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Minami-ke Tadaima – 07

「残暑お見舞い申し上げます」 (Zansho o Mimai Moushiage Masu)
“Coming for a late summer visit”

I’m sure you’ve heard me say this before, but blogging anime comedies can be really really hard.

See, here’s the thing: I loved this episode of Minami-ke.  But I’m somewhat flummoxed as to how to talk about it.  In a show like Working!! that’s plot and character-driven despite being a comedy, blogging is a little easier.  But with a series like M-k, the humor is all about the tone and the timing – and how much can a blogger really write about tone and timing?  I suspect that this is the sort of humor that either "hits" you or it doesn’t, but even if it does the impact is very much in the moment.  Or so it seems to me, anyway.

I guess that’s enough prevaricating – this is only a blog post about an illustration of the three Minami sisters and the simple life they lead – please don’t expect too much from it.  Fortunately as far as the episode itself goes, you can expect pretty much the same thing you’ve been getting all season with "Tadaima" – some of the best comedy we’ve seen since the first season.  Any episode that starts out with Touma in Chiaki’s bikini is off on a pretty good footing (I confess I laughed as I only now realize she refers to herself as "Ore" – it definitely fits).

Funnily enough I commented last week that Touma was conspicuously absent from the beach trip – and that point came home to roost in the first sketch, featuring a "vacation" to the Minami house that’s Kana’s way of making it up to Touma for missing out on the beach.  This is straightforward humor of the Minami-ke grade school division – everyone operating on about that level of baka-ness, certainly including Kana.  We get a ghost story session (featuring a very sleepy Haruka, recruited as protection by Chiaki) and a spectacularly bad pun from Uchida – who surely reigns as Queen Baka among the chibis in this series.  "The Breadful Vacuum Cleaner" indeed – the Japanese do love their awful puns – but at least we got a glimpse of Hosaka, and for once the fantasy sequence wasn’t in his own mind.

I shouldn’t have to say too much about the mosquito sketch, because anyone who’s ever been a child (I assume that includes most of you) will recognize something of their childhood in it, if not the exact routine itself.  That was about as authentic as any routine I’ve seen in this series, and it also marks the return of pretty much the last returning cast member who hasn’t already made an appearance this season, "Uncle" Takeru (Asanuma Shintarou – who also plays Sensei in "Sensei and Ninnomiya-kun").  He’s an interesting case in that, as far as I can remember, he’s pretty much the only adult (apart, I suppose, from the eldest Minami brother) who makes anything like regular appearances in this series.

Sadly for Takeru, his role is pretty much to be the designated loser in the Minami family – the younger girls can barely disguise their slightly contemptuous pity for him, though Haruka always tries her best to ease the pain.  This time around he’s on "paid leave" and apparently mourning a broken relationship with someone named Reiko (please let it not be the same Reiko that’s in Kana’s class).  After some slightly disturbing pleading from Kana, "Mr. Generous" ends up taking the girls – somehow Touma, Yoshino and Uchida invite themselves along – for kaiten-zushi.  As generally delightful as this last sketch is, easily my favorite part is Chiaki’s frighteningly adorable creative math in avoiding Takeru’s 1000¥ per person limit, which she ends up justifying by saying the difference is accounted for by Fujioka’s (bear, not boy) share.  The question is this: is Chiaki really bad at math, or really bad at lying?



February 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm
  • February 18, 2013 at 6:01 pmergZay

    Chiaki’s not “really bad at match” she’s just wants her wonderful sushi.

  • February 18, 2013 at 6:05 pmkevinball4115

    • February 18, 2013 at 7:03 pmiatha

      I take no credit for the gif but it is entrancing.

    • February 18, 2013 at 7:21 pmGuardian Enzo

      To be honest that scene felt a bit out of character for M-k to me – it’s just a bit too crude compared to the way the series usually operates.

      • February 20, 2013 at 3:16 amowq

        I agree. I was a bit put off. The series is usually a bit more subtle.

    • February 18, 2013 at 8:48 pmYou know, for kids!

      How come I never noticed they were that big before?

    • February 18, 2013 at 9:15 pmbaseone

      I think Kana is a good candidate for a new member of “jiggle-butt” gang on fairy tail.

    • February 18, 2013 at 10:35 pmtaiakun

    • February 20, 2013 at 10:39 amJustin

      Dat Ass!!

  • February 18, 2013 at 6:08 pmLGrey



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  • February 18, 2013 at 7:15 pmbillng

    Takeru is definitely an intriguing character

  • February 18, 2013 at 7:47 pmDeathtogeneric/formulaicshows

    Hmmm, is it weird that my favorite character for Minami-ke is Yoshino?? She’s like “these are my two 500yens, fuck you!” (and none of 100yen+200yen crap). She’s got that deceptively “ojou-sama” aura even though she doesn’t appear to be rich and is the most normal, level headed one out of them all (even more so than Haruka); she also has no mean-sprited bone in her body as demonstrated by the mosquito sketch (Touma can’t dare touch her). Yep~~, sometimes I tend to like most random, off-side, least camera hogging characters like Rika (Kare Kano) and etc. This one is no exception.

    • February 18, 2013 at 10:06 pmKat

      Yoshino is awesome. From how I see it, she is a stealth bancho. She’s so subtle about it that the others just sort of have a feeling but have no proof to pin on her. The main example of this is that Makoto/Mako-chan constantly suspects Yoshino is on to him about his identity. She always says or does just the right thing to make him sweat that he’s about to be caught…It’s like she knows but she’s not going to let the cat out of the bag because she enjoys making him squirm. So I think Touma did not dare to call out Yoshino for any “mosquitoes” because 1.) Yoshino’s aura made Touma sense it would be dangerous to do so and 2.) because Yoshino leaves no evidence of any wrongdoing that people can pick out since she sticks to psychological tactics and then smiles at you innocently. I dunno if that’s true, but that’s how I choose to interpret her character. :D

  • February 18, 2013 at 7:47 pmqwert

    Seems a bit of a waste to not have any Mako-chan at the slumber party. I was really looking forward to something similar to the scenes in the OP.

  • February 18, 2013 at 7:55 pmKouji

    Well, if you observed the previous episode where Chiaki was doing her fractions homework, you can tell her ability to add is kinda wiffy.

  • February 18, 2013 at 8:53 pmcshin9

    Chiaki’s suspicious math: hopefully it’s her devil’s side taking over. Kana’s way of trading up her sushi was smarter. Judging from this episode, Uchida will grow up to be a gold-digger.

  • February 18, 2013 at 9:18 pmbaseone

    The best scene was when Kana crawled up from a 100 yen plate to a 500 yen plate and of course Chiaki’s sushi math is awesome!

  • February 18, 2013 at 10:21 pmgawrshness

    Wow I had forgotten that Takeru even existed in this series so when I saw him I was like: “Hey…Who is that guy…?”

  • February 19, 2013 at 1:43 amWaffles

    If there’s going to be a 5th season (which I hope there will, and 3rd if you believe 2 seasons don’t exist), I’m praying that Feel. continues as the studio for Minami-ke.

  • February 19, 2013 at 2:09 amoutcast

    flummoxed, prevaricating.

    It’s like V for vendetta dude blogging on m-k

  • February 19, 2013 at 11:57 pmaelove

    i have never seen someone use the word prevaricating. well done. its fabulous max.

  • July 18, 2013 at 4:54 amtakeru

    I have a feeling that Haruka, the eldest Minami sister, has a secret relationship with Takeru but is hiding it from the kids.