Despite how it sounds, Binbou Shimai Monogatari is not an anime about a bunch of bimbos. It’s actually about two poor sisters working to make ends meet. I like to translate Binbou Shimai Monogatari as “The Legend of the Financially Destitute Sisters!” So is this anime uplifting and happy, or super depressing? Or both?
As we’re told by dead ghost mom, Kyou is the older sister, and Asu is the younger. Every morning, Kyou wakes up to deliver newspapers, and Asu wakes up later to make breakfast for Kyou. I guess you could say that Kyou wears the pants in the relationship (oh wait, they’re sisters!)…
Their mom is dead (but with them in spirit form, like Obi-Wan Kenobi), and their dad left because of his gambling debts. Life is pretty tough for the sisters, but with the support of one another, they seem to happy anyway.
The first episode deals with the sisters getting ready for the fireworks festival. Asu stakes out the booths and plans their eating strategy. Kyou decides to buy a kimono for Asu to wear at the festival. Unfortunately, the money want to use is from the same bank, and Asu gets mad at Kyou for wasting it on a kimono. The lack of money is the underlying antagonist here. Eventually, they
kiss and make up, and they have a great big group hug with ghost mom!
For the first episode, the animation quality was really good. Maybe it’s because I watched the show raw, but I noticed there were a lot of cool camera angles and whatnot being used, too.
The character designs are also good. Kyou and Asa are both way too cute. I also liked how the piggy bank would show emotions (like fear when Asa told him to look forward to that evening). I hope the pig shows up a lot more during this anime!
Another thing that I noticed while watching was that Asa’s voice was DEFCON 1 cute. Sure enough, the seiyuu for Asa is none other than Kaneda Tomoko, who did the voice of Chiyo-chan in the Azumanga Daioh anime, and Fuyuno in Magikano. She was also in the Sensei no Ojikan anime as “Soccer Ball,” her best role to date!
The OP is nice, and fits nicely with the mood of the anime. It might be a little sappy, but so is the anime! The ED is also very sentimental sounding. It sort of reminds me of old kid’s cartoons’ theme songs that I used to watch in the 80s. I guess it fits with the anime, too. I mean, you wouldn’t expect to hear a death metal OP for a show about poor girls, right?
So far, Binbou Shimai Monogatari seems to be an anime with a lot of potential. As long as they keep the actual sappiness to non-diabetes inducing levels, I should be okay with it. Ghost mom also creeps me out a bit like the King from Burger King. Hopefully she’ll make fewer appearances.
The inclusion of Kaneda Tomoko in the staff means I’ll watch this anime anyway. Her voice is just way too cute not to watch (hear?)!