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Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

Alt titles: Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai

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Satoshi and Arumi have been friends since early childhood, but now Arumi's family is moving to Hokkaido, deeply upsetting her long-time friend. However, when Arumi's grandfather accidentally breaks the pelican statue atop his restaurant, the duo find their world turned upside down and not quite as they left it. From a fairy tale kingdom, to kung fu China, to the prehistoric age and everything in between, Arumi and Satoshi can't quite seem to figure out where they are, or better yet, how they can manage to get home to their own Abenobashi Shoutengai!

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Abenobashi: Magical Shopping Arcade 2001 TBD
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Tadashi HIRAMATSU Character Design
Hiroyuki YAMAGA Director
Shiro SAGISU Music

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FLCL

FLCL

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...

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FINSahaqiel
If you thought Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai was wacky you haven't seen anything yet. You can't go wrong with GAINAX.
ZephyrStar
FLCL-Furi Kuri-Fooly Cooly is another anime by Gainax. If you enjoyed the zaniness and comedy of Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai, then I would highly reccomend checking out FLCL. And if you've never seen FLCL...umm, where have you been!?! ^_^ The characterizations of the two shows are very much alike, as well as the more serious drama and gravity of the situations the characters find themselves in.
XMrNiceguyX
SImilar animation, similar humor and both can be called wierd without doubt. FLCL is an excellent choice if you liked Abenobashi and the other way around.
TheBurningCrow
I know these series are written by the same guy, but the off-the-wall humor and a story-line that doesn't seem to make any sense at all until the end seem to be a common grounds for both of these GREAT anime series!! If you loved one, you will die laughing at the other!
Ripzter
Both series have a crazy humor, crazy world, crazy and wierd characters. If you liked the other one it's highly probable you'll like both.
MechaTama31
Although FLCL is a bit more to the silly side of things, these shows share a similar flair for zany antics and comedy, while keeping the characters seeming real and human rather than mere caricatures.
freakzilla
Both FLCL and Abenobashi are from the same company. Whatever they didn't get out in FLCL came out in Abenobashi. Crazy world all around. FLCL is more overwhelming though.
VuTang
Both are GAINAX series, so while there may be sections that are difficult to understand whether you are Japanese or not, both are extremely funny.
BrandonHeat

I loved FLCL, and I was told I would like MSAA too; well, I DID. But I didn't like it for the exact same reasons.  I do think that (since they are by the same creator) they have the same vibe to them, and they just fit. You'll see, GO WATCH!

hurin

It's very clear that FLCL and Abenobashi were made by the same people. They have the same kind of random humour, and episode 3 of Abenobashi has the exact same look and feel as FLCL.

Menchi

Both MSAA and FLCL are funny and a little (or more than a little) crazy. Friendship, family, romance, and battles between different worlds can be found in both anime, not to mention twisted and weird humor. You'll never be bored watching these!

Shinka

Basically, they are both done by GAINAX and both make fun and of the anime industry, and the TV industry in general. They make fun of themselves, specially in Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai.

Both are extremly funny, and are story telling wise very similar, but I do not recomend them for those who are not Otaku, since most of the jokes and references wont be understood otherwise and so they will not result as funny as they are.

Merryberry

With some wierded out wackiness that takes place in both series and sometimes struggling to keep up with all the action amid the large doses of comedy, both Abenobashi and FLCL will have you whipped away on an adventure literally like no other.

JAhU

Both FLCL and Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi are Gainax made madness. If you liked one, there is no way you're not going to love the other as well.

P.S. While both of those shows are supposed to have a serious story mixed with the madness, Abenobashi has actually about 2 and a half of serious episodes.

Quelano

FLCL and Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi both manage to somehow incorporate stylized randomness with a surprising amount of interwoven sincerity and tenderness...If you like the the general feel of one, you should like the other...

shockwave002

FLCL is also parody anime. If you enjoyed it then you may enjoy Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi as well as Excel Saga for the same reason.

piffleprincess

Both of these titles have a high amount of parody, comedy, and drastically changing art styles set to an upbeat pace.

While FLCL's speed never slows (mainly because it's only 6 episodes), Abenobashi has a few "plot development" episodes that feel a little slow in my opinion. 

While both series concentrate on stuffing each episode with as much comedy (usually slap-stick) and parody as possible, both have serious undertones hidden beneath all the craziness.  Similar themes include immaturity, child-like-innocence, adult vs. children perception of the world, and learning to deal with reality.

dakotasapphire

They both have funny random things that don't make sense. The main charecter always has the big important role. The main point doesn't make any sense tell the last episode. and they both have supernatural things happening.

HasseRovdjur

Both shows offer a lot of slapstick and crude humour coupled with parodies and pop-cultural references, all presented at an often frantic pace. There's also some serious sides to both works, sharing similar themes about  growing up and moving on. Visually they're very reminding of each other, especially in terms of animation style and character design.

While FLCL is more over-the-top and MSAA has more serious moments, I think that people who liked either can appreciate the other.

nik0ness

If you like crazy situational comedies these two animes are for you. Both the plot and drawing styles are unique and chaotic which will leave you laughing than asking what just happened?! They will have you on the edge of your seat and asking for more, especially since the underlying plot is alot thicker than it seems at first.

snivets

Colorful, weird, hyper, and hilarious in a somewhat juvenile way, FLCL and Abenobashi would definitely appeal to a similar audience.

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Excel Saga

Excel Saga

F City, F Prefecture: the battleground where good and evil have finally chosen to decide once and for all who will rule the world…or at least that's the general idea! Neither side seems up for the task, as surviving the brutality of everyday life is enough of a chore. On the side of evil is the organization of Across, its only member the loudmouthed and abrasive Excel who struggles just to put food in her stomach; on the side of good, three disenfranchised, unemployed bachelors whose only pursuit in life is romance. Add in alien invasions, jungle warfare, and Mexican immigrant laborers to Japan, and this war doesn't seem likely to be ending soon!

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VuTang
Both series offer 100% pure craziness distilled from the minds of Japanese animators. Both series are hilarious and are a good stress-relief if you need to laugh.
Frost
While Abenobashi has a more dramatic edge to it in select episodes, it's undeniable that both series make use of the same kind of crazy humor. Both are parody animes, and if you enjoyed one of them, you're bound to enjoy the other as well.
XMrNiceguyX
IN both these series, things are happening which are not possible in real life and you might think the people who made tis were out of their mind ;) Both series have some seriously weird characters as well.
TheBurningCrow
It seems a striking resemblance between Excel Saga and Abenobashi. It seems like every episode has some new random twist and some new random location that seemingly doesn't have any bearing on a consistant plot. So if you love the random wackiness, check it out!
MechaTama31
Both shows take a certain theme each episode, like sci-fi, fantasy, etc. and parody and lambast it with their significant creative and comic might.
abunai
Although "Excel Saga" is less coherent than "Abenobashi", in terms of storyline, they both share the same undercurrent of madcap humour. Every episode (in both series) is built up around a particular gag, which is then mercilessly run into the ground.
freakzilla
Both Excel Saga and Abenobashi are about strange things and turned them into a comedy world. Abenobashi does have more of a plot, but you can't get around the fact that both animes tend to be a little bizzare.
shockwave002

If you liked Abenobashi then you may also enjoy Excel Saga or vice versa. Both animes are commical parodies that poke fun at other popular anime genres.

AirCommodore

Excel Saga and Abenobashi are manic series that parody absolutely everything. Kind of a mixed bag, though, as sometimes this turns out really funny, and sometimes it turns out rather obnoxious. If you liked one you'd probably have a better chance of liking the other, though.

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Haré+Guu

Haré+Guu

Haré and his mother live peacefully in the jungle, until one day the boy is overtaken by a omnipotent shadow. Later, he awakens to find Guu, a strange girl with even stranger abilities - notably, the ability to switch from a cute, lovable Guu, to a menacing delinquent who eats everything. Now Haré must live with Guu, and lead a normal life, despite her oddities.

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Locate
The two series differ in a lot of aspects, but they have something in common: they're jawdropping weird (and funny).
TheBurningCrow
Yup, completely random humor in both of these series. For those of you who like to say "what the hell was that??!?" then these are BOTH awesome series for you. The light feeling and random mischeif in both series really makes them enjoyable.
MechaTama31
These shows are both chock-full of insanely comic, and comically insane, zany wackiness. Oh, and wacky zaniness, too.
freakzilla

Jungle wa Itsumo Hale nochi Guu is another anime that has some very weird comedy. It's just as strange as Abenobashi and is much funnier, so give it a shot already!

Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh

Ten-year-old genius Chiyo, animal-loving Sakaki, loudmouth Tomo, athletic Kagura, weight-conscious Yomi and dim-witted Osaka are six friends who share laughs, good times, and a high school homeroom. With scary (and sometimes perverted) teachers, school festivals, penguin suits and general hilarity abounding, you can be sure that there's never a dull day in the life of one of these students!

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TheBurningCrow
Suprisingly enough, both Azumanga and Abenobashi have a strikingly similar taste in humor. Where you think Abenobashi can't get any weirder, Azumanga comes to show you how weird anime humor can get. And if you couldn't seem to understand why some random thing happened in Azumanga Daioh, Abenobashi is here to back it up with even MORE random goodness.
sothis
Abenobashi and Azumanga are masters of hilarious randomness, and I don't think you'd disagree. If you enjoyed the fast paced laughs that sometimes made little sense, check this one out for size.
VuTang
Honestly, it's difficult to find a series that matches the greatness that is Azumanga Daioh (can you tell it's my favorite?). But a close one would have to be Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai, for its hilarious parodies. Also of note, the characters speak with a Kansai-dialect, the same type of speech as Osaka, from Azumanga Daioh.

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name spells 'zetsubou' – 'despair', when compressed. But when the time comes to end it all, Itoshiki's attempted suicide on the first day of the new school year is foiled by relentlessly positive Fuura Kafuka. This saves Itoshiki long enough to meet his new class, and the quirky range of students under his care. Will Itoshiki Nozomu depress his students with his anguish? Or will Fuura show Zetsubou-sensei the joys of life and hope?

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JAhU

Both Sayonra Zetsubou Sensei and Abenobashi are hardcore parodies\\comedies, but Shaft and Gainax seem to understand the word "hardcore" differently. While the construction and style may differ, if you liked one of those, you still should like the other.

LLORAtheLLAMA

Abenobashi and Zetsubou Sensei parody a variety of things such as other animes, movies and also Japan itself. Full of hilarious moments, you're bound to laugh.

Darklegba

They both feature hilarious parodies, as well as outrageous situations that resolve themselves just as unexpectedly as they are introduced. DISCLAIMER: Although Abenobashi is WAAAAAY less random than SZS. So if you require an intact story in order to enjoy an anime; you may like Abenobashi and hate SZS.

I LOVE THEM BOTH, two of my faves.