Minami-ke – 01
Skit 1: Circadian rhythm
Sunday, October 14, 2007.
Haruka: Ah, the weather is great this morning. Time to make breakfast~
Chiaki: Yawwn… time to wake up
(some minutes later)
Chiaki: Haruka-neesama, ohayogozaimasu… can I help with anything?
Haruka: Ah, good morning. Help me peel these carrots?
Kana: HUAAAA!! GOOD MORNING! To demonstrate the freedom that is Sunday, I will hereby go back to sleep!
Haruka & Chikai: Good night.
Kana: Meh, couldn’t you at least have pointed out that my hair was already done, or told me to help out at least?
Haruka: Ok, help me peel the potatoes then.
Chiaki: Just go back to sleep.
Skit 2: Self service
More about the dialogue than what actually happened. Well, that’s kind of how it is with everything. Chiaki tells Kana that they have to prepare dinner, since Haruka is getting home late. Kana tries to prepare something from the…nothing in the fridge, so Chiaki lays the ever-pragmatic “ordering-out” on – no, Kana won’t give in to that!
Kana> Let’s make pancakes.
Chiaki> Oooooh ok
Shame, Kana gets too ambitious with the pancakes and adds too much stuff, and it comes out too watery to solidify. Cream stew, yum…
Skit 3: Sisterly love
After watching a hot, passionate kiss on TV, the girls’ minds start to wander.
Kana> Hmm… wanna try it out?
Chiaki> Get away from me.
Chiaki eventually gets pinned by Kana, but right before she lays a big smacker, Haruka walks in and breaks them up.
Kana> Then kiss Haruka!
Chiaki> If it’s Haruka-neesama, then ok~
Haruka> Eh? Eh? Ah….
With Chiaki’s lips puckered and Haruka chickening out, Kana slides in and steals the kiss!
Skit 4: Intermission
Chiaki wakes up hungry. Goes to school hungry. That’s about it, but somehow it’s still funny.
Skit 5: Love letter
Kana gets a love letter in her shoe locker! The conversation goes something like this:
Kana> Got a letter!
Chiaki> Can I read it
Kana> Not out loud, but if you do I’ll just make a lot of noise!
Chiaki> (reads letter) Hoh, it’s from Fujioka-kun. What’s he like
Kana> Ooh, he’s pretty popular! Ho ho ho, aren’t you jealous of your popular sister!
Chiaki> Now wait a sec… this letter has some places for misinterpretation. For example, if we interpret the meaning differently, it actually sounds like a letter of challenge.
Chiaki> Attack the pivot leg
After school the next day, Chiaki walks into the classroom when everyone has left to meet with Fujioka-kun…
Fujioka> Ah, Minami, I…
Fujioka> OW WTF
We have a winner!! The best comedy of the new season is MINAMI-KE!!!
From the mangaka that brought us Kyou no 5-2, Minami-ke is a 4koma-ish comedy about the Minami family of three sisters, headlined by the eccentric Kana, her younger sister Chiaki (the quiet, diabolical one), and her old sister Haruka (the motherly, responsible one). In this episode, the girls try to make pancakes, wonder what a kiss feels like, and put their own unique twist on a love letter.
The animation is solid, the music is well timed and sets the tone well, and above all, it’s damn fun to watch! Easy to enjoy comedy that doesn’t make you feel retarded, I’m all over this one!
It’s really similar to Ichigo Mashimaro – think of Kana as a slightly more grown up and ever more crazy Micchan, lol. Chiaki is like that class pres chick in Onegai Twins, and Haruka is uh… like Feena from Yoakena. Strangely enough, all three shows were done by the same studio that’s doing Minami-ke, so considering their largely successful track record, I don’t think we have much to worry about in terms of production quality and any over-animated cabbages. Problem is, the combination of studio + director yields only one other result: Yoakena.
Ah well, I’m sure we’ll be fine. Minami-ke rocks!