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Minami-ke ep 7 gives us some history into the origins of the “banchou” title – one that may surprise. As you remember, Kana was quite adamant in calling poor Fujioka by that name – which, by the way, means something along the lines of a “gang leader” (I guess for you cantos it would be “dai lo” in the most triad sense of the word). Well, it turns out he wasn’t the first in the school to be called that…

Minami Haruka. The legend arises from the fact that she was the class rep, one of those Lucky Star Ayano types that was always nice to everybody, but get on her bad side and she’ll rip your head off. The kind of girl you love with all your passion, cuz she’s so awesome like that. Rumors fly like they always do, and she is summoned to her teacher’s office, where he enlists her help in finding this supposed “banchou” that’s terrorizing the school. “I trust you, Minami – help me find this banchou! I hate violence!!”

Through some inexplicable series of events, Haruka smashes a vase on poor sensei’s head. The legend lives on.

The episode also covered the back end of the adventures of Mako-chan – turns out she ended up buying that pink number she was looking at in the mall before being felt up by Haruka – and well, Mako-chan <3

We also get a visit from Kanako-sensei and all her worldly wisdom, and that loser loner guy comes looking for companionship from the Minami sisters again. Except this time, they confirm that he is actually family. So they helped him out that last time without even knowing who he was? Where do I sign up!!


Mako-chan isn’t finished yet, words of wisdom from Kanako-sensei, another visit from loser idiot guy (who IS he, anyways?), and the legend of Minami Haruka – former BANCHOU

For such a laid back show with no plot, Minami-ke has some incredible momentum that just keeps it going and going.


I wonder if this is the last we’ve seen of Mako-chan? It was odd to me that they stuck in that part in the beginning (albeit much appreciated), which could suggest that we’re not going to see any more of him/her, just because they used up their repeat already. Then again, Mako-chan / Makoto could just end up being a recurring side character, and the eventual sexual confusion and endless blushing cheeks from all parties when the secret is finally revealed to Haruka is always something to wish for.

And how about that little Haruka history bit? Not only did we get to see a younger Haruka, Kana, and Chiaki, but we found out a bit more about her past and what kind of person she grew up into. These little past-tidbits seems like a pretty standard practice in this type of show (Lucky Star used it once or twice) as they are a good way to get a few laughs while seeming clever at the same time, and Minami-ke did a great job of playing it out effectively. Those little montages of Haruka laying the smackdown? Priceless.

Captions up

November 19, 2007 at 3:05 am
  • November 19, 2007 at 3:20 amanonymous

    first! looks like another great episode!

  • November 19, 2007 at 3:45 amKenta

    Haruka is awesome! One of the only few good shows this season.

  • November 19, 2007 at 3:54 amSkyLark

    This. Looks. InSANE. Will this series ever stop topping itself!?!? MORE CHARACTERS?!?! I’m going mad. MAD WITH LOVE.

  • November 19, 2007 at 3:56 amSkyLark

    Oh, and the Hershey Kiss hair poof is total win.

  • November 19, 2007 at 4:18 amEric

    I love this Series
    another awesome episode

  • November 19, 2007 at 5:55 am/B/

    MOAR MAKO-CHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

  • November 19, 2007 at 7:17 amevana

    this story keep better and more better than i think. Hurray for Minami sister

  • November 19, 2007 at 7:51 amGod~knows

    little kana looks more baka than the present one.

    Baka saturation reading:110%

  • November 19, 2007 at 8:55 amnobody important

    I never get tired of the sudden appearance of the Bible Black faces.

  • November 19, 2007 at 9:03 amchibihien

    Mako-chan really getting into dressing up and acting a girl…..

    methinks a future operation is imminent

  • November 19, 2007 at 10:12 amSyaoran Li

    Mako-chan FTW!
    Really, this show knows how to explote its good points.
    I can’t wait to see Okawari on January.

  • November 19, 2007 at 12:45 pmChiu^2

    oh Mako-chan, your crossdressing antics never stops amusing me.
    I hope theres more of this in the future.

  • November 19, 2007 at 2:16 pmSyaoran Li

    I hope he was using shorts under that dress.

  • November 19, 2007 at 2:55 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    NEED MORE TRAP. that nipple grab scream from last week was SUPER NUTTY!! and whas up with that little sun dress number?? that there boy be doing it “silence of the lambs” SAUSAGE TUCK STYLE!!!!!!!

  • November 19, 2007 at 3:37 pmWarukyure

    That “ojii-san” is their Mother’s, older sister’s son. (Okaa-san no onee-chan no mus-ko?)

    Or their Cousin for short (iitoko?)

  • November 19, 2007 at 3:47 pmShippoyasha

    Kana is so cute I WANT TO BRING HER HOME!

    No wait, that sounds disturbing.

  • November 19, 2007 at 5:23 pmJezreel

    esta serie la verdad me gusta, inova y está muy chistosa.

  • November 19, 2007 at 6:14 pmDmo

    I don’t know what Ninomiya-kun and Sensei love more…walking around in the rain or getting hit by cars…

  • November 19, 2007 at 7:30 pmlala

    best comedy this season :D

    i just did some research on it and found out theres going to be another Minami-ke being released in January 2008 under the title Minami-ke Okawari by a different animation studio, Asread i think, the current one is Doumu. anyone know whether this is true?

  • November 19, 2007 at 10:00 pmShin


  • November 19, 2007 at 10:02 pmPochama

    This is Minami Okawari.
    As you can see, it is going to be a completely different Minami-Ke series. :p

  • November 19, 2007 at 10:02 pmPochama

    Oh I made a typo. It’s Minami-ke Okawari. (not Minami Okawari)

  • November 19, 2007 at 11:35 pmlol_matt

    omg, Haruka was still hot as a first-year

    And I could totally see Haruka going totally Rena on everyone’s ass…

  • November 20, 2007 at 12:02 amSonicX

    Minami-ke es una buena serie para pasar el rato..es suavecita.. y entretenida…me gusto harto..me recuerda un poco a love hina!!!

  • November 20, 2007 at 1:12 ampikopita

    hershey kiss hair? i called it a “Sundae” ehhehe

  • November 20, 2007 at 1:58 amquex

    *Densetsu* Banchou-sama! LOL You go, Haruka!

  • November 20, 2007 at 2:31 amFalloutDude


  • November 20, 2007 at 4:38 amlan


  • November 20, 2007 at 4:59 amJayars

    Troubled/Embarassed Haruka = OMG!!! KAWAIII!!!!!!!

    ‘t was soooo funny when we find out about the Legend of Haruka!! LOL! No wait, it’s OMGROFLLC (Omg Rolling on Floor Laughing Like Crazy)

  • November 20, 2007 at 5:01 amJayars

    Btw, anyone caught the “Nobue Oneechan” pink book? :D

  • November 20, 2007 at 5:04 amquigonkenny

    Anybody know when/if this episode will be released in HD? I need Densetsu Banchou Haruka-neesama on my Desktop, and the shot above, as gorgeous as it is native, is hideous at 24″.

  • November 20, 2007 at 5:49 amraimaru2880

    freakin’ awesome!

  • November 20, 2007 at 6:33 amShippoyasha

    I’m scared for Minami-ke Okawari….

    This season is so epic and so perfect, I wonder how a new studio would handle it.

  • November 20, 2007 at 1:36 pmTensai Otaku

    they´ve killed Ninomiya kun!!!!


  • November 21, 2007 at 3:09 amKokWeng

    Mako chan = O
    He like dressed as girl liao >.>(Prevert boi xD )

  • November 21, 2007 at 8:20 pmFalenXangel

    wuz wrong with dressing up like a girl?!?!?!?! anyways… wonder if its subbed yet… hope okawari is as good as this is

  • November 23, 2007 at 1:41 pmFalenXangel

    dai lo lol for those of u who arent canto, it means big brother