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Trivia / Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show

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  • Banned In China: The animated film adaptation, Midori, is banned in its native Japan, and the master reels were confiscated. They wouldn't be recovered until 2013, and even then 6 minutes of particularly objectionable footage was destroyed by the Japanese government in 1999, leaving those portions of the film permanently lost.
  • Completely Different Title: In Japan, the manga is known as Shojo Tsubaki, roughly translated as "The Camellia Girl". When the manga was translated for US markets, it was changed to Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show.
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  • Development Hell: Because he was unable to find sponsors, the creator did the entirety of the movie all by himself, taking 5 years in the process and having over 5,000 hand-drawn pages needing to be made.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: It's not hard to find online and a quick Google search will take you to the film, but it's impossible to find the 6 minutes of footage that was destroyed by the Japanese government in 1999 due to the film having imagery illegal at the time.
    • The first (and only) print of the English translation manga is a collectors item, selling between $50-$200. It's easy to read it online, however.


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