Anime Review: Mr Stain On Junk Alley

Genre: Fantasy/Comedy

Creator: Ryuji Matsuda

Distributor: FUNimation

No of Episodes: 13 and 1 OVA, which is also included in the collection.

Suggested Age: 7+

My Rating: 10/10

Summary: Mr. Stain is a homeless man living on Junk Alley with a cat named Palvan. The alley is a magical place which brings life to inanimate objects. Each episode follows this plot: Mr Stain or Palvan will find some object and interact with it. Episodes 1-13 are seven minutes each, while the OVA, which serves as an epilogue, is 31 minutes.

Review: This was an excellent anime. I was totally entertained by it. Granted, the artwork’s early CGI is dated and it shows, but that didn’t deter my enjoyment. It had a very whimsical feel to it and I was amazed at how much story was contained in the seven minutes (or 31 for the OVA) of each short, even though no words were spoken. This reminded me of Charlie Chaplin or Felix the Cat. I find no faults with this program.

Music/Score: The music has a whimsical feel to it, matching the anime itself. I really liked the closing theme.

Violence: (3/10) Although this is slapstick, it does occasionally result in blood.

Nudity: (1/10) In the OVA, Mr. Stain is seen posing like a body builder in front of a mirror and is naked. However, all the scenes are shot from either his back or his chest (THANKFULLY!)


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