Minami-dora! Minami-ke’s Kana Cameos in Toradora?


Is the character pictured here in episode 18 of palmtop tiger anime Toradora in fact Kana Minami of baka-yarou anime Minami-ke? To many she bears a striking resemblance, though she may be just a generic character all the same.


The other character pictured also bears a passing resemblance to Touma in the eyes of some…

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This spotted by the eagle-eyed Techeese on the forums.

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    Comment by Techeese
    07:28 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even this day I'm still confused about it.... (=_=;)

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    Comment by iapfah
    08:57 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Things like this make me think how generic a lot of main characters look; you only remember them because the show is about them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:41 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    that cameo looks ugly =(

    Comment by Chen
    06:10 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, it would be kind of strange, if the cameo woul look beauty or moe. The original suckz in looks and so does the cameo.

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    Comment by innocuous
    04:41 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmm dont care.

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    Comment by KajunBowser
    04:51 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    May look like Kana, but I don't think it's her. imho, it's just one of those cases where you have a character designer who draws in a similar fashion to the one on the Minami-ke staff, comes from the same school of art, or it's the same character designer making subtle changes to mess with our heads. I don't really pay that much attention to the character designers in most of the anime I watch, but usually this is what happens.

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    Comment by exia
    09:50 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's kana for sure! its a homage for sure!

    Comment by battleknight45
    10:24 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i knew somebody would notice this too...

    that is kana's doppeliner(kurokami reference)

    Comment by Mambo
    04:01 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeaahh this just same... -_-"

    Comment by Maximatum99
    15:01 09/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's Kana since she energetically runs in that scene (reviewed the episode saved on PC) and her hair style is the exactly the same except for the color. Kinda obvious! But not a big deal.

    Comment by Metalraptor
    07:13 25/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She does look a lot like Kana, but I think its just a look a like.
    I've also seen the hairstyle used in many anime series.
    But I feel that what confirms that it is not Kana, is the person standing next to her.
    For one thing, Tōma is not the same age as Kana, and she attends an elementary school, where Kana attends a middle school.
    And their only acquainted with each other through Chiaki, so with Chiaki out of the picture, I can't see why they'd be placed together.
    If that was indeed Kana, then they would have had someone who attends the same class, such as Keiko or Fujioka, or perhaps one of her sisters.
    If this was intended to be a cameo, then the anime studio would have gone considerably farther, so that it would be a dead giveaway.
    Now, they might have designed her after Kana, but I can assure you that it is not her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 09/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's just the hairstyle. Everyone can have it~
    Teenagers have popstar hairstyle is not suprising. lol

    Comment by HELL
    10:33 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    JC-Staff and Asread are unrelated.

    That's not Kana.

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    Comment by Drifter0and0Lurker
    23:09 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What ever. Hair designs usually can be mixed in anime so what? The hair may just look like Kana's but that doesn't mean that it is right?

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    Comment by muteKi
    04:21 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hm. Lighter hair gives plausible deniability, but with Lucky Star in Kannagi's karaoke episode, it's pretty damn clear.

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    Comment by Stewie
    02:31 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ha! Interesting. For mr, the other one looks like ... Hmm forgot her name, but I mean the one that is always saying how disgusting/scary hosaka is :p

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    Comment by Crisu
    02:41 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It made me stop and rewind, yes. I do think she's supposed to be Kana.

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    Comment by peacefan
    02:26 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The similarities are very surprising. I'll go with yes.

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    Comment by motaku96
    02:14 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was gonna say it was just a coincidence but after closer inspection, the hair just looks too similar. Having characters from other anime guest star is pretty common nowadays(well not that common but it happens) so I'll go with yes.

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    Comment by Geerie
    02:49 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah i saw this on the forum last night. i didnt look hard enough i had to run off afterwards, but looking at it now its a yes.

    Comment by chaos
    01:55 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I believe she does look like Kana.

    Comment by Prometheus
    02:01 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, but seriously who cares?

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    22:35 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I care, for I am a anime cultist!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You cared enough to comment. Cock.

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    Comment by Geerie
    02:44 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    67% of the voters as of now apparently

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    Comment by Artefact
    02:04 08/02/2009 # ! Inadvisable

    Thousands will care enough to read the article, trust me on this.

    Comment by SaruDa
    04:44 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, but I'll read anything you write Artefact, if only for your style of narrative.

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    Comment by Artefact

    From a publisher's perspective, I think caring is meant more along the lines of "continuing to read/visit/buy etc." - but anyway... Nobody is saying this is big news.

    Comment by toastedsub
    07:49 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    its cool I love reading your articles

    Comment by Chen
    06:04 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    True, but I read also out of boredom. And I comment for similar reasons. But caring? As if I would care about this or a land that sounds something like cholera or Haruhi or most of the other stuff I get to read on this site.

    Most articles are fun and then there is the thing about porn. This one was fun. But caring is still on an other scale.

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    Comment by Ace
    20:17 09/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And to found out it's a back-to-back episode, lol.

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    Comment by Geerie
    08:49 09/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    just think artefact maybe one day an article about a supposed appearance of some anime character in another anime could save somebodies life. imagine an obsessed otaku going to kidnap some poor teenage girl, he then hears "spike from cowboy beebop makes cameo in the new gundam movie." the guys running to his computer no matter what hes doing at the moment.

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    Comment by Prometheus
    03:03 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no pantsus, no nipples, no nude filter, no care :D

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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's just you and your perverted brain who cares about that.. Now go back to you dream, faggots..

    Comment by Aquamarin
    02:07 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe so!

    Comment by kenjiharima
    02:45 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She transferred Schools? lol
    Definately Yes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spoiler: Ryuuji marries the Kana look alike.

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    Comment by Dee
    01:01 09/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    God forbids polygamy XD

    Comment by SARASA
    03:46 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's Kana and here is the spoiler of next episode..

    Kana gets transfered because she has fallen in love with Ryuji.. And after a few events, Ryuji has fallen to her too and sleep with her and she's become preagnant. Ryuji don't accept that the baby is Ryuji's so Kana kills him and take out his guts and slashes his head.. After that, Taiga, who already has going out with Ryuji comes to his house and see Ryuji's dead body. Then she gives message to Kana with Ryuji's cellphone and tell her to wait at school rooftop.. After that, Kana comes to school rooftop and then suddenly Taiga stab her stomatch and open her womb.. Knowing that there's no baby, Taiga become satisfied and take Ryuji's head and said "we will be together forever"


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    Comment by innocuous
    04:40 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol that was the plot to another seires..... i just cant remember wich

    Comment by Maximatum99
    14:54 09/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good old school days. I loved that anime!

    Comment by mcbc
    04:08 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF????? ò_Õ

    School Days anime script???

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    Comment by sakaki1
    04:18 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i just saw it today xDD
    i saw that part and though the EXACT same thing!!!

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    Comment by xbow
    03:08 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I also think she must be Kana... But the girl next to her is not Touma, since as we can see, she has boobs, while the real Touma does not. And also I believe Kana and Touma are in different grades and probably different school aswell

    Comment by DeGrade
    03:04 08/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Caught the cameo right away, but Touma isn't in the same grade as Kana, and neither of them are in high school. That odd otaku logic threw me off.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Also their uniform differs, and it's not clear if Minami-ke is set in Saitama like Toradora.

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