Anime Unleashed, G4techTV’s late-night animation block, tonight hosts the North American broadcast debut Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, a series produced by Japanese animation powerhouses Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Wings of Honneamise) and Madhouse (Trigun, Ninja Scroll). The series premiere kicks off at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT.
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi is directed by Hiroyuki Yamaga (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Wings of Honneamise, Automatic Maiden) and written by Satoru Akahori (Sorcerer Hunters, K.O. Beast). The madcap series follows friends Sasshi and Ayumi, who discover that their familiar neighborhood shopping district is actually a portal to a series of parallel universes. The two are mistakenly transported to an alternate Abenobashi shopping area, and the series chronicles their quest to return home, with each episode structured as a comedic parody of a specific anime or film genre.
ADV films picked up the North America home video distribution rights to Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi in 2003 and has released it on DVD. The series was also made available through the company’s On Demand cable service, Anime Network.