Chika, Matsuri, Miu, Ana and Noboe are back, and ready for more slow-paced misadventures! All Noboe wants to do is get a job, but the obnoxious and interfering Miu will not have such a thing. Meanwhile, Matsuri is being taught to be a leader with the help of a… horse head?! Ana can no longer hide her Japanese-talking secret, the whole crew mess around with bunny ears and lion costumes, and trips to the library and school abound. It’s just another day in the life of these friends!
Kururu, Chiriri, Sarara, and Hororo are four faries who aspire to become human. To do this, they leave the fairy world to study for a year in our world. Aided by their friends Sensei-san and Tama, they have fun learning about topics ranging from school graduation ceremonies and sports festivals to romance and caring for flowers. But as the end of the year of study approaches, will they have learned enough to realize their dreams?
Bottle Fairy and Strawberry Marshmallow OVA are eye candy; the characters have faces resembling fallen angels or fairies, and cute doll-type legs which no clothes fit on. If you are drawn to anime because of the cute charm of the imagery, both of these anime will grab you perfectly!
The episodes are filled with silly games, randomness, and the imaginations of young children who aspire to be "leaders" and older children. Each anime's sense of humour relies on silly actions, habits, and an over-exaggeration of things that are imagined. The series are very light, like a sprinkling of sugar, and vaguely resemble Miffy wearing a banana costume, dancing the Tango. They are cute and random, yet are a peculiar type of funny. ^-^.
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!
If you liked the gentle comedy and slice of life nature of the Strawberry Marshmalow OVA, then you may want to check out Hidamari Sketch. Both have a similar tone without having a completely in your face style.
Kamizono Academy is so spacious that transfer student Ayumi Nonomura and long time resident Tatsuki Iizuka find themselves lost together in the corridors. With the addition of fiery Torako Kageyama and quirky, somber Suzume Saotome, the four quickly become friends and comrades in arms against boredom. Whether it's being a last minute Morals Officer with bisexual Nene or constructing robots with Kageyama, there's plenty of fun to go around at Kamizono Academy!
Like the lighthearted slice-of-life antics of Ichigo Mashimaro OVA? Check out the slightly more adult but similarly toned Hyakko. It, like Ichigo, is filled with wacky situations in the life of schoolkids.
It's the first day of high school, and plenty of school clubs are doing their best to recruit new members. However, for ditzy Yui, none of them seem to fit the bill. However, when she accidentally signs up to join the light music club, Yui begins a hilarious adventure to become a world class guitarist! There's just one problem: she's never played the guitar before in her life! Joined by bassist Mio, drummer Ritsu and keyboardist Tsugumi, Yui and the gang will juggle their studies with buying instruments, learning how to read music and even performing in the school festival, all in the hopes of someday becoming a successful band!
Fans of any of the Ichigo Mashimaro titles (including the OVA) will adore K-On. It focuses on a group of older girls, but has the same animation style, extremely similar characters and ample slice of life antics.
Meet the Minami sisters, three girls living on their own and doing their best to make it through life's little snags and adventures. Kana, the middle sister, has far more energy than common sense; Chiaki, the youngest, is more reserved, but her sharp tongue and devious mind often cause trouble for others; and Haruka, the eldest, acts like a mother to the other two, is beautiful and kind, but has a fearsome stern streak. Together, no obstacle can stand in their way, be it school, romance, or even cooking.
With both shows revolving around a group of girls with very distinct personalities (the calm one, the shy one, the genetic failure), these shows are two of the same. If you enjoyed the cute, nonspastic comedy and the small adventures in the Strawberry Marshmallow specials, you'll surely enjoy Minami-ke as well.