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Minami-ke Tadaima – 05

「冷やし中華はじめますよ」 (Hiyashichuuka Hajimemasu yo)
“Making chilled noodles”

Look out, Hosoka – there’s a new superfreak in town.

We’re five eps in, we’ve had only one appearance each by Makoto/-chan and Hosaka (and no sign of either in the preview), and yet things are still humming along at a fine pace. It’s a testament to how deep the cast of Minami-ke is that it can go in so many different directions to mine comic gold – including focusing strictly on the Minami sisters – without missing a beat. I don’t think the show is operating quite at the level of the first season, but so far I think it’s clearly ahead and Okaeri and Okawari.

I had no idea last week when I referenced Fujioka-kun in relation to Hosaka (and Mako-chan) on the masculinity scale that he’d be doing his best Hosaka impression this week. Indeed, Fujioka stands as the clear star of this episode – he certainly had as much screen time as Kana and more than either Chiaki or Haruka, and delivers his most memorable facial expressions in four seasons. Fujioka is a bit of a vanilla character at times – he comes pretty close to being a normal by Minami-ke standards – but he’s at his comic best when his passion for Kana drives him to the extremes of neuroses. He gets a little unintentional push this week from Akira, who’s sort of the forgotten member of the Minami “B” family. After being invited by Kana for chilled noodles, then disinvited for the crime of wearing his winter uniform too long, he ends up as a sort of lonely-hearts counselor for Fujioka, dispensing dubious pure-pure boy advice to a Fujioka increasingly desperate to score some face time with Kana.

The results of this are pretty predictable, this being Minami-ke – misunderstandings ensue, with Kana convincing herself that Fujioka is in full-on banchou mode, terrorizing poor Akira, only to be set straight by Keiko. But he does get himself included in the noodle trip in a pity invite, though his performance disappoints his life-coach Akira. The saga continues as Kana and chums design a chart to figure out what to do after the last day of school ends, with Fujioka ecstatic to see chance favoring him with a trip to a family restaurant (Akira’s ideal dating ground) before realizing that all the other options were the stuff he was supposed to plan with Kana at the family restaurant (I especially liked “Karaoke till we’re hoarse!”). In actuality, Kana and Fujioka is about as realistic a Minami relationship as we get in this non-romcom (when the competition is basically Makoto-Haruka and Hosaka-Haruka, that isn’t saying much) – they’re of an age, and Kana actually seems to like Fujioka well enough. They even “hold hands” after a fashion – though it’s quite alarming for Touma, and I doubt that’s how Kana would remember it.

Among the other standouts are Chiaki in Haruka’s middle-school swimsuit – which fits her like a potato sack – Chiaki cooking a series of fatty meals to help her buoyancy in the pool, only to have them all pirated by Kana, Chiaki being utterly hopeless at calisthenics, Uchida’s summer plan chart (proving that she’s indeed a budding baka on the Kana level) and Haruka (damn it) continuing to be terrified by the two-piece. But my comic highlight definitely comes when the gang goes to the park to shoot off fireworks, only to be left without a lighter when Haruka dashes home to check the stove. Naturally, these being children, nobody has one – but Kana has packed a complete array of primitive firestarting tools – including flints.and a hand drill. I would ask why, but I really need to take my own advice here: never ask “Why?” with Minami-ke.

Full-length images: 2, 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23, 28, 32.






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February 4, 2013 at 5:06 am
  • February 4, 2013 at 5:45 amCybersteel

    Karaoke too much is bad for you tsk tsk…

  • February 4, 2013 at 7:41 amZannafar

    When Fujioka opened the top button of his shirt, I really thought he would start stripping like Hosaka does.

    Btw. you forgot several love interests: Reiko-Fujioka, Hitomi-Natsuki and Touma-Fujioka.

    • February 4, 2013 at 4:10 pmGuardian Enzo

      I specifically said “Minami” love interests – as in, involving the sisters (I guess technically that’d include Touma, who has Makoto and Fujiokja on the list). If you want to open it up to the rest of the cast, yes, there’s a ton of possibilities out there. Though not all of them are any less preposterous…

      • February 4, 2013 at 7:56 pmNekomimimeido

        What about Natsuki and Haruka? Natsuki has the advantage because Haruka has more direct interaction / conversation with him than with Hosaka.

      • February 4, 2013 at 7:59 pmNekomimimeido

        Laughing at Fujioka doing his best Banchou impressions!

    • February 5, 2013 at 12:30 amZannafar

      Ah, sorry, somehow I read that Minami automatically as Minami-ke.

  • February 4, 2013 at 8:39 amahbonk

    Kana was extra cute this week… though a lot of her cuteness happened in Fujioka’s mind.

  • February 4, 2013 at 8:50 amjunglepenguin

    That feeling of realizing that you’re holding the hand of the girl you like, especially when you didn’t expect it. I remember celebrating in similar way.

  • February 4, 2013 at 10:46 ambillng

    I wish it focused on the romance more but thats just me >.<

    Still funny though

  • February 4, 2013 at 12:53 pmqwert

    Fujioka is best in small quantities, this episode was a bit of an overdose.

    • February 5, 2013 at 11:36 pmKoji

      I personally couldn’t disagree more. Kana-fujioka moments are always some of the best in the series. Right up there with Mako/to + anything.

  • February 4, 2013 at 4:45 pmZhinvu

    - What’s also funny was when Chiaki tried rope skipping and tripped. Twice. In a row. Kana may not be the smartest but it’s amazing how sometimes she gets Chiaki to go along with her antics.

    - Also I wonder how far Fujioka went to buy that lighter. That road he was walking looked like he came from another town. And kudos to him for getting to hold Kana’s hand.

    • February 4, 2013 at 9:51 pmLGrey

      I believe that there is a demand of animated GIF of Chiaki’s failed rope jump. ^^

      • February 4, 2013 at 11:04 pmZhinvu

        Nice! This is the only one so far that I found. Credits go to its creator.


      • February 5, 2013 at 6:48 amjunglepenguin

        Speaking of GIFs, I’m hoping to find one of Kana collapsing in despair. Her OTL was done in fine form.

  • February 4, 2013 at 5:37 pmdrgnwing0

    Funny thing is the parallels between the two peer groups.

    Akira (Minami-B) has to deal with sempai Fujioka’s attempts to get Kana’s (Minami-A) attention.
    Natsumi (Minami-B) has to deal with sempai Hosaka’s attempts (more like delusions) to get Haruka’s (Minami-A) attention.

    I thought Akira was in the same grade as Kana yet he refers to Fujioka as sempai…

  • February 4, 2013 at 7:02 pmpetitorenji

    Everyone in this is so adorably simple: they don’t want much; they are okay with little disappointments from time to time; they don’t give up easily. The world would be such a better place if people thought and acted like these characters.

  • February 4, 2013 at 9:20 pmLeena

    I think I will make one of those charts when I can’t decide something

  • February 5, 2013 at 3:34 amUnajuuphile

    Only 16 comments? Come on, Minami-ke deserves more.

  • February 5, 2013 at 5:53 pmAnnyms

    The full-length images are linking to last weeks full-lengths. fyi

  • February 6, 2013 at 12:20 pmFrakyo

    This series is too good to be real… it’s so funny, better that others when all its glory is show tits.

  • February 19, 2013 at 8:22 amesquirek

    mizugi + chiaki = hnnnnnggggg!