[[caption-width-right:300:The main characters of ''Nerima Daikon Brothers''. From the left: Mako, Hideki, and Ichiro (no, not the pandas).]]

''Nerima Daikon Brothers'' is about three struggling would-be musicians, Ichiro, Hideki and Mako, who dream of becoming a famous R&B act and building a huge domed stadium where they play sold-out shows night in and night out that also carries their namesake. In the meantime, they run a daikon (radish) farm in Nerima Ward (famous for its daikon harvests) while trying to fend off creditors, their neighbors, trespassers, and Mako's unmitigated greed.

The show uses a musical comedy format, with the characters often breaking out in song to show their emotions or go through a montage scene- there will often be 4 or 5 songs in the body of an episode. The melodies are sometimes recycled episode after episode with different lyrics substituted for the particular situation. The musical comedy format is rare in Japanese animation and the show's style is influenced by American musicals such as ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' and Bollywood musicals such as ''Muthu''. There's some ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'' inspiration in there as well.

Despite its containing Nabeshin's trademark off-the-wall crazy MindScrew humor and more sexual innuendo than was previously thought possible in a TwelveEpisodeAnime, the show is at its core a rather high-level satire, mercilessly skewering a number of very real prominent people and groups in Japanese society... to the point that the production came very close to getting in trouble at least once. Let's just say that it manages to slaughter a few sacred cows that are normally ''never'' criticized, at least not in animation.

The series originally aired in 2006 in Japan, and was released on DVD by Creator/ADVFilms in 2007. Creator/{{Funimation}} acquired the series during ADV's 2008 collapse, and has streamed it on its video portal.


* AccentAdaptation:
** Mako's Kansai dialect is given the typical switch to a southern accent in the dub.
** Hideki also having a Texan accent tends to soften the blow.
*** That... may not have been intentional.
** Interestingly, when she starts speaking kansai-ben exclusively, the subtitles use a Cajun dialect to reflect this, but the dub just has her using rather dense slang, probably because Luci Christian isn't Cajun (a ''notoriously difficult'' dialect to imitate).
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Hideki loves Mako. [[spoiler:Mako loves Ichiro. Ichiro loves Pandaikon.]] Neither of these loves is mutual.
* AllMenArePerverts AND AllWomenAreLustful: Let's just say there's a LOT of perverts in this show!
* AllThereInTheManual: Unless you're Japanese or know a ''lot'' about contemporary Japanese culture, you're not gonna understand much in this show. Fortunately, the original US release contained director commentaries and ''copious'' liner notes, both in-video and in pack-in flyer thingies...
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Madame Gokutsubushi threatens to expose various famous people's scandalous activities such as a company president's keeping a house for his mistress, an athlete's steroid usage, and a sumo wrestler who [[spoiler:uses baby toys on his wife in bed at night[[labelnote:*]] This is actually a big deal because one of the requirements to be a grand master sumo wrestler is that one must carry themselves with dignity both in the ring and away from it, which using sex toys (especially ultra-kinky ones) is definitely ''not'' an example of; essentially, he'd get stripped of his title and banned from the sport faster than a juicing Tour-de-France winner[[/labelnote]].]]
* AuthorAvatar: Creator/ShinichiWatanabe, though silhouetted, appears as [[Anime/ExcelSaga his character Nabeshin]].
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Number 1 and his wife, at the end of Episode 5.
%% * BareYourMidriff: Mako.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:The Prime Minister, who planned on "Privatizing" Nerima (making it a gigantic condo neighborhood).]]
* BigGood: "Pops," aka Nabeshin, who each episode rents the NDB an item which helps them fix their problems
* {{Bishounen}}:
** Ichiro.
** SubvertedTrope: Plastic surgery was used to put Bishie faces on [[{{Gonk}} previously unhandsome]] [[UsefulNotes/KoreansInJapan Koreans]].
%% * BlackComedyRape
* BrainBleach: Moi's musical interlude makes Hideki state he'll have to stare at the sun to burn that image out of his mind.
%% * CampGay: Moi, cranked UpToEleven.
* CardCarryingVillain: Most of the bad guys just ''love'' being evil, money-grubbing bastards.
* CensorSteam: Mako, with money.
* ChekhovsGun: In the beginning of Episode 8, Hideki is browsing in a discount store (owned by that episode's villain) when he comes across a rocket being sold very cheaply. This rocket later turns out to be what he and Mako need to rescue Ichiro from the bad guys.
%% * TheChick: Mako
%% * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Ichiro, definitely.
* CoolShades:
** The entire band, ''and'' Pandaikon.
** When [[spoiler:Yukika]] temporarily joins, she also sports a pair.
* CorruptCop: Ichiro gets a tip from one of his clients that the chief of police gets bribes from the head of the Yakuza. [[spoiler: Turns out it was a trap by Yukika to catch the NDB, although ironically it turns out that the chief of police actually IS accepting bribes from the head of the Yakuza]]
%% * CrankyNeighbor
* CrazyJealousGuy: Hideki at one point is so angry about Mako's feelings for [[spoiler:Ichiro]] that he ''sabotages the rocket they're flying in to try and rescue Ichiro'' until [[spoiler:Ichiro admits that he doesn't love Mako]].
* CulturalCrossReference: Music/MichaelJackson shows up as one of the villains.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Ichiro. Hideki has a green ''scarf'' to match his eyes.
* DeadpanSnarker: It seems to be physically impossible for Ichiro to ''not'' talk in a deadpan tone.
%% * DullSurprise: Ichiro
%% * {{Earworm}}: Every goddamn song.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Ichiro. Hell, even ''animals'' want him.
%% * ExpositoryThemeTune
* ExtremeOmnisexual: Yukika is variously attracted to Ichiro, Pandaikon, and ''ramen fish cakes!''
* EyesAlwaysShut: Three of the hosts in episode 9.
-->'''Yukika''': I didn't know this club employed blind men.
-->'''Hosts''': Ever feel outside of an inside joke?
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption:
** Despite defeating the bad guy at the end of each episode, they never get to keep the money.
** That goes double for Hideki trying to woo Mako.
* FirebreathingDiner: Pandaikon, after eating some kimchee.
* FreudianExcuse: Parodied in Episode 7, where we get to see a flashback of the bad guy du jour (a crooked lawyer), and how when he was a child a girl he creeped on would constantly threaten to sue him for it. It's completely ridiculous, but he and the main characters treat it as thought it were an honest-to-goodness DarkAndTroubledPast.
* {{Gainaxing}}:
** Minor instance, when Mako was showing off her [[HelloNurse nurse's outfit]] to Hideki.
** This is actually fairly unusual for Nabeshin shows, as he tends to prefer more blatant innuendo to such animated {{fanservice}} (though he's never against his characters ''looking'' pretty).
* GenericCuteness: Just about anyone who isn't a {{Gonk}} is pretty cute.
* {{Gonk}}: Most of the villains du jour. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in one episode, where plastic surgery was used to put {{Bishounen}} faces on previously unhandsome Koreans.
* {{Greed}}: Mako wants to blow all her - and Hideki's - money on Pachinko parlors and top-shelf champagne.
* {{Henohenomoheji}}:
** Anytime a member of the Brothers is MIA and the other two have to rent from Nine Dragons without them, their place in the song is taken by a cardboard cut-out with this face.
** [[spoiler:Except for a couple of times, one in which Yukika joins in and another wherein Nabeshin himself joins up (along with Yukika again)]]
** Sort of--the one time Hideki is MIA, Yukika simply takes his place.
%% * HenpeckedHusband: Number One
%% * HexagonalSpeechBalloon
%% * HostClub: Ichiro works at one.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming:
** Most of the English episode titles contain sex jokes.
** This happened in the Japanese as well, though not always as blatantly.
* TheIdiotFromOsaka: Mako is from Okayama, which is a fair ways west of Osaka and Kyoto, but still in Kansai.
* IfIWereARichMan: Mako frequently has these, even as part of the opening theme.
* IHaveAFamily: When trying to steal from one of Ichiro's rival host club hosts, "Number One" is revealed to be abused by his overbearing wife, but still loves her and their many children.
* InspectorJavert: Yukika aka Inspector Widget, who is obsessed with capturing the NDB in the act of committing one of their acts of vigilantism/theft
* InterspeciesRomance: Ichiro and Yukika and their... ''panda-love''.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When the casting director calls Mako an "stupid ugly slut", her reaction is an indignant "Ugly? UGLY?!"
* JerkAss:
** Mako at her worst can come off this way.
** Hideki as well in Episode 9 and 10.
** Prime Minister Oizumi definitely qualifies, as do pretty much all of the villains.
* KissingCousins: Unrequited, anyway: Hideki wants Mako, [[spoiler:Mako wants Ichiro]].
* LampshadeHanging: Dear lord yes. Both languages (though the English dub does it somewhat more often)
%% * LargeAndInCharge: Hideki
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** The English version ending theme which is basically saying, "Thanks For Buying the DVD of this show (since there was no way in hell it would ever get broadcast on mainstream American TV). Now we have money for booze."
** Sadly the joke is kind of lost when watching the episode on Funimation's website.
** And when buying a used copy.
* LetsGetDangerous: Yukika, when she finally uses her skills for good instead of... well.
* LoanShark: The ATM from the Nerima Agricultural Bank which loans money (at apparently disastrous rates) to the main characters once an episode, complete with song and a band of identical scantily-clad dancers. [[spoiler: In the last episode Hideki manages to buy the dancers' loyalty in the fight against Prime Minister Oizumi]]
* LoveAtFirstPunch: Mako doesn't develop an interest in [[spoiler:Ichiro]] until he slaps her.
* TheLoveSlapOfEpiphany: Subverted when Hideki (who is sincerely in love with Mako) tries to do the same thing.
* MagicSkirt:
** Lampshaded in one episode with an upside-down Mako, Hideki watching for her skirt to fall, and Ichiro [[LampshadeHanging explaining]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall that the artist doesn't feel like drawing it]].
** Nabeshin is known for avoiding panty shots in any series he directs.
** The series aired on Creator/TVTokyo and they don't allow panty shots, their censorship standards have been kinda strict since 1997
* MoralDissonance: The band doesn't particularly know/care who they're stealing money from.
* MrFanservice: Ichiro gets all the girls (and [[EvenTheGuysWantHim some of the guys too]]).
* MrViceGuy: Mako and her greed. (Although really, none of the main characters have moral high ground. She's just worse than the rest)
* MsFanservice: Mako, and [[GenreSavvy she knows it]].
* NaughtyNurseOutfit: Aside from Mako's normal attire (which includes a black mini-skirt), she once dressed up as a nurse.
%% * NeckLift
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A large number of the villains are parodies of celebs or political figures from Japan. The BigBad is an Expy of [[spoiler: Junichiro Koizumi, the prime minister at the time the show came out]]
%% * NoFourthWall
* NoRespectGuy: Either Hideki or Ichiro could qualify as this, depending on your interpretation--Hideki is the OnlySaneMan, but Ichiro is almost certainly more intelligent than Hideki is.
* {{Nosebleed}}: Hideki for Mako. [[LampshadeHanging Also lampshaded]].
* OnceAnEpisode:
** The band needs a quick loan; the band hits up the Nine Dragons Rental Shop for a PlotCoupon.
** Also someone exclaims their need for money, and the ATM and dancers for the NAB show up to loan them some.
* OnlySaneMan: Hideki. Ichiro ''looks'' this way, but his behavior is every bit as bizarre as many of the situations they encounter, and only Hideki consistently reacts to things the way a normal person would.
%% * PandaingToTheAudience
%% = PerpetualPoverty
* PlotCoupon: Rented from Nine Dragons.
* PuppyDogEyes: Mako used this against the manager of the Korean Pachinko, including [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud saying the sound effect out loud]].
* RamenSlurp: Hideki, Mako, Ichiro, and Yukika do this as part of a song, including singing the sound of slurping.
* RedOniBlueOni: Hideki and Ichiro--to the point ''every outfit'' Hideki wears has red on it and ''every outfit'' Ichiro wears has blue on it.
%% * RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Pandaikon
%% * SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: In a way, Ichiro and Hideki
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Anime/ExcelSaga''; also, the gang's clothes and preferred style of music is reminiscent of ''Film/TheBluesBrothers''
** In one of the episodes, the villain is an {{Expy}} of Music/MichaelJackson, so you can bet there's plenty of shout-out-related fun to be had, ''especially'' in the dub.
* ShownTheirWork: Nerima ward in Tokyo is (or was) famous for its daikon (radish) growing.
* SomethingAboutARose: Ichiro's rival from the Kabuki-cho host club.
* SpitTake: With ramen in one instance.
* StraightMan: Ichiro. Although Ichiro's behavior is often at least as bizarre as anyone else's, even if he doesn't have the personality to match.
* SurrealHumor: It's Nabeshin. What do you expect?
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Officer Yukika Karakuri, aka [[ShoutOut Inspector]] [[InspectorGadget Widgett]]
* TemporaryBulkChange: Hideki, Ichiro, and Pandaikon grow muscles thanks to Kimchi in episode 2.
* ThatsAllFolks: The ending theme song.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: [[OncePerEpisode ALL. THE. TIME.]]
* ThreeAmigos: Hideki, Ichiro and Mako.
* TranslationConvention: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in episode 11.
-->'''Hideki''': (to Pandaikon) ''Speak English!'' Or Japanese, or...
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
** Hideki gets annoyed at Ichiro for treating Pandaikon as this in the first episode, insisting that a normal person would at least go [[BigWhat "Waaa!"]] at seeing a panda in a daikon field. It's also parodied/enforced in Episode 4, when the Nerima Daikon Brothers deliberately ignore Yukika's DramaticEntrance for as long as possible.
** However, there are plenty of straight examples too. For example, nobody seems to think anything of Madame Gokutsubushi's green skin, or the fact that the recording studio the band visits in the first episode seems to be filled entirely with alien creatures.
* VisualInnuendo: TONS!
** The picture hanging on the wall in Ichiro's host club (featuring an ever-changing assortment of stylized people in various sexual positions) is especially notable because it had to be censored in the Japanese broadcast due to the show airing on Creator/TVTokyo
* WeSellEverything:
** The Rental Guy has given the Brothers everything from vegetable costumes to a heat-seeking enema to a rocket to a ''drill-tank''.
** The sign outside his store actually says "I'll loan you anything. Except money."
* WhatSongWasThisAgain: The dub version of the songs on occasion.
* WhipItGood: Yukika {{Dual Wield}}s two cat-o-nine-tails.
* WidgetSeries: Well what did you expect?! This show is made by the guy who directed ''Anime/ExcelSaga''!
* WritingAroundTrademarks: The discount store in Episode 8 (real name "Don Quixote"), and Ichiro mentions in the original that his host club rival drives a "Ferrori" (the dub doesn't bother and just flat-out says "Ferrari").