Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 2 is a DVD that contains three episodes of the series. The episodes included on this disc are: "Extinction! Abenobashi Ancient Dinosaur Shopping Arcade," "In the Night Fog! Abenobashi Hard Boiled Shopping Arcade," and "Flashback! Magical Shopping Arcade Birth." A booklet is included with this DVD, and the booklet is designed in such a way so it looks and reads like a tabloid newspaper. While I normally find DVD booklets to be dry reading, the booklet included with this DVD was actually very enjoyable.
There are four extras included on this release. The first extra on the disc is "AD Vid-Notes." This feature allows you to turn on or off pop-ups that appear during the episodes to explain cultural references. The second extra is labeled as "Outtakes." This feature, which runs for nearly four minutes, contains three to four scenes of the English dub. After each correct take, there is a corresponding "outtake" to go along with it. Each "outtake" contains something that isn't appropriate for the scene; however, the changed lines tend to be funny. However, it should be mentioned that most of the changed lines in the "outtakes" contain adult humor.
Next in the extras menu is "Clean Opening." This is a version of the opening credits that is truly textless; not only is there no credit text, but no subtitles for the song appear, either. There is also a "Clean Closing," which is also a truly textless version of the ending credits.
The next feature is "ADV Previews." This link takes you to a menu with previews for Happy Lesson, Slayers: Gorgeous, Saiyuki, Super Gals!, Pretear, and Orphen 2: Revenge. The final extra is the DVD credits, which is just a single screen providing credit for the people involved with putting together this DVD release.
While this DVD may not have much in the way of "interesting" special features, it's still a release I would be willing to recommend to anime viewers who are seventeen years of age or older. However, this DVD is now out of print, due in large part to ADV Films going out of business. If you can locate a used copy of this DVD, then I would recommend picking it up if you enjoy comedies that poke fun at anime and otaku references.
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Sasshi and Arumi continue to ricochet from one alternate version of a derelict Osaka shopping center to another. "Night Fog" takes them to a Roaring Twenties-style gangland, where speakeasies serve forbidden snails to diners during a skewed Prohibition. Sasshi, incongruously clad in a trench coat and snap-brim fedora, is mistaken for "Rugolgo," a send-up of the assassin inGolgo 13. "Extinction" spoofs time-travel anime: 12-year-old geek Sasshi gets to display his encyclopedic knowledge of dinosaurs to the mysterious Eutus. The story pauses in episode #7 for an explanation of how the Arcade was built and anchored against harmful magic with the Chinese gods of the cardinal directions. The filmmakers keep everything fast and funny, noting that many of the heroes' difficulties come from relying on the magic of "goblins who lose to ordinary grade school kids." (Rated 17 and older: gross and risqué humor, brief nudity, violence, minor profanity, alcohol and tobacco use)--Charles Solomon