Minami-ke Okaeri – 08: The Art of Seduction

Why yes I would gladly open that up…

Well it will be the final stretch in the coming weeks for schooling and sadly the lab report on Azotobacter and the English Paper took precedence over Minami-ke. Well I suppose winding down a hellish week with finals in about two weeks. Uchida seems to be hitting puberty with full force last time she was using area denial ops against Touma and now she’s doing recon on Yoshino. Kana has been trying to run female development courses with the primary goal being how to attract men and to this end all of Chiaki’s soda is brought out. I am not sure how the inability to open a can of soda is moe, but I do find in irritating enough that if I see someone one who’s having trouble my multi-tool usually does the trick. Uchida fails at feigning weakness while Yoshino is a consummate actor.  Maki seems to have tried to use that gambit back in her middle school days though it seems she suffered a string of defeats. Atsuko is really that weak and has to ask Maki for help. Maki and Kana lock on target and start hounding Atsuko who promptly GETS FRIENDLY with Haruka and hides behind her. Chiaki returns and snatches back a can of her soda from Kana, like an idiot she opens it and gets a face full of high fructose corn syrup. Kana adriuotly lays the blame on Atsuko and her witchcraft. All in all it seems that Maki, Kana, and Uchida form an unbroken line of succession for BOSS. Still Chiaki is going to get fat after drinking all that soda laden with high fructose corn syrup which bypasses one glycolytic pathway.

If only it were my home…

At least she gave it a shot…

Ah now I know the origin’s of Maki’s hostility to Hosaka.

I am surprised the Maki was considered to be a role model for Kana’s school for young girls. I am sure that had Haruka not intervened Yoshino, Uchida, and Touma might have simply ended up single for most if not all of their middle school and high school years were it not for Mako-cakes in the case of Touma and Uchida. As Maki is other wise occupied by Haruka Atsuko is brought in as a substitute, and Yoshino clever as ever wants to know about the night part Maki mentioned. Touma becomes a MAN and comes to Atsuko’s rescue but her rudeness earns Touma the wrath of Kana. Kana defeats Touma who is sent right into the happiest place on Atsuko. Touma enjoys a nap in a most enviable place, but Atsuko forgot if Touma was a boy or a girl in her shock. Kana thinks that this new offensive hugging tactic is the way to win arguments against boys, I heartily concur, that would shut us up right away or make us scream in abject terror. The next day Mako-cakes runs into Touma who is also undergoing puberty and the old Alliance seems to have unraveled. It makes me sad that the old camaraderie between Mako-cakes and Touma has been sundered as of late. Touma even hit Mako-cakes right where Chiaki dinged him last time. Still all is not lost as there is room for old allies to settle their quarrels. Funny how now that puberty is starting to hit that Touma and Chiaki have gone tsundere on Mako-cakes, if he only knew why his friends were acting strange. I am sure that fans of tsunderekkos are green with envy.

Atsuko can serve a ball, but not open a can?

The three Fates.

There there its okay.

Kana starts unintentionally lording over that fact that Fujioka is dancing to her tune which Keiko for once gets furious over. Reiko is uncharacteristically happy over how Fujioka accidentally hugged her, Reiko is asked to discern the meaning of this and correctly guesses the events that came to pass. She freezes up however and then decides to give Kana a taste of her own medicine and puts the fear into her. I Highly suspect that the cast of Minami-ke are in fact the progenitors of the some of the later characters already it seems that Mako-cakes was the founder of the Saotome Acting School that Alto-hime belonged to which was to later received a healthy infusion of a meltran bloodline to produce the greatest Oyama in the galaxy. Now I suspect that Reiko is the an ancestor Kati, for one thing Reiko like Kati seems to have a superior grasp of their situation and that of others, though for now it seems Reiko had yet to meet her Patrick-esque book dumb paramour. Sadly the questions that Keiko raised were not answered with the braking out of orange stunna shades…

Gimme that!



Atsuko seems to quite the volleyball player and her serve earned her the attention of Hosaka. Poor Atsuko seems to have a budding crush on Hosaka who loves only Haruka, but unlike the losers from White Album Atsuklo’s loyalty to Haruka overrides any desire for Hosaka. Moreover Maki seems intent on protecting the virtue and honor of both Haruka and Atsuko. I approve of Maki’s zeal, aggressive defense, and blistering counter attacks. Natsuki is late and is made to pick up balls. Only now though does Atsuko inquire about Maki’s wariness of Hosaka, this tips off Maki that Atsuko seems to be falling for Hosaka. Hayami tries once again to get them to convince Haruka to join the volleyball club and tries to pry into the lives of her juniors. Thankfully Atsuko and Maki are not so foolish as to be that trusting of Hayami. I just love how Maki can sense Hosaka’s Haruka lust a mile away. Hayami then plants the seed for a Hosaka Fantasy.

I was mildly disappointed that it was so tame this time, but much of that was swept aside as the glory that was haruka in bloomers with LEGS. I was most pleased to see Haruka with a pony tail as I have a fatal weakness for those, I just don’t see many women have them any more it makes me a bit sad, but Fantasy Haruka does deliver. Words cannot convey7 how delightful it was when Haruka sallied forth with a towel in hand.

Ah well next time it seems that Mako-cakes finds himself in the middle of a war as Chiaki and Touma start leering at eachother while Uchida is getting REAL FRIENDLY with Mako-cakes at school. Looks like Mako-cakes will have to break out the color coordinated hairclips next time! Ain’t puberty grand?



But Maki they already have learned plenty through Mako-cakes…

Ah Haruka-mama.

You’ve just been adopted Maki…

I’d be hot for this teacher…


I see Uchida really wants to know about the birds and the bees…

Wait you don’t know either?

I see some one is setting themselves up to be the sports girl…

Some guys have all the luck.

Most impressive Touma.

I heard you leik mudkips like shoutas.

I see that it was Dark Touma that did it…

That was just a FRIENDLY head butt.

I guess Touma can act feminine after all.

Dang, that’s two already…

It’s hard being popular isn’t it?

You need another one?

Sheryl Nome?

I propose that from now on we get Reiko fantasies too.

Come on Fujioka we have been over this, TIME FOR TAG!

Hmm… I wonder how Megane Reiko would look.

Mein Oberst is that you?

Mako-cakes had more sparkles.

My aren’t we shallow.

And he never opned that can for you…

Maki is a Jedi.

Your thoughts betray you Atsuko…

And I thought
You look just fine to me

You look just fine to me
You look just fine to me

Shall we liquefy
Oh you and I
And mingle in the stream?(Pony Pony PONY!)

Shall we liquefy
Oh you and I
And mingle in the stream?

Still sleeping you woke me up
Muttering in your dream
In darkness I could feel your
Your little body breathe

What could they be quarreling over?

Kimi wa dare to kisu o suru

The face that lauched a thousand ships…

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  1. Haesslich
    Posted February 28, 2009 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    I have no comments except that Yoshino is cute, Touma gets more action than all the other guys combined, and Mako-chan seems to have won hearts and minds all over the place. Oh, and I REALLY think Chiaki knows who Mako-chan is given how she walked in on him twice, was sitting there as Kana and Mako-chan had their conversation about his disguise, and now interacts with Makoto in various… and interesting… ways.

  2. Posted February 28, 2009 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    What do you mean? Mako-cakes has gotten plenty of Haruka goodness in his life, he even groped Yoshino once…Let’s not forget who has been the FRIENDLIEST of all…

    If Chiaki knows then Mako-cakes sure has it good in a sense, I hope they will be adults about this, as I am sure they can all bully Mako-cakes in FRIENDLY WAYS.

    BTW have you checked you e-mail lately?

  3. Haesslich
    Posted February 28, 2009 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Mako-chan accidentally grabbed Yoshino once, who got that ‘We’re all girls, aren’t we?’ expression, and has seen Haruka half-naked twice. Touma, on the other hand, has actually gotten to do the face-plant Natsuki did, without getting her head knocked off… which is more than Mako-chan has managed, the closest being that almost-grope and putting an arm around Chiaki.

    And yes, I have, but I’ve been busy handling things on my side, so response may be delayed.

  4. Posted February 28, 2009 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Let’s not forget that Atsuko wasn’t sure if Touma was a boy or a girl, besides Mako-cakes was groped by Haruka and had gotten frisky plenty of times even with Touma. He did get some of Touma’s delicious THIGH Meat once IIRC.

    No pressure, besides the Spring Preview has yet to be wrapped up.

  5. SinSNakeZ
    Posted February 28, 2009 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Mako-cakes groped Yoshino once before? Which episode was that? How did I forget an event like that?

  6. Posted February 28, 2009 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Atsuko being the focal point of this episode was pretty surprising, and good.

    Also, that was no “friendly” headbutt, that was a Zidane headbutt.

  7. Posted February 28, 2009 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    That can’t be Hosaka. There’s no can that Hosaka can’t open.

  8. TorontoSyrup
    Posted February 28, 2009 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    I have to say that this episode didn’t fail to fufill. From the pop can training to the Hosaka fantasies it didn’t fail to deliver. We even got some nice shots and screen time of Atsuko. So we got our Mako-cakes last week, Atsuko this week, and even some Hosaka to boot. Now my question is, What is left to expect? This has left me dumb founded.

  9. Kherubim
    Posted February 28, 2009 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    You could say that Uchida’s failure to fail to open a can is a moe mode by itself. Although Yoshida succeeded, her method was rather clumsy compared to the masterful demonstration by the Witch of Moe, Atsuko. Even running and hiding behind Haruka-neesama made me go “Ahhhhh!!!”

    Touma’s faceplant reminded me of Mikoto from Mai-Hime, would Atsuko prefer that Touma was male or female?

    Finally, on Keiko: AWESOME analysis is AWESOME, just look at Kana’s reaction.

  10. Kherubim
    Posted February 28, 2009 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Ugghh… I meant Yoshino, that’s the result of not getting enough sleep…

    Anyway, we’ve got A-san who has a crush on B-kun who likes C-san (a good person but quite dense) who pushes B-kun, who then hugs A-san accidentally. Where does D-kun, who might like A-san, but is intimidated by B-kun and uses C-san as a beard fit in?

  11. soyahoney
    Posted February 28, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Curry no Yousei is back! Although short, he was funny acting all serious and jumping to fantasy Hoaska and then back to being a serious sempai. Was he the same person in Maki’s flashback? I didn’t listen to his voice closely, but he does look very similar. Maybe Maki tries to stay clear of people with dark hair and people who respond,”If you can’t open it, how can I?” What a jerk response.

    This episode was about how being moe can mean being a witch in disguise. BURN ALL MOE CHARACTERS!!! jk ^^

    Kana was THE LAW as every person listened and submitted to her whim like Chiaki believing it was Atsuko, the witch, and how everyone thought Maki and Atsuko were experts about guys. But to me, it seems Touma has more knowledge about that.

    It seems Mako-cakes might be in a tight spot in the next episode. Time to play TAG again and BE FRIENDLY to solve any issue if the worst comes. ^^

  12. Posted February 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    The second season that some fans insist does not exist.

    Poor Atsuko got much more screen time, but sadly I can only lament her her choice of Hosaka. She is doomed to fail.

    Hosaka was dreaming of Haruka at the time. ;)


    Let’s hope that Atsuko does not care like Touma doesn’t care about what Mako-cakes is…

    Yeah Touma is probably more familiar with guys since she almost got frisky and FRIENDLY with Fujioka.

    Indeed Mako-cakes is going to find himself as a very popular person…

  13. Gregory
    Posted March 7, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    HosakaXAtsuko works for me!

  14. BlackSun88
    Posted December 15, 2009 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    isnt “Kimi wa dare to kisu o suru” = who do u kiss with? lol.. i totally fall for atsuko. i dont mind opening every cans for her

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