Binbou Shimai Monogatari

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Synonyms: Poor Sisters Story
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: Fridays at 02:40 (JST)
Producers: TV Asahi
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.861 (scored by 58885,888 users)
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Ranked: #42902
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Popularity: #4041
Members: 18,823
Favorites: 32

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The Yamada sisters, Kyou (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, Kyou 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


Kaizawa, Yukio
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Sugiyama, Keiichi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kanbara, Toshiaki
Sakai, Kanako
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

"Shinkokyuu" by Splash Candy

Ending Theme

"Soyokaze Life" by Kanako Sakai

Jul 13, 2008
Ranivus (All reviews)
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
Nov 15, 2006
martino (All reviews)
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
Jul 12, 2010
nyafka (All reviews)
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
May 10, 2014
AlGoreCereal (All reviews)
Here we go, a short review for a short show. The good in this show is that it has 2 likable main characters in the two sisters and an episodic and enjoyable plot. The one thing that is a bit annoying about the show is that it seems like they try to inject feeling into it. The moments that are supposed to be sad or tense(ish) tend to feel forced and plain weird, the exception is the last episode, but I digress.

Overall a decent show, would be better if some moments didn't feel forced.

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