みなみけ / minami-ke

So Skylancer just recommended a new anime to me and it’s AWESOME! The anime is called みなみけ (minami-ke). The anime is just super cute. It reminds me of あずまんが大王 (Azumanga Daioh), but a lot wackier. The story is about 3 sisters, one in elementary school, one in high school, and one which I assume is in college. The story is about everyday life, but don’t let that steer you away. That’s like saying Azumanga Daioh was just about a group of high school girls. The situations are wacky and hilarious, and add to that the cuteness to it. It’s not clear what happened to their parents nor why they live in such a big house, but as long as it keeps me entertained, I’m not complaining. As FuzzyWuzzy says, “wow that’s so sickeningly cute.”

You can check out the OP (opening) on YouTube / Stage6 and the ED (ending) on YouTube / Stage6. Trust me, the OP and ED aren’t enough to warn you how awesome the 1st episode is. I did realize something strange about the YouTube videos which were labeled “High Quality”. I mean they were indeed a lot higher quality than the other YouTube videos which I found and not over compressed like the others. However, it does show a play time of 10 minutes, which in reality is really just 1:30. I wonder how they did it… how they took up 10 minutes worth of space/quality to make a video have higher quality on YouTube.

Speaking of which, the 2nd episode of Clannad was released and boy am I addicted to the ending song: だんご大家族 (Dango Daikazoku). I’ve almost completely memorized it. I’ve sang along at least 2 or 3 dozen times. You know you’re addicted to the song when you’re singing it in the shower. The dangos did appear in the 2nd episode and it turns out to be one of the girl’s favorite things. It used to be popular in “anime” history, but has since died off like Furby and the Power Rangers. I can’t find anything that shows that it was popular in real Japan history. Usually, I don’t really try to learn a Japanese song, due to the fact that they sing a lot faster than I can. I can shout some phrases here and there, but ultimately end up laughing at myself. However, Dango Daikazoku was meant for little kids and sung at really slow pace, so it was quite easy to catch on.

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