Sometimes you need something short and sweet. Or perhaps four really short things. Who live in bottles.

One questions the wisdom of adding magic to a firework as tall as you are.

What is it?

Bottle Fairy is a 13-episode anime series made up of half-length (12 minute) episodes.

What kind of story is it?

Such as it is, here we go: Four very small fairies (who live in… jars, really) adore their keeper, who they refer to as “Sensei-san,” and they regularly visit the not-actually-helpful next-door neighbor girl, Tama-chan.

The first thing the fairies should’ve learned is “don’t listen to Tama-chan,” but…

Each of the first twelve episodes is themed on a month of the year, with the 13th bonus episode being a special kind of thing all its own. The fairies try to learn about the world, and through their thorough misinterpretations we gain entertainment and the occasional bit of knowledge. But mostly entertainment.

Why do you like it?

This is a pure comedy series, but not in a sitcom vein. It’s like a short-form anime sketch comedy show. The Monty Python troupe, only in cartoon-girl form, as it were. It’s imaginative and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, though a lot of jokes rely on just enough knowledge of Japanese language and culture to help them land.

That “Sensei-san” stand-in is a real dummy…

Mind you, part of my fondness for the show derives from the time my daughter and I spent watching it when it came out. Hey, it’s a valid source of nostalgia value, right? Right.

What might one not like about it?

The humor is definitely culturally derived, there’s very little in the way of an overall plot, and the episodes are short. (I actually count that in Bottle Fairy‘s favor, but there you go.)

Other thoughts about it?

To this day, I still get a chuckle out of “o-bento-sensei-san.”

And “Narita divorce.” (Really, the entire “June bride-oh” episode.)

We’re never told why “Sensei-san” here is in possession of these fairies. Baffling, really.

Perhaps I’ve revealed too much.

Where can I watch it?

Given the impending demise of the “” experiment you’re pretty much stuck with picking up the DVDs, I’m afraid…