After another excellent anime adaptation of the “みなみけ” manga by Sakuraba Koharu with “Minami-ke Tadaima” this past winter season, nothing better to enjoy the lingering days of summer than a new “Minami-ke” OVA.
Titled “Minami-ke Natsuyasumi”, this new OVA is all about summer! However, unlike most other anime whose summer beach episode is all about flaunting its female characters for all their worth, seeing the “Minami-ke” girls in swimwear comes second to the gags and crazy antics.
Save for Haruka who of course who looks like an irresistible bombshell in that pink bikini… if only she had been joined Atsuko and Hitomi too. A shame Mako-chan was missing from this day at the beach, it would certainly have lead to a few hilarious scenes like in “Minami-ke Tadaima”.
All characters save a few make noteworthy appearances though I do find the lack of screentime for Mako-chan and Touma rather regrettable, luckily my other favorite side characters Hitomi and Atsuko shared a hilarious scene.
Animation by Studio Feel is excellent, like their work on the “Minami-ke Omatase” OVA and “Minami-ke Tadaima” full season, they deliver the level of animation quality that a franchise like “Minami-ke” really deserves and offers viewers a consistent animation style.
It is always a pleasure to have these characters voiced once more by the voice talents that have delivered terrific performances before, most noteworthy Inoue Marina as Kana, she also voices Natsuno in “Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou”, Laura in “IS Infinite Stratos” and Yozora in “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai”.
Chiaki is again voiced by Chihara Minori who previously voiced Nagato in “Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu” and Anastasia in “Oniichan no Koto Nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!”. Satou Rina voices Haruka, she’s tackled roles like Kaoru in “Amagami SS”, Saki in “Genshiken Nidaime” and Misaka in “To aru Kagaku no Railgun”.
Kitamura Eri voices Uchida, she also voiced Karen in “Monogatari Series Second Season”, Yachiyo in “Working!!” and Miu in “Papo no Iukoto wo Kikinasai”. Yoshino is voiced by Toyasaki Aki, she previously voiced Yui in “K-ON!”, Chitose in “Yuru Yuri” and Uiharu in “To aru Kagaku no Railgun”.
Touma is again voiced by Mizuki Nana, who also voiced Fate in “Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha” and Saya in “Blood-C”. Morinaga Rika voices Makoto, she tackled roles like Kana in “Saki” and Souseiseki in “Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen”
I vehemently hope there will be a new “Minami-ke” season sometime in the future, in the meantime, I’m sure will probably re-watch this OVA and “Minami-ke Tadaima” a few times.