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Anime Profile: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

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Magical Shopping Arcade AbenobashiAbenobashi Mahou Shoutengai (γ‚’γƒ™γƒŽζ©‹ι­”ζ³•β˜†ε•†εΊ—θ‘—) ("Magical Shopping District Abenobashi")Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
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Magical Shopping District Abenobashi
13 TV episodes13 TV episodes
ADV FilmsGainax
Satoru Akahori
Hiroyuki Yamaga
Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-FiComedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Arata Imamiya βŠ• Arata Imamiya βŠ•
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Arumi Asahina βŠ• Arumi Asahina βŠ•
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Ayako Asahina βŠ• Ayako Asahina βŠ•
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Eutus βŠ• Yutas βŠ•
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon.

Characters: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

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

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.

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