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Minami-ke Okaeri – 01

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Summary

Part 1: New Year’s

Haruka and Chiaki finish up putting on their kimonos for the New Year visit to the shrine, while Kana sleeps in. The three girls arrive at the shrine and greet Uchida, who apparently thinks that this is a festival and has loaded her arms with snacks and shopping. Everyone pulls a fortune (Omikuji), including Hosaka-senpai. Uchida spent all her money so she borrowed 100 yen from Kana to buy hers, which turns out to be extremely good. Back at home, Uchida giggles over her good fortune, and tells everyone she’s going to meet her true love soon. While Uchida waits, expecting her true love to show up any minute, the doorbell rings. It turns out to be Fujioka, so Chiaki drags him forcefully to the kotatsu and sits in his lap. She also reminds Uchida to return the 100 yen she borrowed from Kana. In order to extend her good fortune’s time window for love, Uchida tries to run away but gives up in the end and pays Kana back. It seems love is driven by money anyway.

 
OP:

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OP: “Keikenchi Soku Joujou↑↑” 「経験値速上々↑↑」 by Satou Rina (佐藤 利奈), Inoue Marina (井上 麻里奈), Chihara Minori (茅原 実里)
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((OP inserted here – Weird timing. It wasn’t bad for a seiyuu song, but not particularly special. If it’s merely forgettable instead of annoying, I’d say that’s a plus. By far the best part about it for me was seeing a half second flash of the Minami brothers – Three characters introduced in Season 1 who were completely taken out of Season 2, much to my dismay. I thought Season 1 did a good job with continuity and character development for a show which is substantially slice of life and plot-free. So when they took away the boys, I was pretty sad.))

 

Part 2: Cup-Yakisoba Phenomenon

Chiaki explains to Touma that wanting to eat yakisoba and wanting to eat cup-yakisoba are two totally different things. She names this theory “cup-yakisoba phenomenon.” She also explains how this theory relates to her bear, Fujioka. (Takeru – their “uncle” – is sitting at the kotatsu and talking about his horribly depressing job with the teddy bear.) Touma receives some strict sibling punishment from Chiaki when her theory proves to be a little difficult to grasp. Haruka and Kana arrive home to greet everyone. Kana manages to reinforce Takeru’s usual depression, but Haruka cheers him up with some tea. Kana points out that the tea she prepared is expired (and as such, not “new tea leaves”). A light goes off in Touma’s head, so she and Chiaki suddenly shout “cup-yakisoba phenomenon!” simultaneously at Kana, and leave her pretty confused.

Part 3: O-miai

Chiaki’s school nurse wants to stop by for a house visit to speak with Chiaki’s guardian, so Haruka asks Takeru to speak on her behalf, despite Chiaki’s harsh claims that he has nothing to do with her. When her teacher comes over, things get off to an oddly giggle-filled start with the three of them sitting around the kotatsu. Suffice it to say, Chiaki wasn’t giggling. Kana whispers to Chiaki from across the room that this must be an O-miai – a kind of set-up meeting for an engagement to get married, usually. Fujioka drops by and Chiaki’s teacher talks happily with him as well, at least until Takeru lands a death stare at Fujioka for interrupting his conversation. Kana appears in the doorway again with a new snack, confirming her suspicions that this is an O-miai. Chiaki begs her teacher to get to the point, who seems to have forgotten exactly what it was she came here for. She pulls out the results of Chiaki’s physical examination and hands them to a confused Takeru, and begins talking about Chiaki’s eating habits. Chiaki doesn’t react well to this inanity.

 
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ED: “Zettai Colorful Sengen” 「絶対カラフル宣言」 by Satou Rina (佐藤 利奈), Inoue Marina (井上 麻里奈), Chihara Minori (茅原 実里)
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((ED inserted here – More weird timing. Again, pretty simple and not particularly annoying, which was good. The ending animation was blue-sky filled and each girl played around and showed off their beach-wear – Haruka’s was particularly surprising.))

 

Part 4: How to find a lost item

Chiaki searches high and low for her Fujioka bear, so Takeru promises to help her find it. He pulls out a pen and stands it upright in the middle of the table, and tells Chiaki that her missing item will be found in the direction that the pen points when it lands. He drops it and it lands pointing toward the kitchen door, so Chiaki enters the room and finds her bear in a pot on the stove. She blames Kana since she’s the only person in the household who would do something that cruel. Amazed by the success of the pen-drop method, Haruka asks Takeru if he can help her find an embarrassing missing item, although she says it’s technically not a big deal. He drops the pen again and it points towards the veranda, but only Haruka realizes that it’s actually pointing towards Kana, who stole her missing item – which turns out to be an expensive cup of ice cream she had bought and left in the freezer. Kana gives it a try and asks Takeru to drop the pen in order to find her an amazing dream guy candidate. Takeru releases the pen but it stands completely upright instead of falling over. Thinking it’s broken (or her dream guy is in heaven already…), Kana knocks the pen over herself right before the doorbell rings. She gets up to answer it while everyone else stares at the pen, which incidentally is pointing directly to the front door. Fujioka returns with the shopping that he promised to buy. Only Kana seems oblivious to the suggestion that Fujioka is her dream guy candidate while everyone else looks on in amusement from behind.

At the shrine, Hosaka asks to buy one more fortune (which turns out to be very bad – ( 絶対にダメ!) *again* – but the owner would like to close for the day and politely sends him home. Nearby, you can see Hosaka has already purchased quite a bundle, and tied them all up together. He’ll return tomorrow to buy more, until he gets the fortune that will bring Haruka into his life. Super creepy as usual.

 

Preview

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Thoughts

Most of you probably immediately noticed the big character design difference. At first it feels a bit weird, but by the end of the episode your eyes will have adjusted, mostly for the better, I think. There are only one or two characters who I feel give off a weird vibe, but I’m sure I’ll get over it. It seems like they tried really hard to reconcile Season 1 and Season 2 and came out with something not quite entirely different, but pleasant. I liked the animation for sleepy-head Kana. Her hair was a nice touch.

I also couldn’t help but notice Fujioka was wearing one of the jackets which are super popular in Japan right now, with the fur around the collar. The only thing it’s missing is the puff-fabric that’s shiny. Oh, and maybe if it were black, or even better – bright aqua blue. Oh well, there’s always next year. A new year for new fads! Also, Kana stabbing the mikan with her thumb made me have a weird craving, so I had to go buy some…

They did an exceptional job at very quickly reintroducing all the characters, so first time viewers fear not – this is an easy to digest show and they generally make sure to cover all the basic premises in the first episode of sequels anyway. I think they presented each character’s personality traits pretty well in a very short time. You’re supposed to get a good glimpse at each of the sister’s personalities, and refresh yourself with (or get to know) a few side characters as well. I think Fujioka’s character got a good presentation, even if he didn’t actually say much. It’s still pretty clear that he likes Kana, and that she’s oblivious as ever. (Chiaki’s relationship with him is dubious, though.) I like his character design loads better than last season’s. I think they could have made Hosaka even more creepy, but it wasn’t a failure by any means. And his fortunes were hilarious…

This first episode left me pretty pleased, and it really reinforced my idea that Minaimi-ke is a really relaxed, easy to follow slice of life comedy, so I’ll be following this for the rest of the season. I’m a huge Kana fan, and I really like Natsuki (Minami bro.) too, so I hope he gets his fair share of screen time this season. I liked that the first episode was in tune with reality time-wise, and was topically about the new year. I just got back from my first shrine visit as well, so it was all very “nostalgic,” if it’s possible to be nostalgic about something you did only one week ago. On that note, Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to the rest of the season!

January 6, 2009 at 12:41 pm
41 comments »
  • January 6, 2009 at 12:51 pmStuff

    Good series, loved season 1 but not so much season 2
    I’ll pick this up now that Kannagi is done

  • January 6, 2009 at 1:00 pmasdfasdf

    Can someone remind me who is Uchida again?

  • January 6, 2009 at 1:09 pmEld

  • January 6, 2009 at 1:29 pmGP

    So like, all 3 sisters have some male that likes they or that they like or something? I mean is there any romance in this at all? Or is it just silly everyday comedy?

  • January 6, 2009 at 1:29 pmTrillian

    Uchida is just a friend/classmate of Chiaki’s. I believe she’s in on Makoto/Maki-chan’s secret, as well.

    GP: It falls under the romantic comedy category pretty often, but not all the time. Each girl has a few boys of interest I think.

    Despite the fact that I don’t mind romantic series, you’ll find that they very rarely make it to my list of favorites. I prefer shows that don’t revolve around a romantic love interest progression, harems, or mecha (no offense to each category…). I know you might think that doesn’t leave much left, but actually the series that catch my attention are much more creative because they don’t rely on plots that have already been beaten to death. Minami-ke … is somewhere in the middle. It’s funny, and it’s cute, and totally not serious. And no, it doesn’t revolve exclusively around love, but love is a central inspiration of comedy. It’s got a great sense of humor, which is the selling point.

  • January 6, 2009 at 1:42 pmBlue Kobun

    woah, its out. Looking forward, I’m glad the staff is different than that of season 2.

  • January 6, 2009 at 1:46 pmBroth3R

    I think it’d be better if they have to face adult-hood romance-like, then I’d be more interested in this show.

  • January 6, 2009 at 2:04 pmteutates

    I looked wrong to this picture.

    http://randomc.net/image/Minami-ke/Minami-ke%20Okaeri%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2030.jpg

    Tought i saw taiga :P i looked wrong xD

    Looks like a nice show.

  • January 6, 2009 at 2:26 pmdivine

    CUP YAKISOBA GENSHOU!

    CUP YAKISOBA GENSHOU!

  • January 6, 2009 at 2:46 pmAstroNerdBoy

    After the less than stellar 2nd series, this 3rd series has me excited about the Minami-ke franchise again. ^_^ The “Cup Yakisoba” stuff was a bit weird but still fun. AND best of all, no Black-san background characters. Yay!

  • January 6, 2009 at 3:31 pmIthekro

    Uchida: Chiaki’s friend/classmate…Kana’s minion. Co-founder of Mako-chan.
    Baka reading: 50% at last count…likley higher due to continual exposure to Kana.

  • January 6, 2009 at 4:32 pmKabayongtao

    I’ve heard that there were lots of drawing error from this episode. Dunno but I felt that this scene is one of those:

    http://randomc.net/image/Minami-ke/Minami-ke%20Okaeri%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2042.jpg

  • January 6, 2009 at 4:58 pm:D

    Seeing you blog about Minami-ke made me smile. I hope you continute.

  • January 6, 2009 at 7:42 pmninja penguin

    After the dissappointing 2nd series, this is a welcome return to form.

  • January 6, 2009 at 7:59 pmrkzamber

    Haruka’s ending credit clothes makes her look like Madlax.
    But the first ep was still very fun to watch XD

  • January 6, 2009 at 8:00 pmorihimeinoue

    It’s nice to have this show back ^-^ I would like to see the other Minami again

  • January 6, 2009 at 8:25 pmdonbob

    Since I really disliked the second season I was reluctant to watch this one, fearing it might be just as bad.
    Luckily it’s more like the first season.

    When the Minami brothers were shown in the intro I immediately had to skip back to see if this was for real. Season 2 missed out on so much stuff with these three guys missing. Also Fujioka is just insanly fun when he has a “rival” XD

  • January 6, 2009 at 10:59 pmSeeker4life

  • January 6, 2009 at 11:21 pmThe Enigmatic moondoggiebuiscuit

    maybe after i find seasons 1 and 2… never noticed this one before…

  • January 6, 2009 at 11:47 pmBlue Kobun

    Great episode, I even think I enjoyed it more than all of season 2 xD

  • January 6, 2009 at 11:47 pmPanther

    Yes I do not understand all the fuss over the animation quality. Sure in some places it might be bad, but it is not unwatchable, and the slice of life and the comedy is still in there and somewhat almost back to S1. Certainly a show to finish for the rest of the season.

  • January 7, 2009 at 12:03 amRoy Mustang

    Anything is better than the second season’s black faces. What the hell were they thinking?!!

  • January 7, 2009 at 12:05 amRoy Mustang

    It’s amazing how a bad studio could ruin even a great series like this. God, I hated the second season.

  • January 7, 2009 at 12:08 amlohking

    minami episodes sub can be watched at
    Animezorro

  • January 7, 2009 at 12:49 amGundam 00

    Personally i don’t really enjoy this as much the other season of minami-ke because of the change or production companies or porducer. i still think the first season was the best one. i’m not really sure but has the production quality of this gone down a bit?

  • January 7, 2009 at 12:55 amMegas

    I actually like this series *gasps* Its funny, goofy, & completely void of any “real” seriousness whatsoever…and just think my favorite type of anime are when everyone dies :D

  • January 7, 2009 at 2:36 amPutang

    hmm o_o… only downside was the horribly drawn faces in some parts but besides that I loved this…

    also does anyone else feel reminded of Revy(Black Lagoon) a bit when looking at sleepy Kana?

  • January 7, 2009 at 4:21 amcalde

    @Roy Musrtang
    It’s more like the same studio but with better creaters.

  • January 7, 2009 at 5:13 ambrianleung8912

    hosaka is the best XD

  • January 7, 2009 at 10:11 amYangorang

    This was a pretty good ep overall; I definitely look forward to watching this season.
    I still prefer the animation style/quality of the first season, but it has improved over the second season in my opinion. I especially like Kana’s sleeping face in the first part.

  • January 7, 2009 at 10:47 amMinamiKeFan

    There’s a detail that I don’t know if many of you noticed…
    When the girls go to pray to the shrine, they throw some coins.
    In order, you see appearing: a 100 yen coin, a 50 yen coin, a 10 yen coin and a 1 yen coin.
    And then you see the girls and this order corresponds to: Haruka, Chiaki, Uchida, Kana.
    I found this detail funny XD so I wanted to share it.

  • January 7, 2009 at 11:19 amSnooSnoo

    I watched a whole 30 seconds of it until I saw how fugly Chiaki and Haruka-nee-sama has become and I Alt+F4-ed

  • January 8, 2009 at 6:28 ampakxenon

    EXCELLENT.

  • January 8, 2009 at 6:39 amKaioshin Sama

    Those fur collar jackets have been popular among the Asian Teen to Young Adult demographic for a fairly long time from what I’ve seen. When I was in University as far back as my first year in 2003 it was a very noticeable fashion trend with the Asian Students, especially males. It stayed that way throughout my time there and apparently well beyond.

  • January 8, 2009 at 8:53 amminami

    i missed this series………w00t

  • January 8, 2009 at 8:55 am[index O_o]

    yay! can’t w8 for subs.

  • January 8, 2009 at 1:50 pmStever

    What’s up with their mouths? Do they have cleft-lips or something? This show is disgusting.

  • January 8, 2009 at 2:03 pmIthekro

    Captions requested.

    (There mouths have always looked like that.)

  • January 10, 2009 at 1:37 amDecel

    @MinamiKeFan
    Great catch! Thanks for sharing!
    Makes this episode even better! Overall I did like it a lot, especially since they’re covering the bachelorette nurse and Fujiyoka-Kana’s non-existing romance XD

  • January 10, 2009 at 2:06 amjho

    Season 1 was one of the best comedies I ever watched. Was kind of disappointed with season 2 – didn’t look forward to watching any of the episodes. This one felt like it started on the right track.

  • February 18, 2009 at 7:21 amkay0ss

    Those trendy fur jackets are pretty popular over here in the West Coast of the US, as well. :X

    Good first episode.