Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi

Childhood friends Arumi and Sasshi are residents of the Abenobashi commercial district in Osaka, Japan. After an accident, they find themselves transported to an alternate sword and sorcery world. Their attempt to get back to reality finds them traversing a series of nonsensical worlds built on science fiction, war, fantasy, dating sim games and American movies. Each alternate Abenobashi is a surreal manifestation of Sasshi's otaku interests, populated by analogs of the protagonists relatives and acquaintances and a blue-haired stranger known as Eutus. Their quest to return home is at core a bildungsroman because the Abenobashi dimensions are mostly hobby worlds of increasing sophistication. Sasshi does not want to go home, and in fact is the sole force propelling them between worlds. While chasing the cat in the first episode, Arumi's grandfather fell off the roof and died. With this new trauma pressuring him in addition to his apprehension about the destruction of the shopping arcade and the Asahinas' moving away, Sasshi was no longer willing or able to cope with reality, and unbeknownst to even himself, he had caused their dimension to rewrite itself into worlds echoing his escapist obsessions.

TV series created in 2002 by Hiroyuki Yamaga.
The show consists of 1 season and 13 episodes.


S01E02 : Adventure! [Abenobashi Sword and Sorcery Shopping Arcade] 6.26/10 (13 voting)


S01E04 : Fire It Up! [Abenobashi Hong Kong Combat Shopping Arcade] 6.25/10 (12 voting)


S01E01 : Mystery! [Abenobashi Shopping Arcade] 6.15/10 (17 voting)


Tomo Saeki
Satoshi Imamiya (voice)
Yuki Matsuoka Yuki Matsuoka
Arumi Asahina (voice)
Rikiya Koyama Rikiya Koyama
Eutus (voice)
Takeshi Aono Takeshi Aono
Masayuki Asahina (voice)
Aya Hisakawa Aya Hisakawa
Mune-Mune (voice)
Kouji Ishii
Ms. Aki (voice)
Akemi Okamura Akemi Okamura
Sayaka Imamiya (voice)
Katsuyuki Konishi Katsuyuki Konishi
Kouhei (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta Naoki Tatsuta
Arata Imamiya (voice)
Takeshi Watabe Takeshi Watabe
Tarou Imamiya (voice)
Keiji Fujiwara Keiji Fujiwara
Tetsu Asahina (voice)
Mami Kingetsu
Ayako Asahina (voice)
Junko Noda Junko Noda
Gin Yamamoto (voice)
Tomoko Naka
Mune's Mother (voice)
Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi
Banker Kashiwagi (voice)
Kenichi Suzumura Kenichi Suzumura
New Bank Teller (voice)
Kyoko Hikami Kyoko Hikami
Mitsuyo Imamiya (voice)
Shiro SagisuMusic
Megumi HayashibaraTheme Song Performance
Masayuki KojimaSeries Director
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  • Type

    TV series

  • Episodes

    1 Season • 13 Episodes

  • Rating

    7.52/10 (505 voting)

  • Popularity : 100%

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  • Running time

    24 :

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