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Field of dreams-anime style

  • Aug 30, 2009
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+4
You know why I love anime sometimes?  The medium can really take some offbeat or wacky ideas and make the material feel legitamate sometimes.  While this particular premise could play out in theatre with it's musical format, the remainder of the show involving all sorts of wackiness, not to metion vulgarity is better suited for the small screen.

Did I mention it's a musical? 



Songs puncuate every episode and while the music is the same the lyrics always change and the cast, both the English and Japanese one is more then up to the task of belting out tunes.

The trio of characters decked out in their Blues Brothers battle suits include: Hideki the lead singer and ringleader of the group who dreams of turning his radish farm into a concert hall dome and being engaged to his cousin Mako, who has champange tastes on a canned beer budget and is hopelessly in love with Hideki's brother Ichiro, a wooden and otherwise lifeless pretty boy who supplements income working as a host boy for rich women, that and he's got a strange affection for Pandaikon, a rascally pest who invades the field looking for grub.  Inspector Widget a confidant and sexy law enforcer whos wise to the Nerima Daikon Brothers get rich quick sehemes of robbing white collar creeps but at the same time...is also attracted to Pandaikon.

The show runs for 12 episodes and covers a gamut of stories involving the NDB Band to make money for their dreams or die trying.  Most of the episodes have a similar theme of being so close to the brass ring only to have it slip away with the final set or episodes having celebrities and investors trying to pull the band apart.  Each epsidoe as I said has music and each episode has a special trip to a mysterious rental store run by a mysterious afro headed stranger that can load out anything the NDB band needs for their missions from bazookas to books to yes even gooey pies.

The shows different vocal recordings are certainly unique to say the least.  The American track is smuttier with more potty mouthed humor then the Japanese one and the songs are notably more in tune with the music that was written for them.  The fact that coherant songs could be made in English from Japanense penned music is a feat in and of itself.

Narima Daikon Brothers is definetely one of those "little bit of everything shows" because it has so much in it.  Music, action, a little drama, humor.  If you liked the directors previous work Excel Saga and it's spin off Puni Pumy Poemi, you know what your in for: with pandas and radishes and singing....only in anime!
Mako Hideki and Ichiro: The Narima Daikon Brothers Pandaikon lays down a beat Field of Dreams Inspector Widget, law enforcer and panda lover Afro rental guy. He'll loan you anything but money Getting one of the rental guys cool toys

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Nerima Daikon Brothers is a wild and wooly musical comedy about a bluegrass band who spend their days working on a daikon radish farm, and their nights trying to make it big. Most aspiring rock bands think the path to fame lies in collecting enough fans to fill an arena, but not the Nerima Daikon Brothers. Their plan is to build the arena first. After all, how can they gather thousands of screaming fans if there's nowhere to put them? The brothers' backward notion also includes a desire to do right by their fellow citizens, so a large portion of their arena fund comes from knocking out bad guys in their small town, and stealing their money. This doesn't sit well with Inspector Karakuri, the chief of the local police, but most of the time, the brothers (and their extremely hot and infrequently clothed cousin) don't succeed in busting any robbers - they just fall in love with pandas, engage in startling sight-gags over the daikon's resemblance to a certain male appendage, and burst into song whenever possible. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide Close
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