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Ganbare Goemon - Jigen Jō no Akumu - 01

Ganbare Goemon: Jigen Jō no Akumu (がんばれゴエモン 次元城の悪夢?, lit. "Ganbare Goemon: The Nightmare of the Dimensional Castle") is a single-episode, twenty-eight minute OVA produced by Konami and AIC studios, released in Japan on March 26th, 1993.[1] It was made to celebrate the 5th year anniversary of Goemon's existence and was given away at a special event. It then became available for purchase on shops soon afterward.[2]

It was also distributed by lottery for purchasers of the Super Famicom game Ganbare Goemon: Yukihime Kyūshutsu Emaki, and was later distributed as a user gift for the release of Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijūrokubē no Karakuri Manji Gatame.

The OVA starred the voices of Daiki Nakamura as Goemon and Hideyuki Umezu as Ebisumaru, and features segments parodying three other popular Konami franchises: Gradius, Akumajō Dracula, and TwinBee.

SynopsisEdit

A humorous action adventure that takes place when a dimensional castle suddenly appears in the outskirts of Edo town. Goemon and Ebisumaru team up once again in order to investigate what's really behind the apparition of this mysterious building. The story takes our heroes in adventures parodying three of Konami's most popular franchises.

PlotEdit

One night, a UFO suddenly appears on the sky above the forest on the outskirts of Edo town and crashes into the ground, revealing to be a huge spaceship in the shape of a medieval Japanese castle. The next day, a strange little character appears in town, and following his master's orders, kidnaps local celebrity Omitsu from the tea shop she works at, taking her into the castle. Goemon and Ebisumaru hear about this and decide to go to investigate.

Once inside the castle, the owner challenges the heroes to try and reach the top, where he will be awaiting for them; but in order to do so, they will first have to go through three dimensional floors, each presenting its very own fantastic adventure. Every time they enter one of these floors, they actually transform into a protagonist belonging to each world. Their journey takes them through a battle in space, a vampire's castle, and soaring through the sky.

They eventually reach the top of the castle, where Omitsu is being held captive. Finding themselves cornered, the lord's minion creates an illusion and transforms his master into a very handsome prince, to which Omitsu immediately falls in love with. They then settle to be married the next day.

At the wedding, the illusion briefly loses effect, but the minion quickly recasts the spell and gives his good-looks back to his master. The spell doesn't last long, however, and just after a few seconds it vanishes away once more. Horrified by his hideous true form, Omitsu punches the lord in the stomach. The minion once again recasts the spell, but each time it lasts less and less time, resulting in Omitsu punching the owner every time he changes back to his real form.

Dimensional castleEdit

The castle resembles a Japanese-style pagoda and has three dimensional floors, making it impossible to reach the top until each one has been cleared. Each one of these floors is based on a Konami game, and once entered, the person becomes a character belonging to that world, allowing them to rewrite its history.

First floor (Gradius)Edit

A space confrontation against a big core while riding the Vic Viper.

Second floor (Akumajō Dracula)Edit

The heroes make their way to the top of the Demon Castle and confront Dracula. However, they find Christine being held prisoner there instead of Omitsu.

Third floor (TwinBee)Edit

The heroes are invited by WinBee (Pastel) to try for that day's highest score. They decide to go to a public bath for a break on the way.

CharactersEdit

Goemon
Voice: Daiki Nakamura
Infiltrates the dimensional castle in order save Omitsu from the clutches of his owner.
Ebisumaru
Voice: Hideyuki Umezu
An eccentric ninja, and partner and best friend of Goemon. He changes into various different characters inside the dimensional castle but keeps his distinctive personality intact.
Omitsu
Voice: Miki Itō
A celebrity in Edo town. Works at a local tea shop.
Castle owner
Voice: Kiyoyuki Yanada
Lord of the dimensional castle. He travels the galaxy in search of a bride.
Minion
Voice: Kumiko Nishihara
Follows his master's orders without question and can cast some spells.
Christine
Voice: Yumiko Shibata
Dracula's prisoner who is being held captive at the top of his castle.
Mr. Gen
Voice: Toshiyuki Morikawa
A resident of Edo town.
Kim
Voice: Wataru Takagi
A resident of Edo town.
WinBee
Voice: Kumiko Nishihara
An amicable pilot who invites the heroes to partake in a race through the sky. Although Pastel plays this part in the story, she was called "WinBee" instead because there was no name setting at the time. Her ship is actually the real WinBee.
Dimension
An imaginary narrator.

StaffEdit

  • Executive producer: Kagamasa Kagetsuki
  • Director, screenplay, storyboard: Ibase Anshi
  • Planning: Ikeda Takaji, Hayasaka Taeko
  • Character design / Drawing director: Tsuruyama Osamu
  • Mechanic design: Jun Okuda
  • Art setting: Yoichi Nango
  • Art director: Hiromi Morikawa
  • Director of photography: Kazuhiro Konishi
  • Editor: Kakeharu Kake
  • Music: Konami Square Wave Club
  • Acoustic director: Miwa Iwami
  • Producer: Masato Sakai, Toru Miura
  • Co-producer: Yomiko Advertisement Co., Ltd.
  • Producer: AIC
  • Original producer: Konami Corporation

Theme songEdit

"Goemon Ondo"
Songwriting and composition: Konami Rectangular Wave Club
Arrangement: Masahito Maruyama
Lyrics: Michiya Mihashi

VideosEdit

Ganbare Goemon - Jigen Jō no Akumu

Ganbare Goemon - Jigen Jō no Akumu

Related productsEdit

  • Ganbare Goemon (series) — The Konami franchise to which this OVA belongs to.
  • Gradius (series) — The first floor of the castle segment is inspired by this Konami franchise.
  • Akumajō Dracula (series) — The second floor of the castle segment is inspired by this Konami franchise.
  • TwinBee (series) — The third floor of the castle segment is inspired by this Konami franchise.

ReferencesEdit

  1. MyAnimeList
  2. GOEMON International

External linksEdit