It’s a new year, but little has changed for the Minami household. Chiaki has been given the job of nutritionist for her class's new hamster, and uses the same techniques to care for it that she learned while studying Kanna; Haruka is still suffering from the greatly-exaggerated rumors that she was once a mob boss back in her middle school; and Kanna is as hyperactive as ever, always forcing her friends into awkward situations (including cross-dressing, litter picking and forming an army)! But despite their troubles, the three sisters stick together and always manage to have fun!
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.
Both of these series focus on the lives of sisters who live alone and must try to survive without any help from their parents. Though Okawari has much more of a comedic element to it, if you liked watching the three sisters survive on their own, and liked the slightly more realistic visual design, then it's worth taking a look at Binbou.
Yuno is a high school student who dreams of becoming a famous artist; and after being admitted at Yamabuki High School of Arts, she is one step closer to her dream. Yuno must move to an apartment complex near the school, and there, in Hidamari-so, she meets three new friends: Miyako, a very active person who will do anything to get her hands on something to eat; Hiro, an upperclassman who is obsessed with weight gain; and Sae, the oldest of the bunch and also a tomboy. From wild cosplaying teachers to bizarre school myths, Yuno and friends enjoy fun times and crazy days at Yamabuki High!
Both these series focus on the lifes of young girls who live away from their parents. Whilst the girls in Minami-ke Okawari are actually family, the foursome in Hidamari Sketch are like a family that has formed due to their living situation. They both share the same sort of gentle comedy exploring the everyday activities of these girls whilst managing to make even the most mundane task seem like fun.
Fifth grade is a time for learning and growing and... getting into a whole mess of trouble! Class 5-2 is a "typical" fifth-grade class whose members always seem to be up to something. The leaders of their group are Ryota and Chika - Ryota's childhood friend who has a crush on him that she can’t seem to confess. While Chika continues on, remaining a close and valued friend, Ryota continues to be a typical boy who is oblivious to her feelings. Furthermore, he can’t seem to stay out of trouble with the ladies! Different situations keep their lives busy during school – everything from loose teeth to getting locked in the PE storage room. School is much more enjoyable when you are young and full of dreams!
If you liked the slice of life humour in Okawari then the chances are that you'll quite enjoy Kyou no Go no Ni. Both of these series do well at making the everyday lives of school kids seem more interesting. Also, like Okawari, Kyou no Go no Ni has a slightly more understated visual design and they use a similar colour palette that isn't too vibrant or unrealistic.
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!
Looking for similarities between Minami-ke and Strawberry Marshmallow? There are plenty. Both having a cast of young girls with their "Onee-sama", being slice of life series with the same sense of non-spastic humor and both being all about the fun and quirky conversations between the girls, these shows are two of the same. If you liked Minami-ke Okawari, make sure to check the equally funny, and even more adorable Strawberry Marshmallow!