Paprika (novel)

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Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui.jpg
Cover of the 2002 edition
AuthorYasutaka Tsutsui
GenreScience fiction, Psychological thriller
PublisherChūōkōron Shinsha
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)

Paprika (パプリカ, Papurika) is a 1993 novel written by Yasutaka Tsutsui. It first appeared in Marie Claire magazine in four parts, each appearing chronologically in the January 1991, March 1992, August 1992, and June 1993 issues. A manga adaption of the novel was created by Reiji Hagiwara in 1995 but was not published until 2003. The novel was adapted as an animated film in 2006, which was itself adapted into a second manga the following year by Eri Sakai. The novel was translated into English by Andrew Driver, was published by Alma Books in April 2009.


Dream monitoring and intervention as a means of treating mental disorders is a developing new form of psychotherapy in the near future. Brilliant psychiatry research establishment employee Atsuko Chiba (千葉敦子, Chiba Atsuko) is the most prominent scientist in this field, using her alter-ego Paprika (パプリカ, Papurika) to infiltrate the dreams of others and treat their illnesses. Her colleague, the brilliant and obese Kōsaku Tokita (時田浩作, Tokita Kōsaku) has created a super-miniaturized version of the Institute's existing dream-analysis devices calling it the DC Mini (DCミニ, DC Mini). Unrest ensues when the new psychotherapy device is stolen, allowing the assailant to enter the mind of anyone and enact mind control. The frantic search for the criminal and the DC Mini has begun.


  • Atsuko Chiba/Paprika – a beautiful but modest psychotherapist and lead researcher at the Institute of Psychiatric Research. When treating her patients she assumes her alter-ego, Paprika.
  • Kōsaku Tokita – a brilliant and overweight colleague and friend of Chiba, with whom she is in love. He is the inventor of the DC Mini.
  • Toratarō Shima – an administrator to the Institute who asks Chiba to bring out Paprika to help Noda's anxiety.
  • Morio Osanai – a handsome but deeply amoral co-worker of Chiba, who harbors both jealousy and love for her.
  • Tatsuo Noda – a prominent car company executive and an old friend of Shima who suffers from anxiety.


Animated film[edit]

An animated film adaption of the novel, directed by Satoshi Kon, was released in 2006, with Yasutaka Tsutsui himself providing the voice of a bartender.

Manga versions[edit]

Live-action film[edit]

Wolfgang Petersen has the rights for a remake of Paprika.[1]


  1. ^ Warmoth, Brian (25 March 2010). "Wolfgang Petersen's Live-Action 'Paprika' Adaptation Is On 'The Fast Track'". MTV News. Retrieved 4 May 2017.