So in my first post I present to you my current favourite crack, Paranoia Agent.
Title: Paranoia Agent (Mousou Dairinin, 妄想代理人)
Warning: Do I need to warn for insanity? ~_^
Acquisition Method: As per usual, available fansubbed. It got licensed by Geneon recently, so expect the DVDs to be out soon (*fidget*!)
Format: Finished at 13 episodes
Genre: Generally I'd say psychological drama, but it encompanies bits and pieces from all sorts of genres; fantasy, a bit of romance, mystery etc. etc. etc. Basically something for everyone *laughs*
Plot: The basic story is about a mysterious person called Shounen Bat - after his means of attack - who seemingly attacks random people and sends them to hospital. Of course police start investigating and despite the fact the two officers do find leads and links between the victims, they can't solve the case. And why do the victims all seem strangely relieved after the attacks?
I should probably warn that the story gets very sidetracked after #7 and only returns to the main plot with #10 or #11. On the other hand, the side stories are very interesting and do give you another angle to the main plot, so I wouldn't suggest skipping them.
Seiyuu: Heh, that'll get pretty... the main role is done by Noto Mamiko (Nina/Anna in Monster, Kotori in X TV). In supporting roles you get Mitsuishi Kotono, Seki Toshihiko, Sakaguchi Daisuke and others.
Technical details: Oh my, where should I begin... the animation changes according to the "surroundings" of the characters, i.e. you get treated to diverse animation methods. The "general" animation which you get in most scenes is very clean and crisp. If you've seen Perfect Blue, you'll know what to expect (since Kon Satoshi is also the director for this one) and even if we're talking about a TV anime, the quality is very high (in my personal opinion, of course).
A very interesting treat to the eyes are the eyecatches in the episodes - just look at them and you'll know what I mean ~_^
I love the animation for the fact that you never quite know what's real and what isn't - despite the changes in animation I've talked about above, there are a lot of surreal moments during the "normal" animation. Just look at the opening and you'll be sucked into the general surreal feeling of it.
Music: Well, the music (i.e. the opening) got me interested in it at first, so I'd say it's interesting ~_^ The opening is by Hirasawa Susumu who a few people might still know from his songs for Berserk. The soundtrack is very appropriate, it supports the creepy moments as well as the more normal ones pretty well. I *hate* the ending, though, I'd suggest just skipping it since it's a boring instrumental which feels like a visit at the dentist's to me.
Squee factor: I'm a sucker for psychological stories, so of course I've been squeeing a lot about it ^^; The seiyuu also add to it ^_^
Fans: No organised ones, at any rate, I've neither found a community nor a mailing list -_-