Minami-ke Okawari 01

Minami-ke ~Okawari~

Okawari go!

Okay, my fears have been allayed. That was an awesome episode of Minami-ke. While the art was actually rather crappy, but the humor was actually pretty awesome.

Haruka-neesama continues to accumulate more love from me, and we know from this episode that she’s hopeless with maps. I also cracked up seeing her in a specs-mustache mask thing, and her attempt to do a comedy performance in a monkey suit, lol.

Minami-ke ~Okawari~

Oh yes, that’s Haruka there

Best part of the episode has to be Kana exposing herself fully to Fujioka, inadvertently, thanks to the gender-bender play by Touma and Mako-chan. Fujioka’s expression after he saw that was freaking priceless. I was laughing for a good 5 mins there.

Minami-ke ~Okawari~

You have gotta see Fujioka’s expression after that.

Still got a few gripes with the art though…. Haruka’s boobs in the onsen were…. suffice to say, scary. Mostly because they FLOAT like this. Maa~~ at the least, the humor in the episode more than made up for it.

The new OP is definitely unexpected, since the tune is rather suited for more serious stuff, it really misled me to think that the series changed genres instead. Some disturbing shots of Hosaka in it too. ED is rather bland for me, but might change after a few more listens. Also, the ED feels out of place too :P.

Overall, I approve of Okawari in general, and hope they’ll keep up with the good work on it. I’ll really have to say the humor level is actually higher than Minami-ke I was.

P.S. : Wow, the phone at their house changed positions and it’s now a rotary-dial phone. Interesting….

47 Comments

  1. Dae Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 5:21 am

    “Still got a few gripes with the art though…. Haruka’s boobs in the onsen were…. suffice to say, scary. Mostly because they FLOAT like this. Maa~~ at the least, the humor in the episode more than made up for it.”

    sorry to disappoint you bud, but those are her knees.

    they’ve gotta be.

  2. Aizen Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 5:26 am

    lol the bewbs. They could be her knees… or it could be the balloon like boobs.

  3. Kaisos Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 5:26 am

    This looks awesome.

  4. RmX Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 5:29 am

    I second the knees notion. There’s no physical way for boobs to end up like that.

    I hope…

  5. kaz3phyrous Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 5:51 am

    just saw the ep and i have to say those weren’t haruka’s knees…

    the op kinda reminded me of genshiken 2’s op, even the song reminded me of genshiken 2’s op…

    the animation could have been better…
    i liked the new additions to the bgm though…
    and the reactions of both kana and fujioka was really lolz…

  6. Kaito Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 6:09 am

    Looks like they don’t maintain the original art style anymore :(

  7. lol_matt Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 6:09 am

    The new animation style scares me…are you sure those weren’t Haruka’s knees, not breasts? I’ll just pretend that there are for the sake of my sanity…

    Fujoika-kun’s expression reminds me of a Code Geass “wtf” emo facial distortion.

  8. Totali Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 6:40 am

    CHIAKI AHOGE RADAR GO~~~!!!!!

  9. Sheba Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 6:49 am

    Those are not Haruka’s knees, guys.

    Get ready to drift into Lovecraftian non-euclydian horror:

    http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b22/shebadotfr/1199647219517.gif

  10. boo Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 6:54 am

    Knees aren’t that big. This seems more like something that will be fixed in the DVD release. For boobs to surface like that, they have to be huge. Knees or boobs. They look weird either way.

  11. Haesslich Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 6:56 am

    So, there’s more emo faces and more nudity disguised as fanservice.

    Please, God, don’t let them screw Okawari up. Please, please, please…

  12. Haesslich Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 6:58 am

    Also, wasn’t one of the jokes from Minami-ke supposed to be that Kana’s figure, compared to Haruka’s, is rather minimal? That full-frontal that Fujioka got sure doesn’t look ‘minimal’, as I recall she and Touma were pretty similar in shape… which is why the ‘fits just right’ joke with Chiaki wearing Kana’s top hurt the latter worse than the ‘too loose’ comment about her skirt’s waistline.

  13. Haesslich Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 7:40 am

    Thoughts after watching the RAW:

    1) Kana is apparently the Creator, while Chiaki is the destroyer. Bible Black Faces have also been retained, as have a few other gags from the last episode.

    2) Mako-chan is like a dog in more ways than one, to judge by what happens to Touma’s leg in the OP as well as the onsen scene. Speaking of which, Touma’s legs are far more feminine here than in the first series.

    3) Chiaki’s status as the Destroyer of Worlds is proven by the lack of animation given to Yoshino and Uchida.

    4) Hosaka is as.. gay(?) as ever, although we’ve yet to see him much in the show. Hayami-senpai’s looking the same too, minus the slanted eyes.

    5) The tradition of changing clothes every ep has not been broken yet. Also, Kana is showing less trauma than expected if she’d been jumped by Hayami-senpai, which may indicate continuity has been broken.

    6) There is NO way Mako-chan can go back, not ever.

    7) Chiyo-chan and Arika Yumemiya, there is a new contender in the arena. The bit under the kotatsu with the rather… mobile antenna… is disturbing. I think I might have nightmares about Chiaki getting a haircut and what’ll happen.

  14. Haesslich Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 7:52 am

    Also.. they’re breasts. If you watch her sink into the water, you’ll see first the right breast, then the left one, gets sunk down except for the rather… round parts. Apparently, she IS that big, or at least so the animators want to draw her.

    I am surprised by Chiaki’s figure being drawn the way it is, given she’s… what, Grade 5? I don’t recall that much differentiation until at least Grade 6 or 7…

  15. SkyLark Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 10:23 am

    The new OP & ED are leagues cooler. Fit right in with this new style.

    Not digging the fanservice. The first series was wise to skip such trash.

    Did Chiaki mention America in the preview?

  16. Haesslich Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

    SkyLark: As I said, “So, there’s more emo faces and more nudity disguised as fanservice.”

    I’m not so much into the OP and ED myself – the first is very serious, the second’s.. well, it’s slow and all, but it’s not what I’d expect from a comedy.

  17. wildarmsheero Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

    Is the animation actually bad or do you just not like the new character designs.

    Asread did Shuffle!, which was their first production all on their own. I’d say that looked pretty good for the most part, so I assume this’ll be as well. However, you’ll also have cases like with studio Remic. They did an awesome job on Magipoka (their first work) then did a horrible job with Doujin Work. It’s hard to tell with these newbie studios. At least Asread has some experience since they’ve done stuff like inbetween work for other studios.

  18. lol_matt Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

    I don’t think that the new animation quality is bad, just I think its strange compared to the originals. I KNOW THAT THOSE ARE HER BREASTS FLOATING. I was just hoping that weren’t because that screenshot looked so strange…

    HAYAMI-SENPAI DOESN’T HAVE KITSUNE EYES ANYMORE?!?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!…

  19. Impz Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    Kana has boobies @_@? What the hell!!!

    This is wrong!

  20. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

    I hope everyone’s still not deluding themselves that those are Haruka’s knees. Even knees don’t look that big… Asread better fix the boobs for the DVD releases.

    @WAH: The animation was somewhat bad at parts and I still haven’t gotten used to the character design change. Yes I know Asread did Shuffle! and that was rather good actually, but this is a different story already.

    @Haesslich: Seems they gave Haruka and Kana serious boob upgrades for the onsen scene, as Kana was easily D-cup in there while Haruka… well, you saw the floating boobs. Thankfully, Chiaki remains as flat as a wash board.

    As for continuity, I don’t think they’ll be strictly adhering to the plot progression up till now, and the only thing they’ll be adhering to is probably the in-series time line. At least we now have Touma and Mako-chan from the start LOL.

    I still don’t get what you mean by Kana being the creator and Chiaki being the World Destroyer.

  21. Fat Cat Lim Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 5:16 pm

    Japanese onsen baths have magical properties that make breasts float. And grow bigger.

    My many years of playing H-games and watching anime have told me so. They can’t be wrong!

  22. Minami Ke Okawari 1 at hontou ni sou omou? Said,

    January 7, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

    […] Kurogane (whose posts had seduced me to catch this series): ‘…the art was actually rather crappy, but the humor was actually pretty awesome. Haruka-neesama continues to accumulate more love from me…’ Haruka-neesama banzai! Motto sugoi wa ne~~ […]

  23. quigonkenny Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 2:19 am

    Looks like the guys at Asread are still too used to drawing well-endowed young ladies from their SHUFFLE! years… Looks like the entire Minami clan (sans Touma, but she’s in the other Minami clan, and has plot reasons) got fanservice upgrades, at least for the onsen scenes (as Fat Cat Lim noted).

    Chiaki—Still somewhat flat, but now built like a flat middle schooler with a nice bod, instead of a flat elementary schooler, which is what she is. I disapprove on realism grounds. If all 5th graders looked like that, Chris Hansen would have a lot more work.

    Kana—Got a big-time boobie upgrade. Has always had a fairly nice body (idiocy burns calories), but the new additions really set the whole package off nicely. I approve on testosterone-related grounds, but this does kinda invalidate the hard time (and related humor) Chiaki gave her last season when they all switched clothes…

    Haruka—Moral of the story: Don’t mess with perfection. Giving Haruka-neesama gag boobs, even if it’s only for the onsen, borders on the blasphemous. There is but one solid rule when it comes to boobs, and that’s quality %gt; quantity. Someone forgot that.

    I don’t know who let Ken Akamatsu do the character designs for the onsen portion of the ep, but it just didn’t work out. Hopefully all appears to be normal everywhere else, so my hopes are still up. I’ll write it off as an attempt to bring in new viewership and let it slide this time…

  24. SkyLark Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 5:32 am

    Having onsen episode as the first episode has to be misleading. Going by the OP, all the girls look just as they had before in terms of size.

    Ugh. Enough of that.

    This OP continues to grow on me. Like watching friends go mainstream but without selling out.

    The animation is fine, and Hayami still squints. Not as Kitsune as before, but actually attractive all the same. Hosaka now has definition in his abs, like he works out now.

  25. lol_matt Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 7:33 am

    Oh, good. I thought that I lost one of my favorite kitsune characters (besides Kaede because ninja’s are awesome). I didn’t think that
    I would get such a big reaction for my “knees” comment. I KNEW THAT THEY WERE NOT KNEES IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! I just thought that they looked strange and gave the benefit of the doubt. SO STOP FREAKING OUT. gosh…

  26. Zzz... Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 7:34 am

    I love the OP for some reason. The tune, which I don’t find at all that serious, combined with the simply nonsensical visuals is really catchy…

  27. Zzz... Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 7:36 am

    Let’s just hope Hayami-sempai still does that sexy eye thing of hers when she’s about to do something devilish…

  28. sage Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 9:02 am

    “While the art was actually rather crappy”

    It didn’t seem that way for me. Of course, some QUALITY shots here are there, but overall it was pretty consistent.

    “Fujioka’s expression after he saw that was freaking priceless.”

    Meh. His face should reflect pure bliss instead.

    “ED is rather bland for me”

    Yes, it should focus more on Kana’s butt-shaking.

    “Kana is showing less trauma than expected if she’d been jumped by Hayami-senpai, which may indicate continuity has been broken”

    Uh huh.

  29. Haesslich Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 11:19 am

    Kurogane: If you look at the OP, the world is created in Kana’s rice-bowl, while Chiaki trashes things in the OP. That’s what I meant by ‘creator versus destroyer’, or that’s how I’d read the symbolism involved.

    My main complaint is that ALL the girls got figure upgrades; Chiaki has.. well, hips, and rounded ones, while Touma got shapely legs, and they’re all in Grade 5 and just before puberty hits. Which is why Mako-chan can pull off his girl impression without issue – unlike Mizuho, who probably has to worry about shaving or some other depilatory for his face.

    We need more Fujioka and Hosaka getting their minds broken by the Minami clan, however. Oh, and more Hayami-senpai jumping Kana, just to see the response if she’s still pre-traumatized.

  30. Fat Cat Lim Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

    Just a quick note, but does anybody notice that Kana seems quite well-built in Okawari? I mean like an athlete with well-toned muscles. I swear I was staring more at her shoulders and arms the entire onsen episode than her other assets.

  31. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

    @Haesslich: Ah I see. Didn’t read too much of the OP animation. It’s like a SHAFT OP anyways lol. And I think Kana might’ve been so traumatized, she developed amnesia of the event lol.

    @Fat Cat Lim: Even with the onsen properties of +25% cup size… Haruka’s boobs were still drawn horribly. And yes, Kana seems to be more muscular lol.

  32. Ipsod Said,

    January 8, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

    Man, Haruka’s floating boobs scene really threw off everyone. Despite that scene showing a really bad case of the art checker for the key-frames and inbetweens completely borking the boobs, the rest is rather well animated.

    And I actually found the really tiny exclamation points neat.

  33. Haesslich Said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 9:59 am

    Fat Cat: I think I liked Kana’s muscles more than her figure, although both got upgraded. Her shoulders were almost Revy-like in their slender muscularity – I guess being an idiot means you get physical. Haruka’s figure was very… feminine, and perhaps too much so.

    Mmm… Kana’s muscular figure…

  34. Momoko Said,

    August 8, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

    Hmm.. perhaps I should watch this show, lol. But after looking carefully (as if you even have to), at Haruka’s boobs in the onsen and her in the first picture in the yukata, I have to sayyy…. IT’S HER KNEES!!! yes, they do kinna look too soft and round to be knees, but the picture of her in a yukata.. well I see no boobs. So since they clearly must be her knees, your gripe about the art is still valid. The fact that her knees are being mistaken by some as her boobs, means the artists are not doing their job by making a distinction. Knees. Are. Bony. or at least not big and round like hers are. unless she has big legs attached or something…

    Well, despite your easy mistake, it still helps your point. :3

  35. brad Said,

    October 1, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    haha, they sould have showed more boobs!
    im desperate for some action! any one out there?

  36. wilt Said,

    October 3, 2008 @ 11:28 am

    why block the boobs? they are the sexiest thing on any anime body

  37. suzy Said,

    November 20, 2008 @ 5:31 am

    um those ARE NOTT her boobs floating, thyere her KNEES

  38. Dakota Said,

    November 29, 2008 @ 12:45 am

    Guys whats the big deal! Of course she has boobs! 97% of the girls in the world do! Its like not supposed to like shock you or anything. Kana is like 16 yrs old so obviously she has boobs. plus knees cant bend that close to ur chest in water so there boobs. I know what boobs are because im a girl so if ur gonna make a big deal out of it then go ahead but u cant change the fact that those are her boobs

  39. Dakota Said,

    November 29, 2008 @ 12:53 am

    those are her freakin boobs so get the f**k over it. she obviously has boobs cuz shes a girl and shes lik16 years old! Jeez u people make a big deal out of every thing u see!!!!

  40. Winger Said,

    December 10, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

    People, those round stuff are very obviously, her boobs. The point is, they’re not disproportionate OR FLOATING (OMFG?), they’re in the exact position to have been pushed up BY her knees. Those ARE her boobs, with the assistance of knees.

  41. GrassStain Said,

    February 7, 2009 @ 5:35 am

    I’m going to say that those are neither boobs nor knees.

  42. doug Said,

    April 23, 2009 @ 11:25 pm

    why? why? why? why? why? why? why? why? why? why? why?

  43. FaustHarbinger Said,

    May 2, 2009 @ 2:59 am

    THOSE ARE KNEES YOU DUMB ASSES!!!!! AND YES YOU CAN GET YOU KNEES UP THAT HIGH, IM A GUY AND I DO IT EVERY DAY!

  44. Venus Said,

    May 20, 2009 @ 5:46 am

    okies here it is so what if there boobs or knees who cares… for another thing i have seen other pictures of her and belive me there her knees not boobs plus some people can put there knees that high other people cant my uncle can put his knees that high and my cousin can put her legs behind her head but woop de doo its A GOD DAMN ANIME PICTURE SO WHAT …. ^_^ nice to talk to you hehe

  45. Isaac Said,

    May 24, 2009 @ 6:19 am

    No, they are definitely boobs. You can see them attached to Haruka’s chest, and then when she leans back into the water they “float”, as seen in the picture.

    Case closed. But, watch the episode again on an internet torrent if you still doubt.

  46. Phillip M. Adams Said,

    June 27, 2009 @ 11:28 am

    I am an happy veiwer of Anime, i have not seen this Anime programs before( i don’t know under what name it is or where to find it, to veiw it.

    so i will leave still state’ If Kana is going to exposing herself fully to Fujioke, why can’t Fujioke just kiss her to up her Emotion up a bit, its should get an happy look on her face.

  47. Phillip M. Adams Said,

    June 29, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

    what Anime program is this? , i would like pick it on netflix.com if i could, if this is a new program where could i find it, in the listing, would like e-mail on this subject for more details..

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