A full-course meal of Comedy, Drama, Philosophy and more - with dessert.
Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai is hard to describe. It starts out serious, then suddenly burst at the seams with comedy, adopting a Planet Of Hats
-of-the-Week format, before suddenly plunging the viewer into its hidden dephts.
The main character, a hardcore Otaku, and his She Is Not My Girlfriend
Tsundere, suddenly find themselves thrown from world to world, though each is modelled after the Shopping Arcade where they spend all their lives and which is now scheduled to be torn down as more and more of the old shops are closing. And all along the people they know from said arcade are reimagined in each bizarre world, completely unperturbed by what is going on (and in one instance also all Robots.)
However, who is the mysterious redheaded Sex Bomb who is skipping in and out of her role in the worlds, and why is she chasing after a mysterious blue-haired monk pervert ?
Expect a fireworks of otaku-theme centered comedy each episode, expect to laugh out loud, and in the end, expect your jaw to hit the floor.
This was my first anime, and whilst I found some of the cultural references hard to understand, it wasn't too hard one to start on. The characters will grow to your heart (Even though we all wish we wouldn't so easiyl sympathize with the male lead), the gags will leave you guffawing, and the story packs a punch. The animation is fluid and goos and shows a range of styles and is not above an Art Shift
for the Rule Of Funny
. Nevertheless, by the end all plot threads are satisfyingly resolved (though some of Studio Gainax
favourite Mind Screw
For those looking for just fun, you'll find that and a great parade of Fanservice to go.
Highly recommended, would buy.