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Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi: Perfect Collection

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In this classic send-up of anime tropes, two friends discover that their neighborhood shopping district is actually a portal to a series of parallel worlds! They're journey home takes them through magical kingdoms, giant robot battlefields, and lands where "fan service" is the rule of the day. It's anime's answer to Quantum Leap - except it's entertaining!

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: ADV Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VKJ708
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2009
If I had to describe "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi," it would be simple: "Fooly Cooly" as written by Lewis Carroll.

That's only a glimpse of the explosive weirdness and insanely cracked-out madness that fills every episode of this wacky anime series. And while "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi: Perfect Collection" starts off a bit slowly, this brilliant series soon blossom into an acid-tripping flower filled with constant spoofs, genre cliches, and lots of fanservicey breasts.

Sasshi is unhappy -- the Abenobashi Shopping Arcade is being bought out for demolition, and his friend Arumi is going to be moving away. Fortunately they are distracted from their impending separation by a series of mysterious animal statues all throughout the Arcade.

But when Arumi's grandfather is badly injured and the bird statue is smashed, Arumi and Sasshi find themselves sucked into a freaky D&D-video-game-esque fantasy land, where they are called upon to defeat the stereotypically Evil Lord. Unfortunately, Arumi spends all their money on a mysterious charm by a blue-haired sorcerer, and Sasshi keeps getting killed by the insane, scantily-clad Mune Mune.

Each attempt to get back home sends Sasshi and Arumi to another cracked-out variant of Abenobashi -- a mecha space station with a hulking mecha, a Chinese martial-arts competition, a Flintstonesy dinosaur age, a noir gangster story, a dating sim, the ultimate girl fantasy land (or so Sasshi thinks!), a deranged warzone, and a frenetic mishmash of every movie Sasshi has ever seen.

But where did all these crazy worlds come from? Who are Mune Mune and the grumpy sorcerer Eutus, and what is their connection to Sasshi?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Mavis on June 14, 2008
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As the main characters bounce from reality to reality, you'll see every anime cliche spoofed in outrageous fashion.

From huge robots to dinosaurs to princesses and dragons to 1940s film noir detectives. It's all here and it all gets skewered. Meanwhile there is a serious story developing behind the scenes that is engaging in it's own right.

I recommend this series to anyone that loves a good story and likes to laugh at themselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ctsr1 on August 10, 2011
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it is a great anime fun and funny yet there are some downsides to this collection,

1. the pop up video that is on the single release is missing (similer to ch1 pop up video) that shows the facts about the shows being teased

2. no blu ray yet :(

3. each dvd is a single case not one massive case

oh well these are just grips it does not take away from the overal package
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KevinB on February 5, 2013
Sasshi and Arumi live in the Abenobashi shopping arcade of Osaka. The 2 friends spend all of their free time together. One day, Arumi finds out that her family is gonna move to Hokkaido. By a strange turn of events, Sasshi and Arumi are transported to another universe. Apparently of Sasshi's design. In their attempts to get back to Osaka, they are led to many different worlds. All of them are crazy, and resemble different video game or anime scenarios. Sasshi is subconsciously avoiding returning home to keep from losing his best friend. They will have to get their hearts in synch and face harsh realities to return home.

This anime is a parody of pop culture. It makes fun of RPG's, anime, movies, culture, and society. No matter how much knowledge of this stuff you possess, you can find something fun with this series. It's a very fast paced anime. There is practically no down time at all. It is also one that you can watch more than once. It's so easy to miss things at the speed at which this show moves.

The production quality is pretty good. The animation, voice acting, and soundtrack are all very well done. It's about 10 years old, and you can tell. But it's not one that is gonna seem outdated in 5 or 10 more years I think. I really enjoyed watching this show, and I think that most anime fans will agree. Be warned, there is some harsh language, and some perverted situations. There is no frontal nudity or anything like that, but there are quite a few bare ass shots. Obviously it's not suitable for kids. I liked this series, and I recommend it to anime fans 16 and up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Yost on April 11, 2009
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I loved watching this show. I have watched it several times which is rare for me. The art styles change throughout the show and the characters are some of the most lively. My favorite comedic episode was 12 because of all the american parodies that went into the title. I only have one disappointment with the series. At the end it seemed to end really quick. Though called the final episode it was extremely good and then after the credits there is a preview for a new episode called mystery. I looked everywhere for the episode, but no luck. I will say that if you like parodies and wacky slap stick comedies. You will love to watch this show.
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