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Dark humor + bloody visuals = not for young teens.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byYdoUask April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written byLedZepFan98 October 2, 2012

Mature Anime Best for Older Teens

Paranoia Agent is a anime series created by the late Satoshi Kon who is best known for his films, "Perfect Blue", "Millennium Actress", "Tokyo Godfathers" and "Paprika". Satoshi Kon as often been compared to Hayao Miyazaki, but, Unlike, Miyazaki his movies are not intended for children. Paranoia Agent is one of Kon's more mature works. The series is about a serial assailant, nicknamed "Lil' Slugger" who is a teenager who assaults people with a bent golden baseball bat, while using inline skates. In one episode two children look at a pornographic website, which shows a fully nude woman, however, only her breasts are shown. One episode focus is a woman who has a prostitute alter-ego. In another episode a police officer has sex with a prostitute, her breasts are shown. In another episode the same police officer moves into a new house so he can spy on his teenage daughter while she is changing. In another episode, a old man, a young man and a little girl are shown naked in a hot tub, however there is nothing sexual about this scene and there is no nudity. In the same episode a condom machine is shown. In another episode, a character tells a story about a doctor who used the wrong sperm for In vitro fertilization. One character is Infertile. In another episode, a man hacks into a computer and another character mentions it being "Any Computer Nerds Wet Dream". In Almost every episode someone is assaulted by Lil' Slugger. In one episode a police officer ties up an entire family and robs them. In another episode, There are several fights with swords and magic, however these scenes are from a video game and are quite comedic. In another episode, a teenage girl trashes her room after finding out her dad has been spying on her. A teenage boy's dead body is shown after killing himself. The series darkest episode revolves around an internet suicide pact, which consists of a old man, a young man and a little girl, they attempt suicide in various different ways, but all fail and are played for laughs. In the same episode, a man jumps in front of a train and is later shown walking away bloody. In another episode, a man is shown lying dead on a desk with blood coming from his head. In the final episode, various people are shown being attacked or dying. In the same episode a dog is shown being run over by a truck. The "S Word" was used in one episode, but, other then that the profanity is mild.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written byJohann7 September 1, 2011

Bizarre, moderately disturbing, worth watching for genre fans

A thoroughly surreal postmodern anime series that explores reality as a function of consciousness, and the implications that this holds for a contemporary society that is in some ways deeply dysfunctional (e.g. the pressures of the capital marketplace, the results of antisocial or violent ways in which some people treat others). The story line is intensely cerebral and may be anywhere from mildly to seriously disturbing, depending on the viewer and episode. There is a considerable amount of violence, though most is implied and not shown on-screen. A couple of episodes deal with sexual assault and exploitation, and violent assault, self-harm, and externalized guilt are recurring themes. I recommend it for fans of anime, postmodern fiction, and Nihilism.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written bySayWut August 20, 2009

Good show.

It really isn't all that violent. It's pretty weird though and leaves you questioning at the end of each episode although you still understand enough to enjoy it. The hidden identity of Lil' Slugger is one of the things that keeps you watching, as well as his reasons he beats and kills people which the hypothosis of it continues to change throughout the show. It focuses on peoples weaknesses throughout the show and constantly makes you realize how weak we are and how we turn storys and situations into such big things.
Adult Written byyakaboskib April 9, 2008

A great show for older kids

First of all whoever recommended Eureka Seven as a replacement for Paranoia Agent should go watch that show. Its just as voilent as Eureka Seven, if not more since they have left it mostly uncut on Adult Swim. Second of all its a good story about how two detectives are trying to solve the mystery of a kid on roller skates attacks people who are in an emotional corner with a baseball bat. I've watched the whole series. Its a good show. Not for kids by a long shot but older teenagers its fine for. Great story, great charcters, keeps you guessing till the end and then some. My kind of show. :)
Teen, 13 years old Written byxPanda July 18, 2010

Contrary to my age it is not for tweens.

I myself is 12 years old and I got the message of this anime. With that said I do not recommend it to people under the age of 13. Though its a bit hypocritical in my case but my main concern is mostly the episode with the prostitute and the one with the guy making everyone call him 'father'. Now I know it isnt THAT bad but it is inappropriate to say the least. The violence isn't that bad.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written by_____________ May 15, 2016
Teen, 16 years old Written bySamurai 2.0 May 6, 2011

A great anime acid trip.

This show's crazy. You'll need to really focus to understand half of it. Tweens and up, some violence, swearing (though the harder swears are muted).