Synonyms: Minamike, The Minami Family
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2007 to Dec 31, 2007
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.941 (scored by 36405 users)
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comedy school seinen slice of life
SynopsisThere are three of the Minami sisters: Haruka, Kana and Chiaki, who have an average life. The girls only have each other to depend on and help each other get through everything from love confessions to cooking.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Minami-ke
Sequel: Minami-ke Okawari
Characters & Voice Actors
Funny doesn't even begin to cover it. I laugh out loud every episode. This show just really cracks me up. It's just so absurd and lively and hilarious.
Story: There's no real continuous plot. It really is slice of life in that Seinfeldian "show about nothing" sort of way. Despite the fact that there's no real story line, it manages to find such absurdity and humor in what should be the simplest, most mundane human interactions and relationships.
Art: Even the art is funny. The characters' expressions and body language just adds to the unexpected humor of every situation, whether it's their over-the-top enthusiastic poses or the random adult glares they give each other once in a while. The art is also consistent and despite the fact that the background characters all look similar, I find that they're all easy to distinguish from each other and that they are consistent through the series, which I like.
Sound: Okay, if you've ever seen any of my other reviews or anything -- I normally do not pay any attention to openings and endings, except to generically note that I don't like them. I *LOVE* this show's opening and ending for some reason. It's bouncy and bubbly and absolutely perfect for the show. The opening is one of those cheerful running openings (like Gokusen) and it just hits the nail right on the head in terms of attitude and atmosphere of the show.
And the actors who do the voices of the three sisters do such a great job, especially the two younger sisters -- Chiaki is so deadpan and dry and Kana is so mindlessly enthusiastic. Perfect. =)
Character: I don't know if I've ever seen just a compilation of silly, hilarious characters in one show before. And it's really amazing that the show manages to balance all these ridiculous personalities together to work at making such a funny show without going too far and tiring out the audience. Even the supporting characters you see for one or two episodes, like the various classmates of the girls, are charmingly wacky and endearing. And don't forget the main characters! These girls are each so individual and carefully created that you can almost guess how they'd react in conversations they've never had in the show. They do a great job of subtly filling out all the details of their unique personalities that you get a very strong feeling that they're real and you know them, from the serene and nurturing Haruka to Kana's crazy, pedal to the metal perspective on life and the fact that little Chiaki makes you wonder if a dry, jaded old man somehow got stuck in an elementary school girl's body.
Enjoyment: I love this show. I've already rewatched episodes and it still cracks me up on repeat viewings. And I think other people love this show too, but this is just my guess. ;) Go watch this show!! read more
Minami-ke is a slice of life comedy centring on the three Minami sisters (no mention of any other family except a distant relative) and their friends as they go about their lives – usually with hilarious consequences. Each episode is portrayed in short segments spread throughout, much like azumanga diaoh with each segment having its own theme, but usually fitting round a general episodic storyline. The vast majority of the story takes place at the girls various schools (each sister attends a grade school) and at home, giving a wide scope for hilarity to ensue, with most of the comedy coming from the younger sisters Chiaki and Kana.
Although there may not be a storyline moving towards a dramatic ending, as the genre’s nature is, each episode is well written to bring a smile to the face. The way the story is portrayed with the characters and the styling, make this one of the most fun and enjoyable series that you’ll watch – its just good fun.
The art in Minami-ke is commonly called soft art, whatever they call it, it fits in with the story and the characters brilliantly. The character designs are some of the best I have seen, every aspect of the characters is well animated, and I love the facial animations – especially the tear drop mouth. The backgrounds are all nicely done, and the schools and Minami home are all animated well.
My only complaint with the animation is the tendency to switch styles when the girls are being serious to a more hardened styling. The first time it happens it’s quite a shock, usually involving facial close ups, with additional details added to the eyes and nose detail – it just seems out of place with the rest of the animation being so soft, and they could probably have had the same effect without resorting to a different animation style. This is a small complaint though and the rest of the artwork is beautiful.
The OP isn’t to my tastes but is lively, happy and catchy, generally a good mood setter for the series, the ED is again lively and if anything catchier than the OP. The voice acting is of a high standard throughout the anime, everything sounding right, from Kana’s relentlessly enthusiastic voice to Chiaki’s slightly deeper (not in a bad way!) dead pan voice work really well with the characters.
The background music involved reminds me of the background music from azumanga diaoh - it sets the pace of the segments where it is used, and is normally timed for comedic effect and adds in that extra little bit of fun to the anime.
This show works because of its strong range of characters and supporting characters throughout the series, with most of the supporting characters getting better development than main characters from other animes.
The Minami sisters work brilliantly well, with Kana’s abundance of energy and lack of common sense being offset by Chiaki’s superior wit and intolerance for idiots. That said it’s up to Haruka to keep the peace, although this is not easy as both siblings vie for Haruka’s affection at every turn.
The supporting cast is very strong, with a few strong recurring characters, each of them likeable, my only complaint was about the gender bending Makoto/Mako, while his initial cross dressing was hilarious, the more often ‘Mako’ turned up the less I liked the character, however this was somewhat offset with the introduction of Touma (not really a gender bender, as had it forced upon her) later in the series, which seemed to give Makoto a counter balance which I felt was needed.
What makes this show such a success is the way the characters combine, and would not have been half as funny if the extensive range of characters were not involved. The continual battle of wits between Chiaki and Kana is brilliant to watch, and the way they both manipulate their friends into their schemes is highly amusing.
This is one of the most enjoyable series I have seen, the characters are wonderfully developed and animated and the scripting for the episodes is brilliant – you’ll get at least on good laugh out of every episode, which is basically what this type of series is about, putting a smile of the viewers face.
Miname-ke sets a high standard across the board for it portrayal of brilliant characters, fantastic animation and brilliant use of music. Each storyline brings something new, and you never know what to expect except that its going to be hilarious. I had been looking for a while for something that could compete for laughs with azumanga diaoh’s slapstick comedy and in Miname-ke I found it – in fact its probably the best anime of its type out there at the moment.
Slice of life, comedy. Minami-ke is probably better when it comes to comedy since the jokes are too obvious (the comedy in Lucky Star is related to anime and you need to have watched quite a lot to get all those). Oh yea, Lucky Star is much more slice of life than comedy (and vice versa with Minami-ke). In short, i enjoyed Minami-ke a bit more but they are both highly recommended if you are a fan of the genre .
Like watching some eventful daily life of average anime girls? These two titles are for you. One is very laid back with extreme reference to today's real life Japanese society and the other is done in chapters-styled episode involving random activities.
Both are slice-of-life, episodic comedies with mostly female characters (though minami-ke has more male characters).
slice of life, comedy, quirky characters. what more do you want?
They're both comedies and slice of life shows and they're both very random and funny. Lucky Star is a lot more 'laid back' though, while Minami-ke isn't as 'laid back'. Also, Lucky Star has several references to the Japanese culture and to several anime.
Both shows are outstanding slice-of-life shows that are highly entertaining. Good comedy...
Both these animes are just random & hilarious.
There isn't any plot for both of them but the story centres around daily conversations & interactions between the characters of the show.
Lucky Star already ended & IMO the most worthy anime to fill the place left by Lucky Star would be Minami-ke.
Hmmmmmm, Both Of These Shows Have The Same Insaness ^^
Both anime concentrates on a few girls' life. It's like watching the life of some random girls, only that it's not in real life. Both are funny and hilarious, and there's no plot for both of the anime.
The two anime are quite alike in spirit and humor. However, Lucky Star is more childish while Minami-ke is more mature even though it shares the same weird sense of humor that'll make you smirk to the very last moment of the series.
Both of these series are hilarious. One follows the daily life of three young sisters, the other follows the daily life of four high school girls and their friends. And there's no plot besides that XD Both are very random and fun to watch. Lucky Star does a lot of parodying of other anime and has a more slice if life aspect, but both series are still incredibly similar. I'm pretty sure if you enjoyed one, you'd enjoy the other XD
Both anime have no plot, because both are slice-of-life. The most important thing: they're hilarious
Slice of Life, Comedy, Minami-ke is a great and very funny anime with epic characters! great art style, very similar to Lucky Star because of its Comedy. ;D
There is showed a lot of interesting in the common people's way of life. Also they both are too funny ((;
It has no story line, each episode is as random as a lucky star episode.
Both shows feature of cast of girls finding amusement from everyday situations
Both are slice of life following the everyday lives of girls.
Both discuss the dailly lives of young group of girls
Well, both are slice-of-life stories that center simple day to day activities. Both are very entertaining and fun to watch.
They both portray the everyday life of girls They both are comedy's and they're both awesome
Absolutely no plot other than the main character's everyday lives.
-both are slice of life,comedy
-both have no plot
-they both center around the everyday lives of girls
Both of these anime are just to watch for something relaxing and for a good laugh,they feature multiple characters and have a soft artstyle and have a story mostly centred around a group of friends messing around. There's nothing extreme or serious going on and neither of these series take themselves seriously so both are good to watch when you just want to have a laugh.
Both are from the same genre - slice of life/comedy, and both tell the story in similar ways, using short segments throughout each episode to explore different parts of the characters lives. Both are hilarious, and both are a must watch.
Slice-of-Life with a bunch of unique school girls of varying hilarious personalities. Lazy writing means if you don't like one character you'll probably like another. Later on you can talk about it with your friends. "I like ____ more!! They are so much more funny!" Great conversation starters these anime are!
Very similar style of the slice of life genre. Similar art, music, and characters.
Minami-ke seems to draw stylistically from Azumanga Daioh in several ways. In short, if you loved Azumanga, then this enjoyable clone takes the formula of a character-driven narrative and throws in male characters. Kana (the middle sister of the Minami household) in particular seems heavily inspired by Azumanga Daioh. If you ever wondered what it would be like if Yukari and Tomo had a child this series is worth a watch.
Slice-of-life, comedy, and nonstop fun... What more can you ask for?
Humour is the same with school and life stories. Each episode is divided by different and small hilarious stories.
Another slice-of-life anime from a humorous pespective.
Both doesn't rely on parodies or referencing other anime shows for comedy,they both usually depending on the wacky and eccentric characters.
Both are slice-of-life comedies primarily about girls in school. They both rely on comedic timing as well, but Minami-ke's jokes tend to be a bit more mean at times.
In short, it's the exact sort of crazy humour that is in Azumanga Daioh, but unlike other similar titles like Lucky Star (which I still think is really good) it doesn't actually feel like a direct clone. Sure, in a sense it's just sisters instead of highschool friends, but it's enough to make it feel fresh and allows it to have the same genre and style as Azumanga without feeling like a rip-off.
I don't really see how anyone could enjoy Azumanga and not enjoy this really.
both are slice of life comedy with not much of a plot but enjoyable ^^
The style of humour is very similar between these shows, and they are both hilarious.
Not only are both of them slice of "school" life anime but both focus more on the tiny aspects of life rather than the characters that lots of other slice of life animes seem to do.
The difference is that minami-ke only deals with tiny aspects of life (in a hilarious way), whereas Azumanga Daioh is less realistic.
Both excellent slice of life shows, with lighthearted humor and likable characters.
Both of the anime are very funny slice of life. Light hearted and full of comedy.
Both hilarious anime with all female main characters
Both of them have the same outlook of the story. the slice of life genre and comedy :D anyway, watch it and see the the similarities .
AzuDaioh is one of my favorite all-time anime, and my gold standard for judging other anime comedy. Minami-ke is something like a spiritual successor to AzuDaioh; it borrows heavily from Azu's style and delivery, and possesses the same keen mastery of the awkward pause that Azumanga Daioh has. Both anime are quite similar and it's a very safe bet that if you liked one, you will almost assuredly like the other.
Opening Theme"Keikenchi Joushouchuu☆ (経験値上昇中☆)" by Rina Satou, Marina Inoue and Minori Chihara
Ending Theme"Colorful DAYS (カラフルDAYS)" by Rina Satou, Marina Inoue and Minori Chihara
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