Paprika:
And now, boys and girls, it's showtime!

Konakawa:
No question. He's definitely here.

Paprika:
Hmm? Who is?

Konakawa:
Be careful. Remember, he's a known traitor.

Paprika:
Someone has you under constant surveillance. Look!

Konakawa:
It's alright. He's an old friend--hmm?

Magician:
Ladies and gentlemen, please turn your attention to that man! Voila! One, two, three!

Man:
There he is! Get him!

Paprika:
I'll catch you! Grab on!

Konakawa:
Humph! He got away again!

Paprika:
You're the man who got away.

Konakawa:
Great, give me another one!

Paprika:
Got it!

Man:
But what about the rest of it?

---

Konakawa:
You were... the one in my dream.

Paprika:
Everyone is startled the first time they try it. This little device is called the DC Mini. It's the scientific key that allows us to open the door to our dreams.

Konakawa:
Then captures them on a computer? It's a perfect dream machine.

Paprika:
Actually, to tell the truth, the DC Mini hasn't been completed yet. Once it is complete, you'll be able to enter your dream even while you're wide awake. Didn't you say he was a friend?

Konakawa:
Yeah, I did. We used to work together a few years ago.

Paprika:
Why did he go after you and put you in a cage?

Konakawa:
I don't know. He's just not the kind of person who would execute that kind of trick. Why do they all look like me? That's really disturbing.

Paprika:
Here you are as Tarzan, right? This looks like a scene from some spy thriller. And I have to admit, the fighting was kind of fun! Any REM sleep that occurs later in the sleep cycle is a bit longer and much easier to analyze. If we were to compare dreams to films, the earlier cycles would be artsy film shorts. A later cycle would be a full-length feature.

Konakawa:
Well, then I guess that would make you... hmm, my own discovery--a movie starlet.

Paprika:
You're upset. Guess movies aren't your thing.

Konakawa:
No, it's not that. Hmm...

Paprika:
Who's that man?

Konakawa:
The victim in the homicide case I've been working on for some time. I've been... trying to find his killer. I know the perp's still out there. Maybe that's why I can't seem to concentrate lately.

Paprika:
Anxiety neurosis.

Konakawa:
You think this case could be causing it?

Paprika:
You don't want to jump to conclusions; the therapy's just getting started! Take care of yourself, Detective Konakawa.

Konakawa:
Uh... when will I see you again for my treatments?

---

Tokita:
I'm kind of in a really big jam.

Chiba:
Yes, I can see that.

Tokita:
No, not the elevator. I was on my way to see you, which is why I got stuck! I have to tell you what happened! It's gone! The DC Mini is gone!

Shima:
The DC Mini? Well, how can it just be gone?

Chiba:
Apparently it was stolen this morning. Three analytical papers that Dr. Tokita was working on were also taken.

Shima:
It seems so strange. Why would they take it?

Chiba:
We'll worry about the why later. Right now, we need to find the Mini.

Shima:
Perhaps... it was an inside job?

Chiba:
I know. We'll talk about it later.

Shima:
Meet me in my office right away. We'll figure out what to do, before the chairman gets wind of it.

Chiba:
Right. We have to protect the DC Mini.

Tokita:
You know, now that the Mini's stolen, all we have to do is make one more.

Chiba:
That won't fix the problem. Since you created it, you know how dangerous it is if that Mini is misused.

Tokita:
It's true that I created it, but you're the one that decides how it's used, At-chan.

Chiba:
Please don't call me "At-chan."

---

Chiba:
There appears to be an additional problem.

Shima:
What is it?

Tokita:
I hadn't programmed the access codes for restricted use of the DC Mini yet.

Shima:
Chiba, please translate.

Chiba:
That means that whoever stole the DC Mini can connect to a psychotherapy machine anytime, from any place they want. And they can use the data stored in the Mini to tap into the minds of the people who provided that data.

Shima:
I understand. It's most urgent that we hurry!

Inui:
It is the responsibility of man to control science and technology.

Shima:
Mr. Chairman--

Inui:
Intruding into another human's dream is a technological nightmare. And eventually, that kind of personal intrusion into the mind can only lead to violence. That Mini contraption should never have been created.

Shima:
This discussion again, Chairman? The DC Mini is an invention that represents hope for thousands, a breakthrough in psychiatric treatment!

Inui:
It's manipulating their dreams. Controlling others with this device will weaken everyone.

Chiba:
Sir, it's not about control. We are totally dedicated to pursuing a deeper connection with our patients to help them.

Inui:
I don't imagine the terrorist who stole it shares your sentiment to be helpful!

Tokita:
On the bright side, at least the thief hasn't misused the Mini.

Chiba:
Hmm... maybe he didn't steal it to cause any harm. Maybe it was for personal research.

Inui:
It's Paprika.

Shima:
Huh?

Inui:
I've got an unconfirmed report about this woman who's supposedly using the psychotherapy machine for some unauthorized work.

Chiba:
Well, until this report can be substantiated, Mr. Chairman, what you've heard is rumour.

Shima:
I believe we are getting sidetracked. We need to find the Mini, not Paprika's bikini. This requires discipline.

Inui:
Discipline!?

Shima:
Yes, sir! True satisfaction! That's what discipline brings! Even the five court ladies dancing to frog flutes and drums had it, and so did the whirlwind of recycled paper! Computer graphics playing in my head, and I like it! I don't support technicolor parfaits and those snobby little petits fours that sit there uneaten, and my position on that is common knowledge to everyone in Oceania. Now the time has come to return home to the great blue sky! Where confetti falls like stardust and everything's shaking around the shrine gates, with the mailbox and the refrigerator leading the hip-hop festival! Anyone who is concerned about expiration dates, step aside now! No one gets in the way of my glory train! They need to really analyze all the livers of the triangle goose party! Ah! This whole festival was put together by twenty third graders with lots of chutzpah and one panda! You see? Now I am... truly grand! The ultimate one!

Chiba:
Chief!

Osanai:
Oh!

Shima:
Shine! Shine! Take me! Take me now!!

---

Chiba:
His patient's dream got implanted in his brain.

How are the chief's vital signs?

Nurse:
His pulse is stable and his breathing has almost returned to normal.

Chiba:
It could have been a lot worse.

Osanai:
Here's the chief's lab reports, Dr. Chiba.

Chiba:
Thank you.

Osanai:
My theory's simple. He was in the middle of treating a patient with the therapy machine--

Tokita:
...When he activated the DC Mini. Which caused his patient's dream to be subliminally projected into his subconscious... so he never knew it was there?

Chiba:
If what you say is true, the culprit is in the middle of all this.

Tokita:
That's one desperate culprit.

Osanai:
All terrorists are desperate.

Himuro:
A midday sun can eliminate the dark of night. It can happen either way. Night dreams of Day, and Light dreams of Darkness. And the Sun is a giant ignorant mass of gas! It releases a huge amount of hot energy to track down the darkness and set ablaze every shadow. Eventually burning up all of itself.

Tokita:
Himuro!

Himuro:
The residents of darkness rest in the shade of the trees where the night flowers bloom around the clock year.

Osanai:
Why is Himuro in there?

Himuro:
Where daylight sun-scorched people aren't allowed!

Chiba:
When was the last time you saw him!?

Tokita:
He hasn't been in for the past few days, but I didn't think too much of it. Himuro tends to forget about everything else he has to do when he really gets involved with something.

Chiba:
Birds of a feather: like doctor, like assistant.

Osanai:
He must have been fooling us all along. How come we didn't see it?

Tokita:
I feel betrayed. I thought he was my best friend.

Osanai:
Maybe he wanted you to think that. Sometimes a genius produces a lot more than he even realizes.

Chiba:
You lost me on that last part.

Osanai:
It's possible that Himuro was jealous of Dr. Tokita. You know at times, Dr. Chiba, I've been guilty of a little envy myself. No matter how hard I try, I'm not as good as you. Sometimes I feel I am totally powerless.

---

Tokita:
Ladies first!

Chiba:
You might have a new criminal career.

Osanai:
Until they lock you up.

Tokita:
Well at least I'm not as bad as Himuro!

Tokita:
Huh? He can't be serious!

Paprika:
Be careful.

Chiba:
This matter is none of your business.

Osanai:
Anaphylactic shock? Seems odd. Like an allergic reaction to something?

Tokita:
I can't think of anything else it would be! I don't know!

Osanai:
I got stung by a jellyfish when I was a kid, and to this day, I can't look at one without getting an allergic reaction to it.

Tokita:
I don't know why I didn't think of it before, but just now something else has occurred to me!

Waitress:
Excuse me sir, who ordered the bowl of fish chowder and fried tofu? Here you go.

Tokita:
The Mini uses a transmitting formula calculated to find the natural pattern of the body's energy level, but it's tricky because individual levels can vary greatly.

Waitress:
Who had the jumbo steak, eggs, and veggie combo?

Tokita:
The more it becomes familiar with a person's body, the faster it learns to adjust to the patterns of that body.

Waitress:
Enjoy.

Osanai:
Dr. Chiba leads the unit and time spent on patients' therapies. Her extensive exposure makes her a prime target. So without being connected to the DC Mini, she's vulnerable while she's awake. That's the problem.

Waitress:
Who ordered the super-size paella? OK.

Chiba:
I'm not the only one with a problem. You should monitor your food consumption.

Tokita:
I can't fight on an empty stomach!

Chiba:
What fight?

Tokita:
The one against implanting dreams in other people's heads, that one! At-chan, earlier in the car, you said that Himuro and I were birds of a feather. I think there's a lot of truth to that. All the more reason that this is unforgivable.

Chiba:
Hello? We'll be there immediately.

---

Paprika:
Chief! Come back, please! Wake up, Chief, wake up right now!

Himuro:
Don't you see his brain is numbed out? It's taking him to a far-off island.

Paprika:
Himuro, stop the dream! Give him back control of his brain!

Himuro:
I can't stop the dream, I'm the protector of the dream! All I say is: "Dream on!" You have entered my sacred dream, and as the holy dream protector, I get to punish you! I wonder what kind of punishment I should choose to inflict.

Shima:
Oh! Beautiful little feisty peasant girl I saved some time ago! What are you doing here, my dear? I didn't think anyone was home. Ah! Must have been around 7:30 when I passed by. As fate would have it, I just happened to see you disappear into that big cup of instant noodles.

Paprika:
Thank you for saving me. I want to show you my gratitude.

Shima:
Really? Is it shaped like a square?

Paprika:
No. It's round, like this.

Shima:
I can feel it! ...Paprika!

Paprika:
You remember me now? I'm going to be a little... rough.

Shima:
Paprika! Love, what you're do--

Chiba:
Welcome back, Chief Shima.

Shima:
It's so good to be back. I wonder where that parade was going to.

Chiba:
Most likely to a place of no return. At least that's what I fear.

Shima:
I felt so powerful, like I was almost at the top. The ruler of the entire world!

Chiba:
That dream originally belonged to a severely delusional patient. While you were in his fantasy, your brain waves and body deteriorated. You were almost at Death's door.

Shima:
That's why you sent Paprika to get me out. I appreciate it. You haven't changed a bit since you treated my depression two years ago. Still sharp as a whip and on top of everything as well!

Chiba:
If I run into Paprika, I'll be sure to thank her.

Shima:
It greatly disturbs me to think that that extremely capable Himuro is behind all this. Now I must decide what to do with what we know. Any suggestions?

Chiba:
For the moment, don't do anything.

Shima:
Huh?

Chiba:
It's a time for silence. The chairman will recommend that all board members be present to vote yes to halt the use of the DC Mini. But with a board member in the hospital, it'll be impossible to take that vote.

Shima:
He can't call a meeting unless I'm there! ...Hello. Oh, Konakawa! How are you doing, Detective? And how is the, uh, you-know-what?

Konakawa:
It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! If I had known about it, I would have tried it a lot sooner!

Shima:
Remember, you can't tell anyone!

Konakawa:
Don't worry, I want to keep this secret all for myself.

---

Shima:
Paprika's existence cannot become public until the psychotherapy machines gain the public's acceptance. She is special, isn't she?

Konakawa:
She really is the woman of my dreams.

Chiba:
It's been a busy day running around in someone else's dream.

Paprika:
You look tired. Want me to check in on that dream so you can get a good night's sleep?

Chiba:
It's strange, but I haven't been having any of my own dreams lately.

Konakawa:
Huh?

Waiter:
Welcome, sir. We've been waiting for you. Come on in.

Paprika:
Hello again!

Konakawa:
What is this place?

Paprika:
A counselling room, a meeting place, a dating spot, take your pick. I bet you never thought about it, but the Internet and dreams are similar. They're areas where the repressed conscious mind escapes.

Waiter:
I have prepared your drinks, ma'am.

Konakawa:
Alright, what did you find out? What did my dreams reveal about me?

Paprika:
That you're impatient.

Konakawa:
That's true. You work at the research foundation? It was Shima's idea that I participate.

Paprika:
How do you know Mr. Shima?

Konakawa:
We go back quite a ways. Old college chums. He was my older mentor, but we always hung out together.

Paprika:
Drinking, partying, watching movies, that stuff?

Konakawa:
No, not movies. Not my thing.

Paprika:
I love movies!

Konakawa:
Huh? Paprika!

Paprika:
Put them on my tab.

Konakawa:
Hey, wait! Paprika!

---

Paprika:
Which one you want to see?

Konakawa:
I'm sorry, I just don't like movies much.

Paprika:
Come on, hurry!

Konakawa:
I don't want to see any movie, ever!

Man:
Stop! Please, just wait!

Male victim:
Breaking news! The fortune teller sitting under the tiled roof has made a future prediction! It will be sunny and bright!

Female victim:
That means good luck! The ceiling fan released a message containing a bunch of chrysanthemums!

Male victim:
The maiden who sleeps under the veranda has a pulse!

Female victim:
This way out! Everyone follow me! This way out! This way out! This way out!

Inui:
Two more victims. This is unacceptable. I am putting a stop to it immediately.

Chiba:
All board members have to vote on that.

Inui:
The culprit's not waiting for a board vote, why should I? I'm invoking executive privilege, and thereby forbid all use of the DC Mini and the psychotherapy machines. This is retribution!

...For creating a machine that manipulates dream. Science is nothing but a piece of trash next to a profound dream.

Osanai:
Uh, are you alright?

Tokita:
I don't know. I just found out that none of these parts are recyclable.

Osanai:
Why are you trashing it? It's an important piece of equipment.

Tokita:
Since you like it, I'll make another one for you.

Chiba:
He's a genius.

Osanai:
Yeah, and a very complicated guy to figure out.

Chiba:
You're giving him way too much credit. He's just a kid on the inside.

Tokita:
It's only a small theme park, but I sure loved going here as a kid. I talked to Himuro about it many times.

Tokita:
Are you sure that Himuro is here?

Chiba:
If I wasn't sure, I wouldn't be searching so hard to find him.

Tokita:
How come you always act so cold, At-chan? You should try being more friendly, like Paprika. ...Never mind.

Paprika:
Both of you need to keep quiet. He's very close by.

Paprika:
Watch out!

Tokita:
Himuro! That's a--

Paprika:
A DC Mini.

---

Male victim:
The high pressure holds the grab bag! It looks a lot like milk! I think of apples!

Female victim:
The dense forest turns into a shopping centre! The 24-bit eggplant must be analyzed!

Konakawa:
So you're saying that they were attacked by somebody else's dream, implanted in them by DC Mini, and that caused them to freak out? And the culprit, K. Himuro, was also traumatized by this nightmare, and tried to commit suicide with the DC Mini embedded in his head, is that right?

Tokita:
Don't blame the DC Mini! It's not it's fault! The Mini was in its final development stage when Himuro took it. He knew that. It wasn't perfected yet.

Konakawa:
I'm not trying to invalidate your invention. I just want to understand what we're dealing with here.

Tokita:
OK, fine.

Shima:
Here's the head of the DC Mini development team.

Chiba:
Dr. Chiba.

Shima:
And this is police detective Konakawa.

Chiba:
You just gonna stare?

Tokita:
Its potential is wonderful!

Konakawa:
Huh?

Tokita:
The ability to see a friend's dream as if it were your own inspirational experience. Both of you sharing the same dream!

Konakawa:
Ah. Well, I guess that would be something wonderful.

Tokita:
You get what I'm talking about! It all started when I was doing a brain scan on a patient using a state-of-the-art computer image processor, and the idea came to me like a lightning bolt!

Konakawa:
Let me see if I got it. You're able to treat people's illnesses by looking at their dreams?

Tokita:
Yeah yeah, that's exactly it! The nonlinear waves that are created by constant surges in the bioelectrical current can be applied to create new synapse connections when the old ones are damaged, and the byproduct of this excess energy can be harvested by adjusting the BTU output.

Konakawa:
So you can analyze dreams, cure illnesses, and use a person's body for energy. Pretty amazing little device, wouldn't you agree?

Tokita:
Absolutely! That's the reason...

Chiba:
When you're talking to someone, it's considered polite to look at them, too.

---

Konakawa:
That was her, wasn't it?

Shima:
Hmm?

Konakawa:
Paprika.

Shima:
So, what do you think about this case? Any ideas on how you'll proceed?

Konakawa:
My opinion? It was an unfortunate accident. It's kind of hard to build a case when all you have to go on is a bad dream.

I have to say, he's an original, isn't he?

Shima:
Who?

Konakawa:
The chunky guy.

Shima:
Oh, yes.

Konakawa:
Who would've thought that sharing a dream with a friend would lead to such an amazing device?

Shima:
He's just a big kid trapped inside the large body of a great genius.

Inui:
It's a mature adult's responsibility to steer their genius in the right direction.

Shima:
Mr. Chairman!

Inui:
When an unfortunate event occurs like this one, someone's conceit and negligence is behind it.

Konakawa:
That gentleman sure doesn't cut you any slack, does he?

Shima:
He lives to give me grief. I often wonder, Where did I go so wrong to end up in this terrible position? I'd like to think back to our college years, when we used to talk about our futures and the possibilities awaiting us.

Shima (voiceover):
I'd like to think back to our college years, when we used to talk about our futures and the possibilities awaiting us.

Man:
But what about the rest of it?

Osanai:
No, it's too dangerous! Think about what happened to Himuro--he went in, and he's not coming back. The same could happen to you, so why on Earth would you even consider it?

Chiba:
There are two DC Minis still floating around out there. At the moment, we are clueless. Our only lead is inside Himuro's head... such a waste.

Osanai:
We're offline. The chairman has cut the power to all the therapy machines. This is just crazy.

Chiba:
Well then, desperate times call for desperate measures. Don't be concerned. In case you need him, Genius Boy is here to back you up.

Osanai:
As always, it's Dr. Tokita.

...Listen. I know that the two of you worked hard to establish this field. And I realize that because of that experience, you place your trust in him. But I don't! His boyish immaturity is the main cause of all these horrible mishaps!

Chiba:
That's why I only want him to help you when you need him. Besides, there really isn't anyone else who could handle this.

---

Chiba:
This isn't the right time for that.

Tokita:
I disagree. There are people in the world who are able to understand. That detective--he has a mind for science, doesn't he? Overall, he doesn't seem very smart, though. There! I'm done! Now all I have to do is set the filtering program for external access an--Ow! What was that for!?

Chiba:
Do you seriously believe that Himuro would have done all of this?

Tokita:
Hmm?

Chiba:
When you think about it, he was your assistant. So he certainly was aware of the risks involved with the DC Mini. He knew what would happen if he exposed himself for that length of time. What could he possibly gain? What would be worth this fate?

Tokita:
He was jealous of me, that's why he did it! Even Osanai says so.

Chiba:
He might be a victim, too.

Tokita:
Where have I heard that line before? In a murder mystery?

Chiba:
We need to consider who else might have taken them, and find out what other plans he has.

Tokita:
That's enough! I can't concentrate. What I need to do right now is finish the project I'm working on.

Chiba:
You guys really are alike.

Tokita:
Who do you mean?

Chiba:
You and your bud Himuro. You were so selfishly wrapped up in what you want to do that you ignore what needs to be done. You never coded the DC Mini. That was just irresponsible. It cost lives, don't you get it? Of course not. Not much gets through all that protective fat, now does it? Here's what does: "What a scientist!" "He's so amazing!" It's like a really bad joke! What good is a scientist to mankind if he doesn't care about people, hmm? If you want to be the king of geeks with your bloated ego, then just keep on doing only what pleases you. Go ahead, indulge in your freakish masturbation, because that's what you're good at!

Chiba:
And where is Detective Konakawa now?

Shima:
At a hotel. It's all here. I know you can do it.

---

Konakawa:
No question. He's definitely here.

Clown:
You've crossed the action line, Detective.

Konakawa:
Be careful. Remember he's a known traitor.

Clown:
Get ready to pan focus. Narrow the aperture! Hit the spotlight right now!

Magician:
Voila! One, two, three!

Man:
There he is! Get him!

Paprika:
Welcome, sir. I'd be happy to find your floor.

Konakawa:
There's a man... that I'm after.

Paprika:
I'll get his floor for you. He's on the fourteenth.

Fourteenth floor: the adventure sector... fifteenth floor: the suspense sector... sixteenth floor: the romance sector...

Konakawa:
Great, gimme another one!

Paprika:
Seventeenth floor: the special sector.

Konakawa:
Don't open it! That's one place I don't need to see!

Paprika:
Bravo!

Konakawa:
...It looks like... I killed... myself.

Paprika:
Sounds like a line from a mystery!

---

Tokita:
It was a rush job, but I put an access-limiting function on it.

Morals and responsibilities--that adult baggage isn't my thing. But there's some things I need to talk to you about. We're best friends, right?

Tokita:
Man! Why did you have to become a doll? Wasn't just making them weird enough for you? Why did you steal the Minis? Are you really that jealous of me? Do you hate me? If it wasn't you, who was it? Who'd you tell about it?

Doll:
Know why you gave it an access function? Because it wasn't intended for a single dreamer!

Tokita:
She's right! The DC Mini was invented for us both!

Dolls:
And crossing two dreams creates many more dreams because they multiply!

Tokita:
Yeah yeah yeah! The entire development team dreamed of the DC Mini's completion!

Dolls:
It was foolish of you to come here to find the real master of this dream. Daytime residents always think they're so smart. That's what nighttime residents count on. They carelessly come here, like a curious moth flying close to a flame.

Tokita:
So then, you're not Himuro, are you!?

Paprika:
Detective Konakawa, what is the action line that clown was talking about?

Konakawa:
It's an imaginary shooting line used to place subjects before the camera. Here. The camera mustn't cross over the line. If it does, then the cut can't be matched up; it's reversed.

I'll give you a little demonstration. Watch--see what happens? You're facing the opposite direction.

Paprika:
And what is pan focus?

Konakawa:
Hmm. Well, it's an ability of the camera to create a large depth of field by reducing the aperture so that medium- and long-range shots are in focus.

Paprika:
You actually like them, a lot.

Konakawa:
Hmm?

Paprika:
The movies. Are all of your dreams now projected in pan focus as well? And have you solved the mystery of why you killed yourself?

Konakawa:
No, not yet. I've never even given one thought to committing suicide.

Paprika:
Could be it's somebody a lot like you, I guess.

Konakawa:
Somebody a lot like me?

Paprika:
Possibly there's another you, younger.

Konakawa:
Another younger me? Why?

Konakawa:
What is all this? Is this inside my head? Paprika!

Paprika:
All the dreams are starting to merge into just one.

Tokita! He's already started. Without me! Tokita, wait! What are you doing!?

Tokita:
Ah, it's Paprika!

Paprika:
You're stuck in that machine, aren't you?

Tokita:
The ecstasy juice that blooms in synapse is Paprika-brand fat milk! And five percent's what you use.

Paprika:
Tokita! Stop it!

Tokita:
The safety net of the ocean is nonlinear because all the dreams of crabs are stuck in it. Let's go!

Paprika:
Hey, wake up!

Konakawa:
Huh?

---

Shima:
Let me get this straight. Are you telling me that the dreams of Tokita and Himuro got incorporated into the dreams of Konakawa?

Paprika:
The DC Mini is hypersensitive. It continues to expand exponentially.

Chiba:
Just meet me back at the lab.

Shima:
They're not dreaming. But they're in deep REM sleep.

Chiba:
How strange. It's almost as if their subconscious has been erased.

Shima:
We have no choice. They need Paprika.

Chiba:
I'll dive into Himuro's dream. It's the only way to save Tokita... if I can.

Paprika:
Hey Chief, can you hear me?

Shima:
Yes, roger that, Paprika! I hear you loud and clear!

Finding any abnormalities?

Paprika:
This dream is very dangerous.

If anything starts to happen to Atsuko, use the awakening apparatus.

Shima:
Of course! What about you? Tokita is in a coma because he went into Himuro's dream. Are you sure you can survive that chaos?

Paprika:
Did you forget who I am?

Shima:
Sorry I mentioned it, Paprika.

Paprika:
I see it now!

---

Paprika:
I can't see Himuro anywhere!

Shima:
But you're inside his dream!

---

Paprika:
Is that Osanai?

Shima:
Watch out, Paprika!

Paprika:
Leave it to me!

...Himuro!

...Wake her up, now! Hurry, Chief!

---

Chiba:
Whatever it is, it's not Himuro's dream anymore.

Shima:
I agree with you, he really is just another victim.

Chiba:
Yes. An empty shell. His brain was simply overwhelmed. Instead of one vision, he was heavily assaulted by a collective dream.

Shima:
What is this "collective dream"?

Chiba:
With no access restrictions programmed in, the DC Mini was able to invade all psychotherapy machines. Every dream that came in contact within those machines was captured and enlarged into one gigantic delusion.

Shima:
I see. The question remains: whose delusion is it?

Inui:
This is a place where life and all its joys are revered. Dreams belong to the dreamer, not cold machinery that sucks the life from them. I will not allow arrogant scientific technology to intrude onto this holy ground.

Chiba:
Return Dr. Tokita to us, sir!

Inui:
Dreams are destroyed by technological tampering. Someone needs to be accountable. Science goes too far when it forgets one's soul.

Chiba:
So then, you're punishing Dr. Tokita.

Inui:
In a world of inhumane reality, there is actually only one humane sanctuary left, Doctor, and that can be found in the comfort of a simple dream. That parade you saw is full of refugees who were unwillingly chased out of reality.

Chiba:
But you're collecting them with stolen technology. Are you planning to take over the whole world of dreams?

Inui:
I am merely protecting them. For I am the only true guardian of all dreams! My duty is to mete out justice to terrorists like you, Paprika!

Osanai:
Now come on, don't force me to get rough with you, Paprika.

Paprika:
This is a dream too, isn't it?

Shima:
Paprika! Wake up at once! Paprika!

...Come on, wake up, Chiba! Chiba! Paprika!

Osanai:
The sphinx look really doesn't suit you, my dear.

Paprika:
Who are you really? A dedicated scientific researcher or just the chairman's pet dog?

Osanai:
Shut up! I have many faces! That is what makes me a man!

Paprika:
The only man I see is one with a big Oedipus complex! You believe the chairman's your mother!

Osanai:
Shut your mouth!

---

Inui:
That's right, my little fish. Just keep swimming away. There are no boundaries in dreams, no restrictions from one's own physical body. You have entered a new world, where the spirit is free, and that freedom is limitless, even for someone like me!

...The dream you're familiar with continues from here.

Paprika:
No, Paprika! Get out! It's a trap!

Paprika:
Please hurry, Chief! Wake her up! Wake her up right now!

---

Osanai:
What a lovely sight.

Paprika:
Osanai, what is this? What have you done? Let me go!

Osanai:
Oh? But I just caught you!

Paprika:
Where's Tokita? Where's Tokita!?

Osanai:
I have no interest in collecting ugly things.

Paprika:
That's because you're idolized yourself. If I'm not mistaken, you're Himuro's specimen?

Osanai:
Just shut up! Shut up!

Paprika:
You sold him your body for the DC Mini, didn't you?

Osanai:
Stop it! Don't remind me!

Paprika:
You are a coward!

Osanai:
Stop it!

You're here in my sanctuary. You'll do as I say!

...I'm a special person hand chosen by the chairman.

Paprika:
He's using you. You're his legman! Osanai, what happened? You used to be smarter than that.

Osanai:
I'm still smart! You just don't know its true power!!

In a certain sense, the DC Mini was complete. Actually, better than complete. We can now go back and forth between dreams and realities, wide awake, even if the DC Mini isn't attached.

Paprika:
You set up Atsuko at Himuro's place, didn't you?

Osanai:
That was just a friendly warning... to a dream-dissecting terrorist.

Paprika:
I hate to believe that you and Old Baldy are so alike.

Osanai:
We are the chosen ones assigned to protect the integrity of man's personal dreams, which has been threatened by a technology so out of control that it has lost all perspective.

Paprika:
You are just so twisted!

Osanai:
You should understand. They are sacred like a rare treasure and are impossible to control!

Paprika:
How can you think clearly about control, when jealousy controls you?

...Do you actually believe that you can beat Tokita? I don't think you're that smart.

Osanai:
Didn't I warn you not to say anything to make me get rough with you? Huh?

---

Short bartender:
Perhaps you should call it a night.

Konakawa:
I'm drunk. Don't worry. The fact that I know I'm drunk is proof that I'm still sober! I know this isn't a real bar anyway! I'm not drinking real alcohol, you're not a real bartender! Right?

...Well, I'm real, anyway. Even if odds and sods go round, in my poor little head... Paprika! Come here, right now!!

...Huh?

Tall bartender:
Is there some reason the number 17 bothers you, sir?

Konakawa:
Huh?

Tall bartender:
The conspiratorial number 17.

Short bartender:
You're very familiar with movies, aren't you? It's my understanding that you made your own a few years back.

Konakawa:
Yes, I sure did. Shot that sucker on 8-mm film... it was child's play.

Short bartender:
Were you in grade school?

Konakawa:
No, I was 17.

...Ah!

It was a silly cop's story that I had written. About two men who in the past had been best buddies. One became a fugitive, the other a cop, and they chase each other. They just keep running and running the whole film long. Flashbacks of their past are interwoven throughout various scenes.

Short bartender:
Sounds very experimental for its time.

Konakawa:
It's that guy! How could I forget about him until now?

No matter what I did, he was one step ahead of me. He was smart, and popular with the girls, too. I was never able to catch up with him.

It was frustrating; as much as I wanted to dislike him, I never could. He really was a good guy. We even talked about making other movies together, but we didn't. I gave up. I lacked confidence in myself. I left the movie unfinished. He took over and had to deal with completing it by himself.

Bartender:
Well, where's your friend now?

Konakawa:
He died. He had just gotten accepted to film school, but he got sick. He didn't tell me anything about it. I never knew. I was supposed to be his partner. I had really let him down. We were so close, he was me. A confident me who could achieve anything. And he was so alive! Life was different then. So was I.

...Huh?

Man:
But what about the rest of it!?

Konakawa:
Huh? Hey, wait!

---

Konakawa:
Huh?

Paprika:
No! Stop!

Osanai:
Why do you dress like a girl?

Konakawa:
Paprika! Paprika!!

Paprika:
Enough, Osanai! Please stop it. You're just a spoiled jealous prince, and a pervert as well.

Osanai:
You have such a bad habit of trying to manipulate people with your words.

Paprika:
And you think you can manipulate people with power?

Osanai:
In here, yes.

I love you, Paprika. I love you. I love you just the way you are.

Inui:
I shall show no mercy for those who purposefully defy me!

Osanai:
Mr. Chairman!

Inui:
There's no way you could hide her from me!

Osanai:
Mr. Chairman! Not her. Not her!

Inui:
You're not able to control even one sensual desire!

Osanai:
Spare her, please! You must spare her!

Inui:
You mean nothing! You owe me! It's your duty to always do what I ask of you.

Osanai:
But sir... I love her.

Konakawa:
Paprika! Are you OK?

I knew that you were Paprika.

Inui:
What are you doing!? You will obey me!

Konakawa:
...Repulsive!

Inui:
You fool! You allowed a mere woman to come between us!

---

Shima:
It's not working! I'm way too upset to dream!

...Huh?

Konakawa:
Shima! Can you see where I am?

Shima:
Konakawa! Why are you in Chiba's dream? What are you doing in here?

Konakawa:
Well, why are you a monkey? Tell me, what's happening?

Shima:
I'll explain later! Just go!

Konakawa:
Go where?

Shima:
Hmm... just go back to your dream right now!

Osanai:
Get out of my way... you're messing up my dream!

Konakawa:
This is my dream... you get out!

As a cop, I demand justice for all.

Come back here! Freeze!

Osanai:
Real bummer. See ya.

Man:
But what about the rest of it?

Konakawa:
Don't you move!

This time I'll end it for good!

Osanai:
The pain is real....

Konakawa:
Lights out.

---

Chiba:
Chief.

Shima:
Hmm?

Chiba:
Are you certain that this is the real world?

Shima:
I think so. Well, must be real, because it hurt a lot!

Shima:
But, why was Detective Konakawa in your dream?

Chiba:
Oh yes, that's right, Chief. Paprika was rescued by him!

The chairman... Osanai was there, too. That's it! Tokita! Where's Tokita?

Inui:
Osanai! What's wrong? Osanai!

Osanai! Osanai! No! No, you can't go! Your body is mine! I will not allow you to go off on your own! My magnificent spirit needs that body! When the two become one, I will be complete! I've got you, Osanai! I'm not letting go! Come back to me... Osana--

Chiba:
Something's wrong. And it's not only with Tokita. We have to put a stop to this.

Shima:
No problem. We'll get the mastermind. A happy ending is just around the corner.

Chiba:
I can't imagine who you're talking about. The mastermind I know is in the lab, trapped in dreamland.

Shima:
Don't worry! I have already located us a backup.

Chiba:
Is it Detective Konakawa?

...Huh?

Shima:
Huh?

Voice recording:
I'm sorry, the children's assistance number you've called is not available at this time. Due to heavy call volume, we are experiencing [can't hear] congestion on the Pacific Ocean since 7:63 this morning.

---

Konakawa:
The battle's finally over!

Salaryman:
And now everyone, it's showtime!

Weathercaster:
The cloud cover has finally lifted, and all the weather ahead is sunny and dreamy!

Man:
Yeah! Every day is just one big dreeeam!

Men:
No more anger. Our world is happy and mundane!

Women:
As long as dreams will grow, let's get a little bud and grow a money tree, too!

Schoolgirls:
We want to make sure it presents its memory forever!

Phone men:
If there's no flower, there'll never be fruit!

Parade marchers:
If there's nothing, then there's nothing to do.

TV men:
You can live in your own TV!

Politician:
If you're unhappy, let the politicians know! Pluck an eyeball and pop in a vote!

Short man in black suit:
I am the emperor, chosen by the one!

Short man in pink suit:
Yeah, but whose one? My one? Your one? Which one?

Short men:
We didn't choose you! We didn't choose you!

Parade marchers:
No more anger! Our world is happy and mundane!

Konakawa:
What is this? This is no dream I've had before!

Tall bartender:
We're all stuck in the middle of the same dream.

Short bartender:
Hmm.

...You forgot this, sir.

Konakawa:
Hmm? ...My cigarettes!

Tall bartender:
All right, now let's go!

Konakawa:
Where?

Tall bartender:
Where we can get this mess cleaned up.

---

Chiba:
Dreams and reality are merging altogether.

Shima:
Is this because of the DC Mini!?

Chiba:
Chief! Hold on!

Shima:
...Paprika!

Paprika:
No time for questions! Hurry up!

Chiba:
Why are you here, Paprika!?

Paprika:
Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Newscaster:
So the question is, "Is this reality or...?"

Paprika:
Now hurry! We have to go get the mastermind!

Newscaster:
Just as if she had popped out of a dream, this young woman--

Paprika:
Let's go!

Chiba:
Slow down! You're getting ahead of yourself, Paprika.

Paprika:
And you're making a big mistake thinking you're always right!

Chiba:
...Tokita!

Paprika:
Come on, Atsuko!

Chiba:
I have to help Tokita!

Paprika:
Let that irresponsible fatty take care of himself!

Chiba:
Why do you constantly refuse to listen!? I don't get it! You are a part of me, that should be enough!

Paprika:
I don't suppose that you've ever considered that you may be a part of me.

Chiba:
Do as I say! Understand!?

Paprika:
You've convinced yourself that you've been granted the power to control everyone around you! You're like Old Baldy in a pair of high heels.

...Let's go. We need to stop the chairman and his excursions, now!

Chiba:
No! I can't just leave Tokita behind. I can't, because I...

Paprika:
You can say it. Because why?

Shima:
Chiba!

Paprika:
She's showing her true self! It's about time.

Shima:
Huh?

---

Tokita:
An overweight spirit needs no special diet! Go forward, superhero, don't stop!

Chiba:
Tokita! Wake up now! It's me!

Tokita:
Ah! You're the one I've been waiting for! Your flute sure is a sound for sore neurons!

Chiba:
Alright! Now try to remember me! Atsuko. The one you like. That's me! At-chan!

Tokita:
Mmm! A fragrant fat makes a really delicious first-class meal!

...It's a bit bland. Needs a little spice! Perhaps a pinch of paprika?

Konakawa:
What is that!?

Short bartender:
Well, it's a big hole.

Konakawa:
I can see that.

Short bartender:
What you can't see is it's connected.

Tall bartender:
It links us up to the other world.

Konakawa:
What do you mean? What other world!?

Shima:
OK! What should we do now, Paprika?

Paprika:
How about we run?

Shima:
OK by me!

Tokita:
Finding a really good spice is a major accomplishment. There's my Paprika!

Konakawa:
Hey! Paprika! Shima! Are you all right down there?

Paprika:
Detective Konakawa!

Shima:
Konakawa!

Shima:
Chiba!?

Tokita:
I'm in a really big jam here.

Chiba:
I can see that.

Tokita:
No, no, it's not what you're thinking! Chiba! Be careful!

Chiba:
Huh?

Tokita:
...I'm sorry.

Chiba:
You're a walking disaster.

Tokita:
I know.

Chiba:
You're fat, and slow--you're just a mess.

It's not the outside that counts, however, you really have a lot on the outside.

Tokita:
Yeah.

Chiba:
To think this century's greatest genius isn't smart enough to stop eating.

Tokita:
I'll swallow anything edible put in front of me.

Chiba:
I know. You're so open to everything, that's why you're so much fun.

Paprika:
Look, Shima. Atsuko's dreaming.

---

Konakawa:
What is that thing, Shima?

Shima:
It's our chairman!

Inui:
I am reborn! I have been rejuvenated! See? I'm standing on my own two legs; everything about me is perfect! I control dreams, and if you'll live or die. To make my universe complete, I shall heal the deficiencies your neglect has caused, and purify the Earth by destroying whatever I please!

Paprika:
Way to go there, light lord of darkness!

Konakawa and Shima:
Huh?

Paprika:
There's always an opposite. Light and darkness. Life and death. Man and wo--

Konakawa and Shima:
Woman?

Paprika:
And, to spice it all up, you add...?

Konakawa and Shima:
Paprika!

Paprika:
Bingo!

Shima:
Paprika!

Inui:
The superior new cosmos that you're about to witness begins with me!

...Who is that eating up my dream?

Konakawa:
Is that Paprika!?

Shima:
Well, it's a girl. I can tell that much for sure.

Inui:
Why are you disobedient?

Konakawa:
Are we awake? Or is this still the dream?

Tokita:
I had... the greatest dream!

Paprika:
I had one as well. It's about time I had a good dream.

Shima:
Guess I've been dumped.

Konakawa:
You can't be dumped by Paprika. She'll come back to you soon.

Shima:
That's true! I'll see her in my dreams again someday.

Konakawa:
Mmm.

Shima:
What's going on with your anxiety dream?

Konakawa:
Oh, that. I almost forgot about it.

Shima:
Did you ever find out what was causing it?

Konakawa:
The main basis?

Man:
You didn't do anything wrong.

...You're living out our movie in real life, Konakawa. That's why you became a detective. A reality created from fiction. Always remember that.

Konakawa:
Yeah... reality and fiction.

Tall bartender:
Welcome back, sir.

Short bartender:
A special message was left here with us from Miss Paprika.

Paprika:
Dear Detective Konakawa,

Congratulations! I heard you caught the perpetrator in that homicide case.

I also have an announcement! Atsuko's last name is going to change to "Tokita."

P.S. The movie Dreaming Kids is actually quite good. I recommend it.

Konakawa:
Hmm....

One ticket, please.