Strawberry Marshmallow - Cute Is as Cute Does (Vol. 1)
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- Contains episodes #1-4
- Two English subtitle streams (dialogue translation & signs only translation)
- Non-credit opening
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As the show begins we see a young girl named Nobue who says she's a 16-year old high school student, but when she pulls out a cigarette, we learn the truth, that she's actually 20 years old and it becomes readily apparent that she's a chain smoking borderline alcoholic, but I use those terms in the most positive way. She's not very equipped to handle the adult world. Nobue even has to constantly ask her younger sister Chika for money, which she uses as a lever to castigate her in a weird role reversal. Chika's next door neighbor, Miu, is an annoying, but energetic and hilarious ball of kineticism who instead of using the front door, leaps over from her roof to Chika's and through her window (where she occasionally falls flat on her face). Speaking of, when she says something that Nobue doesn't like, the next scene generally shows Miu lying facedown after Nobue takes her out! Matsuri is the girl's other friend, and is a shy demure intelligence who constantly has a deer-in-headlights look of fear on her face when someone addresses her. The group is rounded out by a new transfer student who happens to be a foreigner named Ana Coppola. Her parents are English but she's lived in Japan so long that she fears that she is losing her cultural identity. She even thinks in Japanese now. In an effort to stem this absorption she plans to act like she can't speak Japanese and act like an ignorant gai-jin.Read more ›
If you're the type that melts at pictures of cute kittens and puppies then these rambunctious fab 4 will win your heart instantly!
Although the English dub is excellent, because of an ongoing "English Language" joke in the series, it is best to watch the Japanese version first (it'll make it easier to "get")
As to who is my favorite? They are all so adorable but Miu steals the price (literally, she would probably steal it if there was one).
For a SERIOUS lack of another analogy, I would probably describe Miu as the Cartman of the group (except MUCH cuter) as she drives the plot and creates the action. A self-aware and intent show stealer.
Don't fret however, female viewers. Just because its 'aimed at male viewers' doesn't mean it's only enjoyable by that gender, but the same applies to most every good anime show, so saying a statement like that is a rather moot point. Explore the comedies of the world of the four elementary-school aged girls Chika, Miu, Matsuri, Ana, and their college-aged friend Nobue as they go on from their day-to-day lives in this normal, everyday life show. Its not often an anime can manage to make itself hilarious with nonstop laughs without using too many supernatural gimmicks and plot devices.
Strawberry Marshmallow is one of those wonderful girls' anime that hits the mark. It's all about relationships and doing stuff together.
The characterizations are crisp and the animation is excellent. Music is good, too. (I also recommend the sound track.)
There are no worlds to save or monsters to conquer, just kids trying to deal with what life brings their way. A wonderful example is Ana Coppola, a blond, blue eyed, British girl who has been in Japan for most of her life. She struggles with her identity as being instantly recognized as a foreigner, but one who is completely immersed in the Japanese culture and fluent in the language to the point of being unsure of her native tongue.
This is a light hearted romp through the lives of some mostly ordinary elementary school girls. One that I found extremely entertaining.
(This review is based on viewing the original Japanese release. I am not sure yet how Ana's language differences will be handled by the US release.)
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This product came in plastic wrap had no scratches, which I love. That's for the perfect dvd, just love this anime.Published 21 months ago by nikoleskids
I love it so much... How sweet how touching how wonderful to behold! Also the character are adorable and cute as a button.Published 24 months ago by pamela
Anime news network summed it up pretty well , " Cute girls do cute things in cute ways." Its a good show, not great , but at such a cheap price its worth checking out.Published on September 28, 2010 by Rick Dooley Sr.
Strawberry Marshmallow is about 5 girls and their daily lives and what happens.
It's a very simple, charming, heart warming anime. Read more
I just rented this dvd and I loved it. It was great. I am half Japanese (I don't know how to speak Japanese) and half american so I thought it was great to see a japanese anime. Read morePublished on June 26, 2006