English: Strawberry Marshmallow
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 2005 to Oct 14, 2005
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.851 (scored by 16550 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
comedy cute loli slice of life
Synopsis"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 Itoh Chika, her sister Nobue, and her friends Miu, Matsuri, and Ana.
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Ichigo Mashimaro
Sequel: Ichigo Mashimaro OVA
Side story: Ichigo Mashimaro Episode 0
Characters & Voice Actors
Director, Script, Storyboard, Series Composition, Screenplay
Episode Director, Key Animation
Episode Director, Storyboard
The anime world needs those series, which completely free your mind from anything else and make you let loose to a certain degree. Ichigo Mashimaro tells episodic, lighthearted and undemanding adventures of a bunch of female grade schoolers who, as one may suspect, struggle with fairly easy things and mess with each other from day to day. The show manages to integrate lots and lots of comedy, which is usually triggered by one single main character. The jokes are easy to get, but on the other side cunning and intelligent, too, which makes this show break out of the masses of comedy shows featuring children. Also, unlike other anime of this kind, the characters of Ichigo Mashimaro, despite their almost vicious superficiality, seem authentic to the core. That is probably because everyone of us knows this particular friend who usually came over unannounced and somewhen broke our favorite toy.
That being said, this anime lacks story, OST, decent drawings and much more, but it is a pleasant and relaxing ride, which has the potential to make us reminisce about our childhood. I cannot not recommend it.
In the following, you will find an 'AE Score' evaluation, based on the mathematical evaluation method I developed. For information about this tool and explanations on how this works, please refer to my MAL page.
------ WORLD & GENRE (10.0 / 10) ------
1. World design: This describes in which setting the story takes place (ranging from realistic to science fiction, fantasy, historical and so on)
(1) Real world / Realism
2. Genre/content intensity analysis based on episode ratings:
(1) Slice of Life: 4.8 out of 5 (extremely high intensity)
(2) Comedy: 3.4 out of 5 (high intensity)
(3) Moe: 3.3 out of 5 (high intensity)
(4) Chill: 2.2 out of 5 (decent intensity)
Genre below the value of 1.0 are not mentioned.
*A value of >3.0 usually implies that you will find elements of this genre in almost all episodes.
*A 'Slice of Life' value > 4.0 usually implies that there's no story whatsoever.
------ PLOT/STORY (5.8 / 10) ------
Even if some values are not 10/10, there might be no negative effect on the rating, since not every show needs a high plot depth for example. Take it as a description.
Plot Idea: 2.0 out of 10
(The idea of Ichigo Mashimaro consists of four female grade schoolers and a college student doing random stuff together. This is, of course, no reason to dislike the anime, because it doesn't harm the intention of the show.)
Plot Depth: 1.0 out of 10
(Everything the characters do is held unbelievably simple and plain. The cognitive demand is low.)
Plot Logic: 6.8 out of 10
(Some episodes seem fairly realistic. Others, however, feature some odd circumstances and lucky incidents.)
Common Thread: not rated
(Due to the missing story, this cannot be rated.)
Conclusion Rating: not rated
Pace Consistency: 7.0 out of 10
(The pace remains stable. There is just one episode in which some days pass, whereas the other episodes usually tell the happenings of one single day.)
Plot Progression Consistency: not rated
(Also not rateable.)
Innovation Factor: 7.7 out of 10
(One important thing for slice of life anime is to not repeat stuff too much. Ichigo Mashimaro does a good job in providing different settings, issues, characters, seasons, jokes and discussion topics. Apart from two distinct ones, each episode feels unique, although the innovativeness behind the changes is overall quite low.)
------ CHARACTERS (6.5 / 10) ------
Character Depth: 2.0 out of 10
(The characters are simple-minded to the core, which is a necessary prerequisite for this show to work as intended. Everything the characters do and what they think becomes obvious very fast.)
Character Fit: 6.0 out of 10
(The character depth is still higher than the plot depth. This actually does somehow raise questions, for example why a 20yr old college student would almost everyday babysit her sister and friends from grade school.)
Character Necessity Value: 6.0 out of 10
(This entire thing could have worked with one less main character. While Miu, Nobue and Chika are totally necessary, Ana and Matsuri don't seem that important to make this show work as intended.)
Character Rating: 6.9 out of 10
(1) Main Character Rating: 6.8 out of 10
(The character roles are quite cliché'd, and there's not much originality to expect from simple-minded grade schoolers. However, Miu performs brilliantly in her role as troublemaker. She totally drives the show from joke to joke, what makes Ichigo Mashimaro a show worth watching. Chika and Nobue also do great in their respective role, Chika as the 'straight man' and Nobue as the laid-back babysitter.)
(2) Side Character Rating: 7.0 out of 10
(There are only a few side characters to spot, and they do fine for the short screen time given.)
------ AUDIO QUALITY (6.1 / 10) ------
Seiyuu Fit: 9.0 out of 10
(For a lighthearted slice of life anime, the choice of seiyuu is surprisingly good. Especially Chika's and Miu's voices are different from what you get to hear normally in shows of that kind. They make Ichigo Mashimaro much livelier.)
OST Fit/Variety: 4.0 out of 10
(There isn't much of an OST. If(!) there is a song playing in some episode, it usually fits right in and makes for a relaxing atmosphere - on the few occasions that is.)
OP/ED Fit: 7.5 out of 10
(The opening song is an extremely buoyant one, and provides for the perfect atmosphere for a show like Ichigo Mashimaro. The ending song is calm and creates a fitting evening mood.)
Sound Effects Bonus: 0.0 out of 10
------ VISUALS (4.6 / 10) ------
Drawings: 4.0 out of 10
(The drawings fit to the show; they are almost as simple as the characters are. Sometimes, the poor little grade schoolers don't even have a visible mouth or nose. I know that anime can work out this way, but it just ain't pleasant to look for missing organs.)
Animations: 5.0 out of 10
(The animations are solid but nothing worth mentioning. They fit the show quite well.)
OP/ED Visuals: 4.0 out of 10
(The opening visuals underline the buoyant atmosphere created by the song. The ending visuals consist of merely a bunch of pictures, what somehow fits the ending song but feels too downgraded.)
Bonus for Beautiful Sceneries: 0.0 out of 10
Bonus for Visual Effects: 0.0 out of 10
------ GRIP (2.7 / 10) ------
The ability of the show to grab attention.
Episodes 1-3: 1.3 out of 5
Episodes 4-6: 1.3 out of 5
Episodes 7-9: 1.7 out of 5
Episodes 10-12: 1.0 out of 5
This is the main problem of easygoing slice of life. There's no tension, no thrill, nothing of the sort. Ichigo Mashimaro is a show that you can enjoy for its simpleness, but it didn't really manage to capture my imagination. That is why I was always tempted to do something different despite the show being hilarious from time to time. The last few episodes feel a bit repetitive and the amount of comedy is also lower at the end.
------ FINAL SCORE ------
Weighting for "Slice of Life" anime with "Comedy" as second genre:
(1) Genre Intensity: 20%
(2) Plot Dimension: 18%
(3) Character Dimension: 22%
(4) Audio Dimension: 15%
(5) Visuals Dimension: 10%
(6) Grip Dimension: 15%
AE Score for Ichigo Mashimaro: 6.24 out of 10 (enjoyable)
Ichigo Mashmiaro is another slice of life anime set around the life of four Elementary School friends and a sister. Theres no ecchi but there are LOADS of fanservice in this show. You can tell just by watching the first episode. Its even more frequent in the ova's. Also, the power word for this show is CUTE. I cant emphasize this enough... CUTE is allover.
For some reason the chemistry between all of them really make for a unique experience. Their character traits sound so standard for a slice of life comedy but the way its executed is far better than most anime of its kind. Every minute you'll be going "aww" or even "omfg how CUTE!" Thats mainly in part by the way the girls react to each other and feed off each others actions/reactions.
The voice acting is top notch for what its worth... all the girls all have their cute tendancies intact and their voices are just to gaddamn cute *_* Their singing the credits is even good too. Speaking of singing, theres no music whatsoever during the show. Just the seiyu and the enviromental sound effects, with a fair dose of typical comedy sounds. I think absence of the music is just a plan to emphasise how cute the girls are in their "tranquil" and "innocent" enviroments. it does work very well to set off that cute aura that surrounds the entire show.
When i said the power word for this show was "CUTE" the art and animation shows that in spades. First of all you'll notice the color scheme consists of only pastel spring colors. Even the dark colors like black and brown have that pastel touch to it. Theres so much color that some might even be drowned in the pastel. The enviroment art is half part of how they show how great their cute theme is executed. Every thing from the Chika's simple bedroom layout with the pink bed sheets and sunflower yellow wall, to the dirty laundry stacked in the laundry basket filled so high sleeves are pouring out the side, down to the different individual lunches ALL the kids in the classroom are eating with their little milk jugs. They even seem to enjoy their art so much that there is quite a few still life shots when they're showing time is passing. This just shows how much time and effort they put into setting the mood and enviroment for their viewers.
The character artwork are in a whole nother level than any other anime you've seen. Not only do they draw individual background characters with sheer detail and cuteness, but they somehow manage to give the main characters dozens of different costumes to wear. Theres so many, i wouldnt be surprised if there were over 100 costume designs for the girls. The character themsselves are detailed as any high value anime should be. You can also tell this anime has its own art style from the begining. And it works very well showcasing the cuteness of the girls.
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.
The humor is very similar, both are very nice slice of life anime though I think Ichigo Mashimaro is a tad better. In any case, both anime are hilarious and very entertaining.
Similar characters. Both are very cute, funny slice of lifes.
Hilarious slice of life comedy.
The two shows have a similar brand of humor that searches out the absurdity and silliness of every day life. There's just something about the timing and style of each that reminds you of the other in a good way. I was laughing out loud during both of these shows and would definitely recommend you watch the other if you liked one! XD
Both "slice of life" with some similar characters (i.e: Miu = Kana), same comedy style and both very funny!
Enjoyed the style of the humour from Ichigo Mashimaro and can't find something similar? Minami-ke is a series that works in a similar way, both of them are simply the daily lifes of a small group of people, in this case the Minami sisters. The presentation of humour is rather similar to that of Ichigo Mashimaro, nothing over the top, but enough to get a chuckle out of certain scenes. The Minami sisters are also quite similar to those found in Ichigo Mashimaro; Chiaki is very similar to Chika, though she's the youngest of the sisters. She easily gets annoyed by her older sister Kana who has major similarities to Miu. Kana likes to be childish and annoy her youngest sister and is usually a silly even at school, getting low grades and being scolded by Chiaki. Then there's Haruka, the eldest who practically watches out for the two quite similar to Nobue though she isn't exactly laid back. Each episode (so far) is presented with what the sister's do during there days, life at school, life at home and the interactions they have with people or each other which kind of works like Ichigo Mashimaro.
If you've watched both Ichigo Mashimaro TV series and OVA and looking for something of similar humour and presentation, then I reccomend Minami-ke.
Slice of life comedy series based around a group of still in school girls. (They lie about Nobue in the anime version she IS 16)... Just less loli in Minami-ke.
Same comedy style, similar art style, both funny and cute <3
Two very funny "slice of life" comedies about cute girls doing cute things.
One reason is random storyline but the main reason is between our main characters of miu-chan and kana. Total idiots, ruining peoples life throwing tantrum, can there be more a like characters?
A comedic look at the everyday lives of a group of girls, delivered with excellent comic timing.
Like Ishimashi, Minami-Ke is a show about nothing. Literally. Both shows follow the lives of a few girls, from school days to days at the beach. Miu (Ishimashi) and Kana (Minami) are almost exactly alike, its as if Kana is the Junior high version of Miu.
If you liked Minami-Ke, you'll definitely love Ichigo Mashimaro, and vice versa!
Both have similar humor and are about lives of girls and whatnot.
same concept, but with 4 elementary school girls and a older sister in college in ichigo mashimaro and 3 sisters and their friends in Minami-ke
Both are great comedy shows with funny and interesting character and have a similar type of humour.
Also Kana's antics kind of reminded me of Mio.
Similar humor and characters, Kana and Miu both playing the role of the annoying funny girl that plays pranks all the time, never acting seriously.
Both equally funny in terms of overall;
Characters - equally cute and funny;
And is also slice-of-life. (:
Both are funny in the same way that hanging out with your best friends and talking and laughing about nothing in particular is funny.
Strawberry Marshmellow has the same general premise of Azumanga Daioh-best friends on their way through school.
It's funny and clever, cute and adorable.
It really is just like Azumanga Daioh-only elementary age.
Same kind of formulae: A group of girls + strong personalities + a dash of cuteness = hilarious fun anime.
They're both funny and follow the lives of a group of girls in their everyday lives.
Teen/young girls and their everyday lives.
hanging out with your best friends and talking and laughing
Slice of life, no real continuing plot, but rather follows a group of girls and their daily lives, and the random comedic stuff they get into
Both are slice-of-life series featuring cute girls in wacky situations! Ichigo Mashimaro is a little more realistic but doesn't suffer one bit in the cute department. If you've watched all of AzuDai and want more, Ichigo Mashimaro might be a nice surrogate - too bad it's so short.
both share a similar humor style and focus around a group of young girls bot are awesome watch both.
Both really funny anime and will make you laugh and want to watch more!
Both are slice-of-life series featuring cute girls in different daily life situations. Both are very cute and enjoyable.
Comedy, Daily Life, High School, School Life, Seinen
Ichigo Mashimaro is essentially "Azumanga Daioh, but set in grade school. Both are great slice-of-life school comedies with lovable main female casts.
Opening Theme"Ichigo Complete" by Saeko Chiba, Fumiko Orikasa, Ayako Kawasumi and Mamiko Noto
Ending Theme"Classmate" by Orikasa Fumiko
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