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Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Vol. 2

Hideaki Anno , Jessica Boone , Shirô Ebisu  |  Unrated |  DVD
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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, Subtitled, 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: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013F2J0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,806 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Vol. 2" on IMDb

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Sasshi and Arumi continue to ricochet from one alternate version of a derelict Osaka shopping center to another. "Night Fog" takes them to a Roaring Twenties-style gangland, where speakeasies serve forbidden snails to diners during a skewed Prohibition. Sasshi, incongruously clad in a trench coat and snap-brim fedora, is mistaken for "Rugolgo," a send-up of the assassin in Golgo 13. "Extinction" spoofs time-travel anime: 12-year-old geek Sasshi gets to display his encyclopedic knowledge of dinosaurs to the mysterious Eutus. The story pauses in episode #7 for an explanation of how the Arcade was built and anchored against harmful magic with the Chinese gods of the cardinal directions. The filmmakers keep everything fast and funny, noting that many of the heroes' difficulties come from relying on the magic of "goblins who lose to ordinary grade school kids." (Rated 17 and older: gross and risqué humor, brief nudity, violence, minor profanity, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Order from chaos June 29, 2005
Things take a more serious turn in volume two of "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi," and the wild chaos of the first volume starts to take shape. Like the previous episodes,Sasshi and Arumi fling from world to world, meeting the bouncy and enthusiastic Mune Mune ("Chesty chesty" in Japanese) who adapts to each world and spurs along the craziness. This time, a new character is revealed in a mysterious blue-haired man to whom Mune Mune is inexplicably drawn.

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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An effort to salvage this reviewspace... April 19, 2004
For those not informed in the ways of anime, a thirteen-episode show, like Abenobashi or Serial Experiments: Lain is distributed on four discs. This is just the way it is, and you pay more for a better picture (for comparison, check out the Fox DVDs. Picture quality is still good, but artifacting tends to show up more often due to the lower bitrates.)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It All Makes Sense Now...Sort Of January 30, 2013
By KevinB
After traveling from one geeky world to another, Sasshi and Arumi have found themselves unable to return to the Osaka that they love. Sasshi meets the mysterious man that Mune Mune has been chasing after. He reveals himself to be a mystic, and tells Sasshi about the reason for their inability to return home. Sasshi is faced with some shocking revelations about Mune Mune and his grandfather, as well as a sad story involving Arumi's grandfather. Now, he has decided to learn the mystic ways and go back home for good, even though it will never be the same again.

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.
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Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 2 is a DVD that contains three episodes of the series. The episodes included on this disc are: "Extinction! Abenobashi Ancient Dinosaur Shopping Arcade," "In the Night Fog! Abenobashi Hard Boiled Shopping Arcade," and "Flashback! Magical Shopping Arcade Birth." A booklet is included with this DVD, and the booklet is designed in such a way so it looks and reads like a tabloid newspaper. While I normally find DVD booklets to be dry reading, the booklet included with this DVD was actually very enjoyable.

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.
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