So far Minami-ke Okaeri manages to entertain much better than the second season did. I guess the reintroduction of good characters from the first season, some jokes with a different theme than cross-dressing Makoto (that, while not exactly my type of humour, was in fact pretty funny while it wasn’t beaten to dead by too much repetition) and especially the absents of the fun-killing emo neighbour kid seem to do the trick quite well. I still miss the fluffy feeling of the first season and the drawing style lacks at times (sometimes I wonder if the animators have seen any real legs yet), but none the less it’s finally fun again to wait for and watch new Minami-ke episodes.
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Of the new seasons animes I’m only watching sequels of former series so far, namely the ones of Minami-ke, Tower of Druaga and Natsume Yuujinchou. All three I enjoyed much at their air-time and I’m hopeful that their sequels won’t disappoint me neither.
The first two episodes of Minami-ke Okaeri were definitely better than (almost) everything Okawari accomplished, but it doesn’t emit the same feeling and atmosphere of the first season so far. None the less, being produced by the same people who made the first season they still look promising and I’m far from being in despair here. hopefully they have learned their lesson from the second season and try to tie in with the first season much better this time.
Sword of Uruk is only one episode old, but I like what I’ve seen in that episode. Jil and Fatina get along quite well now and their interaction is nice to watch. The main crux should be the handling of the reunion of Jil/Kaaya and Neeba/Fatina, thus it might take a while to see if this sequel will succeed.
Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou manages to follow its first season in every aspect, it’s like there wasn’t a break at all. Consequently both new episodes were great entertainment and I’m eager to watch more and more of this series.
So, to sum up my estimation of all three sequels together I’d say ‘Huge Success’. Now I’ll have to see if there are also some new series worth to watch out there.
Surely the standard harem setting of three school girls being or becoming more or less emotional attached to the male lead isn’t something to write home about, but if it has to be this kind of show True Tears is one example of how it’s done right. The artwork is pretty and the animation of high quality. The scenario is interesting and promises a lot of character development and, maybe the most important factor, the characters themselves are quite likeable, have a well framed background and are (anime-wise) believable. A nice bonus is that they try to liven up the surrounding of the characters by adding lots of NPCs, but sadly the CG-parts don’t really do the trick it because those just don’t look right. And last but not least I really like the SD-characters-outro (SD for the win!).
Altogether a pretty nice watch.
Well, so far Minami-ke Okawari isn’t as good as I hoped for but also isn’t as bad as I feared. The animation and character design is of course something to get used to, but their quality doesn’t seem to differ very much from the first season. Good points are more teddy bear involved punishment, the usage of grey for everything Chiaki isn’t thinking about, the appearance of the !s, the keeping of all the seiyuus, the Haruka banchou revival, the strange but interesting intro and many, many more stuff. Bad is the advanced use of (humour-unrelated) fanservice, the lacking of Sensei and Ninomiya-kun and of the warning at the start of an episode, the ugly outro, some other minor things and that the whole thing isn’t as funny as the first season was (so far).
Surely a good and enjoyable series to this point, but it will take a bit more to reach its precursor.
Okay, I was mistaken in my last post about Minami-ke. In fact, they have invented the wheel (comedy series wise) anew here. This was one of the finest anime comedies I’ve seen in years and I’m more than sad that it’s already over. Not in the this-show-was-great-but-now-finished way of sadness but in the there-is-so-much-more-potential-to-explore way. Those 13 episodes were truly a bliss to witness, however with so much characters being introduced and so much different relations between them being created they could have easily filled at least 13 episodes more without running out of steam I’m sure. Well, hopefully Minami-ke: Okawari can in some way follow in this version’s footsteps. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for it.
On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
One Girl to take me back in time
Two Yaka to brighten up my night
Minami-ke truly turned out to be the jewel it promised to be from the first episode. It’s not like they are inventing the wheel anew here, but even the cheapest gags are presented in a somehow fresh way. Cross dressing for example is one of the unfunniest things I can imagine, none the less I couldn’t help but enjoy Makoto’s transformation to Mako-chan. And the last time that I literally laughed out loud at the sight of somebody pulling off another one’s trousers as she tries to stop her is surely far far back in time. I can’t put the finger on what they are doing different, but they are doing it really well. Of course they do even better with the uncheap gags which outnumber the cheap ones by far. The chemistry between the three sisters is just right and by being such different characters they complement each other perfectly. Especially Kana’s ability to manipulate the people around her to her favor amaze me each time again. She might not look like it, but she is a natural mastermind.
On a pretty related note I’ve mixed feelings about Minami-ke: Okawari. As far as I understand it’s a different attempt of an adaptation of the manga by another studio. From the picture it appears that they switched Kana to be the youngest sister and Chiaki to be the middle sister (reason totally unknown to me). I’m afraid that series can’t reach the current Minami-ke, but surely I’ll give it a try.
ef – a tale of memories
I like the surreal feeling which is created by the way ef – a tale of memories is animated. Only problem is that because it’s being made by SHAFT one can’t be really sure if this is intended or if they are again using the story as mere base for showing off their made animation skillz (which didn’t went well with some of their latest works). Well, so far it’s comprehensible and quite enjoyable, the characters are likeable and especially Chihiro’s fate is pretty touching.
Watching the everyday life of the three sisters featured in Minami-ke is highly entertaining and relaxing. It literally emits good vibration. Each sister has a unique and well balanced combination of strong and weak points which makes their interaction pretty enjoyable and through the including of each girls individual school life and circle of friends a lot of variety should be ensured. Two thumbs up.