A musical comedy of epic proportions. Will the Nerima Daikon Brothers dream of a concert dome become a reality?
What They Say
What's a band to do with no fame, and especially no sold-out arena to perform in? How can they grab the cash they need to build the Concert Dome of their DREAMS?! Well, they can't. But the NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS sure as hell are going to try!
WATCH - as Hideki, Ichiro, and Mako (yeah, one of them's a chick!) farm daikon by day, and battle slimy record producers, pachinko-mad hags, monstrous nurses, flatulent hospital administrators, and hot police babes, by night.
LISTEN - as the band AND the evil villains sing hilarious songs, all along the bumpy, daikon-studded road!
TUNE IN AND SEE!!! - (What's daikon? Is it a vegetable? Is it a fruit? A weapon? A girl's best friend? All of the above?!)
For the purpose of this review the English 5.1 track was used. Checks were also made on the Japanese 2.0 track as well. The Japanese 2.0 soundtrack sounded slightly flat. The opening theme song itself did not sound as full as it could. This was due to the audio being driven only by the two front speakers. In contrast to this, the English 5.1 soundtrack had a more robust sound. On the first disk, it was noticeable that the audio track was not making full use of the rear speakers. The lyrics in the songs were very easy to hear. The sound effects and music were also nicely balanced. They did not overwhelm the dialogue except for one small instance. On the second to last episode, there was a song that was kept in it's original Japanese. It made it slightly difficult to hear the English dialogue, as it was a tad louder than necessary, but it did make for an interesting touch.
Originally airing in 2006, this series transfer to dvd was well done. The colors were very vibrant and the transfer appeared to be very clean. There were not any noticeable interlacing issues, nor was there any pan jutter.
This thin-pack comes packaged in a rather sturdy box. The front cover is graced by Hideki, Ichiro, Mako and Pandaikon in interesting poses. The back of the box is of a Panda rock-band playing at the Nerima dome. Behind them is a rather large shadow that looks suspiciously like Nabeshin. There were three thin-packed volumes housed in the box. These featured individual shots of the Nerima Daikon Brothers and their cousin Mako. Each one was in a monochromatic color scheme. The back covers feature liner notes coupled with images of the 'guest characters' that appear in the episodes for that particular volume.
The main menu of each disc featured an image of a panda with a daikon. The menu itself was very simplistic with direct access to the episodes. There was a separate submenu for the language options. The music was an excerpt of the theme song for the series.
"If you build it, they will come." With that famous phrase freshly uttered, Hideki sets out to build their dream concert dome. Ever since they were children, the brothers and their cousin Mako had practiced singing. Hideki, the owner of their daikon field and seemingly the elder of the group, was always trying his hardest to raise the funds to realize their dream. His brother Ichiro also pitched in by working nights at a Host Club. He possessed the amazing power of sparkling eyes that could charm almost anyone. Their younger cousin Mako was a former idol who had a taste of fame at an early age. She was always ready to guilt money out of Hideki, who had a substantial crush on her. Right off the bat they met the fourth member of their little ragtag group. Aptly named "Pandaikon," this little guy had a love for daikon and was considered Ichiro's little buddy. The friendship this little group formed with Pandaikon would later prove to be rather beneficial. Partially due to the fact that a gentleman merely know as "Pops" would loan them almost anything. That is, as long as they continued to take care of the panda and sing him a bit of a ditty.
There was something fishy going down in Nerima. They were plagued by a steady stream of shifty people, who were after the hard earned cash of the people of that city. Unfortunately, some of these schemes directly effected the motley trio of musicians. It was in one of these situations that they had accidently stumbled across Pop and his rental shop. Originally they had wanted to retrieve their lost cash, but they couldn't resist the opportunity to gather the rest of the con artist's ill gotten gains. So they did what they did best, they sang. As a result they were granted usage of an appropriate 'weapon' that would be the perfect answer to fixing their situation. Luck only goes so far though. In the end the brothers ended up granting the others back their funds, and they were no where closer to realizing their dream. This scenario gets repeated a number of times before they ended up garnering the attention of detective Yukika. Coming complete with her own theme song it was noticeable that she too would play an important role in the series. Her character bared an odd similarity to Inspector Gadget, due to the extensive assortment of gadgets and gizmos that would spring up at random. As far as love interests went, she tended to gravitate towards Pandaikon usually. Her and Mako rarely got along. In one situation, the tension between the two characters escalated into a major cat fight.
The following part contains a few minor spoilers. One of the funniest episodes in this set was entitled "Our Bad Encounter." An oddly familiar sounding Pop Star dressed as "Peter Pan" made his appearance in a Nerima area plastic surgeon's office. It seemed that he had come to Japan because he had wanted to build a Nerima-land amusement park. He ended up convincing Mako, whom he keeps calling Wendy and Tinkerbell interchangeably, to help him realize his dream. Yukel did this by offering "Fame" to Mako. The only catch was that Mako would have to convince Hideki to sell his land. As the story progressed, a large amount of references and jokes were made concerning zombies, 'Thriller,' and Yukels' penchant for plastic surgery.
This series was pretty good after the initial couple episodes. It did take a while to pick up speed. It was a bit episodic in nature until the last disk. Those episodes were pure gold comedy wise. The most pleasing thing about it was that there was finally a nice mini story arc that was very entertaining. The music was pretty good as well. Each song's main melody was adapted to the situation. The panda song melody became the defacto 'love song' melody for example. Aside from Ichiro's Panda-love song, it was also used by Mako as well. Another example of this was "Hey there Pops." In one episode it was used by an eerily familiar pop-star to ask for the land deed. This series relies heavily upon adult oriented humor and music. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first glance, but it is worth it in the end.
Long before having had the chance to watch 'Nerima Daikon Brothers' I had watched the opening theme song preformed by the Japanese voice actors several times. The thing that was so appealing about it was that it had a very catchy tune. They seemed to have given a nod to the 'Blues Brothers' and it held a slight hint of David Bowie's "Modern Love" as well. It meshed this together with a very upbeat and jazzy tune heavy with horns. Already having been a fan of Nabeshin's particular brand of twisted comedy, I was looking forward to what Nerima Daikon Brothers would be like. There were around four or so different tunes that were used heavily during this series and had their lyrics changed to fit the situation better. That mixed in with the episodic nature of the episodes may put off some at first. However, it does picks up quite a bit after the initial two episodes. The music and lyrics are catchy and humorous which made it easier to hear the same melody several times. People who want a lot of music incorporated into their anime, or those who enjoy adult oriented humor should be pleased with this.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
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