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Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!

Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!

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Synonyms: Gosenzosama Banbanzai!
Japanese: 御先祖様万々歳!


Type: OVA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 5, 1989 to Jan 25, 1990
Producers: Studio Pierrot
Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Duration: 30 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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The Yomota family is small and typical: father Kinekuni (42), mother Tamiko (38), and son Inumaru (17). One day, a beautiful girl appears at their front door, calling herself "Maroko Yomota," granddaughter of Inumaru who travels back in time with a time machine to visit her ancestors. Even with Tamiko's strong objection, Kinekuni and Inumaru welcome her to stay with them, and the structure of a happy family has begun to collapse.

(Source: ANN)


Episodes  0 / 6
Aired  Aug 5, 1989 to Jan 25, 1990
Status  Finished Airing
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Summary: Maroko

Characters & Voice Actors

Nagai, Ichiro
Nagai, Ichiro
Yomota, Inumaru
Yomota, Inumaru
Furukawa, Toshio
Furukawa, Toshio
Yomota, Maroko
Yomota, Maroko
Katsuki, Masako
Katsuki, Masako
Yomota, Tamiko
Yomota, Tamiko
Washio, Machiko
Washio, Machiko


Oshii, Mamoru
Director, Script, Original Creator
Ikeda, Yuuji
Art Director
Tanaka, Tatsuyuki
Key Animation
Hashimoto, Shinji
Key Animation

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Feb 2, 2015
Gosenzosama Banbanzai! is an oddity to me. Rather than the absurdly comical source of entertainment I experienced in this taking the forefront of my mind as I write this, I think I’ll always remember it as experimentation within the medium, or a merging of two or more you might say. For this OVA was nothing like anything I’ve seen in anime. Now you’ve all heard that before at some stage and hopefully that statement doesn’t put any potential viewers off because it’s certainly something to at least appreciate if not enjoy.

Mamoru Oshii was at the helm of this voyage, and as many of you who read more
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Two titles directed by Mamoru Oshii at the end of the 80s, and two titles which are curiously poised somewhere between comedy and something else. Oshii's influence is more overt in Gosenzosama Banbanzai, which is also a much less accessible piece -- it has deliberately stylised, puppet-like character designs and very careful character animation, plus a theatrical conceit. But it's certainly an interesting watch.

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"Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai! (御先祖様万々歳!)" by Yumi Kojima

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