Minami-ke Tadaima Episode 03 Review
Touma is at the female Minami residence, having taken a short bath and revealing that her brother, Natsuki is the one who takes very long baths. Since Touma's clothing is in the wash, Kana produces Haruka's and her own middle school uniforms. However, Haruka's was too big in the chest and Kana's was too small in the waste (but perfect in the chest), so Touma wants a track suit.
Kana recounts a story at "Danny's" (Denny's), where Miyuki spilled water in her lap by not setting her glass down to look at her watch. Since Touma and Chiaki don't believe such an airhead exists, Kana decides to prove it by having Uchida come over. Giving her a glass of water, then asking her the time, Uchida also spills water in her lap. Chiaki says that Uchida is a special case and doesn't count. As Uchida's clothes dry, she wears a maid uniform that Touma sewed, and acts as the girls' maid, addressing Kana as "goshujin-sama" (master). They decide to try the experiment on Haruka, who wears her watch with the face on her inner wrist. When Uchida gives Haruka the glass and Haruka is asked the time, she simply switches hands the glass is in to see her watch.
At the high school, Maki, Atsuko, and Hitomi go home with Haruka because she's making a cake. After they have their cake, Maki and Hitomi get into an argument over who has the daintiest hands, which Haruka proposes solving with Hitomi's ring. Haruka also suggests Maki wear one of the maid uniforms Touma made, but she won't do it unless she gets paid. Hitomi thinks she's lost her ring, so as the girls look, Hitomi realizes its in her hand. Embarrassed at her airhead moment, she purposefully loses the ring, which roles into Atsuko's bag. Atsuko discovers it and reveals she has it, but apologizes to Hitomi for what looks like possible theft. Hitomi apologizes back, though Maki and Haruka are confused as to why.
Back at school, Haruka and Atsuko discuss Touma's sewing when Natsuki walks by. He's embarrassed when Haruka mentions his long baths, so he denies it. Hitomi notices this and asks Maki and Haruka about it. Haruka realizes she's the cause of Natsuki's discomfort, so she seeks him out to make amends and let him know she thinks taking a long bath is cool for a whole host of reasons. Meanwhile, Maki tells Hitomi that Natsuki opening up to her is tantamount to a confession. This causes Hitomi to go back to Natsuki to tell him she also likes long baths. She's embarrassed by saying this, but not happy that she doesn't get the response she wanted from Natsuki, who tells her that long baths are good and nothing to be embarrassed about.
At the female Minami residence, Chiaki, Touma, and Kana enjoy donuts. However, there's one left, so they rock-paper-scissor it and Kana wins. However, she makes the mistake of leaving to get more tea, and returns to find no donut. Chiaki and Touma almost convince her that the extra donut was never there, but she licks her plate and discovers powdered sugar. After threatening to lick their mouths, Kana is surprised that Chiaki and Touma confess. However, when Haruka arrives, panic sets in as all the girls realize that donut was for her. Haruka is depressed when she discovers the truth and leaves for a bath, so Chiaki and Touma don maid uniforms and start cleaning. Haruka enters and thanks them for their hard work, but when she looks for Kana, she finds her sister struggling to get her maid uniform on.
The whole maid uniform theme made me laugh, starting with how quickly Uchida went from being offended to acting like an obedient maid servant once she donned the outfit. Later, having Chiaki and Touma wear the uniforms just to clean as an apology to Haruka made me laugh at the absurdity of it all.
I'd completely forgotten about Hitomi and her crush on Natsuki. Initially, I assumed she was a new character, like Miyuki, but then there was something about the way she was acting around Natsuki that triggered my memory. Leave it to Maki to stir that pot some.
Between Haruka making cake for her friends, which we only saw the aftermath of, and Chiaki, Touma, and Kana eating donuts, I tell you that I'm now craving either cake with buttercreme frosting, or one of the following donuts: Krispy Kreme glazed donuts, Dunkin' Donuts Chocolate Kreme Filled donuts, or a King Soopers Chocolate Creme Filled Long John. ^_^;;;
Speaking of which, after Kana stole Uchida's donut in the first episode, I couldn't help but laugh when Kana took the last donut in this episode, then left it unguarded to get a beverage. *lol* It was blatantly obvious what was going to happen, though Kana's decision to lick Chiaki's and Touma's mouths to see who'd eaten her donut was unexpected, and thus funny.
So, while this series may not have quite the laughs of the first anime installment of the franchise, it has been good stuff so far, making me smile a lot, sometimes laugh, and just feel good when I'm done watching. Three for three is a pretty good start to this latest Minami-ke series. ^_^