Friday, 14 March 2008

Minami-ke Okawari - Episode 10

After finding Minami-ke relatively amusing at times, its continuation in Okawari hasn't really worked so well in its opening episodes - A trend which continues through almost inevitably into episode ten.

Once again, all of the main characters in this slice of life series are likeable enough, which makes it more than a little difficult to actively dislike the show, but at the same time there's nothing that really appeals to my sense of humour, with most of the running gags now seemingly entirely exhausted. For example, we get that Kana is hyper and a bit stupid by now after having spent twenty-three episodes watching her, and although this episode finishes with a nice little twist on her usual characteristics (which is simply cute rather than funny) everything else is very much predictable. So we could go on with every major character, to the point where you can guess pretty much everything way before it happens. That in itself isn't a bad thing (it happens in plenty of series of this ilk), but without some snappy one-liners or clever skits to drop those characters into, it simply never takes off.

Once again then, Minami-ke Okawari managed to be 'nice' without ever really being funny, and remains a shadow of its former self.

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