The second season of Minami-Ke. It picks up where the first season left off, and just like the first season, it's about the daily lives of the three Minami sisters, Haruka, Kana and Chiaki, and their school friends.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend Okawari to anyone. Even if they loved the original series by all their heart. Okawari is a poor continuation of the orignal series and I wouldn't be honest if I said that its worth watching.
Okawari is a continuation of the original Minami-Ke series, which focuses on the lives of Kana, Haruka and Chiaki. Like the first season, there's no plot or greater goal for the main characters to accomplish. The Minami family has been normalized and you forget, occasionally, that you're watching a comedy anime. Okawari picks up where the original series left off and they rarely introduce anything new to the series and offers next to no variety which makes it very plain and boring. There's no reason for the audience to watch the next episode unless they want to know whether or not X will ever get along with Y sooner of later.
Okawari is superior to its predecessor in terms of quality. The animations are well-drawn and the lineart itself is rather detailed. However, the style doesn't fit the anime and those who have watched the original series will most likely frown upon it.
Okawari has some nice, yet simple, sound effects which, inc comparison to the original series, is far less comical. Some might consider this to be good while some won't.
The background music often tends to be rather loud and pulls away the audiences attention from the dialogues.
Seeing as the original series already had fleshed out the characters. I'm rating the new series as to how the characters have been adapted.
The personalities are pretty much the same. Haruka has hardened a bit but is still the considerate host and 'mom'. Kana is still the hyperactive junior-high student which puts little, if any, consideration into her actions. Chiaki, however, has almost completely resigned from being the mix of an overly intelligent and violent sister and has taken the role of a victim that Kana can freely harass without having Chiaki saying more than 'Dumbass'.
The good sense of humor that I enjoyed in the original series is, in the lack of a better term, completely gone. Its a stretch to call Okawari a comedy. It's just a slightly romantic slice of life anime which resorts to fanservice by putting weird images into the viewer's head.
I found myself hoping,no -- begging, for something awesome to happen whenever Hosaka appeared but even here, I was let down. He simply appears, says something that doesn't make sense (Without being humorous in any way) and someone smacks their forehead and mumbles something along the lines of "Idiot", "Weirdo" or "Gross". I can't express my dissapointment enough. I watched the original series in a relatively short time and I loved it to the very last drop - Okawari feels like an angry sumo-guy stomping your crotch all the way through. It's a pointless anime with no common sense of humor and just a lot of odd references to japanese commercials and culture that few people will understand.read more
Even more of same stuff with INCREASED fanservice, more CHARACTERS and extra neko scenes!! With a fleshed out story in place, you're basically getting more bang for your buck the second time around!
Story (Very Good)
As the description says, its a continuation of the daily lives of the three Minami Sisters. Thats a plot to the uninformed. Also called a sitcom (google it). Now this time around they actually have a rather large cast of characters supporting the three girls. The girls get put into more silly antics than before and all at the same time showing a lot of skin in the process. If there was any fan service suggestions you thought of that was missed in the first season, its most likely in the second season. Common situations like bath house antics, winter time hijinks, and even valentines day blues they're all there and accounted for. Its all very cliche' but for such a great show as this one can't help but watch the girls in their form and laugh out loud. If you cant realize the story/plot in a sitcom is all about the comedy than one doesn't know what a comedy anime is all about.
You get to see all three sisters in every episode but now they're almost always surrounded by their friends in one situation or another. They follow the 'more the merrier' approach and put all of them in such hilarious situations. Their facial expressions are still as classic as ever complete with the arms in the air. If you had a favorite character you'll just like them even more (Haruka for me) as they're all are even cuter than before. Well aside from their thigh high and miniskirt school uniforms, they wear a lot of different fashions every episode. On top of that theres more antics and silliness in every episode as well. My only gripe is that their friends are a little too friendly. Meaning they like to do things for the minami sisters more often than a normal friend would do. But then again, thats a large reason why this show so funny.
Sound (Very Good)
The background sound effects are all there, the same as before. A lot of bare feet running on hardwood, the sound of the computer fan running, etc etc. All the same as before. The music is exactly the same as before which is fine for such a light hearted, brightly colored, cute anime such as this. Mainly piano solos and light percussions and wind instruments. The opening theme isn't as great as the first seasons but the ending theme is pretty good but really flashy and loud. At least the singers were the same.
As hard as it may seem the art actually seems to be kicked up an extra notch. The background art is the same style as Season 1 but this time theres even more settings in every episode. Theres a lot of random still shots of their apartment, school, etc. But on top of that you will even get to see more things throughout their apartment than just their living room and kitchen. Also, they do a lot more things outside. But the obvious difference isn't just from the background art. The static objects are everywhere from random underwear hanging to dry to uncooked meat getting tossed in a fryer. It all looks like they're done up an extra notch. But the main difference of the artwork, are with the characters. Sure theres more main and supporting cast on screen but how they manage to give them ALL different outfits for almost every show (apart form the school uniform) is pretty impressive in my opinion. You almost wonder if they have a fashion stylist on their payroll.
Overall, its like what the first season should have been. So in essence its a perfect sequel. More of the same stuff, with A LOT of extra additions in every episode. Slight word of caution a lot more skin is included with what I previously stated. But with the addition of all the extra characters theres bound to be a chuckle or two somewhere. It's obvious the different production company tried to emulate Domu's classic hilarity. For the most part it stays pretty well in tact although fans of Domu can spot slight differences. Its so well done, even a normal anime viewer (like me) could hardly tell that it was made by a different company.read more
So, Minami-ke Okawari, is, as anyone who watched the first series would know, a continuation of the original Minami-ke series. The first thing to be said is that it's not as half as good as the first season. The second thing to be said is that despite that fact, it's still very enjoyable.
I was following Minami-ke Okawari as it came out but I stopped around ep 4 and wasn't really watching it anymore. And with the first season, I searched for the new episode every week until the very last one. It took me a few months to get into Okawari to watch it, but once I started watching it again I realized it wasn't so bad.
One thing, I guess, is it just doesn't seem to have the charm the first one did. It's not as funny, I can tell you that. It has its moments, but some episodes in Okawari were just sort of mildly amusing.
The story and voice actors and character do not differ from the first, which is good at least. If you don't know, the story consists of three sisters living under one roof and their daily lives. And that's about it for the story and characters. It may sound boring at a glance, but it's done so well that it never drags.
However, the characters and story is not portrayed as well as in the first, so I give a little bit of lower of score than I did on the first season. The animation is very different, but I didn't find too much of a problem with it, though there's much more fanservice in this season which irked me a bit. Okawari's animation is not done spectacularly, but it is sufficent, and I liked how the kept the "regular to serious" style going in this season.
While I enjoyed it, I couldn't give it too high because at first I was struggling to watch the episodes and didn't even watch them as they aired each week. If you were a good fan of the first season this may come off as a little dissapointing. However, I was glad to embrace some more Minami-ke, and it is still a good series.read more
Okay, this is my first ever review in this year and my seventh reviews since last year. I started to took interest in this series after I watched Minami-ke the first. Sadly, This series isn't within my expectation. Want to know why? read my review.
... Yes! Minami-ke is back again! This is what I said before I actually watch the Okawari. ... Huh? Isn't this joke a bit lame? This is what I said after I watched few episodes of Okawari... This is the bad point. For the one who've ever watch the first season might end up just like me. Disappointment. Guess this can't be helped since other company remake the shows.
Since this series is just about the ordinary days of three Minami sisters, nothing can be said regarding the plot because it is... plot less. Nothing is weird since this is just a slice of life anime. Step aside this matter because their ordinary life is not ordinary to us. Thus, their every actions will definitely carves a smile on everybody's face. This is the good point.
Fan services? Yes of course I like it! But sadly, not for this series. Yep, I think the person who was in charge with this series is definitely a half bald perverted geezer. They just can't think that we will happy with it! What we want in pure comedy anime! It is just... comedy. I'd like to give this a good point but... Sorry, bad point for it because I don't really like it.
Well, when we (who watched the first Minami-ke before) watch some episodes of Okawari, I is just like a flashback to us. Yes, this is the truth. They simply just modified the story from the first. Some are better than the first but some are worst than the first. So, overall for the story is 7, good.
Nothing much can be say about the art but I still have some comments regarding with it. The color of background and character is stronger in Okawari compared to the first Minami-ke that just use smooth color in their works. Nothing to say about them since both of them got their own unique characteristics in their arts. But for character's coloring, I don't really like them. They just change the color of some of their character's hair. Chiaki for examples, why the hell she got 2 colors on her hair!? I understands the fact that they wanted to give some tone to the color, but this is too much. I can't seems to get used to her hair color even after I watched 10 episodes of it. Ok, if they don't recklessly change the color, I would give 9 but... sorry, you can be satisfied with my 7.
This is great, really well made. Well they did changed the company, but they still preserved their original seiyuu. They got outstanding OP and ED and I can'r seems to be bored or get annoying with it. Their background music is still preserved and what can I say? No flaw at all! 10 to sound!
Yeah, their characters is weir... I mean unique. Their every characters got their own personality and it is quite enjoyable to watch their silly actions. Hosaka! How can I possibly forget about him? Yes! He is the most unique character in all the anime I've ever watch! But sadly, they'd really ruined the Hosaka's personality in Okawari. This is a shame. How could they change a pure hearted (but weird) person into a pervert? This is too much! can't give 10 but 9 to the characters.
7 without hesitation. It means good enough. I can still continues to watch this series without drops it. They maybe have some bad arts but still... who cares about that? They are still Minami-ke! I love Minami-ke so thre are no reason for me to give it lowers than that.
Very good, except for some flaws they made. Regardless, this is still a great anime. If you into the comedic genre, then this is for you. 8.
Thanks for reading my reviews. Hope you read my other reviews too. Thanks you. (I know I can't really compares this series with the first, but they are still Minami-ke right?)