Ranked #1814

Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai

Alternative Titles

English: Abenobashi Magical Shopping District
Synonyms: Abenobashi Magic Shopping District, Abenobashi Mahoh Shotengai, Magical Shopping Street Abenobashi, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Japanese: アベノ橋魔法☆商店街


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2002 to Jun 27, 2002
Premiered: Spring 2002
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #18142
Popularity: #1019
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Childhood friends Arumi and Sasshi are residents of the Abenobashi commercial district in Abeno-ku, Osaka. After an accident, they find themselves transported to an alternate sword and sorcery world. Their attempt to get back to reality finds them traversing a series of nonsensical worlds built on science fiction, war, fantasy, dating sim games and American movies. Each alternate Abenobashi is a surreal manifestation of Sasshi's otaku interests, populated by analogs of the protagonist's relatives and acquaintances and a blue-haired stranger known as Eutus.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Asahina, Arumi
Asahina, Arumi
Matsuoka, Yuki
Matsuoka, Yuki
Hisakawa, Aya
Hisakawa, Aya
Imamiya, Satoshi
Imamiya, Satoshi
Saeki, Tomo
Saeki, Tomo
Koyama, Rikiya
Koyama, Rikiya


Kojima, Masayuki
Kojima, Masayuki
Yamaga, Hiroyuki
Yamaga, Hiroyuki
Director, Script, Production Manager, Series Composition, Screenplay
Tanaka, Kazuya
Tanaka, Kazuya
Sound Director
Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director

More episodes Episodes(13/13)

Episode Title Aired
1 Mystery! Abenobashi Shopping Arcade
Fushigi! Abenobashi☆Shoutengai (不思議! アベノ橋☆商店街)
Apr 4, 2002
2 Adventure! Abenobashi Sword and Sorcery Shopping Arcade
Bouken! Abenobashi☆Ken to Mahou Shoutengai (冒険! アベノ橋☆剣と魔法商店街)
Apr 11, 2002
3 Hook up! Abenobashi Great Milky Way Shopping Arcade
Gattai! Abenobashi☆Daiginga Shoutengai (合体! アベノ橋☆大銀河商店街)
Apr 18, 2002
4 Fire It up! Abenobashi Hong Kong Combat Shopping Arcade
Moeyo! Abenobashi☆Hong Kong Kakutou Shoutengai (燃えよ! アベノ橋☆香港格闘商店街)
Apr 25, 2002
5 Extinction! Abenobashi Ancient Dinosaur Shopping Arcade
Zetsumetsu! Abenobashi☆Kodai Kyouryuu Shoutengai (絶滅! アベノ橋☆古代恐竜商店街)
May 2, 2002

Opening Theme

"Treat or Goblins" by Megumi Hayashibara

Ending Theme

"Anata no kokoro ni" by Megumi Hayashibara

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Dec 24, 2014
Abenobashi jumps from hamfisted comedy to serious plot moments and back again, giving the series a very uneven tone and pacing. It would have done better to excel at one or the other rather than try to do both. That being said, the plot's central premise is interesting enough to keep a viewer engaged from episode to episode, even if it does get wearying at times.

The art is bombastic and cartoony, full of bright colors. It's a more than capable vehicle for the zany humor this show presents, but it doesn't really stand out either.

This series is full of cartoony, western sound effects, adding read more
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May 14, 2008

Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai is pretty much Excel Saga meets Alice in Wonderland, with a suprisingly good story line thrown in for good measure.

The story pretty much surrounds two really good friends Arumi and Sasshi. Who happen to live in a rundown project area called Abenobashi Shopping District thats on the verge of being replaced with a new develpment complex. Of course noone wants to leave but then, everything just starts to go awry quite fast. This is where the 'falling down the rabbit hole comes in' Some seasoned anime watchers will be thinking this is alot like Excel Saga but the only read more
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Nov 8, 2013
Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai

First when I heard this anime's name, it made me think of a bunch of cute magical girls with pink hair and super round eyes casting spells and fighting against evil. Something I totally wouldn't watch. Then I noticed the producer is Gainax, which immidiately made me intrested of the series. So, watched it and I'm happy I did.

Abenobashi tells a story of two childhood friends, Arumi and Sasshi. They live in the peaceful city of Osaka spending time with each other and just hanging around. However, Arumi is going to move to Hokkaido with her family and Sasshi's pretty shocked when he read more
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Jan 10, 2014
“The times, they are a changin’” once sang Bob Dylan, in a song about a revolution against the old guard of established capitalists, about to be replaced by the creative and political youth. They would bring about a change for the better and create a world where the common man remains in control and the Capitalists are kept on a short leash. Needless to say Dylan was, as every generation since has been: completely wrong. The vanguard of Capitalism is now more powerful and in more control than it ever was, and the common man who has yet to file within its ranks is being read more
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