Anime: Nerima Daikon Brothers
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 The Blues Brothers
and Bollywood musicals such as Muthu
. There's some Bonnie and Clyde
inspiration in there as well.
Despite its containing Nabeshin's trademark off-the-wall crazy Mind Screw
humor and more sexual innuendo than was previously thought possible in a Twelve-Episode Anime
, 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 ADV Films
in 2007. Funimation
acquired the series during ADV's 2008 collapse, and has streamed it on its video portal.
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