Review written on November 21, 2009 for all three anime series: Minami-ke, Minami-ke: Okawari, and Minami-ke: Okaeri.
*Possible Spoilers Ahead*
Plot Summary: There are three of the Minami sisters: Haruka, Kana and Chiaki, who have an average life. The girls only have each other to depend on and help each other get through everything from love confessions to cooking.
The three sisters. Kana (left), Haruka (back), and Chiaki (right)
Next show is Minami-ke. Minami-ke
is a slice of like comedy anime based on a seinen manga of the same name. There are three seasons of the show: Minami-ke
, Minami-ke Okawari
, and Minami-ke Okaeri
Like many shows, I go in with out knowing anything about them. I guess I just take chances with a lot of them and see if I like them or not. So far, I've been picking good ones. Minami-ke was on a recommendation list (image link HERE
) a friend gave to me so I picked it and damn, I fucking loved it.
Kana and Chiaki's serious face. Looks like Bible Black doesn't it?
The show starts of simple. We get introduced to the three sisters. The oldest Haruka
, is bascily like a mother to Kana and Chiaki while attending high school. She is kind and sweet but, you don't want to get on her bad sad. She can get really angry some times. Next we have Kana
, the second oldest who is in Jr. High. She is a hyper and energetic kid. She is sometimes rude and and an annoyance to Chiaki. Chiaki
is the youngest of the three and she is in elementary school. She is an intelligent girl and she does not like idiotic behavior. Because of this, she is the meanest of the three sisters and calls many people "dumbass" besides Haruka, who she looks up to and respects. During the course of the 2nd episode we meet the sisters classmates, the other characters of the show. The high school students are Maki, Atsuko, Hosaka
, Hayami, and Hitomi. The Jr. high students are Fujioka
, Keiko, Riko, Yu, and Hiroko. The elementary students are Makoto
, Yoshino, Shuichi, Yuka Uchida
, and Fuyuki, an original character for Okawari. To go along with those character, these more! Later on you find out that there is another Minami family, unrelated. Those members are Toma, Haruo, Natsuki, and Akira. The story isn't to deep at all. Since it's a slice of life show, you are just following the days of the Minami sisters. From New Years to Christmas, they are always doing something either going to the beach or having company over.
Hosaka, my favorite supporting character of the show.
There are tons of characters shown in this series and of course I had to pick favorites. Of course I loved the three sisters. Haruka was nice and sweet. When she gets angry she gets really scary. Kana was great for her wackiness from trying to recruit people for her own needs to cross dressing Makoto and making him Mako-chan. Chiaki was great for her smarts and sweet charms. Just don't make her angry or she will throw Fujioka (her bear) at you. Besides them there was also Hosaka
, who was fantastic and my favorite supporting character of the show. Through out the show there is a running gag that he day dreams about scenes with him and Haruka in romantic scenes. One of them is him handing out slices of Christmas cake to customers but, he gives a whole cake to Haruka for free. Besides goofy dreams, he also makes meals for Haruka but, he never gives any to her. And another strange thing he does it sweat. Yes. sweat. A lot of the times he has is shirt un-buttoned because he sweats so much. Some other notable characters are Fujioka, the "bancho" of the jr. high who also likes kana. Makoto, a class mate of Chiaki's who ends up cross dressing because of Kana. Toma who also cross dresses so she can be like a boy. She lives with three bothers and she wants to be like them.
Sea shell attack!
Over all, I fucking loved the series. Every episode had me laughing. I loved the characters, the simple to follow flow of events, and the art style as well. If you are into slice of life stuff, this one is easily worth watching. This is easily one of my favorite slice of life comedy shows I have seen yet.
My Score - 5/5
It's worth noting that two different companies made the show. The first season was done by Daume and the second and third season was done by Asread.