Paranoia Agent

Season 1 Episode 5

The Holy Warrior

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Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jun 25, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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The Holy Warrior
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Ikari and Maniwa interrogate Lil' Slugger who turns out to be in the eight grade. Still, he admits to the attacks. However, he confuses his realities and believes that the world around him is a medieval-style RPG while his journey is to defeat the evil Gouma who posses other people to fight. Ikari and Maniwa follows Lil' Slugger through his "journey" and see that it does coincide with all of the attacks -- all except for Tsukiko Sagi. However, Lil' Slugger points the detectives to where the old lady is who may posses the truth.moreless

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  • brilliant

    10
    This has to be the best episode of Paranoia Agent so far.

    Lil' Slugger has been captured and the police officers are questioning him. We devl deep in to Lil' Sluggers mind and find out what makes him tick. We find out the he is obsessed with a role playing game and now the edges of reality and the game have dissapeared in his mind- thus leading him to believe life is the game. Lil' Slugger tells the officers of how he is a Holy Warrior. The episode then shows how Lil' Slugger sees the world. This is a great episode, and the issues inside it a relvent to todays society- does video games cause kids to commit crime, and so forth. This is the first lil' slugger episode i have seen in ages and what struck me again was how amazing the animation was- the real world and lil sluggers fantasy one. This is a must see episode of a must see anime. 10/10moreless
  • Paranoia Agent goes nuts. Really nuts.

    7.0
    After being in the background and mostly used as plot devices to connect each storyline, detectives Ikari and Umaniwa (Maniwa) are finally given centre stage. Here we watch how the two detectives work. But it's juxtaposed with the 'off the wall' animation (Ikari usually becomes a caricature) as it quickly let's the audience ready themselves for the RPG parody scenes to come.



    Yes, it's totally bizarre but again, PA's post-modern use of what animation can achieve in restrictive genres is pushed to the limits here. At times it's confusing, but as you quickly accept that the cops are trying to visualise Kozuka's fantasy, it becomes a witty play of conventions. The theme all about (dis)illusion, though admittedly I had to watch some scenes twice to understand it fully. It also introduces us to Maniwa and Ikari's conflicting views. Maniwa is ready to accept the fantasy in order to figure out what he believes is a mystery beyond their expertise, while the cynical Ikari flounders in the RPG world due to his beliefs of the open-and-shut nature of the case. Not forgetting his inexperience with youth culture (video games, cosplay, etc).



    And so we slip back and forth in a blur of reality and fantasy; the summing up of Kozuka/Slugger's mind. The cops' interrogation is a blur; confusing the audience with real world dialogue and its fantasy visual counterpart.



    Of course, it all gets a bit too weird and it barely makes sense until Maniwa (this episode is a catalyst for his sanity) sums it all up and they go in search of the mysterious Old Lady. For me, this episode, while brave in trying something verging on experimental, doesn't quite pull it off. It's funny and a nice breather from what's happened before, but its attempt to twist the story further doesn't work. It's too complictaed for such a short running time and if you don't get the computer game references then you feel left out.



    Though you've got to love it for the post-modern wink at RPG mechanics if you do understand it.



    And then...moreless
  • The best yet, even I think it's scary. I'm not a wuss either.

    10
    This episode leads up to where they interview Lil' Slugger. He says he's a holy warrior, as Maniwa shows Ikari that he attacks all because of an RPG. Oh, well, for it seems to Maniwa fine, but to Ikari, it sucks. He gets lost. Lost and lost and lost. So, he finally gets his attention with Lil' Slugger in his fantasy world. Ikari is interviewing the people who are attacked as Kawazu goes nuts over nothing. Lol. But anyways, Kawazu gets lonley from non-annoying, so they ask Kawazu right? And then Kawazu tells him something he finds funny but Ikari dosen't...pointless.moreless
  • The police have caught Lil Slugger! So now they\\\'ll settle down and interrogate the suspect, in typical police fashion, get him to confess, and everything will make sense. Right? Not on your life!!moreless

    6.7
    This episode was SO messed up, you have to practically be insane yourself to understand.



    As the two detectives begin to interrogate the suspect, it becomes clear that the kid's delusional; he thinks everything he did was part of a huge RPG-style computer game to defeat some evil creature known only as 'Gouma'.



    When the detectives are sucked into the kid's mind/game, it becomes clear that there's some 'bigger force' in all of this, what the kid calls Gouma, that was orchestrating all these attacks from behind the scenes. The only lead the detectives get off this kid is to go to the old woman, as she knows what Gouma really is.



    This episode was fairly interesting, as we found out about this secret bigger power and the old woman, but the way they went about it? SO messed up. The whole RPG element was annoying and confusing. It may work on games, but on TV? Nah.moreless
Hunter Mackenzie Austin

Hunter Mackenzie Austin

Housewife A

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Victoria Harwood

Victoria Harwood

Housewife B

Guest Star

Gina Grad

Gina Grad

Housewife C

Guest Star

Sam Riegel

Sam Riegel

Lil' Slugger/Makoto Kozuka

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The episode references the classic British comedy series, Monty Python's Flying Circus, near the end of Kozuka's fantasy. As the creature appears from the heavens, Kozuka says, "It's-" and is promptly stomped upon with a stylized human foot. This mirrors the opening line "It's-" on every episode of Flying Circus, as well as the iconic foot.

    • Kozuka's armor is very similiar to the armor worn by the Hero from the original Dragon Quest video game, a very popular role-playing game series in Japan.

    • Episode Title Appearance: "The Holy Warrior" is the name of the video game Makoto Kozuka believes he is from, and is printed on the cover of the strategy guide that Maniwa passes to Ikari for reference.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Prophetic Vision
      To begin with... Guided by the light beam's red rays... The road that divides the present from the past... The rising sun cherry blossom that steals your breath... Thicket before you know it... The princess is possessed... The sacred sword knocks at the door... The surprise when it opens... Tada, tada, charge!!! And then...

    • (Ikari mutters that he needs some cigarettes)
      Maniwa: Smokes? Is there a character called that?

    • Ikari: Oh, this is great. The kid's even got his own soundtrack.

    • Ikari: All around the mulberry bush, my partner chases a loony. I don't know what we're doing here. Maniwa, what are we doing here?

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