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Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (Vol. 1) (2003)

Hideaki Anno , Jessica Boone , Shirô Ebisu  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Hideaki Anno, Jessica Boone, Luci Christian, Kaytha Coker, Jason Douglas
  • Directors: Shirô Ebisu
  • Writers: Hiroyuki Yamaga, Satoru Akahori
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • 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: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000V8FC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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The new series from Studio Gainax offers a freefall zaniness similar to Excel Saga or Burn Up Excess, but with more appealing characters and sharper parodies. Twelve-year-olds Sasshi Imamiya and Arumi Asahina have grown up together in Osaka, but when the local shopping arcade closes, the harmony of the four Chinese directional gods is thrown out of whack. Sasshi and Arumi visit parallel universes, each boasting transmogrified Shopping Arcades that parody Evangelion, Fist of the North Star, 2001, Voltron, and Star Wars. The reluctant heroes attempt to return to their real home, impeded by their relatives and friends, who form a sort of interdimensional repertory company. The voice actors affect Texas accents to approximate the rough Osaka dialect of the original, which takes some getting used to, but the results are outrageous--and hilarious. (Rated 17 and older: gross and risqué humor, brief nudity, violence, minor profanity, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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Bein' human, havin' your health...that's the most important thing. Try telling that to twelve-year-old Sasshi Imamiya. He's lost his home, lost the toy collection that defined his very geekdom, and he's about to lose his best friend, Arumi. Reality is c

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intensely Funny December 31, 2003
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Gainax does it again with another dizzying comedy very much in the spirit of FLCL. However, Gainax is not the type of studio to simply repeat the same thing over and over, and as such Abenobashi clearly stands on its own two legs.
First off, I'll speak of the art. Abenobashi is done in a bright, visually pleasing style very similar to the animation of FLCL, Gainax's other recent comedy series. It is high quality, and the dizzying animation style keeps pace with the equally dizzying storyline to leave your head spinning.
Second, the characters. Sasshi and Arumi, the two main characters, make for a cute couple, and their constantly-at-odds personalities provide a great deal of the humor of the series. In general, the characters are all quirky, bizarre, and interesting, from the town transvestite to the improbably-busty Mune-Mune.
Third, the music. I'm not sure I'd really call it quality music, but the quirky tunes fit well with the show. It's not as outstanding a match as the Pillows with FLCL, but it's far from bad. I found the opening song rather endearing, despite its preponderance of badly-pronounced English.
Fourth, the voice acting. Someone at Gainax seems to have a thing for regional dialects and odd pronunciations. The vast majority of the characters in the series speak in Osaka-ben, which is part of its charm. I wouldn't recommend watching this series dubbed, as the Osaka dialect is transfigured into an irritatingly fake-sounding Texas accent. Again, I can't say that the voice acting in the series quite lives up to the wonder that was FLCL, but it's definitely a cut above average.
Lastly, some general comments.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it... January 2, 2004
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ADV does some of the best American releases of anime these days, and Abenobashi is right up there with the best. Naturally, this is a very off beat anime done by the Gainax crew who basically did FLCL, His and Her Circumstances, and Evanglion. So it might not be for everyone, and probably isn't for anyone because this has been a sadly under publicised series.
Basic story : Osaka shopping district kid duo gets swept into alternate usiverses of their block where they deal with condensed, stereotypical worlds based on their shopping district home.
It is a 13 episode series released in 2002 in Japan as a kids show. While it is off beat, it is very enjoyable. The show uses every bit of information and energy they can muster to keep these silly, fantastic and post modern affairs tangible or at least enjoyable. Littered through out are tons of sci-fi, anime, manga, hollywood, video game and literature references. As the father of Harumi says at one point 'No matter how much GEEK knowledge you have, you are no match for me.'
Great animation, wonderful backgrounds and a very offbeat idea. While these first stories are indeed Gainax, later episodes on fuirther disks are done heavily in Korea and look cheap. ADV keeps good picture quality, but not always as nice as the original Japanese releases. Fun fun fun. Nice acting and posing. I can't imagine anyone except prudes regretting this purchase. Some sexual/odd erotic situations/imagery. Guns occassionally. No tangible death.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts Slow But Becomes Ridiculously Funny December 27, 2003
Abenobashi is just plain weird. Essentially, it is the story of two 12 year olds (a boy and a girl) from Osaka who keep teleporting from one alternate reality to the next, where each is a version of their home, a run-down shopping center. Each episode, after the first, is a parody of a classic anime genre--e.g., sword and sorcery, giant robots. What makes this work, where many parody shows do not, is that our heroes are in on it--they spend time trying to figure out the rules of this weird version of their home so they can make progress toward getting to their real home.
The show has its faults, however. The first episode, which sets up the initial relationships, is painfully slow--so slow, I almost gave up on the show itself right there. I'm glad I kept watching--episode 2 had me laughing out loud in a few seconds. Also, the show is marked for ages 17+, and this isn't an exaggeration. While everything is played to be ridiculous, there is a lot of innuendo and a whole heck of a lot of bouncy, underdressed, over-endowed girls, as well as a fair share of crude humor (but less crude than Hollywood has been getting the last few years). Also, if you're watching the English dub, Sasshi, the main boy, is very obviously voiced by a woman. The acting is fine, just the voice is somewhat jarring, particularly in the first episode.
Finally, the box. This version comes with a box to hold all four discs in the series. While this box is sturdier than some of ADV's paper-thin ones (e.g., Neo Ranga, Najica), it is still just folded, fairly-thin cardboard. It also has a weird curvature on the bottom, preventing it from sitting flat. It is fairly attractive, though, and suits the show well.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intensely Funny January 3, 2004
Gainax does it again with another dizzying comedy very much in the spirit of FLCL. However, Gainax is not the type of studio to simply repeat the same thing over and over, and as such Abenobashi clearly stands on its own two legs.
First off, I'll speak of the art. Abenobashi is done in a bright, visually pleasing style very similar to the animation of FLCL, Gainax's other recent comedy series. It is high quality, and the dizzying animation style keeps pace with the equally dizzying storyline to leave your head spinning.
Second, the characters. Sasshi and Arumi, the two main characters, make for a cute couple, and their constantly-at-odds personalities provide a great deal of the humor of the series. In general, the characters are all quirky, bizarre, and interesting, from the town transvestite to the improbably-busty Mune-Mune.
Third, the music. I'm not sure I'd really call it quality music, but the quirky tunes fit well with the show. It's not as outstanding a match as the Pillows with FLCL, but it's far from bad. I found the opening song rather endearing, despite its preponderance of badly-pronounced English.
Fourth, the voice acting. Someone at Gainax seems to have a thing for regional dialects and odd pronunciations. The vast majority of the characters in the series speak in Osaka-ben, which is part of its charm. I wouldn't recommend watching this series dubbed, as the Osaka dialect is transfigured into an irritatingly fake-sounding Texas accent. Again, I can't say that the voice acting in the series quite lives up to the wonder that was FLCL, but it's definitely a cut above average.
Lastly, some general comments.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars acents fon't fit the characters.
From the little that I' 've seen it looks interesting. I am not sure why the voice actors decided to go with southern accents for the main characters .
Published 2 months ago by Kevin M Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars one really funny anime
i remember watching this back in the day on g4 one of the funniest shows I've ever watched i recommend this for a good laugh
Published 2 months ago by Bryan J. Burchette
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Show. Lousy service by Amazon
It's great anime series with quirky plot and funny characters.

The show is 16:9 aspect ratio but Amazon encoded to 4:3 so the picture is squished from the sides. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great characters - and a TON of laughs!!
Wonderful story, characters and and artwork. Even though it does get a bit repetitive as they continue to jump times, they still manage to keep it almost 100% unique - I loved it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Davie
5.0 out of 5 stars x)
I love how Abenobashi makes fun off all the cliche animes out there. It's wacky, wild, and will keep you entertained through the whole series.
Published 6 months ago by Ryan Zeller
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story, cute characters
Some panty shots (a whole episode about a demon with someone's panties on its head --- pretty funny), one character with chronically bouncing boobs --- I really dislike fan... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Elsie Whittle
3.0 out of 5 stars funny and entertaining
This show is funny and entertaining but sometimes is completely random. I enjoyed the characters and what happens to them. Read more
Published 13 months ago by James D. Finkelmeier Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars What The Heck?! I Think I Can Get Into This.
Satoshi and Arumi are 12 years old. They live in the Abenobashi shopping district of Osaka. One day they are transported to an alternate universe, or a video game, or both. Read more
Published 14 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Studio Gainax success.
This is a fun anime for all ages that is especially good for anime fans, who will get the parodies that their series does. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Albatross Necklace
4.0 out of 5 stars An anime series filled with anime and otaku references
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 1 is a DVD that contains the first four episodes of the series. The episodes included on this disc are: "Mystery! Read more
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