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「今、恋をはじめます」 (Ima, Koi o Hajimemasu)
“Now My Love Begins”

The more you watch Minami-ke, the more you realize this is one of those series where folks just aren’t destined to get together…

I’m just a little disappointed that we haven’t seen more of Makoto/-chan this season, though by the looks of the preview we’ll at least get one more appearance next week. But we did get just a little Hosaka this time, which is just a little bonus after his bonanza appearance last week. On balance this episode was just a little bit less stellar than that one, but I give the series just a little slack because that was one of the best episodes in nearly 4 seasons. While there was just a little Chiaki and Haruka this week, we did get just a little bonus by seeing some new potential pairings we haven’t seen before – though I’m not optimistic any of them will go anywhere. This is Minami-ke after all.

This is an area where the manga readers will have the advantage of me, because I’ve been reading it on-and-off over the years (I never found it quite as charming as the anime, though it can be hilarious) but even though Minami-ke is a series that offers impressive – almost frighteningly so – continuity, a couple of the developments this week seemed pretty much brand new.

 

  • Hitomi x Fujioka (the boy, not the bear). As far as I know that’s completely out of left field, though there were flashbacks showing they’d interacted before.
  • Maki x Hitomi. Is this yuri goggles in Minami-ke? I don’t see how Maki turning bright red and fainting can be anything less than unambiguous, but I didn’t have the slightest clue that was coming.

Again, this is one of those series where everyone seems destined to love the wrong person – that could even be argued to be the main joke, really. Even so, apart from the age difference (I’m guessing two years) Hitomi and Fujioka would seem like a good pair even if they didn’t eerily synch with each other right down to their bladders. They look like a matched set, first of all. They’re both neurotic, and both in love with someone utterly clueless. As for Maki, I don’t even know what to make of that development, but it’ll be interesting to see if it goes anywhere. In terms of pure neuroses, though, it would be hard to match up with Riko – she’s just a little bit of a mess, and her unrequited crush on Fujioka has her in quite a pinch.

As for the daisy-chain Haruka started with her movie tickets (I’d actually be much more curious to see "Spicyman") – well, I guess I should say Takeru started it – rather than bring anyone together all they seemed to do was angstify the situation even more. And in the end it looks like no one ended up using them anyway – Hosaka and Reiko surely paid their own way – but they did lead to the added bonus of Natsuki’s hilariously awkward attempt at parenting with Touma. I’d have loved to have seen how she responded if he’d gone through with what he was about to say. My money says Haruka knew exactly what she was doing when she gave those tickets away – once a banchou, always a banchou…

 

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March 4, 2013 at 11:25 pm
13 comments »
  • March 4, 2013 at 11:48 pmbaseone

    First things first I have a question, Am I the only one that was grinning like a fool the whole episode!? This is the best episode so far IMO.

    I thought Haruka was asking Natsuki out! dayuuuummmnnnn! I was wrong. About HitomixFujioka they look good with each other definitely!

    And also Spiderman rip-off??

    • March 5, 2013 at 12:28 am人間かけてるメガネ

      I agree with you. I personally think this episode is better than last week’s. It’s good to see characters other than the regular ones getting their screen-time and having some interaction like this week’s Hitomi x Fujioka.

  • March 4, 2013 at 11:58 pmKF

    HitomixFujioka … not bad I suppose but I think KanaxFujioka is the better pairing.

    TQ

    • March 5, 2013 at 12:25 amAndmeuths

      Ah shipping.

      What about a Nice Boat between Kana and Hitomi?

      Just kidding.

  • March 5, 2013 at 12:12 amrandom viewer

    I just can’t get enough of the “slice-of-life” in Minami-ke. Brings a smile to my face every time I watch it.

  • March 5, 2013 at 1:05 amZannafar

    We need more of Hitomi x Fujioka
    I don’t think Maki x Hitomi is a good couple. The only yuri couple I approve in Minami-ke is Atsuko x Touma.

    Hitomi and Fujioka would seem like a good pair [...] They’re both neurotic, and both in love with someone utterly clueless who’s in love with someone else.

    Eh? Who is Kana in love with?

    • March 5, 2013 at 8:51 ampuppygod

      Herself, obviously.

      • March 5, 2013 at 6:26 pmGuardian Enzo

        “I’m a bishoujou!”

  • March 5, 2013 at 5:36 amLGrey

    Anyone else catch Maki x Atsuko? (in the mini-skit)

  • March 5, 2013 at 7:52 amNekomimimeido

    The Little bits are are the ones that make this episode for me…

    Just little Hosaka this episode to close of the previous ep.
    Even with just little interaction with each other, Hitomi and Fujioka makes a great pair.
    There’s just a little yuri with Hitomi and Maki.
    I’m rooting for Natsuki x Haruka little by little.
    Rico is as always, a little bit of a mess.

  • March 5, 2013 at 11:04 ambillng

    The skits with Natsuki I always seem to enjoy

  • March 5, 2013 at 1:40 pmDomo-kun

    Hitomi is a great character :)

  • March 5, 2013 at 3:53 pmEliteF22

    LOL, Spysyyyyyyyyy!! Man.