Misae Ikari, the wife of Detective Keiichi Ikari, delivers the most powerful speech of the entire series of the anime series Paranoia Agent, and somewhat foreshadowed the series creator’s own unsuccessful fight with cancer. There are few character speeches or monologues in #anime which I would recommend for reading and inspiration, but Misae’s monologue is a beautiful testament to the gift of life.
Management: While my opinion of the show is generally positive overall, this essay, by no means, is meant to serve as a comprehensive review, but rather, as an articulation and analysis of some of what I feel is this series’ most integral and interesting themes. This essay, in particular, is about Episode 11 of Paranoia Agent, “No Entry,” though it does contain some elements of Episode 13, “The Final Episode,” towards the end.
“Paranoia” is a term that could be described as seeing daggers in shadows where there are none. It’s a mental state where minor suspicion of the intentions of people and things, whether or not those people actually know who you are and whether or not those things are actually sentient, degrades to the point to a neurotic obsession. It becomes a plot against your life, a conspiracy where certain people, certain things, or all people and all things, are out to get…
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