Three Leaves, Three Colors

Alt title: Sansha Sanyou

TV (12 eps)
3.489 out of 5 from 1,232 votes
Rank #5,620
Three Leaves, Three Colors

Futaba Odagiri is the energetic transfer student who befriends Teru Hayama, the class president who is meaner than she looks, and Youko Nishikawa, a former rich girl who still acts like a princess. Three very different girls who only share one thing: the kanji for leaf in their names. Balancing school and life is hard enough, but what about dealing with clashing personalities on top of it all?

Source: Funimation

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Are you a fan of Slice of Life anime? Are you of fan of watching cute girls do cute things? If you said yes to both of these questions then look no further than Sansha Sanyou as the perfect series to entertain you! This is a Slice of Life series based around three very different high school girls who strike up a friendship. You have Odagiri Futaba who is generally cheerful and food obsessed. Seriously. The girl enters eating challenges and wins nine times out of ten which in turn gets her banned from numerous different restaurants! Then there's Hayama Teru, who just so happens to be the class representative but her friendly facade hides a darker personality. Teru also happens to be animal obsessed. Seriously. She goes to petting zoo's and kitty cafe's! Last of the three girls is Nishikawa Youko, a former rich girl whose family has fallen on hard times. Youko is actually generally upbeat, despite her situation and penny pinches due to her current poor status. They're an unlikely trio but they fit each other wonderfully. There are also several amusing side characters such as Sonobe, the deceptively young looking former maid of Nishikawa Youko who now owns a bakery. Sonobe is a bit cosplay obsessed, but is very devoted and doting of Youko in her own unique way. Yamaji is also a former servant of the Nishikawa household and his new every day routine is to 'check in on Youko-sama' during breaks in his day. He's a bit stalker-ish but his concern over Youko adjusting to her penniless status is somewhat endearing. The Tsuji twins are also a rather funny duo. Tsuji Hajime see's Futaba as his rival. He's determined to defeat her in an eating challenge and is constantly miffed when he fails to do so. Tsuji Sasame wants to see her brother happy, so she tries and supports him but takes a dislike to Futaba who she believes is being cruel to her brother. She also develops a bit of a girl crush on Youko. Hayama Kou is the older sister of Teru and she is a very lucky person. However, she cannot cook to save her life ... her attempts at making healthy food is, in truth, detremental to the person eating it. Nishiyama Serina see's Teru as her arch nemisis. They even go so far as to compete as to who the bigger animal lover is. And who has the cuter cat. While the plot isn't anything to write home about, it's still very endearing and fun to watch due to the amusing cast of characters. The OST was actually very catchy and I quite liked it. And the animation was lovely! All in all, I really enjoyed this series. While it may not be for everyone it's certainly worth watching if this type of anime appeals to your taste.


Warning this review may contain spoilers- So this is another Spring 2016 review. This here is another cute girls do cute things anime but it is worth checking out, this has to be one of my favourites of this season and it would be pretty stupid if I didn’t try and explain why I think this is much more than just another moe show that is just a copycat of others. STORY The pacing was spot on, at no point did I ever feel bored or was wondering whether I should carry on this series due to pacing. The story didn’t really have a structure other than it was in chronological order throughout a year or so, due to this you would have the typical Valentines and Christmas episodes but these were very good episodes so it doesn’t interfere with my opinion. Other than that I believe that the characters really made this series enjoyable, I don’t think I hated the way characters were presented in the story which was a bonus. ANIMATION It was pleasant and very good quality (especially to gather reaction screenshots as I did), there isn’t much to say about this other than it was decent. SOUND It was all fun, the opening was fun, the voiceacting was fun…just fun. The opening was a good mix of the fun and enjoyment the anime portrays but also has something good that keeps you listening (as well as the fact the animation was pretty perfect alongside the music). The voice-acting was good as well, again not much to say or complain about. CHARACTERS Sweet. They were all a perfect addition to the story even in a story mainly about girls the male characters still had a nice impact on the story. I must admit at first I didn’t like the typical character personalities given to the main 3 girls but they did grow on me, especially Youko who did come across as the annoying rich kid at first but she grew on me. So that ends another one of my very short reviews, I recommend this series quite seriously but if you don’t like cute girls doing things anime then you probably won’t like this xx -AngelBeatsYui-


By their own admission ... The black-hearted class representative.  The poor girl on a bread crust diet.  The walking black hole. So we describe the main characters of Teru, Youko, and Futaba, three girls of diverse personalities with the remarkable commonality of a unique kanji form which appears in each girl's name, the character for 'leaf.' That and the fact that in the short 12-episode season that ran from April to June of 2016 these three would forge the strongest of friendships.  This is the running premise of Sansha Sanyou, Three Leaves, Three Colors. The strength of this anime is not placing the weight of the story on just these three characters.  Odd cases and screwballs just keep dropping in and enriching the humor.  Yamaji, Youko's former butler who still hovers about, stalking his former employer's daughter to ever be of service.  Speaking of domestics, Sonobe is the former maid who is making a name as a patisserie, and gets to hire Youko, proving that a former rich girl can transition into the working world.  Serina.  Teru's rival who spars with Teru in vicious tongue battles ... until Teru learns to kill the opposition with kindness.  The Tsuji twins (born two years apart), the boy who constantly challenges Futaba to eating contests (and loses) and his younger sister who defends brother's honor in those moments of ignominious losses.  Kou, Teru's health-conscious older sister who's 'nutritious’ food concoctions are more likely toxic than health-giving. This modest cast of characters struts their stuff through twelve episodes, supplying the background of three girls growing personally.  Futaba, a girl who loves to eat, realizes that her gluttony may get in the way of becoming that dainty girl everybody loves.  Teru, while responsible as class representative, knows that her vicious streak is a detriment and strives to be positive and affirming ... though this personable change might kill her.  Youko has the biggest challenge.  Once from a wealthy family, her family fortune is lost.  Plus, her mother has died, and her father is out in the world somewhere trying to rebuild his fortune and make Youko the 'princess' she always enjoyed being.  Till then, Youko subsists on bread crusts (mayonnaise helps).  But these girls have each other to be the support system.  It is natural that the shamrock is the symbol that flashes about through the whole series. The anime technique is suitable for this gently humorous story of life out of the fast lane.  Each girl has her color to emphasize their uniqueness but is it really how they interact with their classmates and family that makes Sansha Sanyou click.  The voice talent is well blended, as one can hear in the banter  (this was the dubbed version, though the Japanese talent really cut loose in the opening theme). I don't remember who recommended this series, but it is a classic example of a single season done and over, yet a project deserving of greater appreciation.  The closing episode's 'thanks for your support' is a poignant reminder that most anime (even good items) can be short-lived.  

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