Ranked #3325
Binbou Shimai Monogatari

Binbou Shimai Monogatari

Alternative Titles

English: Poor Sisters Story
Synonyms: Binbo Shimai Monogatari
Japanese: 貧乏姉妹物語


Type: TV
Episodes: 10
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 30, 2006 to Sep 15, 2006
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: G - All Ages
L represents licensing company


Score: 6.991 (scored by 3594 users)
Ranked: #33252
Popularity: #2284
Members: 9,677
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drama slice of life


The Yamada sisters, Kyo (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, Kyo 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.
(Source: ANN)


Episodes  0 / 10
Aired  Jun 30, 2006 to Sep 15, 2006
Status  Finished Airing
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Adaptation: Binbou Shimai Monogatari

Characters & Voice Actors

Yamada, Kyou
Yamada, Kyou
Sakamoto, Maaya
Sakamoto, Maaya
Yamada, Asu
Yamada, Asu
Kaneda, Tomoko
Kaneda, Tomoko
Echigoya, Kinko
Echigoya, Kinko
Shindo, Naomi
Shindo, Naomi
Echigoya, Ginko
Echigoya, Ginko
Kozakura, Etsuko
Kozakura, Etsuko


Kaizawa, Yukio
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Sugiyama, Keiichi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kazuto, Izumi
Original Creator
Takamura, Kazuhiro
Character Design

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Nov 15, 2006
Toei did a pretty good job with the animation for this series. It isn't anything amazing, but it does have it's own beauty. Character designs are very nice and rather consistent, with some chibi scenes thrown in. Running scenes are done quite well too. The backgrounds are quite simple, but nicely drawn with pastel which adds a special "touch" to this series.

Sound was one of the stronger points of this series. A nice OP and ED, with quite catchy melodies. In addition, very nice background music was used. I cannot comment too much on how well seiyuu-s did they job, but I think that it read more
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Jul 13, 2008
Story: 5 (Problem--> sad drama--> happy outcome, repeat)
Art: 8 (very clear, colorful and beautiful)
Sound: 6 (light hearted sound effects and music)
Character: 9 (Only 2 characters but you feel for them deeply)
Enjoyment: 2 (one tragic story after another hurts my soul)
Overall: 30/50 = 6.0 (I've cried too many times to admit)

Theres a lot of things you can make fun of for being poor. And like in real life, it makes me feel bad watching what is essentially a situational drama about two sisters who are poor with a dead mom and a deadbeat dad. It's such a tragic type of drama some people can't read more
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Dec 15, 2008
Binbou Shimai Monogatari is a very good, sutible for all anime.

The story more or less, in every episode, the sisters encountering a problem, trying their very best to overcome it. The only problem is is that it happens every episode.

The characters were drawn very well.

The background music was very heartwarming and appropriate for the very sweet series. The opening and ending had a nice upbeat tune to them, the lyrics also were very meaningful.

There were only really ever two entire characters in the anime but you feel for Kyo and Asu alot, you can feel what they are going through.

The anime was very enjoyable to read more
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Jul 12, 2010
Here there is no plot.
Here is not present kawaii.
Here there is no magnificent ending.
Even any overlooked reduction, monster, or at least pancu - and that is not present the latent abilities.
Oh, damn, despite that is the story about Poor sisters - even dramas and that is not present.
You can be shocked by it, but forgive for a spoiler - here nobody will die! Yes, yes, in an anime applying for a drama genre all remain are live. Whether well a shame?
All seems so simply. All Seems so is banal. All Seems so is smoothed.
. That we do not trust that the such can be actually read more
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Both animes have similar genre and situation where the main characters had lost their parents and had to struggle through life by themselves with the help from friendly people near them.
Kyo and Fu have very similar personalities and appearence. They are a bit clumsy and some times not enought smart. Also the two stories are set in some kind of villages. Finally in both stories the protagonist has lost a parent.
Both have sisters with financial difficulties in'm; but this is where the similarity ends.
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They are both about two sisters and the younger sisters are very similar
Both stories centre around a pair that live alone together and, despite their moments of drama, generally have a pleasant, feel-good tone that keeps one in the back of my mind whenever I watch the other.
Both are from the slice-of-life and drama genre.
The younger main characters takes care of their older brother/sister and they gradually takes more notice of each others needs and feelings.

Opening Theme

"Shinkokyuu" by Splash Candy

Ending Theme

"Soyokaze Life" by Kanako Sakai

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