The Yamada sisters, Kyou (15) and Asu (9), are students studying in secondary and primary schools respectively. Their mother passed away and their father ran away after incurring gambling debts. Despite the difficult circumstances, both of them decide to overcome the unhappiness and welcome their days with enthusiasm and pride. Fortunately, with the change in the law system several years ago, Kyou is able to study and simultaneously take temporary jobs (such as distributing newspapers and tutoring) to make ends meet. On the other hand, Asu takes charge of household chores, prepares meals, and manages the finances to assist her older sister. Surrounding them are also good and kind neighbors such as the novelist, Saegusa-san, and the aunt at the public bath who watch over them. Although life is difficult and at times painful, the sisters are happy to have each other. – My Anime List
Based on 11 review scores:
This anime had a good plot and concept to work on, but it wasn’t really well animated or portrayed well, pity. I still enjoyed it though.
While it wasn’t exactly mind boggling or amazing, it delivers its point across and kept me interested. Enjoy this anime for its characters, along with the music. Although the pink petals do get excessive at times, the final episode still managed to bring a tear to my eyes. I recommend this anime for anyone looking for a good change of pace from action/philosophical anime, and it’s a good rest for the brain.
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This show is dealing with some hardcore serious issues. Like paying the rent, working two jobs to survive, how to ration water, how do you go to the hospital with no money, how do you eat with no money, how do you deal with a dead mother, the list can go on forever. If they wanted to they could make this into a 50 episode series. I don’t mind being depressed watching anime because of some turn of events, but when the whole show is just one giant depression after another it wears on you. Its a good anime if you enjoy train wreck stories. Unfortunately this isn’t the train wrecks I enjoy watching.
Overall, it had its cute moments, but Binbou Shimai Monogatari will never be anything memorable. Only check out this series if you are really, really bored.
If you are a big fan of slow paced slice of life you might like it a bit ( I found some mediocre enjoyment in that moe overdose this show provides ). If you are in a real need for sugar it also might bring you some level of entertainment. But even then I’d still reccommend reading the manga instead. And if you aren’t one of the 2 cases listed above,you should probably stay away from this title.
Binbou Shimai Monogatari is a good show to teach younger audiences that the world isn’t always a happy place, and that for every cloud there is a silver lining. Unfortunately, the series is too short (and too limited) to really do much with that message, as well as its additional message of the importance of family togetherness, and some scenes end up being more than a little cheesy and even overly dramatic at times. Still, it’s a nice, relaxing show, and one of the few slice-of-life shows that really is genuinely slice-of-life.
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Overall the anime is nice short ride and a bit touching, heartwarming. But I felt like they have some good planning but didn’t turn out as it should be. They could of given a better episodic writing. It felt really repetive and very predictable at most times. The problems in the anime seems to be minor and You feel that the girls should be looking for something better or looking for something but they don’t.
In the end, it’s hard to say something like “it could have been better”, because I’m fairly sure that many people looking for a light-hearted show will be perfectly content with a comedic series about two sisters in a candy-coated vision of poverty. On the other hand, in those moments where it briefly attempted to deliver something with actual drama or tension, you can’t help but notice how much of the premise went to waste and how much potential for character development was ignored. So if you want a short series that will be fairly easy to digest and without any real depth, Binbou is entertaining on a superficial level, but perhaps it suffers a little too much from the potential of its own premise.
In my view this anime show is a little bit childish and has no point to it, but it has those cute and heartwarming aspects, so there might be people who enjoy this show.