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Minami-ke – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「経験値上昇中☆」 (Keikenchi Joushouchuu) by 佐藤利奈, 井上麻里奈, 茅原実里 (Satou Rina, Inoue Marina, Chihara Minori)
Watch the OP! Mirror 1, Mirror 2

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
Kana: zzzzzzz

    (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.

    (botches potatoes)

Chiaki: Just go back to sleep.
Kana: HIDOI~

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.

    CHASE.
    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.
Kana> zomg!
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…
Kana> *kick*
Fujioka> OW WTF

ED Sequence

ED: 「カラフルDAYS」 (Colorful DAYS) by佐藤利奈, 井上麻里奈, 茅原実里 (Satou Rina, Inoue Marina, Chihara Minori)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2


Thoughts

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!

October 7, 2007 at 5:11 pm
41 comments »
  • October 7, 2007 at 5:13 pmGStrike-

  • October 7, 2007 at 5:14 pmarigatou

    Well I’m at the same boat as you. But didn’t expected it to be this good. Now there gonna be a replacement for my Lucky Star cravings finally I thought it would be just all Romance and Mechs.

  • October 7, 2007 at 5:26 pmDarkReign

    Man, im still wondering how many new shows there are going to be.

  • October 7, 2007 at 5:26 pmRemi

    This looks really cute! The guy is cute too kya!

    xD I’m watching this ^^! The animation and character design are really atracttive

  • October 7, 2007 at 5:28 pmE_I

    Okay, you made me put this on my must watch list!

  • October 7, 2007 at 5:32 pmsento

    The manga was nice and just watching the OP gives me a good feeling. =3 I’m going to watch this now.

  • October 7, 2007 at 5:46 pmASDAS 3.0

    GStrike

    same here

    epecially that opening sequence

    but im not going to watch it

  • October 7, 2007 at 5:51 pmOmni

    DarkReign: Did you miss the Fall 2007 Preview?

  • October 7, 2007 at 6:40 pmSensei-kun

  • October 7, 2007 at 6:47 pmFat Cat Lim

    Well, as long as the show production levels doesn’t drop to QUALITY CABBAGE levels…

  • October 7, 2007 at 6:53 pmbanzemanga

    Yes, definately better than expected. See how it develops.

  • October 7, 2007 at 7:24 pmGenestarwind

    Another first kiss in first episode!!! Wow the japanese is on fire now^^

  • October 7, 2007 at 8:03 pmGintama

    hmmmm seems okay

  • October 7, 2007 at 8:16 pmRemi

    Genestarwind; I think that kiss was on TV xD .. im not really sure..

  • October 7, 2007 at 8:36 pmBleach123

    Just watched the RAW on niconico. It made me laugh even though i didnt understand what they were talking most of the time. I really like the character designs for the show =3. The idiotic things that Kana do really reminds me of Tomo from azumanga daioh xd. Overall, it had some nice animations too. I just hope it stays consistent thought out the whole show, since these types of shows tend to drop fast after a few episodes

  • October 7, 2007 at 8:52 pmYouko

    Agreed with the entry. Minami-ke wins the entire season.

  • October 7, 2007 at 9:14 pmxraymind

    Remi: I think Genestarwind mean the first kiss between the sisters, the middle and small.

  • October 7, 2007 at 10:12 pmAbvius

    “Easy to enjoy comedy that doesn’t make you feel retarded”
    That sold me.

  • October 7, 2007 at 10:12 pmkite

    this anime season is going to be blast

  • October 7, 2007 at 10:35 pmChiu^2

    hm, It looks pretty interesting. I think I’ll probably check it out right now.

  • October 7, 2007 at 11:12 pmXjellocross

    Yay, I’m glad this turned out to be good. I felt so empty after Lucky Star ended….

  • October 7, 2007 at 11:37 pmDalvis

    the 1st thing that caught my eye was the seiyu, haha XD

  • October 8, 2007 at 12:17 ammewmew

    the title of the OP already sounds like a winner ^^ hehehe.

    definitely liked it ^^. even more so than 5 no 2, because i didnt feel dirty watching it ahaha…

  • October 8, 2007 at 1:22 amSak

    This is three sisters version of “Ichigo Mashimaro”.
    Kana = Micchan.

  • October 8, 2007 at 1:28 amDarkReign

    Yeah i think i did Omni thanks.

  • October 8, 2007 at 2:24 amMayuna

    I love Kana XD I kinda look like her; I can’t cook (although…I can make a proper pancake), I’m always trying to kiss my sister (but just to tease her, not to try out XD) and I’m most of the time as energetic as she is (I do not jump on the table though, but I do run through the whole house sometimes XD). But I surely do not kick the guy who sent me a loveletter :p.

  • October 8, 2007 at 2:34 amlinnah-chan

  • October 8, 2007 at 2:36 amcribba

    Ah sweet, so this is a nice substitute now that Lucky Star has ended? :)

  • October 8, 2007 at 2:52 ammutio

    Must watch for me! Remembers me of Strawberry Panic a bit hehe :D
    So it was the preview of THIS series after the last episode of Heroic Age, already wondered xD

  • October 8, 2007 at 3:15 amrakel

    oww…the teddy reminds me of alice academy!!

  • October 8, 2007 at 5:50 amJayars

    Chihara Minori!!! HAPPY!!! *does the yatta dance*

  • October 8, 2007 at 6:49 amhiero_yo

  • October 8, 2007 at 8:19 ammutio

    Ah, didn’t mean Strawberry Panic but Ichigo Mashimaro! Don’t know why I wrote this >.

  • October 9, 2007 at 12:45 amBleach123

    hiero_yo http://randomc.net/image/Minami-ke/Minami-ke%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2033.jpg
    yoko vs simon

    hahaha that is what simon gets for confessing his feelings to yoko

  • October 9, 2007 at 1:38 amTensai Otaku

    Hey this is amazing… AZUMANGA DAIOH…WITH BOOBS AND STUFF JUST LIKE GROWN WOMEN…
    YEAH ALL RIGHT GIVE ME MORE ANIMATION DUDES!! :D
    This is the HAREM season for sure!! I bet you love it hummmMMM… OMNI!! LOL

  • October 9, 2007 at 6:19 amnodame

    omg the RAW was the very definition of feel good anime. hail!

  • October 10, 2007 at 10:31 pmPeysh

    epic win.

    my fav of the fall season so far with clanad for the laughs i got. Lets hope it stays that way. Animation quality is top notch too, lol @ the jumpoverthetable scene. Couldnt stop laughing ;)

  • October 12, 2007 at 2:29 amkeywin

    too bad nobody’s subbing this =( oh well the raw was good even thou i did not understand much

  • October 13, 2007 at 5:04 amTimoshit Huang

    yeah! Minami-ke rocks!! :D Clannad sucks! so boring.

  • October 13, 2007 at 11:50 pmxau

    Is this getting its own category?

  • October 16, 2007 at 10:06 pmAnonymous for no Good Reason

    A load of fun, which will only be heightened on the day that one watchs it after a heavy dose of sugar. On a sidenote, this episode 01 entry does not show up when one clicks the Minami-ke section on the side bar, only 02 at the moment of writin’.