OP: 「いろは」(Iroha) by CooRie
Well, this is sung by CooRie, so that automatically gives the song a certain feel that I like. And after listening to the song a few times, I am indeed enjoying the song.
Binchou-tan is a small girl who lives alone in an old house on a mountain. We follow Binchou-tan around as she wakes up, gets dressed, prepares some rice, and then goes out. As she moves through the forest, the animals all come out and follow her. Binchou-tan eventually boards a mallard to ride across a river. Her ultimate destination is a wide open field where she picks some herbs and gets a little startled by a snake. Back home, she cooks the rice and herbs, takes a nap, and has dinner. Although Binchou-tan is by herself, she’s not lonely. Life is not easy, but Binchou-tan is surrounded by nature and does her best.
This is the other 15-minute series that TBS is airing opposite of REC. For those of you who don’t know, Binchou-tan is a cute character who carries a piece of charcoal on her head and is the mascot of the game company Alchemist. Her name and the names of all the other characters on the show are all related to charcoal (for example, Kunugi is a type of oak used for making charcoal). The first episode is really peaceful, and there’s barely any dialogue. What little talking that’s there is mostly done by the announcer, with Binchou-tan herself saying only a couple things the entire episode. The animation is about what I expected from the series, though I am growing very fond of the music. The entire package reminds me of a Disney movie, like Bambi, or a Miyazaki Hayao movie. It’s hard to say bad things about this series filled with cute characters and animals, but I will say that this is not the type of series that I’d blog. Just a good peaceful diversion from the normal Thursday craziness (i.e. Otome).