All Binchou-tan released episodes
An introduction to Binchō-tan and her peaceful lifestyle. Binchō-tan rides a duck across a river and goes to collect wild vegetables.
Binchō-tan goes to town to find a job to earn money and rice. She does a variety of jobs and shows off her unique talents for filtering water, cooking rice and deodorising shoes and refrigerators. On the way home, she admires some panties featuring Pukashuu, but cannot afford them. However, she finds a pair on sale, featuring her second favorite character, Tamakaeru, which makes her very happy. She returns home and, after a meal, has happy dreams.
It is Binchō-tan's birthday and she receives gifts from her friend, Ubamega. She goes to town to look for work. On the way she hurts her knee and meets Chiku-tan, who tends to her wound. Chiku-tan is also looking for work. The two find jobs and go their separate ways. On the way home, Binchō-tan falls and spills her rice. Chiku-tan appears and helps her pick it up. She invites Binchō-tan back to her house for a surprise birthday party. This episode also introduces Kunugi-tan, who watches Binchō-tan with interest, several times throughout the day.
It's raining and Chiku-tan invents a device for walking in the rain without getting wet, which she calls a chikuma. Unfortunately, it is actually a takeuma, which has already been invented. She goes for a walk and meets Binchō-tan. The two sit in an old car and play word games. The sun comes out and they visit a bamboo grove. Kunugi-tan admires a rainbow from her balcony.
Chiku-tan has a new invention for reaching job flyers. She gets a job serving lunch at Kunugi-tan's school, but finds that it is for two days later, when she is meant to attend a fair. As the fair is the reason she wanted to earn money in the first place, she trades jobs with Binchō-tan, for a job a day earlier in a bakery. Binchō-tan is told that she must dress nicely for her job. While Chiku-tan works, Binchō-tan spends the next day washing her treasured kimono. She wears it proudly to work the next day, but it rains and Kunugi-tan's coach splashes her with mud. After a days work, she meets Kunugi-tan, who apologises and offers her money for a new kimono. Binchō-tan declines, as the kimono was a special gift from her grandmother. Chiku-tan attends the fair, only to find it is cancelled because of the rain.
On the way to work, Binchō-tan watches her favorite show through the window of a TV store. At a crucial moment, the channel is changed. Binchō-tan spends the day wondering how it ended. She works at the temple where Ren-tan lives but the two do not meet. Chiku-tan and Chiku-rin are at a shop, trying their luck in a raffle, but they do not win. Ren-tan arrives and wins the grand prize. She shares it with the two sisters. Binchō-tan receives some dango for her work at the temple and leaves half as an offering at a jizō. She watches a rerun of the TV show on her way home. Later that night, Ren-tan communes with the spirits. A passing Chiku-tan mistakes her for a ghost and spends the rest of the night terrified.
Aroe is introduced. She has burst her paddling pool and decides to go to a swimming pool instead, but loses her entrance fee. Lightheaded from lack of water, she stumbles home but falls. Chiku-tan comes to her aid by pouring her grandfathers sake onto Aroe's head, which makes Aroe even dizzier. Chiku-tan and Chiku-rin make plans to attend a festival and meet Binchō-tan after she has finished her work for the day. Aroe also attends. Ren-tan has a fortune-telling booth. She tells Aroe's fortune and they meet up with Binchō-tan and the Chiku sisters and share some Ramune Ren-tan has won. Kunugi-tan watches the festival from afar. As she is not able to attend, her butler goes to the festival and brings her back some Ramune.
Chiku-tan invents a portable house but it breaks. Binchō-tan's bowl is chipped. On the way to buy a new one, she finds a dog and buys it some food. When she gets to the shop, she cannot afford a bowl. The shop owner asks her where her mother is, which appears to sadden her. She passes a school and watches some children singing with their teacher, before returning home for a lonely supper. She awakes the next morning to find the dog outside her house. She takes him with her to visit Chiku-tan and he takes a liking to the portable house, which resembles a kennel. They decide to keep him and name him Saji. The next day, Binchō-tan is invited back to the school and is asked to work there for a day every week. Chiku-tan is walking Saji and he drags her to the school to see Binchō-tan. The children are excited to see him and he takes a special liking to Kunugi-tan. Kunugi-tan is delighted to finally learn Binchō-tan's name. By the end of the episode, Binchō-tan has somehow acquired a bowl for herself and a bowl for Saji.
Binchō-tan goes to work at the school again and meets Kunugi-tan. While Kunugi-tan is teaching Binchō-tan to write, a beetle flies past and scares Kunugi-tan, who hates bugs. Later, a stag beetle attaches itself to Kunugi-tan's dress and Binchō-tan is not sure how to tell her without scaring her. To Binchō-tan's relief, it flies away before Kunugi-tan notices. The next day, Binchō-tan sends a letter to Kunugi-tan. Chiku-tan goes out to sell medicine on the street. She is having little success when Ren-tan arrives and shows her to a place that is better for business. She sells all of her wares and buys Ren-tan dango as a thank you gift. While they are eating it, the encounter Aroe, who is dizzy from lack of water again.
Binchō-tan goes to collect acorns, chestnuts and wild mushrooms and in the forest. She sets up a stall and trades them for money or food. She receives some sweet potatoes. As there are too many to eat by herself, she gives one to Chiku-tan, one to Kunugi-tan and one to Saji. Saji buries his and Chiku-tan and Binchō-tan decide to visit Ren-tan, help sweep the fallen leaves at the temple and make yakiimo using the leaves. Ren-tan tries to roast some chestnuts but there is a mishap. Chiku-tan invents a device for picking up hot potatoes. Aroe trips on Saji's sweet potato and takes it home. Everyone eats their sweet potatoes at the same time. When Binchō-tan returns home, she writes another letter to Kunugi-tan
Story: 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. Binchou is an orphan but she is not lonely as she is also surrounded by a group of close friends and animals who add color to her ordinary yet simple life. The first two episodes have little to no dialogue and just show Bincho-tan living the daily life and what she normally does everyday from retrieving ingredients for dinner, to riding on ducks, to using birds as buses and flying over to a village and back. There is occasionally some bits of words from Binchou-tan and an oddly out of place narrator, but for the most part it really works and the environments speak for itself as to how beautiful the world truly is (even though it is kind of out dated :P). There is much more output in an artwork than a character monologue and I'm glad they did not go for that monologue route, even in the later episodes. Animation: Almost everyone in this show is a chibi, smaller and cuter versions of normal anime characters. Usually they kind of bother me with how sometimes they make the chibis' look like but it actually really doesn't bother me here. The characters all have good designs and it isn't creepy or hard to look at. Actually now that I think about it, I think some of the characters (who seems to be pretty young) are like that so it can contrast with all the adults and other characters in the show. I guess all that literally identifies them with colorful personalities (especially since... they're literally... all different... colored... AHEM). Character movements are also very fluid and nice aside from some repetitive-ness between some characters and a lazily animated ED (but its not easy to notice) so almost no problems here. Sound: The voice acting is top notch, everyone sounds right and fitting for their characters and you can tell there's a lot of emotion and power put into the performances between them all and it makes it pretty believable also. The ED song while I complained about it being lazily animated (characters do not move much at all), the song is still incredibly catchy and is nice to listen to. It sounds more like it should be the OP as it feels more like a theme song (especially since they tell you the story and Binchou-tan's character... sort of). The OP is not bad, its just the song is kind of forgettable. Its animation however is pretty stellar and can get you pretty excited to watch the show. Characters: Speaking of which, let's talk about them all. Binchou-tan is a young girl who lives by herself in an old house far from town and as her name suggests, she often wears a piece of charcoal on her head. She's an observant, hardworking child and is willing to do all kinds of jobs given to her, like for instance deodorizing shoes. She is able to change her size, and may have other, unspecified abilities. 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. 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 afraid of ghosts and was one of the first human friends Binchou-tan ever made. Kunugi-tan 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. Its not like she hates her rich life, its just that she wants to make some friends and go outside on adventures for a quick change, and it all changed when she met Binchou-tan in the sky. Ren-tan is a miko and as such enjoys playing a [<u>mokugyo</u>] and communicating with spirits. When Ren-tan summons spirits, they often approach Chiku-tan, much to her dismay. She lives at a Buddhist temple with her grandparents and enjoys eating [<u>dango</u>]. She has amazing luck and always wins raffles. On occasion she also wears a pair of glasses Chiku-tan gave to her after helping her with a raffle. Its not stated I think but it could be implied that she's trying to get to the netherworld someday... Aroe is a young girl whose hair is made of [<u>Aloe</u>], which does not benefit her as she often requires water (I guess its cause her hair is like a... plant?). Aroe's aloe-made hair bursts many of her vinyl wading pools due to its sharpness. Aroe is very clumsy, hates the heat and cold, and often is seen throughout the series in a dizzy state, sometimes due to needing water and on other occasions due to misfortune. The rest of the characters are not bad, in fact they're quite good, its just that you probably won't remember much of them by the time the shoe is done. Enjoyment: Enjoyment is very high, one of the only other problems I have with the show was the ending, it wasn't bad but I feel the last episode should have ended an episode earlier. However its just a nitpick and that last episode and ending are still pretty dang good. Overall: I wish this anime got more love and attention. This is definitely a must watch for anyone who likes slice of life and cute girls doing cute things. Someone is waiting and calling for you~ Thanks for reading my 56th review~ : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mokugyo : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dango : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloe