In a world where reality series are in high demand, an experiment was concocted: take regular folks who have dropped through the cracks in society, brainwash them to believe they are a real family, and see how they function as a family unit. The regular populace was so interested in the idea that this family was put in their own reality series, of course! Living in a closed environment and unaware of the outside world, this dysfunctional bunch do everything they can to remain sane... that is, until they accidentally escape!
For Pandy and Retro, waking up naked with amnesia wasn't the high point of their day. While going on a crime spree, the duo are captured and sent to the infamous Dead Leaves, a notorious prison where the baddest of the bad are sent. Using the bathroom is a chore, eating is force fed and escape seems impossible -- but is it? Join Pandy, Retro, the drill endowed Chinko Drill and a gang of inmates as they plot their escape from the hell that is Dead Leaves!
Naota Nanbada is a boring young boy who leads a boring life in a boring town. His older brother has left for America, and the closest he comes to any excitement is when his deadbeat dad has too much sake. But things change one day when a bizarre girl zooms up to him on a scooter and smacks him in the face with her guitar. What's more, once Naoto returns home he discovers that this strange woman has arrived ahead of him and moved in! Not only does she constantly engage in perverted activities with Naota's father and flirt with the young man himself, but she also claims to be an alien who is searching for the ‘Pirate King.' Now, Naota must learn to live with this new intruder, deal with an odd government agent who sports exceptionally large eyebrows and the mysterious Medical Mechanica, and come to terms with the fact that there are a variety of robots and weapons emerging out of his head - amongst other things. Perhaps boring wasn't so bad after all...
The humor and feel of these two animes are very similar. While pulls guitars out of peoples heads the other has people flushing virtually everything down toilets. They both have off the wall plots and insane creativity.
Before starting to watch either FLCL or Eternal Family, mentally prepare yourself for a visual and mental rollercoaster. Not always making sense, these two shows are wrapped up pretty quickly.
After wading through the garish animated exterior, the actual grit of the shows is fascinating. FLCL studies the chaos brought to a boys life when a guitar whielding maniac crashes into his life. Eternal Family shows the struggle of a test tube family, and the "father's" realisation that lack of blood ties does not mean lack of parental feelings.
If you enjoy the psychological experimentation of one, I think you'll enjoy the other.
On a chilly December evening, Hana, a transvestite, Misaki, a teenage runaway, and Gin, a retired bike racer, found little Kiyoko in the trash. For three homeless people, finding an abandoned baby might not have been the best of luck, but with good intentions and two cents to chip in, the trio set out to find the parents of the child. But locating the mother will not be an easy task, and all they have to go on is a small key...
Both Tokyo Godfathers and Eternal Family are about families that aren't biologically related, and are as dysfunctional as humanly possible. However, the family members genuinely care about each other and their interactions serve to challenge the audience's definition of a "real" family.
Each family is pulled into an adventure in the harsh real world, and must deal with many difficulties that serve to either rip apart or enforce the familiar ties.
Both are absolutely hilarious, and really sweet (especially Tokyo Godfathers, as Eternal Family didn't really have enough time to flesh everything out).
Both series feature a miss-match of strange people, forced together by circumstance and bumbling along in their little freak shows that the call "Family"Although both start of comedic and light, both develop into serious issues. even if Eternal Family is a bit stranger and hard to follow.
From the minds of six directors comes Digital Juice, a Studio 4C collection of six shorts that border on the unusual. From chicken's insurance to trips to the moon, to a wine glass that might be... pregnant?! You can find it all here in one confusing and abstract twenty-minute package.
When otherworldy Kazumi met normal Yuko at a rockin' punk show, great things were destined to happen. And great things, of course, implies riding a cybernetic creature from the TV named Face to another world full of scantily clad heavyweight men, encountering murderous and sex starved jello-like demons, and even gaining the ability to morph body parts into weapons! Just a normal day in the life of two friends... right?