Fans of formerly excellent baka-yarou anime Minami-ke have been dealt a final affront in the form of the final sales figures for the series, which seem to indicate a tragic and irreversible fate has been forced upon the show thanks to the much maligned involvement of hated animator Asread.

The final DVD sales figures (for the initial week of sales where 90% of sales are usually concentrated) run thus:


Vol. Sales Release
01 8,057 08.01.09
02 9,366 08.02.06
03 9,246 08.03.12
04 9,075 08.04.09

Minami-ke Okawari

01 3,914 08.05.09
02 4,264 08.06.04
03 4,433 08.07.09
04 4,226 08.08.06

Minami-ke Okaeri

01 4,387 09.04.08
02 4,200 09.05.13
03 4,140 09.06.10
04 4,026 09.07.08

The second and third seasons were of course graced by varying levels of Asread quality

This would appear to spell the end of the show?

okaeri #12


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    Avatar of TeeHee
    Comment by TeeHee
    03:32 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doumu should just re-do seasons 2 and 3. They can make some real cha-ching.

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    Comment by Shoran Himura
    03:40 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    such a pitty....

    minami-ke is awesome despite the mistakes here and there....

    im still waiting for another season....badly XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Second and third season?What are you people talking about?These was only ONE season.Its a shame they didn't make anymore.

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    Comment by Ipsod
    04:22 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The amount of bandwagon thinking here is incredible. Don't you people ever have your own opinion?

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    Comment by Matt
    22:32 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see the problem season 3 has sold about the same as season 2 (a little less) but that's normal.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see a season 4 at all.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    23:16 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not even Hosaka-senpai can safe you now :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:24 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the difference between first and second-third season is negligible

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    Comment by Castronaut
    23:43 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not sure how to feel about that picture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There was no second and third season. Still waiting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want to fuck Mako-chan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 22/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Minami-ke Owari

    Comment by Overt
    02:04 21/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have one thing to say to dear Asread Studio:

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    Comment by Karmappi
    17:03 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heh, back when I watched the three seasons, I didn't even notice any changes between the seasons. Chiaki seemed a bit off at first, until I noticed her hair colour had changed. Figured she had dyed it.
    When I read the first article about it here, I thought it was being sarcastic :D.

    Personally, I don't find some faulty animation and drawing big enough a deal to ruin an anime on its own. If the story and the voices are as they should be, why is it such a problem that a few scenes and/or frames are QUALITY?
    I mean, considering the medium it's understandable that you'd prefer nice visuals, but going as far as denouncing their existance, merely because the animation isn't as good as before seems petty..

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    Comment by Youko
    06:20 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a wonder how they managed to make something great like Garei -zero-. Oh wait, maybe it was AIC that did everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:23 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I' a loss for words.

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    Comment by sanimej2
    08:28 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never was a show ever been soooo TAINTED than Minami-ke. Embarrassing! (T_T)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is no such thing as a second season of Minami-ke. Much less a third.

    Don't know what you guys are talking about.


    Comment by DK
    17:36 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It like Asread picked up on the sequels just to stick it up the fans' collective ass... like a big, fat, "FUCK YOU!"-sign from them to us.

    Were the errors fixed in the DVD version?

    Comment by tlots
    19:59 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have anyone ever done that?

    Having censor-fogless or censor-darknessless versions for DVD-releases is one thing, but to fix animation blunders it would take the anime back to production stage.

    Comment by Kortaku
    01:53 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, a good example would be the Geass remake...many studios do it lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There was that Birdy the Mighty episode recently, I think.

    For Miname-ke, though, it'd pretty much be a complete do-over of the entire 2nd and 3rd seasons.

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    Comment by Shuu
    20:27 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It has been done for a great number of shows. Dunno about Minami-ke though.

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    Comment by Free
    17:50 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Asread, We make Xebec look good.

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    Comment by Exia
    17:51 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a trap.

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    Comment by LunarSD
    18:05 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm on episode 7 of season 1... when should I start looking forward to this infamy? Because it's been pretty excellent so far.

    Will the comedy at least make up for a lax animation switch?

    Comment by Voxyn
    18:26 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In my opinion, yes.
    The comedy remains brilliant throughout.

    In related news, Mako-chan has never looked so cute as in that picture.
    Delicious trap.

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    Comment by CS
    02:38 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed. Sorry Hosaka, Mako-chan is the best part of O-kawari.

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    Comment by FallsFromGrace
    06:25 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's a dress I really want to buy

    Comment by Chris
    18:38 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think you completely read the article... Season one was the good season. It's the seasons after one that sucked.

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    Comment by LunarSD
    19:31 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah, I see now.

    But can't people just view the animation weirdness as stylistic?

    It works for Shinya Ohira (see:

    Before I get trashed for comparing Asread to Ohira (heh, I know it's coming), keep in mind I've only seen SanCon still-frames of Asread's Minami-ke work. I don't know anything about him beyond that.

    If you click on the Shinya Ohira link you can see how some animators can assemble sequences of highly abstracted frames to end up creating some truly artistic looking motion happening in scenes.

    And it wouldn't really be possible unless each individual frame looked physically impossible if paused on throughout the animation as a whole...

    Perhaps Asread is just misunderstood? Or still in training wheels for this approach?

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    Comment by LunarSD
    22:54 19/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The correct link from my post.

    At the very least, it must speak of the quality of Minami-ke's writing that it lasted 3 seasons even in spite of this much-maligned producer switch. So here's to hoping it will be worth wading through the Asread seasons anyway...

    After reading up on him, apparently Asread worked on Ergo Proxy as well, but as an in-betweener. In fact, all the shows he did in-between animation for looked brilliant ( ). Maybe this has taught him to just stick with what he knows?

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    Comment by Shuu
    20:36 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm usually one of the first to defend curiously deformed art as intentional/stylistic choice (at least when combined with breathtakingly fluid animation), but in the case of Minami-ke, it's really just pure incompetence on Asread's part.

    Comment by tlots
    20:07 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0) — This one isn't still >_< — This one bashes the style-pursuit-theory. As the would-be style seems really inconsistent.

    Comment by Eamon
    18:05 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Product quality seem rushed to me as well :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe they were trying to make the minami family to suffer from eye desviation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Die Ashread Die! Destroying the most beautiful thing! ITS CAN'T BE FORGIVEN!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:08 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Neither can HORRIBLE GRAMMAR be forgiven!

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    Comment by Narcissist
    21:57 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Be quiet, lowlife.

    Second season was better than first, if you exclude that damn little four-eyes brat. Hosaka was hotter than ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    just ignore the fail animation and pay attention to only the voice, and comedy and you'll be fine... For the most part anyways.

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    Comment by mr.demon
    23:03 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then they have just do a Radio Show... if only its for hearing...xD

    oly the firts is good.... second its a complete fail and third its some regular... I think

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only thing that can save the anime is to have Doumu produce a 4th season.

    If this is not to be, a salve would be having Yen Press license the manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:04 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    don't feed the trolls

    also, I had more RAGE in season 2 and more LOL on season 1, you be the judge.

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    Comment by Loli no Mikata
    18:00 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Super Giga Drilll LOL!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:59 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Asread couldn't animate the GARness of Hosaka, thus leading to this upset.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:50 19/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually I thought episode 10 of okaeri was hilarious. In both animation and sound.

    Comment by Marine-RX179
    17:11 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The greatest/most interesting contribution from Asread's Minami-ke was probably Hosaka's "Song of Curry"...but then again it was not really a contribution by Asread, but instead was a contribution by Ono Daisuke (Hosaka's seiyuu) himself (since it was him who came up with the song lol).

    Comment by Kortaku
    01:52 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i love that song...

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    Comment by Omochikaeri
    19:37 17/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Niconico loves that song. There are endless videos having fun with it.

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