Summer Entertainment （いちょごましまろ）
Summer isn't normally stressful for most people away from the hectic life of a university student, but I find myself bored and somewhat irritable lately. It's been too hot to dress up cute OR spooky, my mind is melting, and I just don't have much to do. Not to mention that unfortunate business with Avon.....tch.
So I endeavored to find myself something cute to watch and this is what I came up with:
Ichigo Mashimaro - 苺ましまろ
An adorable little series about Itou Nobue, her little sister Chika, and all of Chika's quirky but super cute friends. Basically, it's a bunch of cute and funny girls doing cute and funny things.
As far as serious topics go, this series does address them in a lighthearted way. The eldest girl, Nobue (she's 20) smokes and drinks on a regular basis and always needs money to support her rather unladylike habits. So she borrows money from 12 year old Chika, who can be rather stingy.
Ana (the blonde) is actually from England but has been living in Japan for 5 years and is starting to forget English. But she wants people to think of her as English, and so she pretends not to speak Japanese well. She's super paranoid that people will make fun of her last name too.
It's also a very realistic look at the lifestyle of young girls in Japan and the nature of close friendships too.
If you're looking for something cute and not terribly deep, this might be a good series to check out. It's only 12 episodes long, so easily completed in a day or two. You can stream it here on : http://www.animeseason.com/ichigo-mashimaro/