Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Vols. 1-3 (Boxed Set)
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Abenobashi is about two childhood friends, Sasshi and Arumi, who live in a shopping center in the southern Japanese area of Osaka (the accents of the characters seem to play on the American interpretation of north and south). We join their story as Sasshi is exploring the ruins of a bathhouse his family once owned and he's getting the news from his friend Arumi that her and her family are moving to Hokkaido so that her father can live his dream. But, on their way back to her family's place of business, a small French restaurant, her grandfather has a fall and is hospitalized. Thus starts a series of events in many magical worlds of Sasshi's creation, and the conflict comes in discovering just why they keep ending up in these strange worlds and why no matter how much they try they can't get back to their home world.
These worlds are mostly parodies of popular forms of entertainment, namely anime, video games, and Hollywood movies. Sasshi and Arumi must play the game in each world to its fullest extent in order to make the next "jump." And in each world, there is the common cast of characters, all regulars of the normal day Abenobashi, with the exception of Mune Mune, a character-parody of fan-service, and Mister Eutus, who seems to actually know what is happening to Sasshi and Arumi.Read more ›
Anyways, the series itself is funny in its own right. Much like Excel Saga, Abenobashi takes an irreverent stab at many anime genres and pop culture.
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 But it's not one that is gonna seem outdated in 5 or 10 more years I think.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.
The series premiered April 4, 2002 on Kids Station. It was licensed in North America by ADV Films. A manga adaptation, authored by Satoru Akahori, was published in English by Tokyopop; the Tokyopop version of the manga is out of print as of August 31, 2009
The characters are well defined with strong emotional connections, and the humor is well played and controlled, one of Gainax's strong points.
The continual hopping between alternate universes doesn't lend itself to a coherent story line, but the studio manages to tie it all together.
Although the parodies and inside gags could use an extensive translator's notes, they aren't usually necessary to following the story.
I would buy it again if I lost this copy, and it's a title I recommend to other fans of the genre.
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Only the Japanese would make some stuff like this. Overall, I thought it was hilarious and typical Japanese insanity. Good series for the price.Published on December 19, 2012 by Ashley
This is a great.comedy anime.this box set contains all of the episodes. This anime features neat artwork and interesting characters. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by PersonReviewing
MSAA is hilarious. Everything in pop culture is fair game to be parodied in this show , everything from various types of anime to video games to films to Hollywood in general. Read morePublished on August 3, 2010 by Rick Dooley Sr.
This anime is my all time favourite. It is the story of Arumi and Sashi and how they go on a crazy adventure during their last summer break together. Read morePublished on November 16, 2009 by Sacha L. Wells
If I had to describe "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi," it would be simple: "Fooly Cooly" as written by Lewis Carroll. Read morePublished on March 13, 2009 by E. A Solinas
The shows pretty good, animation is enjoyable, it isnt as hilarious as the back of the box would suggest but it does have its moments.Published on August 23, 2008 by CutenessAhoy!!
I am surprised no one wrote a review about this anime. It is hilariously funny. Like the description says, it all starts out when Arumi and Sasshi jump into different worlds. Read morePublished on January 24, 2006 by Gabbi White
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