The title of this anime, “Sansha San’you/三者三葉 (three-person-three-leaves)” is a parody of a well-known four-character idiom, Sansha San’you /三者三様(three-person-three-ways), meaning each of the three is different from others, and it came from the main three characters sharing the same kanji 葉/leaf in their names. The author certainly has a good taste in naming.
Episode 01 “パンの耳ですわ/These are bread crusts”
Futaba Odagiri is an energetic big-eater, Teru Hayama is an innocent looking but wicked class president, and Youko Nishikawa is extremely poor but a former super-rich girl. Three of them with different tastes and personalities happen to meet in the school yard one day…
Three girls with each different “leaf (color)” start their ordinal school life together!
Youko was born rich, but her father’s business bankrupted, and she is now an extremely poor girl. She is awkward with social relationships and has no friends in her class, eats bread crumbs for lunch alone secretly at her spot in the school yard.
One day, Futaba and Teru jumped into where Youko was eating her bread crumbs as usual.
They both decided to stay there and started eating lunch together as if that’s a given. Feeling unsettled, Youko told them they were troubling her in a bitchy tone.
But Futaba and Teru didn’t mind it at all and started introducing themselves to her. The class bell rang by the time they finished introducing themselves, and they left for class.
The next day, Youko came back to the spot as usual for lunch, only to find nobody there.
When she started feeling sad over being alone again, holding a tapper filled with deep-fried bread crumbs she cooked for them in her hands, the two appeared from the bushes behind her.
Her delight was then distracted by Yamaji, her former servant. He was so concerned about her and brought her some food incidentally on his way to his part time job.
Three of them spent their lunch time listening to Yamaji’s talk.
Then the next day, Youko brought onigiri that she cooked for the two for lunch in the morning.
She proudly showed them her lunch box, but it bewildered them; her onigiri was rice only without any other ingredients, not even salted. They, however, appreciated her intention and enjoyed the onigiri she made for them.
That evening, the two took her to a bath house to express their gratitude and the three enjoyed bathing together.
The protagonist, Youko, is incredibly cute!
Youko is a former rich girl, but unlike a rich girl stereotype, she doesn’t look down on others and she is such a nice girl.
She didn’t have any friends, but only because she didn’t know how to talk to others without being awkward. I’m so glad to see that she made friends with them.
The way she visited Futaba and Teru in their classroom was amazingly sweet, and I could even imagine seeing some halo around her!
I really hope she will make even more friends in the future episodes.
I’ll keep you posted! Come back for the next episode!