Kanamemo: Middle school student Kana Nakamachi has just lost her grandmother, her only remaining family member. Fearing that the repo men will take her too, she packs up what she can into a knapsack. With just that and the clothes on her back, she sets off to find a place to stay. Meanwhile, the Fuhshin News office is looking for work, and the closest thing they've been able to find is a stray cat. With no one willing to take Kana in, she ends up having an unfortunate run-in with one of Fuhshin's employees, who's out for a bike ride, and gets knocked unconscious.When she wakes up, she finds herself in the office. They're willing to take her in. The Fuhshin News is an odd place. With an all-girl staff full of oddballs, Kana tries her best to adjust and make her way in the world as a delivery girl.Based on the yonkoma manga by Shoko Iwami serialized in Manga Time Kirara Max, the series got an anime adaptation in the summer of 2009. US residents may legally watch the anime at Crunchyroll.
Kanamemo provides examples of the following tropes:
Berserk Button: Yume, of all people has this in the manga, for some odd reasons and usually Played For Comedy, but the most notable being in the 4th volume of the manga (first time the manga attempts a dramatic moment). Yuuki has another Clingy Jealous Girl moment with Kana, going as far as pulling her hair, and Yume tells Yuuki to control herself, with Yuuki responding with a hug to Yume. Yume's response? Armor-Piercing Slap, along with some yelling. Yuuki forgives both of them and promises to stop clinginess.
Kana: The senior members of the shop said that if that electric meter is spinning rapidly, someone is inside. Mika: It's clearly spinning. Kana: Hello! Please come out! And if you don't come out, Mika-chan is going to strip nude and dance around! (chuckles) Mika: WHO THE HELL WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT?!
Hinata: We got flashlights and candles? Haruka: I have them. (is shown to have a whip) Hinata:(throws a whip at Haruka) I don't need whips!
Buffy Speak: Especially from Kana in the anime. Lampshaded by Haruka:
Haruka: The way Kana speaks her words seem like you're drunk. If only I had such way with words... Saki: Well, you spoke Spanish once, didn't you? Haruka: I thank Ricky Martin.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even though she IS an alcoholic lolicon grope-artist and also a complete ditz, she studies (most likely food-related) biology at the college, even creates new alcoholic beverages and other food-stuffs uses the newspaper staff as guienea-pigs.
Captain Obvious: Done and lampshaded wonderfully on a chapter in volume 3, when the girls are finding a girl's cat:
Yuuki: It's a cat with a mustache. Hinata:(deadpan) Why thanks, Yuuki, I realized that I was blind for a second. Yuuki: Well, answer me this; do you see stuff like this everyday? Hinata: No, but you didn't need to point him out. Who else thinks that was unnecessary? Mika:(deadpan) I think this comedy act is unnecessary. Can we just get the freaking cat already? Kana: She's right. We'll then check if that mustache is real or not. Mika: THAT'S NOT THE REASON WE— whatever.
Haruka. She's a Psycho Lesbian lolicon, gets drunk most of the time, and has really pervy imaginations.
Then there's Yume, who kinda overdoes it when it comes to sweets.
Yume:No worries, nothin' like a little cat poop laser to solve the problem.
Kana, as well. She once thought her friends were kidnapped by hamster aliens.
Cordon Bleugh Chef: Kitaoka Yume is an apprentice at a local patisserie and adds sugar to absolutely everything she cooks, even if it's not supposed to be sweet. Other characters are not impressed, but Yume's desserts are actually very good.
Cute Kitten: Bunta, the kitten that Yume brought home, serves as the series' mascot and becomes a mainstay of the office. This kitten also serves as the default censor image. In which there are a lot of. See episode 5. Episode 6 ramps this Up to Eleven... in a scary way.
Hinata and Saki. To the point that Word of God mentions that he enjoyed writing those two so much, he made them sort of wise-cracking duo starting in Volume 3.
The rest of the cast show possible signs of this, sometimes dragging the show closer to World of Snark territory...
Deliberately Cute Child: Saki, outside of the office, is very skilled at putting on the "innocent elementary schooler" act.
Depending on the Writer: Kana has a pretty bad case with this on the manga. She can be either be happy, easily panicked, nervous, confused and/or shy to slightly deadpan, snarky, a trickster and/or can even be a tease. The anime averts this... until the last episode were she goes on her trickster self with Mika. Makes you wonder, though, why doesn't she become a trickster to people like Haruka?
Dirty Old Woman: Haruka may still be a college chick, but mentally she's already there.
The Ditz: Haruka confirms herself as one on chapter 4 of the manga.
Face of a Thug: Whan Saki tried to have Kana make a win-customers-smile in episode #3. Her first attempt was the face of a demon (complete with Killing Intent leaking out, although only to people, who actually saw her smile), which made anyone, who saw it, nearly shit themselves. Saki used this to damage a rival's newspaper's sales (she sent Kana with her new friend Kujiin from the "Kajitsu Times" and it actually worked, any potential customer was scared as fuck). With training, she changed her smile into something with an cuteness-overdose.
First Name Basis: Though it takes a full episode for it to happen, Kana and Mika do eventually shift to this with each other.
Gangsta Style: Of the "bandana around mouth" variant done by Mika on chapter 22.
Gayngst: Subverted for a change. What appears to be yet another unhappy ending for an anime lesbian couple, complete with talk of Yuuki "growing up" and coping without Yume, turns out to be nothing more than a misunderstanding on Kana's part of a matter involving a visit to the dentist and a return home for a memorial service, with Yume and Yuuki happily reunited at the end of the episode.
Gratuitous English: While searching for subscribers, Kana and Mika encounter "Aran Smythee", who speaks English about as well as one might expect of an American character in a comedy anime (which is infernally bad).
Bonus points goes for the fact that the national anthem was playing was during that scene.
Hypocritical Humor: Episode 5 has Yume hugging Kana at one point, of course, Yuuki being a Clingy Jealous Girl, scares Kana (and everyone else). A few minutes later, Yume scares Kana, with Yuuki then being annoyed with Yume for doing that.
I Am Not Shazam:invoked Lampshades its title on an omake in the manga, also referring to infamous examples such as the Die Hard and Avatar examples:
Kana: Supposedly it's a pun on the word memorandum, since "Kanadiary" wouldn't catch on, wouldn't you agree, Yume? Yume: I'm just worried that it's gonna have the John McClane or Na'vi effect. Saki: Ugh, I hate that.
Haruka. They're never innocent, and usually involve Kana. Her first one was wondering which anime archetype (a Dojikko, a Tomboy, an Ill Girl or a Tsundere) would end up working at the office. In her ideal world, it would be all of them.
Lethal Chef: Yume is a pastry chef in training, and tends to put too much sugar into whatever she cooks. Yuuki is the only one who repeatedly tells herself she enjoys eating Yume's food because she's her girlfriend. When cooking something which really should involve sugar she does much better, except for one episode where she mistakes the salt for the sugar and makes salty cookies.
Mood Whiplash: Plenty of slapstick humor and silly dialogue to go around - but we're frequently reminded that Kana is a recently orphaned junior high school student. Averted in the manga, though.
Mr. Vice Guy: Hinata is both a valuable member of the Fushin News and a greedy penny-pincher who saves every last coin she can get her hands on. Partly because she's failed her college entrance exams more than once.
Good-natured Kana and sarcastic Mika have something of this as well.
On the manga (and on the 13th epsode of the anime), though, Kana seems to enjoy making fun of Mika for a bit.
Out of Focus: The manga also focuses on Kana's school life. The anime has only bits and pieces.
The Pollyanna: Parodied on chapter 14 of the manga: it's even called "I Can't Be a Pollyanna".
Hinata: Delivering on rainy days really sucks. We have to wear rain coats, and get our feet wet. Kana: We can't dry our laundry, either. Hinata: The roads get slippery too, and then... Kana: It won't make things better if you keep talking about it. How about you stop thinking about the negatives and focus on the positives? Hinata: Like what? Kana: Like... (beat) Kana: Rainy days suck.
Poor Communication Kills: Episode 10, no doubt. Kana thinks that Yuuki wouldn't live without Yume, with Yuuki going as far as being as over-dramatic, only to turn out that she had a denture problem.
Yume and Yuuki's relationship is more overt and noticeable, as they kiss on the very first episode, and quite often are implied to make out.
The character of Marimo is added in the anime, a former employer who had similarities with Kana, only supposedly she was really clumsy and is a ditz (which is odd, because her both appearances has being well-mannered) It gave a bit of character development for Saki.
Mika gets to hang with the whole Fuushin News gang by the 5th episode, The manga didn't have her hang out with them until the 3rd volume.
The scenes in Kana's school are quite non-existent, as well as Kana's other friends (who, oddly enough, are in the opening), which probably explains why Mika appears so quiet.
The pop culture jokes are also pretty much gone, focusing more on the slapstick and clever dialogue.
Some of the episodes aren't even stories in the manga (episodes 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12), some are taking stories from the manga differently.
Mika forms a crush on Kana during the course of the series. It's rather one-sided for the most part, though. Saki had a similar friendship with Marimo, a former employee, and seems to have transferred some of her tsundere tendencies over to Kana in Marimo's absence.
Kana×Mika is far more blatant in the manga. Mika kisses her on the cheek in one of the early chapters, even.
Volume 3 has Mika kisses Kana on the cheek again, Kana tries to go kiss her on the lips. Mika stops her, though. Oh, they even mention they're on their first date.
Kana:Er...sorry about that. Mika:Just a reminder; this is our first date. Nothing too deep yet. Kana:You kissed me on the cheek first, though. Twice. Mika:I had dibs. Kana:Bullcrap.
Rule of Funny: A grown, busty girl molesting little girls, a lesbian couple being really together, and a Kindergarden-aged girl being in charge of a delivery service. Yeah, it's weird, but really hilarious.
Schoolgirl Lesbians: Yume and Yuuki are boldly in love with each other. They share several kisses in the first episode already and are not shy to display their affection.
In the manga, Kana and Mika, though not as blatant as Yume and Yuuki are in the anime.
Serious Business: Pretend riding a bike, apparently, as Kana faints after getting hit by a truck...
Ship Tease: The last episode seems to be practically devoted to Mika's crush on Kana, but in the end she never confesses. In the manga though, the feelings are completely mutual and Kana is the more aggressive one.
Shout-Out: The manga makes a surprisng amount of pop culture references to some pretty obscure stuff.
Title Card: There are two types of Title Cards in Kanamemo: a Title Card with characters saying the title of the animé in voices conveying the mood of the characters in the title cards and a robot named "Echizen Kaniko" (the Author Avatar), scrolling over the screen and commenting on the episode or saying some random stuff.
Wham Episode: Episode 8 of the anime introduces a character that wasn't in the manga, as well a bit of backstory of the Fuushin Gazatte before Kana came. Drama ensures.
Wiki Walk: Yuuki indulges in one, right before collapsing from a fever.
Yuuki: The real saying is "If the wind blows, the bucket maker has good sales." Which means that sneezing is proof of you being cursed by someone. In order to get rid of that curse, you need to obtain a straw doll. Additionally, you need long nails, which in turn leads to a lot of business for nail makers, causing a supply shortage. As a result, construction of houses becomes almost impossible, and everybody has to live in pit-like dwellings. That in turn leads to less wood being used, and less forests being cut down. Because the forests are being protected, the CO2 levels are reduced, and everybody is happy because of an environmentally responsible lifestyle. (stutters for several more seconds until steam comes out her ears, then passes out)
With Friends Like These...: Haruka is somehow friends with everyone despite her pervertedness causing her being the Butt Monkey. She deserves it most of the time, but still, you'd think Saki (who, before Kana came, was Haruka's frequent victim) would fire her after all that.
Woman Child: While Haruka does have a few moments of maturity, and was even mentioned that she goes to college, we really mostly see her act like this.