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Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 2

Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 2 is a DVD that contains three episodes of the series.

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.

The main menu of the disc contains options to select which episode you want to watch, a link to the set up menu, and a link to the extras menu. In the set up menu, you can choose which audio you want: English audio or Japanese audio with subtitles.

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. It should also 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 17 years of age or older. The individual DVDs are rather hard to find now, but a couple of complete series box sets have been released for this series.

I would recommend watching this series if you enjoy comedies that poke fun at anime and otaku references.


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