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After heckling everyone on this blog, among others, for so long, the green-haired trappy overlord of THAT has put his pump-wearing foot down. So, my penance begins with forcing myself to watch through a rather humdrum episode of Minami-ke Okaeri. Still, it’s better than listening to some of the tracks off that recent “Pun-Colle ~voice actresses’ legendary punk songs collection” CD that was recently released.
About the best thing that can be said for this episode is that it includes Hosaka. Lots of Hosaka at the end. Oh, and the characters in the background have faces. Otherwise, we have three unimpressive skits and a Hosaka fantasy at the end. It’s very much ‘more of the same’, and probably is inspiring similar entries from the other blogs covering the series. So, in honor of the same jokes being reused, we’ll be exploring the same screenshots everyone else has posted and using the same (tired) memes that everyone else is sick of.
As usual, it seems any story involving Kana and food inevitably causes problems.
The first skit centers around Kana’s obsession with food – an old, recycled joke which gets milked once again. What was unusual was that the ‘damage’ splashed over onto Touma and Chiaki, who somehow end up getting upset with one another rather than turning their ire on the true cause of their misfortune.
If this was Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, these two would have been carried off to the temple for a wedding.
This leads to some tension the next day, with Touma and Chiaki at odds and exchanging harsh words the way they did early on in their relationship. For some reason, Uchida sees all this tension and decides to turn to one person in whose hands Chiaki’s and Touma’s future rests.
Uchida’s last, best hope for peace. FISSION MAILED.
“Makoto-kun! You’re my only hope!”
Maybe he really is smarter than Uchida…
Unfortunately, Makoto’s burst of common sense promptly burns out shortly after giving this response, and he lets himself be dragged into the situation. This is also the point where Uchida discovers more than she probably ever wanted to know about Makoto-kun and his hobbies. Also, unfortunately for the audience, this is also where the animation budget apparently starts to tank and we are treated to a minute of KWALITY faces.
Makoto decides to emulate Detective Conan
He’s on a roll…
… and promptly falls right off. Stupid is as stupid does.
So now Makoto-kun not only crossdresses, but he carries a makeup kit and spare skirt everywhere?
Even Uchida can’t believe how far he’s fallen.
Mako-chan and Uchida make their way back to the Minami household, only to discover the cause of the fight between Touma and Chiaki, who have since made up after realizing just how stupid the issue they were arguing about was,now the infection of Kana-derived idiocy has been fought off. It, however, continues to afflict Uchida and Mako-chan, who promptly draw Chiaki back into the middle of things.
Strike three! YERRRRRR OUT!
For those of you who were hoping for the old ‘Bible Black’ faces, as I was, this was as close as we got in the whole episode, even counting Haruka’s ‘banchou’ mode.
… and yet so far. No shadowing around the eyes, no dramatic lighting…
Part two is even more uninspiring, centering around Chiaki’s large stocking and what she wants for Christmas. Fujioka ultimately suggests mittens, and while Chiaki seems to like them she still seems a little lost in thought, or at least distant, throughout most of the episode.
Keep this image in mind for later. It’ll be important – I promise.
A Poorly ‘shopped Kana wearing a stocking for Christmas. I’m sure Fujioka wishes he was there… and speaking of which, where’s the bear Fujioka? I thought she kept him close at all times.
Part three deals with Natsuki being his usual idiotic, insensitive self, and forgetting Touma’s Christmas present. One scolding by Haruka later (showing no emotional response all the while), he finally delivers the present… by leaving it on the table with a ‘don’t forget to give this to Touma’ note. On the living room table. After school. When he knows she’s on the way home. All so he can pound on Akira on a game console. She tries to let him off easy by lying about how she found it, but in the end Natsuki undoes the lie and earns himself a well-deserved shot to the head. Very boring, just like Natsuki when he’s not fainting and having nosebleeds over Haruka’s cleavage.
This is the only screencap you’re getting of Part Three. You do NOT want to mess up around her.
The last part returns to the glorious Hosaka, and his nefarious plans to BE FRIENDLY with Haruka. Remember that shot linked to earlier?
This is why I wanted you to remember that screencap.
Hosaka, stalking Haruka as he usually does, overhears the conversation Haruka and company are having regarding Chiaki’s Christmas present. And, as always, he completely misses the point and links it all back to his daydreamsdelusions about Haruka, and goes off to hunt for a suitable present for his dream woman. Approached by his minion, Natsuki, he bounces ideas off of Natsuki regarding having a Santa Hosaka deliver presents to the good girls at the main Minami (versus Other Minami) household. And, as always, his plan fails as Haruka’s already gotten a cake from elsewhere, and ends the show with an “ORE GA SANTA!” declaration before lapsing into mad, booming laughter.
Almost a complete waste of time, save for the very end whose saving grace was a full-blown Hosaka delusion, complete with mad laughter and someone pleading for him to stop molesting the cake. Despite the complaints that the previous episode was boring as hell (I’m looking at you, Aroduc), this one took the cake – literally. There were a few amusing parts in the first bit (thanks to Mako-chan and his amazing magical bag of accessories), but the middle half was about as boring as most of Okawari. All that saved this episode were Hosaka and his daydream version of Haruka. I actually kept an eye on the clock through the first viewing; that’s not a good sign when I’m measuring the time until the episode ends, so I can properly take screencaps.
And now, to save the best for last: the screendumps of the Hosaka Delusion:
You can tell it’s a delusion because he’s actually talking to Haruka
This is Fantasy…
… and this is reality.
And as Haruka walks away into the distance, we hear that mighty cry…
ORE WA GUNDAM!SANTA!
And to close things off…
“A girl should be elegant…”
One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?
Here’s a hint: he kept Haruka’s dress, the one Chiaki claimed would shape the figure of the wearer to be more like Haruka’s.