Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

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Total # of Volumes: 4
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1: Sasshi, I don't think we're in Osaka anymore!
2: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Alternate World!
3: Impractical Magic
4: There's No Place Like Home


When you are 12, summer can seem to last forever. And change is scary. Arumi and Sasshi, two Osaka kids living in Abeno are encountering both.

The shopping arcade where their families live and work is slowly dying, and Arumi's family is moving away to Hokkaido. This leaves Sasshi with a double lost; his best friend Arumi and his precious collection of baseball cards and vending machine toys (tossed out when his family moved to a new smaller condo while he was away at camp). But everything changes when they accidently discover a magical world hidden in the shopping arcade.

Now they are lost in a crazy anime hall of mirrors, where each distorted version of the shopping arcade seems weirder than the last. Who is the large chested red-headed woman that keeps popping up? Will they ever find a being that can perform the return to reality ceremony properly? Just how depraved is a teenage boy's mind? Only time and a series of outlandish adventures will tell.

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi is another hit from Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion, His and Her Circumstances, Mahoromatic Automatic Maiden, Otaku No Video). This time around they offer a comedy spoofing anime genres.

Much like Excel Saga and Otaku No Video (one of Gainax's first films), it is a wry comment on anime and the culture of anime. The two leads are likable and funny and the look of the series is sophisticated - just right for the concept. There are many inside jokes, so the level of enjoyment will probably be in proportion to the viewer's anime knowledge. But, even if they are anime newbies, this fish out of water story should still bring in the laughs.

Volume 1: "Sasshi, I don't think we're in Osaka anymore!" Plot Summary:

Sasshi and Arumi are Osaka kids living in a rundown shopping arcade in Abeno. All the stores are closing, and Arumi's family will move to Hokkaido later in the year. Nothing exciting happens here and the most fun you might have is eating a yam, farting and going to sleep.

But that all changes after the two kids decide to look into the mystery behind the significance between four uniquely named shops in the arcade and the celestial constellations know as "The Harmony of the Four Gods." Before they know it, they are swept up in a never ending story/spoof adventure where they keeping visiting different version of their beloved shopping arcade. One moment it might be a sword, and sorcery village and next it is a floating space platform.

Can the solve the mystery and defeat the beings behind their wacky adventures or are they doomed to live out the remainder of the lives within this strange fantasy world?

Series Details

Genre: Comedy
Format: DVD
Type: Series
Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable

Series Staff
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Creator: Gainax
Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Character Designer: Kenji Tsuruta
Music: Shiro Sagisu
Animation Director: Masaaki Sakurai
Animation Studio: Madhouse
Japanese Producers:
Abenobashi Project

American Producers: ADV Films

Volume 1 Information

Title: Sasshi, I don't think we're in Osaka anymore!
Running Time: 100
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 4

Episode Titles

1: Mystery! Abenobashi Shopping Arcade
2: Adventure! Abenobashi Sword and Sorcery Arcade
3: Hook Up! Abenobashi Great Milky Way Shopping Arcade
4: Fire It Up! Abenobashi Hong Kong Combat Shopping Arcade

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