusicPowerUp signals her appearance]].
* LoggingOntoTheFourthWall: [[http://radioclub.jp radioclub.jp]] really exists, serving as (among other things) a promotional site for the film.
* MadArtist: Osanai. He's shown to possess an insane interest in beauty and a disgust for whatever he deems ugly and a fascination for the aesthetics of butterflies which he chooses to manifest in the dream world. He even restrains Paprika to a table in a manner reminiscent to a butterfly.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Paprika, in a more literal sense than most.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Done exceptionally well in a later scene, serving as a sign that everything isn't over yet.
* MeaningfulName: Paprika to [[spoiler:Robo-Tokita]]. She's there to spice up your life!
* MediumAwareness: Detective Konakawa is a film buff, and in his dreams he's aware of the 180-degree rule and panfocus.
* MemeticMutation: The parade dream is an in-universe example of a meme getting literally out of control.
* MindRape: Paprika gets pinned to a table like a butterfly and then [[spoiler:painfully has her skin removed, revealing a naked Dr. Chiba. Made creepier by Osanai's dialogue]]. *shudder*
* MindScrew: For both the people in the movie ''and'' the audience:
** [[spoiler:Specifically when Paprika finds out that the Chairman is the real culprit behind everything going on. She yells to be woken up and returns to reality as Chiba. Chiba then goes to confront the Chairman. But during the conversation, she realizes that she is still in the dream and has fallen right into the Chairman's trap]].
** At one point, Paprika is in trouble, and sees herself from five minutes earlier in the dream and yells to her own past self to run away. It's not time travel, just dream logic. Time is not linear in dreams!
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Dr. Torataro Shima is noticeably shorter than most of the other characters.
* MissionControl: Shima tends to play this role to Paprika.
* MyCard: Used to start the opening credits; ends up being a plot point later on.
* NaughtyByNight: Straight-laced Chiba becomes a lot more flirty and extroverted when she turns into Paprika.
* NerdGlasses: Shima.
* NiceGuy: Aside from Nice Girl Paprika, who is Chiba's alter ego, Tokita is the nicest character in the movie.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Averted. [[spoiler:After the dream ends, there's still a smoldering crater in the middle of Tokyo. While everyone was caught in the dream, ''something'' big blew up.]]
* {{Obake}}: The mad dream parade is a reference to the Japanese "Demon Parade".
* ObviouslyEvil:[[spoiler:The Chairman looks like someone who is up to no good.]]
* OlderSidekick: Dr. Shima to Paprika.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: Subverted. It takes some time to Chiba and company to realize Shima is being controlled by a dream, as he is so eccentric in his daylife that his maddened rants are somewhat in-character for him.
* PantyShot: The sequence with Paprika as a pixie has plenty of these, and the ending dream sequence has a number of people with mobile phones for heads taking pictures up the skirts of a group of girls with phones for heads. Yeah...
* PartlyCloudyWithAChanceOfDeath: The last battle.
* PluckyGirl: Paprika.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Himuro, sort of. He remains alive in a vegetative state, but even before the movie begins he'd already become an "empty shell" used by the Chairman as a puppet. Everything we know about who he was is revealed through Tokita and Chiba's dialog]].
* PrettyButterflies: A constant element of the parade. [[spoiler: They're really a manifestation of Osanai within the dream]].
* TheProfessor: Shima qualifies for most traits of the trope, but both Chiba and Tokita technically qualify as well.
* PsychoSupporter: [[spoiler:Not only two of Dr. Chiba's colleagues, but the Chairman of the company she works for as well]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Paprika and Dr. Chiba respectively.
* TheRenfield: [[spoiler:Osanai, who goes so far as to share a bed with and pimp himself out for the Chairman]].
* RocketRide: The opening credits.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: When investigating the apartment of Himuro, the suspected dream terrorist, they find it completely stuffed with robotic dolls. Tokita's photograph has the face cut out and pasted on a toy robot holding up a sign saying "Help Me!" Osanai passes by a shelf of magazines full of erotic male imagery that happen to resemble ''him''.
* RuleOfCool: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW0v-NuudQw title sequence]].
* SaveBothWorlds: RealLife and DreamLand.
* SchrodingersButterfly
* ScienceIsBad: The Chairman keeps saying this again and again. It's far from the message of the film, though; without science, we wouldn't be able to appreciate all the awesome and strange things in the universe, would we? [[spoiler: Also, the Chairman is lying his ass off or at least being hypocritical, 'cause he just wants to hoard all the dream-power to himself]].
* SexierAlterEgo/SuperpoweredAlterEgo: Paprika to Dr. Chiba.
* ShoutOut:
** Posters for ''Anime/PerfectBlue'', ''Anime/MillenniumActress'', and ''Anime/TokyoGodfathers'' are visible at a movie theater.
** Paprika skipping around during the opening is uncomfortably reminiscent of ''Perfect Blue''.
** The Bartenders' banner that is used to ensnare Tokita is also not unlike the banner in ''Tokyo Godfathers''.
** When Konakawa explains filmmaking techniques to Paprika, he's wearing Creator/AkiraKurosawa's trademark cap and sunglasses.
** The robots of the theme park sign bear a great resemblance to the robots in Creator/SatoshiKon's film ''The Dream Machine''.
** There are a number of movie references in Konakawa's dream. The circus is a reference to ''The Greatest Show On Earth'' (probably; there's also a movie poster of the film visible in another sequence), while the scenes through which he runs afterward resemble ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'', ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', and ''Film/RomanHoliday''.
** Paprika was dressed at one point as [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest the Monkey King]] is often depicted, complete with FlyingOnACloud.
** A creepy doll from ''{{Anime/Monster}}'' appears as part of the parade and talks a bit to Paprika; the same studio had done the manga's anime adaptation.
** Three ''[[Franchise/SuperSentai Sentai]]'' figures can been seen in Himuro's apartment for a split second.
** Paprika is swallowed by an evil whale, and pops out of its blowhole dressed as Pinocchio.
** The background music where Konakawa is running from Osanai is a remixed version of ''Paranoia Agent'''s opening theme.
* StalkerWithACrush: Dr. Osanai towards Chiba.
* StealthPun: The CHAIR-man. Also, Paprika calling Osanai the Chairman's "Legman."
* StepfordSmiler: Both Osanai and Paprika again. Also, the businessmen when [[spoiler:the dream world and the real world merge]].
* StockFootage: Some sequences of the parade. It would be a surprise if it wasn't extremely expensive to animate.
* TalkativeLoon: Those infected by the parade dream start babbling incoherently. Of course, then you ''see'' it, and those ramblings are more-or-less accurate...
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Overlapping with WhatTheHellHero and PoorCommunicationKills. Chiba gives a rather ''epic'' one to Tokita calling him out on his immaturity, recklessness, and only doing what he wants instead of what needs to be done. [[spoiler: This unfortunately leads Tokita to go into Himuro's dream to figure his motive for stealing the DC Mini. It doesn't go well]].
-->'''Chiba:''' You were so selfishly wrapped up in what you want to do that you ignore what needs to be done. You never coded the DC Mini. That was just irresponsible. It cost lives, don't you get it? Of course not. Not much gets through all that protective ''fat'', now does it? Here's what does: "What a scientist!" "He's so amazing!" It's like a really bad joke! What good is a scientist to mankind if he doesn't care about people, hmm? If you want to be the king of geeks with your bloated ego, then just keep on doing only what pleases you. Go ahead, indulge in your freakish masturbation, because that's what you're ''good'' at!
* TheTokyoFireball: Actually [[spoiler:Tokyo dream infestation and giant naked people]].
* TransformationSequence: A somewhat subtle one. As [[spoiler:Chiba]] sets out to deal with the dream incursion into the real world, she's seen through a series of windows. For the first few, she's seen running normally with her arms pumping, the next few show her running like Paprika does with her arms moving differently, and then you see Paprika running by.
* {{Tulpa}}: Paprika.
* TwitchyEye: Konakawa.
* UglyGuyHotWife: [[spoiler: Tokita and Chiba]].
* VoiceOfTheLegion: If you're thinking, "Why has 'so many people saying the same thing at once' never sounded so scary before?", that's because in ''Paprika'', they use the same pitch changes and speak at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C724IVX3tEw EXACTLY the same time]], creating an effect that's [[UncannyValley pretty unnerving]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:The Chairman, who believes that technology is violating the privacy of dreams. His response to this is a dream-based apocalypse]].
** Tokita is a mild, more benevolent example. He creates the DC Mini due to wanting to help people and due to the idea being inherently [[RuleOfCool interesting and cool]]. However, he doesn't really take the time to consider the potential abuse and harm that could come from the DC Mini.
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: Osanai does this to Paprika.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: [[spoiler:The Chairman]].
* WorldGoneMad: After a while, Tokyo more or less becomes a warped dream reality, thankfully Paprika stops the whole disaster before it goes any further.
* TheWorldTree: Used as a dream metaphor for [[spoiler:the wheelchair-bound Chairman]].
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Osanai]].
* YouthfulFreckles: Paprika has some across her cheeks.

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->[[TheStinger But what about]] [[ArcWords the rest of it?]]
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