Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Volume 1 is a DVD that contains the first four episodes of the series.
A booklet is included with the DVD, and the booklet is designed in such a way that it looks and reads like a tabloid newspaper. While I normally find DVD booklets to be dry reading, the booklet included in this DVD release 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 a commentary with Luci Christian and Jessica Boone, the English dub actors for Sasshi and Arumi. They provide commentary for the third episode, "Hook Up! Abenobashi Great Milky Way Shopping Arcade."
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 Azumanga Daioh, Angelic Layer, Kino's Journey, Cosplay Complex, Nuku Nuku Dash!, and Super Gals! 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. If you can't find the individual disc releases, there are a couple of complete series box sets that have been released that can be purchased.
I would recommend watching this series if you enjoy comedies that poke fun at anime and otaku references.
|Mystery! Abenobashi Shopping Arcade|
Adventure! Abenobashi Sword and Sorcery Shopping Arcade
Hook Up! Abenobashi Great Milky Way Shopping Arcade
Fire It Up! Abenobashi Hong Kong Combat Shopping Arcade