The Chocolate Panic Picture Show

The Chocolate Picture Panic Show

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English: The Chocolate Picture Panic Show
Japanese: ザ・チョコレートパニック・ピクチャーショー


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 21, 1985
Producers: TV Asahi
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Gainax
Source: Manga
Genres: DementiaDementia, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 25 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 4.431 (scored by 12951,295 users)
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Ranked: #115322
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Popularity: #8350
Members: 2,816
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Gainax's first professional production, The Chocolate Panic Picture Show is a wacky musical OVA based on a manga by Fujiwara Kamui, serialised in Monthly Super Action and partly inspired by Jamie Uys's The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980).

Follow Manbo, Chinbo and Chonbo as they are flung into a strange, psychedelic world of madness they don't understand. See them cause chaos through their zany, unpredictable antics in this comical take on cultural imperialism.


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Kanada, Yoshinori
Yaginuma, Kazuyoshi
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Aoyama, Hiroyuki
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Fujiwara, Kamui
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Sep 7, 2009
um_esper (All reviews)
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This is a short surreal film, probably inspired by stream of consciousness. I can't say this is for everyone, taking into account a number of different factors, despite its style and age.

The film illustrates what can only be described as the alcohol and heat-induced nightmare of a sun-bather, who is overwhelmed by phenomena occurring on the beach around him, namely naval carriers and aircraft.

Judging by the soundtrack, if you couldn't discern anything from the overt symbolism, one can concluded improvisation and is the driving force behind the film. Because of this method of story-telling, there is not much be said read more
Jun 1, 2017
literaturenerd (All reviews)

Studio Gainax has the highest reputation of any studio on MAL with the possible exception of Madhouse. So...everything they've ever made was gold right? Consider that even Madhouse made Junk Boy and Reign the Conqueror. Gainax it turns out has made some bad anime too and Chocolate Panic Picture Show is perhaps the worst.


The year is 1985. Some of the boys at Gainax just got done watching the 1980 film "The Gods Must Be Crazy" followed by some psychodelic European arthouse cinema. This was when Kamui Fujiwara decided to combine those 2 things and create...this...thing.


There is no plot. This is a 30 minute acid read more
Aug 10, 2018
Basicpleb420 (All reviews)
Hello there, traveler! I'm sure you've come to this page after watching Evangelion, FLCL, Gunbuster and/or Gurren Lagann, and you wondered to yourself, "What else does Gainax have to offer?"

There's...THIS. I am not sure what you would call this besides bottom of the barrel trash.

The Chocolate Panic Picture Show was made after the Daicon shorts and Studio Gainax became its own beast. I think that the studio was still just three guys in a garage at the time. Obviously, they were still putzing around, still trying to come into their own.

Anyway, I can't really explain this, since there's no plot and it's just a bunch read more
Jan 26, 2017
Sidewinder51 (All reviews)
Rate of 4 (decent)
audio a mix of japanese/english

Feelings upon watching this is mainly confusion. Surprisingly after watching it up to the end i found myself re-watching it. I must be more bonkers than they or he is.

Ever watch the three stooges? Now, imagine a more African theme and comical song overplay. Then imagine a more childlike in attitude.

art- depending on what plot segment they were going for they changed the background, audio, and appearance to make it fit. Any coop operation requires a lot of work. Having blended the way they did is interesting to say the least.

-plot: from their intro to midway down read more

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