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One of the few animes I do like is a Japanese mini series called Petshop of Horrors.

It has the exact same concept as Gremlins. A mysterious Chinese man running a shop in Chinatown who sells monster pets to rich people and gives them a list of rules to follow in order to take care of them, and whenever the rules are broken disaster happens to the owners and they often end up killed by their pets. The show had four episodes.

The first episode "Daughter" was about a married couple who buy a rabbit girl who looks exactly like their daughter Alice who died from a drug overdose.

The second episode "Delicious" is about a man who buys a mermaid who looks exactly like his wife, a famous singer named Eva, who drowned on their wedding.

The third episode "Despair" is about a one-hit wonder actor with an obsession with reptiles who buys a gorgon named Medusa and she has to keep a blindfold around her eyes at all time.

And the fourth episode "Dual" is about a politician and his campaign manager who buy a Qilin, a mythical Asian monster said to grant wishes through the sacrifice of others, in the hope that this man will become the next president of the United States.
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:34 PM
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Synopsis:Yosuke is your run of the mill neet, daydreaming his way through life, whom still mourns over the loss of his friend a year before that set him on this apathetic path of wondering what the point is. This all changes one night, however, when he chances upon a beautiful and mysterious girl named Eri that he instantly falls head over heels for. The only obstacle keeping him from his love? He has to contend with the hulking immortal maniac armed with a chainsaw that drops from the sky every night that she must battle. No biggy.

This film adapted from a novel ( which has subsequently been turned into a manga ), cleverly features themes of loss and the mourning process we all go through in our own way, as well as how lost souls tend to find each other and how difficult it is to recognize your own sadness and issues, even when the one you care the most about is just as equally in love with their own misery.

Set against the ridiculous premise ( that the title fully delivers on ), this flick is a smart and well done little tale of how we get stuck in endless loops of pointless and self imposed depression we wish we could so easily attribute to some physical enemy. The storytelling is brilliant, the actors all come across as heartfelt and sincere in their portrayals of these characters, and the over the top action breaks up the narrative nicely, all culminating in a satisfying final confrontation against “ The Chainsaw Man “.

9/10, I loved this one. It’s refreshing to find something that can carry an overall positive message without coming across as preachy or spoonfeeding you what you’re smart enough to figure out for yourself. Definitely recommend it.
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