Minami-ke Tadaima is flexing its comic muscles in a big way after only two episodes.
Makoto/-chan (Morinaga Rika), for my money the funniest take on the trap character in anime history. Then there’s the other Minami clan, the one with the Y-chromosomes – eldest brother Haruo (Kawada Shinji), second brother Natsuki (Hiroyuki Yoshino) – a classmate at Haruka’s – put-upon youngest brother Akira (Hayama Tatsuya) and finally, little sister Touma (Mizuki Nana). She might be the most butch of the lot of them, to the point where Chiaki refers to her as “my little brother”.
Ohara Momoko) as the male division of Chiaki’s elementary school set.
Haruka pulls him back in again and he’s helpless to resist. For my money Makoto is the best supporting character in Minami-ke both because he’s hilarious and because there’s real pathos in his situation – he’s so earnest about every baka thing he gets himself immersed in. But Touma is a great character too, not to be underestimated. Her ruse is more selective – apart from Chiaki’s play-acting, it’s only Fujioka who actually thinks she’s a boy. Touma purports to keep scam going because it allows her to talk and practice soccer with Fujioka, but in truth it’s pretty obvious that she’s crushing on him just as hard as Chiaki is – as witness her reaction when Kana plays her “April Fool’s” joke and tells Fujioka she’s a girl. Poor Fujioka – if he were a lolicon, he’d have no relationship troubles at all, as he’s got the 6th-grade set helpless against his charms.
Akira is one I really feel for – his two older brothers, despite being idiots themselves, treat him with complete disdain and he barely seems to exist in their social structure. The older Minamis alternately dote on and confound Touma, as neither of them seem to understand the other in the slightest – despite Touma’s boyishness she’s still the only girl in a house full of men, and the strain often shows. It was interesting to see a different side of her this week, after the brothers challenged her to be more ladylike – going to Yoshino (not Uchida) for advice, which led her to Makoto (hilariously) then Chiaki. For tomboy Touma her sewing was “craft work”, but it turns out it was ladylike sewing all along – which makes her a big hit at the female Minami house.