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Minami-ke – 02

“Discontent Everywhere”

Maki declares she is going to quit school because the girls’ uniform is too embarrassing to wear, with the skirt and all. “It’s sexual harassment on a national scale!” The discussion progresses, as all anime conversations eventually do, to the topic of pantsu.

Here’s the joke, which gets completely butchered when I try to explain it here – in Japanese, “pan” means bread, which our curious pantsu girl just happens to have lost (split-second bread eating while speaking, this girl should be in some talent contest), so while looking for her “pan” under the desk, she peeps Haruka’s pan-tsu – standing up triumphantly, she proclaims “I have just witnessed something that few have witnessed, it’s Haruka’s pure white pan-“ and gets intercepted by Haruka with a “yes, ‘pan’ is indeed white inside…”

Well, I tried. Maybe there’s some way to work edible panties into that one.

“Strange things”

Typical dinner table talk leads to Haruka mentioning that she was working on a committee project with another guy, which incites a “doing some ‘strange things’ with a guy, eh?” from Kana. “What strange things?” asks the elementary school student Chiaki. Haruka gets all deredere and tries to get Kana to explain what she means. “Yeaa… some fun things… like that…”

Next day at school, a couple of guys invite Chiaki and her friend over to their place. It goes something like this:
       Boy> Hey Chiaki, wanna come over after school?
       Chiaki> What are we doing
       Boy> You know, video games and stuff
       Chiaki> Stuff? Like “strange things”
       Boy> !!! No!!! I wouldn’t dare!
       Chiaki> Oh. Too bad.
       Boy> Too bad??? Noooooooo!!!

That night at home:
       Haruka> Chiaki, you get your homework done at your friend’s place?
       Chiaki> Yea, but we didn’t do any “strange things”
       Kana>! You’re only in elementary school, not even I’ve done those “things!”
       Haruka> Yea, it’s way too early! Even I haven’t done “that!”
       Chiaki> Eh
       Kana> Eh


Chiaki is called upon by the class to come up with nicknames for everyone. “Stupid kid.” “Plain yogurt.” “Boy A.” “B.” What does she call herself?


The best part of this skit? Her facial expressions – my god lol


In Japan, students are typically responsible for cleaning the classroom – often times in groups – this sort of after-school but still-in-school activity brings an extra edge of callousness and casualness to the table. Today, our alpha male Makoto is hyping everyone up for a round of sweeping!

       Chiaki> Shut up and get to it, dumbass

Ouch. Makoto takes it well and tries to talk some manners into her.

       Chiaki> Don’t talk. Hold the dustpan and get on your knees. You dumbass.

Needless to say, their sweeping combination is an utter disaster, which takes a turn for the worse when they switch roles. I should note that in the manga, there is a gratuitous shot of her pantsu when she’s kneeling, but the producers decided that there’s been enough mention of pantsu in this episode. Chiaki gets pissed off and tells Makoto to fill two buckets with water, and stand. No, don’t do anything. Just stand there.

And stand there he did.


As usual, Kana is getting bored sitting around, so bugs Chiaki to hang out with her. Chiaki, as usual, is studying, and tells her to buzz off. “I’m trying to get into a good middle school, don’t bother me,” she says.

        “Oh hoh, but I’m going to the same school that Haruka went to – you saying she’s dumb?”

        “Keh, she had to go to the nearby school because of us.”

        “Very well, I shall test just how exceptional you are. In a particular year, the month of May has four Tuesdays and four Thursdays. On what day of the week does May 5th fall?”


       *GASP* “W-W-Wednesday it is. Psht, then why don’t you tell me what page that question was on?”

        “Like I would know!!”

      “Hah, can’t even answer that simple of a question, you’re hopeless! True, you might be exceptional… at an elementary school level.”

Chiaki begins her counterattack as she unleashes a string of her own questions. “A star is a star, but what star is sour?” (answer: umeboshi, those sour plums u find on rice balls). Kana’s answer: a black dot (I don’t get it). “What small thing wears a red hat and cries constantly?” (answer: a candle). Kana’s answer: (puts on a Carp hat) “A fan of a team going through a losing streak :(“

And then comes the bombshell: “What is visible when you’re sitting, but disappears when you stand?” (answer: soles of the feet)

     Kana> PANTSU

And on that note, we’ll end it there!



You know what’s great about this show – it seems to have taken little bits from all the previous shows in the genre (Ichigo Mashimaro, Lucky Star namely) and put it together in this neat little package that’s not only fresh but also genuinely funny with no need to reference outside material. The sound effects are great and add an extra dimension to the humor (especially those hollow sounds made during the punch line); and to top it all off, we have that disclaimer at the beginning that says “don’t expect too much out of this show, we’re just showing you the daily lives of these girls.”

Gee, sounds like something Lucky Star could have benefited from in the early goings, lol. Without the unnecessary hype and misplaced expectations, Minami-ke has been able to shine in its own way, and it’s been nothing short of great fun so far.

And where else are you gonna find dialogue like this? It’s punch line after punch line, \o/ and OTL all around. And I absolutely love the personalities of the three girls and how well they fit together – Haruka is the motherly type, yet she’s the one who gets embarrassed the easiest about things; Kana is absolutely psycho and has an endless supply of energy (not to mention she’s voiced by Gurren’s Yoko), and Chiaki is this precocious grade-school brat that seems to know a lot and yet knows so little about some select topics.

For those who haven’t already, go check out Ichigo Mashimaro – it’s a bit more mellow and endlessly more loli than this show, but the two shows are very similar and provide nonstop chuckles the whole way.

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Edit: It seems like a different studio is doing their own version of Minami-ke, to be released in January 2008! Check this page for details (thanks Necromancer).

October 15, 2007 at 2:32 am
  • October 15, 2007 at 2:39 amHarbin

    Omg, i think this might be the best comedy this season has to offer!

  • October 15, 2007 at 2:46 amHylarn

    No mouse-over captions for Minami-ke?

  • October 15, 2007 at 2:47 amjaalin

    not yet hylarn, check back tomorrow when i post the whole thing

  • October 15, 2007 at 2:58 amPeysh

    looks incredible :p

  • October 15, 2007 at 3:06 amsetsuke

    I really like the whole ‘okoshinakoto koto’ with boy and girl and that ‘I get to see white bread’. Gotta this one as a replacement for Lucky Star.

  • October 15, 2007 at 3:47 amKhatru

    This is good stuff. Looks like a gr8 episode.

  • October 15, 2007 at 4:33 amJayars

    Dammit, such a bad angle… for us, that is:

    in any case, hilarious episode 2!

  • October 15, 2007 at 4:46 amBleach123

    wow haruka can be scary ^^;

  • October 15, 2007 at 4:48 amGintama

    hmmmmm,,,,, T,T deciding between watching and not watching

  • October 15, 2007 at 5:41 amkurotsuki

    so..i open Random Curiosity…and …i see the entry for Minami-ke 02 first….but i don’t see it’s minami-ke at first….and what comes through my mind instantly is ” wtf ! they blogged about Bible Black O_o ” .
    anyone else..thought that too….?

  • October 15, 2007 at 5:48 amCandy

  • October 15, 2007 at 7:35 amGStrike-

  • October 15, 2007 at 8:05 amMisterMan

    So who is subbing this?

  • October 15, 2007 at 8:20 amPeysh

    saizen will eventually … even though they still have to release the first ep.

    Anonymous otherwise.

  • October 15, 2007 at 9:04 amMisterMan

    Cool, it also seems that Ayako and Ayu is also planning to sub this. I’m in dire need for a comedy show this season so i can’t wait

  • October 15, 2007 at 10:18 amkenjiharima

    WTH?? I thought it was the girl from the hentai anime bible black LOL :D


  • October 15, 2007 at 11:39 amHeiae

    AE and Saizen just released the first episode. I watched Anon’s last week, though.

    God, I love this show. It manages to be so funny without a lot of the junk many other shows rely on; parodies and crap.

  • October 15, 2007 at 7:06 pmTensai Otaku

    THIS IS THE BEST ANIME from my sundays!!!!
    really funny just like azumanga daioh IT ROCKS!!

  • October 15, 2007 at 9:33 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    first subbed ep is OUT!!! i’m about to check, HOPE it can fill the hole that “”seto no hanayome” left

  • October 15, 2007 at 10:02 pmkarasu

    …why is it wednesday again?

  • October 15, 2007 at 10:38 pmPeysh

    ep with anon subs out on TT

  • October 15, 2007 at 11:08 pmNecromancer

    I watched ep 1 yesterday and am acquiring ep 2 now, this is a great show and finding out a 2nd season/alternate retelling by a different animation studio in Jan 2008 makes things even better :D


  • October 15, 2007 at 11:19 pmjaalin

    thanks for the link, necromancer!

  • October 16, 2007 at 12:28 amvexx

    This series… and Sketchbook… make comedy heaven. And here I thought I’d be laying low for a season and checking out my backlog of stuff.

  • October 16, 2007 at 6:34 amnodame

    anyone else think haruka is the ubers cute when she blushes? =3

  • October 16, 2007 at 9:49 amGod~knows

    why would they have an alternate retellling for? I rather have a second season….than be confused by too many shows with the same name like what happened to the Ultraman franchise.

  • October 16, 2007 at 10:38 pmHagiri

    with all the serious face inserts ..
    feels like i’m watching a different version of ‘Today at class 5-2′..

  • October 17, 2007 at 6:39 amnodame

    second “season” = sex.

  • October 18, 2007 at 8:24 amKiri

    haahahah, i cannot wait to watch this show and sketchbook…>.