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Three abandoned children band together as sisters. Their parents have gone into hiding for reasons not entirely clear. They should be in sixth grade but they have to make a living, so they set up an odd-job agency on Shonan Beach, near Kamakura, and are soon so busy that they don't have time to go to school. Umi, Sora, and Ao take on tasks ranging from delivery to cheerleading in this perky comedy, although Fruits Basket-director Daichi claims he has a serious aim-to raise social issues for his fans to ponder. Green-haired Ao, the youngest of the trio, is deaf and uses sign language; this was hyped at the time as an anime first, by people who had never heard of House of Acorns. Tanned redhead Sora is an athletic tomboy who tackles the more physical jobs, making her deliveries on a Jet Ski, while blonde Umi does her utmost to avoid being labeled an airhead and is actually the brains of the group. All three girls study hard in their free time, of course, since to imply otherwise would mean that the creators were encouraging truancy. This is hammered home ad nauseam by the arrival of 11-year-old boy Riku, who thinks they have an easy life, only to be continually told that they are reading very difficult books every day. They're intensely ambitious-they want to make enough money to buy an island and create their own country. Daichi seems to be seeking the same level of independence; he assembled his own team and produced the anime himself. The style is ultra-cute, a Japanese take on the Powerpuff Girls.