Paranoia Agent
Volume 2 - True Believers

Starring (voice): Mamiko Noto, Haniko Momoi and Mayumi Yamaguchi
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 26 September 2005

A baseball bat wielding youth on rollerblades has been stalking the citizens of Tokyo. With the prime suspect in the case in custody, it appears the mystery is about to be solved. But when the attacks continue, the authorities are forced to question whether they are dealing with a copycat attacker or simply have the wrong person. Just when the investigation appears to be coming to a close, a shocking and unexpected death leaves Ikari, Manwa and their entire department reeling from the repercussions...

The second volume in the Paranoia Agent series never lets up. If you thought Volume 1 had messed with your mind then you'd better sit yourself down with a some strong sedatives before you stick the second volume in your DVD player.

This collection features episodes five to seven (The Holy Warrior; Fear Of A Direct Hit; MHZ) of the 13-episode series, developing the fascinating story arc, introducing several more characters and deepening the intrigue as Detectives Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Manwa continue their investigations into the Lil' Slugger attacks.

This volume sees the introduction of a Japanese school girl who hides a chilling secret from the world, as well as a strange old lady who seems to know more than she's letting on.

There are some fantastically funny moments in this collection, and I loved the way that the main Lil' Slugger suspect is convinced that he's on a holy quest to rid the world of monsters.

Extras are very thin on the ground and only include the opening and closing credits without the actual credits scrolling up the screen, and some trailers. When you add to this the fact that this volume only contains three episodes, the £20 RRP seems a little on the expensive side.

But, if you have money to burn, then this is one series that you really should be collecting.

Darren Rea

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