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Minami-Ke Tadaima

Type: Please Don’t Expect Too Much From It


Synopsis: Three sisters, each in elementary, middle, and high school respectively, live their lives for our amusement. After a great beginning/end and a lousy middle, the franchises adds yet another entry which I can only determine to be some kind of epilogue. You now, the epilogues that are open ended, don’t resolve anything, and leave an incredible amount of room for more stories.

Pros: Still really funny. Much like Season 1 and 3, this season of Minami-ke stuck to its traditional slice-of-life style comedy, this time around winter and spring. Yes, there is an entire scene dedicated to pretending to be hot in order to get invited to eat chilled noodles. So nothing really happens, but its a humorous nothing. I think Season 2 was just a temporary swing-and-a-miss for the franchise. Since this is the 4th season, a few of the supporting characters are given more attention, specifically Haruka’s high school friends (about 20% more). Hosaka and Hitomi stand out the most. The show also seems to have adopted the character design from season 3, so more of the characters look slicker and shinier.

Cons: Minami-ke suffers from Character Overload syndrome. Since it’s lasted so long and has three main protagonists, it has an overflow of supporting characters. Each of the Minami sisters have about three friends each, so that’s twelve characters right there. Plus, there are about seven boys, so that’s nineteen supporting characters. Plus the Minami uncle, so that’s twenty. I’m not saying that they each need an episode to themselves, I’m just saying that’s a lot of recurring characters for one show. I also noticed a bit more fan service snuck in, which was alright because the show knew how to play it for laughs, but I hope the next season doesn’t go overboard. It’s not that type of show.

Watch it?: Still Minami-Ke (4/5)

MVP: Hosaka


I feel that he really came into his own this season, not shirt and all.

Best Episode: Ep. 8 “Vegetables with Your Merry Friends on Your Day Off” (I warned them!)

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Today in Class 5-2

Type: Kids continue to do the darndest things


Synopsis: A bunch of kids in fifth grade are acting like a bunch of kids in fifth grade. They’re slowly entering that awkward stage, which strangely makes them just as mature as the majority of anime characters. Though, since the cast is still in elementary school, it’s totally understandable to feel like a skeeve watching them.

Pros: Much like the OVA before it, I found myself laughing more than once at Today in Class 5-2. This, once again, makes me conflicted because the best gags were dirty jokes. Luckily, since the episodes are now full length, there is a lot of different humor diversify the show. The stone face moments always cracked me up.The series used segment based scenes, giving you about three different stories within an episode. Not only is this an awesome way for slice-of-life comedies to present themselves, but it also allows you to skip over some of the more uncomfortable moments.

 Cons: Call me a prude, I don’t care. Having fifth graders in fan-servicy jokes was gross. It also doesn’t say much for the medium when little kids can pull off the same humor and dialogue as the usual teenage anime cast. Some of the OVA scenes were also incorporated into the series. That being said, it is a damn funny show. And for a show with children, there are refreshingly no moral lesson moments.

Watch it?: Still funny, and still makes you feel weird (4/5) 

MVP: Ryōta Satō


Rare two-time winner

Best Episode: Ep. 9 “32nd Period ‘Typhoon’ / 33rd Period ‘Fashion’ / 34th Period ‘Dozing Off’ / 35th Period ‘Eating'” (Good Luck Virginia)

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Today in Class 5-2 (OVA)

Type: Kid’s do the darndest things


Synopsis: A bunch of kids in fifth grade are acting like a bunch of kids in fifth grade. They’re slowly maturing into that awkward phase of that usually manifests as saying and doing as many dirty and inappropriate things as possible. It’s like that weird summer where you find flipping-off airplanes so utterly amusing. Or maybe that was just me?

Pros: This show has some really funny gags. I found myself laughing out loud more than once. What’s really bad about this is that the best gags were dirty jokes. Its bad because the cast are all 5th graders. You laugh in sorta the same manner you laugh at the South Park kids doing inappropriate stuff. It’s that weird mix of “Oh my god, that hilarious!” and “I really should not be laughing at this.”

Cons: Like I said, the whole cast are 5th graders. That almost turned me off to the whole show right their. Add dirty jokes that make you feel weird laughing at, and you got yourself a conundrum. Granted, 5th grade is about the age you start getting into all that stuff, but this show takes it a tad too far. I won’t spoil where, but lets just say a shack is involved. Everyone on the show acts a lot older than they probably should, but admittedly, this is a somewhat honest portrayal of being 11 years old.

What it?: Its genuinely funny, though you may feel guilty afterwards. (3/5)

MVP: Ryōta Satō


Life is wanna either kick his ass, or grovel at his feet

Best Episode: Ep1. “1st Period – ‘Wiggle, Wiggle’ / 2nd Period – ‘Collarbones’ / 3rd Period – ‘Undefeated’ / 4th Period – ‘Dial’ / 5th Period – ‘Sneak Attack'” (best and worst gag ever!!!)

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Minami-ke (Season 1,2,3)

Type: Three sisters doing it for themselves

Synopsis: Three sisters, each in elementary, middle, and high school respectively, live their lives for our amusement. The youngest (Chiaki) has a bad temper and emotionally dominates her two cross-dressing friends. The middle sister (Kana) has a problem with hyperactivity and hopes to kill the boy that loves her. The oldest (Haru ka) rules the other two with a subtle but iron fist. Its basically three female Tyrants living under one roof.

Pros: The shows really funny. Chiaki is annoyed by Kana, but idolizes Haruka. Kana thinks that the guy that loves her is a middle school gang banger. Chiaki forces one of her female friends to act like a boy, and Kana forces one of Chiaki’s other friends to act like a girl because he loves Haruka. The show does a pretty good job at showcasing the relationships between the sisters and their own respective individual relationships. Very slice-of-life-esque.

Cons: The show has three seasons, but the first season is the only one to watch. The first season has its own style of humor and movement that really makes it stand out over other animes. The second season gets too bogged down with generic anime troupes. It had the hot spring episode, the removal of a main character scare, and even a lonely neighbor boy. Booooring. The third season gets back on track with the first season to a degree, but the first season is really the one to watch.

Watch it?: Just the First Season (Maybe the Third) (4/5)

MVP: Chiaki Minami

For teaching me what “Bakayaro” means.

Best Episode: S1, Ep. 13 “Fruitless Love” (Happy Drunken New Year!)

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