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: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Original
Genres: Sci-FiSci-Fi, ComedyComedy, PsychologicalPsychological, DramaDrama
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.281 (scored by 15891,589 users)
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Ranked: #24812
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Popularity: #6160
Members: 6,464
Favorites: 72

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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Oshii, Mamoru
Director, Script, Original Creator
Kawai, Kenji
Iso, Mitsuo
Key Animation
Ohira, Shinya
Key Animation


Opening Theme

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

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Sep 17, 2017
Unowen (All reviews)
There is nothing quite like the raw feeling of enjoyment that a viewer can savour throughout their first sitting of a work that manages to mesmerize them.

Nonetheless, when approaching the charms and disillusionments of any show, our vision is rarely able to cope with the bigger picture, and to prove a point we must, more often than not, focus our attention in the specifics. In those details that for some might be of scarce relevance, but that in great measure have the potential to make a difference, both in a good and a bad direction.

There is really no other way to start referring read more
Apr 15, 2018
Karhu (All reviews)
Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai is an anime I would not recommend to just anyone. It's an obscurity that won't be easy to appreciate. From its directing, it is similar to what Kunihiko Ikuhara first introduced in Revolutionary Girl Utena. From its execution, it reminds FLCL, but also goes into such levels of abstractity, it comes close to animated shorts such as 'Nekojiru Soup' and 'Inaka Isha.' I'd only ever recommend it to experienced viewers and old schoolers.

The anime starts off by a doorbell ringing. Followed by a 10 minutes long debate over who should open the door. When it's finally opened, a person claiming to be a read more
Oct 18, 2020
Ordinaryguy420 (All reviews)
Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai!

This was a very interesting watch. I'd heard people saying it's a "taxing watch" or not suitable for casual viewing but i believe that it's perfect for both casual and critical viewing and that's exactly what was on Mamoru Oshii's mind when he decided on the screenplay. What I mean by it is the fact that the show is presented as a stage drama. Much like Sheakspeare's plays, this show is an artistic commentary on a subject while also being a compelling and enjoyable narrative.

It’s a commentary on the typical japanese family with poor family bonding conveyed through the three characters designed as marionettes read more
Nov 11, 2016
Stephen2D (All reviews)
Idiosyncratic and unfairly forgotten, a six-part OVA "Gosenzosama Banbanzai!" (literally, "Long Live the Ancestors!") belongs to the most experimental period in Oshii’s career. Told in the form of a loony play, this farcical tragicomedy revolves around the Yomota family: a teenage boy, Inumaru, his father Kinekuni and his mother Tamiko.

Their normal life starts to collapse after the arrival of a mysterious girl, Maroko, who claims to be Inumaru’s granddaughter from the future. Even though she has a hereditary star-shaped birthmark on her buttock, Tamiko refuses to acknowledge her as Yomota. So, she leaves her husband and son, and hires a private detective, Bannai Tatara, to read more

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