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February 8, 2012

Anime Review: Minami-ke

A lightweight slice of life comedy anime featuring three sisters as they face everyday life. There is no explicit plot line so there is a freedom of creativity to be expressed here. This anime review takes the entire Minami-ke series into account.

Minami-keSynopsis:
There are three of the Minami sisters: Haruka, Kana and Chiaki, who have an average life. The girls only have each other to depend on and help each other get through everything from love confessions to cooking.

Review:
Nothing much can be said of this slice of life anime. There is really no explicit story so don't expect dramatic events to happen often. Although it may sound boring, the many comedic moments brings out the enjoyment of watching this anime series from start to end. The second season can be a bit boring and disappointing because of many 'side-story' elements, but the third season was much better.

The art was decent for the first season only. The lack of detail is evident right from the start. However, once you start the second season, the art is more textured and detailed which took some time to get used to again. I was really surprised that the art was changed, but I was glad that it did. I can't stand anime that has lack of shadow and texture details.

Voice acting was the same throughout the three seasons. The soundtracks were not that memorable such as the opening and ending themes. However, some characters voice acting I could slightly pick out from other anime. Overall, it was decently funny enough how the characters interact with each other.

Characters took a bit of time to get used to, but once you have watched the first season, you get slightly attached to them. There is a wide variety of characters present in all three seasons so you will never get bored. There were also many different types of characters from the cool-looking ones to the cute-ones. It would not be hard for you to choose your favourite character.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this anime. I only wished they compacted the amount of episodes but improved the storyline. On the other hand, this anime series was a good time waster if you are bored or got nothing else to do.

STORY: 6
It's a definite slice of life anime. An ordinary life of three sisters. That's about it. There are some funny moments which you would enjoy.

ART: 7
Art has definitely improved over time. As you watch the second season you can tell that extra improvements has been made to add extra detail to the surroundings as well as the characters themselves.

SOUND: 5
Not much soundtracks used throughout the anime. Opening theme was slightly catchy but easily forgotten after a while.

CHARACTER: 8
Wide range of characters are available with many different personalities and attitudes. No problems here.

ENJOYMENT: 7
It's really up to the viewer to decide if they liked it or not. I just found it interestingly enough to watch, but this is a definitely a time-waster.

OVERALL: 7
Improvements should have been made for the last two seasons. I'm glad season 3 picked up the 'broken pieces' and improved on it a lot.