Binchou-tan (2006) IMDb

Categorization

Ultracute slice of life for kids.

Subject

A lonely little day labourer lives humbly, surrounded by nature, earning just enough rice and other supplies to survive. As the seasons of a year pass, she makes friends.

Commentary

The title is a pun: 備長炭 (binchoutan) is high-grade charcoal (tan) produced from ubame oak, while tan is also a childish mispronunciation of the honorific san. The character is a mascot of a producer of pornographic games. Fortunately, there is very little sexualization, just one curiously detailed scene shopping for underwear. Instead, there’s the usual worship of life and nature, accompanied by ridiculously gentle and motherly narration. Extreme character design on totally inconsistent scales.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture series