Dual Review – Minami-ke Okawari

Minami-ke Okawari:

Plot Summary

chigaimasu-48.jpgtsukagi-48.jpgMinami-ke Okawari continues from where its first season left off. More stories about the lives of the three Minami sisters, Haruka, Kana and Chiaki.

Review

Plot:

chigaimasu-48.jpgchigaimasu – It’ll be very difficult for me to write this review without comparing it to last season’s comic riot. Nowhere is this more true than in the plot category. As opposed to last season, where the intention of almost every bit is to make you laugh, this season brought a lot more slice of life elements into play. If you come into Okawari expecting to laugh as much as you did in Minami-ke, you’ll be sadly disappointed. But it works for Okawari. The stories are more fluid, and the end result is much more conclusive and gratifying.

tsukagi-48.jpgkame-chan – Just like bro said, if you’re looking for a laugh just like from the first season, you’ll be saddened. Minami-ke has changed from a comedy random jokes to a comedy with a connection throughout the episode. In my opinion, I have taken a liking to this new change. Just because it isn’t the same as it’s first season doesn’t mean it’s bad either.

And this is when you knew it wasn’t going to be the same as the first season. But it was a very moving scene, and one very gratifying for me to watch and see Kana’s devotion to the family. -chigaimasu

Characters:

chigaimasu-48.jpgchigaimasu – Characters are what made the Minami-ke experience in Fall 2007. They’re all back for this second installment, and they still have their eccentricities in place. First season viewers may find that these peculiarities have been toned down a bit, and that is certainly true. But for the direction that Okawari took, you could sort of expect such a change being necessary to promote the stories. You also a new aspect of each of the three Minami girls (and before someone says anything, Touma does not count as a Minami girl. if anything, she will be referred to in this review as the Minami tomboy if her name is not explicitly used). Chiaki (Minorin-sama) shows off the motherly features she’s gleaning from Haruka (Rina Satou), who shows her stern (stern, but fair, hahaha) bringer of the law persona as she laid the hammer down on Kana (Marina Inoue) and Chiaki. I think the most gratifying personality inclusion is Kana’s, because you figure out that at the end of the day, Kana can be, and for the most part is, a normal middle school girl.

tsukagi-48.jpgkame-chan – I loved the characters from the Minami-ke and I love the characters in Minami-ke Okawari. As slice of life comes to play, you were able to have a different perspective of all of the characters that you couldn’t get from the first season. You were able to see the sibling love between the Minami sisters and compare yourself to the other characters better.

This isn’t what you think it is. Hosaka is just misunderstood… In a lot of ways. – kame-chan

Production Value:

chigaimasu-48.jpgchigaimasu – I have to say, I think they zoom in a little too close to and too often on the characters for my liking (the whole “inside the nostril” peek… sorta creepy.), but it works for the good cop, bad cop interrogation segments that are more frequently used in Okawari. A lot more stuffed animal based tsukkomi. I approve. Artistically, outside of Fujioka, who’s hair seems much duller in this installment, the colors of Okawari are more varied and shinier.

tsukagi-48.jpgkame-chan – In Okawari, the visuals and animation is more vivid and distinct in the details. This sudden change made it a bit more amusing to me because it fits well with new plot approach. Also, the OP and ED are quite catchy.

For the record: Fujioka 65532, Kana 0. – chigaimasu

Review Summary

chigaimasu:

chigaimasu-48.jpgThe Good – A more complete story. Strong character interactions.

The Bad – It’s a little slow to start, and the change of MO (modus operandi) may dissuade some viewers.

Overview8/10 – Minami-ke Okawari is not your fall 2007 Minami-ke. But that’s neither a good nor bad thing. It’s just different. People who were driven by the laugh until your sides hurt ridiculousness of the first season will be left wanting. But for everyone else, the lack of 24/7 laughter shouldn’t deter you from getting a solid story about family, even if it takes a little while to get going. The characters may seem a bit eccentric for a slice of life piece, but their interactions are form fitting this genre. Perhaps the take home message for Minami-ke Okawari is that there is still something to be gained for first season fans watching Okawari, and newcomers don’t have to feel guilty about jumping in here, and that’s a good thing.

kame-chan:

tsukagi-48.jpgThe Good – Catchy OP and ED, Can get more out of the characters

The Bad – The change from Minami-ke’s comedy to Okawari’s comedy may turn off some people. At first it, did to me but I decided to give it a shot.

Overview8.5/10 – I can’t say that if that you enjoyed Minami-ke, you would enjoy Okawari. What I can say is that you should give it a look. Its a good counterpart to its first season and it doesn’t lose its touch at the end. You could probably get to love Hosaka’s misunderstood personality a bit more.

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One Response to Dual Review – Minami-ke Okawari

  1. Haesslich says:

    It had its moments… but I’d have to say it was less consistently funny than the first season, which was my main beef with it – it was supposed to be a comedy, and any episode which tried to use Fuyuki to add ‘drama’ sunk faster than the Titanic. Yes, there was more slice of life… but at the same time, outside of Mako-chan, I don’t see most of the changes as being ‘for the better’.

    One thing that really got my goat was the extra fanservice in the first few episodes – they went from being a comedy to something that could’ve been used as a Chris Hansen trap for any members of society with unwanted sexual tendencies. The comedy didn’t really need extra nudity, and they threw it in there as if acknowledging that their style was going to turn off fans of the first season and they wanted to retain them another way. Also, the loss of the other Minami brothers (particularly the younger two) was something that they could’ve done without, especially since they insisted on inserting Fuyuki into their place… and his job was only to mope, and piss Chiaki off (which Kana does perfectly well by herself). There’s good drama in comedies.. and then there’s the tacked-on stuff, which is what most of Fuyuki’s scenes or most of the leadup till the last episode was (the whole ‘Oh no, Haruka-neesama is leaving us!’ thing).

    And yes, we were very much missing Hosaka… except episode 8, which had a glorious Hosaka delusion, and Episode 5’s Hosaka-stripping. Or even the Hosaka-ke bit at the end of Episode 9. I think those little gems were probably the best part about the middle arc of the series, really.

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