Sisters can be seriously wonderful or seriously annoying, cruel at times but always there for you when you need them most. Do you like to watch anime about family relationships focusing on sisters? If so, this list is for you. It consists of 5 of the best anime about sisters, portraying their daily lives - their struggles, triumphs, tears, and laughter.
5. Shinryaku! Ika Musume (The Squid Girl)
MyAnimeList Score: 7.54 (Season 2: 7.58)
Genres: Comedy, Shounen, Slice of Life
Episodes: 12 (Season 2: 12)
Aired: Fall 2010 (Season 2: Fall 2011)
Ika Musume, otherwise known as Squid Girl, comes from the sea to invade the land and conquer all of humanity. Instead she is made to work as a waitress at a beach-side restaurant by sisters Eiko and Chizuru Aizawa, and wacky hilarity ensues.
This is an anime focusing on Ika Musume's incorporation into the Aizawa family, consisting of sisters Eiko and Chizuru and their brother Takeru. Ika Musume becomes like a sister to Eiko and Chizuru and they help her learn about what it means to be a family. Together they have amusing misadventures, replete with humor and sea puns.
4. 3-gatsu no Lion (March comes in like a lion)
MyAnimeList Score: 8.44 (Season 2: 9.05)
Genres: Game, Slice of Life, Drama, Seinen
Episodes: 22 (Season 2: 22)
Aired: Fall 2016 (Season 2: Fall 2017)
Rei Kiriyama is a 17-year-old pro shogi player who lives by himself in an apartment in Tokyo, and he does a poor job of taking care of himself. Luckily he meets the Kawamoto family, consisting of the three sisters Akari, Hinata, and Momo and their grandfather. They take Rei in and give him food and love, lending him the help he needs to survive on his own and pursue his shogi career.
3-gatsu no Lion spends about half the time focusing on Rei's shogi career and the other half on the Kawamoto sisters and Rei's interactions with them. The shogi part gets more and more interesting as the show progresses, even if you don't know how to play shogi. The sisters part is heartwarming and a good break from the shogi. They are a poor family and struggle to get by, but they make the best of their lives and help teach Rei how great a family can be. Of particular note is a bullying arc in the second season that is masterfully handled.
MyAnimeList Score: 7.76 (Seasons 2-4: 7.40, 7.63, 7.75)
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, School
Episodes: 13 (Seasons 2-4: 13, 13, 13)
Studio: Daume (Seasons 2-3: Asread; Season 4: feel.)
Aired: Fall 2007 (Seasons 2-4: Winter 2008, Winter 2009, Winter 2013)
The Minami household consists of three sisters: Haruka, Kana, and Chiaki. Haruka is the oldest and acts as a mother for the others, spending her time cooking and cleaning when she's not being lazy beneath the kotatsu; Kana is mischievous and energetic, always trying to get out of doing any work; and Chiaki has a sharp tongue and a quick wit and often orders her friends around. The anime portrays their everyday lives.
Minami-ke provides probably the most realistic depiction of sisters in anime. They talk, they fight, they laze around the house. A true slice of life, there is no overarching plot aside from the girls slowly growing up. They interact with friends, deal with school issues, and celebrate holidays together. There is also some romance that pops up now and again, though it never really goes anywhere. If you want to kick back and relax and watch sisters be sisters, this is the anime for you.
Note on quality: There is a huge drop in art/animation quality after the first season which doesn't fully recover until the 4th season, but the comedy and general atmosphere remains unchanged. It might take a couple episodes for you to get used to the new style, but once you do, you'll enjoy the show almost as much as you did during the 1st season.
2. Figure 17: Tsubasa & Hikaru
MyAnimeList Score: 7.30
Genres: Sci-Fi, Slice of Life
Aired: Spring 2001
10-year-old Tsubasa Shiina moves to Hokkaido with her father, but she is too shy to make friends at her new school. When a UFO crashes near her home, she rushes to the scene and fuses with a metal alien life form to destroy a savage alien monster. When the battle is over, the alien that fused with the girl becomes her identical twin sister Hikaru and begins to live with her. Hikaru helps Tsubasa to open up and make friends while they battle the continuing alien threat.
The relationship between Tsubasa and Hikaru is very endearing. Though Hikaru is actually an alien/metal shapeshifter, she becomes a true sister to Tsubasa. She teaches her the meaning of friendship and family and brings love and joy into her life. Overall, Figure 17 is a heartwarming show sure to leave you in tears.
1. Binbou Shimai Monogatari (Poor Sisters Story)
MyAnimeList Score: 6.92
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, Seinen
Studio: Toei Animation
Aired: Summer 2006
The Yamada sisters, 15-year-old Kyou and 9-year-old Asu, lost their mother when they were very young, and then their father ran away due to gambling debts. Now they are on their own, Kyou working part-time jobs while Asu takes care of the apartment as they both go to school. Despite their circumstances, they try to look on the bright side and greet each day happily.
Kyou and Asu are ideal sisters, always looking out for each other. This anime is often bittersweet due to their unfortunate circumstances, but the sisters find a way to be optimistic time and time again. No matter how much they struggle, they always end the day with laughter and smiles. It's a great healing show, sure to make your heart melt.
Stefano Dissanayake from London, United Kingdom on December 05, 2018:
Yeah I guess you are right.
Cassidy Cornblatt (author) on December 04, 2018:
If that was the case, it'd be called Top 5 Anime About Brother-Loving Sisters
Stefano Dissanayake from London, United Kingdom on December 04, 2018:
The title is a bit misleading. I thought this was a post about wincest stories like Oreimo. Then again it is kind of my fault for having my head in the gutter.