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Minami-ke

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Minami-ke is a manga following three sisters, Haruka, Kana, and Chiaki in their lives at home and school. It is about how these three sisters interact with each other and their classmates. And also about ordinary girls and their ordinary adventures told in an extraordinary manner. Their personalities are completely different.

By Koharu Sakuraba (Minami-ke)

Characters
Main Characters

Minami family

Haruka Minami
Voiced by: Rina Sato
Haruka is the oldest sister and in her second year of high school. She has been taking care of her younger sisters since she was young, and this fact has led to some misunderstandings with her classmates. Haruka is the most reliable among the three, but becomes infinitely lazy when she is by herself. She was called Bancho (gang leader) during her junior-high days, though it is revealed soon after that it was simply a title. She is the only person whom Chiaki dares not oppose or be rude to; Chiaki views her as a role model and greatly respects her. This can be seen in her tendency to address Haruka as "nee-sama" instead of the more usual and casual "nee-san"; and the only person Chiaki uses polite Japanese on (even though it is not customary for siblings to use polite Japanese towards each other). "Haruka" contains the kanji for "spring".

Kana Minami
Voiced by: Marina Inoue
Kana is the middle sister in her second year of junior-high school. Kana is an impulsive and lively girl who never thinks before acting. She often acts or talks impolitely without thinking, much to the annoyance of Chiaki. She has been mislead by Chiaki into thinking that Fujioka is challenging her. She generally does not get good grades in school, though she thinks that if she puts on Keiko's glasses she will act and speak intelligently. She frequently invents random new holidays and also recruits Chiaki's classmates into joining her silly escapades. "Kana" contains the kanji for "summer".

Chiaki Minami
Voiced by: Minori Chihara
Chiaki is the youngest sister in elementary school. She is in class 5-2 (a reference to Kyo no Gononi). Her apparent high intelligence often makes her over analyze simple stuff. She also tends to ignore idiotic behavior displayed by Kana and Makoto. She also places Haruka in high regards; she respects and looks up to Haruka. Although being the youngest, she is the meanest out of the three; most of the time, she is quiet during group activities, and almost always uses the word "bakayaro" (meaning dumbass in or simply you fool in Japanese), which is a more forceful form for "idiot" in Japanese ("baka" being the less forceful term). Chiaki seems to know that Fujioka is genuinely in love with Kana. "Chiaki" contains the kanji for "autumn".

Takeru
Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma
First cousin of the three sisters. He occasionally visits the Minami sisters to check up on them and give them their monthly allowance. He often makes blunders and Kana, in contrast to Haruka and Chiaki, feels he's "pathetic". He later starts to feel some resentment towards Fujioka because he feels as if he is closer to the three girls than he should be.

Other Minami family

Toma Minami
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki
The only daughter in the other Minami family. She is a tomboy girl in class 5-1 who, despite having the same surname, is not related to the Minami sisters. However, Chiaki adopted her as a little brother because of the same surname. She has three older brothers that know nothing about her. Her tomboy action can be said to be an influence by her brothers. The way she acts, looks and dresses causes Fujioka to actually believe that she is boy. "Toma" contains the kanji for "winter"; Chiaki declares that Toma is the younger because "winter follows autumn".

The Eldest Son
Voiced by: Shinji Kawada
He is the eldest son of the other Minami family. It seems that he is working from the way he dresses. His name hasn't been revealed yet, though if it follows the "spring, summer, autumn, winter" naming pattern it would contain the kanji for "spring". Though calm and composed in his demeanor, it seems as though he is in a state of denial concerning the adverse effects the brothers' lifestyle is having on their younger sister.

Natsuki Minami
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Second son of the other Minami family, and is in first year of high school. He used to be a delinquent, but had calmed down after Hosaka recruited him to the volleyball club. He got beaten up by Haruka the first time they met due to a misunderstanding, with him touching her chest. Despite this, he harbors no ill feelings towards her and instead shows signs of embarrassment and indirect affection towards her, this is made evident when the eldest Minami brother talks about having a girlfriend and Natsuki immediately pictures a provocatively dressed Haruka in his mind and suffers a nose-bleed. The kanji form of his name is not known, but "natsu" means "summer".

Akira Minami
Voiced by: Tatsuya Hayama
Third son of the other Minami family, and is in first year of junior high school. Maybe because of the gap in their age, he is treated as a child in the other Minami household and is often told not to interrupt when the other two elder brothers are talking. He likes long-haired girls, especially Riko, who is in the same class as Kana. Fujioka dislikes him because he assumes that he is close to Kana. The kanji form of his name is not known, but "aki" means "autumn".

High school students

Maki
Voiced by: Reiko Takagi
Haruka's classmate and a bit of an airhead. A member of the volleyball club. She tries to protect Haruka from Hosaka, a running gag, which always end with her remarking Hosaka as "disgusting".

Atsuko
Voiced by: Ryoko Ono
Haruka's classmate. A member of the volleyball club. A very quiet girl, quite similar in character to Keiko.

Hosaka
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
A third year, and captain of the volleyball club. He admires Haruka and would like Haruka to become the volleyball club's manager. He has tendency to act cool, stripping and fantasizing in front of people, to the point of being considered a narcissist, causing those who know him to label him as a weirdo, especially Maki and her signature phrase of labeling him as "disgusting". He is also skilled at cooking and is a perfectionist at it.

Hayami
Voiced by: Saeko Chiba
Third year. A member of the volleyball club (often acting like the leader of their team) as well as an associate of Hosaka. She is cunning and mischievous and is often thinking of rather devious plans(usually involving Haruka and Hosaka). She has a distinctive smiling expression and loves alcohol which she calls high-grade "juice". Kana is the only one smart enough not to drink the "juice", while still managing to get everyone else drunk.

Junior-high school students

Fujioka
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara
Kana's classmate. He plays soccer and is a popular classmate of Kana. He is in love with Kana, but Chiaki reads his love letters as letters of challenge, and Kana believes it and nicknames him Bancho (??, Bancho?), meaning a leader of juvenile delinquents. He is a bit naive and very innocent towards girls. His affection towards Kana will often make him do regrettable things.

Keiko
Voiced by: Saori Goto
Kana's friend, an honor student. She is often ignorantly bullied by Kana and dragged into her silly escapades.

Riko
Voiced by: Ao Takahashi
Kana's classmate. She has a crush on Fujioka and views Kana as a love rival, but befriends her to get close to Fujioka. Also has the same rude personality as Kana and ignorantly bullies Keiko.

Yu
Voiced by: Momoko Ohara
Third year. She is a senior to Kana. Reluctantly nicknamed Bancho in school, Yu gladly hands over the title to Fujioka when she intentionally loses a "Rock-Paper-Scissors" duel to him.

Hiroko
Voiced by: Saeko Chiba
Third year. Yu's best friend and classmate. She had on crush on him.

Elementary school students

Makoto
Voiced by: Rika Morinaga
Chiaki's classmate. He is nicknamed "Idiotic child" which his classmates believe is more of an impression of him than a nickname. He has a crush on Haruka, and goes as far as cross dressing (first forced upon him by Kana) to avoid detection from Chiaki, who became jealous and angry with him after he helped Haruka cook dinner, in order to see her at the Minami residence. When he crossdresses, he is referred to as "Mako-chan". Only Uchida, Kana, and Toma knows of his cross-dressing habit.

Yoshino
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki
Chiaki's classmate. She seems to be the most responsible and level headed among the characters her age. Might have found out that Mako-chan is really Makoto.

Shuichi
Voiced by: Momoko Ohara
Chiaki's classmate. Nicknamed "Plain Yogurt" by Chiaki because he does not have any qualities that stand out.

Yuka Uchida
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura
In class 5-1. Chiaki's friend. She helps Makoto with his cross-dressing along with Kana. She is not seen as a smart character and was actually forced by Makoto to join "Team Idiot". Impulsive and a little lacking in common sense, she is belittled by Chiaki and Keiko often, and recruited by Kana to join her silly escapades.

Fuyuki
Voiced by: Miho Saiki
He is a transfer student and a neighbor of the Minami sisters. His inability to refuse favors or demands plagues his very existence and annoys Chiaki to no end. Due to this characteristic behavior, he is often asked to do tasks outside his responsibilities.

Minor Characters

Ninomiya / Sensei
Voiced by: Momoko Ohara (Ninomiya)
Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma (Sensei)
Characters from a drama television show the Minami family watches during dinner. Ninomiya is a student who falls in love with her unnamed teacher (Sensei). There is a video game adaption of the drama show, owned by Keiko.


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