7.6/10
430
6 user 11 critic

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi 

Abenobashi mahô shôtengai (original title)
Trailer
1:30 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Two kids whose families own businesses in a shopping arcade that's scheduled to shut down are thrown into a series of dimensions, each one a parody of some form of anime or video game, and try to find their way home.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2002  

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

FLCL (TV Mini-Series 2000)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.

Stars: Jun Mizuki, Mayumi Shintani, Izumi Kasagi
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two Angels, Panty and Stocking, are kicked out of Heaven for bad behaviour and sent Ghost hunting by Garterbelt, a Priest of Daten City.

Stars: Jamie Marchi, Arisa Ogasawara, Mariya Ise
Eden of the East (TV Series 2009)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon ... See full summary »

Stars: Ryohei Kimura, Saori Hayami, Leah Clark
Golden Boy (TV Series 1995)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Golden Boy is the story of Kintaro Oe, a twenty-five-year-old in pursuit of life's lessons. A brilliant student, he dropped out of Tokyo Universiy's law program because he had had mastered ... See full summary »

Stars: Matt Greenfield, Mitsuo Iwata, Doug Smith
Mahoromatic (2001–2003)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An android military robot with a limited lifespan is decomissioned and works as a maid for the son of her creator, whose death she feels responsible for.

Stars: Richard Cansino, Bridget Hoffman, Mona Marshall
Outlaw Star (TV Series 1998)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The adventures of an outlaw crew of an advanced starship.

Stars: Ayako Kawasumi, Bob Buchholz, Bridget Hoffman
Paranoia Agent (TV Series 2004)
Animation | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

Stars: Shôzô Iizuka, Toshihiko Seki, Michael McConnohie
Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga
Stars: Leo Morimoto, David Thomas, Mitsuki Yayoi
Action | Adventure | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

This is the sequel to the first Full Metal Panic! series and starts where the first series left off. Sousuke is back and is having a hard time mixing school and his military job, but things... See full summary »

Stars: Tomokazu Seki, Satsuki Yukino, Akio Ôtsuka
Full Metal Panic! (TV Series 2002)
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Sousuke Sagara, a member of a covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a spirited Japanese high school girl.

Stars: Satsuki Yukino, Tomokazu Seki, Jason Douglas
Haibane renmei (TV Mini-Series 2002)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A young girl is reborn as an angel-like creature called a haibane, with no memory of who she once was.

Stars: Ryô Hirohashi, Junko Noda, Eri Miyajima
Kaiba (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

In a futuristic dystopian world where memories are literally stored, bought and sold and rich have all the privileges, a young amnesiac is trying to find out who he is.

Stars: Houko Kuwashima, Mamiko Noto, Romi Pak
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Hideaki Anno ...
 Alien (1 episode, 2002)
Edit

Storyline

Two kids whose families own businesses in a shopping arcade that's scheduled to shut down are thrown into a series of dimensions, each one a parody of some form of anime or video game, and try to find their way home.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

2002 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Turtle Bath and the Grill Pelican are based on oriental deities which guarded the four hemispheres - North: Genbu (black tortoise), South: Suzaku (red bird/peasant/peacock/phoenix), East: Seiryu (blue dragon), and West: Byakko (white tiger). Hence the location of the establishments corresponds to their deity counterparts. See more »

Quotes

Satoshi Imamiya: Aw, yeah! There's just something so "sci-fi" about pissin' off into space!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A fabulous anime
25 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I disagree with the comment left by 'garfnerkopin97'. Saying that Gainax started leaving its fingerprints on the series near the end makes it sound like production was taken over by them from another team. But the entire series is made by Gainax, so of course it's going to have it's fingerprints all over it. Saying "This series was ruined by poor characterization and by being a Gainax product" doesn't make any sense. It's IS a Gainax product, it couldn't ever be anything else. It's like saying a mate of mine would have been better off if he'd had different parent's. If he's had different parents, he wouldn't be him. Gainax wrote and produced Abenobashi, if someone else did it, it would be something else like Cold Mountine or whatever.

I also hardly think the ending of this anime was "epic". In fact compared to most of the episodes, the last one is pretty calm and collective. I think the subs are better than the dubs, and that the series is funny and fantastic all round. So yeah, I like this anime, but hay, everyone's entitled to their opinions I guess. What do I know, I'm just some guy on the internet.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Was Sasshi too childish in the end? Daisuke_Jigen
Voice Actors lben42
Smacking people with giant white paper fans?! sark-2
Mune-mune and Kuramori gunnar.oeie
For kids? the_Achillies
One of the Best English Dubs Yet.... treansterr

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?