Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Strawberry Marshmallow - Cute Is as Cute Does |
Genres: Television, Sports, Anime & Manga, Animation
Join Chika, Miu and Matsuri, as they go about their daily lives full of adventure and discovery. Follow the intrepid trio as they try to make a surprise birthday gift. Then meet Ana, a transfer student originally from Eng... more »
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Janet L. Nolan | Chandler, AZ | 06/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Most of the anime seen in the US is created for the male Japanese market and in turn focussed to the American male market. There is little that comes to the US market of the 'shoujo' or girls' anime.
Strawberry Marshmallow is one of those wonderful girls' anime that hits the mark. It's all about relationships and doing stuff together.
The characterizations are crisp and the animation is excellent. Music is good, too. (I also recommend the sound track.)
There are no worlds to save or monsters to conquer, just kids trying to deal with what life brings their way. A wonderful example is Ana Coppola, a blond, blue eyed, British girl who has been in Japan for most of her life. She struggles with her identity as being instantly recognized as a foreigner, but one who is completely immersed in the Japanese culture and fluent in the language to the point of being unsure of her native tongue.
This is a light hearted romp through the lives of some mostly ordinary elementary school girls. One that I found extremely entertaining.
(This review is based on viewing the original Japanese release. I am not sure yet how Ana's language differences will be handled by the US release.)"
FOUR GIRLS WHO WILL WIN YOUR HEART
Sesho | Pasadena, TX USA | 07/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How interesting could the lives of four cute grade school girls be and why would anyone make an anime about them? WHO CARES!? Strawberry Marshmallow is one of the funniest anime I have ever seen and radiates a warmth and innocence that an American production couldn't even come close to.
As the show begins we see a young girl named Nobue who says she's a 16-year old high school student, but when she pulls out a cigarette, we learn the truth, that she's actually 20 years old and it becomes readily apparent that she's a chain smoking borderline alcoholic, but I use those terms in the most positive way. She's not very equipped to handle the adult world. Nobue even has to constantly ask her younger sister Chika for money, which she uses as a lever to castigate her in a weird role reversal. Chika's next door neighbor, Miu, is an annoying, but energetic and hilarious ball of kineticism who instead of using the front door, leaps over from her roof to Chika's and through her window (where she occasionally falls flat on her face). Speaking of, when she says something that Nobue doesn't like, the next scene generally shows Miu lying facedown after Nobue takes her out! Matsuri is the girl's other friend, and is a shy demure intelligence who constantly has a deer-in-headlights look of fear on her face when someone addresses her. The group is rounded out by a new transfer student who happens to be a foreigner named Ana Coppola. Her parents are English but she's lived in Japan so long that she fears that she is losing her cultural identity. She even thinks in Japanese now. In an effort to stem this absorption she plans to act like she can't speak Japanese and act like an ignorant gai-jin. Of course, her plans go awry when Chika, Miu, and Matsuri overhear her talking to herself in perfectly fluent Japanese! Their secret will bind Ana to their circle, even if they all make fun of her strange last name.
I loved everything about this first volume of Strawberry Marshmallow. First of all, it is hilarious. The director handled the show in such a way that the humor is always controlled without moving too fast and getting too wacky, such as in a show like Kodocha. Marshmallow is much more quieter than that and achieves much of its punchlines in stillness and reaction shots. But don't get me wrong, there's plenty of slapstick, such as when the girls are hitting each other over the head with Osaka fans to keep each other awake to make Nobue an ashtray for her birthday. The character designs are cute, simple, and beautiful and the animation makes them flow well. The Japanese voice acting is strong. The problem you can run into with shows like this is the ever-present danger of annoying little girl voice actresses. Thankfully, there is no problem with that here as all the girl's voices sound natural and pleasant to the ear. You can tell lots of effort went into designing the look and feel of these girls. The dvd also features a short 5-minute Episode #0 in which the girls and Nobue are on a spaceship trying to land on Earth with cigarette supplies running low! I feel as though this will become one of my favorite all-time anime and is an instant classic!
I would also recommend Azumanga Daioh, Bottle Fairy, Nanaka 6/17, and Panyo Panyo Di Gi Charat.
Adopt them all!
Fernando Gonzalez | Houston, Texas United States | 09/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This show does for cute o' holics what 88% cocoa content chocolate does for chocolate lovers.
If you're the type that melts at pictures of cute kittens and puppies then these rambunctious fab 4 will win your heart instantly!
Although the English dub is excellent, because of an ongoing "English Language" joke in the series, it is best to watch the Japanese version first (it'll make it easier to "get")
As to who is my favorite? They are all so adorable but Miu steals the price (literally, she would probably steal it if there was one).
For a SERIOUS lack of another analogy, I would probably describe Miu as the Cartman of the group (except MUCH cuter) as she drives the plot and creates the action. A self-aware and intent show stealer."
Strawberry Marshmellow -- Don't Miss It
John D. | 07/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Strawberry Marshmellow is another show in a genre that's become quite popular in Japan and is becoming popular with American anime fans -- girly anime aimed at young adult men. Other stories that share a similar niche are Azumanga Daioh and the manga Yotsubato. This genre is usually identified by youngish characters and places an emphasis on humor over exploring relationships between characters. Oftentimes, these sorts of shows star attractive, adolescent characters and place a priority on fanservice, but thankfully Strawberry Marshmellow does not contain much of that. (though the original Japanese manga does for those who may have some more deviant tastes)
Don't fret however, female viewers. Just because its 'aimed at male viewers' doesn't mean it's only enjoyable by that gender, but the same applies to most every good anime show, so saying a statement like that is a rather moot point. Explore the comedies of the world of the four elementary-school aged girls Chika, Miu, Matsuri, Ana, and their college-aged friend Nobue as they go on from their day-to-day lives in this normal, everyday life show. Its not often an anime can manage to make itself hilarious with nonstop laughs without using too many supernatural gimmicks and plot devices."