Reviewby Maral Agnerian,
Abenobashi Magical Shopping District
Sasshi is having a bad summer vacation. First, his old house is demolished in the recent Abenobashi Shopping district redevelopment plan [his precious baseball cards and gashapon sets were lost in the destruction], and his best friend, Ayumi, is moving away to Hokkaido. Then Sasshi and Ayumi hear rumors of a supposed affair between Ayumi's grandfather and Sasshi's grandmother. While investigating, the duo find that the Abenobashi district is constructed as a cross with a different animal guarding each pole - a turtle was at Sasshi's family's house, a dragon was at the pet store, a tiger, and a bird at Ayumi's family restaurant, the last one remaining. Unfortunately, with Ayumi's family leaving, the last guardian will fall and something terrible may happen to Abenobashi as a result. As if things couldn't be worse, Ayumi's grandfather falls off the roof of his French restaurant, the Grill Pelican, and is seriously injured. The totem for the Grill Pelican, a pelican with a star on its belly, also falls and is destroyed. That night, Sasshi witnesses a dragon flying outside his bedroom window, and at the temple, all the exercising old men turn into mushrooms. Freaked out, Ayumi and Sasshi speed for home only to find all the buildings mere facades and a magical rainbow transports them to an Abenobashi to be sure, but certainly not the one they came from.
The hijinks and parodies ensue as Sasshi and Ayumi make their way from Abenobashi to Abenobashi trying to find a way back to their Abenobashi.
Overall (sub) : A
Story : A-
Animation : A
Art : A
Music : A-
+ Hilarious parody balanced with interesting characters
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