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''The Laughing Salesman'' (Japanese: 笑ゥせぇるすまん Hepburn: Warau Serusuman) is a Japanese comedy/horror/fantasy/psychological thriller manga series created by Fujiko Fujio A. The manga began as a one-shot series serialized in Shogakukan's ''Big Comic'' magazine on 1968, later becoming a full-fledged series published by Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha's ''Manga Sunday'' magazine from 1969 to 1971. The manga tells the story of a salesman named Moguro Fukuzo, whose job is to help people fill gaps in their soul. However, in reality, he ruins people's lives if his clients backstab him or never ask him for help in the first place. It was quite popular, as in June 1999, the manga sold more than 3.5 million copies in Japan alone. The character has also appeared in 2 visual novel games of his own and has made a guest appearance in the 2012 game Girls RPG Cinderelife developed by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS.
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''The Laughing Salesman'' (Japanese: 笑ゥせぇるすまん Hepburn: Warau Serusuman) is a Japanese dark comedy/horror/fantasy/psychological thriller<ref>[https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/04/03/crunchyroll-streams-alice-zoroku-and-the-laughing-salesman Crunchyroll article describing the series.] Retrieved 13 Jul '19</ref><ref>[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=7412 Anime News Network page describing the series.] Retrieved 13 Jul '19</ref> manga series created by Fujiko Fujio A. The manga began as a one-shot series serialized in Shogakukan's ''Big Comic'' magazine on 1968, later becoming a full-fledged series published by Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha's ''Manga Sunday'' magazine from 1969 to 1971. The manga tells the story of a salesman named Moguro Fukuzo, whose job is to help people fill gaps in their soul. However, in reality, he ruins people's lives if his clients backstab him or never ask him for help in the first place. It was quite popular, as in June 1999, the manga sold more than 3.5 million copies in Japan alone.<ref>「世紀末のココロのスキマお埋めします「笑ゥせぇるすまん」テレ朝系でドラマ化」『Yomiuri Shimbun』1999年6月22日付東京夕刊、9面。</ref> The character has also appeared in 2 visual novel games of his own and has made a guest appearance in the 2012 game Girls RPG Cinderelife developed by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS.<ref>[https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2011-10-16/sailor-moon-tuxedo-mask/kamen-joins-level-5-girls-rpg Anime News Network article detailing the inclusion of guest characters, including Moguro Fukuzo, in Girls RPG Cinderelife.] Retrieved 13 Jul '19</ref>
  
It is notable in Japan as the only series by the duo, Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko, to be darker and more mature in its themes than their previous works. An anime adaptation was produced by Shin-Ei Animation, directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani and written by Yasuo Tanami. It aired on TBS from October 17, 1989 to March 24, 1992 with a total of 103 episodes. A second anime adaptation was announced and aired on Tokyo MX from April 3, 2017 to June 19, 2017.
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It is notable in Japan as the only series by the Fujiko Fujio duo, Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko (Fujiko F. Fujio and Fujiko Fujio A), to be darker and more mature in its themes than their previous works, perhaps more mature than their very first work, UTOPIA the Final World War. An anime adaptation was produced by Shin-Ei Animation, directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani and written by Yasuo Tanami. It aired on TBS from October 17, 1989 to March 24, 1992 with a total of 103 episodes. A second anime adaptation was announced and aired on Tokyo MX from April 3, 2017 to June 19, 2017.
  
 
A '''live action TV series adaptation''' was produced by TV Asahi, which stars Shirō Itō as Moguro Fukuzo. It aired from June 26 to September 18, 1999. It is currently labeled as Lost Media due to none of the 10 episodes being archived/recorded and only the intro and a short clip surviving, but is still not properly archived with no true source around and is semi-lost as well.
 
A '''live action TV series adaptation''' was produced by TV Asahi, which stars Shirō Itō as Moguro Fukuzo. It aired from June 26 to September 18, 1999. It is currently labeled as Lost Media due to none of the 10 episodes being archived/recorded and only the intro and a short clip surviving, but is still not properly archived with no true source around and is semi-lost as well.
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The title card for the TV series.

Status: Partially Found

The Laughing Salesman (Japanese: 笑ゥせぇるすまん Hepburn: Warau Serusuman) is a Japanese dark comedy/horror/fantasy/psychological thriller[1][2] manga series created by Fujiko Fujio A. The manga began as a one-shot series serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine on 1968, later becoming a full-fledged series published by Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha's Manga Sunday magazine from 1969 to 1971. The manga tells the story of a salesman named Moguro Fukuzo, whose job is to help people fill gaps in their soul. However, in reality, he ruins people's lives if his clients backstab him or never ask him for help in the first place. It was quite popular, as in June 1999, the manga sold more than 3.5 million copies in Japan alone.[3] The character has also appeared in 2 visual novel games of his own and has made a guest appearance in the 2012 game Girls RPG Cinderelife developed by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS.[4]

It is notable in Japan as the only series by the Fujiko Fujio duo, Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko (Fujiko F. Fujio and Fujiko Fujio A), to be darker and more mature in its themes than their previous works, perhaps more mature than their very first work, UTOPIA the Final World War. An anime adaptation was produced by Shin-Ei Animation, directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani and written by Yasuo Tanami. It aired on TBS from October 17, 1989 to March 24, 1992 with a total of 103 episodes. A second anime adaptation was announced and aired on Tokyo MX from April 3, 2017 to June 19, 2017.

A live action TV series adaptation was produced by TV Asahi, which stars Shirō Itō as Moguro Fukuzo. It aired from June 26 to September 18, 1999. It is currently labeled as Lost Media due to none of the 10 episodes being archived/recorded and only the intro and a short clip surviving, but is still not properly archived with no true source around and is semi-lost as well.

Plot

In a society filled with people who do whatever with their lives, there are some who struggle with it or never achieved their goals. The story focuses on individuals who meet a shadowy and ominous salesman, Moguro Fukuzo (喪黒 福造), who promises them a better life if they follow his advice. However, the clients that Moguro meet often cheat, refuse to rely on his help, or worse - deny that they received assistance at all. When this invariably happens, Fukuzo punishes his clients by using their reliance on his aid against them. With their lives ruined, he is satisfied with his job and looks for more potential clients or victims, as the case may be.

Intro

The series intro and clips.


References

  1. Crunchyroll article describing the series. Retrieved 13 Jul '19
  2. Anime News Network page describing the series. Retrieved 13 Jul '19
  3. 「世紀末のココロのスキマお埋めします「笑ゥせぇるすまん」テレ朝系でドラマ化」『Yomiuri Shimbun』1999年6月22日付東京夕刊、9面。
  4. Anime News Network article detailing the inclusion of guest characters, including Moguro Fukuzo, in Girls RPG Cinderelife. Retrieved 13 Jul '19