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Paranoia Agent

Season 1 Episode 10

Mellow Maromi

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jul 30, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Mellow Maromi
Maromi is getting her very own anime! However, the staff begins to fall behind as the deadline approaches. They get rough with Saruta Naoyki, the Production Manager who is unable to competently do his job. Things get even worse as each member of the staff is unable to work on the anime because they mysteriously end up in the hospital (or the morgue). The staff gets killed one by one until Saruta is the only one left.moreless

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  • Wow, it's like being back in BA Film and Video all over again!

    Another one of my favourite, if a tad predictable, episodes of Paranoia Agent. Mainly because it reminds me of being in Uni with my production group being at odds with eachother when a horrible deadline loomed. Ha! Anyways...

    Probably the most post-modern of all PA episodes, this one centres around an animation crew who blame the lowliest, clumsy worker for all their failures, though to be honest he does actually cause some accidents. But what starts off as funny, quickly decends into a quirky, off-kilter thriller. By now, we're used to the show going off on tangents and when Maromi pops up on-screen to explain each character's production job, we're used to the twisting of conventions.

    Again, its structural approach is a post-modern take on animation and maybe a sly look at the pressure cooker of what would be deemed an exciting job. Let me tell you folks, production work really doesn't feel like fun sometimes. I really sympathised with these characters (except the murdering parts, of course).

    Once one character drops, the rest soon follow and you know who you're going to be left with. We learn that Lil' Slugger can do more than we originally thought (it's far beyond a ghost) and the slow burning chase as the last surviving staff memember out runs Slugger and the deadline is pretty intense and memorable throughout.

    It does feel like a predictable anime thriller fare at times with overly mad angry characters, slasher film atmospherics, etc. and yet the underplayed real-time structure keeps the you at the edge of your seat. Oh and there's a nice twist at the end to make a satisfying conclusion.

    and then...moreless
  • Mellow Maromi's creators are being knocked off by lil Slugger one by one. And they were only creating the first episode.

    It seems that lil Slugger was on a role this time. The whole production staff of Mellow Maromi were attacked by lil Slugger, and some died in the crisis. I thought this episode was very exciting and a little creepy too. An example is when lil Slugger stalked the director who was going to deliver the first episode of Mellow Maromi. He drove at top speed, but lil Slugger was still able to catch up with him. It seems lil Slugger has reached a whole new level altogether, could Maromi have anything to do with this?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In one of the first scenes, when it shows Saruta driving his car, Little Slugger can be seen following him in the background.

    • In a way, almost every character is in some way connected. They all also seem to have slight connections with Maromi at one point or another.

    • The prophetic vision references the Incident at Honnôji, an event that seems to parallel the events in this episode. It also references the Azuchi, Shiga or the Azuchi period. Oda Nobunaga is also referenced as the Production Managers name.

    • Episode Title Appearance: "Mellow Maromi" is the title of the series to be aired, and is shown many times: Posters, on the video tape to be delivered, etc.

    • While this episode may seem more stand alone than others, it's actually connected by two characters other than Maromi. The gay man who gives the crew Maromi dolls out of the cardboard box is Tsukiko's manager from Episode 1. The crew keep mentioning a scriptwriter who's failed to write the final drafts of the Maromi cartoon. Though his attack is never mentioned, it's definitely the scriptwriter from the end of ETC.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Prophetic Vision
      To begin... by the twist of the passage of time, the King of Azuchi takes the command. And a monkey entertains a fox. Healing patches the pieces of a dream. Flames break out left and right. A falcon runs and runs, holding it in his arms. Who's plotting the Honnoji incident? And then...

  • NOTES (6)

    • The original Japanese broadcast was on April 19, 2004.

    • The original title of this episode is "Drowsing Maromi."

    • At the end of the episode, several voices are asking worriedly about what happened and if everything is okay. It seems at first they are referring to Saruta, who lies in a pool of blood, but it is shortly revealed they are referring to the tape lying beside him. Even after a car crash, the first episode of Mellow Maromi is considered more important than their production manager.

    • Maromi pops up during the episode and describes the certain jobs of each member of the Maromi animation team.

    • Every time Saruta falls asleep in his car, the next scene is of him waking up in the production office. Every time Saruta falls asleep in the production office, the next scene is of him waking up in his car.

    • Sometime during the episode when Saruta is driving his car, his radio turns on and plays the theme to Paranoia Agent: "Yume no Shima Shinen Kouen" by Susumu Hirasawa.