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).
Jaw-droppingly racist musical in which grossly caricatured Africans Manbo, Chinbo, and Chonbo causes chaos in civilisation despite the efforts of their pretty tour guide/bedmate to tame their zany, grass-skirted cannibal ways.
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
trip that combines the finest of appallingly racist imagery with the pretentiousness of an avant garde art film. Imagine 1940s Looney Toons like "Scrub me Momma with a Boogie Beat" or Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips" if they were directed by Andrei Tarkovsky or Ingmar Bergman. Now make it 1,000 times dumber and more boring. That's this anime.
30 minutes of ear rape. I think there is a nice guitar solo thrown in there somewhere though. I may have imagined it. This anime took a toll on my mind.
Art: See plot above
The good thing about anime like Shitcom or Utsu-Mutsume is that they are under 5 minutes. This piece of shit is like that stretched out to a full half hour. FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!
Link to Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y55MuH3wOQc
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
about the character except that he is borderline and anxious, and the plot leaves its viewer much the same way.
Overall I can't say I enjoyed this too much, its seems to be an attempt to explore consumerism and militarism, if anything. But I can appreciate the attempt.
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
to conclusion the viewer at first glance is thrown for loops countless times. Is my tv broken (change of art)? Did my volume die (sounds cuts off)? Not like a mystery where you have a story unfolding but are unsure of where it leads you to.
p.s. i forgot to mention the show starts off with an old time tv test channel for the first 10 or seconds. Which was annoying. I could have easily shut down the video on that alone.
This could have been more beneficial if it had optional subtitles. I find it hard to believe most first time watchers would grasp the delusional plot this has.
Uhh...So, I was recently doing a little research on one of the most redound studios in anime, Ginax, trying to look back at what they had done before making Neon Genesis Evangelion. To be honest, I kind of don't think Ginax truly deserves their reputation. The only reason they seem to be famous is because they created three very popular series of very debatable quality. (Evangelion, Gurren Lagann FLCL) and I guess a sub par Shonen Jump adaptation (Medaka Box). That's not to say these shows are bad, per se. I love Gurren Lagann and FLCL is easily one of my favorite anime ever, and
I can't wait for season two and three. However, they're not really known for producing a lot of anime of great quality, like Madhouse for example. Madhouse has such a good reputation in the anime industry because they had deep pockets and brought consistently great anime adaptations on a regular basis. They brought us beautifully animated shows like Hunter X Hunter 2011, Trigun, Overlord. And heck, in the early to mid 2010's, they had enough money to spend on amazing looking romantic comedies like Ore Monogatari!! (A show that's also one of my all time favorites <3)
And my whole perception of Ginax being somewhat overrated was only contextualized more when I started looking at their library listend on MAL. A lot of Ginax's earlier work, mostly from the late eighties to early nineties seem just like products with not a whole lot of thought put into them. It also doesn't help as most of these shows are pretty poorly documented and hard to find online. I wondered what the first animated project by Ginax was, and I think I've found it.
On September 21, 1985, Studio Ginax decided to start of the Autumn season with the anime to end all anime. The Chocolate Panic Picture Show. MAL describes it as "A jaw-droppingly racist musical which grossly caricatured Africans", however I find it hard to anything that makes sense in this animation. You thought Evangelion was confusing? Well oh boy. There's not really much of a plot to this 25-minute animation. There are a few little non-sensical vignettes that center around these three young African children wearing bushes over their privates, which I guess could see being considered racist. There's one that's in black and white and has the little boys running in New York, and whenever the fall off the screen, they come back like thirteen times bigger. It doesn't help that it's also seemingly a parody of King Kong. Subtle. Nothing really coherent happens until one vignette, where the boys start rolling a giant boulder Katamari Damancy style through the world, collecting a bunch of junk in their wake. And after the credits, they reveal that the boys were really white boys in blackface all along...O-kay...
The animation isn't that bad to be honest. I'm not much of an expert on 80's Japanese, however I still think it's pretty good. It's pretty fun and bouncy for such a racist little nugget of animation. I also kind of like the color palette and the use of shading too. However, there is surprisingly some corner cutting for this 25 minute special. During the boulder rolling scene, they have this montage that cuts between new footage to 3 separate loops of the boys. There's also couple times where the pan for just a little too much time. However on the other side of the coin, there are some pretty nicely animated scenes as well though, especially when they start flying in one vignette. If your wondering about the sound too, it's not bad. There's not any voice acting but there's a lot of music throughout the whole special that kind of steal the show. I'm almost surprised this isn't classified under music by MAL. However, there's this weird gasping noise that plays louder than all of the other audio in the first nine minutes of the special. I don't know why it's there but I was happy once it finally stopped.
So...Would I call The Chocolate Panic Picture Show a good or enjoyable show? Well, I definitely do not think this should win any awards and a display of racism is kind of gross. However, I'd recommend it if you want to see where Ginax began. Despite the strange and off pointing experience I endured, I kind of did enjoy it. Just a little bit though. I mean, there's like one good visual gag, where on the boulder, the boys are running while piggy backing on eachother, and the one is smoking a cigarette. But then one of the ashes falls on the other boys below him. So then they get angry and all hop down to play a game of rock, paper, scissors. And then the one who came in first sits on the top of the stack, while second sits in the middle, and the third (Who happened to be the one smoking at first) carries them all.I admittedly thought that was pretty funny. I was considering giving this a 1 our of 10 at one point, but I just couldn't. There was obviously to much craft put into it and the people who made it seemed to be enjoying it, and you gotta respect that. And at the very least, if you know an annoying Ginax fanboy who thinks their the best animation studio ever, you can show them this.