Upcoming fourth season of expansive slice of life comedy series, Minami-ke, has been confirmed for debut within winter of 2012 – the director being the same responsible for Mayo Chiki, Kawaguchi Keiichiro.
Honestly, this news isn’t particularly something to be excited for – Minami-ke’s first season was fantastic, yet it went on to face a horrific sequel not once, but twice, and now a third continuation is coming which may be insult to injury. Minami-ke was as the series itself narrated before the opening sequence would roll – a simple story about the Minami family in which one shouldn’t expect too much, yet it seems that whoever is choking the threads of life for this series is expecting a ton, and then some.
Having been revealed that the director is one whose most popular works are only notable for their lack of achievement – this of course isn’t reassuring as to whether Minami-ke’s fourth season will succeed. Yet the director does have a few more respectable animations under his name – such as an incredibly short yet splendid OVA, Kowarekake no Orgel, or the ever-lovable Hayate no Gotoku.
Even then however, there’s few series which have faced such terrible staff butchering as Minami-ke – the studio has been shuffled around several times, and that means the staff responsible for various details, like key animation, have as well. The result is a dreadful absence of consistency across all three seasons of Minami-ke – and with yet another crew with nothing to do with the original first season, one can’t help but feel this series is set to be sullied even greater than it has been.
Unfortunately, in the case of Minami-ke, another season simply doesn’t sound too promising.