The main characters of this anime.
So, between Minami-ke and Toaru Majutsu no Index, I picked the former. And oh boy, I do regret my choice. Actually I see that this title is a joint project between Anime Empire (that subs Capeta) and Saizen fansub groups, therefore I think this is a sport anime, and I downloaded it. Only when I started watching it I found out how wrong I am. This slice-of-life anime is a 2007 anime, therefore it will fight a vain battle against Bokurano, the current holder of the ‘Anime of the Year 2007’ title.
See the screenshot below for an apt explanation:-
The first sentence sums up the anime. The second line is a warning that you should take seriously.
Imagine the recently-reviewed slice-of-life anime K-On, stripped out of its (not so good) story and Hirasawa Yui, and we have an anime that is on the same level as Hayate no Gotoku and Myself Yourself, amongst others. This anime has lame storyline and its characters’ roster are boring. Character developments is basically non-existent, with the 3 main characters being the same from the first episode until the last one. I even thought that the cross-dressing elementary schooler is better than them.
The only thing that this anime doesn’t manage to screw-up is the comedy. Some of them are genuinely good, but plenty of them are ordinary. Well, this anime is maybe at the same level as K-On in this aspect. The ending is basically non-existent, just like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei series were. In the course of writing this review, I found out at ANN that there are 3 seasons of this anime, therefore that must be the reason why the ending is structured that way. The fact that this anime has 3 seasons is very disturbing though.
The lack of a coherent storyline in anime like this one is forgivable, but at least there should be at least one interesting/powerful character(s) in this anime. K-On would have been even crappier if it doesn't have Hirasawa Yui propping up the series. Oh BTW, I won’t watch the subsequent seasons of this anime, unless you want to pay me for doing so.
The comedy is the only silver lining that this anime has.
The character designer of this anime suffers from the same affliction that plagued the likes of Naruto, Hayate no Gotoku and Initial D, and that would be the inability of the designer to draw beautiful female characters. The three titles I have mentioned gets away with this because the main characters for each series is male, but this anime doesn’t have that luxury, for obvious reasons. The other Minami family, which is almost all guys, has far better character designs. Oh BTW, black hairs are rare in this slice-of-life anime that takes place in present-day Japan.
Voice acting in this anime in this anime is very good, especially for the second and third Minami sisters. Definitely a positive point for this anime.
Another positive point for this anime, the music aspect of this anime is flawless; the OST is decent and there is also two good OP and ED themes.
The animation quality in this anime is good, even in fast-paced scenes. No comment about the choreography because this anime doesn’t have any action scenes. The director probably cannot do anything about the lack of storyline and characters in this anime though, so I will give him/her a pass.
3 out of 10. Toaru Majutsu no Index or A Certain Scientific Railgun will be the one reviewed next.
The craziness of a certain delusional character in this anime helps brightened this anime up.