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Actors: Koki Tanaka, Sawako Agawa, Kanako Magara, Asuka Komayu, Yuki Kageyama
Director: Shun Nakahara
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2003     1hr 37min

The 16 miniepisodes (seven minutes apiece) in this TV series aired on the Wonderful anthology in 1999. Based on a manga by Tarajiro Kishi, the vignettes have a single theme: teenage boys and grown men making idiots of t...  more »


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Actors: Koki Tanaka, Sawako Agawa, Kanako Magara, Asuka Komayu, Yuki Kageyama
Director: Shun Nakahara
Creators: Junichi Fujisawa, Isao Tomita, Kanji Hagiwara, Yasuo Takahashi, Eto Mori, Yoshimitsu Morita
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Adv Films
Format: DVD - Color - Animated,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/18/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
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Movie Reviews

37.5 Degrees!
Bryan Weber | San Angelo, TX | 06/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

It sure is.
This release from ADV films is hilariously shameless. A series of loosely interwoven segments about the male libido, various characters pop in and out using a variety of art styles, symbolism (not too deep for the guys in the audience) and a bit of risque tidbits to tease as you sit back and enjoy.
I watched Colorful on the recommendation of a friend, my wife right beside me. She laughed even harder than I did. Because while this is definitely a series about men behaving badly, they often pay for it in the most extreme of ways. Voyeurism, tongue in cheek stories, and several head injuries to boot, this is one that will have you rolling on the floor in laughter.
Not for kids.
And check out the ADV behind the scenes "Documentary". Just how do voice actresses feel about having to do an anime with gratuitous panty shots? They'll tell you.
Fair warning. Do not buy this if you are looking for hentai. This is comedic farce all the way, and it's brilliant."
Subtle and Humorous Perversion
Geoffrey Hobart | Himrod, NY | 08/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The best panty related series I've ever watched...Though highly exaggerated, I could sympathize with the variety of characters...One time or another many of us fellas have done something incredibly stupid for a mere glimpse of that cotton triangle...Humorously clever in its situations, dialogue, varied character personalities...I series that isn't for everyone...But if you're the guy that takes a second hidden glance at a pantyline while at the super market checkout...this anime is definitely for you...

The animation is clean, crisp and nicely done...some of the more "artsy editing" between the segments occasionally becomes a little irritating, and doesn't always fit as well as it ought to...The english dub is done vary well and in some places is a bit funnier than the original japanese...ADV's little documentary is very cute...and will give a chuckle...

Not for everyone...but a very clever and enjoyable animation in its own right..."
Panty vignettes
Zack Davisson | Seattle, WA, USA | 01/23/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Colorful" is a much better anime than it has any right to be. It doesn't sound like much. 16 short animations about men's fascination with women's underwear, and the joy to be found in a tiny glimpse. But director Shun Nakahara obviously took his clues from shows like FLCL, mixing and matching animation styles, keeping things moving at a rapid pace, and delivered an innovative, clever and funny DVD.

For all its subject matter, there is very little naughty about "Colorful". This isn't going to get anybody going on a lonely night, and there is no sex or nudity to speak of. Its all about the little glimpse, the hidden flash of magic that lurks under every girl's skirts, and the lengths guys are willing to go to to sneak a peek. This is the kind of animation that could have only come out of Japan, where "panchira" is a national past time, the kind of thing guys will talk about over too many beers at a late night bar.

This is not just boy's fun either. My girlfriend, who hates anime on general principal, loved "Colorful", and was cracking up during the whole thing. This may actually be the only anime DVD she has ever watched with me from beginning to end. Essentially a series of comedy sketches, it delivers lots of jokes machine-gun style, and the constant switching of animation styles keeps it from getting boring.

A word of caution, however. The English dubbing should be avoided at all cost. They obviously saw the need to make what is essentially light comedy "dirtier". They replaced most of the best jokes with more direct language, and the two scripts have almost nothing to do with each other. I couldn't make it through the "Making of..." fake documentary either, which I found quite painful.
Very Goofy
Keith A. Jones | Philadelphia PA | 01/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Though the cover says something totally different Colorful just happens be something other than perverted. It seems that not only is Colorful intended to make its viewers laugh hysterically but also teach guys a lesson about things they think they get away with. The situation is always the same but the scenario keeps changing. There's always a girl in an odd position at a store, swim practice, or even just outside waiting for a cab and she doesn't notice but the unsuspecting guy or guys quickly see.

The guys think they're having a good old time with it until something bad happens. The bad and ugly could be from a nosebleed to getting hit by a car but either way the lesson is always learned and always very funny. I guess you could say that Colorful shows how justice is served for the unsuspecting women all over the world but because colorful's comedy can be immature in a lot of ways people don't actually always see it the way I do. The animation is very nice even when their rough slow image is added to show how these guys feel after getting knocked around. It's a good series that won't get old quick."