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YMMV / Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show

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  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Muchisuke the mummy man; a noticable amount of the manga's fan base loves him despite the fact he raped Midori multiple times, even in the live action version. His Adaptational Attractiveness certainly further endears the fans even more.
    • Kanabun as well is fairly well liked despite killing puppies as his introductory scene. In the live action version, he is surprisingly played in a creepily appealing and also sympathetic way by SuG's Takeru, who portrays him like an excited little kid and endeared Kanbun to the audience even more.
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  • Moral Event Horizon: Most of the freaks cross the line with their continuous sexual assault of Midori.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The premise alone. A little girl loses her only living parent, finds her corpse being gnawed on by rats and is sold into a freak show where she's raped on stage.
    • Matsumitsu going on a rampage when one of his audience calls him a "fucking midget." He reacts by pulling a terrifying Mind Screw on everyone present, causing them to hallucinate themselves being horrifically deformed.
    • The visuals accompanying the animated film's ending monologue.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The 1992 film is known less for its actual content and more for the fact that it was banned in its native Japan for 14 years as a result of its graphic depictions of child molestation and animal abuse (which are both shown in an overtly negative light in the film). There is plenty of discussion of the story itself, and many horror manga aficionados speak fondly of the film for its faithfulness to the original manga, but these discussions rarely go without bringing up the ban and the lingering controversy over it.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • The animated film could be considered one to Belladonna of Sadness. The two use very similar animation styles and have a similar tone; the key difference is that Midori turns the graphic content Up to Eleven.
    • It is also a more direct one of Hiroshi Harada's previous work, Nido to Mezamenu Komori Uta for those very same reasons and the fact both movies has kids as their main characters, the key difference is that Nido is mostly a political short while Midori obviously isn't.
  • Squick:
    • Midori's Vomit Indiscretion Shot after a performance.
    • Rats eating at a Midori's mother's vagina.
    • When Midori is raped the first time, blood runs down her legs.
    • When Muchisuke rapes Midori, his bandages come off, showing us his leprosy-infected skin.
    • The fact that Matsumitsu, who is clearly an adult, shows romantic interest in Midori, who is 12, can rub people the wrong way.
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The live-action film didn't utilize as much animation as was promoted in trailers, only using animation in three scenes of a 91 minute film.
  • The Woobie: Midori, obviously.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Kanabun in the live action film. It is hard to root for him, given his actions, but it's hard not to feel sorry for him when Mr Arashi, his lover, sells his body to the government official in order to keep the freak show going. His bitter attitude is almost justified if he didn't try to kill Midori. Even worse, selling his body was all for nothing when he is abandoned for a new boy toy near the end.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Osamu Tezuka's son as the man who buys all of Midori's flowers instead of Mr. Arashi himself.


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