This is the story of a typical family in Japan and their typical lives. Made up of a father, a mother, a brother, and sister Mikan, the Tachibanas always find themselves in the midst of various and wacky misadventures. Whether it's Mikan and her mother going on a frustrating shopping trip, debating the merits of a high-class bento, trying out new exercise devices or convincing mother to buy a new air conditioner, there's never a dull day in the life of the Tachibanas!
Ten-year-old genius Chiyo, animal-loving Sakaki, loudmouth Tomo, athletic Kagura, weight-conscious Yomi and dim-witted Osaka are six friends who share laughs, good times, and a high school homeroom. With scary (and sometimes perverted) teachers, school festivals, penguin suits and general hilarity abounding, you can be sure that there's never a dull day in the life of one of these students!
Azumanga Daioh is one of the best wacky slice of life anime out there; Atashinchi is one of the most long-running, and also is filled with large doses of wacky. Though the latter is a bit less high octane, fans of one should definitely appreciate the other.
The Yamadas are an ordinary suburban family that enjoy shopping together, watching TV together, and sharing meals just like anyone else. Or so we think! With grumpy grandma Shige wisecracking at the worst times, and Mummy and Daddy Yamada testing each other’s patience at every turn, no family moment ends without a fascinating mishap. But nobody chooses their family, so the Yamadas must learn to savor the joys, forgive each other’s mistakes and, above all, learn lessons that only make them stronger.
My Neighbor the Yamadas and Atashinchi are two peas in a pod. Both revolve around a chibified family's daily life, and all of the cute, sweet, and whimsical things that happen throughout each day. I have no doubt that if you liked one, you'd like the other.
Rumic's Theater is a collection of 13 stories by Rumiko Takahashi, who is also responsible for such things as Inuyasha, Kimagure Orange Road, and Mermaid's Forest. While each story has its own tone, the focus tends to be based upon marriage, death, apartments, or general quirky situations and experiences. Sarcasm and mixups abound in this entertaining series.
While Rumik's Theater is more spread out and episodic, both it and Atashichi will appeal to the same audiences. Quirky oddness and lighthearted fun accompany both titles; if you liked one, I think you'd like the other.
Ahh, the life of an elementary school student. Though Chika, Matsuri, Miu and Ana should focus on schoolwork, they’d much rather have fun instead. Whether it’s outings with 20-year-old-chain-smoker Noboe, holding each other hostage or learning to speak English with Ana’s foreign-born skills, there’s never a dull moment in the life of the girls. Join this cute quartet as they do cute (and often devious) things in cute and quirky ways!
Ichigo Mashimaro and Atashinchi are both lighthearted and wacky slice of life stories, which should appeal to the same audiences. Though bear in mind Atashinchi is far less saccharine (and on that note, better) than Ichigo.