Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Vol. 2
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(Jan 27, 2004)
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The first episode has the kids in a dinosaur world, with Mune Mune as the jungle princess in the appropriate leopard-skin bikini. Running from danger, they meet the blue-haired man who says that their fates are linked, but he is still unsure and clouded. Wild and funny, it maintains the tone of previous episodes.
Next, a Film Noir world sees Sasshi and Arumi in grown up bodies, on opposite sides of a dangerous games of gangsters and copper. Arumi joins the short-skirted Abeno Angels police squad, while Sasshi masquerades as professional sniper Rugolgo (a parody of "Golgo 13"). Some great gags here, but the tone changes when Mune Mune comes face-to-face with the blue-haired man, and flashes with anger and rage. The blue-haired man reveals a deep secret of Sasshi's to Arumi, and things begin to become clear.
Finally, the comedy and slapstick ceases entirely, and the Studio Gainax brilliance begins to shine through in the third episode. A flashback, focusing on the founding of the Abenobashi Shopping arcade, and the Love Triangle that develops between Sasshi's grandfather, the blue-haired man and a beautiful 18-year old girl named Mune. A bittersweet episode on fate and love, it is a nice break from the wackiness and non-sequitor nature of the series.Read more ›
This is a great volume. I like it better than the 1st. The story progresses more i volume 2 as well. It's also quite a bit funnier. The parodies of Kanon, Sister Princess, and dating sims are great too. I just love how this anime rips off other anime and stays original at the same time. This series should have been more well received in my opinion. It's a keeper. Definitely check it out.
As for this particular disc, the second episode, featuring a 20s-era crime world, and the third episode, detailing the past of the older generations are the gems. I would actually rate this about 4.25, but I fear that this disc would be damaged by the review below. Again, I do love this series. Truly a delicious viewing experience.
There are four extras included on this release. The first extra on the disc is "AD Vid-Notes." This feature allows you to turn on or off pop-ups that appear during the episodes to explain cultural references. The second extra is labeled as "Outtakes." This feature, which runs for nearly four minutes, contains three to four scenes of the English dub. After each correct take, there is a corresponding "outtake" to go along with it. Each "outtake" contains something that isn't appropriate for the scene; however, the changed lines tend to be funny. However, it should be mentioned that most of the changed lines in the "outtakes" contain adult humor.
Next in the extras menu is "Clean Opening." This is a version of the opening credits that is truly textless; not only is there no credit text, but no subtitles for the song appear, either. There is also a "Clean Closing," which is also a truly textless version of the ending credits.
The next feature is "ADV Previews." This link takes you to a menu with previews for Happy Lesson, Slayers: Gorgeous, Saiyuki, Super Gals!, Pretear, and Orphen 2: Revenge.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 2" is all about answering questions.
Well, okay, it's not ALL about answering questions -- half is about that, and half of it... Read more
Unlike the previous review, I think that hte anime is priced quite well if you considar Japanese prices which are usually roughly 58.00 and have about 2 episodes. Read morePublished on March 2, 2004
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