“Cute girls doing cute things in cute ways.” Everyday things make up the fabric of life—whether it’s making friends, going to school, trying to make money, or celebrating a holiday. Ichigo Mashimaro is a heartwarming series that follows the daily lives of Itou Chika, her sister Nobue, and her friends Miu, Matsuri, and Ana. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
Ryo Ohki’s Anime Loft
Strawberry Marshmallow is a great example of a show that is cute for cute’s sake. It’s sugary sweet, but it’s the deadpan delivery that makes it so effective. It is a successful show because it doesn’t try to be funny, it just is.
The slice of life genre is usually a very hard genre for some to watch or like. They are literally covering every day situations, and that can be boring for some. If you like the slice of life genre, you are aware that life itself is never boring, and that simple every day life can trigger emotional responses. The premise of Strawberry Marshmallow: The Complete TV Series is really quite simple. We drop in and out of the everyday lives of Nobue, the slacking college student and so called adult, and her younger sister Chika and three of her best friends Miu, Ana, and Matsuri. Do not expect a complex plot here as each episode is filled with the everyday things we all have done like going to school, enjoying cake, shoveling snow, getting lost and playing sports. However, it never gets boring as mischief is just right around the corner and it will have you laughing your head off from the silliness. The other thing about this series is its one of the first to fall into the “cute girls doing cute things” genre, a pretty recent addition to a long list of all the genres anime covers. The simplicity of plot can be a strong point but it can also be its downfall if you one of those that finds “cute girls doing cute things” to be annoying.
Anime News Network
If Azumanga Daioh left you longing for more sweet, off-kilter comedy, then you’ll be glad to know that its successor has arrived. Although Strawberry Marshmallow features a younger cast of characters, the same oddball humor that made AzuDai a hit also permeates this series, with an added edge of sarcasm. They say that cute shows are all about brash, annoying antics and being as loud as possible, but this series proves that wrong. There is something uniquely appealing about Marshmallow’s deadpan delivery, the way a joke creeps up from behind and suddenly strikes—like an unseen slap knocking a 12-year-old girl to the ground. That’s the kind of gag that just doesn’t happen anywhere else.
Strawberry Marshmallow was an interesting series when it first came out and I was fairly amused by the way its rescue caused a lot of people to ask why such a show was rescued since it seemed like nobody asked for it. The series is one that I previously enjoyed a lot and it was fun to get back into it since it does play its concept well while avoiding some of the potential pitfalls of creepiness. The group dynamic is fun to watch and even though they are your basic archetypes it does run along what most groups eventually pan out to be. The quirks within it were cute, such as Ana’s hiding of her language skills to her close friends and her classmates, Miu’s over the top style in making sure she’s the center of attention as well as the way Nobue is so attached to her cigarettes. As I said years ago, it’s not a show that will attract a legion of fans but I found it to be vastly appealing. Slice of life fans and those wanting a bit more of Japanese culture without the over the top antics and fanservice will likely adore this show. I know I did.
Buy it, watch it, love it. It’s cute, yes, but it’s also fun and clever. Even for one such as me, who’s generally not well versed in Japanese jokes, mannerisms and habits, this show was a laugh and a half… and then some.
This anime was great. The characters and humor drove the stories along nicely, and provided me with some good laughs. I would recomend this anime highly. This one is definatly worth your time to watch.
My Anime List
Everything about this show seems to mold together extremely well. When it seems like theres a school comedy, or 2, or 5 every season, Ichigo Mashimaro surely sticks itself out far above the rest. Its a school anime that if you like it, you’ll definitely remember it long after your finished. But if youre not into all that cute loli stuff then by all means, avoid this like the plague. But this is by far one of the best loli anime i’ve ever seen. Too bad im not really into the cute loli anime.
This show has no particular ambition other than to be very funny, and to a large extent it succeeds. The episodes on the first two DVDs are the funniest things I have ever seen in an anime series.
The Nihon Review
Ichigo Mashimaro is destined to live in AzuDai’s shadow in the slice-of-life comedy genre, failing to do for 12 episodes what AzuDai managed to do for 26. Honestly, I’m a little disappointed… at its best, this series was as good as AzuDai, but its weak final few episodes and lack of comedic on-fire characters will unfortunately relegate this to being quickly forgotten by all but its most esteemed fans.
For those looking for a non-action, non-adult anime series, “Strawberry Marshmallow” might be up your alley. It’s a show with its heart in the right place that can appeal to both children and adults alike.
Wanted to give this zero stars instead of one. This series sells itself as “cute girls doing cute things” but it’s the total opposite. It’s about a teenage delinquent slut who smokes. I tried reading the manga but couldn’t read more than a few chapters because it was so terrible. Anyone who likes this series needs to seriously reevaluate their life.