Ranked #3350

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
Premiered: Summer 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Asahi
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Unknown
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.971 (scored by 3,868 users)
Ranked: #33502
Popularity: #2507
Members: 10,747
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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)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Yamada, Kyou
Yamada, Kyou
Sakamoto, Maaya
Sakamoto, Maaya
Yamada, Asu
Yamada, Asu
Kaneda, Tomoko
Kaneda, Tomoko
Echigoya, Ginko
Echigoya, Ginko
Kozakura, Etsuko
Kozakura, Etsuko
Ichinokura, Masao
Ichinokura, Masao
Kishio, Daisuke
Kishio, Daisuke


Kaizawa, Yukio
Kaizawa, Yukio
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Sugiyama, Keiichi
Sugiyama, Keiichi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Takamura, Kazuhiro
Takamura, Kazuhiro
Character Design
Fujiwara, Yoshiyuki
Fujiwara, Yoshiyuki
Key Animation

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Opening Theme

"Shinkokyuu" by Splash Candy

Ending Theme

"Soyokaze Life" by Kanako Sakai

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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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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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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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Anime: Chocotto Sister
-Both share the same atmosphere.
-Both anime focus on the non romantic relationship between siblings (In Chocotto Sister the little sister is not related by blood to her older brother though) and how characters care for each other. In both anime some of the problmes the characters face are some misunderstandings and sometimes lack of mutual trust.
-Both have cute and heartwarming moments.
-Both have super cute little sisters.
Just keep in mind that Chocotto sister has more fanservice (nothing like To love ru or any other ecchi anime) and may not be as suitable for children as Binbou Shimai.
reportRecommended by nightlord6
Anime: Minami-ke
both pretty much have the same thing going on: sisters only having each other to depend on, money issues, arguing and making up, and younger siblings worrying about the oldest leaving them. each are enjoyable series that will make you either laugh or feel sad depending on the situation. 
reportRecommended by oogoediamond
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Both Slice of Life and involve older siblings who work to take care of their younger siblings, although Himouto! Umaru-chan is way more on the comedy side, they both still share the same kind of relaxing feeling you get while watching them and also the same loving relationship between siblings. 
reportRecommended by oogoediamond
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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. 
reportRecommended by Faylicia
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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. 
reportRecommended by Kagetsuki_Jin
Anime: Rec
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. 
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