Japanese: モンキー・パンチ 漫画活動大写真
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2004 to Jun 25, 2005
50 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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SynopsisA TV series from Monkey Punch with a 1-hour premiere episode. Mankatsu will feature standard "Monkey characters" and ecchi-gags found in all Monkey Punch series.
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Related AnimeSide story: Monkey Punch Manga Katsudou Dai Shashin: Crime Mate Special
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Funny stories including crime, sex, samurai, spies, detectives, assassins, shady persons, con men, crazy scientists and other fun stuff? This is the not very known Anime Mankatsu or Monkey Punch Manga Katsudou Dai Shashin in its long title.
As a little disclaimer: If you don't like Ecchi stay away from this. This Anime is filled with very explicit content and full of gags related to this matter.
Regarding the appearance of Lupin the III and his gang: Yes in every episode we have some short gags with Lupin the III and a few cameos in the stories. But all of them are - mute - and only last a few moments. If you are only interested in Lupin III you will be disappointed. The gags mostly are just the gang running away from Zenigata and nothing special.
Mankatsu is a great mix of many funny independent stories with many different characters from Monkey Punch. Every episode of about 50 minutes is composed of 2 independent stories in the length of a normal episode and short gags filling up the rest of the time. There is no story going on over the whole 12 episodes with the exception of a few settings expanding over a few episodes.
The stories are short and fun. It's very easy going to grasp the many different settings and enjoy them. If you don't like one setting don't be discouraged there are many others and you will find your favourite. The stories were kind of predictable but really enjoyable for me.
The art looks quite a lot like the other works of Monkey Punch. It's alright for an Anime from 2005. The censoring of genitalia is done in a quite funny manner using the standard gender symbols. Beside that nothing is censored.
Decent voice acting and a good sound. As far as I can judge the how Japanese sounds it fitted quite well to the characters. Only the music was repetitive. They shouldn't have used the same ones this often.
Too much characters to talk about! Nearly all characters were really enjoyable and fitted well in the story. For a good number I wish they had their own series...
I really like the humour from Lupin III so there was no surprise that I enjoyed this. The episodic nature make it a great show to watch one episode at a time when you have some time to spare. No rush with cliffhangers forcing you to marathon the series. Funny stuff compressed in 50 minutes. The only things diminishing my enjoyment was that many jokes were based on wordplays in Japanese which were lost in the translation.
I don't know if there are English subs for this (at least I didn't find them). After some searching I finally found a subbed DVD-Version on the French Amazon. read more
If you're into comedic series that are nothing but a couple of separate short stories per episode, both series are a must. A fair word of warning though, as they also both contain some pretty suggestive humor, Mankatsu more so than Gag Manga Biyori. However, if you liked the one, you're surely gonna enjoy the other.
Made by the same people and have lots of similar ideas: style of animation, plot lines, atmosphere, sense of humor and etc. In every mankatsu series there are short parts abut Lupin and his friends. If You liked Mankatsu watch Lupin the III movies, specials, OVAs and tv series, if you like Lupin watch Mankatsu. You wont regret.
Opening Theme"I get lost in your eyes" by Toku
Ending Theme"Last Dance wa Watashi ni (ラストダンスは私に)" by Fubuki Koshiji
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