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Kuuchuu Buranko

Kuuchuu Buranko

Alternative Titles

English: Welcome to Irabu's Office
Synonyms: Kuchu Buranko, Trapeze, Flying Trapeze
Japanese: 空中ブランコ


Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 15, 2009 to Dec 24, 2009
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.141 (scored by 10187 users)
Ranked: #3742
Popularity: #1193
Members: 29,179
Favorites: 531
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Many patients with different problems visit the psychiatric ward of Irabu General Hospital; a trapeze artist suffering from insomnia after suddenly failing his jumps, a gangster afraid of knives and sharp objects and a business man who has an erection 24 hours a day. They undergo counseling by Dr. Ichiro Irabu, who is the child-like son of the hospital director. His assistant is the sullen faced sexy nurse Mayumi. With his mysterious injections, and advice that does not make sense, Dr. Irabu confuses his patients. But at the end of his unique treatments, the patients are lead to digging further into their souls to find peace of mind.


Characters & Voice Actors

Irabu, Ichiro
Irabu, Ichiro
Park, Romi
Park, Romi
Mitsuya, Yuuji
Mitsuya, Yuuji
Sugimoto, Yumi
Sugimoto, Yumi
Fukui, Kenji
Fukui, Kenji
Bando, Shinichi
Bando, Shinichi
Namikawa, Daisuke
Namikawa, Daisuke


Jouno, Masato
Jouno, Masato
Yamamoto, Kouji
Yamamoto, Kouji
Nakamura, Kenji
Nakamura, Kenji
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Nagasaki, Yukio
Nagasaki, Yukio
Sound Director

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Episodes  11 / 11
Aired  Oct 15, 2009 to Dec 24, 2009
Status  Finished Airing

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Dec 29, 2009 12:34 PM
Here is an anime that will turn 90% of its viewers away. Why? Because it dares to be distinctly different. For the remaining 10% who watched after the first episode, you probably know already how great this anime is. Now let's hope to switch these figures, so everyone can enjoy.

Story: 9/10
The story is of Dr. Irabu, a psychiatrist who also happens to be the vice chairman in his fathers hospital. He's an incredibly skilled doctor who welcomes many patients, and his treatment is always vitamin injections. The story revolves around the people with disorders such as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder), and read more
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Apr 15, 2014 2:09 PM
"No one is perfect!"

Everybody has problems, everybody has fears, everybody needs help sometimes, but despite being as flawed as we are society seamlessly moves forward and knowingly or not we are each an important gear in advancing our culture and world.

Kuuchuu Buranko is an artistic, psychedelic expression of problems or doubts we have and getting through them or bettering ourselves. Some of us have common fears and anxieties from not being able to deal with our families and trying to run away, to maybe some stranger problems like uncontrollable erections, as well as everything in-between. Those are the types of experiences we handle in read more
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Nov 19, 2014 2:35 PM
"I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet."
-Rodney Dangerfield

Story: 8/10
The story of Kuuchuu Buranko is an episodic one revolving around a psychiatrist by the name of Irabu who works in the psychiatric ward of the Irabu General Hospital. Each episode has another patient coming to see Irabu to have him solve their psychological problems which are represented in a really exaggerated way. One character suffers from a perma-boner while another is terrified of all sharp objects and is yet a member of the read more
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Jun 4, 6:59 PM
The Mind is as defined by Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus;
the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought.
Synonyms; brain, intellect, intelligence

Oh man, is our mind a weird place or what? Our brains are able to process thoughts and daydreams, the conversations we’re having, what we’re hearing, and what we’re looking at, all at the same time. Not to mention, all the dark, twisted things no one wants to admit crossed our minds… (or is that just me?)

All in all, it’s a complex process. So naturally, read more
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Very similar style in which they tell their stories. You see events from different perspectives and how everyone is related by the end of each series. They each may seem solely episodic but by the end you see the big picture and how everything fit together. They're both pretty psychological and delve into its characters minds to confront their delusions and problems. 
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Wonderfully, these two anime capture your attention from the start. The protagonists of the series dually act as minor and major roles in the "episodic" storyline. The two protagonists from Bartender and Trapeze tend to deal with peoples social troubles and help them solve them through strangely fitting and often intriguing ways. The anime Bartender is more serious, while Trapeze cracks jokes to enhance the psychedelic mood. If you're contemplating on watching these and are led astray by the art or concept, give either a try! If you enjoyed or are enjoying either, check the other one out - you won't be disappointed. 
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Both of them deal with the inner universe within a human's head. We explore various images of unconscious through an unique style of animation and character designs. Mind Game and Kuchu Buranko also features some real actors playing roles of anime characters. Sometimes they're integrated in the whole picture, by adding some drawn elements to their appearance, sometimes they completely separate from anime.

PS personally don't like to write recs after the first ep, but in this case it seems that Kuchu will work out in Mind Game style. 
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Anime: Mononoke
Kuchu Buranko is the newest series made by the same staff of Mononoke. Despite having considerable different themes and settings, both have unique art style and animation techniques, with mysterious and intriguing plots led by mysterious and intriguing main characters. If you're enjoying Kuchu Buranko, check Mononoke. If you enjoyed Mononoke, check Kuchu Buranko. 
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Both anime are crazy comedies about psychological issues. They include playing with different types of animation and are drawn in an uniqe way.  
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Both of these anime deal with the psycosis of the mind, paranoia, problems with how people mentally think, as a good deal of the characters have some sort of problem with themselves or other people around them, coming from having some sort of mental problem that needs to be fixed. Of course... the way the problems are fixed varies in the two shows. 
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Opening Theme

"Upside Down" by Denki Groove (電気グルーヴ)

Ending Theme

Shangri-La (Y.Sunahara 2009 Remodel) by Denki Groove (電気グルーヴ)

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