|Adult Swim Premiere||May 28, 2005|
Paranoia Agent is a Japanese anime series created by director Satoshi Kon and produced by Madhouse. Music for the series was composed by Susumu Hirasawa. The anime premiered in Japan on WOWOW from February 2, 2004 to May 18, 2004. Paranoia Agent was previously licensed in North America by Geneon Entertainment, who produced an English dub, but Funimation currently holds the license.
The English dub of Paranoia Agent premiered on Adult Swim's Adult Swim Action programming block from May 28, 2005 to August 20, 2005, with reruns airing sporadically through February 3, 2007. Reruns returned to Adult Swim via the revived Toonami programming block on April 25, 2020, this time in HD. However, the theme song was shortened in these airings.
Citizens across Musashino, Tokyo are being attacked and terrorized by a juvenile serial assailant nicknamed "Lil' Slugger". None of the victims can recall the boy's face and only three distinct details are left in their memories: golden inline skates, a baseball cap, and the weapon: a bent golden baseball bat. Two detectives are put on the case, but will they be able to solve the mystery before there's another wave of victims? The plot relays between a large cast of people affected in some way by the attacks; usually Lil' Slugger's victims or the detectives assigned to apprehend him. As each character becomes the focus of the story, details are revealed about their secret lives and the truth about Lil' Slugger.
Lil' Slugger — The enigmatic figure the series revolves around. He appears as a grinning, baseball cap-wearing juvenile who travels on golden inline skates and attacks people with a gold-colored metal baseball bat that is curiously bent.
Tsukiko Sagi — One of the central characters of the series, she is a famous, but timid, character designer best known for a cartoonish dog named Maromi. She carries a plush toy copy of Maromi everywhere. She is Lil' Slugger's first apparent victim in the series, and the catalyst who jump-starts the plot.
Maromi — Maromi is a popular Sanrio-esque mascot created by Tsukiko. A pink dog with big black eyes and droopy ears, Maromi is a parody of real life iyashi kyara (relaxing characters), such as tarepanda and rilakkuma. In Tsukiko's presence (usually when she is alone), Tsukiko's plush Maromi toy walks, rolls its eyes, and talks to her.
Detective Keiichi Ikari — One of two police detectives assigned to investigate the attacks by the Lil' Slugger. He is extremely old fashioned and yearns for the simpler, less hurried times; he is often chastised for this by his young and idealistic partner Mitsuhiro Maniwa.
Detective Mitsuhiro Maniwa — One of two police detectives assigned to investigate the attacks by the Lil' Slugger. Young, idealistic, and a flexible thinker, Maniwa is the perfect complement as well as foil to the more rustic Keiichi Ikari. He is open-minded and unconventional in his methods.