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Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai

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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #18052
Popularity: #944
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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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Adaptation: Abenobashi Mahou☆Shoutengai

Characters & Voice Actors

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


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

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Aired  Apr 4, 2002 to Jun 27, 2002
Status  Finished Airing
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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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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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Aug 6, 2007
Take Quantum Leap (or Sliders, your preference) and cross it with Excel Saga. That, in a nutshell, is Abenobashi Magical Shopping Arcade. A couple of kids, a bright but otherwise unexceptional girl and her male otaku neigbour and long-term friend, find themselves tumbling from one lunatic parallel world to another in what begins as simply an attempt to return to normality but becomes an attempt to make things in their own mundane yet beloved reality right. The presence of recurring characters, not only versions of people they know but people they don't, begin to clue them in to the method behind the read more
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If you like comedic tension between a girl who follows the rules and a boy with a wild imagination, both of these might appeal to you. 
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Both are pretty wild, funny, and pretty perverted, similar animation 
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Opening Theme

"Treat or Goblins" by Megumi Hayashibara

Ending Theme

"Anata no kokoro ni" by Megumi Hayashibara

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