This show has no particular ambition other than to be very funny, and to a large extent it succeeds. The episodes on the first two DVDs are the funniest things I have ever seen in an anime series.
After that it loses some of its comic energy. The biggest laugh on the last DVD is probably unintentional (and only occurs on the Japanese soundtrack). By the final episode they have sunk to using cheap sentimentality in the hope of producing a lump in the viewer’s throat. It’s sort of like putting a heart-warming ending on a Three Stooges movie (which doubtless has been done, and didn’t work any better there).
Original TitleIchigo Mashimaro
Contents12 Episodes on 3 DVDs
LanguagesJapanese with subtitles, English
Based onA manga by “Barasui”
Region 1 PublisherGeneon
Some impossibly cute girls do things that are not always entirely praiseworthy, and get into mild sorts of trouble.
I couldn’t resist transcribing a sample here. Note that you really need to hear the Japanese soundtrack to get the full effect.
This is a LOT funnier if you listen to the Japanese sound track with subtitles. Not only do the Japanese voice actresses have much greater comedic skills, but a number of jokes are based on one character’s clumsy attempts to speak English, and this really doesn’t work if everyone is already speaking English.
This is not really intended for young children, but they will want to watch it anyway due to the very high cuteness level, and it probably will not do them any great harm.
However parents should be aware that the only adult role-model in this show smokes heavily, drinks and is generally irresponsible.
(Presumably her real name is “Anna”, but she is so far gone that she writes it in Hiragana and converts that to Romaji.)