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Anime Profile: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

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Title
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai(アベノ橋魔法☆商店街)("Magical Shopping District Abenobashi") Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
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  Magical Shopping District Abenobashi
Released
13 TV episodes 13 TV episodes
Dates
   
Company
ADV Films Gainax
Creator
  Satoru Akahori
Director
  Hiroyuki Yamaga
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Characters
Arata Imamiya Arata Imamiya
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Arumi Asahina Arumi Asahina
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Ayako Asahina Ayako Asahina
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Eutus Yutas
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Anime Nation and Amazon.

Anime Characters: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Arata Imamiya Arata Imamiya Ms. Aki Aki-nee
Arumi Asahina Arumi Asahina Mune-Mune Mune-Mune
Ayako Asahina Ayako Asahina Papa Papan
Eutus Yutas Satoshi "Sasshi" Imamiya Satoshi "Sasshi" Imamiya
Grandpa Masa Masa-jii Sayaka Imamiya Sayaka Imamiya
Kouhei Kouhei Taro Imamiya Taro Imamiya
Mitsuyo Imamiya Mitsuyo Imamiya    

Anime Description: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

This Gainax gem is definitely more for the otakus. Sasshi and Arumi, two kids in the shopping district of Abenobashi (a city in Osaka), discover that there's a secret magical force behind Abenobashi. One day, the magical force gets broken, and suddenly everything is no longer what it seems! Episode by episode, they get transported to parallel versions of Abenobashi, each with its own genre to spoof! You'll see them in the fantasy-based Sword & Sorcery Shopping Arcade, the sci-fi and mecha world of the Milky Way Shopping Arcade, the detective-noir streets of the Hard Boiled Shopping Arcade, and many others!

Abenobashi is a hilarious ride of misadventures, delivered in a typically Gainax fashion. There are a few times when the series is more serious when it gives you information about the characters and their history (like the first episode and the eighth episode that flashes back to show the origin of the shopping arcade). But the rest of the series is delightfully playful, especially if you can understand all of the jokes and references.