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Friday, June 2, 2006

12:55:01 pm , 200 words, 3622 views     Categories: Animation, Director: Masaaki Yuasa

Yuasa Chibi Maruko-chan op

MouCripes! There's a Chibi Maruko-chan opening by Masaaki Yuasa that I'd never seen before. It's the most amazing one, too. The round drops and the style of coloring/shading are strongly reminiscent of Cat Soup, so it must have been one of the last if not the last one he did. I still haven't been able to find the original opening and ending, though, which have massive nostalgia value to me, since I remember watching the show when it first came out and remember that a lot of why I loved the show so much was for that crazy opening and ending. The opening has Maruko flying through the air in one continuous sequence on this odd creature, flying through a koi-nobori flag, the camera just zooming around her as she's flying in the air. At the end she reaches her destination, which for some reason is a massive elephant who unzips and out of his body comes flying a huge flock of glowing golden birds. Wonderful oneiric madness the likes of which I'd never seen before in anime, and I remember watching that op over and over. Before I even knew his name, I was in love with Yuasa.



jericho [Visitor]

damn now you can watch everything on you tube. Just not in the best quality. I just looked at the best of Norio Matumoto and Shinya Ohira.

07/08/06 @ 05:16
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Random person [Visitor]

Could any of that OP possibly be in this collection of Yuasa animation? Even if it isn’t, I’m absolutely dying to know where it’s from.

10/20/06 @ 01:48
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Random person [Visitor]

Whoops, the a href thing still doesn’t work… The link is here.

10/20/06 @ 01:49
Ben [Member]  

I think mostly it’s just taken from the Chibi Maruko-chan “My Favorite Song” movie and the first two Shin-chan films. Henderland is also there… Cat Soup, Hakkenden, Mind Game, Champloo, Slime.

10/20/06 @ 04:01