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The Best Anime Like Paranoia Agent

Updated March 21, 2019 212 votes 34 voters 1.3k views30 items

Musashino City is under attack by an assailment known as Shounen Bat, or Lil' Slugger, who enjoys beating their victims with a golden baseball bat. With no real way to catch such an interesting villain, it's up to detectives Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa to try and find him before more victims fall to his ruthless swings. Of course, if you've already watched this, you know just how great of a series it is! 

Finding a show as interesting as Paranoia Agent may seem impossible, but we've managed to find series we're sure will be just as thrilling once you've finished. Classic series like FLCL have a similar sense of strange mystery, but are also darker series like Death Note where the supernatural becomes deadly. Depending on what poison you get, you may find tales as innocent as young boys running into aliens or as dark as a high schooler believing himself to be god. 

Whatever your taste is, there's a little something for everyone. Vote up which of these series you feel are the best recommendations for anime like Paranoia Agent

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  • Serial Experiments Lain1
    Serial Experiments Lain is an anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design...  more
  • Perfect Blue2
    Perfect Blue is an upcoming Japanese television drama series. It is based on the novel Perfect...  more
  • Ergo Proxy3
    Ergo Proxy is a science fiction suspense anime television series, produced by Manglobe, which...  more
  • FLCL4
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    FLCL is a 2001 animated fantasy drama film written by Yoji Enokido and Kazuya Tsurumaki and...  more
  • Higurashi When They Cry5
    Higurashi: When They Cry, known simply as When They Cry for the North American release of the...  more
  • Monster6
    Monster is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa. The manga was...  more
  • Steins;Gate7
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    Steins;Gate

    Thriller, Sci-Fi
    Steins;Gate (White Fox, 2011) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series based on the 2009 visual novel...  more
  • Death Note8
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    Death Note

    Mystery, Police
    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the...  more
  • Mushishi9
    Mushishi is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. It was serialized in...  more
  • Boogiepop Phantom10
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    Boogiepop Phantom

    Boogiepop Phantom is a twelve-episode anime television series produced by Madhouse Studios,...  more
  • Akira11
    Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written...  more
  • Paprika12
    Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on...  more
  • RahXephon13
    RahXephon (2002, G4) is a romance, mecha anime created and directed by Yutaka Izubuchi. The...  more
  • Hell Girl14
    Hell Girl, also known as Jigoku Shōjo: Girl from Hell, is an anime series produced by Aniplex...  more
  • Dennō Coil15
    Dennō Coil, Coil—A Circle of Children, is a Japanese science fiction anime television series...  more
  • Mononoke16
    Mononoke is a Japanese animated television series produced by Toei Animation. A spin-off of...  more
  • The Tatami Galaxy17
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    The Tatami Galaxy

    The Tatami Galaxy is a Japanese campus novel written by Tomihiko Morimi. The novel was adapted...
  • Ghost Hound18
    Ghost Hound is an anime TV series, created by Production I.G and Masamune Shirow, noted for...  more
  • Welcome to the N.H.K.19
    Welcome to the N.H.K. is a Japanese novel written by Tatsuhiko Takimoto, with a cover...  more
  • Akiko: Time of Eve20
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    Akiko: Time of Eve

    Akiko: Time of Eve is a film in the film series Time of Eve....
  • From the New World21
    About one thousand years into the future, civilization has been retrograded and humans are...  more
  • Terror in Resonance22
    Terror in Resonance, also known as Terror in Tokyo in Japan, is a Japanese anime television...  more
  • Shigofumi - Letters from the Departed23
  • Death Parade24
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    Death Parade

    Mystery, Psychological
    Death Parade (Madhouse, 2015) is a Japanese supernatural anime series. Decim, the lone...  more
  • The Lost Village25
    The Lost Village (Mayoiga) is a Japanese anime TV series written by Mari Okada. A group of 30...  more