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The Abashiri Family
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 12/31/1999

Synopsis:
The Abashiri family has always been one of the most notorious criminal gangs ever. But Papa Abashiri decides that it's about time his little girl is raised more appropriately -- as a young lady, and not as a deadly gang member. Papa then decides to send his dear daughter Kikunosuke to an elite boarding school. The problem is, this school doesn't have any intention of graduating their students. Crazed faculty members with homicidal and perverted tendencies, violent and unfriendly classmates... all of them welcome Kikunosuke to her new home. Pretty soon, it's an all-out teachers vs. students war in school. Will she be able to finish school before school finishes her?

 

Review:
The Abashiri Family is a very violent anime. There is a lot of fighting and bloodshed, yet The Abashiri Family tries to treat these situations lightly. Keyword: tries. I doubt any of the violence will seem light-hearted to audiences. In fact, some of the supporting characters even die.

 

I find The Abashiri Family quite strange plot-wise. The main storyline is by no means complex -- mafia daughter gets sent to a bizarre boarding school and has to somehow get out of it... but a lot of events take place to make it seem less simple than it actually is. The comedy is slapstick in style, and there are some sexually suggestive scenes and dialogue. I didn't find anything particularly funny though, but then I have never been a fan of slapstick comedy. Pacing isn't too good either, and I found myself dozing off on several occasions. Watching The Abashiri Family is quite a confusing experience because it seems like it's trying to be funny and yet at the same time there are tragic turns in the story that are anything but comical. The characters are caricature-ish, and most of them don't seem capable of being serious. The art and animation border from okay to mediocre for most part.

 

Eccentric would be the best word that sums up The Abashiri Family. I guess its uniqueness sets it apart from other anime titles, but it's not enough to make me recommend it... unless you're a die-hard Go Nagai fan or you like weird anime.

 

Miscellanies:
Is this a comedy or what? The girl on the title graphic is not Kikunosuke.

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Review Title:
The Abashiri Family
Alternative Titles:
Abashiri Ikka
Type:
OVA
Episodes:
4
Duration:
80 Minutes
General Rating:
2.5 out of 5 stars
Aired:
1991
Suitable For:
Young Adults
Genres:
Action, Comedy, Shounen
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