Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

Alt title: Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai

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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 FINSahaqiel says...

If you thought Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai was wacky you haven't seen anything yet. You can't go wrong with GAINAX.

ZephyrStar ZephyrStar says...

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 XMrNiceguyX says...

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.

VRDave VRDave says...

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 Ripzter says...

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.

amateurasu amateurasu says...

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 freakzilla says...

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 VuTang says...

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 BrandonHeat says...

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 hurin says...

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 Menchi says...

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 Shinka says...

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 Merryberry says...

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 JAhU says...

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 Quelano says...

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 shockwave002 says...

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 piffleprincess says...

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 dakotasapphire says...

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 HasseRovdjur says...

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.

QueenieKittie QueenieKittie says...

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 snivets says...

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

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 VuTang says...

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 Frost says...

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 XMrNiceguyX says...

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.

VRDave VRDave says...

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!

amateurasu amateurasu says...

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 abunai says...

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 freakzilla says...

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 shockwave002 says...

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 AirCommodore says...

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.

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 Locate says...

The two series differ in a lot of aspects, but they have something in common: they're jawdropping weird (and funny).

VRDave VRDave says...

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.

amateurasu amateurasu says...

These shows are both chock-full of insanely comic, and comically insane, zany wackiness. Oh, and wacky zaniness, too.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

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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VRDave VRDave says...

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 sothis says...

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 VuTang says...

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 JAhU says...

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 LLORAtheLLAMA says...

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 Darklegba says...

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. 

Haunted Junction

Haunted Junction

Haruto Hojo is the son of a priest, which might sound normal. However, his school is the ground zero gathering point for everything ghost, spirit, and likewise, thanks to the obsessed (and also a ghost) headmaster of the school! In order to make sure everything runs normally, Hojo (who just wants to live a normal life), along with Mutsuki (prodigal Japanese priestess), and Kazumi (a frequently possessed monk), complete tasks that only seem to make the school more strange and hectic!

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VRDave VRDave says...

Now Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai is a great random series, and if you enjoy the humor that doesn't always seem to fit or make much sense, you will Love Haunted Junction. And of course if you like Haunted Junction, I can garauntee you will like Abenobashi even more!!

sothis sothis says...

Abenobashi and Haunted Junction both have the best of one thing: random, hilarious comedy. If you are looking for something to make your sides split from laughing (or from saying "wtf?!" repeatedly), this is the series for you. If you liked one, you'd most certainly like the other.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The eccentric Suzumiya Haruhi wants nothing more than to meet aliens, time travelers and espers… but she’ll have to settle for the everyday Kyon instead! Along with the mysterious Itsuki and the vacant Mikuru, the duo forms the SOS Brigade – a club whose mission is to discover the mysteries of the world. Armed with a razor sharp wit and a skill for manipulation, Haruhi will stop at nothing to have fun at all costs, even at the expense of Mikuru’s dignity!

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

"Different" can definitely be used to describe these two anime. Both Abenobashi and Suzumiya involve somewhat unusual powers and topics. In a tale of discovery, we find out more about the characters and their mysterious powers. Besides the character development and atmosphere, you will also find some comedy and romance in both.

Kyatto Kyatto says...

Both of these shows allow many of the episodes to be seen in almost completley random iteration. With the exception of the beginning (the why) and the end (the how), of course. Haruhi and Abenobashi each share a great sense of humor and a little love- but mostly humor.

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

"I have only abandoned my body, I still live here" - are the words emailed to friends of Chisa, several days after her death by suicide. As Lain delves deeper into the world of the "Wired" (also known as the internet), the line between it and reality becomes more and more unclear. Close the world, open the nExt.

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XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

Lain and Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai can be catogarized under "weird anime", though Lain has a much deeper story and hardly any comedy. Abenobashi on the other hand is much more homorous. If you like something funnier than Lain, check Abenobashi out. If you like something deeper, check out Lain.

Those Who Hunt Elves

Those Who Hunt Elves

In a world where where humans and elves live amongst each other, we find three unlikely heroes. Mysteriously torn from the world we know, karate expert Junpei, Oscar winning actress Airi, and weapons specialist Ritsuko must find the components needed for the spell to bring them home. Components that are tattooed on the bodies of unsuspecting female elves across the land...

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XMrNiceguyX XMrNiceguyX says...

Both series are fantasy based, though where you in Abenobashi travel through all sorts of several worlds, where in Those Who Hunt Elves, you'll stay in just one. The humor and maturity of both series however are really similar. The art is the main difference between the two series and if you didn't like the art in for example: FLCL, you will probably not like the art in Abenobashi either. the art in Those Who Hunt Elves however, is quite contemporary.

Ping Pong Club

Ping Pong Club

At Ina Middle School, the boys’ Ping Pong Club is seen as more of a joking matter than something worth the school's budget. It doesn't help that they are constantly being outdone by the girls' team and their fiery-tempered coach, as well the fact that most of the boys on the team care more about their ding dongs than their ping pongs! In a desperate attempt to motivate the team, the boys' coach introduces a hot-bodied female manager, who might just bring a sexual tension to the team that could work to their advantage. But can these hopeless boys improve their game enough to emerge victorious at the upcoming tournament and win the prize she's willing to give?

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Laone Laone says...

Wild, crazy, can't tell what's gonna be shown next. Both Abenobashi and Ping Pong Club offer situational comedy that is sometimes over the top but not as overly offensive as some fanservice type shows. Abenobashi offers more of a solid storyline, but the comedic style of both shows can be considered similar.