Life for the Minami sisters continues to plod along as it always has. Hosaka persists in his quest to win Haruka over with his cooking; ‘Mako-chan’ is still trying to hide her identity from her oblivious classmates; and the biggest change to hit the family yet: Chiaki begins eating her carrots! With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Kana attempts to put her secret plan into action by building up everyone’s enthusiasm so she can secretly eat some of the chocolate they make. However, the girls aren’t the only ones making their preparations. While Hosaka plans for the perfect way to accept chocolate from Haruka, Fujioka endeavours to make a clueless Kana notice him...
Asu and Kyo are two orphaned sisters; their mother passed away some time ago, while their father abandoned them due to gambling issues. Asu and Kyo now live in a rundown apartment complex. Asu, the younger sister, is responsible for all of the housework while Kyo is in charge of living expenses; and together, the two sisters work hard to live a comfortable and enjoyable life. Looking to one another for support, Asu and Kyo experience the hardships of daily living, but are still able to welcome each day with a smile.
If you enjoy watching the Minami-ke franchise, then you may want to check out Binbou Shimai Monogatari. Both anime focus on the day-to-day lives of sisters living alone. While Minami-ke is more comedic, they both share a similar tone, so if you like Betsubara, then it may be worth your time watching Binbou.
It's vacation time at Yamabuki High school and the girls of the Hidamari apartment complex are about to go home for the summer. Over a bowl of noodles Yuno, Miyako, Hiro and Sae decide to head off to the pool for their last day together, before they are scattered across the country; and of course no summer night is complete without a chilled watermelon. Then, on an ordinary November school day, the girls are thrown into a frenzy when Hiro finds a love letter in her shoe locker. Who sent the letter, and just how will Hiro reply?
Both Minami-ke Betsubara and the Hidamari Sketch Special are short and comedic slice of life anime. They both follow the everyday happenings of the central characters without adding in completely wacky and random scenarios. If you liked one and fancy something you can sit and watch relatively quickly then try the other.