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Relief From Reality (Paranoia Agent Fanart) by Duckyworth Relief From Reality (Paranoia Agent Fanart) by Duckyworth
I've been watching some new anime over the past few months, and I think I may have very well found a LOT of new favourites. :D

Two anime that will DEFINITELY be in my new Top 15 Favourite Anime will be two other projects from the late great Satoshi Kon - Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent (they'll be joining Tokyo Godfathers, another Satoshi Kon project I love :meow: ). And, not to spoil anything, but I think one of them may end up in my #1 spot - I love them that much. :love:

So, here's a piece of fanart for the most recent anime I've finished watching - the psychological thriller Paranoia Agent, exploring themes of taking responsibility for your actions and problems in your life, the power of urban legends, criticisms of the Kawaisa culture in Japan and the dangers of abandoning reality. (My Imaginarium story I'm planning has some of these themes too - to be honest, I thought of my story's concepts before watching Paranoia Agent, but it's surprising how it resonates with a few of the things I had planned! :lol: )

Given that the same guy who directed this directed Perfect Blue.... it gets pretty terrifying and mind screwy in places :ohnoes: , and there is quite a bit of cool social commentary I noticed in this.

So here's a drawing of Lil' Slugger and Moromi from the anime. If you thought Chirin from Chrin no Suzu was a Sanrio-esque character who has relations to a shocking anime despite his cute nature, you haven't seen anything yet. :o


MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

Lil' Slugger and Moromi are two characters from the anime I find really interesting, especially in what they represent - being abstract entities and actually being one and the same - the Sanrio expy Moromi representing escapism from everyday life and being a familiar and recognisable security blanket to hide behind, and Lil' Slugger representing the desire of people to not face the hardships in their lives and find an easy way out, many of his victims being relieved after being bashed in the head by his bat. The anime goes out of its way to show that no matter the reason why they showed up, BOTH are equally dangerous and that there's no excuse to abandoning reality and taking responsibility for your actions completely. :o

MAJOR SPOILERS END

(The funny thing is, I actually had a toy when I was younger that looks a bit like Maromi….. :XD: And whenever we see Maromi move in the anime, it's cute, but kind of awkward with his lopsided proportions. :lol: )

I highly recommend checking Paranoia Agent (and the other Satoshi Kon projects I mentioned, for that matter), and I may be uploading more anime fanart in the future for series I've watched recently (and an updated Top 15 Favourite Anime list :meow: ).
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Masterzeronik Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Student Writer
He is going for a hume run with this draw! 
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vindurza Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
great and disturbing show
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the episode that freaked me out the most was the one at the anime studio. Not just because of showing the pressures of working in the anime industry, but also because of everyone going mad... Brrr… :fear:
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vindurza Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
the one with the cop disturbed me the most personally ^^;
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh God, yeah, that one... :fear: Especially when it was revealed he was watching his daughter undress.... :puke:
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vindurza Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah that was unsettling as hell
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That one's probably on par with the anime department episode for me - while the topics don't go as extreme as a dad perving on his daughter or trying to justify doing horrible things by delusional comparison to a manga he likes ('Call me daddy' :fear: ), I think the unsettling part of the anime episode comes from how frantic and rapid the cuts between the flashbacks and present time get, and I personally found the production falling to bits very creepy. :fear:

To be honest, when one of the BREATHER episodes is when a trio of friends meet up to commit suicide, you know you're in for a disturbing show. :ohnoes:
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vindurza Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
very true lol here's a fun fact about that anime, the reason it's opening theme www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XjTpm… is so loud and over the top is satoshi kon wanted it to act as a warning for what was about to come on tv!
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I heard about that - the late timeslot for the show made it so that they needed a loud song to wake the viewers up, and the ending theme was more quiet to help them go to sleep. :XD:
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IzabelleGD Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With such a premise and all these themes, this anime's going to my to-watch list right off the bat :XD: (pun intended ;))
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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, I see what you did there. :XD:

I'm happy I inspired you to add this to a wishlist - I highly recommend it. :aww:
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