Monday, January 21, 2013

Minami-ke Tadaima - 03

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Every household should have an emergency maid outfit, you know?  This is anime as public service.


[UTW]_Minami-ke_Tadaima_-_03_[h264-720p][4B8CE535].mkv_snapshot_00.19_[2013.01.21_20.05.11]The vibe right now is as if Daume and Ohta-sensei distilled the magic of the first season of Minami-ke into its essence, bottled it and stuck it on shelf somewhere, where Asread forgot about it a good deal of the time.  Asread moved out of the house, Feel moved in and found the bottle, and the rest is history.  Or three episodes worth of consistently hilarious history, anyway.

[UTW]_Minami-ke_Tadaima_-_03_[h264-720p][4B8CE535].mkv_snapshot_00.52_[2013.01.21_20.07.00]If the S1 vibes weren’t strong enough from the art, the comic timing and the general tone, this episode marked the long-overdue return of "Sensei and Ninomiya-kun”.  It’s a testament to just how good S1 of Minami-ke was that “S & N-k” might just have been the second-funniest anime comedy of Fall 2007.  We even get an exquisite Japanese-style pun with the introduction of a new character, “Sannomiya-kun”.  This comes as part of a very funny sketch about long baths and idiots, which sees Kana, Chiaki and Touma (yet another common Minami-ke subset) immediately call on Uchida when a baka is required to test Kana’s veracity when it comes to airheads, watches and glasses of water.  Haruka (in banchou mode) has the last laugh though, in the eyecatch – the eyecatches being, by the way, one thing that’s different from S1 and quite a welcome addition, too. 

[UTW]_Minami-ke_Tadaima_-_03_[h264-720p][4B8CE535].mkv_snapshot_02.13_[2013.01.21_20.08.43]As expected, the focus shifted towards Haruka’s school subset this week – though still no Hosoka yet.  First, with a short chapter about a lost ring (the weakest of the episode) and then a recall of the first sketch as Touma’s “Natsuki takes long baths” remark pays comic dividends.  Hitomi gets some screentime here as she completely misinterprets Natsuki’s willingness to share his embarrassment at having been outed as a long-bather in front of Haruka, and Haruka tries to make amends (quite successfully too) for inadvertently embarrassing Natsuki by telling him the virtues of long baths. 

[UTW]_Minami-ke_Tadaima_-_03_[h264-720p][4B8CE535].mkv_snapshot_04.19_[2013.01.21_20.10.21]The capper of the episode is about as classic a Minami-ke episode as could be, featuring our most extended food porn segment of the season.  The ongoing battle between Kana and Chiaki over food has been a theme for all four seasons, with sweets being especially inflammatory – and this time it’s a delicious powdered sugar donut which was ticketed for Haruka.  I agree with Touma that Kana cheated at the Jan-Ken-Pon – she definitely waited – but even so, pretty baka move to go for a tea refill right after winning the precious pastry.  Kana may be a baka but she’s still the big sister, and she cons the two chibis into quickly confessing with the threat of a little mouth-licking – but when Haruka gets home, the focus shifts over which one should be apologizing, the ones who ate the donut or the one who forgot who it was for.  It’s refreshing to see an anime put two lolis into maid outfits (Kana wouldn’t fit) and make it cute without descending into degrading fanservice  but what I want to know is, when did the emergency maid outfit become three emergency maid outfits?

Next week: the long-awaited return of the one and only Hosoka, and Mako-chan in a nun’s habit.  You’d have to be crazy not to watch.

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17 comments:

  1. The 1st 2 episodes of this season were nice but not as funny as I remember the series being and I was starting to worry. This episode was classic Miname-ke and I loved it.

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  2. which sees Kana, Chiaki and Touma (yet another common Minami-ke subset) immediately call on Uchida when a is required to test Kana’s veracity when it comes to .

    I think you lost some stuff in this sentence.

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    1. There are a few other places like that, too, like talking about Kana not fitting into the maid outfit, and Touma's remark is lost, too. I'm just wondering what was said. :)

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    2. I think all the links to pictures are broken, and that ate all the blue-linked words. So every other sentence is missing the key phrases that would normally be links to screencaps.

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    3. Sorry Guys, macro error. Should be fixed.

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  3. I have never watched season 1 to 3, and I am in love in with series already. The comedy is just right. If only they showed Mako-chan in maid outfit as well, it would be perfect. Oh, at least there will be a nun outfit. But maid >> nun.

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  4. Yeah, Minami-ke...

    It's decent as an episodic series but desperately needs the fan base from prior seasons to be successful this time around.

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  5. Actually, pre-sales on Tadaima are looking excellent. Seems as if it's going to be successful.

    Eternia, if you're enjoying Tadaima I heartily recommend the first 3 seasons, especially the first. As for Mako-chan in a maid outfit, I'm trying to remember if that happened anywhere in the first three seasons but I don't think it did. But I wouldn't be surprised if you could find a doujin if you looked hard enough...

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    1. I ended up reading all the available manga instead, because anime needs a lot of time to download. Seems like it's true that Sensei and Ninomiya-kun is original material, because I didn't come across it. Which episode has it?

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    2. Many eps in S1. It's a running gag that admittedly would lose something in manga form.

      I like the manga, but IMO the anime is the unusual case where the adaptation clearly surpasses the original.

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  6. All 3 seasons were smart and funny with 1 and 2 being the best. The 3rd season was uneven but still better then most slice of life shows.

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  7. Yay!! Sensei and Ninomiya-kun came back!!
    Now all we need are the Bible Black close-up faces.

    .... that and more of those bluesy guitar licks.

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  8. Could never unreservedly praise any anime until this one. Everything is just right and very re-watchable.

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  9. 3 cheers for the triumphant return of Sensei and Ninomiya-kun! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

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    1. "SENSEI!"
      "NINOMIYA-KUN!"
      "SENSEI!!!"
      "NINOMIYA-KUN!!!"

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  10. *lose memory*
    *wake up*
    *go to the same street*

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