A TV family confined within a home/set is suddenly set free and ventures into the outside world for the first time.


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Champon City's top-rated TV show is Eternal Family, a dramatic comedy about the dysfunctional Hanada family and their daily shenanigans: the normal patriarch Ben, his constipated wife Ako, their unhinged daughters Akiko and Sae, their violent sons Sasuke and Michael, and their pet dog and chicken. But a bizarre secret lies behind the family: everyone is actually unrelated but has been brainwashed into thinking they are (as part of a sociological experiment that went haywire but ironically became a commercial success), and Ben is the only one who knows the truth and they are being televised. This strange clan has spent their whole life within the confines of their home, under the watchful eyes of the studio personnel that have imprisoned them. But when a plumbing disaster sets them free and into the real world for the first time ever, the Eternal Family is unleashed on the unprepared residents of Champon! Written by Tenchi

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April 1997 (Japan)  »

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(53 episodes) | (DVD)


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This was the first title to be distributed online through Mangazoo TV. See more »

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pure madness anime
19 April 2007 | by (Montreal, Québec) – See all my reviews

Eternal Family (Eikyû Kazoku) is another extremely original and underrated work from Studio 4 c and Kôji Morimoto, creator of one of the best anime of all time, Mindgame and animator on several important anime works of past years (Animatrix Beyond, Akira, Kamui, Cobra, Ghibli Kiki. This work is composed of 53 little totally crazy clips originally produced for TV publicity spot. The Plot (if there is one): a brain-washed family live in a micro-society totally cut from the world: in a word, mad characters, speaking chickens, dancing frogs and most of all an incredibly beautiful, dynamic and original animation work: you'll never see other anime like this.PURE MADNESS.

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