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Rumiko Takahashi Anthology, Vol. 2: Happy Disaster

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From housewife rumors to bankrupt businesses to changing careers after 30 years, Japan’s social customs and expectations can create heavy stress without any more identifiable source than gossip. Rumiko Takahashi (Inu Yasha, Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura) explores three individuals under duress and the bizarre situations that spring from their lives! From the creator of Inu Yasha and Ranma 1/2-Rumiko Takahashi! Based on the Rumic World anthology manga published in North America by Viz communications.

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  • Writers: Rumiko Takahashi
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, 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: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSQXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,324 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This anthology is based off short stories written by Rumiko Takahashi, popular for Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2, and Maison Ikkoku. (I believe the manga title was "Rumic Theatre" in English).
Although there are a cameo appearance with a Kagome/Inuyasha look-a-alike in ep. 13, this "Anthology" is not as dark and violent as Inuyasha or Mermaid Saga/Forest. This is one Rumiko's slice of life and light-heart comedies.
Most stories involve Japanese families with normal lives, though some stories involve misunderstandings in communication, a lost memory, struggles in careers, marriage, funerals, pets, strange neighbors, and conflicts with family/in-laws. Some episodes later on in the series involve the supernatural like ghost and spirits.
This volume was more entertaining than the first volume. The first three episodes were cute, but I thought they were a slow start (and three episodes a DVD seemed kind of cheap at first, I did found these volume on sale somewhere).

Ep.4- "In a Pot", a woman's mother-law dies. Not many of the gossiping neighbors liked her as much as the older woman who was so nice. The woman ask one young woman to look after her small house plants while she travels. After breaking a pot, the young woman is under the impression that she found a bone!

Ep. 5 - "Aberrant Family F", a teenage girl hears a rumor that her family was having troubles with money. Her parents look depressed. Her little brother didn't notice a thing. But her family is spending money like crazy; eating steak and going to fairs. The girl is afraid that it may be a "Family Suicide." No... it couldn't be?

Ep. 6 -"As Long as You are Here" (my favorite) a business man's company went under. His wife gets sick; nothing serious but he must go to work in her place at a take-out stand.
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