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10 Anime Like Mousou Dairinin (Paranoia Agent)

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Mousou Dairinin (Paranoia Agent)

Mousou Dairinin (Paranoia Agent)

About Mousou Dairinin (Paranoia Agent)

Shounen Bat is infamous for striking terror into the residents of Musashino City. He is always seen wheeling around on his rollerblades and thrashing people down with his golden baseball bat. He seems impossible to capture and quite complicated to understand. His first victim is a character designer named Tsukiko Sagi, who is well-known and has a timid personality. Though Tsukiko is under suspicion of organizing the attacks, he is one of Shounen’s countless victims.

Shounen Bat continues with his merciless assault on the townspeople, meanwhile, Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa begin with their investigation to identify the culprit. More and more dwellers are falling victims to his roguish acts and the town is gradually becoming aware of the walking terror. As a result, paranoia has started to develop among adults and children alike.

Now, the question is are the two detectives capable enough to take down the Shounen Bat and reveal his true identity?

Have you found out his identity? I assume you did, that’s why you are looking for some more. Here are some suggestions that may remind you of Mousou Dairinin (Paranoia Agent).

10 Anime Like Mousou Dairinin (Paranoia Agent)

1. Serial Experiments Lain

2. Boogiepop wa Warawanai (Boogiepop Phantom)

3. Perfect Blue

4. NHK ni Youkoso! (Welcome to the N.H.K.)

5. Paprika

6. FLCL

7. Monster

8. Kuuchuu Buranko (Welcome to Irabu's Office)

9. ChaoS,HEAd

10. Shinsekai yori (From the New World)

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

1. Serial Experiments Lain

Similarity

Both the anime extensively deals with psychological and philosophical themes. They explore the concepts of perception and reality. In other words, the divergence between what one thinks it to be and what it actually turns out to be is the core of both the series. They show the potential of the human mind and how it can cause destruction in the real world, eventually forcing it to dwell in a darker realm.

Synopsis

Lain Iwakura is a 14-year-old strange and lonely high school student. One day she and many other girls receive a troubling e-mail from her classmate, Chisa Yomoda, who recently committed suicide.

Lain is an amateur in the tech world such that she can’t even understand the basics of it and she doesn’t mind this. However, when she opens the email, she connects with Wired, a virtual world of communication networks quite similar to what we call the Internet. Her life takes an upheaval as she comes across one after another cryptic mysteries.

To add more to her dismay, she stumbles upon a group of strange men, who call themselves Men in Black, wherever she goes. They keep asking her varied questions and seem to know more than she knows about herself. The distance between real-life and virtual life is fading away and Lain is thrown into worse situations where her self-identity and consciousness emerge into something unusual.

Boogiepop wa Warawanai (Boogiepop Phantom)

Boogiepop wa Warawanai (Boogiepop Phantom)

2. Boogiepop wa Warawanai (Boogiepop Phantom)

Similarity

The story is complicated due to supernatural twists and includes similar characters. It explores the lives of people who are on the edge of transformation and how their psychological changes affect the people around them. Both the anime has a dark theme, where the main characters suffer from unusual mental conditions leading to alienation and conflict.

Synopsis

Once the series of horrifying murders turned the city life upside down and there seemed no end, though it did come to a standstill. Five years later, a similar situation is rumored to have begun in the city.

Five students at Shinyo Academy are trying to solve the mystery behind a new drug, while also investigating the sudden disappearances of many students. Teachers believe they are runaways, but the female students have their own mythical theory in the matter. They say it’s a work of an urban legend named Boogiepop, who is apparently a Shinigami.

People across the city tell each other various fascinating stories and laugh over it thinking someone like her can’t appear in this day and age. Despite that, the city is continuously witnessing strange events, and the darkness overpowering everyone’s lives. Certainly, something fishy is out there, but what it actually is.

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue

3. Perfect Blue

Similarity

Both the anime are hard-core philosophical anime. In the beginning, everything appears to go straight in one sync, but in the climax, the story changes into something totally unexpected. Both of them show how individuals react and deal with the unavoidable pressures of life. Interestingly, both are made by the popular anime director Satoshi Kon.

Synopsis

CHAM! is a popular J-pop idol group. For the last two years, it has spent each day entertaining its fans and gaining an overwhelming response. However, things come to a sudden end when one of the members, Mima Kirigoe, decides to leave the group to try her luck in acting. She receives a mixed response for her abrupt decision, yet she believes her fans will support her in her new endeavor.

However, she manages to receive only minor roles and people still see her as a pop idol. Desperate to get rid of her old impression, she accepts a controversial role in a crime drama series. As a result, her acting career turns out to be more demanding and taxing for her as well as for her caring manager Rumi Hidaka.

To add more to her peril, she has a stalker, who is unhappy with her transition from a singer to an actress. Moreover, she comes across an anonymous website that impersonates her daily life with insight details. With everything falling into chaos and her former band CHAM! doing extremely well without her, her life becomes totally unbalanced and she can longer separate reality from fantasy.

NHK ni Youkoso! (Welcome to the N.H.K.)

NHK ni Youkoso! (Welcome to the N.H.K.)

4. NHK ni Youkoso! (Welcome to the N.H.K.)

Similarity

The characters have hallucination issues. Their failures as human beings lead them to develop suicidal tendencies. They are trapped in conspiracy theories and are oblivious to the dark world they live in. Both the anime has mystery elements that they carry on till the very end and also focuses on psychological issues such as paranoia, depression, and anxiety.

Synopsis

Tatsuhiro Satou is a 22-year-old college dropout. He is living as a hikikomori (recluse) for about four years now. In his self-isolation period, he has started to believe in various conspiracy theories, which are nothing but vague. His biggest theory, which he thinks is an unbreakable truth, is that there’s an evil conspirator named Nihon Hikikomori Kyokai (NHK) who is the reason behind his permanent NEET status (NEET stands for Not in Employment, Education, or Training). NHK is a so-called evil and clandestine organization, whose mission is to imbibe people with Hikikomori culture.

NHK ni Youkoso! is a unique drama turn comedy anime that primarily focuses on Tatsuhiro’s fruitless attempts to escape from the grip of NHK. However, the reality is Tatsuhiro’s psychological issues are so dense that he can’t even leave his apartment and find a decent job. Things probably may change when he meets a mysterious person named Misaki Nakahara, who might force him to face his greatest fear i.e. society.

Paprika

Paprika

5. Paprika

Similarity

Both the anime are extraordinarily similar and are the works of the same director, Satoshi Kon. Mousou Dairinin and Paprika explore the intensity of man-made illusions and how far they can affect reality to the verge of mixing with it. Both the anime will make you question at some time, “What in the world just happened?” The anime are thought-provoking and urge viewers to deal with their self-made delusions.

Synopsis

Exploring the world of dreams is a remarkable gateway into the psyche. When you can learn someone’s deepest desires, inspirations, and even repressed memories, you can utilize it to your advantage. These are not just thoughts, one tech lab has actually developed a device named “DC Mini” that can look into people’s dreams.

The experts Atsuko Chiba and Kosaku Tokita are working day and night to make this technology a robust reality. The mission is to deeply examine patients’ minds and give them a perfect cure for their psychological disorders.

As one may have already presumed, having such access to the deepest corners of people’s minds demand a huge responsibility. If fallen into wrong hands, the DC Mini can be misused for psychological terrorism and can lead to severe nervous breakdowns. The technology was ultimately stolen under mysterious circumstances, and Atsuko and Kosaku could contemplate how devastating it could be. Officer Konakawa, a test subject of the experimental therapy, has to figure out the mastermind by looking in real and dream worlds both.

FLCL

FLCL

6. FLCL

Similarity

Both the anime can blow your mind in the weirdest way possible. They are literally insane. They start with confusion, then come up with unexpected twists and the whole story takes a drastic turn. Both may be drastically different, but when you watch it, you know you are thinking about one another.

Synopsis

Naota Nandaba is a sixth-grader, living a monotonous city life with nothing exciting to mull over. His brother Tasuku lives in America to fulfill his dream of playing baseball. Leaving behind his ex-girlfriend, Mamimi Samejima, and a top bunk bed, Naota has to look after both. In fact, Mamimi hasn’t left his side even for a moment after his brother went away.

He is used to his plain life and doesn’t expect any miracle in his life. However, things happen when you least expect it. One fateful day, Haruko Haruhara, a pink-haired psychopath and wielding a bass guitar, is rising her Vespa when she hits Naota and leaves him with tire tracks on his back. That was not enough, she also made a giant horn-like portal on his head.

All Naota wants is peace and a quiet life, which he isn’t going to get any sooner as Haruko reenters in his life as a live-in maid. Soon enough, he finds himself dragged into another tragedy when he is stuck between the greatest battle ever fought between Earth and the outside world.

Monster

Monster

7. Monster

Similarity

Both anime are mysterious psychological thrillers. They include police drama and people’s conceit leading to personal problems and serious misunderstandings. With each episode, the anime becomes darker and darker, dealing with the devilish side of the human mind.

Synopsis

Known as the best and most talented neurosurgeon, Dr. Kenzou Tenma is expected to become the new director of the prestigious hospital very soon. One day when he witnesses that his decision to operate on a celebrity caused the death of a poor patient, he decides to atone for it. Later a similar situation occurs he has to choose between the city mayor and a young boy named Johan Liebert. Tenma decides to operate on Johan, who is on the verge of death, and eventually saves him. Meanwhile, the city mayor dies. The current director abhors Tenma’s decision and demotes his status.

Soon after that incident the director and other two doctors are found dead under mysterious circumstances. Everyone suspects Tenma as the mastermind, but due to firm evidence, he is announced innocent.

Nine years later, Tenma is now the hospital director and has his reputation intact. One day a criminal patient arrives in for treatment, who suddenly runs away from the hospital one night. Tenma runs behind him only to find that he works for Johan Liebert, the same boy he saved nine years ago. Johan reveals that nine years ago he murdered the hospital director to avenge Tenma’s humiliation. Aware of the real culprit now, how will Tenma react to the revelation? Is Johan straightforward to deal with?

Kuuchuu Buranko (Welcome to Irabu's Office)

Kuuchuu Buranko (Welcome to Irabu's Office)

8. Kuuchuu Buranko (Welcome to Irabu's Office)

Similarity

Both deal with human psychology. They are based on similar themes, though their approach varies. People are suffering from mental diseases and need to be cured in the most promising way possible. Though both of them delve deep into how mind manipulation can affect the surroundings, Kuuchuu Buranko takes it in a light-hearted manner and adds a touch of comedy.

Synopsis

Irabu General Hospital is known for treating mentally-ill patients. Ichiro Irabu is one of its elite doctors and is kept in high regard by the hospital doctor. He also has a gorgeous assistant named Mayumi. They are greeted by three distinctive patients with their own unique psychotic issues.

Kohei Yamashita is a trapeze artist in a circus. After his continuous failures, his wife advises him to visit a psychiatrist. He believes the reason for his failures is he being constantly harassed by his partner. Seiji Ino is a member of the Yakuza family. He suffers from trypanophobia and can’t use chopsticks for eating meals. The third one is Tatsuro Ikeyama, a university professor, is suffering from obsessive-compulsive neurosis that forces him to disarray anything he lays his eyes on.

Ichiro uses mysterious injections to cure these three patients along with nonsensical advice. He often confuses his subjects. However, at the end of the treatment, he lets them dig into their souls to find true mental peace.

ChaoS,HEAd

ChaoS,HEAd

9. ChaoS, HEAd

Similarity

Both have that air of creepiness with the main characters going insane by the minute. These are psychological thrillers with complex stories. Both the series also conclude that many times the solution to mysteries often goes beyond logical reasoning.

Synopsis

The nuisance of “New Generation Madness” has gained widespread popularity, which is actually a fancy name for the series of murders being constantly committed throughout the city. This infamy has become a hot topic among the city people. Despite its severity, the high school student, Takumi Nishijou is left unaffected by it. He is simply an otaku, who often senses delusions and feels that he is under watch 24/7.

Not at all worried by his surroundings, he enjoys his day playing online games and watching anime. Until one day, he witnesses a terrifying image of a man being staked to a wall by a user called Shogun. Coincidentally, he also witnesses the exact same scene in front of his eyes, along with a girl submerged in blood and shouting his name out loud.

Bewildered by the bizarre reality Takumi faces mental conflict and is now incapable of putting his trust in anyone. He recalls “New Generation Madness” and starts to believe that someone intends to murder him.

Shinsekai yori (From the New World)

Shinsekai yori (From the New World)

10. Shinsekai Yori (From the New World)

Similarity

Disappearances, murders, abductions, and mass hysteria are the common subjects covered in both anime. They also show how crucial the role political and economic systems play in shaping the mindset of its individuals. Overall, they are a perfect blend of human psychology and deeply cover people's struggles on individual levels as they are forced to face drastic situations and take instant action.

Synopsis

Saki Watanabe, a 12-year-old, lives in the town of Kamisu 66. He is grateful to have finally awakened his psychic powers. As a result, he can now join his friends at Sage Academy, an elite school made exclusively for psychics.

His friends: Satoru Asahina is a mischievous one, Mamoru Itou is always shy, Maria Akizuki always maintains her high-spirits, and finally Shun Aonuma is a mysterious boy and has an admirer in Saki Watanabe.

As Saki becomes a part of the academy, various crucial questions begin to lure his mind. He questions what will come out for those who can’t awaken their psychic powers. Also, he wonders if being a psychic kid is a boon or bane as a rumored secret group called Tainted Cats is abducting children and forcing them to involve with secretive and critical matters.

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