Possible Fifth Season for “Minami-ke”

July 5, 2024

Anime Expo 2024 is just around the corner, and as usual, we are receiving many updates about anime productions these days. One such piece of news concerns us today: a new anime season based on “Minami-ke” is rumored to be in production, according to reliable user leaks on social networks, though an official announcement about the project has yet to be made.

It has been over 10 years since the last adaptation of Koharu Sakuraba’s manga. This animated series began with a first anime of 13 episodes aired in Japan from October to December 2007, developed by Daume studio with Masahiko Ohta as the director. Then, in the winter of 2008, “Minami-ke: Okawari” was broadcast on TV, also concluding with 13 episodes, but this time animated by Asread studio, with Naoto Hosoda directing. It wasn’t until a year later that “Minami-ke: Okaeri” hit the small screen, again by the same studio but directed by Kei Oikawa this time. Then, the fourth and last season to date, “Minami-ke: Tadaima“, arrived on Japanese TV in 2013, which featured 12 episodes animated by Feel studio, with Keiichiro Kawaguchi directing.

In addition to all of the above, the anime “Minami-ke” also includes several OVAs. The first of these, “Minami-ke: Betsubara“, was released in June 2009, and animated by Asread with Kei Oikawa directing. The next original episode was released in Japan in October 2012, titled “Minami-ke: Omatase“, animated by Feel. Then, the latest OVA to date is “Minami-ke: Natsuyasumi“, released in August 2013.

This comedy centered on the Minami sisters is an original manga written and illustrated by Koharu Sakuraba, and has been published since March 2004 in the pages of Kodansha‘s Weekly Young Magazine. The work remains ongoing in Japan with 26 volumes, the latest of which was released in Japan on June 6th.


Minami-ke” is an anime series that delves into the everyday lives of three sisters, Haruka, Kana, and Chiaki Minami, who live without adult supervision. Through their daily interactions and adventures at school and home, the series explores family dynamics and sibling relationships with a touch of humor. Haruka, the eldest sister, acts as a maternal figure, balancing responsibilities with moments of tenderness towards her younger sisters. Kana, the middle sister, is known for her boundless energy and often chaotic approach to life, which frequently leads to comedic situations and misunderstandings. Chiaki, the youngest, is shrewd and cynical, providing biting commentary on her sisters’ antics, especially Kana‘s.

The series is episodic, with each chapter presenting small stories that highlight aspects of everyday life and explore the characters’ personalities in common but entertaining situations. There is no ongoing plot arc; instead, each episode focuses on everyday events that, although trivial, are imbued with humor and absurdity. This reflects a “slice of life” style that focuses on the mundane yet with a comedic and charming twist.

In addition to the three sisters, the series features a range of secondary characters that enrich the plot, from classmates to other members of the Minami family, like Tōma and Natsuki. These additional characters bring their own quirks and dynamics to the interactions, making each episode fresh and engaging. Throughout the series, the relationships and interactions among all these characters are explored in a light but significant way, showing how the personalities and actions of each affect the others in often hilarious ways.

In conclusion, I think we can all agree that any new installment of the “Minami-ke” franchise will undoubtedly deserve our full attention, right? Of course, we will keep a close eye on any news about it. And now is the time for you to drop by the comments and let us know your thoughts on this saga that has stood the test of time. You know we’ll be reading! 🙂

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