Ranked #373

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
Premiered: Fall 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.131 (scored by 10,915 users)
Ranked: #3732
Popularity: #1236
Members: 32,100
Favorites: 601
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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Irabu, Ichiro
Irabu, Ichiro
Park, Romi
Park, Romi
Mitsuya, Yuuji
Mitsuya, Yuuji
Sugimoto, Yumi
Sugimoto, Yumi
Fukui, Kenji
Fukui, Kenji
Ino, Seiji
Ino, Seiji
Takahashi, Hiroki
Takahashi, Hiroki


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

More episodes Episodes(11/11)

Episode Title Aired
1 Flying Trapeze
Kuuchuu Buranko (空中ブランコ)
Oct 16, 2009
2 Keep on Erecting
Tachippanashi (勃ちっぱなし)
Oct 23, 2009
3 Romance Novelist
Renai Shousetsuka (恋愛小説家)
Oct 30, 2009
4 Hot Corner
Hot Corner (ホットコーナー)
Nov 6, 2009
5 My Father-in-Law
Gifu no Are (義父のアレ)
Nov 13, 2009

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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Nov 23, 2015
This was definitely different in almost every aspect.
Kuuchuu Buranko makes you go 'what the hell??' from the very first moment. I really was a happy person after watching the first episode. Let me explain.

Story : 10
I haven't bumped into an anime about psychology again. I'm not referring to the psychological genre, but psychology itself. Every episode examines a different case of psychological problems, their cause and the remedy recommended by the therapist. Well, the therapist is not the typical one nor are his treatments - this is what adds comedic and psychedelic elements as well.

The way the cases are presented gets your interest from the read more
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Dec 29, 2009
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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Feb 23, 2015
Do you truly know the people around you? Do you notice the chirping canaries that fly by your side?

Psychiatry deals with grave issues; perhaps triggered by a past trauma, perhaps by an insufferable present; patients find themselves struggling to cope with their daily lives. This gravity is what makes the eccentric Irabu Ichiro, certified psychiatrist, so bewildering a character. Accompanied by his seductive nurse Mayumi, he runs a psychiatric ward offering consultation and treatment for people suffering from various mental disorders. The deceptively simple premise of Kuuchuu Buranko lays the groundwork for an extraordinary exploration of human mind and society.

The first thing in Kuuchuu Buranko read more
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Apr 15, 2014
"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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Anime: Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
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. 
reportRecommended by Danish
Anime: Bartender
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. 
reportRecommended by Detective
Anime: Mind Game
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. 
reportRecommended by Iahel
Anime: Mousou Dairinin
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. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Anime: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Both anime are crazy comedies about psychological issues. They include playing with different types of animation and are drawn in an uniqe way.  
reportRecommended by Snowley
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. 
reportRecommended by Mah_Marina

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