Abenobashi Mahou☆Shoutengai

Magical☆Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

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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
English: Magical☆Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
German: Magical☆Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
French: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2002 to Jun 27, 2002
Premiered: Spring 2002
Broadcast: Thursdays at 22:00 (JST)
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Gainax, Madhouse
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, EcchiEcchi
Theme: ParodyParody
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.241 (scored by 3037030,370 users)
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Ranked: #26812
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Popularity: #1922
Members: 78,700
Favorites: 300

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Satoshi "Sasshi" Imamiya believes his life is in shambles, as only a 12-year-old can. Having lost his card collection, his childish dilemmas worsen when he learns that his childhood friend, Arumi Asahina, will be moving away.

Suddenly, their issues are dashed aside for the surreal, and they find themselves transported away through bizarre worlds of science fiction, magic, and war. Any attempt to escape only catapults them into another alien land. Soon, the two come to a realization: every world is just a reimagining of their hometown. But there are two unfamiliar faces—the voluptuous Mune-mune and the elusive blue-haired Eutus—and they just might be the key to escaping their predicament.

Abenobashi Mahou☆Shoutengai follows Sasshi and Arumi's comedic exploits as they desperately attempt to return home. However, when the pair unravel a tale spanning generations, they begin to wonder if the cause of their situation is more personal than they thought. Is returning home truly what they desire?

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Abenobashi Mahou☆Shoutengai received an Excellence Prize for animation at the 2002 Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kojima, Masayuki
Yamaga, Hiroyuki
Director, Script, Production Manager, Screenplay, Series Composition
Tanaka, Kazuya
Sound Director
Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Setting, Animation Director


Opening Theme

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"Treat or Goblins" by Megumi Hayashibara

Ending Theme

"Anata no kokoro ni" by Megumi Hayashibara

May 14, 2008
Ranivus (All reviews)

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
Aug 6, 2007
YourMessageHere (All reviews)
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
Nov 8, 2013
yacques (All reviews)
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
Dec 24, 2014
Wahmphi (All reviews)
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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