Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.
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Shôzô Îzuka ...
 Keiichi Ikari (7 episodes, 2004)
Toshihiko Seki ...
 Mitsuhiro Maniwa (7 episodes, 2004)
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 Keiichi Ikari (7 episodes, 2004)
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 Mitsuhiro Maniwa (7 episodes, 2004)
Mamiko Noto ...
 Tsukiko Sagi (6 episodes, 2004)
Ryûji Saikachi ...
 Old Man (6 episodes, 2004)
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 Tsukiko Sagi / ... (6 episodes, 2004)
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 Old Man (6 episodes, 2004)
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 Akio Kawazu / ... (5 episodes, 2004)
Kotono Mitsuishi ...
 Harumi Chono / ... (4 episodes, 2004)
Daisuke Sakaguchi ...
 Shonen Bat (4 episodes, 2004)
Toshihiko Nakajima ...
 Masami Hirukawa (4 episodes, 2004)
Makoto Tsumura ...
 Shogo Ushiyama (4 episodes, 2004)
Mayumi Yamaguchi ...
 Yuichi Taira (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Maromi / ... (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Harumi Chono / ... (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Little Slugger / ... (4 episodes, 2004)
Deem Bristow ...
 Masami Hirukawa (4 episodes, 2004)
Steven Bendik ...
 Shogo Ushiyama (4 episodes, 2004)
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 Yuichi Taira (4 episodes, 2004)
(4 episodes, 2004)
Haruko Momoi ...
 Maromi (3 episodes, 2004)
Kenji Utsumi ...
 Akio Kawazu (2 episodes, 2004)
Akio Suyama ...
 Masashi Kamei (2 episodes, 2004)
Hisako Kyôda ...
 Old Woman (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Comic Hero / ... (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Kamome / ... (2 episodes, 2004)
Hunter Mackenzie Austin ...
 Housewife A / ... (2 episodes, 2004)
Jonathan C. Osborne ...
 Masashi Kamei (2 episodes, 2004)
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Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

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Satoshi Kon's only time directing a TV anime series. See more »

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When Lil' Slugger is about to attack Hirukawa, the shot of the golden bat tip hovering over the ground features the infamous bend a lot closer to the tip than usual. See more »

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Lil' Slugger: I'm home.
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Referenced in Tokyo Godfathers (2003) See more »

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Lyrics, music and arrangement by Susumu Hirasawa
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Quite Possibly the Most Thoughtful Anime Ever
29 May 2006 | by (Watham, MA USA) – See all my reviews

I caught this series by accident on Cartoon Network, but I was instantly hooked. This series tackles more weighty topics than almost any live-action drama on television today, and does so with rare intelligence.

Throughout this parable of a city struck with fear over a (possibly imaginary) serial assailant, the show presents some powerful insights on the terrible price of repression, on the thin line between reality and perceptions, and on the fragility of social order. The inter-twining stories of the victims are both entertaining and thought provoking.

This series does not feature giant robots, monsters, or big breasted magical girls. Nor does this narrative stick to simple, linear story lines with obvious heroes and villains. This is a challenging but very rewarding look at the darker side of modern society. It is unlike any anime series I have seen, and I recommend it highly.


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