Warau Salesman NEW

Alt title: The Laughing Salesman NEW

TV (12 eps)
2.548 out of 5 from 484 votes
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Warau Salesman NEW

My name is Fukuzou Moguro, and people call me the Laughing Salesman. I am no ordinary salesman. The merchandise I sell is the human soul itself. Hooo-ho-ho-ho... All people in this world, young and old, male and female, are lonely. I am here to fill the emptiness in all of their souls. No, I won't accept a single coin in return. As long as my customer is satisfied, that's all the payment I need. Now, I wonder what sort of customer I'll serve today... Hooo-ho-ho-ho-ho...

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Daydream / Make a Budget and Stick to It

Episode 1

Daydream / Make a Budget and Stick to It

Hot Spring Eccentricity / Fantasy Company

Episode 2

Hot Spring Eccentricity / Fantasy Company

Bento Wars / Ah, My Beloved 583-Type

Episode 3

Bento Wars / Ah, My Beloved 583-Type

The Woman on the Platform / Runners' Paradise

Episode 4

The Woman on the Platform / Runners' Paradise

Sunday Club / The Woman Who Throws Away

Episode 5

Sunday Club / The Woman Who Throws Away

I'll Lease This Monster / Tonight's Another Awesome Night

Episode 6

I'll Lease This Monster / Tonight's Another Awesome Night

The Man Who Transformed / The Rule of Mommy Friends

Episode 7

The Man Who Transformed / The Rule of Mommy Friends

The Man Chased by His Dreams / Mustache Taxi

Episode 8

The Man Chased by His Dreams / Mustache Taxi

The Nostalgic Bathhouse Tour / The Researcher's Melancholy

Episode 9

The Nostalgic Bathhouse Tour / The Researcher's Melancholy

The Person in the Acquired Film / Fake Grandchild

Episode 10

The Person in the Acquired Film / Fake Grandchild

Destructive Tendencies / I'm an Idol

Episode 11

Destructive Tendencies / I'm an Idol

The King of the Chat Room / Japan Overseas Trip

Episode 12

The King of the Chat Room / Japan Overseas Trip

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eempso
6

Warau salesman new was something i was pretty excited for. I've always been a fan of abstract animes and shows that dealt with human short comings. I've also enjoyed bad guys whp get their just desserts and are exposed for who they really are on the inside like on Neuro and the ace attourney seires. I hadn't heard of the orginial warau salesman, but reading the premise was what got me tp sign on and watch for the past 12 weeks.  story Warau salesman episodes go like this. Person has probelm. Moguro (the reoccuring main character) will present them with a option on how to fix it.) the person takes this fx and their problem is fixed. Moguro will warn them not to get too comfotable with their new gift. But the person will not listen and this always results in their own downfall. The first few stories were pretty alright. Infact they were pretty cool. They slowly dragged out the individual's true intentions from their innocent facade. One of my favorites was actaully the first segement from the first episode. I wanna say that it stayed with a pretty consistent sense of quality, until about 2/3 in the series. After this, the stories get a bit blander. And it just becomes a bit too cruel in some instances. Some people ill get punished when they honsetly didn't do anything wrong. It all felt a bit lack luster and rushed toward the end, which was a shame as i beleieved it had a pretty strong start. Animation The animation was alright. Nothing to write home about. It was pretty consistent, given some episodes had more movement and animation than the others. Though the Opening visuals are pretty cool. And some of the in anime scenes are artistically abstract, over all it was alright. I did enjoy the old anime character designs that seemed to be from around the 60's or the 70's or the 80s. It reminds me of osomatsu san or doraemon or other animes with that similar style. Sound the sound work is well done! The actors are really good especially moguro. The music did well to fit the mood, depending on what was happening. Its a very nice sound track I think. The opening song is jazzy and groovy and a really chill beat to listen to. The ending simply follows suit. All in all, no real complaints on the sound work. Maybe a small one though... They only have like 3 or 4 songs. This isn't a huge problem of course, it's just a tiny personal nitpick. Character Moguro as acharacter is one of the most complicated in the series. He never seems to care if your more of a good person or more of a bad person. If he sets you in your sights and you actually take the time to listen to him, it will only end badly. He's a living embodiment of too much of a good thing and will over indulge the victim in their most deepsest fantasies.  I enjoy when he does this to the people who genuinely deserve it. But then theres people who get hurt just by association. Theres people who didn't do anything to deserve the punishment  dished out to them. I have no problem with villains like moguro who simply go with the flow and do as they wish, regardless of the victims intentions. But seeing as what the show seemed to try and teach the viewer, he should've had a clearer sense of justice. Maybe not even that. I just wish i saw more punishment of the truly bad people and not people who were slightly troubled. All the other characters simply played into their roles and aren't that noteworthy. overal the anime was ok. I am a little dissapointed, but it's still better than some i've seen. But there's alot of improvement that couldv'e been made. A lot more stories that couldv'e been told. 

BlastIsCool
6.5

The Laughing Salesman NEW is a strange case of a show, where I want to recommend it, but also feel like it isn't worth your time, because it's a mixed bag in the most confusing way possible. I enjoyed what I watched, but did I enjoy it consistently enough to rate it highly? To give some context, Warau Salesman NEW, or "The Laughing Salesman NEW", is a new anime based on a manga from 1968, created by Fujiko A. Fujio, the creator of Doraemon. Its noted as being his only dark work, and while its manga is relatively short, the original anime had over 100 episodes, all around 10 minutes in length, because The Laughing Salesman is a show that is comprised of short stories, with the NEW anime having 2 stories per episode. The general concept of these short stories are all the same, the salesman, Moguro Fukuzou, will find a client, and offer to "fill the hole in their heart", will give them some strange way to solve their life's issues, and eventually it will come back around, and end up ruining the life of his client with a "DOON!" (translated as "BOOM" which sound strangely similar). Every episode follows this cycle. While I would love to compare the presentation of the manga and the two animes, as all versions of the series approach the same general concept, the manga is only available through a single volume of a bilingual release, and the original anime is a huge thing to tackle, one I just haven't approached deeply yet. Now after 24 short stories, I feel I have come to a simple conclusion about the series, which is it's general cycle of having the salesman offer help, and punish his customers can be very interesting, but only when it is done properly, and unfortunately the show doesn't do that enough throughout. Presentation-wise the show is great, the animation is consistently well made, the last episode in particular is very visually interesting and breaks a lot of the shows previous conventions, it produces a quality high enough to certainly stand above the standard of most anime. The general sound design is good, but they do consistently reuse a song that I'm fairly sure is either stock music or just in public domain, and when you know that, it feels a tad lazy. But what is it about the writing that makes the series a mixed bag? Well for one, having the same concept over and over makes the stories very predictable, many of the twists are easy to see coming because you know the customer who got outlined at the start is who gets punished, but secondly it being a series of short stories means that some episodes are very good, and some, very, very weak, and it's unfortunate that this is because the concept is a tad more difficult to write for than you'd expect. What makes it hard to watch is that many of the customers are nice people, dealing with real problems, and the punishment they end up with feels too cruel to warrant the moral you get as the audience. When Moguro tells someone not to do something rather arbitrary, they don't listen to him, and get punished, its hard to not sympathize with them, and thus the show ends up just being a downer, or its twist and punishment just feel disjointed for the sake of the surprise, but rather than being surprising, it just feels weird, and as a viewer you are left unimpressed. The best episodes are based on the failure of the clients, where the punishment is directly related to what it is the client does. Moguro takes no extra effort, rather the reason they are hurt is related to their direct actions, the consequence of breaking Moguro's rules is not that he has to punish them, but rather that said rule was what was stopping a natural consequence. The other way it can work is as the episode progresses you see the darker side of the client, and the sympathy slips away as you begin to feel they need to learn the lesson Moguro has to give. These types of episodes become extremely interesting, and end up making me wish the entire anime had stories like this. The reason the "characters" and "story" section are both rated the way they are, is because the two things are interconnected. The clients themselves: who they are as a character, and whether or not their punishment feels justified, is a large part of what makes an episode an absolute banger, or just hard to watch. There is one standout that must be addressed however, Moguro himself. Let's be real, Moguro is a complete dick, he spends his days going around punishing random people, but something about him is strangely endearing. To praise his character design, without breaking the art style he stands out immediately, and his constant smile is consistently frightening, you don't need to see a single episode to know that whatever he is doing, certainly won't turn out well. But as a character, he really feels so simple, he chats with people nicely, and happily strolls away whenever something goes wrong, its hard to describe precisely but his attitude makes him strangely a highlight of the show, despite the actions he takes. The simplicity is rarely expounded upon, but the few times we seem him do something such as comment on a happy scene of a man with his family as needing to be more interesting, flash small windows of how he sees the world, and add bits of depth that makes him interesting to ponder, even if those things are rarely expounded upon. So is Warau Salesman NEW worth your time?... Kind of? For my money, the highlights of the show are both stories in Episode 4, the second story of episodes 5, 7, 8, 9 10, 11, and the entirety of episode 12. While some other episodes were decent, I figured I'd only list the best of the best. But that list is 10/24 stories, less than half of the episodes reach that quality, the others are decent at best, and weird or just bad at worst. While I think there is value in having that wider range of episodes to appreciate the truly good ones, and I'm not sure whether I'd recommend only watching the particuarly interesting episodes, in general, my conclusion is that while I did like Warau Salesman NEW, I can't say I liked enough of it to give it anything higher than a 6.5/10. This show has increased my interest in the series substantially, but I would have trouble recommending the entire thing without any prior warning.

AndriasSch
7.3

I thought that I already understood many of the intricacies of Japanese social norms, and this series took me by surprise. It isn't easy to understand why things develop the way they do once Moguro offers something to the episode protagonist. Imagine one of those episodes when Nobita comes crying to Doraemon for help, and he offers a gadget but also a warning, and Nobita just plainly forgets about it or ignores said warning, sometimes out of greediness, sometimes wanting revenge towards one of the bullies. Doraemon has a soft spot for Nobita, he believes in Nobita's good nature as a child, and when Nobita gets what he deserves, there's a chance he will learn from the experience. There's a moral to the story, and you will see Doraemon at the end of the episode being angry at Nobita for not listening to him/being a brat, of feeling pitiful for him, sometimes even laughing at him for being Nobita.Well, Moguro knows what the person in each episode is like, he knows how to lure them to take advantage of what he offers them, I mean, it's a trap from the start, and he gives a warning that will end in an "I told you" situation. Everyone in this series is going to get punished, it doesn't matter if the person deserves it or not, and feels like the moral is not to trust anyone that is offering to help in any way (and this is mostly a Japanese mindset, that nobody helps without wanting anything in exchange).You see, Japanese people are way too rational in general and have a hard time reading the intentions of other people. There are way too many victims of fraudsters, cults, conmen, and swindlers in Japan, because the majority of people learn there is a certain way one should behave in society.There is more to that general 'teaching', of course, each main character shows a different aspect of human nature: how they are greedy and are not happy with what they have already, the way many of them have a weak character, the lack of ambition, sometimes excessive complacency. Even characters you think maybe don't deserve the punishment, there ¡s something that makes them lack virtue.In the end, the series is about what the problem with each main character attitude is, and what it may lead to if you keep going that way.For the 'NEW' part, I think it is a good way to make Warau Salesman known to younger people, but aside from offering extra episodes, it doesn't add anything special to the manga or old anime.

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