Winter Anime Impressions – Minami-Ke: Okaeri
Asread animation studio has been raked over the coals by much of the anime fandom for their lackluster second series of Minami-Ke because it couldn’t compete with Studio Doumu’s first season. I think much of the vitriol was uncalled for because the second season was still better then most of the recent comedy series.
So, while I was hoping Studio Doumu would come back to do the third series, I was more then willing to give Asread another shot (especially after their involvement in Ga-Rei: Zero).
Rating: 12/12 Perfect
I haven’t laughed this much at an episode of anime in a long time. Asread nailed this first episode. It’s very hard to describe comedy and still make it sound funny so let me just say that this episode hit many of the recurring themes that make the show so funny. The real surprise was the loser uncle of the Minami sisters has a really cool ability – he can drop a pencil and have it point to anything you want. He found where Kana hid Chiaki’s stuffed bear, who ate Haruka’s really expensive ice cream, and where Kana’s future husband is.
My sister realized almost instantly that this episode picked up where the first season ended and not where the second series ended. This could suggest that this will be considered the true second season of Minami-Ke. I’m just hoping we won’t see that next door neighbor boy again – I think he was almost the entire reason that the second series came up short.
It seems many of the other blogs are focusing on the animation style again, even taking screenshots out of context to prove their points. I say sure, it’s not as good as the first episode of the first season but it’s in the ballpark and even the rest of the first season didn’t match the first episode. It’s good enough and shouldn’t the question be if Asread got the comedy aspect correct this time, anyways.
If, and it might be a big if, the rest of the series is as good as this first episode then we’re in for a real treat.