A year has passed since Okawari and the three sisters have grown up. Their likings and moods are almost the same. Haruka, the older sister, is a love-giving mother to the younger sisters and a discipline follower. Kana, the middle one, leaves everything to the last possible moment and always gives trouble to the trio. Chiaki, the little one, is the calculating and manipulating one; she likes to be admired and loved by Haruka and always gives trouble to the less blessed Kana. Despite being an unbalanced family, they love each other with all their heart. The family's daily life is as funny as ever; trouble and love are always present. Now it's time to see if they'll survive this age change since Haruka is now a young adult; she has even more responsibilities, having to watch over the young while integrating into the adult life.
Since the 2nd season of Minami-ke was a let down, this third season, Minami-ke Okaeri, was expected to bring back the enjoyment experienced from the 1st season. Good news is that it's really improved. The OP and ED is back to being good, and the show is now much more fun and interesting with the increased comedy and the cute developments. The character designs and animation has been modified again. According to some news I read before Okaeri came out, the producers tried to bring it close to the look of the 1st season and I'm glad to say that it didn't turn
out badly. They also used the idea of strategically positioning the OP and ED in each episode, which is something I look for in anime, but I expect very creative and effective blending when producers try to do that, and it turns out as a so-so blending. Further going negative, the improvements were not enough to filter out all the bad things from the 2nd season. Some episodes were a bit boring, or maybe really boring but still, they have really good material in most of the episodes which greatly makes-up for it. You'll be expected to laugh here, very much on some parts, so it's a MUST WATCH specially for Minami fans.
Its basically a slice of life, comedy anime. Very chill.
There is no overall plot or goal. No plot arcs. Just shows how 3 sisters live together in their apartment, go to school and have fun with their friends. Strictly episodic. In fact, each episode is kinda segmented too; dealing with a specific story. Story-wise its similar to Azumanga Diaoh. The only difference is that in Minami-ke, the minamis interact as a family whereas in AD its all about friends. Never felt the story dragged.
The slice-of-life part is done very well. Like very, very well. You know how many animes have the typical 'school
opening part' --> 'kareesames (Christmas) party' --> 'sports fest' --> 'field trip' --> 'emotional part (love confession etc)'. Well minami-ke doesn't do that. It does something a bit different. To me, i felt like, instead of understanding the characters based on their reactions to events, we get to know characters by their direct interaction with each other.
The comedy is quite subtle mostly. There is less of the ridiculous-looking, exaggerated faces expressing emotion. Less of the screaming, silly poses. Basically its less slapstick in nature. It adds to the slice-of-life effect.
In my opinion, they were very well performed. There were a few surprises here and there which didn't make them seem robotic. Personalities are easily distinguishable without falling into common stereotypical types. So its not like we have a dumbass, a smartass, a disgusting ass (?), the well-endowed ass, the handsome ass, the mature ass, the average ass....u get my point, right?
The variety of characters was also pleasantly surprising. The 3 minami sisters complement each other very well without developing a strict, rigid, 2D personality each.
Slow, soothing, matches anime genre. OP songs are awesome! My fav were 1st and 3rd. Note: 2nd season OP is supposed to be a parody of the serious slice-of-life types. Many ppl didn't understand tht and started hating on it.
Very chill anime, nothing too exciting. Gives off an easy going feeling. Excellent for those who hate cliffhangers. Non-stereotypical characters. Main characters have some personality depth and are not like robots. Comedy is subtle and the not in-your-face kind.
p.s= kana is boss :P lookout for the famous, pink t-shirt xD
Man, compared to Okawari, this one is a breath of FRESH air. However, since they didn't do a whole lot of changes, I won't have a very long review like I did with the last two.
Right off the bat, they appear to have embraced the art style of the better season again! However, they unfortunately kept the redesigned characters of the second, so they all now just appear as though it were season one again. Even the backgrounds look more cheerful and colorful as they did in season one! Truly, this is a faithful new season in every good way.
My only complaint with this new
season is that we had to keep those new designs, despite them even going on about how this season was to be faithful to the first. However, it's certainly more cheerful and colorful than the second and I enjoy it a lot. However, had it done a few things differently, it would have competed pretty well with the first season.
The good side with it merging with the two season is that it kept that Kana and Chiaki bond where they were starting to get along better and they did it really well. They took every good element from both seasons and basically made a really fresh season, which is something I have NEVER seen an anime do before; going back to an older art style. It is quite interesting.
So the question you are all waiting for: do I recommend THIS season? YES. It is a significant improvement and any Minami-ke fan will love it. If you loved the first season, you will enjoy this a lot as it is the true "second" season of Minami-ke in my book and you should not miss it. I even recommend the OVA as well, as it still retains the style of this season.
Funnily enough, they actually tried changing the hair lines briefly in one PART of an episode where they had the classic across the hair, akin to season one; mixed with the new way they do lines. Then after that segment ended, they went BACK to the original art style they implemented. It was quite hilarious and occurs at some point, so look forward to it.
Well... this season of Minami ke series isnt compare to the other two series. I like much Okawari and Mikami ke first season
The story is a quite slow, sometimes I got boresd and I didnt finish see all complete chapter. I think is the most slowly story of the 3 seasons.
The art is good, for me and that good for me, no more things to say. Is the same in sound. But... talking about sound I like the ending, the music and the song was so god, I like it. The opening was good, but was so strange that the studio put the opening
so late in the chapters.
Every character has her/him own personality scince Minami ke and thats good. They keep that personality. Hosaka is still the most funniest character of all.
I put an 8 in enjoyment becouse the characters are good but I said that some epsodes were slow and borin, so, thats becouse.