15+16 Double Slammy 1: Bincho-Tan and Binbou Shimai Monogatari

It’s time for Double Slammy! As the name implies, for this episode, I’ll review two anime at the price of one, so you’ll get twice the madness and twice the insanity. Let’s get started with Bincho-Tan.

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WARNING! This show stars the most powerful being in the anime universe. More powerful than Haruhi Suzumiya and Goku combined. Proceed at your own risk. It is known for causing women to question its existence, it makes men question their manhood based on how they react upon seeing this supreme being and its comrades of ultimate destruction

Welcome to another episode of The G-Views. Today I’ll talk about a dangerous being. The most powerful, insane, heart breaking, evil and destructive being in the anime universe. A being who would make Goku’s amazing accomplishments during his lifetime seem pale in comparison, for this being’s power over human hearts and souls, knows no bounds. Don’t believe how powerful this being is, well read on and see just how powerful this being is. I am of course of the mighty…BINCHO-TAN!!!!! The blue haired being in the middle of the pic, together with its comrades of chaos and ultimate destruction.
Genres: comedy, slice of life.
Number of episodes: 12 episodes divided in half=6 episodes split into 2 short stories.
G-Rating: Over 9000!/10

Plot Summary: This is a story about a little girl who lives in an old house in the mountains. Her name is Bincho-tan. Each episode depicts a day in the life of Bincho-tan as she prepares her breakfast in the morning, goes to the forest to gather vegetables, does her household chores and rests at night after a day’s work. She is surrounded by a group of close friends who adds color to her ordinary yet simple life.

Binchō-tan (びんちょうタン?)

* Voiced by: Ai Nonaka

Binchō-tan, the main character in the anime, is a young girl who lives by herself in an old house far from town. As her name suggests, she often wears a piece of charcoal on her head. Each episode depicts a day in the life of Binchō-tan who needs to work in order to buy food and necessities.

She also treasures clothing made by her grandmother which becomes a plot point in one episode. Binchō-tan is initially a very lonely person. Her birthday is on May 7.

Kunugi-tan (クヌギたん?)

* Voiced by: Sakura Nogawa

Kunugi-tan, who is seen many times in the anime before meeting any of the other characters directly, is a rich girl living in a mansion with many servants. Kunugi-tan is still very lonely despite being surrounded by many older people as well as her school peers.

Kunugi-tan wears two pieces of what appears to be charcoal in her hair. Her name comes from the charcoal made from the sawtooth oak tree. Her birthday is on April 1.

Chiku-tan (ちくタン?)

* Voiced by: Mai Kadowaki

Chiku-tan is an enthusiastic person who enjoys inventing things and helping others. Her hair is held with a piece of bamboo charcoal and the end moves when she has ideas, usually during problems. The viewer sees that like Binchō-tan, Chiku-tan also lives far from town in an old house but lives with others, her younger sister, Chiku-rin and her grandfather.

She is named after takesumi; bamboo charcoal, as chikurin means ‘bamboo grove’. Her birthday is on August 24.

Chiku-rin (ちくリン?)

* Voiced by: Misato Fukuen

Chiku-tan’s younger sister. Chiku-rin often mimics Chiku-tan, but is unable to talk fluently due to her age. Her birthday is on August 6.

Aroe (あろえ?)

* Voiced by: Momoko Saitō

Aroe is a young girl whose hair is made of Aloe, which does not benefit her as she often requires water.

Aroe’s Aloe made hair, bursts many of her vinyl wading pools due to its sharpness. Aroe is often seen throughout the series in a dizzy state, sometimes due to needing water and on other occasions due to misfortune. Her birthday is on June 15.

Ren-tan (れんタン?)

* Voiced by: Rina Satō

It is explained during the story that Ren-tan is a miko and as such enjoys playing a mokugyo and communicating with spirits.

She lives at a Buddhist temple with her grandparents and enjoys eating dango. She has amazing luck and always wins raffles.

Ren-tan means a charcoal briquette, the use of which in several famous suicide pacts implies a connection with the netherworld. Her birthday is on February 10.

Hope you all enjoyed the intro, now for the review itself. there’s really not much to say about this one. My intro pretty much speaks for itself. Each episode is about 12-13 minutes long and is packaged into 6 episodes, so you’ll finish this one pretty quickly. The reason I gave this show such a powerful intro is because Bincho-tan is truly that powerful and kawaii. She tortures the minds of all those who witness her cuteness, by just being there, not being a real person. That means, you can’t hug her and take her home with you to raise and help her become a proud woman in the future.
Winner and elite champion of “The 2009: EmperorG kawaiiness championship”, beating The Koromo, Koume Suzukawa and Di’Air.
Only youturds, the soulless (Reality Television stars and the Jonas Brothers), and people like Michael Bay can resist this blissful girl’s power of granting paradise before going to the true paradise with The Almighty GOD.

Her friends are equally powerful and adorable. Each comrade of ultimate destruction has a cuteness surrounding them that makes it so hard to deny their power. You thought K-ON!! was strong with power, then you haven’t seen true power yet.

This show is literally as the plot summary implies, a simple show about a little girl and her friends, getting by in life. You can’t get any more Slice of Life than this show. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry tears of joy and sorrow as well for the fact of their non-existence

The music is simple and to the point. No hardcore tunes, no rock and roll, just something you would hear on the Nature Channel as you sit back and remember how beautiful life is.

The art is self explanatory. Not epic, not bad, just right.

In conclusion, this is a show to remind us how beautiful life can be, no matter how grim the circumstances. Every cloud has a silver lining. There’s always a bright side. This is exactly how this show made me feel and I hope it will have the same effect on all doods and peeps out there who watch this sweet anime.

Next up is Binbou Shimai Monogatari

Alternative title:
Flat Broke Sisters
Poor Sisters Story
Genres: comedy, drama, slice of life
Number of episodes: 10
G-Rating: 8.5/10

Plot Summary: The Yamada sisters, Kyo (15) and Asu (9), are students studying in secondary and primary schools respectively. Their mother has passed away while their father ran away after incurring debts due to gambling. Despite the difficult circumstances, both of them decide to overcome the unhappiness and welcome their days with enthusiasm and pride. Fortunately, with the change in the law system several years ago, Kyo is able to study and simultaneously, take up temporary jobs (such as distributing newspapers and tutoring) so as to support the family and make ends meet. On the other hand, Asu will take charge of household chores, prepare meals and manage the financial necessities to assist her older sister. Surrounding them are also good and kind neighbors such as the novelist, Saegusa-san, and the aunt at the public bath who will watch over them. Although life is difficult and at times painful, the sisters are happy to have each other.

Basically the concept is the same as Bincho-tan, except it takes place in the city and there are two orphaned sisters instead of one plushie. Everything I said about the animation, music and characters is applicable to this show as well, with minor changes. I felt almost the exact same way I felt for Bincho-tan after finishing this one.

What makes this show wonderful is exactly as it’s described in the plot synopsis. It’s a show about two orphaned sisters who work together to survive in the world around them, going through many trials and tribulations as not only their bond with the neighborhood and its residents becomes stronger, but so does their love for one another. They will stick together no matter what and work very hard, each in their own way. The older sister goes to high school and works a part time job as a newspaper delivery girl, while the younger sister goes to middle school and takes care of the culinary duties. Of course both sisters lend a hand to aid the other in their duties as well.

As one would expect, since there’s a pair of poor sisters, there’s also a pair of wealthy sisters, Kinko and Ginko Echigoya. To enforce how opposite they are from the Yamada sisters, The Echigoyas are financially secure, BUT have communication problems. Basically this means that they have no idea how to communicate and reciprocate their feelings for one another, even though they are both fully aware that they care for each other. Other than that, their occupational roles are somewhat similar to the Yamada sisters. Since they’re secondary characters, don’t expect to see the Echigoyas often.

What else can I say? the only way for you to dislike these two shows is for you to either be a heartless being or a hardcore action addict who has consumed his life with nothing but violence and gore. Oh, and you have to be a new gen kid. these are the only 3 kinds of people who will dislike this show. In short, you would have to hate the entire human race.

Seriously, if you’re looking for shows whose moral is, “There’s always a bright side to everything in life. Never get your spirits down no matter how difficult the situation.” then these are the shows for you.

About OG-Man

Yuri and Slice of Life are my anime passion.
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9 Responses to 15+16 Double Slammy 1: Bincho-Tan and Binbou Shimai Monogatari

  1. tsurugiarashix says:

    I been meaning to ask you about Bincho-Tan every since your Kawaii girl post. Seems like a nice title to add to my library. Second title also sounds nice. Enough to take care of my slice-of-life philla and short to boot. Can never have enough SOL titles.

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  2. Yurimylove says:

    Another one of those series that bring back fond memories for me. Binbou Shimai Monogatari doesn’t seem to be well known in the west, or at least not much talked about. That’s a shame because it is a really nice, heart-warming show well worth watching as stated in your review. I even shed some man-tears in the last episode, it’s that touching. And to top it off for us yuri fans there is pretty strong subtext in the later half of the series.

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  6. Kousaka Kirino says:

    Watched Binbou Shimai Monogatari and liked it a lot! Thanks for making this anime known to me.And ya ship them.

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