Minami-ke ~Okawari~: Completed

Minami-ke ~Okawari~

A heartwarming ending

Yup, nearly a month late, but I finally completed the last 2 episode of the series.

Fuyuki’s character and plot were really rather bland, and I still think it’s the weakest part of the series. Glad they finished it off at episode 12. I really shared Chiaki’s annoyance at the fella, although in my case, I wish he would GTFO the series, really.

Ending off the series with Haruka’s offer to go overseas was quite okay, and it resolved a hanging plot thread nicely. Of course good ol’ Haruka won’t just leave her siblings off like that. I was really touched when the two actually started doing housework, in anticipation of Haruka leaving. Poor Makoto and Touma for having to become their taste testers. But ahh~ in the end, still ended with crying scenes.

The sports episode in episode 12 provided with some good laughs too, when Fujioka got “borrowed” by Chiaki in the Borrowing Items race. I laughed so hard when it was revealed that Chiaki had to borrow “Father”, dealing poor (14 years old) Fujioka quite the mental shock, ahahahahah. Even more LULZ ensued when he cornered Fuyuki when Kana was being overtly friendly to him.

Hosaka, despite his really limited show time, which is a big shame really, truly provided the much needed dose of the familiar Minami-ke comedy in both episodes. Most especially in the finale, after hearing about Haruka getting transferred, he immediately went to procure a passport. Best part was definitely at the end of the episode, when he’s in a plane to France. Oh god, he’s so GAR.

Minami-ke ~Okawari~

Spinoff series, “Hosaka in France”, needs to be made for great justice.

In conclusion, while it hasn’t been as good as the first season was, being weaker in terms of eliciting the laughs and also in the production quality at times, Okawari still manages to be entertaining enough to live up to it’s series name. It has been an interesting experiment by the copyright holders to split production between two studios, and while the results are mixed, it has given us a nice, feel-good, comedy series in the end.

12 Comments

  1. Sheba Said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 2:58 am

    I swear I could hear “San Francisco”.

    I do agree that Fuyuki was a waste of screentime that could have been given to… The Minami Bros :(

    I concede that this season was a feast for Mako-cakes fans more than anyone else.

  2. Sheba Said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 3:07 am

    By the way, you should check this MAD featuring Hosaka’s character song

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=AzyPlyyh_8A

    It is WIN.

  3. wildarmsheero Said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 3:25 am

    Is Fuyuki in the original manga? He seems kind of inserted in there arbitrarily.

  4. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 3:30 am

    Watched that MAD. Pretty good. Best part has gotta be when Hosaka goes “Ha! Ha! Ha!”

    @WAH: From what I hear, Fuyuki’s not in the original manga. I can’t confirm that though.

  5. Sheba Said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 3:30 am

    >> Is Fuyuki in the original manga? He seems kind of inserted in there arbitrarily.

    People who have read the manga can confirm that he was NOT in. Hence the feeling that he is as fit in Minami-ke as loli Nanoha in Evangelion original series.

  6. Levantine Said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 5:16 am

    it is “San Francisco” and not france since i’m german i can understand what the anouncer said. its sth like “Ladies and Gentlemen, this plane is going to arrive in San Francisco at 7:00pm. Have a good flight.” dont complain about the translation plz

  7. wildarmsheero Said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 6:58 am

    Frisco is just as good, if not better than France in terms of wacky things Hosaka could do.

    Kurogane+Sheba: thx

  8. Sheba Said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 7:21 am

    What would Hosaka do in France anyway? Turning baker and make the ultimate bread for Haruka, a la Yakitate Japan?

  9. Haesslich Said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 8:05 am

    Hosaka’s going to San Francisco since Haruka was supposed to be going to America to study. Which means, as soon as he lands, he’ll probably end up as the newest Iron Chef on Iron Chef America.

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 25, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

    Oh damn, so it wasn’t French I heard. Oh well, not too good with foreign languages except for Japanese, hahaha.

    Mmmm~ “Hosaka in San Francisco”…. he could get scouted for Hollywood. Imagine that!

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  12. Elevan Said,

    June 12, 2008 @ 1:34 am

    Oh is that a grown-up Kana who stands in front of and looks at the “silly walk” picture at the very end of the episode @_@ ??? Is this show finished for real man T_T … No more Chiaki’s “bakayarou” goodness T_T … No more Kana’s exploding hectic crazy ideas T_T … Im gonna miss them all.

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