Minami-ke fans everywhere are in a state of grave despair with the news that the recently announced third season of Minami-ke is set to be a continuation of the oft reviled second series, Okawari, with the same producers, which was not previously clear.
However, it also seems that parts of the production will be going back to the original producers, so there may yet be hope for Okawari detractors.
Production will be undertaken by アスリード / Asread, who produced Okawari, but it is said there will be efforts to bring the series more in line with the first, by way of the involvement of the original producers, although official announcements are not yet forthcoming.
The key source is one of the animation staff, whose blog entry it seems was dug out by a 2cher. The blog has been deleted, apparently after this came to the attention of 2ch, but the entry is mirrored here.
The animator also talks about the difference in style between the third series and the previous ones, saying that the characters will look a little more mature, but be otherwise similar.
The whole fiasco is rather puzzling, and sad. Apparently, viewing figures for the second series were better than the first, although the DVD sold less than half as many copies (the first sold over 10,000 in the first week, a very respectable performance), so it seems those holding the reins are gambling on being able to ignore the protests of fans, or else they really do intend to repair matters.
The whole thing seems like a hideous mess, and a fine example of how not to produce a series, so it may be best just to wait and see what they come out with.